Archive: November 2012

Black Friday Lesson: Mobile, Not Social, Drives Sales

November 27th, 2012 by

The digital results for Thanksgiving and Black Friday last week are in, and from a sales perspective were quite impressive: Online sales on Thanksgiving grew by 17.4% from 2011, and the next day, Black Friday, they increased 20.7% from last year, according to IBM’s Digital Analytics Benchmark study. That’s good news for retailers going into… Continued

Why Thanksgiving Turkey Tastes Better the Next Day, And Why It Matters

November 26th, 2012 by

Ever notice that the Thanksgiving turkey tastes better the next day and the days after? Millions of people look forward to Friday lunches, and Saturday dinners of turkey sandwiches, turkey soup and turkey (or tofu) concoctions.  Yet last Tuesday’s chicken dish doesn’t taste so good warmed up the next day. And making a steak sandwich… Continued

In Petraeus Affair, PR Perpetuates ‘Spin’ Image

November 21st, 2012 by

I must admit that hearing the news that David Petraeus’ biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley, also involved in the Petraeus affair, have “PRed up” is a bit annoying. It was reported by AdAge that Broadwell has hired Washington agency Glover Park Group to represent her, while Kelley enlisted crisis PR manager Judy… Continued

5 Tips for Banking Goodwill with Reporters

November 19th, 2012 by

The media’s coverage of David Petraeus has been telling, and instructional. The former CIA director and decorated general who stepped down in early November after admitting to an extramarital affair had been a media darling. Not only did he have the stripes to prove his skills and heroism, but he showed respect for the journalists… Continued

Mayor Bloomberg, Show a Little Empathy

November 16th, 2012 by

Love him or hate him, you have admire the no-nonsense, buttoned-down management style of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In his nearly 12-year tenure as mayor, he’s proved himself effective at getting things done. So as today’s New York Times article pointed out, the early days of Hurricane Sandy were right in Bloomberg’s management… Continued

Obama Relaxed, In Charge at Press Conference

November 14th, 2012 by

President Obama held his first press conference after re-election today, and with the possibility of storm clouds like the Petraeus affair and Benghazi in the air, a much anticipated event it was. For the most part, there was much ado about nothing, as Obama came to the podium relaxed and confident—like a second-term president should… Continued

Are You a Monday Person or a Friday Person?

November 12th, 2012 by

You look forward to the work week and may have even been overheard saying, “TGIM!” The week is your oyster and you are ready to discover new things, to make a mark on your world. You love Mondays. Fridays, on the other hand, might be the favored child for you. You’ve worked hard all week… Continued

CEO’s Earnings Call Comments a Real Downer

November 9th, 2012 by

It’s been a long, tough road—mostly downhill— for J.C. Penney since former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson took over the helm in January 2012. CEO Johnson was expected to work the same magic for the tired clothing retailer as he had for Apple’s stores, which see some 17 times more sales than the national retail… Continued

If You See Something, Do You Always Say Something?

November 5th, 2012 by

What if you knew that the president of your company was covering up a crime; that a colleague was suspected of sexually molesting young women; that your spokesperson was taking illegal drugs? Would you turn them in? What if you personally witnessed the crime? If asked to participate in the cover-up, would you agree? Which… Continued