Global Insights

¡Interesante! Growth Opportunities with US Hispanics

14 Oct , 2018  

The wave of Spanglish has hit advertisers in recent years. Dos Equis invites its customers to “Keep it Interesante,” while taco fans at Taco Bell “Live Más.” Home Depot and other retailers have adopted a near bilingual policy in stores. Smart move! Hispanic culture is alive an well in the US, and it is an […]

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Global Insights, Innovation

Ultimate Privacy Will Soon Be Lost

13 Oct , 2018  

Companies often grapple with the challenges of respecting customer privacy. Although most firms do not seek to cause or do harm, data breaches, inadvertent misuse of data, and unauthorized publishing of data seem to ultimately happen. Data on a social media site, on a shopping site, or from your gym membership may seem sensitive. But, […]

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Digital Strategy, Innovation

Finally, A Disruptor to Uber…Maybe

11 Oct , 2018  

Google’s Waze has been making waves by using its data about cars on the road to assemble the largest carpooling platform ever. This has the potential to disrupt Uber. On Waze, you can schedule a ride with a driver going the same direction as you. You can see reviews of riders, drivers, and make a […]

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Innovation, Leadership

A Chicago Icon is No More – 5 Lessons for Retailers

4 Oct , 2018  

A few days ago, the Chicago chain of grocery stores, Treasure Island Foods, announced that it is closing. The store has been a Chicago institution for some 55 years, serving urban areas with mostly small format stores, filled with both common and hard to find items. Julia Childs once called Treasure Island Foods, “America’s most […]

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Digital Strategy, Leadership, Risk Management

Lessons from SEC’s settlement with Elon Musk and Tesla

1 Oct , 2018  

The recent settlement between the SEC and Elon Musk shows precedence. In its initial demands, the SEC sought to restrict or remove Elon Musk as CEO of Tesla (a reach rarely seen before in its suits), largely over the tweets he sent suggesting that Tesla could be taken private for a whopping $420 a share. […]

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Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Digital Disruption: Are you Netflix or Blockbuster?

15 Sep , 2018  

Are you Netflix or Blockbuster?

A great focus for many startups, investors, and entrepreneurs is creating the next Netflix, Amazon, Uber, or Airbnb – namely to be a digital disruptor. Netflix conquered the analog and physical model of Blockbuster by bringing a digital layer to measure customers, movies, and even brand placements. Before Netflix, Blockbuster was the media channel of preference. It died a rather quick death when media and media consumption became digital.

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Global Insights, Leadership

Winners and Losers in US Real Estate and the US Economy

14 Sep , 2018  

Just this week, we heard the good news that median household income grew by 1.8% to $61,372, a new post-recession high. Still, some 39.4 million Americans live in poverty, and that number improved. Unemployment has gone down, and the equity markets are banging on all-time highs. Still, a few things are not working. Not everyone […]

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Innovation, Leadership

Strategy and Marketing Changes for the NFL

5 Sep , 2018  

With the 2018 NFL season about to begin, I want to share the changes that I most recommend for improving the NFL. Many of these would make the game more exciting and add strategy to the game. Some are about improving the NFL’s much beleaguered image. Strategy and Rule Changes: Goal Line On Side Possession: […]

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Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Batter Up – Who’s a Baseball Fan?

15 Aug , 2018  

I recently wrote about how social media, in particular, Facebook can map the fandom of college football and NFL fans. These examples show how social media and digital operators can leverage data to measure assets, like the value of teams, the size and location of college alumni, and even put a price on things like […]

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Career Advice, Leadership

Advice on Going to College

15 Aug , 2018  

Fall will soon be here in Evanston, Illinois; the first of the maples are turning orange and the summer is quickly cooling. In the coming weeks, we will welcome our new students to campus at Northwestern University. It is always an exciting time of the year. It is exciting to be part of the new […]

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