The No Man's Land BlogSM

Technology as a Competitive Advantage

Posted by Newport Board Group on Apr 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Every business today has to constantly consider how to leverage technology to help them run more efficiently, reach their targeted market grow, and enhance what makes them unique.

Technology typically acts as a facilitator of competitive advantage -- for example of an innovative business model that is a source of advantage -- rather than an advantage in itself. Sometimes companies feel that adopting the latest technology is “table stakes” to allow them to at least keep pace with what competitors are doing.

What is it that enables some entrepreneurial companies to use technology for competitive advantage, while others struggle to establish a distinctive technology direction? Some of our expert partners weighed in on this question. Here are the factors they see playing the biggest role:

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Tags: Business Advice, Technology, Competitive Advantage

Value Propositions: What Works For Successful Companies

Posted by Newport Board Group on Apr 15, 2016 1:50:12 PM

Nothing is more important for a company than having a clear value proposition that explains why customers should buy its products or services instead of buying them from a competitor or buying products and services in another category altogether.

We asked some of our partners to weigh in on how they see companies focusing explicitly on their value propositions. Here’s what they had to say:

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Tags: value proposition, Business Advice

Google Case Study Highlights Newport Client Mogo Interactive As Digital Advertising Leader

Posted by Mark Rosenman on Mar 25, 2016 3:14:11 PM

Mogo Interactive, a leading digital advertising agency and Newport Board Group client, is the subject of a recently published case study of how leading marketers are using the DoubleClick by Google platform. The marketer featured in the case study? No less than The Greatest Show on Earth.

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Tags: Multi-device consumer landscape, Case Study, Newport advisory

How to Navigate Difficult Times

Posted by Lynn Lednicky on Mar 21, 2016 3:29:13 PM

A quick review of recent news headlines reveals a business environment with clear challenges and hidden opportunities. In the industry in which I have spent much of my career, energy, commodity prices have fallen precipitously, especially oil prices. On the wider scene, international growth is slowing; political uncertainty exists in many places including Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East; and the United States is in the middle of a presidential election campaign that is peculiar and unsettling.

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Tags: strategy, Business growth

Newport Partner, Julie Rasmussen, Writes Article on Prestigious Web Site About Outlook for Investment in Russia

Posted by Newport Board Group on Mar 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

With Russia playing an ever more aggressive role in the Syrian conflict, Newport Partner Julie Rasmussen recently drew on her extensive business experience there to consider Russia’s geo political importance in Europe and Asia-- and its long term economic importance.

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Tags: Investement opportunitites, Russia, Julie Rasmussen

Newport Partner, Richard Munro, Explains Distressed Company Board Role on Expert Webinar

Posted by Richard Munro on Mar 3, 2016 1:30:00 PM

On January 28, 2016 Newport Board Group partner and Southern California Managing Director Richard Munro took part in a national Expert Webcast, Duties of Officers and Directors of a Distressed Company. Other participants included experts from distinguished firms such as investment bank DelMorgan & Co. and law firm Sullivan & Cromwell.

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Tags: Expert Webcast, Distressed company board, Richard Munro

3 Blogs by Newport Partner, Rick Williams, Published Recently

Posted by Rick Williams on Mar 2, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Your Customer is Never Right

To be successful in the marketplace, companies must balance the desires of current customers with a bold vision of where their technology and service could take their customers.

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Tags: Business Advice, Rick Williams

Employee Diversity — What Newport Partners Are Seeing

Posted by Newport Board Group on Feb 29, 2016 11:37:05 AM

Employee diversity is a subject that has recently inspired considerable debate—and some controversy. A prominent line of business thinking says that, for their own self-interest, companies should aspire to build a work force that reflects the demographics of their markets and customers.

We asked Newport partners what they see as to what extent employee diversity is a priority with their clients and other companies they know. Here are their responses.

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Tags: Employee Diversity, Work force demographics

Newport Partner, Rick Williams, to Moderate at Upcoming Business Event

Posted by Newport Board Group on Feb 25, 2016 2:53:10 PM

Newport Board Group Partner Rick Williams, a member of the firm’s New England practice, will be the moderator of a business event on a topic that is important to all organizations. The event, in Burlington, VT on April 12, is titled From Gray Hair to Flip Flops, Leading a Multigenerational Workforce.

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Tags: Business Event, Rick Williams, Multigenerational Workforce

Private Equity “Bolt On” Strategies: A View from the Front Lines

Posted by Newport Board Group on Feb 18, 2016 9:39:21 AM

Acquisition of a company that can be a platform or foundation to “roll up” or “bolt on” complementary acquisitions is a long standing strategy for private equity and other investors. Technology-based tools and metrics programs to support realizing synergies and economies of scale in these situations are more powerful than they have ever been. Our firm has partners who as executives have executed rollup strategies successfully and are ready to advise others in doing so. Such strategies are particularly promising in market spaces where there is excess capacity due to stagnant growth or even market shrinkage. In these markets efficiency and low operating costs--rather than innovation--is the best path to profitability.

There has been a lot of talk that, with deals becoming ever scarcer, private equity firms are drawn to bolt-on strategies. But--what is actually happening in the marketplace? We asked some of our partners to weigh in.

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Tags: private equity, Advice