Newspapers Digital First News Summary-4/12/13

tablet logoNewspapers are maximizing the opportunities within their print audiences while growing digital audiences and engagement to develop a sustainable model for the future. See how newspapers are meeting that challenge including a discussion on As Android tablets grow, publishers struggle to match the iPad experience.

Local Retail Won’t Disappear — Mobile Will Transform the In-Store Experience                 E-commerce sales topped $1 trillion for the first time in 2012 and the recent struggles of once-dominant big box retailers have led many to think that technology will win entirely, an retail apocalypse is near.

Want Better Email Revenue? Send Late at Night                                                                       In everyday life, most people don’t want to be bothered late at night. But the opposite seems to be true when it comes to email.

For Ad Clicks, Tablets Outperform Smartphones                                                         Industries with attractive, rich visual content outperform on tablets by widest margin   

Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune in print dispute                                                                        When the Chicago Sun-Times inked an agreement with the Chicago Tribune to print and distribute its newspapers, the two companies went from being bitter rivals to business partners as well.

Generation Mooch? Why 20-somethings have a hard time paying for content             Having grown up with a wealth of news and information at their fingertips for free, 20-somethings are heading into adulthood without much experience paying for that content. The question is, will content providers ever turn them into paying customers?

Orange county Register Blocks Readers from Commenting on Paywall Move                 When Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner first took the reins of OC’s paper of record last year, one of the first things he did was announce that he was going to erect a paywall for the paper’s website. Kushner didn’t say when or how it would work, but details are starting to emerge from Grand Street, both official and not.

Pew Report Sees a Glass Half Empty                                                                                   There’s no question that Pew’s annual media audit and survey of 2,000 consumers is about as depressing as any of the 10 annual reports that the nonprofit media watchdog has completed. Among the lowlights:

New York Times’ paywall bumped up home delivery subscriptions                                    “We didn’t design this model to support print but in fact what we’ve seen is an increase in home delivery subscriptions, in particular on Sundays,” The New York Times’ Paul Smurl told Rachel McAthy while talking about The New York Times’ paywall’s second birthday.

Papers Worldwide Embrace Web Subscriptions                                                       Newspapers, once reluctant to try to charge readers for access to their Web sites, have begun doing so in droves.

Swartz: Hearst Committed To 7-Day Publishing”                                                                     “We remain committed to seven-day publishing,” he said of Hearst’s papers. “Newspapers are still a tough business. I don’t want to claim we have all the answers. We’ve tried some things that are showing signs of success, and we’re pleased with our results.”

Boston Globe publisher Chris Mayer advances changes for paper even as it’s up for sale     If Chris Mayer is sweating the fact that The Boston Globe is going to have a new owner soon, he isn’t showing it.

Apple gov’t rep says next two iPhones were designed under Steve Jobs”                              In discussing the possibility of adding a theft resistant “kill switch” to future iPhone models, Apple’s government liaison has noted that the next two generations of iPhone have already been developed, and were designed before Steve Jobs’ death.

Paywalls for all or not? The real issue is what’s the core offering                                        Begin talking about putting paywalls around online news content and all sorts of things happen.

Soon your media will know you better than you know yourself                                      Though tablets and ebook readers are now mainstream, the revolution in the way they display content – and how that content will be generated dynamically – is yet to come.

Former Target Employee Comes Up With New Way To Do Daily Deals                           While daily deals have ran out of steam over the past year, not everything believes that people have given up the promotions all together – Scott Sailer, president and co-founder of Minneapolis start-up LumaNEAR, has faith in two core ideas: People want deals, and businesses want foot traffic.

Mobile coupons edge out print as retailers switch strategy                                               Mobile coupons are disrupting the traditional print circular method of distribution as more marketers and retailers are incorporating them into their strategy to build loyalty, drive in-store traffic and possibly combat showrooming.

This tipping-point for paywalls does not fix newspapers’ larger crisis                                   Not even the smartest metered model can make up for paltry digital ad revenues and a failure to recruit younger readers

National Brands Miss 86% of Local Feedback                                                                         Ever tweet a complaint about the endless line at your local Walgreen’s? Don’t expect a quick fix because there’s a good chance it went unheard.

Tokyo Newspaper Launches Augmented Reality App for Children                                   These days, children are more likely to reach for an iPad than a newspaper, but Tokyo Shimbun, one of Japan’s largest daily newspapers, wants to put print back into their hands.  

As Android tablets grow, publishers struggle to match the iPad experience                    When the IDC forecast this month that Google’s Android operating system would soon surpass Apple’s iOS in tablet market share, publishers of digital magazines could be excused for some handwringing.

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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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