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Two Big Urban Work Myths
By Alyse Hart
If you're mildly miserable, totally disgruntled, fearful, or just overwhelmed, you're in good company. Millions of people are asking themselves why they've bought into company dogma, their boss's crap, and the idea of working 5-7 days a week; on call virtually 24/7. Seriously wondering "how did this happen to me?"
The answer is simple: you wanted success, and you bought into the American dream of being a hard-working, solid citizen. You thought you were doing the right thing choosing the field you did. Maybe it offered stability and security or glamour. Now what seemed like a smart strategy is getting old.
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Career Imperative: Brand You
By Nina Burokas
What Is Branding?
Branding is the marketing equivalent of the 'killer app'. To quote business management guru Tom Peters: "Brands are everything." But what is a brand? "Brand" is derived from the English "torch", a trademark or mark identifying a product or manufacturer. In practice, branding involves the communication of a set of expectations, or a selling proposition. Kellogg on Branding author and marketing professor Tim Calkins notes that the fundamental aspect of a brand is the set of associations linked to it. In the marketplace, your brand is your reputation.
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Eat Fat Without Fear?
By Mellanie Hills
Have you heard the news? A diet low in fats, contrary to what you've always heard, won't save women from heart disease, or from breast cancer or colon cancer either. That's according to an 8-year, $415 million US-government funded study. Are you confused? Does that mean you can eat fats without fear?
Not so fast. If you're tempted to take these results to heart, don't. This study had a number of critical flaws, meaning that it would be a mistake to generalize it to the total population of women.
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Women on the Move
Only the Good Die Young in Exhibit Honoring Killed Advertising.
Award-winning copywriter Leslie Goodbar had two technology campaigns exhibited in a New York gallery as part of "The Night of the Living Dead," a showcase recognizing creative advertising killed before seeing the light of day. The One Club, which also puts on one of advertising's most respected award competitions, sponsored the show to honor and promote creativity in an industry where some of the best work, due to financial reasons or otherwise, often meets an untimely demise.
Leslie's print campaign entitled "Moments" was created with art director Pia Abbott for Mitsubishi Presentation Products to promote a new digital software for photo labs. The ads successfully developed a creative twist on the idea of ease-of-use, but launching the actual product apparently proved a bit more difficult, so the ads never went to print.
The TV spot, created while at Ayzenberg Group for Allpets.com, brought to life the idea that pets are people too. Although never broadcast, the concept apparently may have more longevity in the end than the website, which unfortunately did not survive the dot-com bust. Both campaigns from the exhibit can be viewed at http://www.zippercreative.com/itsalive.html.
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