Business Strategy

The on-demand economy is a bubble—and it’s about to burst

Enjoy on-demand services while you can.<p>Whether it’s getting a lift whenever you want or ordering pad thai from the comfort of your couch, the rise of the on-demand economy has made a lot of people’s lives more convenient. But many of the services we know and love might not be around in a few years. …

Uber

Critical Numbers That Actually Matter In Business

Do you know the financial vitality of your business? Here are the critical numbers every owner should be tracking.<p>What are the critical numbers you should be keeping close tabs on in your business? It depends who you ask, but there are a few most can agree on.<p>The trouble is, when it comes to the …

Small Business

The world’s megacompanies are about to become true stateless superpowers—in all their power and complexity

A quarter century of global liberalization and integration appears to be on knife’s edge. Over the past two decades, global capital markets, technological connectivity and the growth of new consumer markets worldwide have given rise to massive corporate platforms in commodities, finance, …

Innovation

The Ins and Outs of SWOT Analysis for Marketing Growth

Use this remarkable tool to realign your marketing campaign with what will give you the best results.<p>What if there was an analysis tool that helped to shine a spotlight on all the critical aspects of a company’s situation so that an intelligent, focused direct mail program can be developed?<p>There …

Marketing

Here’s Tim Armstrong’s official memo of who will be running the AOL-Yahoo combo

(Hint: Not a lot of Yahoos.)<p>AOL CEO Tim Armstrong just sent out a memo titled “Moving Forward” to the staffs of AOL and Yahoo about who will be the leaders of the combined company after Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo is complete.<p>No surprise: Not a lot of Yahoos have emerged from the internet cage …

Advertising

Purpose-Over-Profit Movement Gains the Respect of the Investment Community

The single-minded focus on profits is proving to be poor business. Social purpose is where the money is.<p>The desire for having a socially conscious company to buy from started with consumers and businesses that realized they had the power to influence the basis for why companies were in</b> …

Innovation

PayPal's strategic risks pay off

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>PayPal beat analyst expectations and grew its revenue to just under $3 billion, up 19% year-over-year (YoY) in Q1 2017. Those results, which were announced in the firm’s …

FinTech

'Cypress 3.0' Strategy Bearing Fruit

SAN FRANCISCO—Cypress Semiconductor Corp. reported record first quarter sales that beat analysts' expectations Thursday (April 27), offering tangible …

Markets

A Simple Strategy to Immediately Increase Your Profitability by 12% or More

Here is simple, commonly overlooked strategy to immediately boost your profitability...<p>Johnathon, one of our business coaching clients, ran a successful professional services firm with just under $4 million a year in revenue. In his niche the firm had a strong reputation.<p>When I questioned him about …

Business Planning

Deluxe Corp Evolves Business Model With VMware

Deluxe Corp is familiar with evolution. The 1.8 billion dollar organization had to pivot its business model in recent years to keep pace with …

Vmware

The Rise of the Cloud Service Broker Model: How IT Organizations Can Support Digital Business

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Deploying a cloud application is easy, but implementing a cloud strategy can prove to be …

Cloud Computing

An energy price cap could kill competition – here's a better idea

The Conservatives have announced their manifesto will include a pledge to cap the price of energy bills. This comes just two years after Labour …

Energy

WPP Sees Weak Growth As CPGs Pull Back Spend

WPP cut its growth target for this year from 3% to 2%, citing a tepid economy and lack of new business wins, the company said on its Q1 earnings call …

Advertising

Core Infrastructure Initiative celebrates three years with new structure and more strategy

It has been three years since the Heartbleed bug plagued the Internet, and the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) was formed. As …

Software Development

Profit + Purpose 2.0: The New Business Model

<b>The business model of the future. What’s next for Do Good + Do Well companies?</b><p>Double or even triple bottom line companies. Most people are familiar with the them thanks to the TOMS shoes phenomenon. The buy one, give one business model that does well ($) and does social good at the same time. For …

Business Planning

Let Your Competition Steal Your Ideas: 5 Reasons Why

As the Millennial demographic matures, there is a greater demand for transparency, openness, and authenticity.<p>Are your company's "best-kept secrets" hurting your brand and appeal to customers? Many companies today are scrambling to stay relevant and keep pace with the competition. As a result, it …

Leadership

Social Responsibility Didn't Just Pay Off For These 3 Companies--It Paid More

Being sustainable is not only better for the environment, it makes perfect business sense.<p>Consumers, especially Millennials, are more informed than they've ever been. They don't just want the most up-to-date technology and fashion; they want to buy eco-friendly products and be loyal to companies …

Sustainability

Keep your opinion to yourself

<b>Nothing is absolute. Ever</b>.<p>I am often asked for my views like…<p>- “What do you think of this TV ad?”<p>- “Is this a good blog post?”<p>- “Please read this …

Management

Rethinking rewards: What BigLaw can do about pay

I just completed a renovation that took over four months—the apartment hadn’t been touched in 40 years. Because I visited the job site almost every …

Employee Engagement

Why Ugg’s Slipping Revenues Could Be the Biggest Hurdle to a Deckers Sale

Although Deckers Brands confirmed this week that a possible sale is at least one of the options that the company is currently mulling, several market …

Business Planning

30 Simple Ways to Increase Your Profits

Which of these 30 simple ideas to increase your bottom-line profits can you apply right now?<p>When you give lots of keynotes or public talks to business owner and entrepreneurial groups like I do you get hit with the same questions over and over.<p>One of the most common questions I get is, "<i>How do I</i> …

Business

How Pret A Manger Beat the Restaurant Industry’s Lunchtime Slump

Pret A Manger may be more than three decades old, but the U.K.-based sandwich shop isn't showing its age.<p>On Thursday, the company reported total …

Restaurants

Shea Moisture's customer backlash was caused by poor brand management, not bad advertising

<b>Natural beauty brand Shea Moisture was forced to apologize after a new ad campaign sparked a social media backlash among some of the company's</b> …

Hair Care

A Better Way to Tax U.S. Businesses - News - Harvard Business School

<i>President Trump today outlined his plans for corporate and personal tax reform. HBS professor Mihir Desai has his own ideas, as first explained in a</i> …

Economics

Who will win in the digital economy? Biz-tech analyst Abbie Lundberg offers a forecast – Transform

A wave of digital disruption is cresting in many industries and will engulf much of the rest within three years, but most organizations still have no …

Innovation

Series of Seagate missteps as revenue generator spins down

<b>Comment</b> Here's a suggestion – Seagate, led by a combined chairman and CEO, has made a catalogue of tactical errors in the face of the NAND tidal wave …

Business Planning

CIO Unplugged 4/26/17 | HIStalk

April 26, 2017 Ed Marx No Comments<p><i>The views and opinions expressed are mine personally and are not necessarily representative of current or former</i> …

Innovation

New GSK CEO kicks off tenure with strong sales growth

Emma Walmsley kick-started her tenure as chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline with results for the first quarter of 2017...

Markets

Digital Transformation’s Impact on Business Processes and Work

<i>A previous post addressing the impact of digital transformation on business models can be found here.</i><p>Today’s businesses operate in a world of …

Innovation

Uber has a department that spies on its rivals — and it's not alone

How far would you go to figure out what the competition is up to?<p>Test out their products and services to see how they work? Hire away their staff to learn their tricks? Monitor their job listings to glean insight about upcoming initiatives?<p>Such tactics are par for the course in the technology …

Uber