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  • 2009 Corvette ZR1

    I'll admit it, I've never really been a big Corvette fan. Don't get me wrong, I clearly see the car's appeal. But for my money, the 'vette has always been a solid sports car that failed to blow my doors off. I know, you 'vette fans are reading this and saying, "You are wacked Toyota Phil."

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    As we close out this year, I know some of you are asking, "Hey Toyota Phil (a nickname a friend gave me after accusing me of giving the Japanese automaker too much praise) what do you think will happen in the auto industry next year?" Well, since you asked, and I know some of you haven't asked, here are my prognostications for 2008.

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    People who read this blog regularly know that I love lists. I also like to dissect them as evidenced by my criticism of BusinessWeek's Sports Power in September. Here's another list: SportsBusiness Journal's 50 Most Influential People In Sports Business In 2007.

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    It sounds a little like an angry bee. The tattoo needle doing it's job. The job it's doing right now is on a young women's butt, "freshening up" a couple of cherries. Nice work. And so are the tattoos. The name of the place is Vince Neil Ink, and for rock and roll aficionados, it is "that" Vince Neil, lead singer for 80's rock mega band, Motley Crue.

  • 2008 Saturn Aura

    Just for a minute, I want you to block out the opinions you have about certain auto brands. So if you always see BMW's as refined and stylish, stop. Or if you think Hyundai's are overrated, hold it. OK, now that you have a clear mind, think about this: Saturn, Suzuki, and Buick are changing their acts and are increasingly being seen in a positive light by car buyers.

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    It's later than you think: Today is the last day to buy online at big box.com stores like Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon in time for regular Christmas delivery. E-commerce is drawing more customers than ever before.

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    I haven't leafed through a catalog all year. In fact, catalogs go straight from my mailbox to the recycle trash bin. Take away the catalogs and the other junk mail I ignore, and I'd blissfully have nearly no mail at all.

  • "Oh, it's the world's largest, there is no doubt about that." The man saying that is wearing a red sport coat and leading you through a maze of custom made Christmas ornaments, past a literal forest of artificial trees, and in through the back of the store. "Store" probably is not the right term. "Wally's World" might be a better way of describing it.

  • Paris goes green!

    First, you know the green movement has "jumped the shark" when Paris Hilton wants to reduce her carbon footprint. While in Germany, she told the Associated Press, "I changed all the light bulbs to energy safe light bulbs (energy safe???), and I'm buying a hybrid car right now."

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    Holiday 2007 hasn't even happened yet but buyers and retailers are beginning to stock the shelves and clothing racks for 2008. With that in mind, I put together a list of some of the biggest questions that the retail industry is mulling over right now that will affect 2008.

  • Writers Guild of America

    Hollywood is a funny business. But no one's laughing right now. Nominees for the Golden Globes have been announced, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association--the group behind the Globes--has yet to get a waiver from the Writers Guild of America to let writers write the awards broadcast January 13th.

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    It's that time of year again. That time of year to tell you what's going to happen next year in the sports business.

  • We're well into week six of the Writers' Guild strike, and I can say from first hand experience that it's creating quite a weird holiday season here in Hollywood. You can't buy a latte in Beverly Hills without a barista complaining about the fact that the picketing is dragging on.

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    The assignment is to come up with some predictions for 2008. A prediction according to Webster's is "to say in advance. To Foretell." You know, like a fortune teller. Here's what I can tell you about your fortune. You won't have it long if you rely on predictions. That said, here are a few guesses as to what might happen next year.

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    At this time of year, it's predictions, predictions, predictions. So as part of CNBC's Outlook for '08, here are mine for the media world and all that's in it--with a personal look as well! (see number 7). Here I go!!

  • Registries are weird--you tell people what you'd like and then they buy it for you. But what about the surprise and excitement of opening a totally unexpected gift? Well that also comes with the hassle of returns or the reality of stacking up a pile of itchy sweaters you'll never wear again.

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    I wonder if I'll be able to get into my garage when I get back from this trip to Michigan and Ohio? Sure I will. After all it is 2007 right? How long can it take to get a garage door part? "They say it's going to take two weeks." It's my lovely wife on the phone. " I asked them why and the woman didn't know. They say the part has to come from Ohio."

  • Want to know how the music industry is going to make money in this piracy-heavy digital distribution age? Take a look at Led Zeppelin. Last night its long-awaited concert in London got such hugely rave reviews, people are begging and pleading for the band to go on a worldwide tour.

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    A human cock fight or a real-time display of martial art prowess? However you choose to describe it, the fact remains that the Ultimate Fighting Championship is a money maker.

  • Michael Vick

    When everything happened with Michael Vick--who of course got sentenced to 23 months in jail yesterday--many of the critics said the Falcons would take a big financial hit from this. But the honest truth is the Falcons are doing just fine.