Monthly Archives: March 2014

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad March!

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad March!

We are in the thick of it, folks. March Madness 2014 is here and has taken over. Brands and marketers are vying for consumers’ attention and dollars even more than before, because let’s be honest. The NCAA Championship is the most broadly appealing, engaging and exciting of all American sport championships. You have alumni, families,…

Can I get a hearing aid if I don’t need one?

My grandfather came over Sunday and while visiting, he was thrilled to show me a new toy of his. I was waiting for him to pull out a tool or show me a car accessory. What he revealed was something I didn’t know existed—a hearing aid in sync with his iPhone. He picked up his…

From the Westside: How Starbucks does Disney

While there might be a Starbucks on every corner, there’s no chance that a Starbucks at Disneyland could look like all the rest. Starbucks recently opened a unique location in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. The store itself is built around an old tree with reclaimed wood from old railroad box…

Walmart To Go

Is it a convenience store? Is it a QSR? Is it a Walmart Store…? Actually it’s all of the above. Walmart just opened it’s first Walmart To Go and I must say I was quite impressed. This is not like any Walmart you have ever seen – it’s a hybrid and then some. What will you…

Games, Guardians, and Grumpy Cat @ Toy Fair 2014!

The 112th annual American International Toy Fair came together in New York Feb. 15th – 20th, with more than 1,000 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents from around the globe to showcasing their toy and entertainment products. Among the big trends happening in the coming year are hot “mature”  TV shows, such as Sons…

Eat the Tweet

While at SXSW over the weekend, our curiosity and stomachs pulled us over to the Oreo Trending Lounge where we tried out the Oreo 3D printing machines. We decided it was definitely the tastiest 3D printing experiment we’ve tried so far. For those that missed out, here’s the gist: Oreo brought two 3D Oreo printing machines to…

Why Apple Doesn’t Need ‘The Onion’

Yesterday, Apple released its latest update to iOS 7 and it is being covered extensively by mainstream and tech news outlets, the social graph and parts unknown.  This is the case whenever Apple does anything good, bad or indifferent.  So as I was reading through the details of the new release I started to think what other brands might…

Getty Images Gives In To The Inevitable

Joining the likes of the music industry leaders and the tv studios showrunners who have ceased their fight against the sharing of their content on such sites as YouTube and Facebook, Getty images has announced that they are no longer going to legally challenge non-commercial use of their images on social media, but instead will…