Exclusives

  • Executive Changes At Ballantine Communications And Search Influence

    In her biweekly roundup of career moves, Kelly Benish looks at new faces at TriNet, VS Tech Ventures and more, anniversaries at Kabbage, Verve Mobile and beyond and numerous opportunities at companies including Dealer.com and Reelio.   More | Add comment
  • Newspapers' Only Survival Lies In Revenue Diversification

    LEAP Media Solutions’ Tom Ratkovich argues that newspapers must coalesce their old, pre-crisis mindsets with a mindset that embraces today’s full digital monetization arsenal. Paid content won’t let papers flourish, but rather robust audience-building that’s monetized through a wide range of tools.  More | Add comment
  • WSBT Holds Slight Lead In Social South Bend

    Sinclair’s WSBT holds the edge over other local media on social according to Shareablee data, and the station says Facebook Live has helped pushed it over the edge. Paul Greeley reports that viewers are responding strongly to the rawness and immediacy of the platform.   More | Add comment
  • WHNS Dominates Greenville, S.C. Social Media

    Meredith-owned WHNS has a strong lead among local media on social in Greenville, S.C. according to Shareablee data. Behind the success, the station treats Facebook “like a living, breathing research project,” according to its news director, and the platform helps to shape its on air content, too.  More | Add comment
  • Should VR And 360 Video Factor Into Your ‘17 Business Plans?

    Major media companies including The New York Times and Gannett Co. have made early forays into virtual reality and 360 video, but other outlets may want to be more conservative until market data points more definitively in its direction. Mary M. Collins notes that the right content will be key on pushing VR over the tipping point.   More | Comments (1)
  • KARK Leads Little Rock Social Media By A Hair

    It's a neck-and-neck race for Nextstar's KARK and Tegna's KTHV in Little Rock, Ark., where the former holds a razor thin lead on social media performance according to Shareablee data. Both outlets explain that Facebook Live is a key emerging tool in stoking engagement and powering their performance.  More | Add comment
  • WOWK Leads Tight Race For Charleston Social Media

    It’s a close three-way race for social media supremacy in Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. among local media according to Shareablee data. WOWK holds the lead for now, but WCHS/WVAH and WSAZ are coming up close behind. An aggressive Facebook strategy and powerhouse weather team on social is helping to keep WOWK in front, its management says.  More | Add comment
  • WRAL Leads Raleigh Social Media Scene

    WRAL’s enterprising approach to Facebook powers its robust lead among local media outlets on social media in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. according to Shareablee data. The station is particularly bullish on Facebook Live, where it even sees revenue opportunities beginning to open up.  More | Add comment
  • In Portland, ME., WCSH Rules Social Media

    Tegna’s WCSH holds the lead among local media on social in Portland-Auburn, ME. according to Shareablee data, but WGME, a Sinclair station, is coming up closely behind. More | Add comment
  • WTVC Wins Close Race For Chattanooga Social Media

    Sinclair’s WTVC leads Chattanooga by a nose among local media outlets on social according to Shareablee data. But WRCB, Sarkes Tarzian's NBC affiliate, is nipping at its heels and has the market’s largest number of fans/followers. Paul Greeley looks at how WRCB's use of Facebook is powering that.   More | Add comment
  • WCAX Tops Burlington/Plattsburgh Social Media

    WCAX leads in total social actions and fans/followers among all local media on social in Burlington, Vermont/Plattsburgh, N.Y., according to Shareablee data. News Director Anson Tebbetts explains that a local spin on Facebook Live – think live streaming from a pasture full of dairy cows – is part of the draw for viewers. More | Add comment
  • Tucson's KOLD Leads Local Social Media

    Raycom’s KOLD manages its Facebook presence with constant vigilance, and it has paid off: the station leads the Tucson, Ariz. market in both total social actions and overall fans/followers according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at how KOLD’s aggressive moves there, most recently on Facebook Live, are giving it a boost. More | Add comment
  • Unlocking Podcasting’s Revenue Potential

    Podcast audiences are only growing – up to 35 million each week – and Mary M. Collins writes that’s one of many compelling reasons for publishers to begin experimenting with them if they haven’t already. The revenue promise is exciting: top podcasts are pulling $40 CPMs, while 65% of listeners say that podcast ads increase their purchase intent.  More | Add comment
  • An Unlikely Trail From Digital To Print

    Ballantine Communications CEO Doug Bennett explains why he recently launched a print magazine amid building a robust digital brand around outdoor adventuring in the Southwest. Advertisers played a driving role in the decision, he says.  More | Add comment
  • Don’t Even Think About Dropping Your User Comments

    Ron Stitt argues that killing user commenting on publishers’ owned-and-operated sites is about the worst move they can make, as it sabotages one of their best means of engagement. That engagement has a big impact on KPIs like low bounce rates and extended time on site, he says.  More | Comments (2)

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Newspapers
NY Times Releases 2020 Report
The New York Times, Jan 17, 2017, 1:25 PM EST
The paper's long-awaited blueprint to the future is out, and it finds a paper that's embracing its digital destiny, but still too slowly. The paper is looking to double its digital revenue to $800 million by 2020, but job cuts in the editing ranks are likely as the paper looks to eliminate low-level editing and speed up the process to publication. About $5 million will also be dedicating to charting the impact of the Trump administration around the world.  Link | Add comment
Business
Snapchat's IPO To Test Its Culture Of Secrecy
Bloomberg, Jan 17, 2017, 1:51 PM EST
Snap Inc. has operated largely as "an ultra-secretive organization where employees are unlikely to know the goals or strategy of other teams" where the only one with the big picture is its co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel. Sarah Frier and Alex Barinka look at the problems that poses for its forthcoming IPO, especially since "if Snap won't explain clearly how it sees its future, investors will be left to judge whether they trust Spiegel." Link | Add comment
Business
Report: Verizon Mulls Buying Big Cable Co.
New York Post, Jan 17, 2017, 1:46 PM EST
Claire Atkinson cites two "well-placed" sources as saying Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam is considering acquiring a cable company to increase demand for its wireless data products. Charter or Comcast are chief contenders, a source says.  Link | Add comment
Business
Investors Look Past Earnings To Find Next Craigslist
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 17, 2017, 2:08 PM EST
Investors have pumped $300 million into upstart platforms OfferUp and LetGo over the last six months, hoping that either will take Craigslist's crown in the listings space. The problem is, neither have really generated any revenue, Greg Bensinger reports. WSJ subscribers can read more.  Link | Add comment
Apps
Twitter Pulls The Plug On Vine
Fortune, Jan 17, 2017, 1:58 PM EST
The service dies today and now shifts into Vine Camera, which lets users make 6.5-second looping videos that they can save or post to Twitter, Tom Huddleston Jr. notes.  Link | Add comment
People
Isaac Lee Named Chief Content Officer Of Univision, Televisa
Variety, Jan 17, 2017, 10:02 AM EST
Univision executive Lee continues his meteoric ascent at the company in a move to streamline content production across the two companies. Televisa has a 40% stake in Univision that could rise to 49% with Univision's IPO.  Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Pureplays
Axios Looks To Fuse Twitter And The Economist
Poynter, Jan 17, 2017, 1:41 PM EST
Benjamin Mullin explains how the much-chattered about venture from Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen works, mostly "short, newsy bulletins created by the company's team of writers and curators" on its home page. Readers can tap a short excerpt with bullet points to open up a story in full without leaving the story stream.  Link | Add comment
Video/Social
Facebook Ending Publisher Payments For Live Videos
Recode, Jan 17, 2017, 6:48 AM EST
After spending $50 million last year to sweeten the pot for some publishers to begin producing live video on the platform, Facebook appears to be putting its wallet away. Kurt Wagner reports numerous publishers have said it's now de-emphasizing live video in its conversations with them, and none expect the paid deals to continue. Instead, Facebook is pushing publishers to produce longer, premium video content instead. Link | Add comment
Social
Trump Hits 20 Million Twitter Followers
CNNMoney, Jan 17, 2017, 6:26 AM EST
But he's still behind singer Avril Lavigne, Brian Stetler notes of the president-elect's social milestone, which he reached on Monday. A daily Twitter user, Trump told interviewers over the weekend that he intends to keep using his @realDonaldTrump handle instead of the @POTUS handle that was his to inherit with the office.  Link | Add comment
Business
Armstrong: Verizon-Yahoo Deal Still In Question
Variety, Jan 17, 2017, 6:26 AM EST
Verizon and AOL are awaiting results of a Yahoo investigation into its two major data breaches to make a final call on its acquisition deal, but AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is still working as if the integration will go forward. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's own role going forward remains hazy, Armstrong tells Todd Spangler. Mayer is "in a mode where she wants to see them through to the next iteration... Then depending on what the next phase is, we’ll make a decision," he says.  Link | Add comment
OTT
No Refunds For Irate DirecTV Now Customers
TechCrunch, Jan 17, 2017, 7:39 AM EST
The glitchy, twitchy DirecTV Now streaming service has its early customers twisting in outrage, but Sarah Perez reports that owner AT&T has no plans to offer refunds as yet. What's worse, beyond venting in online chat forums, "customers found the only way to get help was through a hard-to-find chat feature," where refund talk is squashed by reps.  Link | Add comment
Apps
Brexit Leads Apple To Raise UK App Store Prices By 25%
The Verge, Jan 17, 2017, 7:18 AM EST
The pound is losing value and App Store prices are going up in the U.K., and "the extra cost is certainly a side-effect of currency fluctuations following Brexit," James Vincent writes. The new prices will begin appearing in the next seven days.  Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
OTT
Here's Who's Not Subscribing To Netflix
Media Life Magazine, Jan 17, 2017, 7:26 AM EST
According to a new UBS study, the resistors tend to be over 55, lower income, behind the tech curve and live in a smaller household of just one or two people. Bill Cromwell notes that for those looking to reach these people, traditional media -- and not SVOD -- is probably the best means.  Link | Add comment
Journalism
Coalition Mobilizes To Protect Press Freedom
RTDNA, Jan 17, 2017, 6:26 AM EST
More than 50 journalists, lawyers, media rights advocates, and First Amendment stakeholders came together in Washington last week with a common interest in protecting freedom of the press and securing rights granted by the First Amendment. Link | Add comment
Pureplays
Veteran Journalist To Launch Nevada Independent
The New York Times, Jan 17, 2017, 6:26 AM EST
Jon Ralston, a veteran former reporter with the Las Vegas Review Journal, hopes to bring accountability market back to a market where it is keenly endangered. Timothy Pratt and Sydney Ember look at his ambitions to fight against some major journalistic headwinds with content in both English and Spanish.  Link | Add comment
Business
Fox To Keep, Expand NYC Headquarters
New York Post, Jan 17, 2017, 7:21 AM EST
Twenty-First Century Fox and News Corp., the separate media giants controlled by Rupert Murdoch, have locked in plans to keep and expand their headquarters on Sixth Avenue’s famed “corporate row.” The two companies, sources said, just signed extension and expansion leases totaling more than 1.2 million square feet at 1211 Sixth Ave., Steve Cuozzo reports.  Link | Add comment
Sales
2016 Retail Holiday Season Best In 5 Years
MediaPost, Jan 17, 2017, 6:31 AM EST
The National Retail Federation and Visa attributed the overall strength of the numbers to low unemployment, growing wages and confidence among consumers. "The economy was clearly stronger in the fall," says NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz. "Economic indicators were up, retailers offered great deals, confidence improved and all of that empowered consumers to spend more." Link | Add comment

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Pureplays
Business Insider Japan Launches
Talking Biz News, Jan 17, 2017, 2:04 PM EST
Apps
Roku Revamps Mobile App With Universal Program Guide
Variety, Jan 17, 2017, 2:02 PM EST
Legal
Zuckerberg In Court: Oculus Did Not Steal VR Tech
Reuters, Jan 17, 2017, 1:59 PM EST
Journalism
Dear President-Elect Trump, Here's How This Coverage Is Going To Go
Columbia Journalism Review, Jan 17, 2017, 1:53 PM EST
People
WashPost's Wesley Lowry To Be CNN Contributor
Twitter, Jan 17, 2017, 1:46 PM EST
Newspapers
UK's Brexit-Supporting Papers Give Teresa May Thumbs Up
The Guardian, Jan 17, 2017, 7:33 AM EST
Apps
How Football Site Goal Is Using Instagram Stories
Digiday, Jan 17, 2017, 7:28 AM EST
Advertising/Newspapers
Daily Mail Parent Pulls Out Of National Joint Ad Sales Operation
Politico, Jan 17, 2017, 7:08 AM EST
Journalism
View: White House Access Not Necessary For Press Corps To Do Its Job
Talking Points Memo, Jan 17, 2017, 7:05 AM EST
Business
Facebook To Open Startup Incubator In Paris
Bloomberg, Jan 17, 2017, 6:56 AM EST
People
WashPost's David Fahrenthold To Become CNN Contributor
CNNMoney, Jan 17, 2017, 6:29 AM EST
Television
Viceland To Launch In Africa
Variety, Jan 17, 2017, 6:27 AM EST

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