Why Marketing Is Like Giving

'Tis the season for gift-giving. Which makes it the season for gift-buying. Which makes it the season for gift-selling and, by extension, gift-marketing. December is the biggest advertising month of the year as marketers spend billions of dollars to encourage recession-weary consumers to spread the joy. Marketing is itself a lot like gift-giving; to paraphrase the textbook definition, it's finding out what people want and providing it to them. Below are five general principles you might ponder over a cup of hot cocoa.

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