Laura Ries is one half of marketing textbook power-duo Al and Laura Ries. They've published books such as "The Origin of Brands: Discover the Natural Laws of Product Innovation and Business Survival". She also has a good blog on marketing and branding issues. In October, there was an interesting post on marketing a non-profit brand.
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The BBC's Alastair Leithead recently spent some time in Afghanistan's Helmand province with the British Royal Marines. Embedded in the troops, he got to experience their life in a war zone first-hand. Read about Alastair's experiences.
Speaking of blogs, Press Complaints Commission director Tim Toulmin raised the spectre of a "voluntary code of conduct" to "offer people a means to complain about coverage" on the internet. Sounds like he's pushing a pretty obvious agenda; that of creating more work for his organization. More at BBC Online.
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