Newspapers’ ‘Wanderful Media’ Rethinks Digital Circulars

The consortium of 12 major newspaper companies that last year purchased Travidia, a digital circular vendor, has relaunched as Wanderful Media. The consortium, previously known as ShopCo., has committed $22 Million to the venture. It has also introduced a new tablet version of FindnSave.com, a site that launched last year under the old Travidia regime. FindnSave enables … Read more

New Newspaper Consortia Rolls out Shopping Platform; Acquires Travidia

A big chunk of the newspaper industry has banded together to adopt Find n Save, a shopping platform featuring a single place to review deals, product inventory, weekly specials, “cents off” grocery deals and local ads. Participating newspaper companies include many of the companies participating in the Yahoo search and national advertising consortia and the Zillow real estate consortia. They … Read more

Progress Report from The Yahoo Newspaper Consortium

The 32 company strong Yahoo Newspaper Consortium, which covers 41 percent of Sunday newspaper circulation, has 700-900 reps selling Yahoo inventory, with a couple of the newspapers selling over $1 million in annual inventory, reports Yahoo’s Lem Lloyd, who we know from previous stints with Oodle and Knight Ridder Digital. We talked to Lloyd for a new … Read more

Deutsche Bank Discontinues Local Media Coverage

In disappointing-but-not-unexpected news, Deutsche Bank has discontinued its coverage of local media (i.e. newspapers and television stations). Most of the companies in the space have lost 70-90 percent of their equity value over the past three months. Concurrent with the news was the layoff of a wave of analysts.  The first-rate reports from DB analysts like Paul … Read more

LA Times Kills its Sunday Real Estate Section

To save costs and reduce reading time, many newspapers have begun to downsize the daily print edition, cut back pages, and delete stock tables. They’ve also downsized editorial. Now, several have begun to fold in dedicated sections for various verticals, including business and real estate. (At the same time, other verticals continue to be developed, … Read more

Kill the Innovators: San Diego U-T Lays Off Online Leaders

These are tough, fast-changing times for newspapers, and many of them are taking severe measures to get back on track. Sometimes, it means putting the innovative online guy in charge of print too, as Bay Area News Group has done with online advertising head David Prizer. But sometimes, it means consolidating power under the old print hands … Read more

The New York Times Goes After SMB Market Via AdReady

The New York Times is set to recruit small business advertisers via a deal with AdReady, the Seattle-based ad agency that provides a choice of 600 free templates for banners, customization tools, and usage reports. The Times will recruit its own advertisers via in-house promotions. Advertisers will have a choice of 14 sections of the site that are self-selected … Read more

Google Kills Print Ads

Google, as part of a series of cutbacks, is eliminating its Print Ads program, which had 800 newspapers and other print sources participating. The program, which began in November 2006 with 50 newspaper partners, stops selling new placement Feb. 28. The Print Ads program, launched for Google by online pioneer Tom Phillips (DejaNews, Starwave, Go … Read more

Neil Budde: Personalization, Local and Daily Me

The overlap (and confusion) between “local” and “personalization” has always been a big one. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Online media pioneer Neil Budde is the founding publisher of WSJ.com and former head at Yahoo News. Budde has made something of a study of the cross-roads of local and personalization in his new role as … Read more

Latest News on ILM:08, Santa Clara (Nov.19-21)

We’re just about ready to go with Interactive Local Media: 08, which is Nov.19-21 in Santa Clara, in the heart of Silicon Valley. It should be a very important, game-defining event – and the first one for The Kelsey Group in the new BIA Advisory Services era (they acquired Kelsey last week, adding resources and smarts to the … Read more