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Sandy Martin, Mobile Director at Schurz Communications, has a birds-eye view of why television sites sell more mobile advertising than newspaper sites do; her company owns both. She also weighs in on whether to build or partner for app development. LMI: I’m always surprised to see how much more television station are selling in mobile products that newspapers. In your presentation at the Key … more
Last week, we touched on the importance of creating brave new local brands. But let's back up an look at how social media has impacted what a brand actually is. Speaking at the 2012 Local Online Advertising Conference, AdAge columnist and marketing guru, Bob Garfield laid out his theory that a brand is no longer just the personality of the products, but how the company itself behaves as employer, community citizen and sales person - all the activities that create conversations in their communities. In the "Relationship Era" that has succeeded the Consumer Era, this creates unique challenges for local media companies. On one hand, what they sell, "one to many" advertising is rendered impotent - or at least much less efficient - for merchants trying to send out their message. And then media have their own brands to worry about. Yesterday a taxi cab driver asked if I was going to the "dinosaur convention," referring to the annual meet-up of the largest newspaper association in North America. Do local media companies have a problem with their brands? You bet. And it won't be solved by running a few house ads or changing up the slogan. more
At last week's 2012 Borrell Local Online Advertising Conference the most interesting presentations touched on the need for traditional media companies to create brave, new local media brands. For the most part, media rebranding has been about simply renaming companies as media companies, rather than "print" or "television," especially helpful for media that own both print and broadcast. Thus The Gazette became Source Media, and the trades are littered with companies dropping words like "broadcast, television" as well as "daily, weekly" and so on. But what has been broken in the way we cover the news is not just a fragmentation of channels. It is the mediocrity of voice. more
At the Key Executives Mega-Conference last week, several publishers came forward with cleverly rendered new approaches to emerging models. Schurz Media's email initiative provides a simple, overlooked source of.... drum roll please... banner advertising revenues. The most active Shurz markets are selling around $30,000 of ads on emails, even with very small, but targeted databases. The idea is that 150 people, who are, say interested in buying a home, are an easy upsell that realtors understand. Stay tuned for our case study on this in the weeks ahead. This week's case study looks at Kelsey Square Communications, a new inhouse agency created at Holden Landmark Company, a group of four weeklies and a monthly in Worcester, Massachusetts and a few surrounding communities. This initiative is unique – and, we think, smart - in that it employs no additional staff but takes advantage of the opportunity to sell PR and graphic services, as well as a few newly minted ones. And finally, Joe Boydston, VP/technology and new media at McNaughton Newspaper Group in Frairchild, Ca. caused a stir after showing how his newspapers are produced entirely on WordPress, including a system that requires editors to Tweet all stories as the final step in editing, and before they go online, and the formation of newspaperfoundation.org, an organization dedicated to helping newspapers convert to open source technology. Also in the spotlight at the conference is the huge potential of seasonal deal stores. Grouping better deals around the right seasons and running them longer, rather than a fixed 365 schedule, just makes economic sense. Also evolving quickly are mobile advertising sales, though it is clear that print companies have fallen far behind television in building and selling mobile products. But aside from these gems, the most interesting development at the conference may have been The Mood. more
As we worked through this week's reports, I thought a lot about Terry Heaton, author of thepomoblog.com and the book, "Reinventing Local Media." Heaton addresses a basic problem posed by the transition of the one-to-many-media universe into a many-to-many media universe; that is, given the ability to blog, tweet, Facebook post, contest, text and and more, some advertisers don't need our audiences. They can build their own. "It’s a very bad time to be in the audience hunting business," as Heaton put it at a recent AAN Online Conference, "because the deer all have guns." "Our old model was: We can reach people for you, Mr. Advertiser. And all of those people who follow us will see your ad. Now the advertiser has tools to bypass us. He is creating content and reaching people in the same ways that we do." "Our core competency of mass marketing is in permanent decay. We are always playing defense and never allowed to play offense." Keaton's main example is the disruptive and prescient Jerry Damson automotive in Northern Alabama, a local media reps' worst nightmare. more
With strong arts, entertainment and political franchises, alternative weeklies are known for sass, sex and creativity. How far that creativity extends into the digital world was on display at the Association of Alternative Weeklies (AAN) 2012 Online Conference. Several publishers spoke about their experience innovating more deeply into key verticals and areas of strength. more
This week we asked Nanci Williams, partner in Orloff-Williams, a local ad agency in San Jose, California, to weigh in on the status of the agency business. Here's her take how agencies have changed and advice for local media thinking about starting an in-house agency. LMI: From an agency perspective, what are the biggest changes that you see agencies going through right now? Clients are more confused than ever. Traditional media is going away and online media is changing every day. Agencies have had to become more like consultants than just service providers. They are providing strategies rather than media buying, putting online and traditional media together and showing clients how to measure it. There is more creative and more high-level thinking and less executing. LMI: Have you seen fall-out for agencies who didn't change fast enough? Williams: Yes. The traditional agency and heavy media-buying agencies are gone or sized-down considerably. Social media agencies and digital agencies have sprouted up and are larger than the traditioanl agencies now. Let's put it this way. We were losing business to agencies I'd never heard of, that were formed that year. more
I've been finding it helpful with clients and members to divide the kinds of revenue available - and their assets - into two buckets: Those driven by traffic and those driven by sales. That … more
As 2011 draws to a close, attention tends to focus in around concrete plans and budgets. Here are three larger questions that are harder to tackle mid-year, when budgets and plans have already been … more
Last week we recommended a quick ten question survey of advertisers - and this week, we got back some results. One thing is clear: this week's case study, a SoloMo package "gets it right." Merchants want digital marketing - not just advertising. more
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