A Bagful of Sugar Rot: Is Subscriber ‘Support’ Just Some Kind of Trick in the Pay-TV Provider Wars?

CNN sucks. It has for years, with fire-in-the-dumpster ratings evidenced by experiments in Breaking News (as in, Breaking for Commercials — do NOT move from your chair!), covering one catastrophic story at a time for four to six weeks, and the incessant swapping out of shows, producers, and career journalists reduced to “personalities” in an […]

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The Cute CEO: Does Cute + Sweet = C-Suite?

So it’s not just my imagination. Marissa Mayer clones seem to be showing up with increasing frequency in business media lately. Forbes ran a remarkable piece in the January 7, 2014 issue: “Do Attractive CEOs Really Boost Their Companies’ Stock Prices?” The question arises out of a 33-page paper by two University of Wisconsin academics: […]

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Book Marketing Done Right

My friend Cait Spivey is promoting her latest novella, I See The Web, in creative, innovative ways. Read on for an interview with Cait about her thoughts on marketing both her book and her own personal brand, and more.

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There is No Such Thing as a Free U2 Album

My mother is a high school government and economics teacher. As such, personal and global finance were hot topics during my childhood. While most children enjoyed morning cartoons with their fruit loops, I was stuck watching the stock market open—with a side of toast. I wish I could tell you that the rigorous focus on […]

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Penetrating the Secret Society of Interactive Agencies

Most business executives think of “Interactive” as a marketing channel. They see “digital” as part of advertising – a way to position brand and get people to buy things. That’s a lot like the notorious book The Game (bound in imitation leather) which provides dating tips for pickup artists. While tactics of psychological manipulation may produce […]

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Interactive Installation Advertising

These days, it’s easy to forget that the concept of “interactive” exists outside of a computer screen. But in designing digital interactive experiences, we shouldn’t lose sight of some of the tremendous physical interactive experiences that have been hugely successful. Here is a round of up some interesting interactive experiences in the “real” world from […]

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Consider Your Agency, Developer

As a developer considering employment at web development agencies/shops, you will have a lot of different things to think about. Work environment, location, coworkers, salary, etc. These are the three most important factors to consider: The Technologies Agencies generally work on software projects using a wide variety of platformas and technologies to meet the unique […]

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The Bike Design Project: 3D Printing & Interactive Bikes

Oregon Manifest recently enlisted 5 teams from 5 U.S. cities to compete in making the ultimate urban utility bike (Chicago, NYC, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle). The “Denny” brought the Seattle team first place in the competition, and it’s one of my favorite new examples of incremental innovation. Winning means it is greenlit to go […]

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Unconventional. Stimulating. Now that I have your attention, here is what you missed around the Internet lately.

SOMETHING SURPRISING Recently secret vending machines started popping up around New York City with a reward for owners of the popular Nike FuelBand wearable fitness tracker. In exchange for 500-1000 FuelBand points (earned over the previous 24 hours) the FuelBox vending machine traded Nike merchandise like shirts, hats, and socks. Clues were released on Twitter […]

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The End Times

The beginning of a project: Is there a better time? “This is gonna be AMAZING!” You get SO MUCH done, “hey, we’re like HALF DONE, and it hardly took any time!” Let us not forget how great that feels, but that’s really taking care of itself, isn’t it? I want to talk about the end […]

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