Newspapers Digital First News Summary-05/18/12

Here’s this week’s digital first news for the week ending 05/18/12. This update on digital, social and mobile includes a report on how 66% prefer reading print newspapers to the online version  See this and more in this week’s update:

Here’s Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years           We think of Google and Facebook as Web gorillas.  They’ll be around forever. Yet, with the rate that the tech world is moving these days, there are good reasons to think both might be gone completely in 5 – 8 years.

ABC: Newspaper Circulation Increased in Last Six Months, 5% on Sundays                      ABC released the semiannual newspaper FAS-FAX and Audience-FAX report today. This FAS-FAX report includes top-line circulation data for all newspaper members for the six months ending March 31, 2012. Newspapers participating in Audience-FAX have additional print and online readership and website activity data included in the report.

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results                    Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) was $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 82 percent compared to the first quarter of 2011.

Media brands favor iPhone, iPad, survey finds                                                                     Despite the raw numerical superiority of the Google Android mobile operating system in the U.S. market, traditional media publishers remain wedded to Apple’s iOS for iPhone and iPad.

Pinterest doubles user base in three months                                                                            The number of daily unique visitors to the site has gone from 2 million in January to 4 million in March.

News Execs: Social Not Necessarily A Savior                                                                          Tech giants may have their own views on what journalism should become, but some news organisations are questioning what benefits the social vision of future news can really bring at a time when they’re struggling for business survival…

Minnesota’s Star Tribune Sees Turnaround                                                                                In 2009, the Star Tribune found itself on a dubious list: The 10 Most Endangered Newspapers in America.

ABC: Digital 14% Of Newspapers’ Total Circ                                                                               On average, digital circulation now accounts for 14.2% of newspapers’ total circulation, up from 8.66% a year ago, according to the ABC, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations semiannual report released today.

66% Prefer Reading Print Newspaper To Online Version                                                 Despite the continuing shift from print to online media over the past several years, most Americans still like to read the newspaper away from their computers.

WashPo Sunday Circ Drop Not That Steep                                                                                  At first glance, The Washington Post’s numbers reported Tuesday morning inthe Audit Bureau of Circulations’ March report look grisly

Web-First Boosts Christian Science Monitor                                                                         Three years ago, the Christian Science Monitor began a jump-in-the-deep-end version of digital transformation. The Monitor killed its five-day-a-week print edition, started a weekly magazine version and shifted daily operations entirely to the Web.

Several big circulation gainers charge for online access, almost none of losers do              New figures released today by the Audit Bureau of Circulations show that nationally, daily circulation was up .68 percent for digital and print at the 618 papers reporting; Sunday circulation was up 5 percent at the 532 papers reporting. But some papers did better than that, and some did worse.

A Marketer’s Guide To Pinterest                                                                                              With Pinterest rapidly becoming one of the fastestgrowing social networking services ever, it’s no wonder that we keep seeing new and exciting ways to use this platform.

New iPhone: Details Revealed                                                                                               Rumors run rampant about the next iPhone, but now a reliable source has provided specific and tantalizing details.

Facebook Adds Action Links To Timeline                                                                        Facebook is trying to make its Timeline profile pages more interactive by letting developers add customizable action links to posts that come from apps.

Millennials and Print Newspapers: A Surprising Story                                                         Reports on the media habits of Millennials, those “digital natives”, have given some the impression that young people never read newspapers. However, survey evidence stubbornly insists that they do.

With Smartphones, Clorox Meets Moms in the Shopping Aisle                                Immediacy is what’s unique to mobile. It means mom can take action now. Whether it’s looking up information, shopping or networking, she can do that immediately.

Ad buyers want more tablet edition metrics                                                                           Print media buyers have sent a letter to the MPA asking magazine publishers to reveal more information about their tablet editions’ performance. Among their other requests, buyers want information on consumer engagement with ads customized for tablet editions and separate paid circulation guarantees for print and digital circulation.

Tablet tests support horizontal swiping for photo galleries                                            Poynter’s “EyeTrack: Tablet” project announced some early results: iPad users have an overwhelming instinct to swipe horizontally through a full screen photo gallery, regardless of portrait or landscape orientation.

Print-to-digital journey: Don’t stop rethinking                                                                         The Audit Bureau of Circulations’ latest semi-annual FAS-FAX report, released Tuesday, signals an important recalibration in media companies’ shift from print to digital business models.

The newsonomics of Pricing 101                                                                                                Now that news companies are getting comfortable with the idea of charging digital customers, the question becomes: How much? Here are nine things we’ve learned from early experiments.

Thanks for reading!

About Jeff Hartley

Career Newspaper Executive specializing in Consumer Revenue Growth-both print and digital. Social Media and Mobile Enthusiast. Frequent speaker on consumer revenue and print/digital audience growth.
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