Most of you are likely already on vacation as we write this—it’s already pretty quiet in TrendSource’s halls, and just because your humble blogger has nothing better to do on a Thursday-before-Christmas afternoon, doesn’t mean you don’t either.
Marketing is like playing the kazoo—sure it seems, and oftentimes is, easy, but you’re still gonna occasionally hit the wrong note. It happens to everybody (some more publicly than others) but the more advertising and marketing market research put in, the better they safeguard themselves, but it can’t entirely be prevented. We should know. We’ve had the occasional misfire ourselves.
We set our own editorial calendar, but every now and again, a casual workplace question becomes an internal debate…and then becomes a blog topic.
Recently, a lively discussion ensued in TrendSource's lunchroom about how (and, indeed, if) all-you-can-eat (AYCE) establishments could possibly succeed. You know what we mean—AYCE buffets ranging from pizza to Chinese, AYCE restaurants like Korean BBQ and sushi, how do they stay afloat?
Visitors to urban convenience stores might briefly think they have happened upon an impromptu, and very loud, philharmonic concert. That’s because in cities across California, c-stores are increasingly blasting classical, opera, and country music outside and around their locations.
When on the lookout for an apocalypse (be it biblical, zombie, or sports-related), sometimes it’s hard to discern the signal from the noise. But, in the case of fast food, when two of the nation’s biggest business news organizations—Bloomberg and Business Insider—both hit the panic button, it’s time to take notice.