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Description: Kids like Caleb Moushey are killing cable TV. Not that Caleb knows from cable. After all, he’s 7 years old. But Caleb rarely if ever watches conventional television. “Everything is Netflix,” said his mother, Ally Brown, an insurance agent in the St. Louis area who also has a 5-year-old and a baby on the way.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Apr 24, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-25/netflix-loving-tykes-tune-out-nickelodeon-in-kid-tv-s-worst-year

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are kids watching more Netflix programming?
  • How can cable producers respond to this competition?
  • How important is content, in your opinion?

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Description: Here is what traditional sports needs to learn from eSports to stay relevant and keep growing.

Source: MarketWatch.com – video report

Date: Apr 17, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/video/sectorwatch/how-nba-teams-are-using-esports-to-find-new-revenue-streams/658BFE36-7F1A-47A3-AF3B-9B03F9021C13.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the growth in popularity of this business model?
  • Who are the target customers?
  • Can real sport teams capitalize on this phenomenon? Should they?

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Description: The ever-expanding US subscription video space is ripe with monetization potential for content owners and platforms.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Apr 25, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/emarketer-releases-new-outlook-on-svod-landscape?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights from this report.
  • Which company do think will dominate changing conditions over the next five years?

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Description: With their reputation for skid row stations, grueling rides, and stinking toilets, intercity buses have long been the travel option of last resort. But in Europe, a startup called FlixBushas given buses a trendier, eco-friendly, sharing-economy vibe. Now it’s aiming to take on Greyhound Lines Inc. in the U.S.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Apr 25, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-25/flixbus-conquered-europe-now-it-s-coming-to-america

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the reasons suggesting this business can succeed in North America?
  • What are the reasons it might fail?
  • What advice would you pass along to management that you believe would help the firm succeed?

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Description: The current innovation boom hasn’t just created outsized demand for IT pros, it’s created an equivalent demand for salespeople

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Apr 19, 2018

Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/the-huge-job-opportunity-in-canadian-tech-that-no-one-is-talking-about

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the sales training and hiring issues facing Canadian tech companies, according to Ryan Holmes.
  • Do you agree with his solutions and recommendsations?
  • What are some specifics that you would recommend that would fit with his thinking?

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Description: One happiness researcher believes we’re all capable of becoming happier in our jobs. It just takes a little bit of deliberate practice.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Apr 18, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40554865/the-science-of-happiness-in-four-simple-work-habits?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04162018

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think of the advice presented in this article?
  • How can management help nurture the advice presented in very specific ways?

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Description: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has released his latest annual shareholder letter. In the letter, Bezos stressed the importance of having high standards in running a business. By setting high standards, companies are able to live up to “ever-rising customer expectations,” he said.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Apr 19, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/18/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-2018-shareholder-letter.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Jeff Bezos say about setting high standards?
  • Do you agree with his perspective?
  • How does this relate to management and leadership in an organization?
  • What can managers of other firms learn from Jeff Bezos’ letter?

 

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Description: Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is part of a broader push by the iPhone maker to generate more revenue from online content and services.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Apr 17, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-17/apple-is-said-to-plan-apple-music-like-news-subscription-service

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this service will generate new growth at Apple?
  • How can Apple improve chances for success?

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Description:  The Labo series is an addition to Nintendo’s Switch console.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Apr 13, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40546285/nintendos-new-diy-toys-are-mind-bendingly-imaginative?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04142018

Questions for discussion:

  • Who is the target customer for this product?
  • How does Nintendo benefit from producing interconnecting products?
  • What other applications would you recommend to the firm in order to generate more growth?

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Description: Users feel bombarded by too many ads

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Apr 10, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/people-believe-ads-are-becoming-more-intrusive?ecid=NL1009

Questions for discussion:

  • Interpret the research presented in this article.
  • What should marketing managers do with this information, from a planning point of view?