Category Archives: Marketing

Piranha-shaped floss dispensers

Piranha-shaped floss dispensers These $15 plastic piranha dental floss dispensers come in five colors and turn the loose end of floss into a bit of gristle caught between the piranha’s fearsome teeth.   Link (via Popgadget)       Posted … Continue reading

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Smells Like Teen Angst

Move over Britney, Beckham, and Beyonce, Marilyn Manson says he’s planning to launch his own fragrance early next year. He told Women’s Wear Daily that one of the major fragrance companies will release it and that he was “inspired by the … Continue reading

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Chilling UNICEF spot puts Smurfs in war zone

CBC Arts UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, has recruited the Smurfs to deliver a blunt message about the plight of child soldiers. The campaign advertisement to be broadcast on national television in Belgium begins with the blue-skinned characters romping … Continue reading

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Philanthropy the Wal-Mart way

Will the Walton Family Foundation become a $20 billion tax-exempt opponent of public education? by Bill Berkowitz | Media Transparency Today most people think they know the story of Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, owned by the Walton family of … Continue reading

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Toilet Paper

For anyone who has traveled outside of North America (particularly in the 3rd or emerging world), you probably already know that even that which we would consider our most “economical” toilet paper is abjectly luxurious as compared to what is … Continue reading

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Hollywood Marketing Films Through Churches

Hollywood Marketing ‘Family-Friendly’ Films Through Churches, to Capitalize on ‘Passion’ SuccessBy GARY GENTILE | AP At some of the largest and most influential Christian churches in the country, the lights dim and congregants watch a sneak preview of a new … Continue reading

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Opening Pandora’s inbox

The Economist Global Agenda Microsoft has reached a settlement with one of the world’s leading spammers which includes a payment of $7m to the software giant. Despite legal and technological challenges, spamming is still a big problem. And a new … Continue reading

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Bug Me Not

Jessica Helfand at Design Observer recently took a look at those pesky graphic atrocities known as “station identification bugs.” The article offers few solutions, but the piece (along with its reader comments) makes for an interesting read. One point the … Continue reading

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Holding Wal-Mart Accountable

  Poor Wal-Mart! On May 12, the retailer announced disappointing quarterly earnings, admitting that next quarter would probably fall below analysts’ expectations as well. As a result, Wal-Mart’s stock took yet another hit. Among other reasons, Wal-Mart blamed unseasonably cool … Continue reading

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Brand Canada — No More

Canadian (U.S.) Club Whisky known to Canucks as ‘CC’ falls prey to the era of globalization Naomi Powell | The Hamilton Spectator First it was Tim Hortons. Then it was Molson. Now ownership of Canadian Club, the legendary whisky known … Continue reading

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Amway’s GOPyramid Scheme

Amway’s GOPyramid Scheme Check out this story about the former Amway insider’s (Eric Schebeler) exposé, entitled Merchants of Deception: An Insider’s Look at the Worldwide, Systematic Conspiracy of Lies That is Amway / Quixtar and their Motivational organization.   “How the … Continue reading

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Down and Out in Discount America

Article by Liza Featherstone – Posted December 16, 2004 at the Nation. On the day after Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year, Wal-Mart’s many progressive critics–not to mention its business competitors–finally enjoyed a bit of schadenfreude when the … Continue reading

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I’m Dying to See Inside One of These

If you haven’t already realized the inevitable, here’s some sad news: we are all going to die at some point. I like to watch trends.  In the Funeral Industry — and increasingly since 1975 — family-run Funeral Homes have become … Continue reading

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