Tag: journalism

Without advertising, your media product is toast – and other heretical thoughts

There are many who claim that the business of media advertising is dying, that it is impossible for publishers to compete with Google and Facebook, that subscription revenues are all publishers should rely upon. Let’s unpack these assertions and expose the naiveté behind them. Plus, the latest update of the most important recent developments across the world of media

Living in LaLa Land

The herd is almost always wrong. It seeks safety in numbers because it is lazy, and terrified of an original idea. Independence could get you killed. That’s why conventional thinking can cripple an established business. This examination of the editorial process inside news companies is a call for change based on new product and market thinking. Plus, the latest update on new developments across the world of media

The Age of the Skim

Back in the days of monopoly distribution, selling the news was a fantastic business. Local media outlets, with captive customers and competitive insulation, enjoyed profit margins as high as 25% or even higher. The internet dismantled their monopoly advantage. Now, offering general news like that is a shitty business. In a world where diversion is just a click or a swipe away, user engagement with general news products is irregular, with short, shallow usage sessions and erratic visit frequency. Smartphones have given birth to the Age of the Skim, which has made the engagement problem even worse. How to build audience by transforming skimmers into engaged customers with a predictable consumption habit is the singular challenge faced by media outlets today. The second challenge? Learning how to sell them, of course.

Plus, the fall 2021 update of the most interesting current developments in media…

Where’s the beef?

Five insights guaranteed to shortcut the path to profitability of any news start-up – they’re the basis of the playbook both Axios Local and 6AM City are using to fuel the rapid growth of their local offerings. Plus, the usual summary of the latest developments in digital media, from another epic Murdoch fail to Nextdoor’s public offering to the surprising resurgence of Yelp to a heartfelt memoriam for one of the last great newspaper editors…

Small is Beautiful and Product is Everything

Everything that’s going on in the news business right now, from attempts to make Google and Facebook pay for linking to publisher websites, to the arrival of newsletter products in local markets, to the rise of the role of the news product manager, to subscription tax credits to support newspapers…in France, naturellement

Starting up

As local newspapers continue their fall to extinction, digital news start-ups are emerging to fill the market gap. But do they understand how the market for news has changed? And do they understand the process of building a start-up business in the digital age?

Rubbernecking

how the mad pursuit of user engagement forced social media companies to take responsibility for what is published on their platforms – and backed Facebook into a corner

Breaking the stranglehold on the news

Newspapers are dying and digital news companies are struggling because their newsrooms either refuse to listen to the markets they serve — or don’t know how to. In the age of data, they’re flying blind. It’s time for a new generation of news product specialists…

The luckiest guy on the planet

the story behind the bankruptcy of one of America’s largest newspaper companies — and why other newspaper companies are zombies, too

How well do you know your market?

The content management system is important. But the customer management system is critical

OK Boomer

Hey, there, millennial media person! Do you know what Customer Lifetime Value is and why it’s so important?

Pravda, the U.S.A. edition

Fox News Channel hosts are brazen in their allegiance to Trump and his agenda. It’s as if they work for Pravda, the mouthpiece of the politburo. But behind their pretense of objectivity, mainstream media is no less biased

Between a rock and a hard place

Traditional news monopolies had no incentive to invest in the art and science of creating user demand. So when the Internet arrived, users grabbed the chance to go to more interesting places. Can they be persuaded to come back?

Why is local news so boring?

There is an art to telling a story. Even a local news story can be rendered in an attractive way. So why isn’t it?

Why is marketing so important?

– because without an audience, you’re talking to yourself

“The Only Newspaper In The World That Gives A Damn About Yerington” or, The End of Local Media

Differentiating your product is the ultimate marketing challenge in the digital world – and local doesn’t cut it

Can anyone be trusted?

Why you watch the news you watch and visit the news sites you visit

Pimping

Too much of the news web is a remix – because good journalism costs money

A new year – and a new era in news

2015 – a new era in news begins. Just as cable television created a new product cycle in media, introducing brands like Discovery and CNN and HBO, so new digital brands like Vox and Buzzfeed and Reddit are rising on the Internet

Tener el martillo sin la una. To have the hammer without the nail.

There’s no Silicon Valley in Europe. Over the pond they take a different approach to technology development. It’s top-down versus […]

The Heart of the Newspaper Problem

There is a level of fixed cost to newspaper publishing below which the business cannot be sustained

Digital First Media – the end of the beginning

This is a great time to be in the news business – if you’re not a newspaper. Andreessen Horowitz just […]

The Future of the News Business: A Monumental Twitter Stream All in One Place

The extinction of newspapers does not mean the end of journalism, just the end of journalism as we know it…

A pox on the editor-priests

The future is never a straight line projection of the past Strange to say, newspapers suffered from years of recurrent […]