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Can Influencer Marketing Really Motivate Purchases? (Study)

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Influencer Marketing

To Optimize or to Satisfice When Visualizing Data?

Data Science

(Near) Death of the Infographic

Nashville Is The Greatest City On The Face Of The Earth… But Please Don’t Move There

I was hungover the first time I smelled a celebrity. I was flipping through 45s at my favorite record store in Nashville when the owner—Jack White—walked through the shop. My heart performed a series of horrifying gymnastics. My hands shook. I could feel my jaw go slack, laden with potential words …

Jack White

The SF Exodus Begins: Lyft Heads to Nashville and Seattle While Uber Goes to Oakland

As the real-estate situation worsens, San Francisco startups look for new territory.<p>As Uber negotiated its purchase of the downtown Sears Building in Oakland, Lyft was planning an exodus of its own.<p>The ride-hailing company is keeping its current San Francisco headquarters but planning additional …

Real Estate

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone in your company, “How are you?” they are more likely to answer “Busy!” than “Very well, thank you”? That is because the norm in most companies is that you are supposed to be very busy – or otherwise at least pretend to be – because otherwise you can’t …

Management

Mario Maker: The Platformer Platform

<i>This article is part of Mario Week, our seven day-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of</i> Super Mario World<i> and 30th anniversary of</i> Super Mario …

How Do We Fix the Liberal Slant in Social Psychology?

Psychology

Who’s Doing the Talking on Twitter?

The social network once aspired to be a “global town square.” Is that goal still attainable?<p>In the summer of 2013, Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, reflected on his vision of the company as a “global town square.” The social network is “all public, real-time conversational, and widely distributed, …

Russell Westbrook is unstoppable after Taylor Swift releases a single

On Tuesday, Russell Westbrook attended a Taylor Swift concert and had a grand old time, but does his affinity for the pop star have an impact on the …

Simplified Map Of Africa's Religions

Map created by reddit user Kurupt4Ever<p>Want to understand religion in Africa? Then the map above is a good place to start. Basically, Islam dominates …

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert

Since last winter, after laying to rest the blowhard host of The Colbert Report and inheriting Letterman’s seat on The Late Show, the most inventive comic of his generation has been consumed with one very large question: Who will he be now? Stephen Colbert—the real one—gives a sneak peek. And in …

Comedy

Amazon Is Right That Disagreement Results in Better Decisions

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>When I worked in the federal government, I was amazed at the large numbers of factual errors in widely-read stories, even in the best newspapers. As a colleague of mine, a staunch Democrat, observed in 2009, “I now think that at least half of the things I most disliked …

Management

How to Analyze Data: 6 Useful Ways To Use Color In Graphs

See Plotly’s Blog for Interactive Versions of the Plots Below<p>Effectively using color means your graphs clearly communicate your data. This post shows …

Data Visualization

Tip: Remember this guide to using colour in data visualisations

Your choice of colour can severely impact the way readers understand your graphs and charts

Using BuzzFeed's listicle format to tell stories with maps and charts

“I may be the second oldest person on the editorial staff,” says Peter Aldhous, 50, a science journalist and coder at BuzzFeed News.<p>Aldhous, who …

Data Visualization

Four Quick Tips for Becoming an Expert Predictive Marketer

Marketing has come a long way from the days of focus groups and customer surveys. One of the most important developments has been the rise of …

New research: Companies plan to massively increase spend on marketing analytics

A new research report on marketing analytics shows that brands plan to increase their spending on the category by a whopping 73 percent over the next three years. For big market cap B2C companies, it’s closer to a 100 percent increase.<p>The category not only shows massive growth, but also a lot of …

Science Isn’t Broken

It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for.<p>If you follow the headlines, your confidence in science may have taken a hit lately. Peer …

Science

10 Reasons Why Nashville is One of the Best Cities in America

(Picture: chriswage.com)<p>We know what you’re thinking. “Of course this site is going to say Nashville is one of the best cities in America. This site …

Grand Ole Opry

Ad Blocking’s Unintended Consequences

With 200 million downloads and counting, ad blockers are quickly growing in popularity. In my experience from working at an advertising technology company, the reasons are clear: they are easy to install and immediately effective, they make the web look cleaner and load faster, and they prevent …

Digital Advertising

Here are the country’s most and least racially diverse religious groups

<i>This analysis is by Michael Lipka, an editor focusing on religion at Pew Research Center.</i><p>The nation’s population is growing more racially and ethnically diverse – and so are many of its religious groups, both at the congregational level and among broader Christian traditions. But a new analysis of …

Here are all of the wild projects Google is working on

The tech giant announced in a press release that it had created a new public holding company called Alphabet, which is now the parent company of all of its businesses.<p>The new Google, which consists of search, ads, maps, apps, Android, Chrome and YouTube, is a subsidiary under Alphabet. Google …

Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries

Criticizing teenage girls for the way they speak is nothing short of a time-honored tradition for adults who take issue with to everything from slang …

A Scientific Look at Bad Science

What recent research says about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems<p>In May, the journal <i>Science</i> retracted a much-talked-about study suggesting that gay canvassers might cause same-sex marriage opponents to change their opinion, after an independent <b>statistical analysis</b> <b>revealed</b> …

Social Sciences

We Took A Nashville Chef To Two NYC Hot Chicken Restaurants. Here's What We Found.

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'It only takes one email': 3 reasons why China reading Obama administration private emails is even worse than it seems

What the Chinese found in the private email accounts of top US officials — vacation plans, notes to friends, and other everyday correspondences that pass through personal inboxes — likely bordered on the mundane.<p>But the fact that the hackers were able to breach the accounts in the first place and …