Contrary to Popular Belief, Millennial Shoppers Actually Like Going to Brick-and-Mortar Stores – Adweek
According to research by behavioral marketing firm SmarterHQ, a whopping 50 percent of millennials not only go to physical stores, they prefer going to them as a primary means of shopping.
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57 minutes ago
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
“Adolescence is a key time for developing social skills; as teens spend less time with their friends face-to-face, they have fewer opportunities to practice them. In the next decade, we may see more adults who know just the right emoji for a situation, but not the right facial expression.”
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1 hour ago
Is the world really better than ever?
“When we don’t see the progress we have made, we begin to search for scapegoats for the problems that remain.””
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1 hour ago
​fashion’s overproduction problem - i-D
Dame Vivienne Westwood once summed up the new consumer philosophy very well: "Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity". We hardly ever think how this choice affects those working in fashion, but it echoes on the other end: "Make less. Make well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity"
insight  fashion  culture 
2 hours ago
Wellness
"It’s easy to be good when things are good. It’s easy to be cheerful and generous with the wind at your back. It’s easy to stick with a philosophy when all is well." – Daily Stoic
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23 hours ago
Meaning
"Doesn’t the final meaning of life, too, reveal itself, if at all, only at its end, on the verge of death? And doesn’t this final meaning, too, depend on whether or not the potential meaning of ea...
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yesterday
Life
"A human being is not one thing among others; things determine each other, but man is ultimately selfdetermining." – Viktor Frankl
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yesterday
Life
"Man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for...
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yesterday
Inhibitions
"The body has fewer inhibitions than the mind." – Viktor Frankl
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yesterday
Race
"From all this we may learn that there are two races of men in this world, but only these two—the “race” of the decent man and the “race” of the indecent man." – Viktor Frankl
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yesterday
Grit
"He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How." – Nietzsche
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yesterday
Life
"Life is like being at the dentist. You always think that the worst is still to come, and yet it is over already." – Bismarck
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yesterday
Worthiness
"There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings." – Dostoevski
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yesterday
Optimism
"It was the incorrigible optimists who were the most irritating companions." – Viktor Frankl
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yesterday
Meaning
"We give our suffering meaning by the way in which we respond to it." – Viktor Frankl
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yesterday
Zara vs H&M. EDITED compares the apparel retailers' strategies
At H&M 56% of the offering sits in the $1-$20 bracket, whereas Zara gives its price architecture a more even ratio – their most optioned price point is $20-$40 and represents a more modest 32% of their offering.

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The differential pricing structures are very visible when comparing two of the most competitive categories: womenswear tops and dresses. H&M’s most optioned price bracket in tops is $20-$30, whereas Zara’s is $40-50.
insight  zara  h&m  retail 
2 days ago
Strategy
Strategy is helping companies work smarter
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2 days ago
Forbidden words
If it needs to say:

Connection
Inspiration
Engagement
Community
Advocacy

It's not a strategy.
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2 days ago
Distraction
In an age of distraction, to resist escaping daily life is an act of rebellion
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2 days ago
Technology
Technology is at its best when it facilitates things. At its worst when it controls them.
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2 days ago
Strategy
Strategy is fuel for decisions
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2 days ago
Strategy
A strategist is like a brand exorcist - bringing out a company's demons
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2 days ago
Strategy
Strategy is the art of writing in the dark
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2 days ago
How to understand what you're doing
The first step in understanding what you're doing is doing it and then trying to understand what you did
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2 days ago
Strategy
Strategists as organisational poliglots
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2 days ago
Strategy
It doesn't matter what you call it, it matters what you do with it
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2 days ago
Creativity
When it comes to proper thinking, PowerPoint < Keynote < paper.
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2 days ago
Brand strategy
Useful model to measure brand strategy:

1. Is it relevant? (brand fit)
2. Is it compelling? (consumer fit)
3. Is it distinctive? (competitive fit)
4. Is it sustainable? (organisational fit)
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2 days ago
Word of mouth
Word of mouth is a by-product of your work, not a strategy
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2 days ago
Thoughtlessness is our greatest threat
For thoughtlessness is not only the greatest scourge of our industry, it is the greatest threat. Too many people in and around our business are thinking too little about what they are making and the real impact it will have.
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2 days ago
Education
"We have to entertain in order to educate because the other way round doesn’t work." – Walt Disney
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2 days ago
Productivity
"Those who work much do not work hard" – Henry David Thoreau
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2 days ago
Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform
Here’s a pro tip. If you want to have fun at work this week, do one of two things. First, start digging below the surface of people’s opinions. Ask them why they think what they think. Second, ask them to take the other side of the argument.
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3 days ago
The behavioural economics paradox
Our spending and working decisions are made regularly, so we can learn from experience to make better ones. And we have a strong incentive to do so: if we’re wrong we end up poor and unhappy.

In voting, however, neither of these conditions is met. Even general elections are one-off events (let alone referenda) so we don’t get the relevant feedback that would help us make better decisions in future. And we’ve little incentive to do so; if I make a stupid decision in the voting booth, I’ll not suffer.
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3 days ago
Culture
"We're never left to our own devices. We are creatures of culture." Seth Godin
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4 days ago
Writing
"Art is the greatest asset to mental health I have" – Grayson Perry
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5 days ago
Writing
"The purpose of being a serious writer is to keep people from despair." – Sarah Manguso
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5 days ago
Truth
"The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves." – V.S. Naipaul
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5 days ago
Why fashion isn’t always as silly as it seems
And yes, fashion should be more diverse and representative in general. And some things do look a bit preposterous. But I still wager that everyone feels a warm fuzzy glow when a stylish stranger notices your new shoes. Or stops to ask you where you got that bag from. I can’t tell you how many discussions I’ve had with a “fiercely intellectual” feminist insistent on her lack of interest in shopping, only to see them turn into a gushing fashionista at the first compliment you throw them. (Same for men, incidentally: the more pompously self-aggrandising they are, the more susceptible to sartorial flattery. Or, tell a fashion-phobic man that you like his tie and he’ll soon be blathering away about his son’s nascent career in online streetwear sales, or how his daughter wants to be a model.)

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Fashion may not be relevant, but it’s a bloody good opener to a normal conversation; a way to winkle out the human under the hair shirt. And, frankly, who doesn’t love a bit of chat about a bad frock, or a footballer’s silly Saturday get-up, or a fabulous bit of tailoring. I do.

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Like Sherlock Holmes, you can often glean more about a person from a five-second study of their ensemble than you’ll learn over an hour-long chat.
insight  fashion  culture  people 
5 days ago
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