Asia-Pacific Drives Twitter Growth as Other Regions

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Description: Twitter’s user growth has been plateauing for years, as social media users gravitate toward newer platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. But among the countries included in our forecast for Twitter user growth, seven of the top 10 are in Asia-Pacific—a regional trend also evident with Facebook and to some extent, Instagram. Source: eMarketer.com Date:… Read more »

Turn Browsers Into Buyers With These 4 E-Commerce Marketing Strategies

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Description: Whether you’re a novice e-commerce entrepreneur or a veteran in the space, it’s a good idea to continuously set new, higher sales goals. Greater sales translate to greater benefits for your company. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Feb 24, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/346616?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest are the ways to improve online sales?… Read more »

Now that Teck Frontier is dead, is there a future for Canada’s oilsands?

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Description: A lot of companies are saying, ‘Why bother with Canada? We’re going elsewhere,’ analyst says Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 26, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-teck-frontier-future-oilsands-1.5475658 Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons for the collapse of the Teck Frontier project? How will this decision affect other businesses in Canada? What do you think Canada should do with… Read more »

A Texas Border Town’s Booming Trade in Great Tacos

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Description: Brownsville has its troubles, but it’s also starting to draw attention for its thriving collection of distinctive taquerias. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/dining/tacos-brownsville-texas.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage Questions for discussion: How has Brownsville responded to the economic challenges it is facing? What else could this community capitalize on because of its location, culture and history?

How to make sense of the latest tech surge

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Description: In 2018 a new word entered Silicon Valley’s lexicon: the “techlash”, or the risk of a consumer and regulatory revolt against big tech. Today that threat seems empty. Even as regulators discuss new rules and activists fret about the right to privacy, the shares of the five biggest American tech firms have been on a… Read more »

The Wide-Ranging Ways In Which The Coronavirus Is Hurting Global Business

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Description: More than a month and a half into the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, the country’s economy is still largely in lockdown mode, stalling a global manufacturing powerhouse at the heart of nearly every industrial supply chain. As the crisis continues, businesses big and small are struggling with the disruption the pneumonia-like… Read more »

Is YouTube Turning Kids Into Budding Shoppers?

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Description: Kids and teens hold a lot of spending power that’s extending into households Source: eMarketer.com Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/is-youtube-turning-kids-into-budding-shoppers Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how YouTube is influencing kids’ purchasing behavior? Should this be a social concern?

A Formula for Growth After the Start-Up Stage

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Description: A new report suggests a five-part model for second-stage companies to consider if they want stable, long-term success. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/business/second-stage-entrepreneurship.html Questions for discussion: What does the research say about growing a company after the start-up stage? How can management better prepare for this challenge?

‘They know what they’re good at’: How Aritzia is bucking the retail trend

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Description: At a time when Canada’s retail sector is mired in a rash of store closures and disappointing sales, Aritzia Inc. appears to be doing something right. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Feb 14, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/they-know-what-they-re-good-at-how-aritzia-is-bucking-the-retail-trend-1.1390530 Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons for the success of this retailer when others seem to be… Read more »

Roku CEO Anthony Wood

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Description: Roku CEO Anthony Wood talks about Roku’s business model, streaming technology and it’s relationship with content providers like Disney. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 15, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/02/14/watch-cnbcs-full-interview-with-roku-ceo-anthony-wood.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made by Anthony Wood favouring the growth of streaming and Roku in particular. How is Roku complementing… Read more »