When speaking or writing about Apple we have spent much of the past 18 months beating up on the iPhone. Yesterday's "Apple Event" didn't engender confidence in the firm's content strategy. Anchored by a curated, walled garden approach, Apple's strategy seems mired in the early 2000's at a time when young people have migrated to … Continue reading Apple’s Strategy – The Good, The Bad & The RetroPremium
Google, Amazon and Apple are in a war to control the extended home. The automobile is part of that equation. Google, Amazon and Apple are in a three-way heavyweight fight for home supremacy. When it comes to the home - if Google and Amazon are Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali (two pound-for-pound greats) then Apple is Archie Moore (a great heavyweight but … Continue reading Why Apple Needs to Build the Apple Car
Amazon's 1st Ring Amazon's Core Services Portfolio drives the company's macro strategy. AMZN's more recent product and service offerings (both organic and acquired offerings) are covered in the "2nd Ring" and "3rd Ring" sections and serve to strengthen the Core portfolio. Amazon.com: Amazon's crown jewel. The world's broadest and deepest ecommerce platform. Amazon Web Services (AWS): … Continue reading The Three Rings of Amazon (AMZN)
It’s fun to speculate. What if Google parent company Alphabet were to acquire Walmart in an effort to better compete with Amazon? One of the advantages that Amazon has in an AI-driven world is a fully integrated retail experience. Amazon customers may speak buy orders into their Alexa-powered smart device - “re-order paper towels” - … Continue reading What if Alphabet Were to Acquire Walmart in an Effort to Better Compete with Amazon?Premium
Earlier this week Amazon released the 20 finalist cities in the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes. By running a prolonged, public HQ location selection process, Amazon is in effect running (and benefitting from), the world’s largest free marketing campaign. We discuss in CEORater Podcast episode 112 (which is now available on Amazon Alexa-powered devices such as the … Continue reading Amazon HQ2 – A Masterclass in Marketing
Price pressure in the AI-powered Smart Speaker market. Amazon is the catalyst with price reductions to its Alexa-powered Amazon Echo product line. Google Home and Apple (HomePod) are forced to react. Read the WSJ article here: Amazon Echo Prices Turn Smart-Speaker Market On Its Ear
Amazon's straight-through-processing ("STP") retail experience provides the company with an edge vs. Google in the AI war: Visual output from our Amazon Alexa query - "Buy Amazon Echo": Consumers may execute the purchase transaction with one or two instructions. This is true for millions of products sold via Amazon's retail platform. Amazon provides consumers with … Continue reading Amazon’s Retail Experience Provides the Company with an Edge vs. Google in the AI War.