Posted by Abe Sauer on March 6, 2013 10:15 AM
Best Buy has joined seen-better-days peer Yahoo! by ending its flexible work-from-home program.
Of its Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) plan, Best Buy spokesman Matt Furman told the Star Tribune, “It makes sense to consider not just what the results are but how the work gets done." Best Buy will now exclusively move to a Results Mostly Work Environment (RMWE).
Best Buy's move means two things for Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer. On one hand, it's an endorsement of her theory that physical presence and proximity are needed to foster creative development and a healthy internal brand.
On the other hand, it's an endorsement of her theory that physical presence and proximity are needed to foster creative development and a healthy internal brand as the only way to save a doomed company. Simply put, ending flextime is the "amputate the leg to stop the gangrene" approach to management. A bad sign of overall health.
But then, Best Buy's health is no secret in its home country or abroad. A potential buyout from Best Buy's founder fell apart a week ago even as the retailer flails around to try and counter "showrooming" by smartphone-wielding shoppers.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 6, 2013 08:56 AM
Taco Bell makes new Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos available a day early.
Fox reveals details of new planned national sports network to compete with ESPN.
Best Buy ends work-at-home program for corporate employees as Yahoo! policy continues to be debated.
Alfa Romeo says its performance numbers make 4C an ideal car for U.S. market.
Doritos launches first global campaign.
Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne presses full merger with Chrysler.
Groupon CFO says company's business model will stay.
JCPenney board's patience said to be wearing thin with CEO Ron Johnson, as Martha Stewart dished from the witness stand and rehashes her testimony on NBC's Today Show.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 5, 2013 04:23 PM
As this year’s South by Southwest—running March 8-17 in Austin, Tex.—gears up, brands and agencies are pulling out all the stops to catch the attention of thousands of trendsetters that attend the yearly event. Nearly 25,000 people, about 7 percent more than in 2012, are expected to register for the interactive part of the festival alone.
Some SXSW pioneers question the growing popularity as lessening the value of the event, which started out mainly as a music festival. “What was once an under-the-radar affair has become a trendy, mainstream gala, raising concerns that going may no longer be worthwhile for entrepreneurs looking to meet investors, potential co-founders or others who could potentially have a significant impact on their businesses," the Wall Street Journal reports.
John Frankel, partner at ff Venture Capital in New York, which backs two to three startups a year disagrees. “If you just stick with companies recommended to you, you can miss out on some amazing [investment opportunities]. I’m a great believer in happenstance.”
For brands looking to make a connection with tech-savvy millennials, (who isn't?) SXSW is a feeding ground for viral campaigns and unique marketing stunts. Here's a sampling of what some sponsors and participants have in store for attendees: Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 26, 2013 09:08 AM
Yahoo! work-from-home edict by CEO Marissa Mayer sparks debate.
Barnes & Noble breakup possibility highlights leadership differences.
Weight Watchers sees workers push back over low pay.
Airbus considers adding assembly line for A350.
Alcatel bets on AT&T and Verizon to keep U.S.-market growth.
Amazon losing its edge in e-commerce satisfaction.
BP begins its trial in 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Diageo hopes to create frozen-cocktail frenzy in U.K.
Google is the most trusted online brand in India, followed by Facebook.
HP board signals more oversight of CEO.
Hooters launches new brand campaign.
IKEA pulls more meatballs over horse meat.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 25, 2013 08:11 PM
It seems the great divide still exists—a great mother or a great worker. Now, two of the most powerful female executives have set their own standards for work/life balance, but there are faults to be had in both arguments.
Late last week, via an internal H.R. memo that was leaked to the press, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer banned working from home. The Google transplant has been in the process of turning around embattled Yahoo! since taking over in July 2012, but her latest move is inspiring more backlash than anything.
"Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home," says an internal memo from HR director Jackie Reses, obtained by tech blog All Things D. "We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."
“Even if that was what was previously agreed to with managers and HR, or was a part of the package to take a position, tough … It’s outrageous and a morale killer,” an employee told All Things D.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 24, 2013 11:06 AM
NASCAR brand refresh thwarted by P.R. crisis and YouTube takedowns after Saturday's fan-injuring accident during Nationwide race, while Danica Patrick is poised to make history as first female driver in pole position at Daytona 500. Dish Network, meanwhile, released "Memoriam" Daytona 500 campaign yesterday for its Hopper ad-skipping feature, a campaign that Fox has refused to run and Dish is trying to circumvent.
Microsoft joins list of hacked brands as Internet Explorer 11 rumored and Toyota Racing creates trackside app for Microsoft Windows 8.
Huawei unveils "Make it Possible" global branding campaign for Ascend P2 at Mobile World Congress, where Orange unveils own-brand 4G smartphone.
Coca-Cola forms major co-branding partnership in the Middle East.
Donald Trump tells the Financial Times his brand is worth $8 billion.
Dunkin' Donuts tops Brand Keys loyalty index for seventh straight year.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 21, 2013 09:04 AM
Yahoo! teams up with Facebook for social site revamp as Marissa Mayer puts her stamp on the homepage.
GE sues Whirlpool over alleged price fixing in Europe.
New York Times puts Boston Globe on the block.
AB InBev updates Modela discussions with DOJ.
Alamo targets broader audience.
Apple files patent for slap version of rumored iWatch.
AT&T expands partnership with BMW.
Boeing plans to propose package of fixes for Dreamliner.
Burger King unveils new ads with a human element.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 20, 2013 12:08 PM
After 16 years, Microsoft is kissing Hotmail goodbye and putting its Internet-mail energy behind the brand-new Outlook.com.
The 300 million folks who use Hotmail—which Microsoft acquired back in 1997 when it was just a year old—will be able to keep their current email addresses, but the brand is disappearing and all of those users will be switched over to the new site by summer’s end.
CNN reports that Microsoft plans to put some big advertising dollars into the new site. That push began Tuesday with the release of two commercials that both highlight how sweet a consumer’s life can be if he or she is using Outlook. This is a shift from Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign, which has aimed to get the 425 million Gmail users around the globe to feel irritated at Google and make the switch to Outlook. Scroogled worked effectively for Microsoft when it initially used it to help expose consumers to the plusses of its Bing search engine compared to Google’s. Continue reading...