KFC Canada unveils winterized outdoor basketball court

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Description: KFC Canada’s newest activation doesn’t let the weather stop basketball fans from getting some court time in and points to the ongoing relevance of outdoor experiential marketing, even in the winter. Source: MarketingDive.com Date: Jan 26, 2023 Link: https://www.marketingdive.com/news/kfc-winter-basketball-court-sports-marketing/641289/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202023-01-26%20Marketing%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:47581%5D&utm_term=Marketing%20Dive Questions for discussion: What do you think about this promotion? What marketing goals do you… Read more »

Nest smart thermostat co-founder is back with a new device for the home, focused on food

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Description: Matt Rogers has always liked to look at areas that are overlooked. Before he left Apple to start smart device company Nest Labs in 2010, for instance, no one thought twice about their home thermostat and took its technology for granted. Nest’s smart thermostat, which allows users to control their home’s heating from an app on their… Read more »

Video trends to watch in 2023: cord-cutting, ad spread, and production slowdown

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Description: The way people watch TV is changing. So are the ways brands advertise on TV. Connected TV (CTV) has seen “monumental progress in just a handful of years,” said our analyst Ross Benes during our “Video Trends: What to Expect in 2023” webinar. But that’s not the full story. Here are key TV behaviors… Read more »

Ryan Reynolds reads from AI-generated script in new Mint Mobile ad

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Description: A new ad from Ryan Reynolds’ Mint Mobile was partially scripted using the conversational artificial intelligence (AI) model ChatGPT, per details emailed to Marketing Dive. Source: MarketingDive.com – video report Date: Jan 11, 2023 Link: https://www.marketingdive.com/news/ryan-reynolds-ChatGPT-Mint-Mobile-AI-marketing/640160/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202023-01-11%20Marketing%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:47223%5D&utm_term=Marketing%20Dive Questions for discussion: Summarize the marketing thinking behind this publicity event. Why is Ryan Reynolds key to this… Read more »

How health insurance may have made health care more expensive

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Description: Widespread medical debt is a uniquely American problem. Roughly 40% of U.S. adults have at least $250 in medical debt, according to a survey conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 08, 2023 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/08/how-health-insurance-may-have-made-health-care-more-expensive.html Questions for discussion: What is the explanation presented in this report for higher health care… Read more »

SPOS #859 – Joshua Gans On The Economics Of Artificial Intelligence

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – The ThinkersOne Podcast – Episode #859. How does artificial intelligence affect the structure and dynamics of the global economy? What are the potential benefits and risks associated with artificial intelligence on the future of humanity? Joshua Gans is the co-author of the recently published book, Power and Prediction – The Disruptive… Read more »

A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom

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Description: An investment frenzy over “generative artificial intelligence” has gripped Silicon Valley, as tools that generate text, images and sounds in response to short prompts seize the imagination. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 07, 2023 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/07/technology/generative-ai-chatgpt-investments.html? Questions for discussion: Why is there so much excitement about this latest development in AI technology? What are some… Read more »

Shoppers Expecting More From Online Product Imagery, Study Shows

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Description: A new report by e-merchandising platform Nfinite shows expectations may be rising for product imagery. The report, which surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers, highlights the growing impact that augmented reality and customized product imagery have on consumer engagement, trust, and e-commerce success. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Dec 06, 2022 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/380437/shoppers-expecting-more-from-online-product-imager.html Questions for discussion: What is the significance… Read more »

Apple postpones development of self-driving EV to 2026

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Description: Yahoo Finance tech editor Dan Howley explains why Apple is pushing back its self-driving EV until 2026, along with the company loosening its App Store pricing rules. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Dec 06, 2022 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/apple-postpones-development-self-driving-203909709.html?contentType=VIDEO Questions for discussion: How do you think the product development issues facing Apple’s self-driving vehicles will… Read more »

May ‘Bad Spaniels’ Mock Jack Daniel’s? The Supreme Court Will Decide.

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Description: The justices have agreed to hear a trademark dispute with First Amendment overtones involving a dog toy’s bathroom humor and a distinctive whiskey bottle. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 05, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/05/us/politics/bad-spaniels-jack-daniels-dog-toy.html?smid=em-share Questions for discussion: What are the branding issues in this dispute? What is your opinion on the limits and rights of the… Read more »