Hearst’s Rob Barrett on The Strategic Use of Big Data

The strategic use of Big Data surely hasn’t rescued the news industry, but its smart application has given some media companies a chance to grow. At Borrell’s Local Online Advertising Conference 2017 in New York this week, McClatchy SVP of Innovation Chris Hendricks said that the use of data allowed the company to squeeze more […]

Media Cos Shifting ‘Labs’ Towards Productization, Revenue

Media companies – like their counterparts in Software, Hardware, FinTech, Telecom, Retail, Travel and Insurance – are seeking to get a jump on potential disruptions (and disruptors) with media labs focused on changes in technology, consumer habits, distribution and industry scale. Some are investing in next generation companies. Others have contributed to forward looking efforts […]

Making Next Generation Labs Front and Center

Many companies engage in “innovation theater,” where they showcase a new generation of products to highlight an executive’s vision, impress shareholders and investors, win favorable press, build their brand, and fake out the competition. Elon Musk has proved himself to be a master of innovation theater, most recently by showcasing the Hyperloop magnetic train connecting […]

6 ‘Local’ Truisms (+ Previews of Borrell LOAC, LSA Shows)

We’ve probably looked at local from every side: social, brands/location, data/analytics, mobile, search, marketplaces and community. Through it all, some truisms have developed about local: 1. Facebook should be part of every solution. And Google generally is. 2. Vertical beats horizontal for better search and content 3. Location-specific search drives the most transactions, especially for […]

Borrell’s Local Forecast: Digital Surpasses Traditional in 2017

Local ad sales will earn $143.6 Billion in 2017, with digital channels representing a larger chunk than traditional media for the first time, according to a new forecast by Borrell Associates. The forecast was developed from Borrell’s midyear survey of 7,500 SMBs and 250 media companies. Digital will jump 22.4% in 2017 to $80.7 Billion, […]

SMB Trust Index: Google “46”; Facebook “24”

Do SMBs think they “like” Facebook more than Google? That’s one theory…that Facebook has leapt ahead of Google by offering the free business page, universal penetration, and simple to use, affordable ad options. Such goodwill would theoretically help Facebook as it increasingly competes with Google for SMB marketing dollars. But hold on: that’s not exactly […]