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Applying AI: Determining Packaging’s Impact on Sales

Using AI to Determine Packaging's Impact on Sales

When we look at the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) landscape, we see nothing short of incessant shelf warfare. And few weapons are as critical to victory as package design. What catches whose eye? Is the reaction positive, negative, indifferent?  In the olden days, we’d wander alongside a typical shopper in...

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About AI: Let’s Disrupt your Idea of Disruption

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The marketing industry has been bombarding itself  for years with ways to “manage” or “harness” the “disruption” brought upon us by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the like.  What do we mean by “disruption?”  We mean “OMG, scary, out-there science that’s escaped from the lab and now everyone has to wear...

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AI Treasure House - What is Latent Effects Modeling

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Let’s take a geek’s-eye look around the AI treasure house.  Oh, here’s a cool tool - Latent Effects Modeling.  Latent variables, as opposed to observable variables, are variables that are not directly observed but are rather inferred (through a mathematical model) from other variables that are observed (directly measured).  In short, Latent Effects Modeling takes what you...

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Leadership vs Management in Change and Crisis

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There’s a fascinating emerging set of literature on true leadership (versus management) of crises. One of the signal books in this genre is Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath. The author explains that true leaders are people whose names you don’t know. Why is that?...

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Applied AI in Marketing: Healthcare Product Management

Applied AI in Marketing: Healthcare Product Management

Here’s a case where AI rolled into the ongoing rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To avoid getting lost in the weeds, let’s just recall that there were big-money battles involving healthcare providers, the Federal government, and the confused, newly ACA-insured and wanted-to-be insured.  Problem: Two very large healthcare providers urgently...

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Mary Jane's Dictionary: How Marijuana Slang Informs Advertising

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A Marijuana culture enjoys a history of slang and alternative word usage, which will assuredly come into play once advertising really ramps up on the new industry. If you’d like a quick primer, here is an excellent place to begin. blazin’ a trail with marijuana slang If asked to create a list of...

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Finding the Right Agency For Your Business

Company Seeking Long Term Relationship with Talented Agency Finding “the one” is hard, especially if you’ve never worked with an agency before. And hey, maybe working with an agency isn’t for you and your business. That’s okay. We just hope this blog post can help answer some of the more common questions...

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Consumer Research: Finding Your Customers

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Our client relationships usually begin with what we call the Brand Platform process, which consists of three steps: (1) Internal Platform: in which we ensure all key decision-makers and influencers are on the same page (often more difficult than you’d think); (2) External Platform: where we seek out existing customers and potential prospects...

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Signs of High Times: Rules for Marijuana Stores Signage

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Washington's rules for recreational cannabis stores get pretty specific about most things, including signage. With all-things-cannabis regulated to death, let's take a look at understanding the restrictions and how best to market your products under close watch from the state.  It’s Not The Size, It’s How You Use It The state...

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Anti-Prohibition: Top 5 Arguments to Keep Pot Legal

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Image via Examiner.com Not everyone voted for Initiative 502. A full 44 percent of the Washington population checked ‘no’ on the ballot that brought us legalized pot. Many believe legalizing marijuana will destroy the county, children, everything! However, a variety of compelling arguments exist on the other side of that debate,...

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