Category: Popular/Viral

Building Brands In Uncertain Times

I remember 23 years ago when the Red River flooded in Grand Forks. It was devastating. Homes and businesses were lost. It was a financial and personal tragedy of epic proportions. At the time, I was selling for a manufacturer, and I remember one of my lawn and garden retail customers in Grand Forks taking… Read more »

Disney+ Muddies The Stream

Now that Disney has its own streaming platform, I wonder if we are nearing critical mass for streaming services. In 2020, we will also get HBO Max and Peacock, NBCUniversal’s upcoming platform. I assure you that more will follow. For years I was part of the crowd screaming for al a carte television. After all,… Read more »

Lessons From The Sears Shipwreck

In college I worked as a bellman at a nice hotel. I carried bags, delivered room service, unclogged drains (as gross as it sounds in a hotel) and worked until 11pm or midnight. I am not a night owl, so studying was impossible after my shift. It only took a semester or so for me… Read more »

A Remorseless Eating Machine

No summer can come and go in the United States without a movie about sharks. This year it was about a giant prehistoric shark called a megalodon (which also happened to be my nickname for one of our first writers here at Anchor – Megan has gone on to do just fine for herself, thank… Read more »

With Great Data Comes Great Responsibility

Recent events at Facebook have caused Americans to take a hard look at the big business of big data. As the saying goes, if you can’t identify a company’s product, then you yourself are the product. Facebook never hid that fact, but it took on a more sinister tone when Cambridge Analytics hijacked personal information… Read more »

Ham-flavored Diet Coke

If you’ve been paying attention to the marketing messages coming your way in the last month or so, you already know that Diet Coke recently rolled out a host of new flavors: Twisted Mango, Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry and Blood Orange. In the 35 or so years since the drink’s introduction, it has never significantly… Read more »

5 Things Not To Say To A Curling Fan

As we make our way through the winter Olympics, I thought I would look at a sport that has something of an image problem – curling. For the uninitiated – or those living south of Nebraska – curling is a winter sport in which the participants slide a “rock” or “stone” (think of it as… Read more »