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It may surprise you, but the fastest growing division in Amazon is not its e-commerce sales, or its services like Prime, but their media sales division. Revenues have more than doubled from $1.8B in 2017 to $4.6B in 2018. And if you think that’s impressive,...

Retail innovation is finding a better way to do something in a retail business which improves on how it was done before, adding value. Innovation is too often mistaken for invention. The true definition of innovation is finding a better way to do something that improves...

There is no one single way to grow and evolve as a business. Sure, consistent sales growth would be great (but not always a reality), a growing pool of potential customers would be amazing, a dynamic and current brand that magnetises people is always helpful....

Netflix global numbers are phenomenal and scary in equal measure: Netflix has acquired a whopping 150 million subscribers, but has amassed $42BN in debt and longer-term payments relating to content (broadcast rights). Their annual programming budget for Netflix Originals alone is reported to be US$15BN....

15 years ago in the US a Wal Mart executive realised the store was as much a retailer as a media owner. The millions of customers passing through their doors every day were sizeable enough to rival any traditional media owner’s audiences and crucially, they...

Last week Apple announced that it is shifting focus from handsets to services, in what is Tim Cook’s biggest move since taking over the reins of Apple. Essentially, they are using their powerful customer base to unlock new revenue streams as their core product growth...

This is one of the pivotal questions being posed at the SXSW festival which is on now in Austin, Texas. For the uninitiated, the South by Southwest Festival and Conference has evolved over the last 32 years from a humble music festival with 700 attendees,...

Twenty years in media buying agencies taught me a few things. Chief among these is that businesses tend to overvalue the consumer attention they buy through paid media, whilst squander the attention they command with their customers. Consider the money and time and resource and emotional...

Like a line from a coming-of-age teen movie, the phrase ‘she just gets me’ comes to mind when talking about the impact a good algorithm can have on the relationship between a business and their customers. Don’t worry, this is not a post about the...

It’s easy to get carried away with defining things – be it problems, technologies, behaviours, marketing strategies, media etc. Definitions can quickly become a distraction, one that chews up mental energy, time and therefore money, without adding anything substantive. Worse still, over thinking definitions can...