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  1. E-commerce continues to grow among U.S. consumers
    Our March 2018 Consumer Confidence Survey shows evidence that e-commerce continues to grow among U.S. consumers of most age and income groups.
    (Consumer Dynamics Center Blog, June 2018)

  2. Learnings from Survey Research with Americans Age 85+
    The Society of Actuaries (SOA) recently completed the study The Post-Retirement Experiences of Individuals 85+ Years Old. The research includes in-depth interviews and two surveys, a telephone survey of individuals age 85+ and an on-line survey of adult children who are familiar with their parents’ finances and planning.
    (Human Capital Blog, June 2018)

  3. A Culture of Responsibility
    “Culture” is the word of the moment: societal culture, organizational culture, corporate culture. The media blames culture—and rightfully so—when things at an organization go bad, referencing it as the reason for why people break the rules, disrespect others and go against societal values. But culture is also a good thing that leads to innovation, accomplishment and integrity. Managing culture is the responsibility of everyone in an organization and the board should set the tone.
    (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, June 2018)

  4. Are You Sure You’re Working With The Right B2B Influencer?
    Influencer marketing in the B2B world is a viable strategy, and there are real influencers out there who can help you achieve real marketing and business results. But they are not all created equal. Pick the wrong type of influencer and you won’t get the return you’re after.
    (Society for New Communications Research Blog, June 2018)

  5. Balancing Directors’ Hindsight, Insight, and Foresight for Rebuilding a Board
    (This is the second part of a two-part series on the philosophy of filling boards with competent directors, making them more effective, and rebuilding them when necessary.) There are three facets of vision capability: Focus: Does a candidate or sitting director tend toward hindsight, insight or foresight? Range: Is a director able to contribute in each of the three areas? Proficiency: Where does a director demonstrate mastery [or notable weakness]?
    (On Governance, June 2018)

  6. Fourteen Social Media Advertising Lessons Inspired by Vero's Success
    With the recent controversy surrounding Facebook oversharing users’ personal data, a lesser-known social media app is surging with downloads, according to a report by CNBC. Vero promises never to share personal data and to stay ad free. Fourteen members of Forbes Communications Council weigh in on what brands should learn from Vero’s success when it comes to their own social media advertising efforts. Here is what they had to say.
    (Society for New Communications Research Blog, June 2018)

  7. Confronting the Wave: Revitalizing Local Food Districts While Strengthening Racial Equity
    Michigan nonprofit Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) was created in 2006 to revitalize Detroit’s public market and adjacent food district. EMC has pivoted from priming the pump to confronting this wave to ensure that the market’s core values are not lost and that racial equity is strengthened as a tsunami of new real estate investment hits the Eastern Market District.
    (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, June 2018)

  8. Blue Collar Workers are no Longer Singing the Blues
    The faster growth in wages for blue-collar workers is somewhat surprising, especially since throughout most recent history, white-collar wage growth was higher. We expect labor markets to continue to tighten in the coming years, which will only apply more wage and price pressures across the economy. There are already signs that faster wage growth is already spilling over to producer prices.
    (Labor Markets Blog, June 2018)

  9. Rising Role of Older Women in the Labor Force and Why “Full Employment” May Get Still Fuller
    The rise of women relative to men in the labor force—along with the relative increase in female-dominated and generally lower-paying service sector employment—may be one significant reason why wage growth in this economic recovery has not been as fast as expected or what we are used to experiencing. But it’s also a reason why we can think optimistically that the labor market (and our economy’s true capacity) still hasn’t maxed out.
    (Labor Markets Blog, June 2018)

  10. All Signs Point to Much Stronger Environmental Protection in China
    Last winter’s air pollution control plan in the larger Beijing area was unprecedented both in scale and intensity. The action plan was part of a much broader, central government-led effort to tackle China’s pervasive air pollution problem and significantly ramp up environmental protection efforts in general. It is highly unlikely at this point that the government will backtrack on this issue, given the long-term economic and political ramifications of doing so.
    (China Center Blog, June 2018)