Jumping on the bot bandwagon, Chatty McChatface developers aim to (Kik-)start real conversations

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Description: Sam:) began as a project to randomly connect strangers for text-based conversation. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 19, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/executive/smart-shift/jumping-on-the-bot-bandwagon-chatty-mcchatface-developers-aim-to-kik-start-real-conversations Questions for Discussions: What are the challenges for tech start-ups like Sam:)? How is the software different from other social media? Strategically, how would you try to grow the user base?

Six Pixels of Separation – Marketing and Communications Insights – By Mitch Joel

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Description: SPOS #531 – Unmistakable Creative With Srinivas Rao Source: Twistimage.com – podcast Date: Sep 07, 2016 Link: http://www.twistimage.com/podcast/mp3/SPOS_531_-_Srinivas_Rao.mp3 Questions for Discussions: What did you learn about podcasting as a communications tool for businesses? Evaluate the “quality” of this podcast – what did you like and what did you not like – as an audience… Read more »

Email Continues to Deliver Strong ROI and Value for Marketers

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Description: The email audience is growing, engaged and increasingly mobile Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 12, 2016 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Email-Continues-Deliver-Strong-ROI-Value-Marketers/1014461#sthash.lfVRkn75.dpuf Questions for discussion: What does this article say about email use and value as a communications tool? Why do you think email continues to perform so well?

Technology devices designed to addict users

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Description: If you wonder why you have a problem getting away from your technology device, there may be a psychological reason. Known as the “network effect”, this psychological process explains how users get sucked into content overload, where they click around and move from content to another. Source: New York Times Date: December 05, 2015… Read more »

Volkswagen: From socially responsible to a social outcast

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Description: Volkswagen represents an interesting case. It spent $77 million advertising its clean and environmentally friendly diesel engine in the American market, while its engineers were rigging these engines with software that tricked emission tests – a case of “greenwashing” the consumers. Source: The New York Times Date: October 17, 2015 Text Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/business/energy-environment/social-responsibility-that-rubs-right-off.html?ref=business&_r=0 Questions… Read more »

Netflix refuses to hand data to CRTC

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Description: In a move that can have strong implications for the internet media in Canada, Netflix refused to hand over information that the company considers sensitive – like the number of subscribers Netflix has in Canada, and how much money it earns from them – to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Source: BNN Date:… Read more »

Canada’s new anti-spam legislation

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Description: Canada’s new anti-spam legislation will come in effect from July 1. This means that any spams in emails will be illegal. Small businesses, which rely on sending email spams to promote their business, will have to scramble for other options. Source: CBC Date: June 04, 2014 Video Link:http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2462065485/ Questions for Discussion: What all does… Read more »

CBC to cut 657 jobs and $130 million from its budget

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Description: After losing the right to “Hockey Night in Canada” to Rogers Media last year, CBC’s president, Hubert Lacroix, recently announced that CBC will slash 657 full-time positions over two years, shave $130 million from its 2014-15 budget, and will no longer pursue sports broadcasting rights. Source: Canadian Business Date: April 10, 2014 Link: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/business-news/cbc-cuts-657-jobs-and-slashes-130-million-from-its-budget/… Read more »

GM CEO apologizes

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Description: Mary Barra, GM CEO, apologizes to the U.S. senate committee for covering up faulty ignition switches in GM cars, which led to at least 13 deaths and several crashes. Source: CBC Date: April 02, 2014 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2446158934/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Should the GM top management face criminal charges? Do you agree with the… Read more »