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How Apple and Pandora Can Pop Spotify's Balloon

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.25.2016 | Technology
Alan Kelly

Spotify, the popular music streaming service, is under pressure from an insurgent Apple Music and incumbents like Pandora. So by way of a play called the Trial Balloon, it's painting a compelling new picture for online music lovers.

Succumbing to Trumpism. It's Just Business.

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.18.2016 | Business
Alan Kelly

I have to marvel at Trump and his art-of-the-deal frame. It's not actually about ego. It's about business. It's about quid-pro-quo. About winning. Leverage. And with respect to American voters, it's about getting back what we've given away too freely.

Dodging Bullets: Plays They're Running in Charleston

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

In the wake of the Charleston shootings, The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, Jr. writes of a culture of evasion. He might not know it, but he's describing the discipline I call Influence Strategy and some of the 24 plays that comprise it. Consider two examples from the progressive columnist:

Hillary's Peacock, Jeb's Crowd and Donald's Trump

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

This week offered a trifecta of plays in the game of presidential campaigning. Three personalities, each larger than life, made their candidacies and causes officially known.

Strategies Behind Slogans Betray the Politics

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

While Jeb Bush dithers, there's much to be said about his opponents' slogans. What's escaped the white gloves of so many branding gurus is an analysis of the influence plays that support them. They tell a deeper story of the candidate's intentions and interests.

Going Left: Hillary Plays the Shifts

Alan Kelly | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

I race sailboats. Not yachts. Sailboats. The kind that don't come with cupholders and require only three sober souls to keep her fast and upright. To my chagrin, sailing is right there with croquet in lists of the most popular sports.

I'm Kinda Sorry: Hillary's Plays on Her Emailing Ways

Alan Kelly | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Instead of running at the revelations of her private email service, she preferred to finesse the foment with signature testing, freezing and diverting strategies.

Obamalaw: Schumer's Bait and the President's Fiat Keep GOP Off Balance

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

To many Americans, the process of proposing, passing and implementing the Affordable Care Act has amounted to a game of political power and survival. This week hardened that perception as one senator and one president ran plays to breath life into Obamacare.

Nightmare on Clinton Street? Elizabeth Warren Makes Her Play for 2016

Alan Kelly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Alan Kelly

Who or what is behind The New Republic's piece, "Hillary's Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren," is politi...