Why Traditional Web Advertising Doesn’t Work For Mobile in One Screenshot


Really, Publishing Executive?

Because it delivers no value to anyone:

Readers, advertisers, or publishers.




Joe Ripp on How Time Inc. is Transforming from a Magazine Company to Media Co

This is a 25 minute keynote address at a media conference, so make some popcorn.

Some of it is a list of talking points to please Wall Street, but a lot of it is right on.

A lot of what he says are things that I have talked about, some are hauntingly similar to the speeches I gave to my editors at Hanley Wood.

A few takeaways:

1. Print his not going away, but it is increasingly irrelevant to how people live their lives. It is declining 5-10% per year.
(This is consistent with what I have seen in the construction media space, both B2B and B2C; digital is increasing about 15-20%/year).

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Why the web made editors’ jobs harder

Replica of Guttenberg printing press from wikipedia
Replica of Gutenberg printing press from wikipedia

When Gutenberg invented the printing press, he made the job of making books a lot easier. The Monk monopoly on bookmaking was over, so it sucked to be a monk. Fortunately, monks learned how to make really good beer, and in the long run, that is a good thing, because beer is good. Because the job of making books was made easier, the portable book was born and soon after the precursors of newspapers. With portable books and newspapers came the occupation of editor. (I am not sure if more beer and more editors are a causal or correlational Continue reading

App users are fickle, bored—and a pretty good opportunity

Nielsen’s App Playbook is a survey of almost 4,000 app users on both smartphone (~3,700) and tablet (~1,000). It set out to document usage behavior for mobile apps as opposed to mobile web use. They found that people download more apps than they need (only using about a quarter of those they download), but Continue reading

Another Digital Disrupter Taking Aim at Print

A couple of posts ago, I quoted an acquaintance of mine named Sean Griffey. Sean started Industry Dive, a mobile B2B media company in DC  a few years ago and they have been adding verticals lately. They are up to nine right now. This contrasts with print B2B media companies who are shuttering magazines or cutting frequency. As most of you know, growing is usually better than shrinking in the business world.

I recently read an article by Bill Mickey on foliomag.com about another digital B2B publisher with print in its crosshairs: Aggregate. This company just secured a pile of cash Continue reading

Two Lessons From ‘Science’s Digital Transformation

This article: A Digital Transformation for Science in the Columbia Journalism Review, illustrates a couple of important aspects of the digital-first movement in magazine-land.

  1. Individual contributors: If you want your job to continue, you need to stay relevant.
  2. Managers: When you inevitably have to lay people off, TALK to your staff about it as soon as it happens.

The gist of the article:
To reach out to a new generation of scientists, Science (correctly) wanted to become a digital-first media company. They brought in someone who had run a transition at Nat Geo, and they moved forward with it. Continue reading

How To Do More With Less: Ignore Your Email

I hate email almost as much as I love it.

What bothers me most about email how much it can hijack the productivity of a team. One of my favorite podcasts, Manager Tools, has a lot of great podcasts on the topic. Harvard Business Review has a blog about it too, The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

HBR says that it is a good idea to turn notifications off and schedule times to check email, i.e., once in the morning, once after lunch and once in the evening. Manager Tools agrees with this, and so do I. Sometimes you MUST stare at your inbox waiting for critical messages, but I’d wager that is extremely rare.  Continue reading