The Purpose Hotel, Dyson’s New Robot Vacuum And Target ...

The big news of Unilever purchasing subscription site Dollar Shave Club for $1B this week probably dominated your newsfeed this week, and one that I had two separate journalists contact me about for comment. Subscription commerce is back in the spotlight for this week, but the more interesting stories this week for me included an

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5 Stories That Explain Pokemon Go And Other Non-Obvious Insi ...

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Based on the dominating news this past week about Pokemon Go, it was tempting to devote this entire newsletter to the subject – but that felt a bit lazy … so instead all five of my top stories on Pokemon Go are aggregated together into one and the rest of this week’s under appreciated stories

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The Scary Future Of Media Consumption And Other Non-Obvious ...

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Curating this article to find stories worth sharing with you every week has helped me hone my ability to read (and ignore) stories quickly. As each of us feels more bombarded with demands on our attention – the dangerous truth is that we spend less and less time appreciating the meaning of anything. That’s why this

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Game of Thrones Fights Piracy, Why Writing Skills Matter, an ...

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I am sitting in an airport lounge in Zurich and putting the final touches on my selections for the most under appreciated stories of this week navigating through stories about perhaps the greatest underdog sports story in soccer history, YouTube’s ongoing plans to kill the cable television industry and Budweiser’s slightly desperate attempt at relevance

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Best and Worst Of Superbowl 2015 Marketing Strategy

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There are a surprising number of people who believe that I don’t like puppies. Every year the day after the Super Bowl when the votes are tallied rating all the ads, the ads with puppies always mainstream favorites.  Meanwhile, for the past four years I have published my own list of winners and losers based

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The Best And Worst Of 2014 Sochi Olympics Marketing Strategy

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Just mention “Olympic Marketing” to anyone in communications and two images will likely come to mind immediately. The first is the predictable 30 second spot focusing on the dedicated Olympian who wakes up super early, braves crazy cold temperatures and sacrifices a “normal” life for their dream. And the second is an army of lawyers

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5 Unforgettable Things I Learned From The Office

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Fellow fans of The Office television show are sharing a moment of sadness this morning. Last night was the series finale of the documentary-style comedy show that exposed the silly side of the workplace for nine years. For me, the show coincided almost perfectly with my move from Australia back to America and my own

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Iron Chef, Truffles and Surviving Clueless Criticism

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Imagine you’re a chef. You have spent the last twenty years learning your craft. Studying ingredients and cooking techniques. Working for sometimes maladjusted and dictatorial restaurant owners or lead chefs. And now you’ve made it. You have your own kitchen that you lead – and you’re recognized. Your food has made it onto the plates

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Best and Worst of Super Bowl Marketing Strategy: 2013 Editio ...

Every year there seems to be another Admeter/Adbowl/Adrank type of contest that lets anyone register and vote for their favourite ads. Sure it’s nice when everyone has an opinion, but as any designer will tell you – opinions are like butts … everyone has one, but usually they stink. If you’re reading this, though, you

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How Likeability Gets People (And Hollywood Stars) To Show Up

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Anyone who has ever run an event knows that getting people to show up to anything is just about the most difficult challenge that any marketer can face. Selling a product, asking for a donation, and even getting someone to share a piece of content are all easier than the relatively higher time investment involved

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