Apple Watch: Hot or Not?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Adweek's hottest digital gadget of 2015 is also one of the most controversial. The Apple Watch has been called both a flop and a behavior-changing device. I believe that the Apple Watch is a flawed first-generation product that will ultimately take hold for these reasons: The Apple Watch makes use of ...

Will Beacons Help Target Improve the Shopping Experience?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Target recently announced the rollout of beacons at 50 stores in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Beacons are devices placed in locations that make it possible to share content (such as offers) with a person's mobile device. Through beacons, Target will offer deals ...

Walmart: reform Black Friday now

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The reports about out-of-control Black Friday shoppers is appalling to read about and watch on YouTube. At a Mesquite, Texas, Walmart, a surging mob nearly crushes a woman to death and destroys a retail display, which evokes the 2008 incident when a Walmart employee was crushed to death by a ...

Black Friday breaks loose

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Black Friday has turned a corner. The traditional start of the holiday shopping season has become a cultural phenomenon that spans days, and even weeks. While Black Friday naysayers criticize stores for pushing the opening of the day into Thanksgiving evening, American consumers simply shrug their shoulders, shop, and engage ...

Cirque du Soleil: too much LOVE

Monday, April 18th, 2011

While I was shopping for blue jeans at Target this weekend, I came across a surprising find: official T shirts from the Beatles Cirque du Soleil LOVE show on sale for $12.99, and wedged like excess stock on a rack of music merchandise. Although making official LOVE merchandise available at Target ...

Brand loyal-tee

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Conventional wisdom says brand loyalty is dead, and yet a recent discovery I made at a nearby Target store indicates we are still willing to pledge our allegiance to a logo, at least. Shoppers in the mens department are apparently willing to shell out good money for the privilege to ...

U2 and the revenge of "old media"

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Have you noticed U2's gutsy distribution strategy for the newly released No Line on the Horizon? I don't mean the predictable release of the album on MySpace prior to its March 3 launch in stores -- but rather the heavy reliance on an allegedly dead medium, the compact disc.  At ...

Reforming Black Friday

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Shortly after I wrote a blog post about the social nature of Black Friday, I learned about the unfortunate incident at a New York Wal-Mart, when a temporary store employee, Jdimytai Damour, was trampled to death by a stampede of Black Friday shoppers. In the aftermath of this tragedy, ...