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Hey +George E. Williams IV, I saw this and thought of you.

Hope you're doing well.
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First stain in my shelves. Another week & they should be up! #woodworking
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The one that shocked me the most was Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
 
Millennials' "Most Loved" Brands  (Millennials = 18-24)

A couple of thoughts.
1. It is very very hard for any company to change status quo thinking. Everyone knows that our current customers are going to evolve/die/be replace. Yet we all passionately stay stuck with the people/markets/categories we know. Just look at this table and imagine how difficult it is to be Microsoft. Billions of dollars coming from the right, yet the left is the future. Solving for this is hard, hence the dual-faced Windows 8 which has a hard time working for both the right and the left.

2. People name iPod and not Apple. I find that fascinating. (And why not iPhone or the iPad?)

3. Four foods on the right, only two on the left. Interesting. (I've never had any product ever made by Betty Crocker. Is that weird?)

4. Biggest surprises... On the right: American Red Cross. On the left: Google Chrome.

What do you find interesting in this dataset?

The data is from Vision Critical which surveyed 7,000 US Millennials and 28,000 individuals in the general market.

#marketing   #branding   #evolution   #innovation  
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I give you, my friends, the best .gif the world has ever known.

You're welcome. 
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I am now a whole person!
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So it's been settled: If you're a monkey, you should definitely eat less food. 

Human trials are starting next week, I heard.
For decades, a group of rhesus monkeys has been under observation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Half were randomly selected to eat as much as they desired for the rest of their lives,...
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Facebook is changing the Like and Share buttons that sites around the world use every day.

The change starts today, so don't be too freaked out.
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Hat tip to Germany and the wonders of our new, more inclusive world. :)
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  • SparkPeople
    Digital Marketing Manager, 2013 - present
  • Global Business Solutions
    Speaker, Consultant, and Business Development, 2009 - 2011
  • Blue Hill Hearth
    Head Baker
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I am an adroit and thoughtful communicator, who can write copy, discuss technology, and coordinate marketing campaigns, all with relative ease. 

My great loves are: literature, cooking, baking, hiking, and (of course and most importantly) my family.

I write about some things and I read about other things. Sometimes I write about what I read about, but not all of the time, and I always read what I write, obsessively.

I work at SparkPeople.com, a most wonderful company that helps users live healthier lives. 

You can check us out on our G+ Page, or via Facebook, but if you'd really like to see what makes us tick, stop on by the website, where there's plenty to see.

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* I've spent much of my time teaching. In the past I taught writing and literature; I now deliver presentations on digital marketing, the ins and outs of privacy policies, and how to utilize Social Media for business. 

* I excel at both verbal and written communication.

* I am on Twitter as @joelrobb, if you would like to find me there.
 
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My wife is awesome. Together, we make the awesomest kids in the world.
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  • Emerson College
    M.F.A. in Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
    Germanistik
  • Ohio University
    B.A. in Creative Writing/German
  • Elder High School
    General Studies
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Christofield's Family Restaurant is a diner in Dayton, KY, and they have provided me with the worst dining experience I have ever had. The food was ugly and greasy--this is coming from a guy who delights in greasy spoons. The goetta was raw, the eggs were brown and brittle, and the salad was comprised of shredded, wilted lettuce, slimy chunks of tomatoes, all hidden under a large mound of shredded, American cheese. The service was slow--we waited for two hours for our meal and the restaurant was less than a quarter full. I wanted to like this restaurant so much, and I try to find something positive about every restaurant no matter the experience, but Christofield's food and service have no redeeming qualities. The staff seemed nice, if apologetic.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Smooth. That was my face after my first experience with Guido. My wife had bought me a straight-razor shave and a haircut from Salzano's, and Guido was the man to do it. If you are a guy, and you've never gotten a straight-razor shave before, start saving your pennies now, because it is an awesome experience. Guido shaved my face 4 times and I haven't had such a smooth face since before puberty. Since that first time, I've only had my hair cut by Guido. Salzano's is an old school barbershop, like the place I used to get my hair cut when I was a kid. There's always a sports-related show on the TV, there's a shoeshine, and they still have the barber chairs they opened the shop with. You can't go wrong with this place.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I do not recommend Mike's, at all.An auto body shop is a service business. Your customer isn't buying a widget, they're buying your time and your skill. Your reputation. It sounds trite, but in the service industry, your word is your bond.And when you tell me to meet you at 1:00pm on a beautiful Saturday so that I can pick up a few incidentals from the car that our insurance agency is going to pick up and demolish on Monday, you kind of have to show up at 1:00. Even 1:10 is acceptable. Showing up at 1:30 would blow, but at least the trip wouldn't be wasted.Calling me at 3:00 & telling me that it wasn't your fault ... well that kind of sucks, man.No matter what ding or smash my future car(s) experience, they will not be coming your way.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Baba fueled my home renovation. We bought a house a few blocks from this restaurant and the house was in shambles. It had been foreclosed upon and had sat vacant for a year and that year hadn't been kind. But the house was still beautiful - it just needed work. So I spent the last three months working on the house every night and every weekend; Baba was with me through it all. When I stripped lamb wallpaper in long, ragged rips from the plaster walls in the front room, Baba's gyros sustained me. Cussing as I nailed red oak flooring into the front room to cover a massive hole that used to be a fireplace, Baba was behind me, egging me on with his famous ghanoush. And last week I stopped by, covered in a scintillating display of drying paint and the stink of the Summer heat, I ordered the vegetarian platter and the son of Baba asked me how the house was coming along - he hadn't heard anything since my wife had been in the week before. Here's the thing about Baba's Schwarma Grill: it's not meant to be fancy. As the other reviewers mention, it looks like a Captain D's. But the restaurant is clean, the service is good, and it's family-owned. The food's tasty and affordable. I always leave happy. These are the places that serve the community and they serve them well. Fancy, more expensive restaurants have their place, but by nature they are transitory and subject to changing tastes and popular perception. Places like Baba's stick around because they serve good food for a good price. I'll be eating here for years. Baba's my bud.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Very good
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Pickles! Pickles abound at Maury's. They will bring you bowl after bowl of pickles until you feel yourself pickled. And then there are are the martinis, which will pickle you in a different way. I've been going to Maury's since I was a tyke. I grew up on the Westside, and you cannot miss the martini-toasting, dancing bull that is their sign. When I was a child, I wanted to go there just for the sign, and from the portraits of bulls that adorn their walls. But now I go to Maury's for the food and libations. Here's the dilly: the sandwiches are excellent & named after local high schools. The steaks are huge, well-cooked and tender. The salads are made with shredded lettuce. The beer is cheap and plentiful & since the new ownership, the beer selection is fantastic. One of the running gags in Cincinnati is that no one goes to the Westside to dine, because there isn't anything good to eat on the Westside. Buck popular perception and get yourself to Maury's. Grab the bull by the horns.
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Food: Very goodDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Udontastic! I'm a sucker for Japanese food. My childhood home was decorated with an assemblage of Japanese-related art and reading. (My father was a martial arts teacher & had a soft spot for Kendo.) When my father got his first college degree, I remember going to the only Japanese restaurant in Cincinnati in the 80s - The Samurai - but I don't remember the food. The Samurai was a Japanese hibachi grill & before we could eat, my grilled both her hands on the table. We made a rush trip to the emergency room. But the allure of Japanese food stuck, and the mystique grew. I learned to love buckwheat noodles. Shabu shabu was my go to birthday dinner when I lived somewhere I could get shabu shabu. Sushi is my friend. So when my Lisa told me that a Japanese restaurant opened in Dent, less than 5 minutes from my mother-in-law's house, I was thrilled. Here's the rundown: sushi is good and standard. The dumplings and the shumai are both must haves, particularly if you're dining on a cold evening; the noodly, porky goodness is perfect to take the chill from one's bones. But the udon is where it's at. My Lisa believe that they make their udon in house & I don't know if that's the case, but the noodles taste like they're made homemade. They are plump and flavorful, without losing their chew. The sauce is light enough so as to not detract from the noodles & the vegetables aren't at all mushy. The only downsides to the restaurant that I could see was that the TV over their sushi bar was distracting & they didn't have buckwheat noodles. Small things, and enough to take them from a 5 star to a 4 star in my opinion, but piddling things. You should go here. If you're in Dent (And why wouldn't you be?) this is the place to go. They even have mochi.
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Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This may be my favorite restaurant on the Westside. That's right you may find this a tad surprising, but there's an Ethiopian restaurant on the west side of Cincinnati & it is delicious. The injera is tangy, the kifto spicy & the lentils are rich and cooked perfectly. They do traditional Ethiopian coffee service (always a treat), but better than that & better than the food are the people who own the business. They're nice, happy to help you figure out what you might like to eat, and they enjoy having kids around. Do yourself and the whole Westside a favor: go to Habesha at least once a month - these are the kinds of restaurants we need on my side of town. Oh yeah, and they have breakfast. :)
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago