links for 2009-06-05

  • "TOSBack keeps an eye on 44 website policies. Every time one of them changes, you'll see an update here."
  • "EmanciPay is a new business model for media: one by which readers, listeners and viewers can quickly and easily pay for the goods they use — on their own terms, and not just those of suppliers' arcane systems. The idea is to build a new marketplace for media — one where supply and demand can relate, converse and transact business on mutually beneficial terms, rather than only on terms provided by thousands of different silo'd systems, each serving to hold the customer captive, and causing much inconvenience and friction in the process. EmanciPay is a breed of VRM, or Vendor Relationship Management. VRM is the reciprocal of CRM or Customer Relationship Management. VRM provides customers with tools for engaging with vendors in ways that work for both parties. EmanciPay is one of those tools. Or a set of them."
  • "Peter Kafka reports this from the D7 conference today (over a Wall Street Journal AllThingsDigital blog):

    Time for some polls! No surprise: People like to read newspapers online. Also no surprise: But people don’t pay for it. Somewhat of a surprise: People say that they are willing to pay for some kind of news.

    My boldface.

    I conduct similar audience polls often, though my subject is usually public radio. “How many people here listen to public radio?” Nearly all hands go up. “How many of you pay for it?” About 10% stay up. “How many would pay for it if it were real easy?” More hands go up. “How many would pay if stations would stopped begging for money with fund drives?” Many more hands go up, enthusiastically.

    So the market is there. The question is how to tap it.

  • "Like teenage girls who only go to the bathroom in groups, insecure newspaper publishers are willing to contemplate the terrifying leap into a paid content model, but only if they're assured they won't be alone."
  • "Executive recruiters likely do not swarm the industry for talent; certainly not in the same way they've gone after leaders at companies such as General Electric, Wells Fargo Bank or Microsoft over the years. Indeed, the June issue of Fast Company, a very sharp tech and business publication, features a cover story on "The 100 Most Creative People in Business."

    Perhaps I missed it but I don't think I saw a single newspaper executive mentioned.

    Why not? Now, more than ever, is a time for creativity and nerve, not just hunkering down and crossing fingers that safe harbor will appear on the horizon. It's a wonderful and important product, vital to American communities. Unlike a lot of jobs, you can look yourself in the mirror and know you're doing some good. Many newsrooms remain filled with a sense of mission even amid the looming dread.

  • "Warren likens the Rosemont newspaper exec confab to the Yalta conference or, perhaps, the infamous 1957 mob summit in Apalachin, N.Y. But if the news honchos aren't very, very careful, the more apt analogy may be a 1994 meeting in a Hawaii hotel room at which representatives of agricultural-products giants gathered under the guise of a trade-association meeting to fix prices for a chemical called lysine—a story that ended up with federal criminal convictions and Archer Daniels Midland and others paying hundreds of millions of dollars in fines (not to mention a movie starring Matt Damon).

    "Antitrust law is complicated, but one principle is very simple: Competitors cannot get together and agree on price or the terms on which they will offer their services to their customers. It doesn't matter if the industry is ailing or if collusion would be "good" for society or necessary to preserve democracy. An agreement regarding pricing is "per se"—automatically—illegal."

  • Latest on the development of a very intriguing new media mobile device in development
  • Demo of Google Wave, supposedly blending e-mail, social media, other functionality into new communication/conversation platform. I need to watch this….
  • "Dave Taylor has a philosophy that wraps it up in a simple way — "Give with no thought of what you'll get in return." Not only is that the motto of his business, but of his life as well." Turns out to be one hell of a business model 🙂
  • "When asked which types of LBS they would prefer to use if they were available or knew how to use them, we saw some interesting results, particularly appealing for advertisers. It turns out that consumers are also interested in getting local alerts and special offers or promotions from nearby stores or other retailers. This presents an opportunity for advertisers to reap the rewards by serving up compelling and relevant ads that will likely see higher clickthrough rates and subsequent engagement. Also, ROI from these types of promotions would be easier to measure as the benefits are more immediate and trackable to a specific customer interaction than many other forms of advertising."
  • "According to a new report from web analytics firm Compete, 1 in 3 smartphone users use a location based service at least once a month. Weather and navigation apps are currently the most popular location based services, followed by apps that provide store locations, movie showtimes, and local news. Interestingly, there also seem to be a number of highly underserved markets. According to Compete's research, users also want to be able to receive local alerts about topics like traffic jams and gas sales.

    "According to Compete, smartphone owners who use location based services are also likely to have a higher monthly cell phone bill ($75-$125) than users who don't use these services. Chances are, though, that these users also tend to have data plans, so these numbers are not exactly surprising."

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