A different take on the BS degree (or degrees of BS)

Chronicle Review Illustration by Scott Seymour

Given our U.S. president’s alleged recent use of a vulgar term to describe much of the world outside of the United States, and the resulting, um, feces storm the allegation has unleashed in the social media sphere, I suppose it’s no surprise that higher education has also given in to the use of coarsening language to make a point. In this case, however, sociology professor Christian Smith of Notre Dame University out-Trumped Trump’s (again alleged) euphemism by a few days with this jeremiad published a week ago by The Chronicle of Higher EducationContinue reading “A different take on the BS degree (or degrees of BS)”

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Be the guide, not the hero

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need to be reminded of a principle or concept I learned long ago but somewhere along the line either forgot, ignored or simply set aside while pursuing other things. Recently I was reminded of an important branding principle that hasn’t been as top of mind for me as it should. Continue reading “Be the guide, not the hero”

The year’s top marketers, according to @AdAge

Here are some of AdAge’s Marketers of the Year for 2017.

The advertising and marketing industry news site AdAge has named its 2017 marketers of the year. Tito’s Handmade Vodka came out on top, thanks to becoming the top-selling spirits variety in U.S. stores in 2017.  Continue reading “The year’s top marketers, according to @AdAge”

Friday Five: Playing catch-up

Welcome to December, the final month of what has seemed to be a very long year. I didn’t mean for last month to become No Blog November, but that’s just the way it worked out. Nothing in this space since Oct. 29. Then you get busy, look up and the next thing you know it’s Dec. 1. So it’s back to it, but I’m easing into the blogging with a Friday Five catch-up on happenings in the world of higher ed, marketing, social media and the world of work. Continue reading “Friday Five: Playing catch-up”

Time for a digital reformation?

“Why we need a 21st-century Martin Luther to challenge the church of tech,” by John Naughton (image: The Guardian).

This Tuesday, Oct. 31, marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s publication of his 95 Theses, an action that sparked the Protestant Reformation. To commemorate that event, and in hope of igniting a different type of reformation, Guardian columnist John Naughton plans to post his own 95 theses. Continue reading “Time for a digital reformation?”

‘Bite Size Horror’: a frighteningly successful ad campaign

Screen capture from “Floor 9.5,” one of Mars’ scary short films for Halloween.

Pop over to the Skittles website, and you’ll find all the happy, colorful “taste the rainbow” imagery you’d expect from this candy brand. Viewers of some Fox network programming, however, recently saw a different, darker side of Skittles: a two-minute commercial in the form of a haunting horror flick.

Continue reading “‘Bite Size Horror’: a frighteningly successful ad campaign”