Morning Coffee Apr 17 2012

Wal-Mart Seeks Digital Talent with Google's Marissa Mayer

By damian ghigliotty

It seems there are always retail opportunities for those who can use technology to sell.

Google's Marissa Mayer ticks off her first corporate board seat with her nomination as a director of Wal-Mart, The Wall Street Journal reported. Mayer, Google's vice president, maps and local, is expected to help the world's largest retailer hone its online operations. Michael Duke, Wal-Mart's chief executive, has hired more than 200 people for the company's @WalmartLabs digital unit and has acquired five technology firms in the last year.

Other brick-and-mortar retailers have recruited digital talent. Best Buy recently poached digital hotshot Stephen Gillett from Starbucks and Staples has been recruiting software developers, engineers, network experts and architects to boost its e-commerce business.

Mayer, 36, was Google's first female software engineer and its 20th employee when she joined the search giant in 1999. This time last year, she spoke to FINS about her job at Google and her long-term career aspirations. She has also given public advice on how to avoid burnout.

Wal-Mart CEO Duke received total compensation of $18.1 million last year, down 3.1% from 2010, largely because the company's operating income was below the goals set in its compensation plan.

Sales Buzz

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Retail Sales Gains (WSJ)

Retail and food-service sales increased 0.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted $411.07 billion.

Trade Show Leads (Sales Machine)

If you want to generate leads at trade shows, help prospects with the information they need and dazzle them with data, says Sales Machine.

Marketing Buzz

Werther's New Media Gig (AP)

Former AOL executive Joe Werther, 43, is joining the magazine publisher Meredith as its chief strategy officer.

Gannet Earnings Decline (WSJ)

Newspaper publisher Gannett's first-quarter earnings fell 25%, due to restructuring costs and the decline in advertising revenue. The Tysons Corner, Va.-based company in February offered early-retirement packages to 665 employees in its U.S. publishing division.

CMO Shows (Ad Age)

Ad Age looks at what chief marketers, such as Olivier Francois of Chrysler/Fiat and Tony Pace of Subway, are watching. Mad Men and SportsCenter rank as the most popular shows among CMOs.

How Spengler Hires (Ad Age)

Tim Spengler, the new chief executive of Interpublic's media agency MagnaGlobal, talks to Ad Age about what he looks for in candidates.

Buzz Around the Office

Attack Mode (YouTube)

Take that, windshield wipers!

List of the Day: Interview Must-Dos

Don't forget about these interview basics.

1. There's no such thing as being too enthusiastic.

2. Set up Google alerts on the company so you're prepared with every bit of news.

3. Practice, practice, practice.

(Source: Great on the Job)

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