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Nine Great Products for the Always Connected Consumer in Your Life

Lee Traupel | Posted 05.05.2015 | Style
Lee Traupel

Take a trip with me down gadget lane into the world where just about anything a product marketer can dream up is now coming at you complements of today's billion dollar buffed world.

What If Clark Kent Was Black?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

All of my favorite shows had white or white-ish characters. All of my heroes were white. All of the "people" that made me laugh were white. All of the people I looked forward to seeing on TV were white. I mean back then this was not really thought of as a big deal. It was the way of the world.

Shopping for Insurance Online May Be Boring, But It's Rewarding

Lee Traupel | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Lee Traupel

Shopping for insurance online or in person is tricky and I don't want to make this sound like a cake walk, it is not. You need to asks lots of open ended questions when speaking directly with providers and aggregating information pulled from any/all insurance comparison sites. #presson

Have Your App Call My App and Let's Do Business

Lee Traupel | Posted 05.02.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

The financial services industry has embraced technology aggressively to drive customer reach, incremental revenue and branding, the more traditional insurance industry is still behind, but closing fast.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 04.28.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I go around and around about classical music and opera not being popular, especially with younger audiences. It really bugs me. How do you get them to enjoy it and not make it feel so foreign?

Et Tu, Kimmy Schmidt? The Unbreakable Attack on Teachers

Ali Solomon | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Ali Solomon

In a show that both heightens and subverts stereotypes, this seems like a particularly uninspired approach to such a timely, polarizing issue.

Oz, to Ozymandias: Science, Soundbites, Symptoms and Systemic Disease

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Enough already about Dr. Oz. Whichever side you happen to be on, we might collectively acknowledge that much of the noise being made about what is, at...

My Big Bang Theory

Neal Wooten | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Neal Wooten

I now realize why I love the show. Maybe it was finding myself glued to the TV every Thursday night that finally made things click. The Big Bang Theory is my favorite show because it's a twist on my old favorite show.

Gaming and Gambling in Today's Smartphone Drenched World

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.29.2015 | Technology
Lee Traupel

Mobile is taking an increasing bite out of our lives - there is no longer any place safe zone from someone next to you texting, gaming, surfing or worse, yapping incessantly about God knows what. I think the next horizon or maybe distraction for many will be gambling on smartphones.

Turning Ideas Into Intellectual Property

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.27.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Ideas are cheap but tactical execution is not. We all live work in a fiercely competitive world and every idea, concept, or business model has to be carefully shepherded from that first drawing on a napkin to refined product marketing.

How Can the Bruce Jenner Interview Help Us Better Serve Our Audience

Eden Lane | Posted 04.23.2015 | Media
Eden Lane

Newsrooms are always looking for stories their audiences will find interesting, and the idea of a celebrity they have known for decades revealing they are transgender is attention-getting. Can it be told without resorting to sensationalism?

Is Weed Going to Be the Next Billion Dollar Buffed Vertical?

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.23.2015 | San Francisco
Lee Traupel

San Francisco's cultural legacy of identifying a need and then fulfilling it with a service is anchored by another Yahoo like web site, with a listing of San Francisco Cannabis Clubs. And, if you don't think there is a local or national market, check out their advertising rates.

Could We Build a Starship Enterprise in the Next Decade?

Quora | Posted 04.23.2015 | Technology
Quora

Let's ignore the technologies that might be impossible (e.g. warp drive, dilithium crystals, and transporters). Let's ignore the technologies that we have no idea how to reproduce in a similar way (artificial gravity). Let's just focus on trying to build a space-worthy scale replica of the USS Enterprise that uses existing structural and propulsion capabilities.

How Brian Williams Can Earn Back Our Trust - What Would Walter Cronkite Say?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media
Mark Goulston, M.D.

To err is human. To admit and accept complete responsibility for it (in this day and age), divine. Forget about the public and the current executives...

Actors Equity Meets Franz Kafka

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

In a twist worthy of a Kafka novel, the national council of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, this week rammed through a proposal that would essentially rip the heart out of the Los Angeles theater scene, even though the proposal had been voted down by two-thirds of its Los Angeles voting membership.

Travel Insurance is Now a Prerequisite for a Worry Free Vacation

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
Lee Traupel

Travel insurance exists to protect you from the slings and arrows of modern travel: lost or stolen luggage, medical issues on the road, unforeseen mishaps of just about any kind -- it can take the sting out of potentially serious issues that can ruin a trip or your financial position.

The Evolution of the Modern Point of Sale System

Lee Traupel | Posted 05.01.2015 | Technology
Lee Traupel

Every business today is dealing with a world that constantly forces a business to think and act "smarter" in order stay abreast of competition and differentiate products and services.

Is the Rise in E-Cigarette Use by Teens a Positive Thing?

Lee Traupel | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Lee Traupel

In this brave new world of everything technology enabled we now have electronic devices that deliver a nicotine-laced fluid, which as/when vaporized...

Reputation Managment Is a Necessity for on the Go Brands

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Today, savvy brands embrace online reputation management or risk losing revenue and brand cachet. Many marketing execs and small business owners don't grasp how important online reputation management is to their business.

Boomer Lifestyle Tools and Products for the Post Woodstock Generation

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.17.2015 | Fifty
Lee Traupel

Woodstock it was a mess and don't let anyone tell you different. It was hot, cold, dirty, muddy, and smelly and most of the time you couldn't even hear the music. But, epic nevertheless.

The Pot Baron of Reality Television

Vicky Collins | Posted 04.16.2015 | Entertainment
Vicky Collins

After wrapping up that marijuana infused marathon, executive producer Gary Cohen says he's hooked.

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

Why Mobile Apps are the New Coin of the Realm for Busy Brands

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Lee Traupel

Mobile phone saturation has arrived, regardless of the county, culture or demographics. They are embedded in our lives and an integral part of any marketer's digital reach and strategy.

A Mom's Guide To 'Game of Thrones'

Tarja Parssinen | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Tarja Parssinen

"Game of Thrones" mirrors my own life in so many ways. I go to my bootcamp class ("Game of Moans"), then hit Starbucks ("Game of Scones") and make a quick stop at the bank ("Game of Loans"). I

I Swear...

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.13.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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