Each week, we sift through a ton of content and then debate it ad nauseam at FEVO HQ. And since good content, like the mind, is a terrible thing to waste, we are also sharing it here with you, our fans, in the form of this weekly blog post on e-commerce, media and life on the internet.
Washington Post: Gen Z’s use of emojis, slang and punctuation is confusing older colleagues
In keeping with a timeless tradition, it appears that young people in the workplace today are perplexing their elders with newfangled lingo and a heavy reliance on emojis. Of course, as this article points out, it’s a two-way street: older generations also have written communication habits that are confusing to Zoomers. As generations collide in the workplace — especially when one of them is the first generation to have fully grown up online — it’s important to institute company-wide measures that alleviate any confusion and make all parties feel comfortable. One great example delivered here is opening a Slack channel that exists solely to discuss written slang in the workplace. [Read more]
Wall Street Journal: Retail sales, manufacturing declines point to slowing economy
According to the WSJ, shoppers are increasingly prioritizing spending on food and other basic needs versus fun things like toys, furniture and household items. That said, consumer spending on travel and experiences has increased as compared to spending on durable goods in recent months. Upshot? That new-age adage about millennials and young people spending their disposable income on “experiences over things” remains truer than ever this holiday season and beyond. [Read more]
Sports Loft: The top trends in sports, media and entertainment to watch in 2023
In their latest trend report, our friends at Sports Loft highlight the trends that they expect to define the business of sports over the next 12 months. Plenty of keen insights in here about how teams will leverage their own data and create in-house content, along with some thoughts on how AI will augment — rather than replace — the content creators themselves. [Read more]
And a few more nuggets of assorted internet wisdom ...
50 companies kickstarting American renewal (a16z)
The CB Insights Book of Market Maps (CB Insights)
This new site uses AI to let you create the brand mashups of your dreams (Fast Company)
Brands are the new media companies, and vice versa (Kiva Dickinson)
Travel trends for 2023 (Kayak)
The 10 best Christmas ads of all time (Matt Gray)
NBA will allow sovereign wealth funds to buy stakes in teams (ESPN)