You can’t take anything home from Ikea’s new store

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Description: The company’s first Manhattan store is nothing like any Ikea you’ve ever been to. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 10, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90332083/i-went-to-ikeas-first-small-store-and-it-answered-all-my-prayers?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=6&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04112019 Questions for discussion: Explain the change in thinking – by management and customers – that has led to this store design. Should Ikea develop this concept at its suburban stores as well?

Should You Compete With (and Potentially Kill) Your Own Business?

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Description: Adam Schwartz’s t-shirt company was struggling. Instead of saving it, he built something new — and better. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/331231 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about creative thinking and business evolution? Could these businesses succeed without low-cost online advertising from companies like Google?

Awash in Data, Marketers Still Find Ad Targeting Capabilities Lacking

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Description: The push for more effective ad targeting remains one of marketers’ chief priorities, evidenced by two reports released this year. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Apr 11, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/better-ad-targeting-remains-a-top-priority-for-marketers?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the research say about data gathering issues facing management? How can managers deal with the problems they face?

GE bets on offshore wind as fossil fuels business stumbles

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Description: New York (CNN Business)General Electric is a tiny player in the booming offshore wind market. But that will change soon — and it needs to, if the company wants to outgrow its exposure to fossil fuels. One major investment that illustrates GE’s interest: The Haliade-X, the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine. Source: CNNMoney.com –… Read more »

Social Recommendations Influence One in Three Mothers to Buy

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Description: When it comes to shopping, social media seems to have somewhat limited influence on parents’ purchasing behavior—but they’ll use it (and other online resources) for researching. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Apr 03, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/social-recommendations-influence-one-in-three-mothers-to-buy Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the influence of social media on parental behavior? What should strategic planning… Read more »

YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant

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Description: Proposals to change recommendations and curb conspiracies were sacrificed for engagement, staff say. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 02, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-04-02/youtube-executives-ignored-warnings-letting-toxic-videos-run-rampant Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made in this report related to the way management dealt with this issue. What would you advise, going forward?

Lululemon surges to record high after ‘near flawless execution’

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Description: Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU.O 14.13%) shares soared to a record high on Thursday after the maker of upscale yogawear topped fourth-quarter estimates and its forecast eased concerns of decelerating sales. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Mar 28, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/lululemon-surges-to-record-high-after-near-flawless-execution-1.1236152 Questions for discussion: Explain the firm’s success? Do you think the best yet is… Read more »

Reddit to Cross $100 Million in Ad Revenues in 2019

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Description: Following a cleanup of its platform and revamped ad model, online social blog reddit is on pace to more than double its ad revenues by 2021. Reddit’s ad business will grow nearly 55%, crossing the $100 million mark this year, according to eMarketer’s latest US ad forecast. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Mar 26, 2019 Link:… Read more »

SPOS #663 – Bernadette Jiwa Tells The Right Story

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #663 – Host: Mitch Joel. One of the most prolific and fascinating business professionals in the area of better brand storytelling and marketing is Bernadette Jiwa. She is a veritable force of nature who creates frequent and compelling prose that are sprinkled with optimism and wisdom. Source:… Read more »

The Life of a CEO: Set the Direction, Communicate Often and Be Inspiring

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Description: In this new series, I’ll be interviewing top CEOs about how they lead day-to-day. Andi Owen, who took over as CEO of furniture maker Herman Miller in August 2018, shared some candid insights about what she has learned in her new role, and why her comfort zone is a steep learning curve. Source: LinkedIn.com Date: Mar 18,… Read more »