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Community or Commodity

There has been something that’s been bugging me for the past few years. This is the word “community.” It has quickly become one of the most overused and improperly utilized words in the business buzz word dictionary. Why? Self-proclaimed “social media gurus” have diminished the absolute power of what a community is by associating anyone [...]

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Technology - Solve First

Solve First, Then Ship

There is a lot of Technology discussion happening today with the launch of Google+, the Twitter guys revamping Obvious, and Zynga’s imminent IPO, a day that could make anyone reach for a beer with a sense of overwhelm. While our first instinct is to jump on the bandwagon and launch our own technologies or adopt [...]

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Lifestyle - Brand

To “Brand” is to Define Oneself

A lot of thoughts come into one’s mind when brought the word “Brand.” A logo, a slogan, an experience, a promise, a cool symbol, a color, a habit, the list could go on. All of which is something that we as marketers create and push to the consumer. Even at the experiential level, we delicately [...]

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Integrated Marketing Like a Map

Integrated Marketing is a lot like Cartography

Ever since business school, I have heard of this new thing called “Integrated Marketing” where all messages, brand attributes, and channels will all work together in joyous harmony and delight the consumer to a purchase-minded bliss. But the deeper I’ve evolved in my career and having my blissful visions completely crashed by the cold hard [...]

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Apple Branding

Apple’s Religious Experiences: A Lesson in Branding

For years I thought the pinnacle of branding was integrating into the “lifestyle” or routine of each individual consumer; so much so that they used your brand as a definitive piece to who they were… But, I have been proven wrong. Maybe it’s my spirituality or the fear of going against Godliness, but I never [...]

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education, business, cause

The Converging World: Black Whale Group

The world is becoming smaller and smaller by the minute with each new technology, each new digital interaction, each new startup, and each new mobile device user. The capabilities of us as humans has far surpassed what was ever thought possible, with promises of much more to come. These advances in technology are allowing the [...]

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Physical with Digital

Looking at the Physical Reality in which we all live, we can see some events where digital begins to effect. With the influx of mobile computing and connectivity, wi-fi capabilities, and social networking sites, we are becoming more and more connected through our physical life by our digital connections. As with the variance of each [...]

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