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Market Provides Lessons in ‘How Not’ To Grow

Market Provides Lessons in ‘How Not’ To Grow

A couple fine recent examples of the risks of growth; growth can be a seductress, whose siren’s song may turn destructive (having just visited Greece, I had to include at least one myth-inspired mention!). 7-11 is facing accusations they squeeze franchisees; leaving store owners ONLY 1 option to make profit–>pressure their already-undercompensated employees. I’d bet 7-11′s [...]

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Blackberry Predictions Not Magic

Blackberry Predictions Not Magic

For folks asking by email or in person (you can also Comment via blog post; it’s private) I’ll answer your Blackberry themed questions all in one spot: 1. How did I know this quarter’s results BB would disappoint? I didn’t ”know”; I merely predicted, based on classic market behavioural factors(see #6 below). 2. What’s next for [...]

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Going Global NOT as Easy as Pie

Going Global NOT as Easy as Pie

Sometimes clients & students say things that drive me to distraction, such as “Let’s just export”. As if an expanding abroad is a fast, easy way to sure results. Many companies have been weakened or destroyed by ill-advised ill-prepared, ill-conceived expansion plans. Kimberly-Clark appointed a academically overqualified, yet culturally closed-minded, USA-based team to launch a [...]

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Expedia Fires Back at Google (This Is Gonna Be Fun!)

Expedia Fires Back at Google (This Is Gonna Be Fun!)

Expedia hasn’t rolled over & given up in the war looming against Google-Frommers. Back in August I told you Google acquired Frommers – a respected name in travel, with revered guidebooks, travel destination info, tourist resort links, hotel reviews, etc. That’s a necessary step before Google becomes a travel destination booking player- and that inevitability [...]

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Would U Like Fruit With That?

Would U Like Fruit With That?

Apple is firming up its relationship with twitter, even as we hear more about a tighter Google-facebook alliance. It’s an Apple strength to get way ahead of the curve; they’re betting that 140 characters is the attention span limit of future generations; I’m not sure that I blame them for that call. But…. there are [...]

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CTV’s Jen Ward Asks the Hard Questions on RIM

CTV’s Jen Ward Asks the Hard Questions on RIM

Black Days for Blackberry. Here’s Jennifer Ward asking the tough questions: Of the many smart questions she asked, the most sage is: Will Consumers Wait (until 2013)? As a Blackberry user myself, I doubt that many of us will wait that long. There are just too many advantages to having an iphone or Android device [...]

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Don’t Forget to Brush Under the RIM

Don’t Forget to Brush Under the RIM

That sound of flushing is the sound of RIM share values circling down. RIM is led by a CEO so strategically limited that he said ‘staying the course’ was viable when he promoted to the post. How much time (and shareholder value) was lost as Mr. Heins climbed the ‘Strategy 101′ learning curve? Who knows. [...]

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Will Apple Suffer From GASS?

Will Apple Suffer From GASS?

People have recently asked me what could possibly stop the unstoppable Apple. They have the hardware, the app-contributing world,the content library, cool-factor designs, Genius customer service folks, etc. But, in theory, Apple could suffer from GASS. It’s only hypothetical, and it would be a monstrous joint venture of incredible complexity (and even some internal conflicts) [...]

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Map Decisions Mean the World

Map Decisions Mean the World

Apple’s decision to bypass Google Maps for its own Maps app, is a shot across the bow in a new war. In truth, Google fired the first shot — Google & Apple were tolerant non-competitors, until Google went for the heart of Apple’s mobile platform with Android. Now a big battle is brewing. Time to [...]

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Research in Motion-Sickness

Research in Motion-Sickness

Research in Motion is set to announce more layoffs. A question on many people’s minds is ‘how many’? As a strategist, I’m more interested in what other announcements might be made alongside this one. This week there was a telling one- RIM has hired 2 investment banks – JP Morgan and RBC Capital- for a [...]

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