“We really consider ourselves the sleep company,” says Casper co-founder and CEO Philip Krim. “Everything we do is about helping our customers sleep better. It’s about getting a great mattress but it’s about everything that could help you sleep.”
“We are a marketplace that sells demand generation,” says Grubhub CEO Matt Maloney. “We sell growth. That’s what our primary product is. We’re not a logistics company. We do logistics because we know that’s an end to get to restaurant growth and make money off our logistics. If you’re selling consumers, you’re selling growth, and you can charge a lot for that.”
“For businesses, the communication channels of email and phone are just becoming less and less effective,” says Scott Heimes, Chief Marketing Officer at Zipwhip. “Text is a great way to increase your engagement and responsiveness with consumers. They’ll actually respond to a text.”
Levi Strauss began trading on the New York Stock Exchange this morning under the ticker symbol ‘LEVI.’ By mid-afternoon, the stock was at $22.66, substantially higher than the price offered to institutional investors. It’s clear that investors believe that Levi’s can leverage technology and innovation to successfully compete online and in brick and mortar stores.
Conversational marketing is a whole new way of thinking about marketing and sales, says Dave Gerhardt, VP of Marketing at Drift. “We go to our jobs in B2B and none of the tools that we use match how we actually buy as real people. It’s really closing the gap between B2C and B2B. We just call it B2P, marketing to people.”
Walmart is the Roman Empire of retail, says Burt Flickinger, Managing Director of SRG Insights. Walmart announced an impressive earnings and revenue beat that told the story investors want to hear. Walmart is winning the retail wars, especially against arch-rival Amazon.
Retail executive Gerald Storch who was the former CEO of Toys “R” Us and Vice Chairman of Target explains why some retailers are failing while others are thriving. “The demise of many retail chains is due to the rise of the internet and the inability of some retailers to keep up.”
The CEO of Geek Plus Robotics, a China-based company, says they don’t see any strong competition outside of China and this includes the United States. “We almost cannot see any strong competitor outside of China,” said Zheng Yong.
OTT is increasingly being tested by advertisers as more inventory becomes available, says Nicole Whitesel, SVP of Enterprise Strategy at Publicis Media. “In the past, OTT was seen as a nascent channel with limited reach,” said Whitesel. “I think now you’re seeing a lot more inventory there available to them to buy.