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Why J.C. Penney’s New Strategy Won’t Work

April 2013 Communication 1 Comment

A few months ago I reported on a visit to J.C. Penney and commented on my disappointment with the look and feel of the store. What I saw was CEO Ron Johnson’s new strategy. The basis of this strategy is a return to the roots of the company through its “Fair and Square Every Day” philosophy. The problem with this strategy is that it is, in the words of Wharton Professor George S. Day, an “inside-out” strategy instead of an “outside-in” approach.


Launching LeBron X Nike Plus at a $300 + Price Target: An Evolving Case in Price Communication and Public Relations

September 2012 Communication 1 Comment

This fall, Nike is rumored to be launching the above $300 LeBron X Nike Plus basketball shoes. What was expected to be a highly promising product launch has morphed into a management and political quagmire regarding its high price, potential violence, and target market abuse. What should Nike do?


Hoodie Billionaires: 3 Lessons We Learned from Zuckerberg’s ‘Hoodiegate’

August 2012 Communication

When Mark Zuckerberg showed up to a meeting with potential Wall Street investors wearing a hoodie sweatshirt, just before Facebook's initial public offering in May, analysts derided the young CEO for his lack of maturity.  Andrew Mason faced similar criticism for sipping a beer during a major employee meeting. With Zuckerberg as a cornerstone example, here are a few lessons we've learned from the minor 'scandal' analysts dubbed 'Hoodiegate.'


Business Marketing Association 2011 Conference Unleashes Torrent of Content & Data Strategy

June 2011 Communication

In the first week of June, the Business Marketing Association (BMA) held its annual B2B marketing conference in Chicago. The show over-delivered on its “Unleash” theme with a tidal wave of information about the changing nature of strategic marketing, business models, content and data strategy. Incoming BMA chairperson Al Maag, Chief Communications Officer of Avnet, had this to say about outgoing chairperson Gary Slack, “The annual conference is the jewel in our thought leadership BMA crown thanks to Gary Slack.