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Description: eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman, executive editor Rimma Kats, senior corporate account director Sarai Bravo and senior director of global accounts Anne Porto discuss Banana Republic’s new clothing rental service: Why do consumers use them? What are the pain points? And can they have mass market appeal? Then, Andrew and Rimma chat about video platforms streaming fashion shows, why Away wants to be a travel company and more.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Oct 17, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-does-renting-clothes-make-sense

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what you learned from listening to the discussion.
  • What is your sense of the marketing potential?

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Description: In case you have not noticed, I could not be more bullish on the power of Smart Audio. From smart speakers and Alexa to Google’s voice assistant technology, chatbots and artificial intelligence. This space has been looked at analyzed in the book, Talk To Me – How voice computing will transform the way we live, work and think by James Vlahos. James is a journalist (who has written for the New York Times, Popular Science, The Atlantic and Wired). He wrote a cover story in 2017 for Wired , which was all about his startup (now called HereAfter), which – at the time – was really a chronicle of how he programmed his own AI chatbot to resemble his late father. This program, called DadBot, has evolved. The smart audio space continues to evolve. When people ask me what the future of technology is, Smart Audio is at the top of my list.

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Oct 08, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-692-alexa-tell-me-more-about-smart-audio-with-james-vlahos/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What is Smart Audio all about in terms of the various sorts of products that could be developed?
  • What do you think of HereAfter and how would you go about marketing the product?

Posted by & filed under Consumer/Buyer Behavior, Ethics, Global Marketing, Innovation, Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC), Marketing Research, Marketing Strategy, Product Brands and Branding.

Description: 2nd phase of cannabis legalization creates wave of potential business opportunities

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Oct 17, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/cbd-drink-athletes-edibles-legalized-1.5322684

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the marketing thinking, as reported in this article.
  • What would you advise the firm?
  • What possible problems do you see on the horizon?

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Description: Young girls explain to TODAY’s Savannah Sellers what it means to be a VSCO girl, a new trend in girls’ fashion and social media. It comes with catchphrases like, “and I oop,” plus a uniform of baggy T-shirts, Birkenstocks, scrunchies, seashell chokers and more.

Source: NBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 11, 2019

Link: https://www.today.com/video/what-is-a-vsco-girl-learn-about-the-trend-dominating-teen-fashion-70914117512

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the VSCO segment from a marketing perspective.
  • How has social media branched off from away from traditional forms such as Facebook to serve this market?

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Description: Connected TV ad spending is increasing significantly, but it still faces issues when it comes to the fragmentation of inventory, lack of standardized measurements, frequency capping and ad fraud. In our newest report on US digital video, we look at connected TV’s limitations and what leaders in the industry think.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Oct 08, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/connected-tv-ad-spend-is-growing-but-there-are-still-plenty-of-challenges

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key research findings and advice presented in this report.
  • What do you think of the research findings and what advice would you give to marketers?

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Description: Out of the 25 official partners listed on the NBA China website, 13 are Chinese businesses. So far, 11 of those companies have distanced themselves from the league amid escalating tensions between China and the NBA.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 08, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/09/nearly-all-of-the-nbas-chinese-partners-have-cut-ties-with-the-league.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What happened?
  • What is the message to marketers?
  • How would you advise marketers to respond, going forward?

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Description: The legalization of cannabis in Canada was supposed to be a catalyst — the most powerful one yet, investors and analysts alike thought — that would launch companies in the young but potent industry to new heights. Instead, nearly one year later, it has been a nightmare.

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Oct 09, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/cannabis/cannabis-business/cannabis-investing/feeling-burned-the-first-year-of-legal-cannabis-has-been-a-complete-disaster-for-investors?video_autoplay=true

Questions for discussion:

  • From a marketing point of view, explain why this first year has been disappointing?
  • What should marketers do now?

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Description: The world’s largest brewer is making a big push for China and other parts of Asia — but it could prove challenging for Anheuser-Busch InBev to topple local beers that have long dominated their home markets.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 06, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/07/budweiser-seeks-growth-in-china-vietnam-india-south-korea-beer-markets.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why does this strategy make sense for the company?
  • What are some of the challenges management is likely to face?
  • How else could the firm grow?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #691 – Host: Mitch Joel. There are some books that hit my desk and captivate me. That was my reaction to Paul Skinner‘s book, Collaborative Advantage – How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. This is Paul’s antidote to competitive advantage, and a new perspective in how to think about your brand and the future of business.

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Oct 06, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-691-the-collaborative-advantage-with-paul-skinner/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights discussed in this podcast.
  • What should managers takeaway form the discussion specifically about the profit orientation?