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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

For My Final Entry: My Top 10 Favorite Stories for

For the past year, I've had the privlidge of writing and editing content for this blog, but  career opportunities have led me down a new path. Before I click the "publish" button one final time, the nostalgic part of my personality compells me to list my top 10 favorite stories for MarketingShift, starting with No. 10.

10. Federal Government vs. Google Expansion Efforts

Google's growth and dominance could lead them down a path similar to the one Microsoft took before it faced the wrath of the U.S. Department of Justice.

9.Wall Street Journal Economic Map compared to Thomas P.M. Barnett's Map.

Amazing parallels were found between the global economic recession and a map created by Thomas P.M. Barnett, Barnett's map illustrates his viewpoint on globalization, which claims the world is divided by the functioning core and the “non-integrated gap". The "core" consists of economically advanced or growing countries that are linked to the global economy and bound to the rule-sets of international trade.which outlines the a New York Times best selling author and military strategist.

8.Bulletproof Clothing Becomes Mexico's New Fashion

This clothing trend turned out to be a virtual neccesity during the drug wars in early 2009.

7. GM Segway Puma vs. Dark Knight's Batpod.

The unveiling of the GM Segway Puma was just begging for a satire piece, and I couldn't resist the urge to mock the dorkiest looking vehicle I've ever seen.

6.McDonalds CMO Mary Dillon: We're Still Learning Social Networks

McDonalds CMO and Global Promotions Officer, Mary Dillon, was courteous enough to designate an hour for a bloggers-only press conference at Mplanet2009. Dillon was very honest and open about McDonalds approach to social networking.

5.Facebook and Myspace Ads: Do you click them?

71% of readers responded "Never", the next-highest vote was "Rarely", at 17%, and no readers responded "daily."

4.Gatorade: What is G? Commercial.

Gatorade's ambigous and mysterious commercial during the BCS series drove viewers to Google "What is G? As a result, Gatorade created a remarkable online buzz for the new logo and new line of flavors.

3.iTunes Gift Card Prize Giveaway - Show Us Your Griswolds

I was blown away by some of the submissions we received from around the nation, but the best house was in our own county. Jenna Crawford discovered this Shrine to Christmas decorations in Viera, Florida.

2.Pepsi 8 Pack Outrage

The incredible amount of reader mail inspired the creation of  Six months later, the wish was granted.

1.Joe Babiasz, Boycott vs. Richard Shelby

No story stirred up more controversy than my post describing Joe Babiasz's site against the state known as the "Heart of Dixie."

To my loyal readers, I appreciate you tagging along.marketingshift farewell It's been a great ride, full of twists, turns and other surprises along the way. In the words of one of my favorite humor columnists- Lewis Grizzard, "It wasn't always easy, but I sure had fun."

So long, everybody!


By Matt O'Hern at 11:12 PM | Comments (1)

(1) Thoughts on For My Final Entry: My Top 10 Favorite Stories for

you wrote some great stories, Matt! I wish you well in this next journey.

Comments by shannon : Friday, July 03, 2009 at 11:02 AM

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