Being in high school in the 80s, I, like a lot of other people, was a massive Kate Bush fan. This past month she played her first show in 35 years and the video clip that leaked out - and I've only found one - is remarkable. Cloudbusting remains in nearly every playlist I build, and to see Kate sing along with her audience to the chorus makes me happy. Trips to the beach, the mountains, and the lakes, along with numerous family bike rides across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
I love looking at big sets of data in interesting and innovative ways. A great read over at W5 on the use of webcam enabled online focus groups. My 11 year old nearly lost his mind while watching this video. It's good for your soul to remember how magic can be amazing when viewed from innocent eyes. I hope your summer as good as this kid's. A few months ago, I was talking with a friend about a company I was helping to launch.
This company - a disruptive financial services startup - offered an entirely new way to think about retirement planning.
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My friend and I reviewed my preliminary ideas on imagery, tone of voice, market positioning, and a tagline that had been proposed for the company. It could work for both B2C communications as well as B2B communications. It could support different types of imagery and convey different meanings.
It could be clever and it could be serious. It was, in my humble opinion, catchy. My friend - a branding expert - cautioned me. It was a lightbulb moment. I had made the mistake of latching on to something catchy and relatively easy, without deeply understanding the customer experience.
I needed to further analyze this business and break it down into its component elements. While my tagline resonated with the internal team, did it really convey all of the important elements of the business to a potential buyer? The team stepped back, considered our business more deeply, and made changes.
Think about your most recent market research project - did you really take the time to unpack your objectives? Unpack your methodological approach? Unpack your findings? Unpack your explanation of the results? But backing up and carefully reviewing what the ultimate goal of the research effort is provides the solid basis for the rest of the project. The Pew Research Center made its data available to the public for secondary analysis.
I always love looking at datasets. Yes, I'm a nerd. A friend gave me the head's up on a game called One Tap Quest. The name pretty much explains it - you get one click to play the game. It's oddly engaging.
My high score is 18, Can you beat it? I put together my list of recommended summer reads. Take a look and add your favorites. A nice essay over at Greenbook. I can't agree more with the need for research to collaborate across functional areas! Hope you enjoy them! I love this coming of age story of a family moving through the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
And the continual use of baseball as a metaphor for family life makes this one of my favorites to re-read in the summer. Two teens - both, strangely, named Will Grayson - have a chance encounter puts them on new and different paths. You should read this book to meet Tiny Cooper, and wish you had a best friend like him when you were in high school. Having worked for an online private sale retailer for a few years, this book was almost required reading for the marketing team.
The book is funny and very well written - a great summertime read! However, I liked this series more than the Hunger Games or Divergent series. The character development here is stronger, the story is far more engaging, and the characters, although impossible to believe, are actually more believable. A great way to lose yourself to another world for a while. Home About Services Blog Contact. Ignite Research turns 5 years old this month.
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Plus, you'll feel like you fit right in with all the other vacationers! Lots of sun, sea, beach, swimming, laughter, freedom, fun, friends, family and everything else that makes great memories. Yulia is originally Russian but truly is a world citizen in heart. She was traveling around the world for over 4 years now.
Her blog MissTourist. While I love sipping a cocktail on the beach and listening to the sound of waves, I will get bored of doing nothing in 2 days maximum. Good weather, tanned skin and the sea is high in the list for the perfect summer recipe of course, but I am also a huge nature love! I would love to do some hikes around the place I am staying in and discover the surroundings.
For example, in a couple of days I am heading to Mexico where I am planning to relax in one of the resorts, but also be active and discover the cenotes around the area, swim with dolphins, visit the Maya ruins, have maaany frozen margaritas and tacos and so on. That sounds like a perfect summer vacation to me, is it not? Johnny Jet travels around , miles and visits over 20 countries each year. He and his website JohnnyJet. For me, the perfect summer vacation is all about escaping the heat since I live in blazing hot Scottsdale, Arizona. Any destination with mellow temperatures and fun things to do fits the bill.
A tropical beverage and a body of water pool, lake, ocean, river I'm a digital geek sharing the best travel guides and insider tips for everyone to travel smarter and more often. Robert Schrader informs, inspires, entertains and empowers more than , travelers per month via his blog, Leave Your Daily Hell. Summer is different in different parts of the world—while in America it's usually hot and sunny, many northern Europeans are simply happy if it's not cold; in Southeast Asia "summer" is the monsoon, certainly not beach weather.
So, the key ingredient for a perfect summer vacation is not weather nor, by extension of that, a certain sort of scenery or culture. It's your relaxed attitude, and your commitment to letting go and enjoying yourself, regardless of what's going on around you.
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Running one of the most successful Romanian travel blogs since Traveling the world and trying to have as many experiences as possible. I've been to countries th ripe for August and still enthusiastic as in my first day of travel. It might sound against the mainstream, but for me would be great architecture, fantastic landscape, historical places and a cold fresh mint lemonade.
I am a Belgian adventure travel blogger and photographer. Currently based in Charlottesville, Virginia, I spent my days hiking, camping and visiting as many national parks as I possibly can. Also, I do like a good craft beer. I advise travelers to always push their limits. Go beyond their comfort zone. Go some places that challenges you in a way that help you grow. Former loser from Durham UK who took a risk. Online entrepreneur. Animal lover. Onion hater. Currently in: Mexico. I like to be close to the centre of town, so that I can have the option to live like a local at any given opportunity!
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Crazy friends to be around with a good sense of humour and a bit of wackiness. Decent beers for sunsets, good coffee or fruit juice for sunrise. Smaczny food all day. Pretty girls who are honest and don't tell lies to their friends and real honest people who deserve each other. A bit of music and football on a beach somewhere would also be wonderful. We write about off-beat experiences and places, and love cheeky humor and teasing the status quo.
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The most important ingredients for a perfect summer holiday are sun, friends, and a relaxed state of mind. A summer holiday can't be called a summer holiday without sun. It's mandatory to be in a sunny place. And no one ever had a fun summer holiday by themselves. You need to be with friends. And lastly, you need to be relaxed. Make sure things are planned and organized before you leave, so you don't have to worry about anything while you're enjoying your holiday. Victoria is editor of Fashion's On Vacation - a blog about fashion and travel. My key ingredients for the perfect summer vacation would be sunshine, a great beach and somewhere to get cheap mojitos!
I love Europe during the summer as people go out so late. Usually I'll sunbathe on the beach all day, then stroll around the town or city in the evening when the weather is cooler. Turner is the man behind American Travel Blogger. A site dedicated to his eating and travel escapades. With over countries and too many cocktails to count, Turner is always thirsting for another adventure. A perfect summer vacation to me must involve 1 adventure, 2 some way to cool down, 3 a local libation cocktail , and 4 more adventure.
When I am picking my next summer jaunt, I am always on the lookout for a unique experience in a hot climate. When I am in said hot climate, it is important to have a way to cool down, ie the swimming off of the beaches of Cyrus and the Med come to mind as does water sports. Nothing feels like summer than being able to wear your shorts at night and be able to drink cocktails outside in the mid of the night.
To me Throughout most months of the year my trips are surrounded by adventure and active exploring around the world, but for me the perfect summer vacation is meant for relaxation. A little piece of summer heaven would be letting me sink my toes in the white sand of a Caribbean beach while reading a good book and sipping on a lightly fizzed moscato. It'd be a place where the weather is always an ideal 80 degrees and the staff never fails to keep my cucumber water filled or my back lathered in sunscreen.
But, the most important ingredient for this optimal summer vacation would be to bring a happy attitude! Lori Sorrentino is the traveler, photographer, writer, and storyteller behind Travlinmad. She caught the travel bug as a child and today travels the world in search of authentic food and local cultural experiences, always rooted in sustainable and eco-friendly travel. A perfect summer vacation always starts with good food and wine, and my feet in the sand somewhere. I always love being at the beach, so just about any place that has beautiful beaches is good for me.
But the most important ingredient is having good friends and family to share it all with! Leah Davis is a travel blogger and freelancer living a location independent lifestyle in Washington state. You can follow her story on her website, The Sweetest Way. There are two key ingredients for my perfect summer vacation, and those are friends and adventure! A summer vacation must be spent with people you love, and doing something that's completely outside of your comfort zone.
I love taking outdoorsy camping trips that allow for hiking, bonfires, and ghost stories, or roadtripping to a part of country I've never been to where adventure lies waiting around every undiscovered corner. As long as I'm surrounded by my favorite people and getting my heart rate pumping, my summer is complete. Jeremy Scott Foster is a travel writer, photographer, and professional adventurer. He has been traveling the world for 7 years, asking the hard questions, and learning about both the world and himself in the process.
For me, it's simple: good music, good friends, and something good to sip on! I'm a beach bum at heart, so anything that can get me dancing on the beach, especially at sunset or even better—sunrise!
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Everyone looks forward to summer. There are a couple of ingredients that contribute to a great summer. The water, whether it is a beach or the pool, some cool drinks, and a group of friends to share the days with make summer a perfect time. Digital nomads since , travel bloggers since --we live and work around the globe in a permanent "slow travel". Megan is a travel blogger and radio correspondent based in New Zealand but often on the road or in the air in search of the perfect vacation to make travel inspiration easy for her readers! My key ingredients for the perfect summer vacation are a sense of relaxation, lovely people and something to keep me busy when I've had enough of relaxing!
I love the idea of doing nothing, but in reality that bores me after about a day, so in the ideal world there are markets, cafes, a beach and some cultural curiosity to stare at. My ideal summer vacay also includes my husband and spending time but not the whole time! A Canadian travel writer and photographer, slowly making her way around the world. Loves urban and outdoor adventures, nature, and vegan food. Beautiful beaches, going hiking or kayaking, and enjoying a great meal and cool beer on the patio. My name is Tina, and I would like to invite you to follow my journeys and discover magical places around the world with me.