Strategic Alliances

According to CNNMoney.com last week, the NFL Network and Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN are in talks about forming a partnership.  A deal could end a long standoff between the league and cable carriers, some of whom said the NFL was asking them to pay too much for its programming; the NFL-owned channel has reportedly struggled […]

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Strategic alliances are much more than just a gesture of mutual goodwill – they have become a necessary tool, whether it’s to strengthen social responsibility credentials, pursue complex R&D projects, or simply grow in ways that one company can’t manage alone. Click on the link for a series of articles culled by BNET on the finer […]

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In an international alliance that seems to have wider-than-industry implications, the Italian automotive giant, Fiat, and Serbian industrial conglomerate, Zastava, signed an agreement last week on strategic cooperation and joint investment.  As reported, the memorandum would give Fiat a 70% stake in Zastava (the state would continue to own the remaining 30%), and mark Fiat’s […]

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Yes, I know blog posts can be short — as short as a single link to another site — but that wasn’t my intent with my last post on “A Strategic Alliance Success Story.”  [Don’t get me started about technical glitches and how I’ve been missing my own posting deadlines!] As you can see from […]

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Marion and Ramon’s Small Business Summit http://www.primestrategies.com/communitysuccess.htm

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As I mentioned in this blog in February, MySpace has been looking for strategic alliance partners to help create an online music distribution system that rivals Apple’s iTunes.  According to AOL News, the deal is done — at least the initial phases of it.  The MySpace Music venture includes Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, Sony BMG […]

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You spend months creating a product, designing a website, and having copy written and tested. You spend countless hours schmoozing joint venture partners. Then your launch day comes, you “push the button” and… The silence from lack of orders is deafening. Welcome to the persnickety world of joint ventures — in this context, more accurately […]

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Last week, Federal Express (remember the old tag line?) announced a new strategic alliance with Cash4Gold to help Cash4Gold speed client service and payouts.  With the new online system in place, customers wishing to rid themselves of unwanted gold baubles can print out a special FedEx label and safely deposit their parcel with any FedEx office.  […]

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The latest scuttlebutt in the media world is that CBS and CNN may be considering some form of joint venture.  As reported by Tim Arango of the New York Times, CBS may outsource some of its news-gathering operations to CNN.  The advantage to the two companies, as Arango points out: For CNN, a deal with a […]

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What do you do when facing a recession?  Lori Williams has some ideas in her blogpost, “Recession — Who Knows?”  She points out that in a down economy, a company in a less-than-ideal financial position will be hampered in its ability to get outside capital.  A solution?  Consider innovating through a strategic alliance or joint venture.  […]

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