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The Old Flame That Indiana Jones and Don Draper Have in Common Zippo's windproof still knows how to light America's fire

Photo: Nick Ferrari Indiana Jones considered his a lucky charm. Ricky Ricardo pulled his out at the club. And Don Draper’s is key to the guy he really is. What is…

October 20, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

Why America Still Gets Fired Up Over Fiestaware The colorful plate that shattered tradition

On a January day in 1936, The Homer Laughlin Co. set up its booth at a trade show in Pittsburgh, poised to introduce a new line of dinnerware. Laughlin had…

October 12, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT

This Is How Golf Brands Are Trying to Bring Millennials Back to the Game A new focus on digital and youth icons

When it comes to popularity, notably among millennial consumers, golf has gone from scoring birdies to tallying triple bogeys over the last decade, driven home by NBC earning the worst…

October 6, 2014, 8:27 AM EDT

Saatchi’s New CEO Doesn’t Want to Pick Apart the Past But Robert Senior faces issues that date back years

Robert Senior doesn’t like to dwell on the past, yet many of the challenges he’ll face as Saatchi & Saatchi’s next global CEO date back several years. The churn in the…

October 6, 2014, 8:19 AM EDT

Who Will Succeed the Millennials? Let’s Call Them the Post Generation These consumers come of age after 9/11, Obama and the digital revolution

As someone who’s spent the past decade-plus studying and explaining millennials, I’m not about to abandon them just as they enter their peak earning and spending years. Illustration: Lindsey Balbierz But let’s…

October 6, 2014, 7:58 AM EDT

Online Video and Mobile Now Make Up 20% of Mondelēz's Global Spend Part of plan to hit 50% in North America by 2016

Mondelēz International's announcement earlier this week that it will allocate 10 percent of its advertising budget to online video now means 20 percent of the snack brand's global spend goes to…

October 3, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

How a Topless Mermaid Made the Starbucks Cup an Icon She’s a little more modest today than in the ‘70s

Every day, millions of people walk into any of 20,519 Starbucks in 65 countries, and most walk back out with the same thing: a white cardboard coffee cup. Do you…

September 29, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

One Push Notification Too Many Will Make Consumers Delete Your iBeacon App Message overload happens quickly

A new marketing menace is emerging with the explosion in iBeacon technology: message overload. Almost every retailer and brand is starting to test the new location-aware sensors known as beacons,…

September 29, 2014, 12:06 AM EDT

David Melançon's Splash of Color for Benjamin Moore 2014 Brand Genius winner for home

How to put a fresh spin on a reliable, well-regarded staple on hardware store shelves for the past 131 years? To hear David Melançon tell it, the biggest challenge he…

September 29, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

Canon's Michelle Fernandez Finds Hollywood's Future Talent 2014 Brand Genius winner for electronics

Last October, five relatively unknown filmmakers from around the country found themselves at a place they had probably only dreamed about—on the red carpet at New York’s Lincoln Center, sipping…

September 29, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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