The Future of Print

The Mobile Revolution: Startup Ideas For Changing The World

Posted in Tablets, Uncategorized by futureofprint on April 3, 2012

March 18, 2012

We have entered the mobile era of computing. And just like the previous eras – those of the mainframe, then the client-server and the PC – the mobile era is a fundamental shift with a new set of problems to solve.

The key to the mobile era is that it’s all about delighting and empowering the end user. The end user interacts with technology the way he/she interacts with the world around them. It will be hard for incumbents to embrace this new paradigm, just as it was hard for mainframe-era leaders to dominate the world of PCs, or for PC giants to pivot to embrace the Web. Similar to how Cisco and Polycom pioneered telepresence, but it took Skype to bring videoconferencing to the masses, we believe that a new mobile world order will emerge, with leaders being created by entrepreneurs and disruptors.

Three trends are shaping these opportunities: Bring Your Own Device, Appification, and Cloudification.

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Transforming American Newspapers Part 1. Rebuilding Media: The fate of media

Posted in Uncategorized by futureofprint on August 27, 2009

Last month, Goldman Sachs equity analyst Peter Appert put it more bluntly in a Reuters in a story about the dwindling number of equity analysts who still covering the deterioration of this $40 billion industry:

“If I covered only the newspaper industry, first of all I would have been fired a long time ago; secondly, I would have had to kill myself.”

Among the largest American newspaper companies, the losses of equity have been titanic. On the August day in when I write this, stock in the Journal Register Company is trading for less than four pennies per share, down from $3.25 a year ago, a loss of 99 percent. Any of the buildings housing any of its 22 daily newspapers is worth more than the company’s current stock market capitalization currently $1.4 million. Journal Register reports that it has $77 million in assets, $719 million in liabilities, and lost $102 million last year. Standard & Poor’s, which downgraded its rating of Journal Register’s stock to junk, has now withdrawn any rating of it. Meanwhile, stock in Gatehouse Media, which publishes 97 dailies, is trading at 57 pennies per share, down from $22.00 two years ago, a 97 percent loss. That company faces delisting by the New York Stock Exchange and the equity research firm Morningstar this week declared its stock to be essentially worthless, valuing the fair price as zero.

Meanwhile, stock in the McClatchy Company, which publishers 30 dailies, has dropped from $74.30 three years ago to $3.78, a 95 percent loss. Stock in Lee Enterprises, which publishes 51 dailies, has dropped from $48.57 to $3.83, a 92 percent loss during the past four years. Media General, which publishes 25 dailies, has seen its stock price drop 83 percent in the past four years. Stock of The New York Times Company, which publishes 17 dailies, has dropped 75 percent during the past six years, from $51.50 to $12.98. Stock in Gannett Company, which publishes 85 dailies, has dropped 65 percent, from $90.14 to $17.40, during the past four years. Despite these results, Morningstar still calls newspapers, “the market’s most overvalued stocks,” according to the newspaper industry trade journal, Editor & Publisher.

Seybold Report – May 21

Posted in Uncategorized by futureofprint on May 21, 2009

Latest Seybold Report is here. Get it now for your reading pleasure (090521-Seybold)

Headlines of interest:

Can Advertising Platforms Like Yahoo Apt Help Newspapers Survive?

Digital Production Publishing: Beyond the Hype

U.S. Advertising Fell 2.6% Last Year, Nielsen Reports Update1 – Bloomberg.com

Posted in Uncategorized by futureofprint on March 13, 2009

March 13 Bloomberg — U.S. advertising spending dropped 2.6 percent last year as the worst recession since 1982 forced automakers, movie producers and drugmakers to slash marketing, researcher Nielsen Co. said.

Outlays fell almost $3.7 billion from the year earlier to $136.8 billion, according to preliminary figures, New York-based Nielsen said today in a statement.

All of the top 10 advertisers cut their budgets last year, led by Chrysler LLC’s majority owner, Cerberus Capital Management, and Ford Motor Co.; Time Warner Inc., the world’s largest media company; and Procter & Gamble Co., the world’s biggest consumer-products maker.

“Given the state of the U.S. economy, a decline in ad spending was expected, but it’s not as bad as it could have been,” Annie Touliatos, vice president of sales development for Nielsen’s ad tracking service, said in the statement. “The campaign season and the Summer Olympics were two big events that had a tremendous impact on advertising, especially on TV buys.”

MediaPost Publications Tossup on Future Print, But Relevant Today 03/12/2009

Posted in Uncategorized by futureofprint on March 13, 2009

A new survey of American readers by The Rosen Group, about the state of current and future media, found that nearly 80% of respondents still subscribe to magazines and 83% find that daily newspapers are still relevant. 45% though, of those surveyed, said that newspapers and magazines will exist in 10 years, while 40% were uncertain.Lori Rosen, founder and president of The Rosen Group, points out that these findings suggest that, though there is a strong shift to online news consumption and a preference for online sources for breaking news, Americans still find print publications to be important sources, especially for entertainment.

Rosen concludes that “… people are not abandoning their print editions…  there is still a certain satisfaction and ease to holding printed text in your hands, and PDAs or PCs will not replace this just yet.”

Other survey findings:

  • 29% of respondents say a news website is the most indispensable news source, while 18% select print newspapers and 16% cite online newspapers
  • 55% say they look at a printed newspaper each day, 53% subscribe to a print newspaper, and 83% say newspapers are still relevant
  • 30% say news websites are their top source for updates, and 66% say that websites are among their daily news sources
  • 65% of respondents find weekly news magazines relevant
  • 29% of respondents read blogs multiple times a day, 8% read them once a week, 37% read them occasionally and 37% never read them
  • 60% of respondents believe the information on blogs is not credible

Via Mediapost

Seattle P-I’s Online-Only Future Already In Doubt

Posted in Uncategorized by futureofprint on March 7, 2009

Say it ain’t so, Joe. Ailing Hearst property the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s plan to transition to an online-only format is already hitting a snag: Its star reporter is jumping ship.

Joseph Tartakoff, whose Microsoft Blog both a source for and competitor to SAI’s Microsoft coverage accounts for about a quarter of the P-I’s 2.8 million monthly pageviews, is out.

Via Silicon Alley