2 Reasons for Apple’s Distortion on Tech Sector Profitability

I received the below chart from Business Insider Monday, which highlights that without Apple the technology sector profits would be down 3% this year vs. with them profits are up 7%.  Why is Apple out performing and at such a degree against the back drop of all other technology sector companies? There are many possible explanations and many have come before me trying to explain … Continue reading 2 Reasons for Apple’s Distortion on Tech Sector Profitability

iPhone iMessages don’t count towards your text usage

I like to think I am ahead of the curve on understanding technology and especially wireless, but some how this iOS feature for iPhone to iPhone messaging did not get through. iMessages do not count towards your text usage.  This is doubly painful since I recently upgraded my plan to include unlimited text on our family plan because my lovely wife has all but left … Continue reading iPhone iMessages don’t count towards your text usage

Differentiate or be commoditized

This is the second in a series of short posts related to The CMO Agenda research. Informed by recent CMO conversations and CMG Partners‘ collective experience helping top marketers develop marketing strategy, we have compiled a list of seven ideas or jump starters for further conversation. These are meant to spark discussion, ideas, and action as we all enter a difficult 2009. True differentiation is … Continue reading Differentiate or be commoditized

TiVo on the slide; is this a death spiral?

In TiVo Swings to a Profit posted by The New York Times, it is clear the TiVo continues to shrink. It is a sad day for the small technology brand that could. Subscribers are now at 3.5 million from a peak of 4.4 million. Net subscriber additions are down and have been shrinking all year long. The cable companies are the major immediate threat and … Continue reading TiVo on the slide; is this a death spiral?

Strike one for Google, death to Yahoo!

In yesterday’s article “Google Won’t Pursue Yahoo Ad Deal” from The New York Times, it was reported that the Justice Department did not approve of the deal thus Google stepped away from the deal. This was strike one for the world dominating search powerhouse. Don’t read this the wrong way, I love Google. I probably love them more from stepping away from this deal and … Continue reading Strike one for Google, death to Yahoo!

Netflix & TiVo join forces

The Wall Street Journal just ran a story on the collaboration between Netflix and TiVo (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122533284014583011.html). This is a brillant play by both companies…. For Netflix: Increased distribution to an avid fan base of TiVo users, who are by definition lead technology users (assuming they are not one in the same) Providing a home entertainment device option for streaming content (Apple is looming with their … Continue reading Netflix & TiVo join forces