Business Readiness

Is your business ready for the effects of change on employees? According to the 2016 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (AEIS): “Traditionally, when employers have sought to prepare their work teams for big upcoming changes — e.g., new processes, a new organizational structure, new software, etc. — in the workplace, the focus has been on ‘change […]

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Bravo, Patagonia!

Patagonia is a remarkable company that is true to its original mission: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire, and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” Today, it “is a designer of outdoor clothing and gear for the silent sports: climbing, surfing, skiing and snowboarding, fly fishing, and trail running.” […]

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What Is the State of Global Fashion?

Around the world, the fashion industry — at all levels and for all segments — is a key driver of the global economy. It generates trillions (that’s trillions 🙂 ) of dollars of revenue and employs millions of workers. Recently, McKinsey & Company released a detailed report on the global fashion industry. Here are some […]

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What’s on Your Shopping List? Part 2

Yesterday, we posted about the most popular gifts this year. Today’s post focuses on gift cards. These cards are easy to purchase and enable the recipients to buy what what most interests them — while also being somewhat impersonal. Based on the recent survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, these […]

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What’s on Your Shopping List? Part 1

What do YOU planning on buying this holiday season? As Ana Serafin Smith reports for the National Retail Federation: “With shoppers eager to take advantage of early promotions from retailers, more than half of consumers have already started making dents in their holiday gift lists, according to the annual mid-season survey released by the National […]

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PLEASE Be a Smart Customer This Holiday Shopping Season

Yes, Black Friday WEEK is finally here — after weeks of being bombarded by holiday shopping ads. This post has two goals: (1) To alert you to the possible deceptions this week and (2) to again present our THIRTY-FIVE holiday shopping tips. Our first topic is this: Is Black Friday week really a good time […]

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2016 China-Based Singles’ Day to Dominate Global Holiday Season

Last year, we wrote about the phenomenally successful 2015 online Chinese Singles’ Day, an annual event scheduled for November 11 that dwarfs Cyber Monday, which occurs on the first Monday after Thanksgiving each year. As reported by The Street: “Singles’ Day is the biggest retail event in the year, beating Cyber Monday and Black Friday.” […]

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Be a Smart Customer: 2016 Holiday Shopping Tips

Every year, Evans on Marketing offers a list of holiday shopping tips intended to help shoppers avoid overspending their budgets. Since the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year, this post keeps getting moved up. In 2012, when the holiday shopping tips were first presented, they are were published on December 10. This year, […]

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Social Media in 2016: A Video Review

Social media are constantly evolving in terms of both scope and popularity. Here is a video overview by Click-Thru Consulting.      

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Brands That Millennials Love

As we have noted before, Millennials represent a huge, demanding, and challenging consumer segment for marketers. With that in mind, let’s ask: What brands are doing best among Millennials? Recently, Moosylvania — a company involved with branding, digital, and experiential (“Digital connectivity has changed the way we interact with one another – people no longer […]

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