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It's the beginning of a new year. Time to set a fresh round of quarterly goals, fine-tune your branding, and finally put that new internal strategy into place. Oh, and it's also trade show season. And with that comes the trade show hangover. Remember the last time you attended CES in Las Vegas, or that…
Consider this: Roughly one out of every three U.S. dollars spent on Cyber Monday is spent on Amazon.com. So when the mid-summer, Amazon-created version thereof was just reported to have been the retailer's biggest sales day ever...well, even detractors have to give credit where credit is due. An event that started off on a bad…
When the Smart Car first appeared in the US in 2008, it raised some questions, perhaps the biggest being: would Americans used to trucks, sports cars, and open highways drive such tiny vehicles? While European drivers had been using Smart Cars for years, the driving conditions in Europe—congested cities, high fuel costs, and relative proximity—are…
We've spent a lot of time here talking about the ways Volkswagen can begin to recover from a catastrophic emissions cheating scandal—first in an analysis of VW executives' public messaging and then a deep dive into the problems ahead for the company. Our advice has boiled down to: be transparent. After all, it was likely…
Earlier this year, we looked into the ways that podcasts are a rarity in today's digital media landscape: an underserved digital niche. Indeed, while it seems like every other form of digital media has a robust ecosystem supporting it—from the boom in streaming music services to the myriad outlets for digital video—podcasts remain the sometimes…
I joined Dave Donars, Chief Research Officer at Cardwell Beach, to discuss whether the legendary Volkswagen brand can recover from its self-inflicted injuries after a major emissions cheating scandal. The short answer: it doesn’t look good, but there may be some light ahead in the proverbial tunnel. Take a listen to hear the second part…
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