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TODD SMITH — Marketers eye visual content, get view of future


Last week, we discussed how brands are using visual content more than ever to build marketplace awareness. This week, The Spin Cycle continues diving into the trend. Visual assets help brands tell their stories, and usage will continue to increase. However, recent research indicates there’s a disconnect between the noted importance of visuals and the focus given to them. In ...

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(VIDEO) ALAN TURNER — Regions Bank knocks one out of the park


Regions Bank has just been recognized as the No. 1 bank in the United States in the Banking Reputation Rankings, which are published by the Reputation Institute and American Banker Magazine.  That’s a definite home run for the regional bank, especially when compared with where things stood in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. I met ...

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Analysis: Mississippi flag a potent election-year issue


  On a sidewalk outside the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion on a hot summer’s evening, an interracial group of about 80 people prayed for state leaders to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. The Rev. Rosie Jackson of Covington County, with the South Mississippi Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, called the flag a divisive symbol ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Legislature beating MAEP proponents in court


Legislature 2, MAEP proponents 0.    That’s the score as judges bat around lawsuits surrounding efforts to get the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) fully funded.   Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that nobody had standing to appeal Attorney General Jim Hood’s ballot title for Initiative 42A, the Legislature’s alternative to the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42. Proponents of Initiative ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Using the power of story to grow your business


The critical problem facing businesses today is communication. Using the story of your business is an excellent way to help solve the problem. Used properly and creatively, it will increase sales, motivate employees and improve your company’s image. So what is story anyway? It seems there are many definitions and so-called ingredients. Aristotle said that a story has a beginning, ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — Rising rates and falling markets?


Two points of prevalent financial wisdom are that (1) after nine years without a rate hike, the Fed will begin a long process of nudging interest rates higher by raising the Fed Funds Rate in September and that (2) rising rates will trigger a decline in stock and bond markets.  Neither is a foregone conclusion. In two consecutive days in ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Adopting innovations is a piece of cookie!

Cleantech Open National Grand Prize Award Ceremony (pictured Cynthia O’Donnell (CEO, NG1) – second from right, Dustin Nord (CTO, NG1) – third from left)

Ok, I know the age old saying is “a piece of cake,” but I contend that my way of stating the complexity of a task completed will revolutionize the world of food-based analogies and gives us a much more intuitive way of expressing it. The new methodology actually has a scale of how hard or easy the task is: soft, ...

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JOSH MABUS — Hand in hand, small business and industry

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There seems to be a debate in many cities, in our own state and across the country. Do we invest in small businesses, which employ lots of people as a group but are individually volatile and have lower economic impacts? Or do we invest in attracting corporations, which can be demanding and hard to come by? We often talk about ...

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BOOK BIZ — Heartbreak and heroics inside a flooded hospital


Did she or didn’t she? That’s the big question in Sheri Fink’s much-lauded work of nonfiction, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The “Memorial” in the title is the now renamed Ochsner Baptist, located in New Orleans. Nearly ten years ago, after the levees failed following Hurricane Katrina, Baptist, like much of the city, began ...

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