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This is a blog of ideas. And it's a blog of ideas about ideas. Step inside for a glimpse of what's new and what's next. We'll hold the door open for you.

One Step Back; Two Steps Forward

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During the summer months around our place, it’s common to see at least one or two empty chairs each week. From tropical locations to european dream vacations, the Stone Ward family is exploring and enjoying every corner of the earth…and making everyone jealous with their Facebook updates. It was during a recent “staycation” that I… Read more >>

Camp Reality, Week 1

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When I told my parents that I accepted a position as an intern in Stone Ward’s Camp Reality program this summer, to say that they were less than thrilled would be an understatement. While my parents support me in everything I do, they had the typical parental concerns. Especially considering I had just graduated from… Read more >>

Know When To Quit. (It’s not such a bad thing and you should do it more often)

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A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits. This is impossible to argue with, right? Winners press on, winners keep going long after others have given up, these are the people we admire. Athletes, entrepreneurs, scientists, the only way to achieve something monumental is to plow ahead and make things happen! Just like every… Read more >>

PR Lesson: How to Apologize

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Any public relations counselor and crisis communicator would do well to watch actor Jonah Hill’s apology on “The Tonight Show” last night.  If you haven’t seen it, Hill appeared on the show to promote his upcoming movie.  Rather than launch into his famously funny (to some) banter, he asked host Jimmy Fallon if he could… Read more >>

Frank Talk, Spirited Debate, Laughter and Love. Now That’s a Thriving Creative Culture.

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Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, has written a new book entitled “Creativity, Inc.” I love it for two reasons. It’s like a behind-the-scenes tour of my favorite Pixar movies– Toy Story, Cars, and Monsters University.  And it’s a compelling, how-to guide for building a successful creative company. (Note: Pixar Studios has… Read more >>

NFL Draft/Hype or Help

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It’s that time of year where all football fans are having withdrawals from the season, and are looking for one last scrape of the bucket of football. Cue the NFL Draft. The fans of each NFL city are at the edge of their seats waiting for the next draft pick. These draft picks are the… Read more >>

How To Make The Most Of An Internship

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A quality internship at a place that appreciates what one can offer is an invaluable experience. It can quite literally set you apart from other applicants when it comes time to start looking for a job in your chosen field. So if you landed one, what now? Be humble. You may have gotten your internship… Read more >>

C2E2: One Marketer’s Dream Come True

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Last weekend I ventured into uncharted territory. I attended the annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) held at Chicago’s own McCormick Place Convention Center. Commonly referred to as “Comic Con” by its very passionate and devoted fan base, the best way to describe C2E2 is by the vast amount of people who take part… Read more >>

Arkansas State Head Coach Auction A Massive Marketing Success (For Beyond Games)

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Nick Bhardwaj is a 25 year-old entrepreneur and CEO of a gaming app company located in Silicon Valley. He’s a San Diego State drop out, and if his Twitter posts are any indication, an all-around nice guy. He’s also the new (if temporary) head coach for A-State Red Wolves football. Bhardwaj sees his new position… Read more >>

Trinket or Trash?

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Last week the Arkansas Travelers, the AA affiliate of MLB’s Anaheim Angels, announced two new team mascots:  Ace and Otey.  Ace is a horse and the latter being a swamp possum.  Yes, a possum – or an opossum for those grammar aficionados. An announcement that has drawn laughter from the national talk show circuits and… Read more >>

Building a Spotify Playlist Can Make Your Brand Rock

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Music makes our lives so much richer, doesn’t it? Such a powerful art form, music is inseparable from our social fabric, and has been from the beginning of human existence. We use it to enjoy life. To create a mood or alter one. To woo or to break-up. To persuade or to protest. It’s also… Read more >>

Playing with Warren Buffet’s Money: How Quicken Loans and Yahoo! Stacked the Odds in Their Favor

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I have kids. Two cars. A house. I have all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, plus a really old lawnmower that could croak at any moment. I could use $1,000,000,000. So when Warren Buffet offers me a chance at a billion banana skins, I take it seriously. Unless you live in outer space, you’ve likely heard… Read more >>