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Pricing Communication Breakdown

By Nathan L. Phipps February 17, 2020

Pricing projects generally involve a high level of collaboration and coordination between numerous departments in an organization. At a minimum, representatives from…

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In Defense of Meetings

By Kyle T. Westra November 17, 2019

The forward-thinking business world is united in the belief that meetings, by and large, are simply bad ideas. Bad meetings are the…

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How to Avoid Misleading Your Audience with Statistics

By Nathan L. Phipps November 17, 2019

I recently picked up a copy of Darrell Huff’s 1954 classic How to Lie with Statistics. Although Huff’s background was not in…

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The New Invisible Hand: Five Revolutions in the Digital Economy

What I (Re)Learned from Writing a Book

By Kyle T. Westra September 13, 2019

My book, The New Invisible Hand: Five Revolutions in the Digital Economy, has been out for six weeks, and I’ve been floored…

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The Importance of Speaking Other Business Languages

By Kyle T. Westra June 17, 2019

I was recently in Portland, Oregon for the first time, attending a business conference. The Digital Summit series brings together all manner…

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Major Marketing Implications In Fisher-Price Sleeper Recall

By James T. Berger April 30, 2019

The product in question is the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper. The product has been on the market since 2009 and Fisher-Price has sold some 4.7 million units, subject to the recall. Since the product was introduced, the Rock ‘n Play sleeper has been blamed for 32 infant deaths.

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Treating Channel Partners Strategically

By Kyle T. Westra March 24, 2019

Common examples of channel partners include wholesalers, distributors, and retailers. All of these activities are necessary tasks for a functioning commercial organization. If the supplier doesn’t do one of these tasks, a channel partner must. Conversely, if a channel partner doesn’t, the supplier must.

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The Power of ‘Q’

By James T. Berger February 27, 2019

For years advertisers and advertising agencies have relied on Q. When investing huge sums of money on campaigns using pitch people, the Q factor is crucial in the selection process.

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What Stock Market Volatility Tells Us

By James T. Berger January 30, 2019

One thing is for sure, it’s virtually impossible to predict the stock market. In many ways, the stock market might be compared to a day at the racetrack. Predicting today or tomorrow’s winners is virtually impossible. What we can do very well is explain why something happened after it happened.

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Pricing Governance and Culture Change

By Tim J. Smith, PhD November 30, 2018

In order for any pricing improvement project to deliver its potential value, price governance and pricing culture must intersect. Some may want to dismiss this as “too much to take on,” but the results of addressing fundamental questions from both sectors creates the difference between the companies that slog-along and those that thrive.

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