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New research by SmartBrief and the Content Marketing Institute finds that business leaders search for content that speaks to specific needs and pain points, educates and makes their search for product specs easily accessible.

Janet Yellen

The Fed's Theory of Relativity, Trump knows that sometimes less is more, Brexit bankers weigh pay packages, and Jose Cuervo falls of his bar stool

Mezcal makes inroads in the US

Mezcal is known to many as the smoky cousin of tequila, and the storied spirit is gaining a following in the US, especially artisanal and ancestral varieties that have qualities US consumers look for, such as small-batch and organic.


Last week's poll question: How important is it for a leader to have a good sense of humor?


What are your values? You need to articulate them before you can reorient your life.

Adena Friedman

Wall Street is cool again, Nasdaq makes RegTech move, a fiduciary rule nothingburger, and researchers imagine a world where securitization is transparent

3 steps to a data-driven PLC

How one school’s professional-learning community uses data to plan and shape instruction.

Influencer marketing agencies aren't going anywhere

The growing prominence of digital influencers in social media marketing has left some worrying: are agencies getting cut out of the influencer marketing boom?

If you want to fuel the growth engine of your organization, help your team find purpose in their work. Identify the passions of your people and assign work roles accordingly.

Anthony Scaramucci

MoochWatch ends and begins all at the same time, the Imposssible Trinity faces the Financial Trilemma, Deutsche Bank has a Brexit plan, and investment banking heads to the boon docks

What’s trending? From digital citizenship to data trends, don’t miss these most-read stories.

Seeking out the path to CPG's omnichannel future

How are CPG brands catering to today's connected consumer, and how can they take the next step in digital?

Chick-fil-A tests family meals in three markets

Top 10: Chick-fil-A, Amazon, Lidl grab readers' attention


You know how to make casual conversation, right? Then you're already on your way to great public speaking and presentations.