Newspapers Digital First News Summary-06/22/12

Here’s this week’s digital first news for the week ending 06/22/12. This update on digital, social and mobile includes a story on how the  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Explains First Price Increase in 16 Years  See this and more in this week’s update.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Explains First Price Increase in 16 Years                In a 14-paragraph letter to readers, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter E. Hussman Jr. explains why the paper’s newsstand price is going from 50 cents to $1 on weekdays and $1.25 to $2 on Sundays.

Facebook Will Disappear by 2020                                                                                  Facebook‘s sliding stock price has at least one hedge fund manager predicting a dismal decade ahead for the social network.

Siri coming to the iPad with iOS 6 offering new ways to use Apple’s digital assistant     There were rumors Apple might include the voice-activated, artificial intelligence software with the newest iPad launched in March, but that didn’t happen. But according to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to bring Siri, currently only available on the iPhone 4S,  to the iPad.

Two in three tablets are iPads, says ABI Research                                                                      A new report maintains the iPad’s leadership in the tablet space, highlights a fall in popularity for the Kindle Fire and reveals that most tablets are still WiFi-only.

How David Simon is wrong about paywalls                                                                            David Simon is a talented writer and storyteller, but is he qualified to give advice to publishers about how to save their dying industry?

Facebook Launches First Mobile Ad Product                                                                  Marketers can now buy Facebook Sponsored Stories for the News Feed specifically for mobile devices.

Location-based advertising still searching for its place                                                   Location-based advertising has grown significantly in recent years. However, with privacy issues still very much afloat and many consumers not willing to give up their information so easily, marketers are having a difficult time finding their place in the medium.

Kindle Fire shipments tank but CTRs still strong                                                           Following a successful launch in the fourth quarter of 2011, Amazon’s Kindle Fire was unable to maintain the momentum during the first quarter, with shipments dropping 80 percent.

What happens when a newspaper is just another digital voice?                                             The fact that print is declining as a medium for journalism, and that newspapers are going to have to deal with that in a variety of ways, was brought home with a thud recently when Advance Publications and Postmedia announced they would no longer print some of their papers on certain days

Oregon Newspaper Reduces Publication to 3 Days a Week                                                    The Observer unveils their newly designed newspaper featuring more sections that will publish on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

For the First Time Half Of Over 65s Are Online                                                                     53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, the latest data represent the first time that half of seniors are going online.

Warren Buffett discloses 3.2 pct stake in Lee Enterprises                                               Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc has taken a small stake in Lee Enterprises , the latest in its string of investments in newspaper publishers in the United States.

The great newspaper liquidation | Jack Shafer                                                                            Philip Meyer imagined “the final stages” of a “squeeze scenario” by a newspaper owner who wanted to exit the business but didn’t want to actually sell the title: He would start charging more for his newspaper and delivering less, commencing the “slow liquidation” of his property

Will self-serve ads help Facebook open mobile revenue floodgates?                                        In a significant move forward for its mobile strategy, Facebook is giving marketers a way to reach a mobile-only audience for the first time with sponsored stories.

Are these the first images of Google’s tablet?                                                                    Google’s first tablet is edging ever closer to market, and new images suggest that the 7-inch Nexus could offer good looks as well as an affordable price tag.

Why Retailers Need To Care About Microsoft’s Kinect                                                         What in the world does a gesture-based game system have to do with online shopping?

Twitter monetizes mobile where others fail                                                                        Twitter appears to be one of the only companies to have found a way to wring money out of the mobile social convergence, with the company’s CEO recently saying that it generates more revenue from mobile than from the Web on many days.

Apple to Unveil 7-inch iPad at WWDC, Claims Report                                                                 A new report shows just what the 7-inch iPad Mini might look like, and sensationally claims that Tim Cook will unveil the new tablet at his WWDC keynote.

Newspaper Group Offers Rebranding                                                                                        The Hudson Star-Observer and its sister news organizations are rebranding their division as RiverTown Multimedia.

News media companies have tools to transcend shrinking budgets                                  Times are rough for most newsmedia companies around the world. The economy is going up and down in shorter and shorter cycles, advertising budgets are shaped to more efficiency, and journalism is more and more ubiquitous.

The newsonomics of Larry Kramer’s USA Today                                                                    The newspaper outside your hotel room door would seem to be deeply tied to print. Can it build a digital future before the ad dollars run out?

Tablets Far Surpass Phones In Video Viewing                                                                     Tablet use in the U.S. is quickly reaching critical mass, and consumers are already using the devices three-times more often than smartphones to watch video, a new ComScore study shows.

Mobile Users Not Abandoning Print For News                                                            Consumers aren’t rushing to replace their magazine and newspaper subscriptions with mobile news products, according to a new survey by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

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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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