Working and Studying from Home Shines a Light on Digital Usage

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Description: eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco discuss how digital adoption has made it possible—or not—for people to work, study and entertain themselves from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Who doesn’t use the internet? Do people spend more time watching Netflix or YouTube? And which platforms get the most social… Read more »

Are we really … drinking less? Or why White Claw’s arrival means more bad news for brewers

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Description: Despite some signs that younger generations aren’t as into alcohol as their parents, Canadians don’t appear to be drinking less overall, just less beer Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 6, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/are-we-really-drinking-less-or-why-white-claws-arrival-means-more-bad-news-for-brewers Questions for discussion: What is happening to beer and alcohol consumption in Canada? What are the reasons for these changes? What can… Read more »

Two futurists predict a decade of powerful innovations: “Faster and better, and cheaper than anyone can imagine.”

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Description: Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler make their case in a new book “The Future Is Faster Than You Think.” Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 6, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/videos/watch/964fb3ae-5def-4d56-8e8c-56edbbb4de90?activePlaylistName=On%20Leading Questions for discussion: What are the highlights presented in this video report? What does the message suggest about innovation, business development and investing?

There’s plenty of toilet paper in the US – so why are people hoarding it?

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Description: The other day I went into Costco to buy some toilet paper. It came as a small shock when I couldn’t find a single roll. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Mar 11, 2020 Link: https://www.yahoo.com/news/theres-plenty-toilet-paper-us-122309255.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about human behavior and consumer products? How should business people deal with this understanding?

Grant Baldwin on How To Be A Successful Speaker – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: Grant Baldwin is a popular keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and speaking coach. He’s also the creator of the popular podcast, The Speaker Lab (which I’ve had the pleasure of being a guest on), and the online course Booked and Paid to Speak, through which he has trained thousands of speakers. He just published a new book, The Successful Speaker (along with Jeff… Read more »

Virus Makes Lobsters So Cheap That Sellers Face a Fatal Blow

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Description: The coronavirus outbreak is turning one luxury treat reserved for special occasions into a meal bargain hunters can afford. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 5, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-05/virus-makes-luxe-lobsters-so-cheap-that-sellers-face-fatal-blow?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons for the drop off in business? How can the industry deal with this problem?

Amazon sellers scramble to keep products in stock amid coronavirus outbreak

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Description: For Zev Bernard, who sells baseball and softball equipment on Amazon, February tends to be one of the busiest times of the year, with athletes, coaches and fans gearing up for the new season. Opening day for Major League Baseball is in late March. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 29, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/29/amazon-sellers-scramble-to-keep-products-in-stock-amid-coronavirus.html… Read more »

Why companies like Microsoft and Google are betting big on Africa

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Description: As technology companies continue to look for areas of growth, Africa is emerging as an area of opportunity. And Big Tech has taken notice. Companies such as Twitter, Google and Microsoft are all attempting to establish a presence in fast-growing African economies. Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey, who also runs mobile payment company… Read more »

U.S. stocks to rise in 2020, but virus, presidential race pose risks – Reuters poll

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Description: NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. stock market is likely to rack up solid gains this year, but it’s vulnerable to a correction if the effect of the coronavirus outbreak worsens or the U.S. presidential race rattles investors, according to strategists in a Reuters poll. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 26, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/02/26/business/26reuters-usa-stocks-poll.html Questions… Read more »

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 »