The Six Demographics Changing North Carolina and What It Means for Communicators (Part 1)

Last month, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce hosted their second-annual Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Dr. James Johnson, a professor at the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business, opened the conference by discussing the six disruptive demographics that will change North Carolina forever. Some of these may be surprising, but others are demographic shifts that […]

Four Things Worth Talking About in Robert Cialdini’s “Pre-Suasion”

“Four Things Worth Talking About…” is a series of blog posts where we turn the tired, traditional book review on its head and instead focus on the four most powerful anecdotes, lessons, or observations contained in the book. Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade is the third book reviewed for this series. Overview: Robert Cialdini is […]

The Rise of Snapchat: Can its Ad Platform Stand Up to Competitors?

As Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., prepares to go public in what could be the second-largest IPO ever for a social media company, industry chatter surrounding the success of the launch has been mixed. This is partly due to a lack of awareness of the platform from older generations, as 85% of all monthly Snapchat […]

Campbell's Made For Real, Real Life

Campbell’s Reminds Us How To Truly Feel Full

This is going to sound melodramatic, but bear with me. What is real life anymore? Pinterest makes me feel incompetent on the crafting and home décor fronts. According to Instagram, I’m not traveling to the nicest places, wearing the trendiest clothes, or eating the best food. In today’s over-filtered, over-documented, over-shared world, it’s hard to […]

Donald Trump Running for President

What Marketers Can Learn From Donald Trump

When I heard that Donald Trump had entered the 2016 presidential race, I laughed. When Trump’s poll numbers began steadily climbing and ultimately dominated his competitors, I cringed. When I watched him during the first two Republican debates, it was with my hands covering my eyes. Trump may have defied the predictions of political experts […]

Household Brands: Men Wield Mops, Too

Kat Child is a rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and a digital marketing associate at Eckel & Vaughan. Brands that objectify women or depict them with unattainable standards of beauty are increasingly coming under fire, while brands that challenge such stereotypes are earning praise and attention. This is refreshing for many women. But what about […]

Gisele Under Armour

Under Armour and Gisele Stick it to the Haters

I don’t think anyone will claim to believe that modeling is a sport. But that doesn’t mean that models can’t be athletic. That’s what Under Armour is out to prove with their latest “I Will What I Want” ad featuring supermodel Gisele Bündchen. When the sportswear giant announced Gisele as a new spokesperson, social media […]

The Power of Feel-Good Marketing

It seems like marketing these days is all about being the most outlandish, most snarky, most provocative, most hilarious, or most absurd. Take Kia’s dancing hamsters and the Old Spice moms, for example. Amidst this marketing madness, Dove’s campaigns rise above the noise. Whether it’s the simplicity of their ads, their focus on real beauty, […]

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Marketing in a Selfie Culture

When the Oxford Dictionaries selected “selfie” as the 2013 word of the year, few were surprised. These smartphone-friendly self-portraits represent self-expression and exploration in a digital world. From Ellen’s Oscar shot to President Obama’s controversial pic at Mandela’s memorial service, selfies are now interwoven in our social culture. Many brands have recognized the significance of […]