The Movie Industry Holds Its Breath As New York Reopens Theaters

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Description: Movie theaters in Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Philadelphia have been open for months. But attendance remains low, not just because of public safety concerns—but because there isn’t much to see. Major studios are delaying their blockbusters, or releasing them straight to streaming. Source: NPR.org Date: Mar 04, 2021 Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/04/973474340/the-movie-industry-holds-its-breath-as-new-york-reopens-theaters Questions for discussion: Why… Read more »

10% GDP growth? The U.S. economy is on fire, and is about to get stoked even more

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Description: The U.S. economy has roared back to life in 2021, with first-quarter growth set to defy even the rosiest expectations as another fresh influx of cash looms. Manufacturing data Monday showed the sector at its highest growth level since August 2018. That report from the Institute for Supply Management in turn helped confirm the… Read more »

What the federal government has to offer small businesses led by women

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Description: Government has almost doubled its investment to nearly $5 billion during the pandemic to help women-led businesses Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 26, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/what-the-federal-government-has-to-offer-small-businesses-led-by-women Questions for discussion: Summarize some key opportunities available to small businesses led by women. Do you think these programs are enough help? What else could be done, in your… Read more »

SPOS #764 – Ethan Kross On The Power (And Problem) Of Self-Talk

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #764 – Host: Mitch Joel. Ethan Kross is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. A professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business, he studies how the conversations people have with themselves impact their health, performance, decisions and relationships. He moved… Read more »

Etsy’s pandemic cornerstone was masks. Now it’s showing it can move on.

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Description: Etsy (ETSY) vendors sold nearly $750 million worth of masks in 2020, as a whole industry sprang up to address the emerging and then pervasive threat of COVID-19. The company’s latest numbers, though, have demonstrated how it has translated the hot demand for one product into customers sticking around for others. Analysts think it… Read more »

Apple shareholders approve big stock payout for Tim Cook; dividend increase coming

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Description: Apple shareholders on Tuesday voted to approve compensation for Apple executives, including an equity package announced last year that could net CEO Tim Cook 1 million new shares, if the company hits certain goals. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 23, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/23/apple-shareholders-meeting-2021-approve-tim-cook-pay.html Questions for discussion: How do we know that Apple shareholders are satisfied with the performance of the… Read more »

5 Ways To Solve Hybrid Experience Design

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Description: Pre-pandemic reports predicted a surge in experiential marketing. Consumers craved experiences meant to educate, entertain and engage. However, as 2020 continued, virtual events forced the industry into a blended reality. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Feb 17, 2021 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/360664/5-ways-to-solve-hybrid-experience-design.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121523&hashid=sEI_WGOFRPC9S2yOZBKY8g Questions for discussion: Summarize the communications strategies described in this article. What does the report say… Read more »

How Entrepreneurs Can Maximize Their Brand Voice Through Video Marketing

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Description: Consumers and marketers alike have noticed a significant upward trend in video content over the last few years, but what does this trend look like practically? A recent report by Hubspot sheds light on some key figures: 85% of businesspeople use video as a marketing tool, up from 61% just five years ago. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: February 22, 2021… Read more »

E-Commerce Explosion to Fuel Warehouse Building Boom in Canada

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Description: Canada is on the verge of a warehouse building boom as soaring demand for online goods is expected to continue beyond the pandemic. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 23, 2021 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-23/e-commerce-explosion-to-fuel-warehouse-building-boom-in-canada Questions for discussion: What does the report say about changing buyer behaviors in Canada? What does this mean for retail developments like downtown… Read more »

Jeremiah Owyang On The Future Of Social Audio – Live From Clubhouse – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: Welcome to our first-ever live podcast recording from Clubhouse (the new social audio app that is all the rage). This conversation was recorded this past Friday (February 19th, 2021). Our conversation this week is with my old friend, Jeremiah Owyang, to discuss the present and future of social audio, Clubhouse, smart audio, podcasting and beyond. Jeremiah is… Read more »