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Mad Men: Why the Ending Is Far Better Than the Speculation (And No Sell-Out)

William Bradley | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Mad Men began and ended with Don Draper in silhouette against an iconic backdrop. In the beginning, the richly cluttered urban canyons of Manhattan in the show's evocative opening titles. In the end, the seemingly limitless horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

Mad Men: A Morality Tale

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Marilyn Sewell

Why are we so compelled by Don? Well, it is true that a good man is hard to find -- but the bad ones are so much more interesting, at least in fiction, if not also in life.

'Mad Men' and When America Is Shocked How Much This Never Happened

Will Bunch | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Will Bunch

If you watched, you're surely pondering the meaning of Draper/Whitman's latest and greatest incarnation as New Age pitchman of killer soft drinks. But I've also given a lot of thought to something else: What was Mad Men trying to tell us about America?

At the Bentonville Film Festival, Women Are Playing in the Major Leagues

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Vivian Norris

A League of Their Own's Geena Davis, is doing something extremely important this week in, of all places, Bentonville, Arkansas. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media has is supporting her effort to call attention to the unacceptable reality in which women, both behind and in front of the camera, find themselves in Hollywood.

4 Ways Your For-Profit Business Can Do "Good"

Chirag Kulkarni | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Chirag Kulkarni

Too many businesses are concerned with making money, and not about creating value. Moving into the new era of startups, we are discovering business models that are making not only a financial impact on our economies, but an environmental impact.

How to Overcome Brand Habits So Buyers Will Buy Your Products

Ira Kalb | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

One problem marketers find difficult to overcome is how do you get buyers to choose your product when they are in the habit of buying other brands?

How I Got 14 Companies Like Chipotle And Trader Joe's To Send Me Free Stuff

Thrillist | Posted 04.08.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

Whoever said "there's no such thing as a free lunch" is an idiot.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Pop Rocks

Thrillist | Posted 03.27.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

What makes them fizz? Will they actually puncture your stomach? And whatever happened to Little Mikey?

Should You Drink Milk Made By Coca-Cola?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

Fairlife is the brand name for a new product from Coca-Cola that many are calling "designer milk." It looks and tastes (more or less) like regular milk but if you look at the nutrition facts panel, you'll see a very different picture: Compared with regular milk, Fairlife ultra-filtered milk is 50 percent higher in protein, 30 percent higher in calcium, and 50 percent lower in sugar.

'Black Bottom' Brings Audience to Their Feet

Aleeka Kay Edwards | Posted 05.09.2015 | Hawaii
Aleeka Kay Edwards

The superlative performances in The Actors' Group production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom were so convincing during opening weekend that when Ma Rainey halted the recording session to demand Coca-Cola from her white producer, a theatergoer left his audience seat to hand her his personal soda can.

Happy 100th Birthday, Beautiful Coca-Cola Bottle!

Associated Press | Kate Brumback | Posted 02.27.2015 | Arts

ATLANTA (AP) — The curvy Coca-Cola bottle is celebrating its 100th birthday, and an art museum is exploring the origins and influence of a bottle de...

Warren Buffett's Secret To Staying Young Might Make You Sick

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.26.2015 | Fifty

With billions of dollars at his disposal, you'd imagine Warren Buffett enjoying gourmet meals whipped up by a chef and served up on a gold platter. Bu...

Brand Clash: Coca Cola Making Milk and Apple Making Cars

Ira Kalb | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

While it is hard to imagine Apple making better cars and Coca Cola making better milk, anything is possible if the branding is done right. Both companies have big wallets and successful corporate brands.

Why Three Is Such an Important Number in Business

Ira Kalb | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Good marketing follows certain universal truths. To succeed in an increasingly skeptical and fragmented marketplace, therefore, it behooves marketers to learn and apply these universal truths to marketing their products. One of the most important "truths" is the "power of three."

Soda Or Diet Soda? A False Choice

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

What's better to drink, regular soda or diet soda? This is probably one of the most common questions fielded by nutrition and health experts. I think that the answer is clear -- diet soda -- but the choice is a false one.

Awesome America: A Love Story

Marwan Bishara | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

While American patriotism -- the love of one's country -- is "awesome" in more ways than one, American nationalism -- the belief that America is the "greatest nation on earth," with the "greatest military power", and the "greatest ideals" -- can become dangerous.

Nine Rules for Effective Online Content

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Design improvements are usually implemented incrementally, even granularly. Over time, however, the look and feel of advertising can evolve significantly when based on data that fuel content optimization: test, learn, apply.

Signs of Life at Blackberry

Ira Kalb | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Just when many had considered Blackberry dead, it is showing signs of life. The company took a wrong turn when it lost its focus and tried to chase the consumer market that rapidly became the domain of the iPhone and Android platforms.

Coca-Cola Workers No Longer Have To Listen To Voice Mails And We're All Jealous

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business

Voice mail is dying, and the world’s largest soda maker just pounded another nail in its coffin. As of last month, most employees at Coca-Cola...

"Me": The Most Valuable Brand

Diane Primo | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Diane Primo

Younger generations are busily and, in many cases strategically, building their own brand. And if CMOs, CEOs or anyone with something to market can GET that their No. 1 Brand is themselves, and mine that accordingly, then these self-branding youth will help businesses build their brands.

Why Facebook and Twitter Alone Can't Build Brands

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 02.05.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Too many businesses lunge toward the latest app or social media stunt without considering their identity as a brand, and how their media strategy works. In the process, consumers end up confused and detached.

Coke Is Going To Try And Sell You Milk

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business

Soda sales are falling, so Coca-Cola is getting ready to sell us a new drink. You may have heard of it. It's called milk. It comes from cows. Coke'...

Wyclef Jean on His New Single 'Divine Sorrow' With Avicii

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 01.24.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

Last week Wyclef Jean released his new single, "Divine Sorrow." He collaborated on the song with famed electronic music DJ and producer Avicii. Procee...

Athletes and Celebrities Are Exploiting Our Youth

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicholas Ferroni

As someone who has dedicated his life to preparing his students to live active and full lives, I can't bite my tongue any longer. I can't remain silen...

Big Soda's Grip Fizzles as Berkeley Passes a Soda Tax

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Big Soda's obscenely expensive winning streak has fizzled out. Berkeley, California has become the first city in the nation to pass a sugary drink tax specifically designed to reduce consumption.