Tag Archives: planning

How Healthy Are We? Perceptions Vs. Reality

2 Sep

In this era of consumer self-awareness, marketers are interested in health-related questions such as these: Do you think YOU healthy? If yes or no, what criteria are you using? Are you being truthful or rationalizing? How would you describe your eating patterns and level of physical activity?

Recently, Nielsen conducted in-depth research on this subject. Here are some meaningful conclusions:

“Despite the recent explosion of the health-and-wellness industry, one-third of American adults remain clinically obese. According to findings in the Nielsen/NMI Health and Wellness in America report, we literally want to have our cake and carrot juice — and eat them, too. For example, while 75 percent of us say we feel we can manage health issues through proper nutrition, a whole 91 percent of us admit to snacking all day on candy, ice cream, and chips. So, why is there a disconnect between our what we know is healthy and what we actually do? What are the perceptions around ‘health foods’ that prevent us from making better choices? And how can retailers help bridge the gap?”

Click the image to access the Nielsen health-and-wellness report.
 

 

Tumblr Acquisition Seems to be Working for Yahoo — If It Could Only Sell Ads

30 Aug

Yahoo and CEO Marissa Mayer, who joined Yahoo from Google in July 2012, have had a difficult time making the firm more dynamic in today’s marketplace. However, 2013 acquisition Tumblr may be turning out to be wise strategic move. But its impact on Yahoo’s ad revenues is still in question.

What is Tumblr? According to its Web site: “Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme’s HTML.” As of now, there have been 833 billion posts across 200 million blogs at Tumblr.

New research from eMarketer sheds light on how rapidly Tumblr is growing and is expected to grow:

“Tumblr continues to gain popularity in the U.S., with the number of users increasing 46.2% in 2013, totaling 13.7 million internet users, according to new figures from eMarketer – our first-ever forecast of Tumblr usage. Usage of the Yahoo-owned social blogging platform will increase by nearly another 25% in 2014, according to our estimates, totaling more than 17.1 million internet users this year. Growth in the number of users who access their Tumblr accounts each month will taper off into the single digits by 2017, when the user base totals 22.8 million users, or 12.0% of all social networkers in the U.S.”

Nonetheless, “questions have hovered around the site’s value to the internet giant, and whether its youthful user base can inject life into Yahoo’s declining display advertising business.”

 Click on the image to read more.
 

 

What Would YOU Do If You Won $100,000?

29 Aug

Well, this is not like winning a $100 million lottery. However, it is a good sum of money for [most of] us to have to spend. As marketers, we’d like to know if answers to this question differ by age group.

According to recent research by Harris Interactive, as reported by eMarketer:

“2014 polling by Harris Interactive asked US internet users what they would do if they won the lottery or received an inheritance of $100,000 and found that 18-to-36-year-old respondents were most likely to pay off any existing debt or loans if they were to get so lucky. Millennials were also relatively likely to save the money for a rainy day fund or unexpected expenses, cited by 43% of respondents from that age group. However, they weren’t so hot on planning for retirement, with around one-quarter saying they would do that with the money. This was on par with 18- to 36-year-olds using the $100,000 for big purchases: 27% said they would buy a house, while 25% would get a car.”

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Planning for Career Success

28 Aug

As we have written about a lot before (for example, see 1, 2, 3), career planning is something that requires a lot of time and effort.

Are you in college now or thinking about returning to earn a graduate degree? Here is a series of steps to follow. [Note: If you are already working, most of the steps in this chart are still relevant are you. :-) ]

Click the image for a larger version.
 
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General Electric: Becoming Quicker and More Agile

27 Aug

When annual sales approach $150 billion, it becomes harder to be agile and flexible in anticipating and responding to the evolving marketplace. This is something that even star companies such as General Electric – whose slogan is “GE imagination at work” — must face.

In GE’s case, it is embarking on new ways of doing business. As Bloomberg Businessweek’s Richard Clough reports:

“GE has enlisted tech entrepreneur Eric Ries to help develop FastWorks, based in part on his bestseller The Lean Startup. As detailed in the 2011 book, Ries’ lean startup philosophy is designed to help companies foster innovation and hasten product development by building imperfect early versions, releasing them to customers, getting feedback, and then ‘pivoting,’ or adapting the products when necessary. Now GE is adopting that playbook to speed the rollout of products ranging from lightbulbs to gas turbines to refrigerators. The company has already trained 40,000 employees under the new initiative, one of the largest in GE’s 122-year history.”

Click the image to read more from Clough.
 

 

Are YOU a Good Employee? Take This Quiz

26 Aug

We’d all like to think that we are good employees — hardworking, productive, and so on. But are we really?

Take this thought-provoking quiz from Careerealism and learn more about yourself. Be honest. :-)
 
 

 

Trends in Online Shopping

24 Aug

As we have reported before (click here, for example), online retailing remains strong both in the United States and around the world.

Here is an infographic from SnapParcel, an Ireland-based courier service, that looks at the evolution of E-commerce in the United States and around world. As Multichannel Merchant reports, global online retail sales have increased by 17% annually since 2007.
 

 

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