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This Innovation Infographic from MarketPoint explores innovation, quantifying it domestically and internationally, and explains disruptive innovation. All sources cited.

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Some brands we love, some we hate… and most we wouldn’t miss if they went away. But every one of them – even the most obscure – has equity. Yes, brand is worth real money. In fact, the top ten brands have values that can be measured in the tens of Billions of dollars.

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This infographic on brand value explores the value of some of the world’s leading brands, including Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Google, Samsung, Disney, Lego, and others. All sources cited.

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Exactly 44 years ago today (April 10), Sir Paul McCartney announced that the Beatles would go their separate ways. In the decades since, each member of the Fab Four forged his own unique brand of Rock and Roll. But none has matched the seismic impact that the mop-topped foursome had on American music and culture.

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Last week, we hired a contractor to spray a thick coat of tar on the small parking lot we share with a neighboring business. The prep work was substantial, as the two lots had fallen into disrepair under previous owners. Weeds had taken root in small cracks and in the crevices that mark where the original macadam was laid in sections. We completed the necessary pre-work, applying a bay-safe herbicide to kill the weeds at their roots, and scraping away the dead remains of the weeds. The new tar adhered beautifully, and provided an even black surface for the entire lot. Unfortunately, it also covered all of the parking lines.

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We all misspeak. And sometimes, it’s comical. From Yogi Berra to George W. Bush, no one is immune to gaffes. But when the words we choose take on more meaning than we intended, it can be ironic, and maybe good for a few laughs, in which case, we call them malaprops.
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I admit it. I’m a Craigslist addict. It’s not that I expect to find anything on Craigslist that I actually need – that’s not the point. It’s the dream of finding something of great value at a ridiculously low price. Years ago, it was flea markets. I seldom found anything of value at the markets, but again, that wasn’t the point. I was addicted, and had been since childhood. When I was young, I would accompany my father on Saturday morning trips into town. Dad had a penchant for bargains. He once brought home an entire case of Dinty Moore Beef Stew, not because anyone in the house actually ate beef stew, but because it was a bargain, at less than ten cents per can. That’s how my father shopped, as if at a restaurant, reading every line from right to left, in search of the best deal.
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Fascinating experience, this week, with a major telecom provider. It started with a customer satisfaction 0cf09a4ffaa65a187af8312f7f8d3242. The call began with the usual questions: “Was your technician on time …courteous …knowledgeable …neat, etc.” And it ended with a a2ea4362dd258286990c4f79c9f95f8c: “On a scale of one-to-ten how likely are you to recommend us to a business colleague?”
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