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Trends With Benefits

How can a tiny little ice cream shop in the small town of Bethel, CT go from months of lukewarm success to suddenly quadrupling their business practically overnight — in the middle of winter no less? The internet. Frustrated with … Continue reading

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Godiva’s Creativity Multiplies

  It’s not very often a single gift can encourage so many acts of giving. But this season, Godiva managed to do just that, with a little creativity. Think “whimsical Russian nesting doll containers” meets “decadent Belgian confections”. The first … Continue reading

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Sincerely Celebratory, Not Self Serving

As Cubs fans recently breathed perhaps the biggest sigh of relief the sports world’s ever, it’s no surprise brands wanted to join in on the monumental celebration. But with the spontaneity of social media, it’s too easy to post or … Continue reading

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Creativity Trumps Dumb Rules

As a way to protect the investments of the official sponsors of the Olympic Games, the IOC instituted Rule 40, prohibiting athletes from mentioning or even pointing out any supporters who were not paying sponsors of the Games. But some … Continue reading

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To Honey Maid, Wholesome Means Acceptance

Honey Maid takes its “This Is Wholesome” campaign to a new level yet again in their latest evolution of the three-year-old campaign. Wayyyy beyond applying to the lowly graham cracker itself, the tagline continues to take on even more controversial … Continue reading

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Will #pepsiMojis Build or Break the Brand?

To say that social media has changed how the world communicates, is beyond an understatement. Pepsi has just proven this in spades with their new social media-inspired summer packaging design, slated to appear in stores soon. As part of their … Continue reading

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How Far Is Too Far in Marketing?

Got the guts for a big (risky) idea? At a time when half the world is deeply concerned about sensitivity toward others, and the other half thinks the pandering goes totally too far, it poses an interesting creative challenge (opportunity?) … Continue reading

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