Use Your Brand Heritage to Spark Innovation

Image from MillerCoors In the never-ending battle to win new customers and inspire brand loyalists, companies are investing millions of dollars in innovation initiatives to generate engagement and accelerate growth. They build substantial R&D capabilities, introduce new products and line extensions, engage agencies to reposition their brands and launch clever marketing programs. Too many companies,…

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A Mirror from the Past: The Commoditization of Advertising in the Internet Age

In recent years, I have presented the history of Chicago advertising and public relations as a guest lecturer for Ron Culp’s DePaul University class “Chicago Agencies: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.” While the students’ learning has been a focal point of my lectures, my own learning was piqued while preparing for my early January 2015 presentation,…

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Nothing kills bad content faster than social media: how inauthentic storytelling may come back to bite you

Bruce Weindruch, CEO and Founder of The History Factory It takes a staggering 17 billion Facebook posts, 200 million tweets a day and 42 million user-generated Yelp reviews to fuel today’s social media engine. This frenzy of public opinion is certainly a noisemaker for C-suite strategists, and in our view, reopens the content phenomenon debate…

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Internet as truth-teller: Why you shouldn’t shy away from the Web’s archiving capabilities

The ongoing scandal involving David Petraeus, former head of the CIA, proves one thing: The Internet never forgets. Part of the national debate centers on sensitive information in e-mail messages that some argue should have stayed housed safely on a secure network or computer. E-mails aren’t the only online artifacts that can boomerang on the…

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Presidential Elections and a Brief History of Emerging Technologies

Throughout our history, presidential elections continue to help introduce new and emerging technologies, demonstrating their application and setting the table for their broader commercialization. In fact, today’s presidential election marks the 60th anniversary of the use of computers to predict results. While polling–or even actual vote counts–may be questioned by some, those challenges are largely…

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