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How Marketers Can Avoid Big Data Blind Spots

Harvard Business Review

If you were looking for a theme song that captures marketing today, you could do worse than pick Queen’s anthem “Under Pressure.” Marketing is under pressure to show results, cut costs, and drive growth. Marketers should welcome it. In our experience, marketing can increase marketing ROI (MROI) by 15 – 20 percent.

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Why We Need to Update Financial Reporting for the Digital Era

Harvard Business Review

The market caps of just four companies, Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft, now exceed $3 trillion. Their combined assets of $944 billion are an order of magnitude lower than the combined assets of $7,700 billion of the largest 3,177 companies in 1986, when the aggregate market capitalization reached $3 trillion for the first time.

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How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line

Harvard Business Review

We found that sustainable and deforestation-free practices created significant financial benefits for all players in the industry’s value chain. Specifically, our analysis found that the net benefits to ranchers ranged from $18 million to $34 million (12% to 23% of revenues) in net present value projected over 10 years.

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How CMOs Can Get CFOs on Their Side

Harvard Business Review

Marketing is in the midst of an ROI revolution. The arrival of advanced analytics and plentiful data have allowed marketers to demonstrate return on investment with a degree of precision that’s never been possible before. To date, however, the reality of marketing analytics has fallen short of the promise.

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The Secrets to Building a Lucky Network

Harvard Business Review

A major customer may default, a promised source of funding may disappear, or the world's markets may sour — any of these can shift your trajectory in an instant. After all, if he were on a desert island without a capital market, the value of his skill goes nearly to zero. Then again, you may be lucky. So, Luck matters.

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Only the CEO Can Make the Big Bets

Harvard Business Review

But instead of trusting our "educated gut" and making the bet, we used traditional market research to ask customers in those segments what they thought about the idea right now! And using net-present-value estimates for "beginning" ideas is nuts. Skating to where the puck is now is not being customer-driven.

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Debt and the Future of the U.S.

Harvard Business Review

Consider, for example, that the estimated net present value of obligations under the Social Security system is approximately $8 trillion. The total value of explicit loan guarantees is well over $10 trillion.

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