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Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
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What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine

What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

Expectations, argued the neuroscientists Lauren Atlas and Tor Wager in a recent review, can influence our experience in two interrelated ways. There is the conscious influence, or those things we are knowingly aware of: I’ve had this wine before and liked or hated it; I’ve been to this vineyard; I love this grape; the color reminds me of a wine I had earlier that was delicious. As our experience grows, so do our expectations. Every time we have a wine, we taste everything we know about it and other related wines. Then there are the unconscious factors: the weather is getting on our nerves, or our dining companion is; we’ve loved or hated this restaurant before; I’m mad at my boss over something he said this morning; the music is too loud, and the room is too cold. These can all affect taste, too, even though they are unrelated to the wine itself.

One of the things wine researchers like to do, in fact, is manipulate some small factor of the environment or the wine to see how perceptions of taste are affected. If we are compelled by the description of the vineyard, its owners, or its history, we are likely to pay more for a bottle. Salzman admits, after we’ve handed in our scores, that that’s the reason he gave us so much background on the wines beforehand.

Information about the vineyard at least tells us something about the wine, but even factors that don’t, like price, can have an influence.

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Extrapolate across products, brands, consumers...

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Extrapolate across products, brands, consumers...

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Stop shops sorting toys by gender, says equalities minister

Stop shops sorting toys by gender, says equalities minister | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Separating toys into boys' and girls' aisles may discourage girls from science and engineering careers, says Jenny Wilmott



Via Caroline Claeys
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Gender between your ears not your legs. Time to smash taboos like gender specific toys.

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How to Take Your Vintage Shop to the Next Level

How to Take Your Vintage Shop to the Next Level | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Ready to turn your vintage hobby into a full-time gig? Find out how to take the plunge with winning tips from a seasoned pro.
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Porn-Opine: Getting My Mocks Off

Porn-Opine: Getting My Mocks Off | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it


Porn exists because people want it.

We want it to get off. We want it to get our partners off. We want it to mock. But we want it.


Via Gracie Passette
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NWS, but excellent points about porn & "the media"

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, June 14, 11:07 PM

Some great lines in this ~ esp the part about pies lol

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Are Digital Distractions Monopolizing Reading Time? : Publishing Perspectives

Are Digital Distractions Monopolizing Reading Time? : Publishing Perspectives | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Books do furnish a room, but according to many in the publishing industry, the fear is that emails, online video texts and tweets will prevent them being read.

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A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them | Social Media Today

A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them | Social Media Today | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

Internet language has evolved considerably over the past few years as social media has taken off. Hashtags are a huge part of this evolution. What once was a telephone button is now a social media phenomenon.  No wonder people are curious.


When they ask, I tell them that hashtags are a pound sign immediately followed by a keyword. They're used for categorization on social media. Yes, they can be annoying if overused. And yes, I've seen the hashtag video of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.


Hashtags also have the potential to be truly valuable. The stats and info below make a pretty clear case that we should be understanding, using, and appreciating hashtags....


Via Jeff Domansky
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Important for readers & writers, researchers & marketers

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 20, 12:45 AM

Kevan Lee says hashtags rule and it's time you learned how to use them effectively.

Two Pens's curator insight, June 20, 10:29 AM

Good  explanation and. Tips on #tags. 

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, June 21, 12:29 AM

Most people don't really use hashtags because it sounds too confusing.  I'll admit I don't use them either but I know I should.

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This Ingenious Hoodie Could Save Homeless People's Lives

This Ingenious Hoodie Could Save Homeless People's Lives | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
When Anders Hsi constructed a hoodie that zips up the front of a wearer’s face, he had in mind a person who values his privacy, like a passenger on an airplane.

But when a homeless man named Joe approached Hsi and was eager to try on the inn...

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Markets dictate

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Consumer Psychology & the E-Commerce Checkout

Consumer Psychology & the E-Commerce Checkout | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
We all love a bit of online shopping but what goes through our head before we click to buy items over the web?

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Could Sellers Benefit from the Amazon - Hachette Standoff?

Could Sellers Benefit from the Amazon - Hachette Standoff? | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
You've probably heard about the battle between Amazon.com and Hachette; it's been all over the media, and ...
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Panic vs reality, and potential opportunity.

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Breaks down the situation as well as presents the realities.

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Check Out Girls #YesAllWomen

Check Out Girls #YesAllWomen | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
I've written / ranted about this sort of thing before. If I let myself shop a lot, I could make a whole website devoted to this subject of inappropriate clothing that sexualizes children. That's sa...
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[Cambodia] Workers Turn Models on Political Catwalk

[Cambodia] Workers Turn Models on Political Catwalk | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

About 150 garment workers turned out to the Phnom Penh of­fices of the United Sisterhood Alliance NGO on Sunday to watch a politically charged fashion show entitled “Beautiful Clothes, Ugly Reality.”

Aimed to highlight the income gap between Cambodian garment workers and the selected CEOs of brand companies. The two-hour program featured a medley of cat-walking, political theater and speeches calling for a $160 month­ly basic wage. 


Via AMRC Hong Kong, malek
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“The arrest, ban, threats and killing of our activists cannot prevent a workers’ movement,” said Hil Chandy, 23. “We still demand all buyers take responsibility to find a solution for $160 for all workers.”

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malek's curator insight, May 27, 9:50 AM

Not exactly your kind of models, but poor workers  still have rich voice. 

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A n (Unintended) Conversation About Amazon & The Book Industry

A n (Unintended) Conversation About Amazon & The Book Industry | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
no-appy-polly-loggies asked: (( hey! so you just rebloged my post about globes - awesome! i'm glad you did! but you also added a link to amazon as a way to promote the purchase of the book. while i'm...
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It can be hard to follow conversations on Tumblr, so the conversation starts here: http://fair-oaks-antiques.tumblr.com/post/87720548729/hey-so-you-just-rebloged-my-post-about-globes


Does Amazon offend you? Do the stories affect your book and other purchases?

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it can be hard to follow conversations on Tumblr, so the conversation starts here: http://fair-oaks-antiques.tumblr.com/post/87720548729/hey-so-you-just-rebloged-my-post-about-globes


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eBay Files Patent for Protecting Sellers from Chronic Returners

eBay Files Patent for Protecting Sellers from Chronic Returners | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

Having a buyer return an item is a bother to online sellers and can be costly as well. In a patent filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office, eBay acknowledged that how to handle buyers who frequently return items was a major concern for ecommerce sellers.

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eBay Gives Buyers Mixed Messages on How Cases Impact Sellers

eBay Gives Buyers Mixed Messages on How Cases Impact Sellers | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
eBay must have a case of whipklash due to its changing stance on open cases and how they affect sellers' performance ...
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{pricing} 46 random tips to help you price your stuff

{pricing} 46 random tips to help you price your stuff | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

pricing. seriously, i think this is one of the most challenging parts of
building your own little biz.

last week i recommended an ebook called earn what you deserve. this book  does not give you a magic formula for figuring out your pricing. what it does do is tackle the underlying issues you need to consider before you can really charge what you are worth.

let me say that again. no pricing advice in the world is going to help you
if you do not have a sense of the value of your work.

earn what you deserve is going to help you do that. with it, you consider
what it means to be a biz owner, tackle your own beliefs about money and finances, figure out the true cost of doing business, look at new ways of marketing and selling, and start to build your own sense of value in your work and your product. once you have done that, then what?

well it is time to look at what you have been charging for your product. as
promised i have compiled a list of tips, advice and strategies from all
over the place that may help you with this. this is not a step-by-step
formula for figuring out your price. (if i ever find the elusive, magic
step-by-step formula for pricing i will share it immediately!) what i have
done is a lot of research into different strategies and taken the bits and
pieces that make sense to me and apply them to what i do. so i am sharing those bits and pieces with you here.

first, let’s get your head in the game...

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20 Facts About The Great U.S. Retail Apocalypse That Will Blow Your Mind

20 Facts About The Great U.S. Retail Apocalypse That Will Blow Your Mind | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

If the U.S. economy is getting better, then why are major retail chains closing thousands of stores?  If we truly are in an “economic recovery”, then why do sales figures continue to go down for large retailers all over the country?  Without a doubt, the rise of Internet retailing giants such as Amazon.com have had a huge impact.  Today, there are millions of Americans that actually prefer to shop online.  Personally, when I published my novel I made it solely available on Amazon.  But Internet shopping alone does not account for the great retail apocalypse that we are witnessing. 


In fact, some retail experts estimate that the Internet has accounted for only about 20 percent of the decline that we are seeing.  Most of the rest of it can be accounted for by the slow, steady death of the middle class U.S. consumer.  Median household income has declined for five years in a row, but all of our bills just keep going up.  That means that the amount of disposable income that average Americans have continues to shrink, and that is really bad news for retailers....


Via Jeff Domansky
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One of the ways the class warfare of the wealthy will hit them back -- in the wallet.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 9, 10:08 AM

Challenges ahead for retail, mostly based on the disappearance of good paying jobs for middle-class Americans.

Diane Dennis's curator insight, April 9, 11:27 AM

How we shop for goods and services shifts to your marketplace, the internet. Own it.

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Are these the top key trends in understanding consumer behaviour?

Are these the top key trends in understanding consumer behaviour? | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

"Fluid, hyperconnected and highly personal; how can brands tap into today’s urban tribes? ..."


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5 Tips for Writing Stellar Product Descriptions | The Etsy Blog

5 Tips for Writing Stellar Product Descriptions | The Etsy Blog | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Crafting item descriptions can feel like an art form in itself. Learn how to create listings that entice buyers and reflect your shop's unique style.
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EBay Says "Win Big With Collectibles"

EBay Says "Win Big With Collectibles" | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Among the steps eBay is taking to try to bring back their antiques and collectibles presence, is a new series of Collector Events: Discover another world of shopping -- with items from around the w...
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Shyp | The easiest way to ship anything.

Shyp | The easiest way to ship anything. | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Shyp is the easiest way to ship anything. The mobile app provides an easy on demand shipping experience. Shyp is transforming how you send items by replacing the traditional hassles with a delightful experience.
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Shyp launched on March 26, 2014; they currently serve San Francisco only. It will be interesting to see if this takes off. (No mention of rate of pay for "shyp heroes".)

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What’s Next for Native Ads?

What’s Next for Native Ads? | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

Native advertising is flourishing across social media, content portals, news properties, video-sharing sites and streaming services. Increased mobile use of these venues has fueled much of the growth, since native ads work best in the content streams that people tend to access on smartphones and tablets, according to a new eMarketer report, “Native Advertising: Difficult to Define, but Definitely Growing.”

Perceptions about what constitutes native advertising are as varied as the ads themselves and the places where they appear. There’s still disagreement over basic terminology such as “native advertising,” “sponsored content” and “branded content.” Some make distinctions among those terms, while others use them interchangeably.

Deanna Dahlsad's insight:

I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 23, 7:33 PM

I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 23, 7:34 PM

I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.

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Not Happy with Your Email Metrics? Include a Coupon

Not Happy with Your Email Metrics? Include a Coupon | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Marketers are seeing far more success with emails that include coupons vs. those that do not. Research finds that such communications increase open, click and transaction rates, as well as revenue per email.
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Surprise! Consumers want to open an email that has something in it for them.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 23, 7:06 PM

It's still direct marketing, y'all.

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Forget Carl Icahn Proposal, eBay Should Sell Itself to - Google?

Forget Carl Icahn Proposal, eBay Should Sell Itself to - Google? | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
With Carl Icahn pressuring eBay to spin off PayPal and shareholders getting antsy about eBay's valuation not being equal to the sum of its parts, a Wall Street analyst boldly put forth another proposal - Google should acquire eBay and use its ecommerce and payments capabilities to fend off Amazon.
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Lena Dunham 'Nauseated' by Woody Allen, But 'I'm Not Gonna Indict the Work' - TheWrap

Lena Dunham 'Nauseated' by Woody Allen, But 'I'm Not Gonna Indict the Work' - TheWrap | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
"I'm not comfortable living in a world where art is part of how we convict people of crimes"

Via Andrea Fernandes
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The power of the consumer; see also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/2011/05/we-all-end-up-paying-for-it-celebrities-or-not/

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 18, 5:20 PM

On the difference between art & consumption; see also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/2011/05/we-all-end-up-paying-for-it-celebrities-or-not/


Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 18, 5:25 PM

See also how you can affect the media, take action on issues & impact celebrities http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/2011/05/we-all-end-up-paying-for-it-celebrities-or-not/

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SXSW: Millennials Trust User-Generated Content 50% More Than Traditional Media - SocialTimes

SXSW: Millennials Trust User-Generated Content 50% More Than Traditional Media - SocialTimes | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

User-generated content makes up 30 percent of millennials media time, and they trust it 35 percent more than other sources.


The findings provide marketers with insights into millennials’ media habits and how to access them. This generation will soon have record-breaking purchasing power and the study confirms that millennials are most influenced by user-generated content.


As a whole, millennials spend a whopping 18 hours per day consuming different media across several devices. User-generated content makes up 30 percent of that time (5.4 hours), second only to traditional media like print, television and radio at 33 percent. But millennials trust information found in user-generated content 50 percent more than information from traditional media sources and find user-generated content 35 percent more memorable than other sources....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 11, 11:37 AM

If there's no relevance, why would millennials trust traditional media? First, they're not even seeing it. It's part of the bigger trend that will eventually impact older generations as well.

Patrick Frison Roche's curator insight, March 12, 7:45 AM

Should brand rejoice at more scary stats on user-generated content VS traditional #media revealed at SXSW ? #millennials (aka #genY in other parts of the world) primarily trust... themselves.

Debra Walker's curator insight, March 12, 7:53 PM

More and more the need for effective storytelling to connect with clients, particularly in light of the increasing relevance of user generated content.  So exciting to be working with brands and brand identity in this connective economy.

Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
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Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
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I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
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In The Name Of God
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Kinsanity
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Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
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/
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Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
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