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THE LIZ CLAIBORNE DISASTER TIMELINE: How One Bad Decision Destroyed The Largest Women's Apparel Brand

THE LIZ CLAIBORNE DISASTER TIMELINE: How One Bad Decision Destroyed The Largest Women's Apparel Brand | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

The biggest failure in fashion.... In October of 2006, it made one really poor decision, and since then the company has not turned a profit. Less than two weeks before appointing the 43 year-old William L. McComb as CEO, the brand decided to make clothes for J.C. Penney. Since then, McComb's five-year-plus tenure has seen the stockcollapse, and five consecutive years of annual net loss totaling more than $2 billion dollars.

 

[Don't lower your brand's worth.]

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Klout | The Standard for Influence

Klout | The Standard for Influence | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it
Klout is the Standard for Influence. Join Klout to discover your influence and compare with others you may know.
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SEO Isn't What You Think It Is

SEO Isn't What You Think It Is | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

From The Article: "Both the Panda and Penguin updates contained very clear messages for marketers: stop focusing on technology and tricks and start focusing on people. If your website appeals to people, it will appeal to Google's algorithms too.

 

But the Panda and Penguin messages go deeper. With them, the search engines are openly acknowledging that a website isn't the only place on the Web that a brand needs to maintain a strong presence.

 

The interactive exchanges that people have with each other and with the brand--online--are happening in the social media channel, and the search engines are placing an increasing importance on how these conversations influence their views on brands and how their websites should rank.

 

This means that a brand can no longer rely on a well-optimized website to earn Google's attention. A brand must be a conversationalist, going where the people are and engaging them in discussion, and by doing that earn a wonderful reputation.

 

Smart brands are doing this by fully leveraging each social channels particular properties".

 

Full Article Here: http://www.fastcompany.com/3000283/seo-isnt-what-you-think-it

 

[Your site must appeal to people - I've been saying that for years.]


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Staying Current vs. Knowing Something and Why Curation Role Is To Provide Context and Meaning To The News

Staying Current vs. Knowing Something and Why Curation Role Is To Provide Context and Meaning To The News | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Robin Good: To be "in the know" is today often mistaken with being up-to-date. That is, having browsed and read what mainstream and social media have been serving lately.

 

But what is more important? Knowing the latest gossip and the hot issues on the Silicon Valley tech table or being able to understand in depth a topic and being abe to articulate a personal position relative to it?

 

It is on these matters that Andrew Battista, Assistant Professor, Information Literacy and Reference Librarian at the University of Montevallo in Alabama has wanted to focus the attention of his curation students, by writing an interesting article.

 

In it, he provides a short 1':53" short video (not visible to EU-based viewers due to rights-restrictions) extracted from a commercial TV series. In the clip, friends at a bar discuss over who is most in the know by referencing a bunch of articles and stories they have recently read.

 

Here Prof. Battista insightful comments: "What’s valued today is our ability to recognize surface-level bits of knowledge, and what we’ve lost, perhaps, is the ability to make, deep, meaningful connections between the things we read and the complex problems we face in the world.


Of course, it’s simply not realistic to expect that one person could possibly keep pace with all of the content in the publications Fred and Carrie list, which are but a sliver of all of the great journalism, blog writing, podcasts, news, and information that gets churned out every day.


Perhaps what is really being parodied here is the mistaken notion that one has to stay current with everything in order to come across as smart to one’s friends.


It’s just not possible, and we know that in this age of a swirling vortex of information, we have to find the right balance between knowing what the general buzz is and latching on to some information that we can use deeply.


This, in a nutshell, is the central challenge of information literacy, and I believe that curation, or the process of making decisions about what is good and what isn’t, is an integral skill for all citizens of the digital age that can help us become more information literate."

 

Recommended. 8/10

 

Full article + video (available only to US viewers): http://www.curationculture.org/archives/251#more-251

 

(Image credit: Literacy "Curation" Badge from the course taught by Prof. Battista - see CurationCulture.org)

 

 


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Google+ Report Card: Plus or Minus for SEOs, Users?

Google+ Report Card: Plus or Minus for SEOs, Users? | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Google+ isn’t the most dominant platform, but it’s the most impactful for organic search traffic and measurement.

 

The future of the Google+ platform and its growth will be a huge factor in shaping and changing Google search and organic strategies.

 

The question remains, however, are people really using Google+?

 

 

Read More: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2197590/Google-Report-Card-Plus-or-Minus-for-SEOs-Users


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Here comes Offbeatr, the Kickstarter for porn: Why you should take a look

Here comes Offbeatr, the Kickstarter for porn: Why you should take a look | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it
The adult entertainment industry is known to push the envelope and innovate online. But can it reinvent crowdfunding? That's what Offbeatr is trying to do with its Kickstarter for porn site, which actually has a few good ideas worth checking out.
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Content Curation Tools For Brands

Content Curation Tools For Brands | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Therese Torris researched content curation using mainly two curation tools: one more business-oriented tool, Scoop.it, to monitor four topics (including Content Curation and Mobile Payments included in the Curated Content section of this blog) and one consumer-oriented social curation tool, Pinterest, to curate half a dozen varied topics of personal interest (books, art, shoes, designer handbags.

 

Here is what she concluded from this research:

 

1) Content curation does help content discovery.

Curation helped me discover and share content on my favorite topics. Numerous reports show that social content curation à la Pinterest brings traffic to brand sites. Curated content embeds brand content into a rich inbound context of external content.


2) Social content curation fosters customer engagement.

Consumers who curate a brand’s content not only send it traffic, they also bring to the brand and its product a much needed validation. Brands like Whole Foods that participate in social curation on Pinterest increase their customers’ engagement.


3) Corporate curation tools help create a competitive advantage.

In addition to public social curation platforms, brands should use scoop.it or corporate collaborative content curation tools like Curata, CurationSoft or Zemanta to listen to their market, optimize their content and collaborate on their content strategy.

 

4) But content curation is no panacea for failing content creation.

Curated content supplements original brand content, it cannot replace it. If a brand has no story to tell, no original content, no topics to share with its audience and no Social Media strategy, content curation will only increase the overall online noise level.

 

Read More Here: http://www.scoop.it/t/seo-and-social-media-marketing/curate


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Which Social Platform Really Drives the Most Traffic? | Social Media Today

Which Social Platform Really Drives the Most Traffic? | Social Media Today | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

From The Original Article: "Facebook has regained domination for traffic driving over StumbleUpon, in fact, StumbleUpon seems to have dropped off quite dramatically this past year, but despite that fact, it still comes in as the number two traffic driver in social media well ahead of Twitter and edging out both Youtube and Pinterest.

 

With the tremendous buzz that Pinterest has been generating over the past few months and the fact that it was recently recognized that Pinterest drives up to 4x as much retail buying traffic as Facebook, the fact that StumbleUpon still drives more traffic than Pinterest is a big deal.

 

Then you look to YouTube, arguably the world's largest search engine, and it comes inbelow StumbleUpon as well, but just a hair ahead of Pinterest for the third place spot in real traffic driving among the major social media".

 

Read More: http://socialmediatoday.com/reyactive/650306/surprising-results-which-social-media-really-drive-more-traffic


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Google Launches SERP Menus

Google Launches SERP Menus | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Yesterday afternoon Google’s search engine results page (SERP) included clickable menus for select websites. [1] Here is a screenshot: If you click on a menu item, it loads another group of links.

 

Why would Google include menus in its search results and what are the implications for searchers, advertisers, and website owners?

 

First, these menus produce a better experience for searchers. You can quickly find the most relevant pages from within Google’s search results.

 

This saves you time. This feature also benefits advertisers and Google. If users are spending more time browsing Google’s search results they are probably more likely to see and click on a sponsored result. Higher click-through rates on ads equates to more revenue for Google.

 

Full Article: http://blog.intigi.com/google-launches-serp-menus/


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PKM Is Curation For Your Own Personal Growth | Harold Jarche

PKM Is Curation For Your Own Personal Growth | Harold Jarche | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Robin Good: PKM or Personal Knowledge Management may be indeed a very close relative to Content Curation. But while Content Curation, is done with a specific audience in mind, PKM is done for one's own learning.

Harold Jarche, looks at the relationship between the two and writes:

 

"The most important part of personal knowledge management (PKM), in my opinion, is the need for active sense-making.

 

Merely seeking and sharing information does little other than create more noise online.

Sense-making takes time, discipline, and effort.

 

-> One strength of PKM is the “manual” nature of sense-making activities. The act of writing a blog post, a tweet, or an annotation on a social bookmark all force you to think a bit more than clicking once and filing it to an automated system.

 

-> Sense-making, or placing information into context, is where the real personal value of PKM lies.

 

-> The knowledge gained from PKM is an emergent property of all its activities.

 

Merely tagging an article does not create knowledge. ...


The difference between PKM and Curation is that the former is personal, while the latter is for an intended audience."

 

 

Insightful. 8/10

 

Full article: http://www.jarche.com/2012/07/pkm-as-pre-curation/

 

 


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Beth Kanter's comment, July 13, 2012 10:46 AM
I have been using his framework for the past year and a half to teach curation to nonprofits. Linking curation to nonprofit staffer work flow is a great way to get people to use curation!
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Sex Sells… Swans

Sex Sells… Swans | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it
A recent study may have found an increase in ads using sex to sell, but using sex to sell has been around a long long time. Perhaps the study didn’t...
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N.Y. Sen. Marty Golden cancels feminine etiquette class after outrage

N.Y. Sen. Marty Golden cancels feminine etiquette class after outrage | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

by (CBS/AP) NEW YORK

 

A New York state lawmaker has canceled a feminine etiquette class after it incited outcry from his colleagues and constituents.

 

Republican Sen. Marty Golden's website advertised a July 24 class that would teach women from his Brooklyn district to "sit, stand and walk like a model" and how to "walk up and down a stair elegantly," according to CBS Station WCBS.

 

Other goals of the "Polished Professional" summer series were to teach women "posture, deportment and the feminine presence," as well as how to "correctly introduce self and others to: religious leaders, politicians, military and other socially prominent officials." [MORE]


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The 25 Funniest Vintage Tech Ads

The 25 Funniest Vintage Tech Ads | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it
My oh my, how things have changed. These 25 vintage tech ads are guaranteed to take you back -- and, in most cases, remind you how truly terrible our tastes once were.

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Content Curation As an Autonomous Collective Process That Shapes Our Global Networked Consciousness

Content Curation As an Autonomous Collective Process That Shapes Our Global Networked Consciousness | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Robin Good: I agree. Curation is an autonomous process of collective intelligence, where you and me, and all the others who sift and select from the ocean of information passing through them, unconsciouly help our global brain, to make sense of the information we have ourselves created.

 

Even those who simply like, share or retweet, contribute to this process, by gradually filtering and marking what is most interesting and relevant to them.

 

Evolver.fm writes on Wired: "There’s too much stuff. We can help each other find it. This is what the age of curation is about.

 

Yes, it’s amusing to make fun of people who seem to retweet other people’s links all day, but that’s giving all of those retweeters and Likers too little credit by far.

 

What they’re really doing is strengthening connections in the global brain, in much the same way the axons and dendrites in our brain grow and lose connections to shape our minds."

 

"Content curation is the natural evolution of our globally networked consciousness.

 

This sounds like a bunch of hippie drivel, but we really are creating a global brain, of sorts, by encoding human knowledge and tracking human activity.

 

Using the human nodes of this network to strengthen some of these connections while weakening others (by choosing either to pass along i.e., ‘curate’ information or not to pass it along) helps this global brain function better as a system, which in turn increases its power whenever any of us need to tap into it.

 

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When we curate, for whatever reason and in whatever form, we are enhancing a connection in the global neural network we are inadvertently creating."

 

Insightful. 7/10

 

Full article: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/07/curation/ 

 


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Tina Stock's comment, July 6, 2012 11:15 AM
Robin - thanks for the excellent commentary. I always appreciate your posts!
Robin Good's comment, July 6, 2012 11:47 AM
Thank you Tina, much appreciated.
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Tweets do affect Rankings [Study]

Tweets do affect Rankings [Study] | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

From the original article: "In the biggest study of its kind, we have found that there is strong correlation between the amount of tweets about a URL, and its Google ranking.

 

Key Stats

1) Study shows that URLs receive a significant boost in Google rankings when they are shared on Twitter

 

2) The effects of this boost seem to level out at around 50 tweets, and the subsequent benefit of gaining additional tweets is minimal until around 5,000 tweets

 

3) After 5,000 tweets the average ranking of URLs improves considerably
URLs receiving over 7,500 tweets almost always rank inside the top 5 results

 

4) Average rankings are heavily correlated to the number of tweets about each URL".

 

Full Article Here: http://www.branded3.com/tweets-vs-rankings


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Content Curation Sneaks Up on Marketers

There are many varying opinions of curation, but what most people don't realize is that they curating information every day. 

 

Adding commentary to content, however, is what establishes the difference between curation and simply sharing. Scoop.it aims to create a place where you can share all of your content while adding your own commentary, and then push this content to all of your different social media presences. This is where the value of curation truly lies.


Thanks to Ardath Albee for this insightful post.


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Magazine trends study finds increase in advertisements using sex

Magazine trends study finds increase in advertisements using sex | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

"Some young men actually think Axe body spray will drive women crazy."

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Curator comment: although not specifically pertaining to the topic of additive/compulsive sexual behavior, this article highlights how our overall culture is increasingly sexualized, which obviously influences the prevalence of problematic sexual behavior.

 

Source: ScienceDaily, "Your source for the latest research news." June 5, 2012.

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The Bastardization of the Term Curator and What Museum Curators Think of It

The Bastardization of the Term Curator and What Museum Curators Think of It | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Robin Good: "A throwdown about the term "curator"". This is the title that Suse Cairns gave to her recent article, in which she opens by writing: "Lately, questions about the bastardisation of the term curator have been emerging around the blogosphere.

 

The Hermitage Museum wrote An Open Letter to Everyone Using the Word ‘Curate’ Incorrectly on the Internet, and Digital Transformations recently asked whether DJs are curators, and vice versa.

 

Their opening volley caught my attention:

 

"The word ‘curator’ gets used liberally these days to talk about stuff people do on the web. But does that devalue the term?

 

Is there any way what someone does on Facebook is comparable to the years of training and knowledge which goes into curating collections in museums and galleries?"

 

I believe that if Suse Cairns had the opportunity to see the real work that goes into professional content or news curation, she would not hesitate an instant in recognizing how skilled and experienced a person must be, in several disciplines, to even consider attempting doing such a job.

 

On the other hand, I can't but agree with her colleagues who are pulling their hair in disgust when they see people proudly "picking" and republishing other people content "as is" while defining themselves as "curators".

 

I must also convene with her complaining colleagues that curation has little or nothing to do with personal expression and social sharing, two reputable and valuable activities, which can be carried out with similar tools, but which require very different skills and time, and which have very little in common beyond the immediate surface. 

 

If one does not look or pay attention at these small details it is very easy to get caught into misleading generalizations (content curation is useless, etc.).

 

I am actually pointing to this article, not so much for the good effort that Suse Cairns to reconciliate traditional museum curators with the new self-acclaimed content curators, but for the excellent series of comments that her short article did spark.

 

Among them, I have excerpted this little gem from Suse herself: "I’m reading Stephen E. Weil’s Rethinking the Museum, and there is a section that seems entirely appropriate to this discussion.

 

On page 53, Weil discusses the work of John Cotton Dana, and writes “In his 1917 book The New Museum, Dana urged that museums of the future make a special effort to attract the young and to interest them in making collections of their own – collections that they might ultimately share with the public. This development of the collecting habit, he wrote:


“...with its accompanying education of powers of observation, its training in handiwork, its tendency to arouse interests theretofore unsuspected even by those who possess them, its continuous suggestions toward good taste and refinement which lie in the process of installing even the most modest of collections, and its leaning towards sound civic interest through doing for one’s community a helpful thing – this work of securing the co-operation of boys and girls, making them useful while they are gaining their own pleasure and carrying on their own education, is one of the coming museum’s most promising fields.”"


With this idea in mind, maybe this idea of collecting or “curating” online – even if it were only simple list-making – can be seen as an interesting, useful and positive thing."

 

Inspiring. Sense-making. 9/10

 

Read the full article and ALL the comments here: http://museumgeek.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/a-throwdown-about-the-term-curator/ 


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suse cairns's comment, October 13, 2012 3:05 AM
Hi Robin. I've held off on responding to this, but when it was rescooped today I decided that I would write in to chat about your interpretation of my initial post. It was not actually my original intention to "reconciliate traditional museum curators with the new self-acclaimed content curators", nor was I dismissing professional content "curation". Instead, I was speaking to the evolution in the nomenclature; to the fact that the word 'curator' is now being used widely beyond the borders of the museum sector, much to the chagrin of many within it. In fact, I was arguing that if people like yourself, professional content curators, want to use the term 'curator' to describe themselves, then that was a positive thing - something that not everyone in my sector would (or did) agree with. Your interpretation of my initial post is understandably coloured by your own perspective, but this also means you are reading into the discussion things that were not necessarily there.
Robin Good's comment, October 13, 2012 3:11 AM
Thanks Suse for your kind comments and for sharing your thoughts on this. As I have written there is plenty of good things you have written in your article, and our ability to understand and make meaning out of newly explored grounds like this one, is enriched by not having everyone agree and see things in the same way.

I am still thankful to your post which provided lots of valuable insight and some good sparks for extra discussion.
suse cairns's comment, October 14, 2012 3:32 AM
Fantastic to hear. One of the most enjoyable and interesting things about the Internet, I think, is the space it makes for conversation across all kinds of boundaries; sparks for discussion indeed. It's those new connections, across spaces, that open up room for new kinds of thinking and understanding.
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The Curated Shopping Experience: Great Examples at Work

The Curated Shopping Experience: Great Examples at Work | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The shopping experience is about to change as advertising messages keep losing efficiency, at least when compared with trusted social recommendations.

 

And some brands, having well understood this mechanism, are already banking on it. 

 

If you are curious to get a glimpse of what the online shopping experience is increasingly going to look like, look no further than the excellent examples portrayed in this article.

 

From Cloverleafinnovation: "To filter the noise, shoppers increasingly turn for advice to a “trusted source,” which might be a retailer, a manufacturer brand, a mass media source (e.g. magazine, TV), or close, personal contacts.

 

We just don’t have time to visit every store, research every product feature and benefit, and uncover the optimal “just right for me” product.

 

Instead, shoppers are now looking for trusted curators who will present us with a small, personally tailored set of choices.

 

Think of it like one of those major traveling exhibits of Titanic or Pompeii artifacts. The museum-goers trust the exhibit curator to choose the most exciting pieces to display, out of hundreds that might be warehoused; to organize them in logical fashion, ideally placing them in some kind of historical or environmental context; and finally to label or describe them so we can understand what we’re viewing and relate it to our own life.

 

Here are three current examples of curation in action:..."

 

Excellent. 9/10

 

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deviantART is applying to manage .art domain

deviantART is applying to manage .art domain | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

deviantART is applying to manage the new Top Level Domain (TLD) called .art "DeviantART is committed to have the .art TLD in the hands of representatives of the arts; people who know something about the Internet and the way art is presented and enabled by the Internet."

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Social Annotations in Search: Now Your Social Network = Rankings

Social Annotations in Search: Now Your Social Network = Rankings | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

From The Original Article: "For years, the best way to gain rankings in search results was to have:

 

1) Accessible pages featuring
2) Quality content
3) Targeting the right keywords
4) In a way that naturally earned external links

 

Now a huge social reach is a competitive advantage in SEO. If you're doing SEO today, I think it's no longer possible to ignore the growth of your social connections as a big part of your SEO strategy.

 

Honestly, I expect in 18 months, Twitter followers, Facebook connections, LinkedIn account size and engagement across these won't just be social metrics; they'll be KPIs for our SEO, too".

 

Full article Here: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/social-annotations-in-search-now-your-social-network-rankings

 

 


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SEO Is More Important Than Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

SEO Is More Important Than Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

According to research by BlueCaribu it is in fact Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO, that is still dominating businesses thoughts, with 9.1 million related searches every month.

 

The complete research carried out by BlueCaribu is presented in this awesome info graphic they have produced.


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There’s no such thing as an objective filter: Why designing algorithms that tell us the news is hard

There’s no such thing as an objective filter: Why designing algorithms that tell us the news is hard | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

"filtering algorithm design is one of those wildly interdisciplinary problems. The challenge is to imagine systems that:
forward societal goals that we think are important, yet are precise enough to be phrased as performance yardsticks,
combine algorithms with humans in a productive way, and
can actually be built with available technology."

Great article explaining the different approaches that technologists and humanists take to deliver "relevant"news. The temptation of the "all technology" could be strong in a world where algorithms seem to solve many problems. But it's not only about "solving". Accessing news should be also about serendipity, exploration and "feeling" what people could like to discover. And human interactions stay key to be inspired. Curators of the digital age could be the link between these two different visions. Curation cor Scoop.it is a celebration of the humanrithm, to build a deep culture of exploration. Accessing knowledge is not enough anymore. Exploring the opportunity of collective wisdom is an amazing challenge.


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50: Rough Sketches - LA Times Magazine

50: Rough Sketches - LA Times Magazine | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

"Noel Petter's concept paintings for 1930s consumer packaging sent a clear message to Depression-era shoppers -- forget your troubles, c'mon get happy"

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The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.