Patagonia founder to give apparel company to trust, direct profits toward climate crisis fight

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Description: Yvon Chouinard, the billionaire founder of outdoor apparel brand Patagonia, said on Wednesday he is giving away the company to a trust that will use its profit to fight the climate crisis. Source: CBC.ca Date: Sep 15, 2022 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/patagonia-founder-trust-climate-crisis-1.6583492 Questions for discussion: What do you think customer reaction will be to the decision?… Read more »

TikTok is upending the music industry and Spotify may be next

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Description: Artists have soared to the top of the charts because of trends on TikTok, muddling the music industry’s business model. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 05 , 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/05/tiktok-is-upending-the-music-industry-and-spotify-may-be-next.html Questions for discussion: What is happening to the music industry as a result of TikTok? How has marketing changed? What role is… Read more »

Healthcare advertisers hit the reset button

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Description: Healthcare delivery went digital in 2020, and so did healthcare and pharma ad budgets. Source: InsiderIntelligence.com Date: Aug 29 , 2022 Link: https://www.insiderintelligence.com/content/healthcare-advertisers-hit-reset-button?ecid=NL1001&utm_campaign=eDaily+Weekender+9.4.2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Triggermail&utm_term=eMarketer+Daily+Week+in+Review+CORE%2fEMEA Questions for discussion: What does the report say about digital advertising spending by this industry? How should marketers use this information?

SPOS #842 – Andrea Belk Olson On Secret Customer Needs

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #842. Have you ever met a “differentiation expert”? That’s the role of Andrea Belk Olson (who is also a speaker and author). As the CEO at Pragmadik, where her team helps organizations of all sizes better understand customers (their wants, desires and secret needs). She is the author of The… Read more »

Can cryptocurrency go mainstream?

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Description: Bitcoin is just one of thousands of digital currencies on the market, that have proven a boon for speculative investors. But what can you actually use crypto for? As of now, not much, says correspondent David Pogue, who looks into the problems cryptocurrency has to overcome if it’s to become ready for prime time…. Read more »

Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion, so it can be ‘transformed as private company’

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Description: Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share, saying the social media company needs to be transformed privately, a little over a week after first revealing a 9.2% stake in the company. Musk’s offer values Twitter at about $43 billion. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 14, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/14/elon-musk-offers-to-buy-twitter-for-54point20-a-share-saying-it-needs-to-be-transformed-as-private-company.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

How Amazon plans to fix its massive returns problem

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Description: Amazon is handling a rapidly growing number of returns that are causing a massive problem for the e-commerce giant and the planet. A National Retail Federation survey found a record $761 billion of merchandise was returned to retailers in 2021. That amount surpasses what the U.S. spent on national defence in 2021, which was $741 billion. Source: CNBC.com… Read more »

The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip

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Description: As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 08, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/technology/intel-chip-shortage.html? Questions for discussion: What are the direct economic benefits due to investments in these plants? What are the factors of production needed in order to set up these plants? Given… Read more »

She Was a Candidate to Lead Levi’s. Then She Started Tweeting.

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Description: Jennifer Sey left Levi’s after her advocacy against school closures and mask mandates for children gained attention. She says it’s a matter of free speech. The company disagrees. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 29, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/25/business/levis-jen-sey.html Questions for discussion: What are the marketing issues related to this story? How has the brand been affected,… Read more »

The Battle for Your Toilet Paper Is On

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Description: Pandemic shortages gave eco-friendly toilet paper brands a boost. One reason it may last: They’re figuring out softness. (Source: Bloomberg) Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2022-03-29/the-battle-for-your-toilet-paper-is-on-video Questions for discussion: How does the report characterize the competitors in this industry? What are the advantages and disadvantages related to eco-friendly toilet… Read more »