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Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at

Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

Even pessimistic marketing thought leaders believe more than 100 million viewers caught the Super Bowl ads. For marketers like SunTrust Banks and Mercedes-Benz, it’s been the best place to announce initiatives that can then live on other marketing channels.

Last week, I had a dream — and in it, Karen Carpenter and I were friends. The following night, I had a similar dream — and this time it was Carly Simon. I literally went to bed the next night hoping for a Roberta Flack visitation.

The world of marketers is changing quickly. Emotionally driven advertising projects from fictional "mad men" like Don Draper have given way to more data-reliant "map men" — able to navigate a strategy using data and analytics — like Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Now a new factor is changing the game: Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Competition is about to heat up among healthcare insurance providers. In perhaps the first stage of marketing its proposed nonprofit entity providing healthcare insurance to employees of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, the companies jointly entered the healthcare insurance provider market in a big way on Tuesday.

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