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Why Etsy’s Rob Kalin Is Like Steve Jobs

You might think that Etsy founder Rob Kalin doesn’t have much in common with Apple’s rock star CEO, Steve Jobs. Inc. magazine’s Max Chafkin describes Kalin as “socially awkward, reticent, and given to eccentricities that can seem downright crazy.” Chafkin [...]

By |May 10th, 2011|

Rivalry Marketing

Sometimes the best thing for a brand is an enemy: a rival brand that can be the focus of advertising. The other day, Mark Gallagher and Laura Savard at the BlackCoffee blog put the advantage of focusing on a rival [...]

By |January 6th, 2011|

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Marketing

The comments on "Revealed: How Steve Jobs Turns Customers into Fanatics" show that many Apple fans don't believe marketing has played a role in Apple's success. Other consumers also think they aren't influenced by ads. When a business owner or key executive doesn't believe in marketing, though, it's a different story.

By |September 1st, 2010|

Decoding CEO Faces

The basic concept of facial coding is that a trained observer can detect fleeting facial movements that indicate the true emotions that the subject is experiencing, even if the subject is trying to conceal those emotions. I’ve written about the [...]

By |February 26th, 2008|