January 14, 2019

Consumers to Buy Smart Speakers to Control Smart Home Devices

Parks Associates research finds 28% of U.S. broadband households with a smart speaker with voice assistant use the device to control a smart home device, compared to only 12% that use the device to control an entertainment device. The research firm analyzes the trends in smart home, connected entertainment, and consumer-based IoT in State of the Market: Smart Home and Connected Entertainment, available for download on the Parks Associates site.

January 13, 2019

Manage Smarter 52: Managing through Crisis and Turnarounds

For more than 25 years, the last 15 with his own firm Broadway Advisors, Tom Paccioretti has been a turnaround consultant and crisis manager helping financially troubled companies and their stakeholders. His more than fifty clients included Barneys New York, CalFruit Eagle, Trend Technologies, Z Gallerie and EZ Lube. In episode 52, we discuss: managing up and down in crisis and turnaround situations, managing cash conversion cycles during crisis/turnaround scenarios, making senior leadership walk the customer experience for turnaround discovery.

January 11, 2019

Adult Novelty Retailers to Pique Interest of the 53% of Americans with Fetishes

A new survey conducted by adult novelty manufacturer CalExotics at Harvard Sex Week earlier this month reveals that fetishes are much more common than we think. Nearly half of those surveyed say they either have a sexual fetish or believe they have a sexual fetish, and more than 50% have told a partner about a fetish they find interesting. The survey results were gathered during an interactive "Fetishes A-Z" course taught by CalExotics' resident sexologist, Dr. Jill McDevitt, during a keynote at Harvard Sex Week on November 1, 2018.

January 9, 2019

Auto Insurers to Promote Policies With Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs

New Esurance survey results of over 1,000 U.S. drivers reveal that even though two-thirds of respondents were not at fault for their collisions, they still experienced high out-of-pocket expenses for things like rental cars or repairs beyond insurance coverage. And that's in part because they're missing vital steps that could help them avoid these added costs.