Tim Hortons parent sees Canadian growth as it works to fix franchisee relationship

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Description: The parent company of Tim Hortons saw sales growth at Canadian locations of the coffee-and-doughnut chain as executives say their work to mend fraught franchisee relations is paying off, though more work remains. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Oct 25, 2018 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tim-hortons-parent-sees-canadian-growth-as-it-works-to-fix-franchisee-relationship-1.1157210 Questions for discussion: Explain the expansion plans at Tim Hortons?… Read more »

This is the unbelievable story of beauty, bad business and Bugatti

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Description: Bugatti makes the world’s most expensive cars, and, arguably, the most beautiful. But to truly understand the brand you must know its history. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 17, 2018 Link: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/10/17/bugatti-chiron-divo-volkswagen-fastest-production-car.cnn-business/video/playlists/business-drive-cars/ Questions for discussion: What does the Bugatti brand represent? Describe the target customers using segmentation criteria? How would you grow… Read more »

Uber’s shot at replacing personal car ownership starts with Jump Bikes

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Description: E-bikes and scooters are a key part of the company’s pivot from ride-hailing giant to mobility platform–and integral to its future vision for cities. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Oct 23, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90254182/ubers-shot-at-replacing-personal-car-ownership-starts-with-jump-bikes Questions for discussion: How are the two business models good fits for each other? Which other businesses could share this space?

10 Healthy Habits for People Who Work Remotely

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Description: Stay focused and set boundaries. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Oct 22, 2018 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322119?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Which item to you think is most useful? What else would you add to this list of suggestions? Do you think these suggestions should be any different for people working at a normal office?

Mobile Ad Spending to Surpass All Traditional Media Combined by 2020

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Description:  This year, mobile will surpass TV ad spending by more than $6 billion, according to our latest ad spending forecast. By 2020, the channel will represent 43% of total media ad spending in the US—a greater percentage than all traditional media combined. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Oct 16, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-ad-spending-to-surpass-all-traditional-media-combined-by-2020?ecid=NL1009 Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

SPOS #641 – Planet Funny With Ken Jennings

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #641 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’m a moron. I did not put two and two together. My buddy, Scott Stratten, let me know that a new book called, Planet Funny, had recently been published. I’m all-in on any non-fiction book that can bridge comedy, culture and things like… Read more »

How Target will try to crush Amazon and Walmart in toys this holiday season

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Description:  The holiday season is approaching, and with it the holiday toy wars. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/target-will-try-crush-amazon-walmart-toys-holiday-season-160044412.html Questions for discussion: What is the strategy Target is using for this toy buying season? Are they targeting kids or their parents? Do you think they will succeed with this seasonal… Read more »

Why Marketers Struggle with Data-Driven Personalization

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Description: Personalization is a key part of many marketing strategies, but it remains a very difficult task for marketers to pull off effectively. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/why-marketers-struggle-with-data-driven-personalization?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What should managers take away from this research? How should this information be integrated with strategic plans?

CEO of Deciem cosmetics brand ousted at request of Estée Lauder

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Description: Brandon Truaxe is out after turbulent week, which included shuttering all the company’s stores Source: CBC.ca Date: Oct.12, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/decium-ceo-removed-abnormal-beauty-company-1.4860687 Questions for discussion: What is the current situation? How did the organization arrived at this managerial breakdown? What should the firm have done to prevent these events? Do you think the brand has… Read more »

Smart mirror streams live fitness classes

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Description: Smart mirror streams live fitness classes Source: CBSNews.com – video report Date: Oct 11, 2018 Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/this-smart-mirror-puts-a-personal-trainer-in-your-reflection/ Questions for discussion: Aside from physical fitness, what are some other applications for this technology that you think can use this technology? Describe the user profile for this product.