Newspaper Digital First News Summary-11/25/2011

Several new developments this week, including how news becomes more like cable TV as paywalls and meters give way to bundled subscriptions.

Here’s the top updates for circulation executives this week:

                                                   Thanksgiving weekend will be the biggest one yet for mobile shopping with an estimated 60 million consumers planning to use their devices to shop

Tablet devices have only been available for a couple years, but the iPad has propelled them to rapid increases in ownership and usage. eMarketer estimates that by the end of 2011, 33.7 million Americans will use a tablet device at least monthly—a rise of 158.6% over last year.

The Kindle Fire, retailing for only $199, could be the Android tablet that sells in volumes and provides real competition against the iPad from Apple. Amazon’s Kindle Fire ‘Devastating’ For Other Tablet Makers

How news becomes more like cable TV as paywalls and meters give way to bundled subscriptions

This is apparently the first time such a well-known magazine publisher has achieved the milestone-Digital ad revenue exceeds print for first time at Atlantic Media

The New York Times is ready to start extending sales of its “all access” digital subscriptions across tablets and smartphones to companies and organizations with more than 50 employees.

Thanksgiving Day newspaper remains strong even in this digital era and the reason is obvious — holiday advertising.

Are you waiting with bated breath for Black Friday? Well, fear not, LivingSocial is jumping into the holiday game by offering half off several national deals, as opposed to locally focused deals.

One of the big challenges for publishers in 2012 will involve funding tablet and e-reader product development. It’s time for a real tablet strategy

The Palm Coast Observer is celebrating. The weekly newspaper started almost two years ago with a press run of 20,000, thick in the middle of Flagler County’s most severe recession in the last three generations. Florida’s Palm Coast Observer Bucks Bleaker Newspaper Trends As Weekly Nears 2-Year Mark

Seventy-five percent of smart device users surveyed in a study from Limelight Networks say they have researched a product on their smartphones and tablets but have bought them elsewhere online or in-store.

Dallas Morning News publisher: 7-day-a-week publication ‘sustainable for another decade’

Will Dailies Stay Daily?

Durham Herald-Sun newspaper carrier shoots back during carjacking

Groupon Run Depletes Bakery of Entire Years Profit

Have a great holiday weekend! What areas of newspapers and digital should we focus on more? You comments and opinions count.

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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2 Responses to Newspaper Digital First News Summary-11/25/2011

  1. Frank Lane says:

    Thank you for providing this collage of information it helps greatly having you put this together. As a small newspaper, I have had harder time getting my publisher on board with social networking and other means of new technology. Looking over what you have sent gives me ideas I may be able to use.

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