Archive for July, 2014

Amer Sports Narrows Q2 Loss, Begins Restructuring Wilson

July 30, 2014

“Amer Sports missed its second quarter sales and profit goals, in part due to charges taken at its Wilson/Ball Sports seg-ment, where it embarked on an 18-to-24 month restructuring that is expected to significantly affect results in the back half. “Today, it’s behind in terms of growth and profitability,” President and CEO Heikke Takala said […]

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Millennials: The WHY Behind Favorite Brands

July 24, 2014

“Last week, we polled 150 Millennials about their favorite and least favorite brands (infographic here). First off, thanks to everyone who responded – you came in like a wrecking ball with responses that ranged from the sophisticated to the sidesplitting. My personal faves were those who thought we said Battle of the BANDS, not Battle […]

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Embrace Technology…Because Your Customers Already Have

July 22, 2014

“We all like to think we’re customer focused. I’ve never seen a business use their marketing channels to proudly claim, “we don’t care one bit about our customers!” Yet many businesses (and increasingly, municipalities) operate this way by being protectionist in nature in their interactions with technology providers. Here’s an easy solution: embrace technology disruption. […]

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Overcoming Youngest Person in the Room Syndrome

July 17, 2014

JULY 10, 2014 “A recent news report on American Public Radio’s Marketplace indicated a surge of interest in entrepreneurship among young people. While this is encouraging, it doesn’t make being the youngest person in the room by a decade or more any easier. As I, a CEO all of 31, walk into a meeting with potential investors, business partners or journalists, I can […]

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