Description: McDonald’s McPlant burger is more popular than initially expected, according to Piper Sandler analyst Michael Lavery. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 26, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/26/mcdonalds-mcplant-burger-made-with-beyond-meat-sold-better-than-expected.html Questions for discussion: What do the sales results say about this food category, in you opinion? Do you think the “P.L.T.” branding is a good choice? What else… Read more »
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Description: Disney is on the defensive after actor Peter Dinklage criticized its plans to release a live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Source: NPR.org Date: Jan 26, 2022 Link: https://www.npr.org/2022/01/26/1075761231/peter-dinklage-disney Questions for discussion: Do you think Disney can avoid a public backlash with this planned project? How would you deal with the Snow… Read more »
Description: An activist is pushing Peloton to fire its chief executive officer immediately and consider a sale as its share price has plummeted. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/24/activist-investor-to-call-on-peloton-to-fire-ceo-explore-sale-report.html?recirc=taboolainternal Questions for discussion: Was this a failure of management? Leadership? What would you advise the firm do now?
Description: The streaming wars are intensifying — and Netflix is bearing the brunt of the battle. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Jan 21, 2022 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/netflix-will-have-to-compete-neck-to-neck-for-subscribers-analyst-171737376.html Questions for discussion: Why is growth in subscribers becoming a greater challenge for Netflix and competitors? From a marketing perspective, how should Netflix approach subscription and revenue growth… Read more »
Description: The majority of US social buyers still order from retailer websites, rather than directly on social platforms. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Jan 21, 2022 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/social-shoppers-in-app-checkout Questions for discussion: Explain this buyer behavior. Do you think there is a way to persuade buyers to buy more often on social platforms?
Description: In the seven months since Lina Khan took over as chair of the Federal Trade Commission, there’s been a cold war brewing between several of the largest technology companies and regulators. The question for 2022 is if it turns hot. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 22, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/22/amazon-microsoft-alphabet-set-more-deals-in-2021-than-last-10-years.html Questions for discussion: What does the… Read more »
Description: Canadian retail sales pared back most of their recent gains last month, as the country suffered through new lockdown restrictions during the key holiday season. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Jan 21, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canadian-retail-sales-dropped-2-1-in-december-amid-omicron-1.1711115 Questions for discussion: What explains the drop in retail sales? Given the analysis, what should retailers expect in… Read more »
Description: Soft, hard or energetic, it’s still the beverage industry. But these days it’s getting harder to pigeonhole the players, who keep crossing lanes. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Jan 13, 2022 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/370281/with-craft-brewery-deal-monster-beverage-muddles.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=124944&hashid=7T9TCmQZSDGbnu-424RuBQ Questions for discussion: Create a concept map to show the relative positioning of these products and brands. Do you think the consumer is… Read more »
Description: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tina Turner and others have all sold rights to their music for eye-popping prices. Here’s why. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 20, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/20/arts/music/bruce-springsteen-catalog.html? Questions for discussion: Summarize what has happened to the music industry and the explanations for why events have unfolded as they have. Explain the Springsteen deal…. Read more »
Description: A Peloton stationary bike played a pivotal role on the new HBO Max “Sex and the City” revival, whose premiere preceded a drop in the company’s stock price on Friday. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 11, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/11/arts/television/peloton-sex-and-the-city.html? Questions for discussion: What are the legal issues and risks related to product placements? What is… Read more »