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The Perfect Storm: Tech, Healthcare and Market Research Collide

January 26th, 2015


If you feel overwhelmed with the number of articles or blog posts about transformation in healthcare, you are not alone. Industry analysts seem to be racing with each other to be first with their lists of predictions and “megatrends.” With technology gaining momentum in re-defining the “how” of healthcare delivery, a storm is on our horizon.


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5 Simple Ways to Become a Workplace Rock Star

January 19th, 2015


In my years as a production artist, I have acquired some good habits I think help me to be more productive on a daily basis. I know the Internet is chock-full of blog posts on this matter, but this is more of my own personal take on the subject. I work in a busy ad agency that often assigns job tasks with due dates that may seem impossible at times. When the due dates start bringing pressure, every second counts, and that’s where these tips will come in handy.

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Does it Matter if Your Moderator is From Venus or Mars?

January 12th, 2015

Eric Brall

The fact that selecting the right moderator for a market research campaign is of the utmost importance is nothing new. In fact, some believe that this is one of the most important considerations when designing market research. However, lately I’ve been thinking more about what selecting the “right” moderator really means.


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Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala – The Color of Wine

January 5th, 2015


Here’s a toast to Pantone Color Institute’s much anticipated 2015 Color of the Year. Get out that bottle of wine and pour yourself a glass of Marsala, the earthy, robust, wine-red color of 2015! With eagerness for its arrival, it’s time to welcome this new color to any element of design that is embraced.

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Brand Association Through Holiday Cards

December 22nd, 2014

Min Skivington

Well, it’s that time of year again – the time of year when holiday cards fill both our mailboxes and email inboxes. So how can you differentiate your holiday card from another? Beyond that, how can you differentiate your company/brand? Here are three factors to consider when coming up with your company holiday card.

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The Psychology of Better Brand-Building

December 15th, 2014

Frank Schab

The power of brands comes from the fact that they live in the human mind. And that means that brands fall under the domain of psychology. If you want to build better, stronger and more successful brands, you need to learn to apply behavioral principles from the field of psychology.

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So you want to build or revamp a website? Key things you now need to consider before starting.

December 8th, 2014

Heather Harrington

Fired up to build a new website? Here are some important items to keep in mind before you jump into development. Gone are the days of enlisting a web developer to update every single item for you. With a modern CMS (Content Management System), usability and ease of updating are better than ever. WordPress is a great example of a customizable CMS, and not just for blogs anymore. Not only does a developer have the flexibility to direct the design, any regular Joe is capable of updating content through the WordPress interface.


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Content Marketing in Motion: Animation and the Sensory Experience

December 1st, 2014


As a digital media designer and animator I may be a little biased, but here goes nothing…

Motion graphics are everywhere. And they are awesome. Odds are that if you don’t live in a cave, you are exposed to a number of them every single day. From online videos to TV commercials, the amount of animated content we see is growing like crazy.



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Bad Meaning Good: Word Evolution and its Issue in Brand-Building

November 24th, 2014


It seems just about every day I read a new headline about “hacking.” And the majority of the time, it’s not about some malicious act by an anonymous person or group seeking to steal credit and debit card information (Target and JPMorgan Chase  ) or sensitive phone and Internet records of unsuspecting Americans (Snowden & NSA). The “hacking” references I see, quite often refer to some socially beneficial activity. Just the opposite of what so many of us have come to think of when we hear the word “hack” or “hacking.”


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A Novel, Psycho-Sensory Approach to Qualitative Discussion Guide Development

November 17th, 2014


If you’ve ever led a market research project, you’ve likely encountered this at some point: the kitchen sink dilemma. That’s the term one of my clients years ago affectionately used to refer to a project we worked on together (Jen, you know who you are). It was because as the discussion guide evolved, the team kept adding and adding more questions than we could conceivably fit into a 60-minute discussion.


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What’s the difference between responsive vs. adaptive web design? [No code-talk, promise.]

November 10th, 2014


Ever gone to a website using your smart phone only to find that the entire website is showing on your tiny little screen? It’s really small so you can’t actually read anything – much less click on a link. So you zoom in, scroll and tap around a little, then zoom again to see the area you’re looking for. Frustrating!


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The Importance of a Branding and Identity Style Guide

November 3rd, 2014


Consistently communicating the brand platform at every level of interaction with customers is key to increasing brand engagement in a saturated marketing landscape. Psycho-sensory research tells us that the majority of information is communicated through nonverbal (or sensory) channels. So, a clear, coordinated visual identity is critical to formulating and executing a successful brand-building strategy – one that reinforces brand perceptions and manages audience motivations and expectations.


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Brand-building and the Celebrity Effect

October 27th, 2014


It’s generally understood that we are all influenced by branding. We buy Oakley sunglasses, Starbucks coffee, Nike shoes, Apple devices, etc. These products are personal to us, they make us feel a certain way and they reflect how we see ourselves in society if not some of our inner most values.

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Specialization: If All You Have Is a Hammer…

October 20th, 2014


Specialization can be, well, quite special. At its best it can indicate status and mastery over information—like being the most knowledgeable member in a particular field—or even over nature—where a specialization to one’s physical environment allows for perfect niche exploitation.

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The Ultimate Brand 2.0: YOU.

October 13th, 2014


“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.”
– 1997 Tom Peters  Fast Company

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