Archived News & Views2019-02-27T10:26:31-06:00

Archived News & Views

SWC’s Fast Five – May 27, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

May 27, 2022

Drones delivering Walmart packages! Extending your office lease? Better think twice. Just when you thought you’d hired the perfect new employees, they reconsider and jump ship. Looking for Starbuck’s in Russia? Hurry, they too are leaving the country. And urban planning, abandoned 600 years ago, has been found in Bolivia.

May 26th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 20, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

May 20, 2022

Deja vu. “The Greatest Show on Earth”, dining dress codes and ad-supported streaming are all making a comeback! Concerts and exercise? Coldplay wants you to help power their next show by riding a bike at their concerts. Lastly, after being in Russia 32 years, McDonald’s plans to start “de-arching” and sell all its restaurants.

May 19th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 13, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

May 13, 2022

Gigalab, a portable recycling lab where trash goes in, and treasure comes out. Not so fast Zoom, people don’t want you tracking their emotions, how creepy. But it looks like ICE sees more than Americans have been told. Meanwhile, you may want to re-consider buying an EV as America’s antiquated electric infrastructure may not get you there. Lastly, think twice before heading to college, it’s no longer the “golden ticket” to the American Dream.

May 12th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 6, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

May 6, 2022

While most of us have returned to our crowded pre-pandemic behaviors, the most women ever were appointed to Fortune 500 boards last year. So, you think too much of your personal info is out there? Google will now let you submit requests to remove it. Meanwhile “nonfunctional” grass in the Southwest will soon to be history. And if you can’t bear to throw out your old photos, convert them to digital and keep them forever!

May 5th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 29, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

April 29, 2022

So, the grass isn’t always greener when it comes to taking a new job. But, to retire in style, you’ll need one. Tired of video conferencing? Zoom just made it a bit more fun. If you’ve ever wanted to design your own emoji, now’s your chance. And lastly, Apple has finally opened the gates to DIY repairs.

April 29th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 22, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

April 22, 2022

After working from home for the past two years, of course RTO is going to be annoying. But evidently, it’s a great year to be graduating and starting work. Thankfully cash stuffing will help you save money while you’re checking out the new digital Rolling Stone format. And who knew bird-friendly beef is the new thing?

April 21st, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 15, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

April 15, 2022

A good-for-kids social platform? Remote work - same pay, discuss! And, the latest employee get me/keep me requirement. Dress that salad with hemp seeds and Amazon sellers (thus we buyers) will be ponying up for an inflation fee.

April 14th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 8, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

April 8, 2022

Highrise farms are on the, well, rise, as is new business. Forecasts projected to get more cloudy, apparently like our lungs which are filling with microplastics. In the meanwhile, Twitter is aflutter about its testing of an edit function.

April 7th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 1, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

April 1, 2022

What’s old is new again with that job you left, food bank lines and, remember landlines? Meanwhile office occupancy trends continue their downward track and Ukraine – good on you if you’re sending money, just don’t get scammed.

March 31st, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – March 25, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

March 25, 2022

The definitive way to pronounce GIF according to its late inventor, the promise of fewer weather-related airport delays, the end of the hated password may be nigh, tips to be tornado safe and tech workers head for Russia’s exits in droves.

March 24th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – March 18, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

March 18, 2022

You can help those helping Ukraine. The Fed looks to rein in inflation while avoiding an economic slowdown. Mass transit is back in favor, regaining passenger traffic lost in the pandemic. Starbucks wants you to fill ‘er up and not just your coffee cup. Supply chain gets an innovation – accordion-style collapsible containers

March 17th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – March 11, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

March 11, 2022

Three-quarters of U.S. citizens never tweet and fewer than 1 percent of us watch primetime Fox News or MSNBC so IRL we Americans are much nicer than all those bloviators would have you believe. Phew. In more good news, the VW bus is back, EVs are potential power backup for our homes, lame interview questions are out the door and your darling floof not only is your boon companion but get this, can help treat and prevent cancer. Wow!

March 10th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – February 25, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

February 25, 2022

Fast Five is not talking about THAT, but is about bugs, because we need them and it will take your mind off of THAT, as will something interesting but not scary that China is doing – bossing AI so companies can’t use personal info to offer users different prices for the same product of service. Also, why RTO RT ain’t, how the four-day work week has arrived and the real deal on home office pajama wear

February 25th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – February 18, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

February 18, 2022

So, Disappointment(s) of the Week – chances are grim of finding a rental home or buying a garage door. Very specific we know but if you are in those markets, bummer! Redeeming News of the Week – there are ways to promote your brand online that sidestep the noxious humble brag syndrome, headlight technology is coming that doesn’t blind you so others can see the road and, eggs, did you know they are fighting for your attention?

February 17th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – February 11, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

February 11, 2022

It’s an existential journey in today’s Fast Five with 10-year-olds calling it quits, great work being the *new* metric darling, emoji colors sparking debate, iPhones conducting even more business and, satisfaction, how are you doing at getting some of that?

February 10th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – February 4, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

February 4, 2022

The population available to work is on a long-term downward trend, which gets us more robots, pizza joints paying us to pick the pie up ourselves and meds zipping to your doorstep via drones. If you are in the workforce, here are some tips for sorting out what it really would be like to work for Company X. For cool news – an electrified roadway to keep your EV charged. So would you just wave your credit card out the window?

February 3rd, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – January 28, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

January 28, 2022

There might be some goodies lurking in your spam folder, not a bad idea to take a squint, and to do also with your recovery email addresses. When is the last time you checked those? Resumes are still a thing but no one is putting “manager” goals on there. And if you are among those bringing back in-store shopping, retailers are working on your care and comfort.

January 27th, 2022|

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January 26th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – January 21, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

January 21, 2022

Is this new 3D tech the answer to bringing cheap manufacturing back to the U.S.? It’s happier tech news than that of AT&T/Verizon jolting air traffic due to its genius 5G handling. Other tech goodies – laptops are cool again, Ford and ADT got your back in theft prevention and, in analog news, find out what the fastest growing gigs are for us working stiffs.

January 20th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – January 14, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

January 14, 2022

Is this new to you - “phygital”? Hear all about it today along with slow email, tech to fight the great resignation, non-creepy stuff about air tags and self-driving cars aren’t really going to be all that.

January 14th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – January 7, 2022

SWC’s Fast Five

January 7, 2022

Change, change, change… self-operating tractors, a foreign automaker tops American auto-sales, mid-level staff lead the great resignation, goodbye “GMO – hello “bioengineered” and just in time for our holiday bills to come due, regulatory scrutiny sets its claws in the buy now, pay later industry.

January 7th, 2022|

SWC’s Fast Five – December 17, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

December 17, 2021

It’s back to the drawing board on back to work, you’ll find a super random list of career paths with the highest wage growth (insurance broker anyone?), grim news for youngsters as 60-year careers are forecast for them, good news for the four-eyes among us as eye drops claim to replace glasses and, if you want to forget all that and contemplate the universe – a spacecraft has driven right into the sun. On purpose.

December 16th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – December 10, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

December 10, 2021

Futurists are saying the 2022 work world means the death of hustle and the rise of looking out for yourself, school buses are tracking your kids, business is calling all you retirees to unretire, some next-year changes are this-year ready from cities running on crypto to manufacturing reshoring and what’s really cool – your kid’s plastic Chatter Telephone works on Bluetooth.

December 10th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – December 3, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

December 3, 2021

It’s money, money, money for today’s Fast Five – how to prepare to earn it on your own, earn more of it, why you can do that better in the U.S. than other countries, keep more of it and give it away.

December 2nd, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – November 26, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

November 26, 2021

Fast Five is feeling thankful so this week we bring you goodies from saving grandma’s recipes to upbeat gift ideas for the tech-inclined in your household plus cheering news of a young CEO, more flex for the creator economy in sharing its content and, ah, the four-day work week is getting real people.

November 26th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – November 19, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

November 19, 2021

It’s fashion and leisure all day long for this Fast Five. Holiday shelves will be full at Target and Walmart, Macy’s is the top U.S. fashion brand, pandemic-ready is the new home design, other people’s homes are where we want to stay-work-vay-cation and, spam calls getting you down? Here’s some solutions.

November 18th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – November 5, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

November 5, 2021

We’ve adapted out shopping – from online ordering of TP, to tipping our pizza delivery robots to crushing Apple in our rush for a $19 product. Meanwhile back on the hiring front, there are new strategeries to overcome recruitment hurdles and a new title in the C-suite bringing new meaning to “heat.”

November 4th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – October 29, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

October 29, 2021

A fascinating, if not slightly unnerving, guide to all the sectors touched by Amazon; your neighborhood restaurant’s grease pit did great on a flight testing it for fuel; palm trees are so yesterday; and those spendy MBA degrees – turns out they pay off, literally, while undergraduate enrollment continues to tank.

October 28th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – October 22, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

October 22, 2021

Housing shortage? Boomers are outspending Millennials. Truck driver shortage? Calling all high schoolers! Organ donor shortage? Amazing breakthrough with our little porker friends. “Everything shortage”? That’s on you and me, pal, we’re spending out of our minds. Car shortage? Yeah, yeah, old news but let’s talk about how your color choice speaks to your soul.

October 21st, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – October 8, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

October 8, 2021

The much ignored generational cohort – X – is having its day and making bank while USPS is testing cashing it for them and everyone else. Want a high-paying job? STEM beats arts, but money isn’t everything, right? Maybe you English majors can get a leg up in the hiring game with a video, the latest thing. Also Windows 11, it ain’t Spinal Tap.

October 7th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – October 1, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

October 1, 2021

Happy hour is going to pot, jobs are going to the vaccinated, Rosy the robot is coming home, now we’re (well, Millennials) are parenting plants and your house is now brought to you by a darling little 11-foot 3D printer.

October 1st, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – September 24, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

September 24, 2021

Last week’s Fast Five reported how fewer men were going to college and this week, same about working. Please be amazed at just a few of the innovations we enjoy thanks to our Hispanic friends, that Millennials have flipped the script, that paying deposits on some product – and getting it back when we return the packaging – is about to be a thing again, and America, you’re bunchers v folders when it comes to toilet paper and that is not cool for the environment.

September 24th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – September 17, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

September 17, 2021

Amazon’s starting salary hike will help when there is no ceiling for food prices in sight but, you can get your groceries in a hot minute. Use that time savings to muck around in your hidden files (be careful in there). And guys, there’s fewer of you in college. Why is this news?

September 17th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – September 10, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

September 10, 2021

RTW requires new rationale, airport improvements promise a low turbulence experience, supply chain kinks in business forecasts don’t choke demand, dignity for the hungry comes in this app and GM tries to make up for the death wish of the seatbelt free.

September 9th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – September 4, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

September 4, 2021

More students give college a bad grade, states that cut jobless benefits early don’t see a jump in job growth, travel agents are having a moment, more pot smokers get behind the wheel for Amazon deliveries and here’s just one reason you need that travel agent – international airlines say your cloth masks are not good enough!

September 3rd, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – August 27, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

August 27, 2021

Now Amazon tells us, come and get it yourself. That’s probably not tied to AI ad Mad Men but, its equally dissonant. Also, secondhand thrift wins over fast fashion, cotton totes are greenwash and retirees do the hokey pokey.

August 27th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – August 20, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

August 20, 2021

We’re losing our social cues mojo with the return of cargo pants and emoji parsing but you know what we can depend on? That housing is impossible and here’s the latest reason. And our veterans, who took care of America and now America will be stepping up to take care of them for a few trillion dollars over the next 30 or so years. It’s crazy times but, have a Girl Scout cookie, a new one is coming out and it will be the comfort we all need.

August 20th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – August 13, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

August 13, 2021

An unwanted first, wildfire smoke reaches the North Pole while heat waves accelerate window air conditioning unit use which accelerates green house gas emission which accelerates… you know. And, we also get this unwanted round two (three, four?) pandemic effect, so hold up on that whole return-to-office thing and make the most of your mask creativity while you save money on the hottest everything-old-is-new-again trend – by now, pay later.

August 13th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – August 6, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

August 6, 2021

Maybe you will stop doing it now that the NSA says but you don’t need a spy agency to validate that not wearing a seatbelt is dumb and deadly. Less may be made in China, women need to be more like men and apply for jobs they’re completely and utterly qualified for and, look, you never know when you’re gonna need Crocs for your hands.

August 6th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – July 30, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

July 30, 2021

They’re over the ping pong tables and beer breaks, respect is the perk du jour for today’s younger workers who are up to here with collaboration and, if they’re in tech, are getting cherry picked by the big firms - lured from local start-ups with big money and a WFH option. Walmart fights the money battle by blowing up benefits with its offer to pay all of employees’ college tuition which is just in time; maybe those grads will be able to afford the housing prices that still go up, up, up.

July 30th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – July 23, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

July 23, 2021

The baby shower concept morphs into business showers as startups cash in on this gift giving fixture while pool owners rake it in by putting their backyard splash on the rental Swimply. Got goat’s milk? You just might as the dairy industry moooves on, chief purpose officers move in – to the C suite. And as all of us kick back and watch as the Olympics kick in, let’s take a look at the best Olympic logos of all time to get that party started.

July 23rd, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – July 16, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

July 16, 2021

Are there plans to end planned obsolescence? There are some afoot to end the five-day work week as cities transition from incentives to attract employers to those to mine micro talent, that talent increases its love for emojis at work and we all watch Europe as restrictions emerge to deal with COVID variants and we wonder, is that what’s next for America.

July 16th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – July 9, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

July 9, 2021

Free samples will come in handy as you may still be trying to pay off your master’s degree student loans. Saying thank you after an interview leaves a lasting impression and could help you land your next job – even if it’s of the boomerang kind. And no matter what kind of job you have, post-pandemic, the smarties are sleeping in if they can.

July 9th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – July 2, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

July 2, 2021

What exactly have our brains gone through in the last year? One thing is for sure, we’re still bad at apologizing, companies are giving us wider berth, AI in medicine could stomp on the “do no harm” ethic and you will be about to learn all about that and more on Neeva, an ad-free, for-pay search engine.

July 2nd, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – June 25, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

June 25, 2021

National Geographic just named a fifth ocean, the Fed’s look at digitizing the dollar is a lot deeper than mobile payments, Lego is testing using recycled plastic for the 20 billion bricks it makes each year, and donuts inspire a rethink for post-pandemic office buildings that workers are not rushing back to anyway!

June 25th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – June 18, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

June 18, 2021

The timeline and back story on our now 11 federal holidays is fascinating and why is it exactly that we can’t buy even one of the 15 million surplus Girl Scout cookies? Well, at least that is one choice – buy or not buy – you can eliminate from the other 35,000 decisions taking up your brain space while you contemplate the good, or bad, one you made to own, or not, the Peloton that is now spying on you. Another decision being made a lot – workers choosing quality of life as a record number quit their jobs.

June 18th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – June 11, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

June 11, 2021

Coming soon to a subdivision near you – houses built-to-rent. Workers flip the power equation, getting the upper hand with employers for the first time in generations as Boomers add seven years to their career, planning to retire later than those who stopped working before them. New fonts to spice up your next presentation is just what Google Docs has ordered. What Fast Five is not going to order are chocolate-covered cicadas – gag.

June 11th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – June 4, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

June 4, 2021

Hated more than airline change fees, overdraft fees are eliminated entirely by one bank, which gives you a little more money to spend on ordering up new services for delivery in an hour, which frees you up to learn how to finally beat those spam, scam and robocalls. Don’t like billboards? Maybe this one will change your mind as you wrap your head around this season’s warm and fuzzy names bringing the 2021 storm season drama.

June 4th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 28, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

May 28, 2021

Bosses love WFH – job postings skyrocket! Bosses don’t love WFH – you need a plan to cling to your beloved flexibility! Fashion gets flashy for teens up through women of a certain age while likes and dislikes are managed to help with our fragile self-esteem, and they get a big overhaul when we’re talking a favorite bad boy – Nero.

May 28th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 21, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

May 21, 2021

Companies make more benefits available, but you pay for them. AI tech lets you sit out Zooms while the bot takes notes for you. You like brands that take a stand even when you don’t like the stand. Natural gas is over (sorta). And your hotel may shorten your stay.

May 21st, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 14, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

May 14, 2021

Monday is the new Saturday for saying “I do’s” this summer. And as TikTok does job search, your co-workers say adios to 9 – 5. Meanwhile, Mattel wants you to send back your old Barbie. But at 98, the Jewish Oprah, is still zooming!

May 14th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 7, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

May 7, 2021

Going over the pond may put you in hot water, retailers are trying to move impulse buying from the checkout line to online, Millennials think talking salary is casual conversation, Twitter asks users to be kinder/gentler and landlords say enough already.

May 7th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 30, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

April 30, 2021

It used to be the only thing flying were planes and birds, now Girl Scout cookies are flying too. Meanwhile, targeted internet ads may no longer be a distraction and you can wait even longer to get your REAL ID. As collectables skyrocket in value, owning a piece of the 1776 Declaration of Independence is the next hot thing. And they say 150 is the new 100.

April 30th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 23, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

April 23, 2021

Who knew that skirts and quitting your job would both be in fashion? That a 51st state could really become reality and that social cues, post-vaccination, can and will be very confusing. All while the unemployed still worry about getting sick, needing to be at home and facing possible career changes.

April 23rd, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 16, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

April 16, 2021

We’re taking a couple of trips today as we find rental cars rare as hens’ teeth and psychedelics get research love as a lasting cure for depression. Meanwhile, lots of us give money to strangers, the regs say business can require employee vaccination and the economy gets less neurotic as confidence grows.

April 16th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 9, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

April 9, 2021

The grandkids are playing – the stock market, and in other business news – longer-term office leases are trending, companies take a pledge to shrink the racial wealth gap and a special few don’t pay a single dollar in federal taxes. Distract yourself with the doggie version of ancestry.com.

April 9th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 2, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

April 2, 2021

Your growing traffic congestion experience is making farmers happy as we head toward increasingly unrecognizable office space, get access at work and home to rapid COVID tests and finally can exert a little control over who posts comments to our Facebook page as some, but not all of us, think we are getting back to normal.

April 2nd, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – March 26, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

March 26, 2021

What’s more spendy, a Tesla or a Toyota RAV4? COVID good news and bad news and why we hear more of the bad. Jobless claims – they say the news is good but dig deeper people. And, it is not the biggest news. In fact, it is not news at all but it is validating to hear someone else say what all of us have experienced with inkjet printers.

March 26th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – March 19, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

March 19, 2021

COVID long haulers get some attention, it’s a question if we’re covered when cybercriminals steal our retirement savings, NFTs are explained for you speculators, summer school is welcomed while new species of mosquitos bring diseases that are not.

March 19th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – March 5, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

March 5, 2021

A pandemic baby boom goes bust while the kids we have get in line for their COVID shots, Google crumbles some of it tracking cookies, evictions and back rent just keep growing and WFH, we’re still doing that for a while.

March 5th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – February 19, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

February 19, 2021

Old school is new school with the latest thing in social media and top performers in retail, 55+ is getting fewer minuses, Facebook is having a tantrum and people, NASA stuck its landing on Mars. That’s 40 million miles of inspiration.

February 19th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – February 5, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

February 5, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine passports get traction while the seasonal flu vanishes, the patchwork U.S. recovery stymies stimulus calculations as productivity takes a plunge not seen in nearly 40 years and, the case for a ninth public holiday – Super Bowl Monday.

February 5th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – January 29, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

January 29, 2021

Get a cup of coffee and settle in. This explainer how we got the vaccines so quickly is a stunner. Also, about the emerging mutations, what’s happening with people who already have mortgages while the housing market stays as hot as ever, and then taxes and death, in that order.

January 29th, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – January 22, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

January 22, 2021

Business travel has a long road to recovery, deaths from COVID add up quickly while the vaccine rolls out slowly, economic recovery will be great if you can hold on until that happens, taxes are still due on time and, guess where everybody is moving!

January 22nd, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – January 1, 2021

SWC’s Fast Five

January 1, 2021

It's 2021 - finally! And we're starting the year off with the sublime and the ridiculous - talking faucets, government sugar haters, transparency on hospital charges, the vaccine that’s coming anytime now and the words to that song you always mess up.

January 1st, 2021|

SWC’s Fast Five – December 18, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

December 18, 2020

Vaccines, again, we know but there’s more to understand about them including you likely won’t get to pick the one you get; that cyberattack that seems distant and far away but likely will come to each of our doorsteps; MLB makes a symbolic but important gesture and, well, we’ll just call it waste water news.

December 18th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – December 11, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

December 11, 2020

More of us are using food banks so no surprise that household income is down. Still CFO’s are optimistic, post pandemic, and the vaccine will slow roll into communities. Pantone does a number on its color and we bring you more symbols and abbreviations so we can understand each other online.

December 11th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – December 4, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

December 4, 2020

Hiring continues to trend down, COVID gums up return to work, we’re still buying every last house we can put our hands on, delivery people can’t catch a break and it turns out a frozen embryo as old as your college grad living in your basement holds up.

December 4th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – November 20, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

November 20, 2020

People are getting paid before payday, we’re no longer dependent on Russia for space flight, the science behind these vaccines is good news for COVID and other disease, economists’ forecasts look good post vaccine and you can act the fool on one social channel and shrug it off. Some good news for you as we head into Thanksgiving week.

November 20th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – November 6, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

November 6, 2020

There is other news. Fast Five had to scrounge for it but we found the good and the bad for you in hiring, new COVID vaccine technologies, how shopping continues to save the country, we’re taking our hot mess to space and, this just in, Florida Man isn’t always an idiot.

November 6th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – October 23, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

October 23, 2020

It’s not your daddy’s vo-tech, U.S. says Google is too big for its britches, FDA approves a COVID-19 drug that won’t save you, more of us are just leaving the labor force and the diabolical ironclad beetle dares you to drive over it.

October 23rd, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – October 16, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

October 16, 2020

Back-to-the-office worries shift, formal fashion fades, seatbelts were a precursor of the present individual v. public interest furor and we’re getting poor again but at least most of us will be warm(er) this winter.

October 15th, 2020|

Fast Five – October 9, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

October 9, 2020

Dive into the Nobel Prize season – it will make you feel better about the world, so we share a deeper look here along with the hurricane record making, COVID good news / bad news, today’s neurosis in the stock market and, yes, it is Christmas shopping time.

October 9th, 2020|

Fast Five – October 2, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

October 2, 2020

Stunning news of President Trump testing positive for COVID-19 overshadows all other news which in today’s Fast Five includes airlines furloughing tens of thousands, how few of us pay taxes, the little-known man at FOX who calls the election for the news outlet and some nonsense about Crocs.

October 2nd, 2020|

Fast Five – September 25, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

September 25, 2020

We say goodbye to Justice Ginsburg, hello to an unwelcome COVID milestone and its downward effect on manufactured goods orders, are surprised by the pandemic’s salutary effect on making us more agreeable and we have another miss in the daily asteroid dodgeball game.

September 25th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – September 18, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

September 18, 2020

Fire and floods and now one of the country’s most prominent business groups is for climate change, N95 masks continue to be scarce, somehow the USPS still delivers and, for the anxious among us, stay under this blanket.

September 18th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – September 11, 2020

SWC’s Fast Five

September 11, 2020

COVID laundry tips, the up and downs of jobs, the lingering grief of 9/11, another glass ceiling breaks which is great but, tick tock on diversity and inclusion, and Peloton buyers grow their off-bike workouts.

September 11th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – September 4

SWC’s Fast Five

September 4, 2020

More jobs and lower unemployment signals slowing economic recovery, medical breakthroughs show reason for encouragement in COVID-19 and brain, spinal cord injuries and FAA says Amazon is an airline. Check it all out in this week’s Fast Five!

September 4th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – August 28

SWC’s Fast Five

August 28, 2020

We’re not going back to the office but the Fed is trying to get us back to work, other people of color push back against discrimination, private data made public lets people see the flood risk of houses and babies take on the fight against poverty.

August 28th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – August 21st

SWC’s Fast Five

August 21, 2020

Voter suppression, it’s not just today’s news. You’ll see that in the story on the 19th amendment. And then we have mail for you, lots of mail, which you won’t have to send to a fifth of this year’s college students because they will be home. The good news? The show goes on for one Thanksgiving tradition.

August 21st, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – August 14th

SWC’s Fast Five

August 14, 2020

Murders are up, the variety of COVID symptoms gets a head scratching, a majority of small businesses are confident of making it for a year, Russian docs are not excited about the vaccine and movie drive-ins come to a Walmart near you.

August 14th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – August 7th

SWC’s Fast Five

August 7, 2020

Beirut’s suffering unfolds as the name and blame game emerges following its huge port explosion, colleges make plans to close as they open, more good news on the vaccine front which you might be reading about on Instagram now and, here’s one thing that won’t kill us. Apparently.

August 7th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – July 31st

SWC’s Fast Five

July 31, 2020

Get a picture of new access to domestic-sourced pharmaceuticals, the anti-remote learning movement, a resizing of the office footprint, good news about a scary disease and then chill with the legacy of Bob Ross (psst, he permed his hair!).

July 31st, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – July 17th

SWC’s Fast Five

July 17, 2020

There’s heartening news of a small vaccine trial result which we hope props us up as evictions get ready to surge, COVID-19 unemployment assistance ends and small businesses close forever by the tens of thousands. Even honey bees have turned mean.

July 16th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – July 10th

SWC’s Fast Five

July 10, 2020

The world continues to learn about COVID-19 on the fly as cases surge, death counts rise, schools debate how to reopen and we all have less change in our pockets. And in non-pandemic news, environment 2, oil and gas, 0.

July 10th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – July 3rd

SWC’s Fast Five

July 3, 2020

A flag is retired while the Boeing 737 Max takes flight again, Russia is said to pay for American soldier deaths, companies boycott Facebook and chronic underfunding of public health departments continues as the pandemic rages.

July 3rd, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – June 26th

SWC’s Fast Five

June 26, 2020

Coronavirus death toll drops but a surge of cases is still bad news while police reform stalls in Congress, media change the way they refer to Blacks, a gene-editing breakthrough can mean hope for incurable diseases and Paul Blart will have to start walking again.

June 26th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – June 12th

SWC’s Fast Five

June 12, 2020

Protests continue, the coronavirus gives head fakes, police culture is under scrutiny, jobs grew for a month – it was another roller coaster week as some of us get through it with a lot of sugar and twice the caffeine.

June 12th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – June 5th

SWC’s Fast Five

June 5, 2020

A tough week in the U.S., as we share news regarding protests, escalating conflict with China, more pandemic effect on business and education and a bit of good news for small business recipients of PPP. Here's what you need to know this week.

June 5th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 22nd

SWC’s Fast Five

May 22, 2020

It may or may not feel like it, but there is a lot of good news out there, from a record reduction in global carbon emissions to a promising COVID-19 vaccine. This week, we wanted to share some of those good stories with you, plus a couple more informational articles (and one restaurant’s interesting take on social distancing).

May 22nd, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 15th

SWC’s Fast Five

May 15, 2020

If you aren’t great at staying up to date with the news, you might have missed some important updates this week, including changes to the 2020 election and university closure announcements. Not to worry! We gathered the news you need to know from this week (and threw in a few fun articles) to keep you up-to-date and entertained.

May 15th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – May 8th

SWC’s Fast Five

May 8, 2020

Throughout the past month, we’ve brought you news to keep you informed and entertained through the stay-at-home order. Now, cities are beginning to reopen, but we can’t stop now!

May 8th, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 24th

SWC’s Fast Five

April 24, 2020

Another week down! We're back with the second installment of our new series, SWC's Fast Five, bringing you our Fast Five: five articles, songs, videos or websites to keep you up-to-date and entertained without overwhelming you.

April 23rd, 2020|

SWC’s Fast Five – April 17th

SWC’s Fast Five

April 17, 2020

We engage with media for a living, but sometimes it is possible to consume too much news, or incorrect information for that matter. That’s why, each week, we are curating and bringing you our Fast Five: five articles, songs, videos or websites to keep you up-to-date and entertained without overwhelming you.

April 17th, 2020|

Simon Says – Pick Up Your Dog Poop!

Simon Says - Pick Up Your Dog Poop!

Jan 13, 2020

Sturges Word re-designed the Downtown & River Market dog waste station signage, replacing colors and stick figures with bright, whimsical images to increase visibility.

January 13th, 2020|

Social Media Community Management Dos and Don’ts

Social Media Community Management Dos and Don’ts

Sept 18, 2019

You’ve just gotten the hang of posting to social media — a couple of company updates and pictures later— and suddenly, people are commenting on your posts! How quickly should you respond, and what should you say? Keep reading and we’ll walk you through the do’s and don’ts of interacting with your audience on social media.

September 18th, 2019|

LinkedIn Tips

From Passive to Pro: LinkedIn Tips to Take Your Profile to the Next Level

Aug 26, 2019

LinkedIn…you either love it or hate it. But there is no denying the benefits that a strong LinkedIn presence can bring to your organization and your personal brand. LinkedIn is a good social media platform to promote yourself as a thought leader, connect and network with new business contacts and keep up with industry news.

August 26th, 2019|

Getting Started with Google My Business

Getting Started with Google My Business

Aug 1, 2019

If you use Google when searching for stores, restaurants and services near you, you’ve likely used Google My Business (GMB) and not even known it. As a customer, GMB allows you to search for and find businesses and services near you.

August 1st, 2019|

Sturges Word Communications Wins Four Awards from the Social Media Club of KC

Sturges Word Communications Wins Four Awards from the Social Media Club of Kansas City

April 1, 2019

Sturges Word Communications recently received four awards at the Social Media Club of Kansas City’s annual AMPS Awards, a gold award in the email campaign category for its work with Faultless Healthcare Linen, two gold awards in the Facebook campaign category for its work with Cloverland Electric Cooperative and Faultless Healthcare Linen and a silver award in the integrated campaign category for its work with the Kansas City Club.

April 10th, 2019|

The ABC’s of Social Media

The ABC’s of Social Media

March 1, 2019

Social media is practically its own language, which is why we broke it down and created a social media dictionary to help you navigate starting your company’s channels or navigate your agency’s monthly social media report.

March 1st, 2019|

Why You Should Outsource Your Social Media

Should we outsource our social media? Yes, you can save time and money!

Feb 8, 2019

According to Sprout Social, 70% of Gen Xers are most likely to purchase from a brand that they are first following on social media. Given that Gen X has more purchasing power than any other generation, if your business is not already active on social media, now is the time to start!

February 11th, 2019|

Sturges Word Holiday Throwback

Happy Holidays from SWC!

Dec 19, 2018

Here at Sturges Word the holidays are some of our favorite times of the year! We gathered up some throwback photos and shared our favorite holiday memories. Join us as we laugh and reminisce.

December 19th, 2018|

What are Micro-Influencers and What Do They Mean for You?

What are Micro-Influencers and What Do They Mean for You?

Dec 7, 2018

Micro-influencers are people who have gained 1,000 to 50,000 social media followers by regularly posting niche content. Once overlooked due to their small following, brands and marketers are now focusing on the high engagement and trust that micro-influencers can bring to campaigns.

December 7th, 2018|

How and Why We Use Facebook Jobs

How and Why We Use Facebook Jobs

Nov 26, 2018

With more than two billion active Facebook users a month, it is no secret that people and companies that want to effectively reach people use Facebook to do so. That’s why in February 2017, Facebook unrolled its newest feature: Facebook Jobs.

November 26th, 2018|

Sturges Word Communications Earns Sprout Social’s Agency Partner Certification

Sprout Social’s Agency Partner Certification

Oct 12, 2018

Sturges Word already creates award-winning social content for its clients, including projects that have won AMPS and PRISM awards, and now as a Sprout Social Agency Partner, Sturges Word is excited to use its network of digital agencies and resources to continue to provide value to and grow awareness of its clients.

October 12th, 2018|

What the Worldcom Confidence Index Means for your Business

Worldcom Confidence Index

Aug 16, 2018

The Worldcom partners recently worked together on the Worldcom Confidence Index (CI) to study the issues global CEOs and CMOs believe will most influence business success in 2018. According to the CI report, the top three threats for business leaders are a battle for talent, the increasing threat of cybercrime and government and legislative changes.

August 16th, 2018|

Ted’s Lunch for Students

Ted’s Lunch for Students

May 26, 2018

Learn how we worked with Ted’s Café Escondido to help grow brand awareness around its unique offering of fresh, from-scratch Mexican food through various initiatives, including traditional media.

May 26th, 2018|