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Technology Embedded in Daily Life

If consumers were asked what are the top companies embedded in their daily lives, most would quickly list the top five as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. These five companies are counted among the world’s most valuable companies, worth trillions of dollars collectively. (Apple, alone, has a market capitalization of $800 billion, plus is rolling in billions of cash.) Four of these five companies are all in the top 10 most valuable global brands, with the fifth company ranked as number 15 in the 100 list.

Think about it:  how do we shop, do research, write documents, and stay in touch with friends, family, and world events? What devices do we reach for and carry around continually? It would be difficult for today’s consumers to imagine a world without the technology from these companies. And it has all happened relatively quickly.

What do you use every day? And, can you do without it?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss the role of technology and branding in today’s world.
  2. Poll students about the technologies they use the most. Tally the votes and see if their top companies matches the ones in this article.
  3. Break students into five teams: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Have each team research facts about one of the companies.
  4. Show the global brand value: http://interbrand.com/best-brands/best-global-brands/2016/ranking/
  5. Have each team debrief the class as to the importance of its technology.
  6. Which company would students give up? Why?
  7. Which company would students keep the longest? Why?
  8. Finally, discuss factors that make these companies successful.

Source: New York Times

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Hum Rider

Hum Rider is a custom-build car that can master any traffic jam with a flick of a switch. The car widens and elevates so that you can drive right over the cars in front of you!  Really, it works.

But, unfortunately, the Hum Rider is not a real car that can be purchased. (Too bad, because if it existed, it would sell)! The Hum Rider is however an ingenious advertisement (and a specially-built vehicle) to promote a new service, Hum by Verizon.

Hum is a device that makes cars smarter and more connected with a suite of features. The device notifications include mechanic hotline, maintenance reminders, boundary and speed alerts, and for an additional fee, includes Wi-Fi hot spot.

Hum is priced at a subscription fee of $10 per month, plus $20 activation fee, plus $29.99 equipment fee. To use: download the app, clip Hum speaker to car visor, plug the Hum reader into a car’s OBD-II port, and it’s ready to go.

The video was a viral hit garnering 35 million views on Facebook in 48 hours. But sadly, it just can’t jump over the cars in front of you on the highway.

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Pricing is usually a complex topic. Discuss the six steps for pricing (determining objectives, estimating demand, determining cost/profit relationships, select price level, set list price, and make adjustments).
  2. Discuss the various pricing models in class: demand-oriented, cost-oriented, profit-oriented, and competition-oriented.
  3. Show the Hum Rider video: https://youtu.be/faU7-6u58zM
  4. View the Web site Hum by Verizon: https://www.hum.com/
  5. For Hum, divide students into groups and have each group work on any/all of the six steps.
  6. When setting the price level, assign each team a different model to use (demand-oriented, cost- oriented, etc.).

Source:  Ad Week  

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The Helping Heart Jacket


Regardless of where one lives in the world, there is almost always someone who is less fortunate. While many people will donate to homeless people and panhandlers, many other people will not donate because they may not have cash, or may have concerns about how the money will be spent.

An innovative product is being tested by the homeless in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The “helping heart” jacket has an embedded donation screen. The public can then simply tap a contactless card (debit or credit) and give a fixed one Euro donation. The donated funds are deposited into an account for the person and are redeemable at official homeless shelters. The donations can be used for food, shelter, sleep, showers, and more daily functions.

It is an interesting concept and use of wearable technology. One that ultimately changes lives, one at a time.

Have a heart.

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss social responsibility with the class.
  2. What are some common concerns that students have about donating money to homeless people?
  3. Show the video: https://youtu.be/HGG46rKARzQ
  4. How does this solution address the problem?
  5. Are there other social problems that technology can help with?
  6. Challenge teams of students to design solutions to social problems.

Source: Brandchannel.com


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