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Brooks Brothers names exec VP of global human resources

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Brooks Brothers today announced that Mary Pytko has joined the company as its new executive VP of global human resources.

Pytko has held leadership roles at companies including American Express and Lord & Taylor. Most recently she was senior VP, human resources at the Thomson Reuters Corporation.

“Mary brings a wealth of experience and a global perspective to the position,” said Matteo Del Vecchio, Brooks Brothers’ Chief Administrative Officer. “I welcome her to Brooks Brothers and look forward to working together as we continue our rapid expansion across the U.S., and around the globe.”

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Consumer confidence falls to 10 month low

BY Marianne Wilson

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Consumer confidence in October fell to a 10-month low, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index. Industry experts said the drop showed that even the reopening of the federal government was not enough to reassure nervous consumers.

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan final consumer sentiment index decreased to 73.2, the weakest this year, down from 77.5 in September.


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Jan-08-2014 02:16 pm

In the aftermath of increased
In the aftermath of increased social security taxes and decreased pay checks, the nation's consumer confidence has plummeted to its smallest level in over a year, according to a Conference Board report. If you need help paying for stuff, you can get a personal loan.See more at: https://personalmoneynetwork.com/

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In the aftermath of increased social security taxes and decreased pay checks, the nation's consumer confidence has plummeted to its smallest level in over a year, according to a Conference Board report. If you need help paying for stuff, you can get a personal loan.See more at: https://personalmoneynetwork.com/

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Study: Mistake to have marketing control social media

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Putting social media functions entirely within control of marketing and communications is a mistake, according to a new study conducted by Tata Consultancy Services, a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, of over 60. Forty-five percent of respondents in North America said marketing controls social media, but most companies aren’t satisfied with this structure.

Focus groups, the preferred method of consumer research, have become an overly sterilized method of gathering consumer opinions, according to the study, “Mastering Digital Feedback: How the best consumer companies use social media.” The report finds that media delivers a purer, truer window into consumer attitudes about products and brands and it is not being used effectively in that manner.

Other key findings of the study include:

  • Only three business functions actively monitor social dialogue: 76% of North American respondents’ marketing functions do so, followed by customer service (60% of respondents) and sales 53%);
  • In North America, only 28% of R&D and 21% of product manufacturing – functions that could greatly benefit from social listening — regularly view consumer social data.

For a related infographic, click here.


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Jan-23-2014 05:23 am

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