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The Science of Emotion in Marketing: How Our Brains Decide What to Share and Whom to Trust

Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.<p>…

Beyond Customer Loyalty Programs: 7 Ways To Build Lasting Relationships

Business is about building lasting relationships, not bribery. So what does this mean for the future of customer service?<p>Businesses talk a lot about customer loyalty. It makes sense: A person you can count on to buy from you again and again is more valuable than one who disappears after the first …

10 Global Crises Threatening Your Brand's Future

10 Global Crises Threatening Your Brand’s Future<p>Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>“It’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent …

South Sudan

The Five Elements Of A 'Simply Irresistible' Organization

New Deloitte Global Human Capital Research shows that organizations today must work hard to create a meaningful, humanistic work environment to drive engagement, performance, and a magnetic attraction in the market.<p>And this is good business. The Great Place to Work Institute has published studies …

What’s Going To Make A Company Grow? Being A Purpose-Driven Business

Work for an organization with a strong sense of purpose? Your company is probably more confident in its prospects for future growth, and as a result, invests heavily in initiatives that lead to long-term growth. That’s the takeaway from this year’s annual Deloitte Core Beliefs & Culture survey, an …

Digital luxury experience: Keeping up with changing customers

Digital is affecting not just sales of luxury goods, but the entire value chain, from digital marketing and enhanced in-store experience to product …

Do Your Employees Have a Clear Line of Sight?

<i>Image courtesy of ericg212001</i><p><b>Do your employees have a clear line of sight to your customers?</b><p>Do you know what having a "clear line of sight" means? …

The World's Greatest Stocks

When we searched for great stocks around the world, we had a few simple requirements. First, the stocks had to trade on a U.S. exchange, whether the …

Investing

Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook …

Smaller ACA hikes forecast in 2015

Insurance premiums under Obamacare are projected to rise less than 3 percent in 2015, a smaller-than-expected jump as the health insurance exchanges enter their second year.<p>The CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation released a series of new estimates Monday on the law’s costs and the number of people …

Tolix Marais A Chair

It may have been designed in 1934, but the Tolix Marais A Chair looks just as comfortable in an ultra-modern lounge as it did on the sidewalk patios …

Nite Ize Reflective Rope

We've all been there — you're at your campsite, it's past sunset, and you're fumbling around blindly amidst the guy lines, tents, stakes, and gear, …

Naked & Famous Scratch-N-Sniff Mint Jeans

If you care about the fit of your denim, odds are you go as long as you can in between washes — perhaps to the point where they start to develop a …

Micro 3D Printer

Over the past couple of years we've watched as the barriers to entry for 3D printing came down one-by-one — machines grew steadily cheaper, more …

3D Printing

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

It takes a real man to break out the weakness tissues and pass a little bit of eye water every now and then — and it takes some serious fortitude to …

Poetry

My Year In A Yurt http://tinyhouseblog.com/?p=32025

Make a Fabric Infinity Scarf

One of the most dangerous things I have ever encountered at a craft store? A whole table of fabrics for $1 per yard. I’m usually not much of a fabric …

Make Anthro-Inspired Typography Books

If you’re a typography geek or a book nerd, chances are you’ve swooned over Anthropologie’s “library letters” series of books cut into the shape of …

Star Trek Communicator Dog Bag Dispenser, for when your dog has to boldly go

by Chris<p>Space really is the final frontier. However, the vast majority of us will never get any closer to the stars than can be achieved in a regular …

PetChatz gives you Face Time with your dog

We hate leaving our pets alone for such a long stretch during the work day. Unless you can find a way to work from home, this will always be the …

iFetch – Alone Time Fun for Fido

by Julie<p>I sure know a lot of folks who consider themselves “dog people” and there truly is something to be said about the unconditional love of a …

Margin Call: 5 Moleskine Alternatives for the Notetaker

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Rescued Pit Bull Makes Amazing Transformation

A new viral video of a rescued pit bull is sweeping through the internet, with nearly one million views since it was posted a few weeks ago.<p>As the …

Front porch with good friends. More evenings like this please

Front porch with good friends. More evenings like this please

Tips for Road Tripping With Fido

Steinbeck had Charley. Dorothy had Toto. Heck, even Waldo had Woof for company as he ventured into the Land of Waldos. Real and fictional, canine traveling companions have a long and celebrated history.<p>In the past year, I have driven more than 20,000 miles through 36 states with my two dogs, …