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There’s branding and the “metaphysics of consumer desire”, and there’s the psychology of marketing.

Amazon’s automated store is a version of the future. Amazonian in vision and ambition.

Amazon Go and the Future

The role and function of retail shopping and presence in the marketing equation and its impact on the consumer purchase decision continues to change and undergo reinvention.

In a world of virtual buying retail’s physicality continues to be the logic of direct experience, human connection and shared community, however circumscribed and transformed. Retail still exerts a special and unique power and place.

In important ways Apple understands this as well as any company.

from your phone and take control of your life.


Branding is a combination of need fulfillment, desired identity and aspiration. Its power derives from communion and possibility, fueled by access and opportunity. Great brands are validated through tangible experience.

A brand is often best understood by example rather than by explanation, thereby capturing its je ne sais quoi character. For a product, service or experience to transmute into a powerful brand it must be real and true.

The “French girl” brand collects emotional, intellectual and life-affirming elements to represent power, self-confidence, effortless sexuality, and personal freedom in a compelling and attractive package.

Always something to learn and admire at The Webby Awards, Win or Place.

Marketing’s 4 P’s are now 3 (place is going away as product, price, and promotion remain).

Two pieces on the mindset, mission, and process of Amazon. Over the past 20 years the company has literally and conceptually reinvented the world.

Do you want friendship with those fries?

Politeness isn’t enough; we now demand friendliness. And it’s destroying authenticity

We’ve moved from the imperative of adding digital to the marketing effort to the necessity of making it the lifeblood.

The NY Times is the canary and newspapers are in the coal mine.

What the Times plans and executes with regard to distribution will be the existential bellwether of printed news, arts and lifestyle content in the near term.

Moreover as the digital platform continues to assert strategic and marketing primacy, this priority has become the primary endeavor of the NY Times and for every print media company.


How The New York Times Is Clawing Its Way Into the Future