All posts by Freddy Tran Nager



Freddy is the Founder & Creative Strategist of Atomic Tango. He also teaches at the University of Southern California (go Trojans!), shoots pool somewhat adequately, and herds cats. Freddy received his BA from Harvard and his MBA from USC.

Ignoring The Signs

Posted On January 1, 2019By Freddy Tran NagerIn Marketing

Superficial Powers: Meet The Illiterati

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Avid Reader; photo by Micaela Parente on Unsplash… In this hive of scum and villainy we call the Internet, you’ve likely met all shades of dubious characters: trolls, stalkers, spies, Republicans. Here’s one group that’s not nearly as harmful but just as annoying: the illiterati. These are people who refuse to read yet act like they do. They tend to fall into one or more of the following categories…Read More
High Sierra Classic Plus Showerhead in action
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Semi-Professional Shower Connoisseur; featured photo by High Sierra… Who doesn’t like getting into a little hot water?Read More
Watch Branding

Posted On June 25, 2018By Freddy Tran NagerIn Marketing

Branding? Try Harder Than This…

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Likes Watches And Brands… Knowing I love watches, Amazon recently recommended an Italian brand I’d never heard of: Brismassi Esetti. At least it sounds Italian. And at first glance, it looked pretty sharp: a clean design, only 8mm thick, with an Italian leather band and a Japanese movement. Yet at only $45.88, the low price waved a red flag — why so cheap?Read More
Deer In The Headlights

Posted On May 1, 2018By Freddy Tran NagerIn Missions

How To Think On Your Feet: Cold Calling And Euphemisms

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder Of Atomic Tango LLC + Professor Who Loves To Cold Call His Students; photo by Fabrice Florin via Wikimedia Commons… Picture yourself in a class or business meeting. You don’t have a pressing thought or opinion on the current topic — indeed, your mind is wandering to what you’d like to have for dinner — when suddenly you hear your name called along with the question, “What do you think?”Read More
Instagram Vending Machine
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC; photo and video by Vasily Sonkin… It’s no secret that most social media data can be faked. Likes, followers, views, even comments — name it, you can buy it. What most people don’t realize is how easy it is to do so. How easy?Read More
competitive strategy

Posted On March 17, 2018By Freddy Tran NagerIn Marketing

Competitive Strategy (A Sweet Demonstration)

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Guy Who Loves a Challenge… Never shy from competition. You’re going to have it, if not now, then as soon as you create a viable market. So if you see a field of competitors, don’t give up, even if they have a head start. Challenge them by being DIFFERENT and BETTER — particularly if they play the traditional way…  Read More
Caitlyn Jenner Humble Brag

Posted On March 13, 2018By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

How To Humble Brag (Hint: Don’t Say “Humbled”)

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Honored to be Humble… Every day I challenge my computer to chess. “Bring it on!” I say. And every day I vow, “Today’s the day I turn the tables on that non-sentient tormentor!” But every single day my computer beats me soundly. That humbles me. Sometimes I look in the mirror immediately after a workout and think, “Not bad, old man.” Then I look in the mirror immediately after I wake up in the morning and think, “Age is aRead More
"The Post" Movie Poster

Posted On January 3, 2018By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

Start The Presses: Why Every American Should See The Post

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Journalism Junkie… How could I resist an invitation to see The Post?Read More