Laugh When You Fall

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Photo credit: Wayne Hile One recent Sunday afternoon, the unthinkable happened: I stumbled and fell onstage in front of a large audience. I felt humiliated. Embarrassed. Foolish. But I recovered by owning my mistake with a laugh instead of pretending nothing happened. For context: on summer weekends, I am part of the ...

Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods: To Beat Walmart

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Why did Amazon buy Whole Foods? To beat Walmart in the war for the on-demand grocery shopper. As announced June 16, Amazon and Whole Foods have agreed that Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $13.7 billion. Whole Foods will operate under ...

Is HomePod Apple’s Death Star in the Music Streaming Wars?

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Apple’s newly announced HomePod smart speaker is more than Apple’s answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home in the battle for your home – it’s quite possibly Apple’s major advantage in the music streaming wars. In unveiling the HomePod June 5 at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced that the voice-activated ...

Where Is Your Creative Hustle?

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

When an idea comes to you in the middle of the night, do you act on it, or do you yawn, roll over, and return to the arms of Morpheus, even though the original spark of inspiration may dissolve into the recesses of your unconscious mind? When you sit down ...

How Well Do You Manage Your Brand’s Moving Parts?

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Consumers often associate a brand with its sensory elements – what we can see and touch. The sensory aspects create emotional connections that form the building blocks of a brand. But a successful brand requires many moving parts to operate in sync, and not all of them are obvious to ...

Let Us Now Praise Jeff Bezos

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Jeff Bezos is the Abraham Lincoln of the business world: he doesn't let critics stop him from making history. The success of the Amazon Echo encapsulates his resiliency perfectly. eMarketer recently reported that Echo owns more than 70 percent of the market for voice-assisted devices, whose usage grew nearly 130 percent ...

Fyre Festival Debacle Shows the Difference between Marketing and Branding

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The Fyre Festival has become the train wreck you can't ignore. The event organizers, rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, promised attendees "two unforgettable weekends of mystery and music" with acts such as Blink-182 and Major Lazer appearing on a private island in the Exumas April 28-30 and then ...

Why Uber Remains Disruptive and Dangerous

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Uber is the Kanye West of Silicon Valley: bold and brilliant. Toxic and troubled. Disruptive and dangerous. Uber's willingness to play dirty and its dysfunctional culture are well documented, most recently in a New York Times piece, "Uber's CEO Plays with Fire" that laid bare the controversial management style of CEO Travis ...

Why AI Is the Future of Music

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

The music industry finally has some reason to celebrate, thanks to artificial intelligence. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently announced that music revenues in 2016 grew 11.4 percent to $7.7 billion -- the highest year-over-year growth rate since 1998. Although the industry is only half the size it was ...

Amazon and Walmart Fight for the On-Demand Grocery Shopper

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

On March 28, Amazon fired a shot in its war with Walmart to define the future of the $600 billion grocery industry. The world's biggest online retailer announced the beta launch of AmazonFresh Pickup, an on-demand grocery service. With AmazonFresh Pickup, customers can order groceries online and have their orders ...