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Defend Define Your “Green” Packaging

There’s a silly trend in packaging design that I’ve noticed while meandering down the isles of my local “UberMart.” It’s called Green Packaging. You’ve seen ‘em. The brands that slip and slide their way through your subconscious and into your cart with the wobbly front wheel… Spouse

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10 Reasons I’ll NEVER Be A Social Media “Superstar”

What IS a social media superstar… me? you? I may know one… Over at GetANewBrowser.com, Andy Brudtkuhl (Twitter @abrudtkuhl) took a much more in-depth look at those that claim to be social media “experts.” It inspired me to think a little more about what exactly a social

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Uh… Better Late Than Never?

So, I picked up an issue of Advertising Age (actual print *gasp*) last week and slowly perused. On the cover article, reading, “Brands aren’t simply brands anymore. They’re the center of a maelstrom of social and political dialogue made possible by digital media…” as an opening quote

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Vacation Can Be Educational?

So, last week I went on my first “real” vacation in 15 years with the explicit instructions from my wife NOT to think of work… no blog posts… no tweets… not even updates to my Facebook profile. WAH?!? So, what did I do? Well, besides the obvious

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That ’70’s Marketing

I don’t know about you, but I’ve actually sat in on marketing strategy meetings that went a little like this… (Feed readers and Facebookers, click here to go to the post and see the video) Challenging economy? Intimidating competition? Sure, it’s hard to “do it yourself” when

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Just Do Your Damn Job Already

Politicians… I hate ‘em. They offend me. They make me want to punch something – like a shih-tzu (although they already look like someone got there before me). Politicians spew, expound, wax poetic, twist, massage, and congeal the language that I cherish into convenient, little, sound bites

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Escorted From The Building?

After 25 Years? Can you believe it? It’s scary out there. As we’ve seen, even locally, Editorial Cartoonist, Brian Duffy (a rock star in my eyes) was let go last week, causing quite a buzz in the local blogosphere and Twitter. Below is a re-post from The

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The Brand Chef is a Jerk!

Yep. I’m a jerk… a snob… a ruffian (just look at my profile photo). Or maybe I’m just a little more prudent with the people I associate with in my social and professional networks than some? Case in point: LinkedIn is a great business-networking tool. I’ve only

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