Newspapers Digital First News Summary-06/08/12

Here’s this week’s digital first news for the week ending 06/08/12. This update on digital, social and mobile includes a story that raises the question… Are Paywalls A Band-Aid On A Bullet Wound ?  See this and more in this week’s update:

How to Make Social Media a Revenue Stream                                                                              A study from comScore estimated social networking activity has tripled in the last few years and accounts for one out of every five minutes spent online. Despite this phenomenal growth, the potential to monetize this audience remains a relatively untapped opportunity.

Mobile Devices Now Make Up About 20 Percent of U.S. Web Traffic                             Mobile Web browsing continues to take off, with smartphones and tablets accounting for 20 percent of Web traffic in the U.S. and Canada, according to a new report.

Smartphones Important, but Still Dramatically Trail PC Usage in Canada           Smartphone adoption increases, but PCs remain the No. 1 digital touchpoint for internet users

Wired publisher: apps are the future                                                                                          The stance of some publishers that apps are an expensive failure is bunk, according to Wired publisher Howard Mittman, who said in a recent interview that apps have proven “incredibly profitable” and touts the publication’s 165,000 tablet subscribers (65,000 of these are pure-digital subs).

LG Display Debuts Five-Inch Retina Display Killer                                                   Smartphone displays are becoming larger in size, and along with that, we’re seeing a nice trend that’s bringing greater pixel density.

Advertising sales nuggets collected at INMA World Congress                                               The INMA World Congress earlier this month in Los Angeles was filled with insightful presentations and a sharing community.

Facebook Tries Again On A Smartphone                                                                                   Can a software company build its own smartphone? We may find out soon.

HTML5 Is Paper’s Friend…Even If It Has Apps                                                         Apparently The Boston Globe didn’t get the memo that it’s an app-only world when it comes to mobile.

Digital Plays Outsized Role At McClatchy                                                                                     In an exclusive interview with NetNewsCheck, Chris Hendricks, McClatchy Co.‘s VP of interactive, explains how digital is playing a huge role at his company

Print dies a little more as Postmedia announces cuts                                                               The decline of print seems to be picking up speed.

Paywalls: A Band-Aid On A Bullet Wound                                                                                        As more newspapers move to paywalls, it comes clearer to the author that publishers are attempting to use a Band-Aid to cover a bullet hole.

RIM to cut 40% of workforce as another top exec resigns                                                        As ailing Research in Motion prepares to axe nearly 40 percent of its workforce in the coming months, another top-level executive has announced their resignation on Monday as the BlackBerry maker continues to hemorrhage cash.

Video offers rare glimpse inside Foxconn iPhone factory                                                            A video released on Friday gives outsiders a look at what goes on inside a Foxconn factory responsible for the manufacture of a large portion of Apple’s iPhone stock including the newest iPhone 4S.

Will mobile payments help Groupon quiet the naysayers?                                             Groupon is reportedly testing a mobile payments solution enabling retailers to process credit card transactions using an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPod touch, a move that could be attractive to retailers if the terms are right.

Microsoft and ViewSonic tout massive tablets, but are they really tablets?                     Much conversation has abound of 7-inch tablets of late, so perhaps it is to some surprise that news today is of Microsoft and ViewSonic apparently launching 80-inch and 22-inch tablets, respectively.

Daily Deals Oriented Moms                                                                                                       Over the past couple of years, deals programs have become one of the ways consumers save money. Moms, very often being the keepers of the household purse strings, are on the look-out for ways to stretch the family budget.

For Publishers, Apple is Most Influential Device Manufacturer                                               In a new mobile survey, Newspaper, magazine and business publishers are asked which device manufacturer is most influential to their mobile plans and the mobile market. For the past two years, Apple has topped the list.

63% of travelers read print newspapers during hotel stays                                                        A full 63% of travelers read printnewspapers during their hotel stay, according to USA TODAY’s just-released study of traveler habits.

Will Android In-App Subscriptions Attract Magazine and Newspaper Apps?                Google introduced in-app purchases on its Android Market store in March 2011, but that feature has now been expanded to include auto-renewing subscriptions as well as one-off payments.

Virginia’s Daily Press Readership Increasing                                                                                A recently released study shows the Daily Press has increased its weekly readership for the first time since 2007 and its Sunday readership for the first time since 2009.

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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