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- What The 'NYT' Gave Up When They Forced Me To Digital in
Politico this week reported on a fascinating study by a couple of University of Texas profs that pretty much says that, in the rush to repurpose and extend editorial content onto the Web, editors and publishers made a colossal business blunder that has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars.
- Read This And Lose 15 Lbs Overnight in
According to ProPublica, The New York Times is among many sites that use software to evaluate different headlines for news articles. Two to five headlines are randomly shown to site visitors until the system can determine the most popular headline.
- Another Reason Not To Take Sick Days in
Apparently IBM experimented with Watson, its cognitive computing platform, to see if it could help Big Blue better manage its approximately $53 million online ad buys. Turns out the Big Blue Box reduced the company's average cost per click by 35%, and by as much as 71%.
- HAL: 'I Am Sorry Frank, This Doesn't Compute' in
That talkative computer from "2001: A Space Odyssey" takes on the advertising world.
- An Outsider's Guide To Ad Week in
At last count, next week's navel-gazing Advertising Fest in New York consists of 126,543 ways to kill an hour of your time listening to people who really are no smarter than you talk about problems they can't solve and opportunities that might evaporate with the morning dew.
- You Do Whhaaaat? in
There are probably lots of tech companies with names everyone knows, but are hard to quickly define, like Exxon=oil spills or GM=auto recalls or Chipotle=E. coli. As a public service, here are some easy to understand summaries of some everyday big tech names:
- Just How Enlightened Should Your Self-Interest Be? in
There used to be funds in every company budget for something called "corporate social responsibility." The funds were meant to be spent on "enlightened self-interest," which had a pretty fungible definition.
- You Hate Me, You Really Hate Me in
Gallup, as they are wont to do, asked just a shade over 1,000 Americans if they had positive or negative views of various industries. After some voodoo math (subtracting the negatives from the positives), it turns out the highest ranked industries were restaurants, computers and groceries. At the very bottom, unsurprisingly, were the federal government and pharma. As usual, advertising and PR ranked near the bottom, sandwiched between banking (which they like more) and oil and gas (which they like less). Oddly, we ranked well below the usual punch-liners of telephone and auto (reminding me of that great advice about how to avoid a cocktail party conversation by replying to the question, "What do you do?," by saying, "I work for the telephone company."
- Advertising: Stop And Consider The Consumer's Perspective in
Consumers have a victim mentality about advertising now. They feel like they are being stalked.
- Can Two Last-Century Portals Out-Guess The Future? in
I did something this week that perhaps nobody in history had done before Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo: I visited both AOL and Yahoo.
Comments by George All comments by George
- What The 'NYT' Gave Up When They Forced Me To Digital
Not protesting so much Bill, but contrasting with seeing display ads in the print edition ( which have the added bonus of not following you after you read them).
- Why Our Brains Are Blocking Ads
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You just took all of the fun out of Randy Rothenberg's life.
- In On-Demand World, It's Time For On-Demand Video Advertising
John R. Osborn
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I select "one long one and done" option - then hit mute and go back to Facebook on my phone until the real programming starts. What then?
- Watching TV Is Too Hard
If you have wifi in your house (who doesn't) get a Roku stick. Don't even need to get newest generation, get an old one, they work great.
- NAA Returns Fire On Oliver's Newspaper Rant
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Murray Kempton is credited for writing that “a critic (or an editorial writer) is one who walks down the hill, after the battle is over, and shoots the wounded.” Similarly, I don't think it is Oliver's job to solve the newspaper industry's problems. I think it was generous of him to suggest paying for content.
- Hardly Heroes At TBS, Nat Geo -- But Heading In Right Direction
One gets the feeling that the nets don't think promos count as ads....ask the consumer...
- 'And President Of The United States Of Love'*
We have a winner!
- Time To Play The Trump Card
Listened to the entire acceptance speech and was not surprised to find it full of rhetoric without one solid policy idea. It was simply frightening.
- How Do You Sift Through 500 Channels Of Programming?
Doug: I subscribe to two different editions of Cynopsis, funny I don't think of them for reviews, but will take a longer look. Thx.
- TV Then And Now: Better Or Worse?
When you are five or six years old and TV is relatively new and precious in your life, 3 or 4 Network's seemed like a fathomless paradise.