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Description: Weight Watchers CEO Mindy Grossman joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the rebranding to WW, wellness that works, and the company’s changing consumer base.

Weight Watchers CEO on name rebrand to WW from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 26, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/09/24/weight-watchers-ceo-on-changing-names-and-marketing-healthy-living.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the change in the company’s brand name is a good idea?
  • Do you think customers will be drawn to the social media feature?
  • What else would you suggest the company do in the future to build its audience?

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Description: The idea that millennials are far quicker to welcome new technology than their older colleagues is so familiar by now that it’s become one of those stereotypes that just won’t go away.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: http://fortune.com/2018/09/20/generational-differences-at-work/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about the acceptance and use of technology?
  • How should managers use this information within their organizations?

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Description: For the first time, eMarketer is forecasting ad spending for US social video ads. This represents a change in the forecasting methodology to encompass outstream formats—including social media in-feed advertising—in video ad spending figures.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Sep 28, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-social-video-ad-spending-will-reach-11-69-billion-by-2020

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening to social network ad revenue?
  • Why do you think Facebook is leading the group in ad revenue?
  • How else can social media generate revenue?

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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 he lives it. He’s a magnet to business people, and he does his best to help companies make every moment with their customers count. What does great customer service and experience look like? Check out his just-published business book, The Convenience Revolution. He is also the author of Moments of Magic, The Loyal Customer, The Cult of the Customer, The Amazement Revolution, Amaze Every Customer Every Time, and Be Amazing or Go Home. If that were not enough, he also created The Customer Focus, a customer service training program. Enjoy the conversation…. Enjoy the conversation….

Source: SixPixels.com – Podcast

Date: Sep 23, 2018

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-637-the-convenience-revolution-with-shep-hyken/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points you learned from this discussion.
  • Do you disagree with any item?

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Description: The new rules for sharing dividends or salaries with family members will have more than just the modest impact government vowed

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/its-time-to-celebrate-not-slight-the-spouses-behind-canadian-small-businesses-cfib

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the new rules will impact small business formation and motivation?
  • Do you think the changes are fair to small business people?

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Description: As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the country, with a record 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the fallout is increasingly manifesting itself at construction sites, factories, warehouses, offices and other workplaces. A stunning 70 percent of employers reported that their businesses had been affected by prescription drug abuse, including absenteeism, positive drug tests, injuries, accidents and overdoses, according to a 2017 survey by the National Safety Council, a research and advocacy organization.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/business/economy/opioid-overdose-workplace.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the scope of this problem from an insurance and management point of view.
  • How should management deal with it?

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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 discussion:

  • What does the report say about how Amazon is developing its relationship with consumers through devices?
  • How can the database built from these devices be monetized?
  • How do you think consumers will respond to these devices and issues related to privacy?

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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 think the overall strategy will succeed?

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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:

  • Does this development suggest any attitudinal or social change taking place with respect to smartphones?
  • What does this mean for the businesses involved?

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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 Amazon is planning?
  • What competitive advantage does Amazon have?