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Is Small Business Saturday Good for Small Businesses?

Launched in 2010 after the Great Recession, Small Business Saturday (the day after Black Friday) has been growing in consumer awareness in America. But has it been a financial boon to small businesses?

Don't Waffle On This: Take the Waffle House Quiz

Think you know your scattered from your smothered? Take the Waffle House Quiz and find out your WaHo IQ.

Indie Bookstores Defied Amazon. Who's Next?

Independent bookstores aren't dead! The buy local, shop local, eat local movement has kicked in and people are demanding the return of small, independent businesses in a world where the giants are trying to rule.

Why Do We Find Waiting on Hold So Irritating?

Which drives you crazier when on hold with a company? An endless loop of smooth jazz tunes or hearing "your call is very important" every 10 seconds? Scientists have actually studied what makes waiting on hold worse.

How Much Money Do You Really Make Selling Stuff Like Rodan + Fields?

Ever had a friend try to get you to sell Mary Kay, Rodan & Fields, Pampered Chef, jewelry, oils or some other product from home? How much can you really expect to earn doing these?

5 Times Marketers Totally Missed the Mark

From Kendall Jenner attempting to end police brutality with a Pepsi to H&M's "The Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" ad, let's just say some of these brands didn't get it right.

How Retail Brands Use Music to Generate More Sales

From Muzak to Mood Media, retailers are banking on music for more sales.

Sure, Amazon's Changed Shopping, But Retailers Can Still Compete

Just 9 percent of all shopping is online, but it's growing fast. Old-school brick-and-mortar stores are trying some new tricks to stay competitive.

Why Buy a Sports Jersey When You Can Rent One?

Why get stuck with a useless jersey when your favorite football star gets traded to another team? A new company lets you switch out shirts as often as you wish.

Is the Meatball Ikea's Secret Weapon? (And Other Surprising Facts)

We explain why Ikea stores are designed like a lazy river, why their meatballs are considered "framing devices" and what's behind those darn flat pack boxes.

How Barbie's Boyfriend Ken Became an Accidental Gay Icon

The 1993 case of Earring Magic Ken shows how marketing and focus groups can inadvertently create a kitsch classic. Mattel found this out the hard way when they asked little girls to offer input.

Pop-Up Ads Are Annoying — But They Work

People claim to hate pop-ups ads, and their more recent successor, the hover ad. Yet they still click on them. Here's why.

How Teen Vogue Began Leading the Resistance

How did this teen magazine go from just covering fashion and beauty to getting lauded for its political coverage?

What You Touch While Shopping Can Influence What You Choose to Buy

A new study reveals that shape, size and sense of touch influence purchasing choices, thanks to some curious cognition and perception.

The Real Winners at Some Awards Shows Are the Promoters

In some industries — like advertising — the awards show is just a giant money-making scheme.

Most Mannequins Idealize Underweight, Unhealthy Bodies, New Research Confirms

One hundred percent of female mannequins in a new U.K. study represented underweight individuals, while only 8 percent of male mannequins did the same.

Survey Shows More People Are Choosing to Telework, Reaping Benefits

According to a new paper by tech company Polycom, "anywhere working" is on the rise in several countries, and employees recognize its advantages.

Your Favorite Clothing Brand Is Dying Much Faster These Days

With the demise of mall staples like The Limited, the brands hanging on will have to rethink their entire approach to fashion to survive the 'mall-pocalypse.'

Decoding Your Desk: What Does It Say About You?

Is your cluttered desk a sign of creative genius or just chaos? Experts weigh in on whether either is really a true reflection of how your brain operates.

AfterShock: Year One in the Life of a Comic Book Startup

Mike Marts, the AfterShock editor-in-chief and co-founder, looks back at the diverse roster of titles and genres published by the new company.

What's the Best Way to Figure Out if Employees Are Happy?

The annual employee engagement survey seems pretty useless. So what are some alternatives?

What Happens to Drivers When Toll Roads Stop Taking Cash?

As more toll roads move away from cash, where does that leave drivers who don't have electronic passes? Or even exact change?

Why Is Yogurt Advertising So Focused on Women?

If human nutrition is essentially universal, why do yogurt commercials feature women so prominently?

Why Your Employer Should Cut You Some Slack After Your Team Loses

It's not so easy to leave Sunday's blowout game behind when it's time to go to work on Monday. A new study has some ideas on how companies can handle this issue.


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