It’s Blue Monday – called this because many people took a lot of time off during the holidays and bemoaned on Facebook, etc. going back to work.
Back in 2006 the partners of Arengee took the huge risk of starting a new business at a very turbulent time in the economy. To say the first year was tough would be a understatement. However, we never looked back with regret. We do what we love. And, for the most part, love what we do. Every day.
Why not find a way to look forward to Monday? And Tuesday. And Wednesday, etc.
- What do you love about your job?
- Don’t like your job? What could you change so you would?
- If you need a new job, why not start looking today?
- Is there an opportunity to start your own business?
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
A great read for business owners and entrepreneurs.
A new analysis by the Design Management Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on design management, puts numbers to what design junkies suspected all along: in the past 10 years, design-driven companies outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500–a stock market index of 500 large publicly traded companies–by 228%. These companies included Apple, Coca-Cola, Ford, Herman Miller, IBM, Intuit, Newell Rubbermaid, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Starwood, Steelcase, Target, Walt Disney, and Whirlpool. All that money these companies put into smoother user experiences, beautiful branding, and innovative advertising apparently paid off.
Jimmy Fallon Leaves ‘Late Night’ With Musical Assist From the Muppets. Watch it here.
I was pretty sure I knew what “Native Advertising” was but couldn’t find a great article with a clear definition, until this morning. Here’s said article: What is native advertising and why do you need it? by Christopher Ratcliff does an excellent job explaining the nuances of “Native Advertising” as well as the pros and cons.
There’s a follow-up article with some very good examples here. Thank you Christopher.
Every day we are creating solutions for our client’s challenges. Here’s a cool post showing 30-something solutions to do everyday tasks more efficiently.
Thanks to our copywriter extraordinaire colleague Mark McKenna for sharing.
UTOPIAN TURTLETOP, just one of many names submitted in a series of letters at the request of Ford to help name one of the biggest flops in automotive history. This series of letters leaves us curious to know who else they contacted and who ultimately submitted the “winning” name.
The last letter seems to indicate the Marketing Manager feels the name Edsel is less than ideal – he asks for Miss Moore’s sympathy.
From T. Rowe Price Connections, Written by C. J. Prince
Globally, somewhere between 400 and 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year, and, as a commodity, the bean ranks second only to petroleum in terms of dollars traded worldwide. And its future may be even brighter. Although coffee is currently enjoyed around the world as a beverage that delivers bold, rich flavors and a caffeine kick, new scientific research suggests that it may benefit our health and wellness as much as it pleases our palates.