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We Can’t Innovate in Our Market!

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As some of the readers of this blog know, I frequently travel by RV.  Given that we have many clients scattered throughout North America, many in small, difficult-to-reach places, an RV makes a lot of sense.  Plus, I get to travel in the company of my wife and, this trip, my dog (not sure how she likes it).

One of the things that happens when I travel by RV is life tends to slow down and I have more time to read articles and books I don’t normally read.  On this trip, I have focused on news about innovative new products, specifically in fields that may be over saturated, or there is the feeling that there is no room to innovate.  I want to highlight three that caught my attention.

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The Good and Bad in B2B Marketing

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Guess what folks? I’M BACK! After a brief hiatus, the man with questionable grammar and curiously conversational writing style has returned.

I was stunned by a terrible commercial the other night. I couldn’t wrap my head around it and for the life of me I couldn’t tell you what they were selling or identify the company (even after extensive Googling).  It fell into the realm of “weirdvertising” which is my made-up word for an ad where the content has nothing to do with the product whatsoever or just makes you pay attention with its sheer oddity. This… ‘thing’ got me pondering the good and bad in commercials or ad campaigns.

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Observations on a Tightening Labor Market

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week caught my attention (“Top Fund Managers Want Better HR.”)  The story discusses how large funds are beginning to engage boards and senior managers about what they are doing to effectively manage their human resources, an interesting change.  When did you last see a line item for employee development/training in an annual report?