SPOS #637 – The Convenience Revolution With Shep Hyken

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #637 – Host: Mitch Joel. I got to finally meet Shep Hyken last year at the massive NAMM music trade show. We wound up hanging out for a few days, and I then got to see Shep in action. He doesn’t just talk about great customer service, he gives it… and… Read more »

Amazon Unveils New Devices to Power Smart Home With Your Voice

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Description: Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its vision for smart homes powered by the Alexa voice assistant, with a dizzying array of new gadgets and features for almost every room in the house — from a microwave oven to a security camera and wall clock. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 21, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-09-21/amazon-s-alexa-leads-competitors-in-connected-home-tech-feinseth-says-video Questions for… Read more »

Gap Inc. unveils its first new brand in more than a decade

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Description: Gap, Inc.–the $15.9 billion parent company of Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Gap–is betting that athleisure isn’t just a passing trend. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90238533/gap-inc-unveils-its-first-new-brand-in-more-than-a-decade?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key strategic points management is adopting for this product line. Are independent retail stores necessary for success? Do you… Read more »

France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students?

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Description: France’s education ministry hopes that its smartphone ban, which took effect at the beginning of September and applies to students from first through ninth grades, will get schoolchildren to pay more attention in class and interact more, and several studies suggest such correlations. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/world/europe/france-smartphones-schools.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology&action=click&contentCollection=technology&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Three Key Takeaways on Amazon’s Plans for Advertising, Video and Voice

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Description: At eMarketer’s “How Amazon Is Changing … Everything” invite-only breakfast yesterday, eMarketer co-founder Geoff Ramsey and a panel of our analysts explained how brands and companies can work with the ecommerce giant. Here are some key takeaways: Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 21, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/these-are-the-top-three-things-marketer-s-should-know-about-amazon?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What is the TV industry strategy… Read more »

Most Apps Get Deleted Within a Week

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Description: From January-July 2018, Adjust analyzed 8 billion app installs worldwide and found that on average, apps get deleted in 5.8 days after they’re downloaded. Entertainment apps get uninstalled the quickest and lasted less than one day on average before they were removed. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 13, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/most-apps-get-deleted-within-a-week Questions for discussion: What does the report… Read more »

The dark history of our obsession with productivity

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Description: Americans have been on a quest to get the most out of every working minute since the nation’s founding, often at the detriment of the people doing the work. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 12, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90230330/how-our-obsession-with-productivity-evolved?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09122018 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about our perception and understanding of productivity? Why do… Read more »

SPOS #635 – Running Down A Dream With Tim Grahl

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #635 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’ve been following the work of Tim Grahl for many years. If you’ve written a business book, and then had to do the hard work of marketing and selling it, Tim is the person to know. Source: SixPixels.com Date: Sep 09, 2018 Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-635-running-down-a-dream-with-tim-grahl/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29… Read more »

What Motivates You to Work?

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Description: That paycheck will never be big enough if it’s the only reason you’re going to work. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Sep 13, 2018 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/319970?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Do you agree with this list and the ranking? Is there anything else missing, in your opinion? Which item resonates most with you? How does starting a… Read more »

Nike’s online sales surge in days after Kaepernick ad debut

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Description: Despite backlash and boycotts by some consumers, Nike’s online sales actually rose in the days after the advertisement debuted. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 06, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/nikes-online-sales-surge-in-days-after-kaepernick-ad-debut.html Questions for discussion: What does the written and video reports say about this issue? Do you agree with the analysis? How do you think… Read more »