21 Apr 2014

In searching for the next sustainable business model or media company, the company needs to be great at “owning attention” and the company must be very clear about what it stands for. What are you doing and for whom? Most publishing companies in particular cannot say what they are and what purpose they serve.

What does a company stand for? A deceptively simple question for any organization, not just companies in publishing or “attention ownership.”

Call it a mission statement, guiding principle, or strategic objective. In my experience, once these touchstones are identified and — herein lies the rub — widely understood by both employees and customers, they inform the solutions to so many challenges.

A few accumulated thoughts on media — Tech News and Analysis

15 Apr 2014

The Empire State Building appears to be missing a piece.

The Empire State Building appears to be missing a piece.

30 Mar 2014

But what the English national papers found is that success is really secured by pandering to the extant prejudices of the readers rather than trying to impress new ones upon them … For rather than there being one paper for one city and that one paper desperately trying to be all things to all men, we had distinct vertical markets based upon political (or social, class based even) viewpoints.

An observation that I can independently verify thanks to my undergrad thesis on the British press in the 1930s (history major in action!).

This article supposes that the future of US journalism will be ideologically-aligned outlets playing to their respective bases, e.g., FOX vs. MSNBC. While some might argue that we have that now (NYT vs. WSJ, or Bill Keller vs. Glenn Greenwald), the argument in this piece is that the leanings of the editorial board knock down the wall between commentary and “objective” news reporting.

I hope there will always be demand for and value in objective reporting.

An economic model of what might be about to happen with media | PandoDaily

20 Mar 2014

Focusing on a .500 record or “respectability” while rebuilding is like drinking an O’Doul’s: It’s a half-measure done for appearances’ sake that doesn’t please anyone.

Great piece on how Theo and Jed are rebuilding the Cubs (spoiler alert: they’re likely not contenders until 2018) and how Baseball has changed since my Red Sox reversed the curse in 2004.

Apples and Oranges, Bambinos and Billy Goats «

17 Mar 2014

Foursquare’s trending searches on St. Pat’s: “Corned Beef,” “Barley,” “Guinness,” and more

foursquare:

Hoping for some St. Patrick’s Day fun, but not willing to leave your plans to the luck of the Irish? We crunched the numbers to find some trending Foursquare searches from last year’s celebrations to inspire you. Check it out! 

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I’m a sucker for a topical infographic / visualization.

11 Mar 2014

… the truth is that while the emperor that is native advertising might not be naked, he’s almost certainly only wearing a thong. On a typical article two-thirds of people exhibit more than 15 seconds of engagement, on native ad content that plummets to around one-third.

Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile drops knowledge about how online audiences behave, based on his data. This is the most succinct articulation of several trends I’ve been reading about recently.

What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong | TIME.com

11 Mar 2014

Math

So, clearly our Oscar Best Picture prediction was incorrect. The regression model is based on a number of factors that, historically, are pretty reliable indicators of how the Academy will vote. But of course math has only so much power to predict what humans will do, and the model does not perfectly explain each historical winner.

We knew this might be the year that the model fell down, given how much less sure it was than in previous years.

Congratulations to 12 Years a Slave, and, as for the model, there’s always next year.

2 Mar 2014

Gravity will win the Oscar for Best Picture tonight, according to a regression model some friends and I made in business school.
Our model has correctly predicted the past four Best Picture Winners.
At 73% probability, Gravity is the least sure winner in several years: 2012’s Argo was predicted at 88%, while 2011’s The Artist was predicted at a whopping 98%.

Gravity will win the Oscar for Best Picture tonight, according to a regression model some friends and I made in business school.

Our model has correctly predicted the past four Best Picture Winners.

At 73% probability, Gravity is the least sure winner in several years: 2012’s Argo was predicted at 88%, while 2011’s The Artist was predicted at a whopping 98%.

27 Feb 2014

The generation that grew up on BuzzFeed also loves social media but apparently has a short attention span. You won’t find long-form articles on FWx, but brief posts and 15-second videos. The site also will offer plenty of ways for users to contribute and share content via their social networks.

tl;dr

Food & Wine Launches New Brand for Millennials, FWx | Adweek

26 Feb 2014

Sharing principally because Bill Watterson made the poster. 

(via Some New Art From ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ Creator - NYTimes.com)

Sharing principally because Bill Watterson made the poster.

(via Some New Art From ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ Creator - NYTimes.com)