Heather Hamilton has left the building!

Tomorrow, officially. You know I couldn’t leave without saying goodbye, my wonderful, invisible interwebz friends. It’s been 12 years of hard work and 7 years of blogging. Seven years! I plan to pick up the blogging again, elsewhere; at least the personal stuff. Yeah, yeah, the Microsoft stuff stays here. And hopefully this blog will remain…

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Designing product for women

(FastCompany: Women Are 85% Of The Consumer Market. But How Do You Reach Them?) The article is interesting, but a little condescending. I am sure it’s unintentional and I should point out that the fact that it’s written by a woman is beside the point. I am not a bra-burning activist, but I know when…

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Now this is where you have to get out of the binary thinking in your head

Computer Engineer Barbie is making me 1) love the intention and 2) hate the medium. But I 1) love that the kids are excited and am 2) throwing up a little bit. And also 1) this is not the 1950s and 2) can we stop idealizing what it means to be a woman (clearly from the…

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Product subcategory differentiation and whether it really matters: the case of the roll-less TP

 I’m going to talk about toilet paper. Yep. I know that my more faithful readers have been waiting for this. I’ve written about dog waste, expired cheese, search engine poetry, softball team names, feng shui underpants. These aren’t my greatest hits, just a random collection of topics that I found by playing blog archive roulette,…

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Oh, those annoying ads

I may take back my previous comments about annoying yet memorable ads actually being effective. Because after watching some of these ads, I vow to never support the boneheads that let this crap from their ad agencies get through review. I mean seriously, how great can your product be if you think it’s cool to…

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Fake person brand

I am not sure how I feel about this. Pick a few things that kind of suck in an ironic sort of way, and call it brand? Please, I don’t want to hear from a bunch of guys named Fred. Many fine, fine people names would suck as brands. Anyway, the brand name is wrong, the font is…

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Most annoying marketers (brands, not people)

There used to be weird newspaper advertisement (oh, the ones of the long past, advertising things that you really should NOT use nor talk about). Then there were and still are the horrible jingly TV ads. Git outta mah head!  What I have noticed lately are the emarketing ones, they bombard you and then try to…

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Eat Pray Love Buy

Have you escaped the Eat Pray Love marketing onslaught? It may be because I am in the target demographic (yeah, forty-something), although not sad as it has been suggested. Yeah, I read the book. But I felt a little dirty when Oprah recommended it.  But I have done the ‘search for more’ meaning thing. It’s…

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The JetBlue PR Response that Wasn't <golf clap>

I have been watching only a little TV lately. A few things on my DVR and that’s about it. No morning news or anything. So, I got only a little info on this jetBlue flight attendant thing (thanks interwebz). And I find all the glamorizing of this persons actions a little nauseating. Yes, you too can…

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