Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??

Apple not only makes great products, it consistently ranks as one of the best companies in the world. Here are some of those rankings: America's Most Valuable Company: Apple (market value of $1.4 trillion) America's Most Admired Company: Apple, for 13 years in a row Only Companies to Make Glassdoor's List of Best Companies to … Continue reading Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??

You Can Buy Any Color Car You Want, Just Make Sure It’s White

"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black." That's a quote from Henry Ford, back in 1909. The reason for such a policy was the belief that having only one color would lead to production efficiencies which would lead to lower costs of production, which … Continue reading You Can Buy Any Color Car You Want, Just Make Sure It’s White

It Looks Like I’ve Got My Finger on the Pulse of the Nation

For the second time in three years, we had to watch the Super Bowl at an odd hour. Two years ago, we were in London when my hometown Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl. The game didn't start until 11:30 at night, and I'm not a night person. But fortunately, the game was on a … Continue reading It Looks Like I’ve Got My Finger on the Pulse of the Nation

Think You’re Good at Holding a Plank? Trust Me, You’re Not.

A few years ago I decided to test myself to see how long I could hold a plank. I remember getting to about four and a half minutes (yes, minutes) before I finally collapsed to the ground. I also remember being kind of proud of myself, since I didn't know anyone who could hold a … Continue reading Think You’re Good at Holding a Plank? Trust Me, You’re Not.

I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard

A recent article on Forbes.com by Brandon Busteed had the eye-catching headline "Americans Rank A Google Internship Over A Harvard Degree". The results are based on a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted in December by QuestResearch Group on behalf of Kaplan. When asked what they believe would be most helpful for a high school … Continue reading I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard

What’s with Men and Their Watches?

  The question came to me as we were browsing the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. It is one of the highest-end malls I have ever been to (OK, I don't go to any high-end malls, so this was easily the crème de la crème of any shopping mall I've ever been to. After about … Continue reading What’s with Men and Their Watches?

Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

It's been a tradition where I grew up, in the Philly suburbs, for a local radio station, WMGK, to play a list of the top 500 songs, as voted by listeners, over the Memorial Day weekend. This year the station replayed the list for the New Year, and I was surprised to hear that Stairway … Continue reading Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

The Toughest Position in Sports?

I was watching the Eagles-Giants football game the other day and it struck me how incredibly difficult the quarterback's job is. There are only 32 NFL starting quarterbacks in the world, giving you a sense of the rarefied position they hold. Here are some of the challenges associated with the position: The quarterback has to … Continue reading The Toughest Position in Sports?

Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

The Wall Street Journal recently did some investigative reporting on "Amazon's Choice" products, and the results are at first glance concerning. Many people, myself included, use Amazon's Choice as a stamp of approval from Amazon. Such a designation comes in handy when one is trying to decide between tens, if not hundreds, of options when … Continue reading Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

The Best Ads of 2019, Courtesy of Marketing Birds

I think at heart I must be a frustrated ad-man. I love great commercials and ads, as well as clever marketing campaigns. So imagine my excitement when I received an email today that Marketing Birds had compiled an ebook that featured the best ads of 2019. It's been a while since I've featured something from Marketing … Continue reading The Best Ads of 2019, Courtesy of Marketing Birds