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MSA Culture & Commerce News Brief
June 10, 2009
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In this issue ...
  • MSA Chapter Meeting Minutes Posted
  • One New Position Posted to MSA’s Job Source
  • The New Rules of Managing Innovation
  • New Orleans World War II Museum Finds Tourism Niche
  • Make Alternative Payments Work for Your E-commerce Site
  • Web Design Tips: The Laws of E-commerce Navigation Design
  • What Retailers Should Know About Why Consumers Sign Up for E-mail
  • Trying to Pitch Products to the Savers
  • U.S. Consumer Spending Eases, Income Surges
  • High Gas Prices Could Slow Recovery
  • Retailers See the Potential for New Business by Linking to Popular Social Networking Sites
  • U.S. Bill Could Help Merchants Cut Credit Card Fees
  • Back-to-School Shopping to Test Retail Resilience
  • Obama Picks Former Rep. Jim Leach to Head National Endowment for the Humanities (updated)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Homes Reproduced In Lego Form
  • Eight Museum Exhibitions You Won't be Seeing in L.A. Anytime Soon


  • MSA News

    MSA Chapter Meeting Minutes Posted
    from MSA
    Minutes from MSA’s Florida and South Atlantic Chapters’ spring meetings have been posted to MuseumStoreAssociation.org. Go to the chapter home page and select your chapter from the pull-down menu to read them. More    E-mail article

    One New Position Posted to MSA’s Job Source
    from MSA
    One new position has been posted to Job Source – MSA’s online resource for the most up-to-date job listings in the cultural commerce industry. More    E-mail article

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    Trends

    The New Rules of Managing Innovation
    from BusinessWeek
    Let's talk about four trends that we see shaping innovation in the near term, and how you should respond. The rules of the game are changing quickly, and companies that take advantage of these trends give themselves an almost unfair advantage over the slow-footed or unaware. More    E-mail article

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    Cultural & Heritage Tourism

    New Orleans World War II Museum Finds Tourism Niche
    from Lynchburg News Advance
    With a day of events planned and more than 2,000 guests expected, the National World War II Museum 900 miles away in New Orleans simultaneously celebrated its own anniversary. Opened in 2000 as a D-Day museum, a year before the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the museum now operates on an $10.8 million annual operating budget and has plans for a $300 million expansion. More    E-mail article

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    Retail Tips

    Make Alternative Payments Work for Your E-commerce Site
    from DMNews
    With the new credit card bill potentially making plastic an option for fewer people — including those under age 21 and those without good credit — e-commerce retailers are offering more alternative payment methods, which are becoming more and more attractive when shopping online. There are a wide variety of options available, from online cash payment and billing services to prepaid cards, including eBillMe, Bill Me Later, PayPal, Bill2Phone and GreenDot. More    E-mail article

    Web Design Tips: The Laws of E-commerce Navigation Design
    from Practical Commerce
    CSS, Flash, jQuery, and an arsenal of other powerful Web techniques and technologies have unbound Web site design, creating the opportunity to develop either exceptional user interfaces or really frustrating ones. Furthermore, the growth of "cookie-cutter" e-commerce templates (i.e., “insert your logo here”) has quelled site concepts with great potential and made some e-commerce pages as bland and tasteless as a paper-mâché popsicle. More    E-mail article

    What Retailers Should Know About Why Consumers Sign Up for E-mail
    from Internet Retailer
    Retailers send more e-mail than almost any other industry, according to Forrester Research Inc., but to get the most out of marketing e-mail, they need to drill down into why different consumers subscribe, and craft campaigns accordingly. According to Forrester's report, "Why consumers subscribe to retail e-mails," most consumers now have a long history of receiving e-mails—seven years, on average—and they expect more from them than before. More    E-mail article

    Trying to Pitch Products to the Savers
    from The New York Times
    The biggest challenge confronting marketers is how to deal with the Meineke mind-set consumers have adopted as a result of the recession. The syndrome is named after the discounter that for years ran a campaign featuring fed-up car owners declaring, "I'm not going to pay a lot for this muffler!" What was an annoying slogan has morphed into a mantra as shoppers insist now they are not going to pay a lot for (insert product here, from soup to soap to shoes). More    E-mail article

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    Retail News

    U.S. Consumer Spending Eases, Income Surges
    from Reuters
    U.S. consumer spending fell in April from March, despite personal income posting the largest increase in 11 months, a government report said on Monday, showing activity in the second quarter getting off to a slow start. More    E-mail article

    High Gas Prices Could Slow Recovery
    from The New York Times
    After just a few months of relief at the pump, cheap gasoline is disappearing. Gas prices have risen 41 days in a row, to a national average of almost $2.62 a gallon. That is a sharp increase from the low of $1.62 a gallon that prevailed at the end of last year. The national jump in prices, far larger than the normal seasonal increase, is pulling billions of dollars from the pockets of drivers. It threatens to curtail a modest recovery in consumer spending on items like apparel and electronics. More    E-mail article

    Retailers See the Potential for New Business by Linking to Popular Social Networking Sites
    from The Wall Street Journal
    Retailers routinely post customers’ product reviews online, hoping that favorable comments will boost sales. But there’s a more powerful influence on shoppers that retailers have yet to harness: the advice of friends. More    E-mail article

    U.S. Bill Could Help Merchants Cut Credit Card Fees
    from Reuters
    Merchants and retailers would be able to negotiate with banks to reduce costs associated with credit card purchases, according to legislation introduced on by lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives. More    E-mail article

    Back-to-School Shopping to Test Retail Resilience
    from Reuters
    As students study for final exams, the retail industry is gearing up for its biggest test so far this year -- the back-to-school shopping season. After cutting costs to cope with slack consumer demand during the recession, retailers hope the economy will start to recover in the second half of the year. More    E-mail article

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    Industry News

    Obama Picks Former Rep. Jim Leach to Head National Endowment for the Humanities (updated)
    from The Los Angeles Times
    President Obama is now two-for-two in making somewhat unorthodox choices for the top spots in the agencies that help set and fund the nation's cultural agenda. After recently tapping Rocco Landesman, a Broadway producer and theater owner, to head the National Endowment for the Arts, Obama picked a longtime former Republican congressman, Jim Leach of Iowa, to head the National Endowment for the Humanities. More    E-mail article

    Frank Lloyd Wright Homes Reproduced In Lego Form
    from CBS-TV Chicago
    The work of one of the most famous architects in history is coming to the masses -- in miniature. Lego is introducing two new building sets that are models of Frank Lloyd Wright works. Adam Reed Tucker is the Lego designer. More    E-mail article

    Eight Museum Exhibitions You Won't be Seeing in L.A. Anytime Soon
    from Los Angeles Times
    As the recession continues to inflict damage in the well-appointed halls of the museum world, one of the most noteworthy side effects -- on top of layoffs, ticket hikes and reduced hours of operation -- is the cancellation and postponement of major exhibitions. In Los Angeles, some of the biggest (and richest) museums have had to take an ax to their upcoming schedules in an effort to save money as their funding and endowments continue to shrink. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art are delaying or eliminating major shows. More    E-mail article

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