Monday, July 12

What We’re Reading Today: Monday

Stories to start your day, handpicked by Medium editors

“With so many folks getting together with family and friends, there’s a lot to celebrate this summer. I put together a playlist of some of the songs I’ve been listening to lately — it’s a mix of old and new, household names and emerging artists, and a whole lot in between.” — Barack Obama

“My heart aches at the memory of how I went on my vacation not feeling skinny enough. I should have been enjoying the local cuisine that we had the opportunity to enjoy. Instead, I felt anxiety whenever a meal would approach.” — Carrie Wynn

“Essentially, an article, blog post, presentation, or email can be compared to a lecture — where your goal as a writer is to inform, inspire, and educate the reader. To achieve this goal, any piece you put out must have a clearly defined global objective; often stated in a sentence about the major key point the reader will come away with after reading that piece.” — Victor Mong

“I can’t say precisely when my Instagram ads began to tip over into SkyMall territory. I’d been noticing the devolution for months, maybe years. But these days when I open up the app, every ad customized for me is some decidedly loopy gewgaw.” — Clive Thompson

“Data-driven marketing shifts the focus of traditional marketing, formerly on the product, and focuses on the customer/consumer. The focus shift is relevant because we are now in the customer age of marketing, where the customer is on a journey. You can use relevant information gathered from online and offline sources to determine where the customer is on their journey and how your product might benefit them.” — Dr. Maria Stern

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