Are Facebook fights over coronavirus worth unfriending your family? Survey says … yes
Everyone has one, that family member who posts on social media a little too frequently about the latest multi-level marketing company selling energy drinks or skincare and won’t listen to reason when people tell them it’s a pyramid scheme.Eventually they get put on probation or in Facebook jail, notifications from their page muted for the foreseeable future and forgotten about until the next family get-together at Thanksgiving or Easter.That is, until the coronavirus hit.Family feuds on Facebook aren’t just pushing people to put their relatives on probation anymore — they’re actually unfriendi...
The Charlotte Observer
Michael Cunningham: MLB's labor offer threatens damage to its best product: star players
The latest proposal by baseball owners for a 2020 season is so transparent in its attempt to divide the players’ union that it must be a gambit. Surely, they offered a deal they knew would quickly be rejected and rankle star players only because their next proposal will look good by comparison. I hope that turns out to be the case.But then I consider baseball’s poor track record marketing its product, the players. I think of MLB’s even longer track record of disparaging players during labor negotiations. And I must conclude that it’s possible that franchise owners are so intent on squeezing as...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scratch-off lottery sales soar
WASHINGTON — At a time when cooped-up Americans are looking for entertainment and hoping for a windfall more than ever, scratch-off lottery ticket sales have skyrocketed.It’s a rare bright spot for state budgets, since most states’ tax revenue has dropped and spending is up because of the coronavirus.For example, in Oklahoma, total lottery sales were just over $7.7 million for the week ending April 25, up about 75% compared with the same time last year, driven almost entirely by scratch-offs. That included nearly $5.9 million in scratch-off sales, up from $2.5 million last year.“The numbers ar...
The 140-year-old Puerto Rican rum you probably don't know about
A lot of people have never heard of Ron del Barrilito, though it’s been around since 1880.The aged Puerto Rican rum is the oldest produced on the island. Pedro Fernandez started making it when he returned from a journey to France — with some side trips to observe cognac production. Inspired, Fernandez went home to his family’s hacienda in Bayamon, near San Juan, and set his unique, small batch production in motion. And it’s been made there ever since. Prized by locals, until a few years ago it could be hard to find in the States. Though lately that is changing with some new influence. More on ...
Coronavirus could derail Cadillac's plan for massive product rejuvenation
This time last year, General Motors’ luxury brand, Cadillac, had just finished moving its headquarters from New York back to Warren, Mich.Cadillac’s leaders wanted to be closer to vehicle designers and engineers as it embarked on an expansive product launch. Cadillac promised to roll out a new vehicle every six months through 2021.The brand’s sales needed a shot in the arm and it had the product plan to do it. Cadillac’s global sales were building momentum and Cadillac boss Steve Carlisle talked about an all-electric lineup by 2030.Cadillac ended 2019 with sales inching up by 1% to 156,246 veh...
Detroit Free Press
Mark Phelan: Here's how GM can finally turn electric vehicle technology into big profits, sales
Can General Motors finally convince buyers it’s a leader in electric vehicle vehicles and technology? With billions of dollars on the line and high-profile EVs in development for all its brands, the stakes have never been higher.GM has been the auto industry leader — briefly — in EV technology at least three times since the mid-’90s, with little to show for it.“GM has perennially traded leadership in electrification back and forth with Toyota,” Eric Noble of consultant The Carlab said. “They’ve invested billions of dollars for years.”So why is Toyota synonymous with the Prius hybrid, while GM’...
Detroit Free Press
Ford vehicle sales fell 12.5% in first quarter, F-150 still truck king
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s sales fell 12.5% in the first three months of the year, the automaker said Thursday, following the dismal results of other carmakers who reported their numbers the previous day, as the pandemic closes dealerships across many parts of the country.The sales drop was the largest of the Detroit Three automakers with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles down 10% for the quarter and General Motors Co. off 7% as government-mandated stay-at-home orders and a souring economy slowed buyer traffic to a crawl.But the Detroit truck wars raged on, with Ford maintaining its crown as best-sell...
The Detroit News
Movie novels are still around, and they aren't all trash — just ask the Chicagoans who wrote them
CHICAGO — Recently, during C2E2 at McCormick Place, the Random House imprint Del Rey, which publishes Lucasfilm-licensed “Star Wars” books, made an unusual choice and offered the novelization of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” three weeks early. And so, visitors to the Chicago comic con bought up hundreds of copies, within a few hours.Then, hours after that, though the movie version of “Rise of Skywalker” was months old, it began trending again across social media: Excerpts from the book were posted, and though everyone had seen the film and knew the story and long ago decided if they loved...
Sanders suspends all campaign Facebook ads amid rumors he's dropping out of the Democratic race
Bernie Sanders suspended all of his Facebook campaign ads Wednesday on the heels of another stinging primary setback, sparking rumors that he’s about to drop out of the race.The Facebook ad freeze came after Joe Biden won Tuesday’s primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, virtually leaving Sanders without a viable path to the Democratic nomination.The Facebook development prompted a social media frenzy, and several reporters tweeted Sanders had decided to suspend his campaign.But Sanders campaign communications director Mike Casca shot down the rumors as “absolutely false” in a tweet.Sander...
New York Daily News
Marketing cannot restore church image after abuse crisis: pope
Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis issued a warning to US bishops on Thursday, saying in a letter that using marketing tricks or flow charts would not restore trust in the Catholic church following the sex abuse crisis."Loss of credibility calls for a specific approach, since it cannot be regained by issuing stern decrees or by simply creating new committees or improving flow charts, as if we were in charge of a department of human resources," Francis wrote.Attempts to restore the centuries-old institution's credibility must be based on rebuilding trust, he wrote, rather than "concern with mark...