The World’s Most Innovative Brands 2011

February 21, 2012

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Last year was a stellar year for innovation. 2011 put tablets, mobile payments, targeted therapy, education and eco-technology on the map. And it’s about time. Movements such as Occupy Wall Street (#7) and Recyclebank (#37) brought our missteps as a society to the forefront of our conscience. Kickstarter (#41) completely blew away traditional startup funding. As a […]

JC Penney Gets a New Look

February 7, 2012

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Contrary to many, I actually enjoyed JC Penney’s new coupon-free declaration. In fact, I especially loved the dig thrown in Macy’s direction. Regardless, I think the brand’s new look and motto is a refreshing change in the retail industry. Here’s why: 1) Branding  – The logo redesign helps boost the company’s image from a place where […]

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Top Brands of 2011 [Infographic]

January 26, 2012

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This week, YouGov introduced last year’s results from their BrandIndex. Some of these may surprise you. Check ’em out and share your thoughts below. Infographic: Carlos Monteiro Source: YouGov BrandIndex

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Lessons on Branding Your Business Socially

December 20, 2011

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One would hope (or at least I did) that 2011 would be the year of social business. We’ve made real progress, but we’re not quite there yet. As you’ll see, marketers are still learning from the social web and how to best present their brands. Recently, Fast Company presented a social business case study cooked […]

Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Albums of the 2000s

July 23, 2011

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As many may know, my ultimate brand is the band. My greatest addiction is music. It’s the social-est of all social media. The first search I do on any new search engine or platform is “Pearl Jam.” So naturally, I dig any top music list. While I don’t usually agree with MTV and VH1, Rolling […]

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The World’s Most Innovative Brands

March 25, 2011

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As a junkie for catalysts of innovation, each year I eagerly await Fast Company’s list of The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. This year didn’t disappoint. Naturally, Apple proudly sits atop the list, climbing from No. 3, and it makes me wonder if they continue the success of the Year of the iPad, will they’ll reign […]

Apple’s Disappointing Start to the Holiday Season

September 2, 2010

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Sadly, I must admit, for the first time in years, Jobs’ latest Apple keynote disappointed me yesterday. While the sleek new iPods arriving just in time for the holiday season did impress, something was a bit lacking. Normally after a keynote, I am obsessively refreshing Apple.com to download the newest update or scrambling to plan […]