Real World

What Can Presidential Campaigns Teach Us About Marketing?

Get noticed this campaign season. Image via berkeley.edu.

If you are anything like me, you've probably been watching the election season unfold with some blend of consternation and amusement, and maybe even a touch of admiration. You may not agree with many (or any) of the candidates' policies. But from a marketing perspective, election years nevertheless provide fascinating and useful insights into the hearts and ...

Beat the Winter Blues and Keep Customers Happy

As I write, Winter Storm Jonas is surrounding my home. The wind is whipping, the walls are cold and the ground is covered in snow. The plows are not here yet and it is very quiet because I hear no trains, no planes, and no cars. I know a lot of people dislike winter and easily ...

A Better, Brighter Place: Talking with TEDx Speaker Ikumi Kayama

The artist at work.

Tell us a little about yourself! My name is Ikumi Kayama and I'm a professional medical and scientific illustrator. I own and operate my own studio, Studio Kayama LLC. A lot of my illustrations end up in science textbooks, medical brochures, and signs and panels at museums and natural parks. My mission is to create illustrations that make modern ...

Independence and Reinventing Yourself: An Interview with a Small Business Owner

Sometimes there is a decisive  moment when you know you need change in your life. Perhaps the place where you are in life doesn't fulfill you or maybe you want to do something completely different.  To dream is one thing, but to actually take the  step and change your life and follow a dream takes both ...