New Business Trends

Where is the Puck Going?

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This blog about new business trends is inspired by Wayne Gretzky's quote.
When asked what made him stand out from many other hockey players, Gretzky responded:
"A GOOD hockey player plays where the puck is. A GREAT hockey player plays where the puck is going to be".
Can the same principle be applied to business? (More)

Top Eight Careers of the Future in Canada

September 19th, 2016 · No Comments

According to (presented via Global News), there are the top eight careers of the future in Canada:.

1. Teacher
2. Information security analyst
3. Market research analyst
4. Construction manager
5. Lawyer
6. Registered nurse
7. Software developer
8. Marketing manager

According to Boswell (director of marketing at, overall, health care– and technology-related positions will dominate Canada’s job market in future.

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Blue Ocean Strategy

June 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

Blue ocean strategy is a new strategic approach created by Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne based on simultaneous pursuit of differentiation and low cost to create a “blue ocean” , i.e. uncontested market space. Read more:

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Can You Say What Your Strategy Is?

February 18th, 2016 · No Comments

Can you summarize your company’s strategy in 35 words or less? In this amazing HBR article Collis and Rukstad stress the importance of putting together a simple strategy statement as “a guiding light for making difficult choices”. Here is an example of a strategy statement provided in their article:

Edward Jones aims to “grow to 17,000 financial advisers by 2012 by offering trusted and convenient face-to-face financial advice to conservative individual investors who delegate their financial decisions, through a national network of one-financial-adviser offices”

According to the authors, there are three critical components of a good strategy statement: objective, scope (domain) and advantage. Read More!

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What is Strategy?

February 6th, 2016 · No Comments

Here is an amazing article by Michael Porter published in Harvard Business Review that helps one better understand what strategy really is. Let me try to paraphrase Michael Porter’s definitions of strategy here:

– Strategy is the creation of a unique and valuable position involving a different set of activities.
– Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of value.
– The essence of strategy is in the activities – choosing to perform activities differently or to perform different activities than rivals.
– Strategy is making trade-offs in competing. The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.
– Strategy is … defining and communicating company’s unique position, making trade-offs, and forging fit among activities.

Check out this Porter’s video “What is Strategy”:

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The “Periodic Table” of Social Media Content Marketing

December 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Here is the nice inventory of different of social media content formats, content types, social media platforms, sharing triggers and metrics as developed by Chris Lake and EConsultancy:


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October 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Why things catch on? How can your campaign go viral? Follow the STEPPS principle put together by Jonah Berger to create your own word of mouth campaign:
– Social currency: give people some “currency” that will make them look good before others (e.g. interesting information, new facts and stats)
– Trigger: use triggers in the environment to prompt people to talk or think about your products (e.g. consuming Kit Kat chocolate with coffee or during the breaks)
– Emotional: focus on feelings rather than on technical qualities of your products
– Public: make your products (or the use of your products) as visible as possible
– Practical value: create really useful products; people tend to share news about products with great value
– Story: create and promote an authentic story about your products that people want to share


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What color should you use for your branding?

September 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Check out this color guide below from… These are the messages that colors send to North American shoppers:

Yellow: Optimistic & youthful; gets attention of window shoppers
Red: Energy; increases heart rate, creates urgency
Blue: Trust & security; associated with banks and businesses
Green: Wealth & relaxation; easiest color for the eyes to process
Orange: Aggressive; call to action: subscribe, buy or sell
Black: Powerful & sleek; luxury product marketing
Pink: Romantic & feminine; product marketing to women and girls
Purple: Soothing & calm; beauty products

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Inadequacy vs. Empowerment Marketing: Which One Has More Word of Mouth Potential?

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Check out this excellent and inspiring video and article by Jonah Sachs on “Winning the Story Wars” and on Inadequacy Marketing vs. Empowerment Marketing.

Here is a quick recap of Sach’s ideas in his own words:

“Since the emergence of modern marketing, professional communicators have relied on the “inadequacy approach”. Tell your audience that the world is dangerous, that they lack what they need, that they don’t quite fit in. Then offer the magic cure — your product.

Can marketers get in on this? Of course — if they catch up with the times. They need to recognise that nobody wants to push an anxiety-provoking message to their network. That would destroy the sender’s social capital. So such messages can’t find viral pick-up. But messages based on empowerment, which make the audience the hero and remind them of how full of potential they are, are proving to be social-media ready.”

Read more in “Jonah Sachs “The story of inadequacy marketing is over”

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Free Mini Course in Social Media Marketing

December 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Take a free Mini Course in Social Media Marketing by Ivan & iPower Lab!


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101 Digital Marketing Tips for 2015

December 25th, 2014 · 4 Comments

FREE slide show presentation: 101 Digital Marketing Tips for 2015 from Ivan & iPowerLab!


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