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Moving Forward by Moving Back

As you may know, I love chocolate milk and occasionally blog about it. Today I’m a happy man. I finally found a new chocolate milk worth drinking after Wilcox Farms quite making it (they made one of the best chocolate milks ever). This new chocolate milk is from a semi-local dairy called Twin Brooks Creamery that does things the old-fashioned ...

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Is Crowdsourcing a Fad or a Foundational Element?

Much has been written about ‘crowdsourcing’ and the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ over the past couple of years, including “Crowdsourcing” by Jeff Howe – a contributing editor at Wired magazine, and “Wisdom of the Crowd” by James Surowiecki – a staff writer at The New Yorker. Crowdsourcing – “The act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent ...

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What happened to smart advertising?

For a television advertisement to be effective, do you need to lay out everything for the viewer and make it obvious? Or, is an advertisement more memorable if you let the viewer connect the dots themselves? Here are two examples of television advertisements that promote the product in a slightly more intellectual/emotional way that promotes engagement and curiousity:

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iPhone Followup – Innovation in a Box

My initial iPhone article highlighted why the iPhone will not be a success in its first incarnation. Make no mistake though, the introduction of the iPhone will revolutionize the mobile telephony market. Let's answer some of the criticisms of the most innovative mobile handset in the history of mobile telephony:

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The Evil Downside of Gift Cards

This past holiday season I saw probably one too many articles trumpeting the value of gift cards to retailers and how they are a great thing for retailers. My skeptic side starts coming out as I see article after article appear, and I have to start asking "Is the increasing prevalence of gift cards as a holiday gift (primarily Christmas) a good thing for retailers?"

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Starbucks and Big Tobacco

Back in the 1950's smoking was glamorous, and just about everybody who was anybody smoked cigarettes. Then came the discovery, to the shock of millions, that sucking smoke into your lungs might not be good for you. Then came another revelation that one of the substances in tobacco, nicotine, which was used as a poison by the Egyptians during the times of the Great Pyramids, is addictive. People then began a mass exodus from the consumption of nicotine via inhaled smoke.

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Why the World Cup is a Big Deal

After living overseas in Germany and England and now coming back to the United States, I have a completely different perspective on Football (or Soccer as we call it in the United States). With the World Cup in full swing, I thought I would tackle the subject of Football and why it is the most popular sport in the world.

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