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The NFL Versus Donald Trump

By |September 25th, 2017|

What we have here, from the perspective of a communications professional, is a new narrative.  Actually, depending on how you look at things (and how long you’ve been looking at them) it is an old narrative with a new set of voices.  And, like any narrative there is an opposing narrative.

What Colin Kaepernick started isn’t […]

The Land of Lego

By |July 30th, 2015|

We just returned from the “Land of Lego.”  In other words, Denmark.  The colorful little blocks we all grew up with were invented there in 1949 in a town called Billund.  In the past fifty years, they’ve gone around the world.  Once almost bankrupt, they have re-emerged to become by some accounts the largest toy […]

An Anachronism is Ended

By |July 6th, 2015|

It was hard to believe, even thirty years ago, that this was the best or most efficient way to do anything. No doubt you’ve heard it on the news but, being from Chicago, I can’t resist a comment.  Today is the day the trading pits are closing at the once mighty Chicago Board of Trade […]

The Do-It-Yourself Economy

By |May 27th, 2015|

First we heard about “The Experience Economy,” the idea that service organizations are taking over the economy.  When your kid has a birthday in the 1950s you bake a cake from scratch; in the 60s you open a box and add an egg; in the 90’s you just go to Chuck E Cheese.  In other […]

They’re Still Pressing Vinyl…What?

By |May 14th, 2015|

The funny thing about media is that most new media formats do not make obsolete that which followed. AM radio didn’t disappear when FM came on the scene. And, broadcast radio still survives despite the popularity of satellite radio. The movies didn’t go under when television came into our homes. And, cable TV didn’t ruin […]

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Get Used to a New Lifeform: The “Brandbeing”

By |April 30th, 2015|

I know, it sounds a little extraterrestrial (and kind of creepy) but here is what it is about.  Brands are behaving more and more like humans and humans are behaving more and more like brands.

It isn’t exactly a new trend.  Brands have been trying to relate to people (obviously) for decades, in fact practically since […]