Business

Why ‘Start With Why’ Is Bad Advice

Have you ever asked a teenage girl what qualities she wants in a husband? I have. And the list is…curious. “I mean obviously, he has to be taller than me. And he needs to be into the same stuff as me because like if he’s not it’ll be a problem. He has to like Talenti (Sea Salt…

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Why You Need To Go Back To Trusting Your Instincts and Start Having Fun

One the most destructive things no one talks about is when you stop trusting your instincts. It happens at different times for each of us, but it always the same shift. You go from “this is fun!” ——> “oh sh*t, there are consequences.” For a lot of us, school is the culprit behind this shift.…

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The Dangerous Problem of Lazy Content

There’s a scene in the new Ghostbuster’s movie where Abby points to the reality TV show “Ghost Hunters” and goes, “See! This is why people don’t take us seriously!” That’s how I feel every time I open my browser and see headlines like “3 Ways To Make More Money By the Holidays.” It’s not a bad headline. On the contrary,…

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Why You Shouldn’t Have a Marketing Department (Have This Instead)

You know how you aggressively brush your teeth the night before a dentist appointment? Like, if you just brush REALLY hard, your dentist won’t notice that you haven’t been flossing those back teeth for months. It never works. Your dentist always notices because she’s a dentist. It’s her job to know you’ve been half-assing your…

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This Is What Happens When You Let Other People Get In Your Head

This week I’m in Houston staying with my parents because I’m a great daughter and winner of all brownie points. I was meeting a friend for dinner when my mother said, “I’m not sure you should take the car. You haven’t driven in a while.” She was right. Living just outside Manhattan I never drive,…

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This Hiring Mistake Could Be Costing Your Marketing Department Millions

Have you ever been to Stillwell, Kansas? It’s the type of place where you walk down the street and everyone says hi to you. That warm receptiveness to strangers is a hallmark of the Midwest. It’s also why I was so shocked to meet an unfriendly Starbucks barista when I was in the Kansas City…

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The Surprising Upside of Manipulation

A funny thing happens when you tell people you work in marketing. You become the devil. “So (dramatic pause), you manipulate people for a living?” That’s always a fun conversation starter. (I recommend this debate if you’re bored at your next dinner party. #protip) When I started in marketing, the ethical boundary for me was very…

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The Real Reason Self-Promotion Sucks

No one likes promoting themselves. It’s awkward, uncomfortable, and it feels icky. You think to yourself, “I’m not a sales person. I’m the subject matter expert. I shouldn’t have to do this. I’m above this.” And then one of four things happens: You start to explore your paid-ad options because the thought of organically growing…

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