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Category: Differentiation

Microsoft Teams now has Solitaire and Minesweeper in a games for work push

Microsoft is adding a bunch of casual games to Microsoft Teams today, months after The Verge exclusively revealed the company’s plans. Click here to read the story at theverge.com. Discussion Questions: What is positioning? Why is positioning an important marketing concept? How would you describe Microsoft’s positioning strategy with its “Teams” product?

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Amazon Will Sell A Kitchen Device That Makes Cheetos Dust

Consumers truly cannot get enough Cheetos – scientifically speaking. In 2020, 5.17 million U.S. consumers put away “eight or more bags” by themselves, via Statista. Click here to read the story at tastingtable.com. Discussion Questions: What is branding? How might Cheetos dust provide an example of branding? According to this story,

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Hilton Is Building Astronaut Hotel Rooms in Space

Space hotels might seem like a sci-fi fantasy, but they’re very much on their way to becoming a reality.  Click here to read the story at travelandleisure.com. Discussion Questions: What is branding? What is differentiation? What is positioning? Why would Hilton want to build a hotel room in space? How

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Restoration Hardware dives into hotel business 

RH, previously Restoration Hardware, joined the hotel industry this week. Click here to read the story at foxbusiness.com. Discussion Questions: What type of business is Restoration Hardware? What is a brand? What is brand extension? How might Restoration Hardware opening a hotel represent an example of brand extension? What is positioning? Based

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Kellogg’s wants you to add water to its new cereal

Kellogg’s wants you to add water to its new cereal. Really. The company’s new “instabowls” look like traditional single-serve bowls — little tubs of cereal, designed to be eaten dry or with milk. Click here to read the story at cnn.com. Discussion Questions: Based on information from this story, describe Kellogg’s new

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Gatorade adds caffeine to its lineup with energy drink Fast Twitch

Gatorade is entering the energy drink category with a caffeinated spin-off called Fast Twitch. Click here to read the story at cnbc.com. Discussion Questions: What is competition? What is the difference between direct and indirect competition? Based on information from this news story, describe Gatorade’s new product. Who might represent

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