PRESSTIME Update
Jun. 19, 2013

NAA webinars address engagement, sales, merchandising

There's still time to register for "Beyond the Click: Cutting-Edge Insights on Boosting Website Engagement," scheduled for 2 p.m. ET today. Mark your calendar for parts 2 and 3 in the Single-Copy Summer Webinar Series: "The Best of the Best: Sales Programs That Work," July 11; and "Merchandising for Measurable Gains," Aug. 8. And if you missed our recent webinars on "How America Shops and Spends" and "Scan-Based Single-Copy Innovations," visit the NAA archives to replay the sessions and access related materials. More

Workshop unpacks how audiences see value

As the news industry shifts toward digital subscriptions, it's critical for news publishers to increase the value of content. Publishers also need to identify new paths to find — and reach — new audiences. "Growing Your Audiences and Growing Your Businesses," presented by the American Press Institute with The Poynter Institute on July 15 at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, focuses on methods for understanding audience needs and expectations, business strategies that align with audience passions, and the technology that makes it all possible. More

The danger of journalism that moves too quickly beyond fact
Poynter
"Journalism's future must be a collaboration in which citizens, technology and professional journalists work together to create a public intelligence that is deeper and wider than any of these could produce alone," writes Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute. "Journalism is not being toppled by the Web — though certainly the financial model has been profoundly disrupted. Instead, technology is deepening journalism's potential to do what it always has: find out what is really happening that we cannot see directly, and help make our lives better by connecting us to one another."More

Still a moderate outlook for ad spending
MediaLife Magazine
Things are looking up for the U.S. economy. May retail spending was up 0.6 percent, a bigger gain than expected, and unemployment continues to drop. Those promising economic signs should eventually improve the outlook for U.S. ad spending this year, but it hasn't quite happened yet.More

Xbox, PlayStation prep for bruising ad-spending battle
Ad Age
The next generation of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will go on sale simultaneously this fall in time for the holiday season. That sets the stage for a spending surge well above the $120 million the two spent collectively last year.More

Could AppNexus's digital ads be the unlikely savior of newspapers?
The Guardian
Brian O'Kelley, chief executive of AppNexus, detects signs that contextual advertising (which is appropriate for the content it appears with) will slowly come to the fore. "Is it going to be rapid enough to control the losses in print? I'm not sure, because the medicine we are bringing is still a few years away, and newspapers may not make it the whole way. … But I do think that over some period of time we're going to see the marketing community think to themselves, 'context is valuable to me — that's an engaged public that I want to reach.' And supply and demand rules in our world.”More

Home builder confidence soars to 7-year high
The Miami Herald
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index leaped to 52 this month from 44 in May. It was the largest monthly increase since 2002. A reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor. The index hasn't been that high since April 2006, just before the housing market collapsed.More

Digg Reader will launch just before Google Reader shuts down
SocialTimes
Based on early feedback from power users, Digg will release a basic version of Reader that can import feeds and folders from Google Reader and will also include tools for subscribing to news feeds and sharing, saving, and organizing posts and other media. More

Google expands its lead in mobile advertising
The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch
A new report from the research firm eMarketer projects Google Inc. will generate nearly $8.9 billion in mobile-ad revenue throughout the world this year. The figure reflects the anticipated amount that Google will retain after paying commissions to its ad partners.More

Instagram video invites ads speculation, puts Vine on notice
Adweek
The possibilities surrounding Instagram implementing a Vine-like video feature have the tech world abuzz, after TechCrunch reported the popular mobile app's parent, Facebook, would unveil the move. For the marketing-minded, the development creates at least a couple of huge questions. As digital video continues to gain momentum, will a steady stream of user-generated video become the impetus for Facebook implementing ads on Instagram? And will Instagram videos kill Vine, just as it's gaining traction with brands?More

One-third of American adults now own tablet computers
ZDNet
By Pew's latest survey numbers, "a third (34 percent) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire — almost twice as many as the 18 percent who owned a tablet a year ago."More

Agencies and Cannes judges say less is more for mobile
Adweek
Marketers need to clearly brand their mobile ads with a logo, while utilizing pithy copy that offers something valuable in exchange for their engagement, says a new report by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and Millward Brown.More

National Geographic to explore online pay model
Mashable
The "Web magazine" will be different from what appears on NationalGeographic.com, though some of the content will be the same. Think of it as a replica of Nat Geo's tablet edition, with all of its multimedia bells and whistles, but made for viewing in a Web browser.More

Can 30-second ads save newspapers?
Phys.Org
A researcher from Murdoch University's Audience Labs suggests economically pinched news outlets should take advantage of positive attitudes to online TV ads as a better way to balance the books.More

Webinar delves into boosting site engagement
NAA
Learn from two digital vendors, Chartbeat and Disqus, about how to optimize traffic and revenue by taking advantage of below-the-fold engagement in...More

Single-Copy Summer Webinar Series launches June 13
NAA
This first of three sessions in the Single-Copy Summer Webinar Series details NAA's latest research study of more...More

WaPo rolls out sponsored ad feature
News & Tech
The Washington Post announced a new online advertising feature called "Sponsored Views." This will allow organizations to post commentary related to or in response to content from The Washington Post's opinion section. The product was developed by the New Ventures team at The Post and will be clearly marked as advertising.More

NYT brings magazine experience to the Web
Journalism.co.uk
The Sunday supplement has been reimagined for the Web and an online version of this month's "innovations issue" recently went live, featuring 48 pages of responsive magazine content, complete with responsive advertising, built through HTML5. "We really wanted to be able to design something that would be a great experience for more and more readers coming to us from all these different devices and we thought we could explore that," said John Niedermeyer, lead designer of digital news at The New York Times.More

Head of BH Media Group speaks about strength of industry
The Tulsa World
Terry Kroeger, president and CEO of BH Media Group and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, said community newspapers bury the competition on breaking news, in-depth coverage, fun and entertaining stories, box scores and photographs. The power of the local newspaper was displayed recently in coverage of Oklahoma's deadly tornadoes, Kroeger said.More

Newsy helps MNS deliver custom online, mobile video news
RJI Online
Newsy, the award-winning multisource online and mobile video news network, announced a long-term editorial relationship with MSN to deliver customized video news to the millions of people who visit MSN each month. Topics include breaking news, politics, entertainment, crime, tech and science. More