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Love IKEA? Now Your House Can Smell Like It

What do cinnamon buns, lingonberries and assemble-yourself-bookcases smell like? IKEA … and soon you can bring that smell home in a fragrance developed by independent Swedish fragrance creator Byredo. The idea is an interesting exploration of how broadly a brand experience could go. Given the power of smell to evoke memory, something like this could … Read more

Why America Needs Feminists (And Sweden Doesn’t)

This week a short but powerful piece from former model Paulina Porizkova casts a powerful light on the role of women in different cultures and her own struggles with being a woman first in the Czech Republic, then in Sweden and finally in her adopted home of America. Touching on sexuality, power, and politics – … Read more

How Netflix Predicts Watching Habits, Awful Magazine Covers & The World’s Spiciest Tortilla Chip

This week the Internet went crazy talking about how Brangelina split. Despite how important that “news” might be – it’s clearly not the kind of “non-obvious” story I have to share today. Instead, this week’s underappreciated marketing stories feature YouTube’s desperate plan to fix their longtime problem with comments, a glimpse into what Netflix might do … Read more

Deadpool Marketing Secrets, Adidas’ Subscription Box and a $3 Android Phone

As the mainstream news this week alternated between reports of Apple’s “showdown” with the US government and the latest idiotic rant from Kanye West, there was also the story of Adidas quietly launching a bold bet on the subscription economy and the culmination of one of the most innovative movie marketing strategies in recent memory. … Read more

The Powerful Trend That Explains Why We Love Back To The Future

“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” Who doesn’t remember that bold prediction and iconic line from Doc Brown in the 80s classic film trilogy Back To The Future? Today approximately half of us are disappointed that we don’t yet have flying cars, while the other half is thrilled that someone actually decided to … Read more

The Death Of Gender (And What It Means For Marketing)

There are plenty of signs that the way we have typically described gender may be dying before our very eyes. In Austria last year, the winner of Eurovision’s popular song contest was a 26 year old drag queen with a beard named Conchita Wurst. Earlier this year, Sweden officially became the first country to add … Read more

Batkid, Bollywood and the Rise Of Everyday Stardom

On the morning of November 15, 2013, most of San Francisco woke up with no idea that their city was about to be saved by a superhero.  The fact that this particular superhero happened to be less than four feet tall and was only five years old were details most of the city would only … Read more

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