ShopTalk 17: Retail Brands Focus on Amazon ‘Work Arounds’

For many brands and retailers, working around Amazon is the new reality – even as they participate in Amazon’s marketplace, and/or use Amazon Web Services, fulfilment and payments. Amazon “work arounds” were one of the main focus points for the 5,600 attendees at ShopTalk17 this week in Las Vegas. Those taking the stage were clearly […]

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 […]

Borrell LOAC17: Traditional Media Leaders Lay Out Digital Blue Prints

One doesn’t typically pick the large media conglomerates to lead the way in today’s search-and- find digital environment. But some of them have money, and have quietly assembled digital properties and toolsets that are evolving into a digital mindset. At Borrell’s Local Online Advertising Conference in New York this week, leaders from CBS, McClatchy, Nexstar […]

YP.com CEO Jared Rowe at LSA 17: We Will ‘Go Deep,’ Leverage Scale

Despite losing their dominance in SMB marketing, and stuck with a traditional paper book product that is mostly appealing to tradition-based advertisers,  yellow pages leaders shoulder on, post bankruptcies, as high volume sales machines. The  key to their future success is to develop and leverage state of the art digital platforms that can tailor solutions […]

Review: Brad Stone’s Lively ‘The Upstarts’ Chronicles Uber, Airbnb and the Sharing Economy

Uber and Airbnb have radically impacted taxis/car rental, hotels and vacation rentals. If they have their way, they’ll soon be disrupting a whole new set of adjacent local industries, including food delivery, local tours and “experiences.” Business Week’s Brad Stone, author of “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and The Age of Amazon,” and one of […]

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 […]