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Lucky Magazine and BeachMint: The Collision of Content and Commerce

August 19, 2014

Nikki Baird

My colleague Paula Rosenblum and I have been watching the exodus of content creators from magazines with great interest, primarily because those exits have led straight to the doors of retailers. Retailers and brands, looking to create a more content-driven approach to the market, have been snatching up editorial staff and using them to beef […]

The Problem with Stores: Part 3

August 19, 2014

Steve Rowen

In the first two articles in this series about the “state of the store today,” I’ve referenced the fact that retailers know they are in a tough spot. Not only do they know that stores are in desperate need of systems overhauls (both customer and employee facing technologies), but they admit that they just don’t […]

Is Alibaba the Next Amazon?

August 11, 2014

Paula Rosenblum

China’s Alibaba Group has been gathering attention in the US for some time. Its impending Initial Public Offering (IPO) is expected to potentially be the biggest in history. It didn’t take place on the original reported date of August 8 (partly due to some pesky regulatory snafus), but it’s coming soon. While these things sort […]

Food for Thought

August 11, 2014

Brian Kilcourse

If you’re like me (as in, “not an economist”), the indicators of economic health put out by various organizations can seem contradictory at best. What’s a person to think? There’s an old joke about economists that seems to be relevant in these times: “Economics is the only field in which two people can get a […]

Gambling With Gifts

August 11, 2014

Nikki Baird

Steve Rowen and I are about to kick off another year of evaluating e-gift card buying and receiving experiences, our third time doing so. It’s a fascinating project for two big reasons. One, there seems to be a lot of convergence going on between gift cards, loyalty programs, and mobile wallets. I mean, if you’re […]

Net Neutrality Update

August 5, 2014

Brian Kilcourse

Back in 2005, UK-based future scenario planner and author Eamonn Kelly published Powerful Times: Rising To the Challenge Of Our Uncertain World. The author stated, “…today’s global economy depends heavily on the developed world’s physical infrastructure; its components literally enable the international flow of goods and services. We tend to take this for granted, assuming […]

The Race To The Bottom: Consequences Coming Clear

August 5, 2014

Paula Rosenblum

We’ve seen a busy couple of weeks in the retail industry. Walmart US’s CEO, Bill Simon abruptly resigned and was replaced by the company’s head of Asian oprations, Greg Foran. Target found its new CEO in Brian Cornell, currently at PepsiCo and formerly a retail executive at Michael’s and BJ’s Wholesale Club. Not to be […]

Paranoid: Another Way to Look at Privacy

August 5, 2014

Nikki Baird

In two weeks I’ll be participating on a panel at MobileConnect on consumer privacy. I confess, a little teensy bit of wind has been taken out of the sails by Apple’s decision to start making MAC addresses much harder to track in the future, but there are still plenty of things to consider, worry about, […]

Facebook: What’s the Value of Reach?

July 29, 2014

Brian Kilcourse

An article in the UK Guardian raised a question that has been bugging me for awhile: just what exactly is Facebook’s value? I’m talking about real, tangible value, not the qualitative value that many get from connecting with friends, family, and others. Here’s the question the Guardian raised: “On Thursday, <there was> a surge in […]

Living on Planet Z

July 29, 2014

Nikki Baird

Last week I fielded a question from a reporter about Generation Z (defined as anyone born before 1995). I’m not a demographer, but I do happen to know quite a few Gen Zers, as the parent of two myself (soon-to-be 13 – Corbin, and 10 – Harper), and also as an active volunteer at my […]

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