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OMG, REAL Cleavage!

The Brand Chef asks, how does a brand that’s geared to bolster the confidence and graciousness of a specific demographic fight censorship and discrimination?

… maybe the ABC and FOX censors find silicone boobs less offensive than the actual thing? Who knows?

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Under A Social Media Spell?

Look deeply into my eyes… you are feeling veeeery sleepy… sleeeeepy… deeeeper… deeeeeeeeper… relax and let the social media mystique take you to a happier place. Deeeeper… Yeah, sometimes I feel like social media has cast some kind of spell over businesses, specifically the marketing departments of

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Addiction Can Be A Good Thing?

Hello, my name is Andy…  I’m a Social Media Addict. (all together now…  Hellooooo Andy!) Can you see it – some big, mental-ward-like facility filled with a circle of gray, plastic chairs…  smoke hanging heavy in the air like some support group meeting (enter Nurse Rached)?  Is

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So Big You’re… PLURAL?

There’s something I don’t understand.  If you’re a freelancer or an independent businessperson, why would your Web site or your marketing collateral consistently refer to “We” and “Our” (as in OUR services include… and WE are located in…, etc.)?  Is it a ploy to “sound” bigger than

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Don’t Leave Your Customer Out In The Cold

For those of you that know me, locally, you’ve all probably heard (or even witnessed) the troubles I’ve been having with my 2004 Jeep Liberty. It seems like the winter of ’09-’10 has taken a pretty good toll on my little SUV. And for the past 14

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ONE Nation… ?

Our pledge of allegiance mentions something about being “One Nation,” and being, “Indivisible,” right?  Unfortunately, it’s been so long since I’ve heard it, I may have to check my facts on that. After watching the State of the Union address, I had to reflect on how, with

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Good Branding… It’s In The Eye Of The Beholder

(or…  lighten up already) Tell me, just who does your brand relate to? Good branding is subjective.  “A good brand” is completely based on the perspective of its target audience. One group of people can stand in a room and rip a brand from head-to-toe for everything

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5 Things I Hate About Branding Experts

Walk in to virtually any ad agency and you’ll find ’em.  They’re usually in distressed jeans, flat, cordovan shoes with an un-tucked shirt and strategically ever-so-slightly messed hair.  Male, female… doesn’t matter, the only difference may be the thickness of stubble above the neck.  They make themselves

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Word-Of-Mouth At Light Speed

Having worked in the restaurant industry through most of my adolescence and into my early 20’s, I was well aware of the old adage that went something like: If a single upset customer tells 10 friends about an unsatisfactory experience, it’s conceivable those 10 friends could perpetuate

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Courtesy Shouldn’t Be Seasonal

Yeah, yeah… “Thanksgiving” posts abound… So, thank you. Thank you, and you, and you… It seems simple enough, right? (Warning…  ranting ahead…) I’ve noticed that’s a statement that gets overlooked these days.  In our culture of instant gratification and “It’s all about me…  or what YOU can

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