Fortune magazine just released its annual list of “Most Admired” companies in the world, which isn’t a measure of public opinion on big businesses, but a survey of top executives’ feelings on other titans of industry. So it’s no surprise that perennial Worst Company In America contenders like eBay, Walmart, and Microsoft made the list’s Top 50, it is refreshing to see that some WCIA faves are not so beloved.
Most magazines are now available in digital formats, but very few offer simultaneous print and digital subscriptions for one price. Now a few of Time Inc.’s bigger print products have made a deal with Apple that would give some subscribers access to the iPad version of Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune magazines for no extra cost.
The year may be only half over, but Fortune magazine has already come up with its list of Dumbest Moments in Business 2009. (No doubt 2009 is an especially dumb year, but still.) Tropicana’s botched redesign is up there, as is Yankee’s $200k seats and KFC’s free chicken disaster. There was also the credit card reform act (a good thing) that, oddly enough, made it legal for people to bring loaded guns into national parks and wildlife refuges. But the story I’m still having trouble wrapping my mind around is the iPhone “shake the baby” app, which challenged users to see how long they could “withstand the cries of a baby before they shake it to death.” Seriously. What were they thinking?
“They’ve been downgraded from evil to bumbling.” – Me in FORTUNE about Dell’s online thrusts that attempt to repair their image and listen to their customers more. What do you think? Do you feel any better about them than you did two years ago, or are do their customers still writhe in the eternal flames of “Dell Hell?” Would you add Dell to your Facebook?