Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Jarvis’

Digital-first – a transitional strategy for traditional newspaper companies

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

After a haitus of more than a year, just starting to get back into surveying the News Media landscape.

Here’s a video from November 2011 where Jeff Jarvis hosts Justin Smith, CEO of Altantic Media, and John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media, Journal Register, and Media News, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism speaking on the role that a Digital-First strategy has in transforming their publishing business models and operations.



Leveraging Network Effects – Sean Parker from Web 2.0 Summit 2009

January 3, 2011 1 comment

Hat tip to Scott Karp for linking to the following Sean Parker presentation from the Web 2.0 Summit 2009 on leveraging network effects.

Of course, the value of large scale network effects has long been touted by many including Hal Varian, Tim O’Reilly, Dion Hinchcliffe, Jeff Jarvis, and others.

But I find it interesting to contemplate how leveraging network effects – across both content and ad networks – can be applied to a Community Journalism strategy.

Anyway, that’s that. 🙂


News Media, Innovation and Technology – 2010 in review/Trends for 2011 (links)

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

This post is a compilation of various links around News Media, Advertising, and Technology that were of interest to me as I reviewed the year past, and look forward to 2011. Sorry if the links seem a bit arbitrary – many were “filling in the gaps” of my current view of the world. Hopefully you find something of interest, if only the taxonomy 🙂 .

A – News Media

A1 – News Sites

Adam Westbrook’s blog

News for Digital Journalists – Knight Digital Media Center

News Leadership 3.0 blog – Knight Digital Media Center

Online Journalism Review blog – Knight Digital Media Center

Guardian – Media news

A2 – News Voices

Emily Bell blog; Emily Bell – Twitter

NewspaperTurnaround.Com; Matt Derienzo – Twitter

eMedia Vitals

A3 – 2010 Year in Review/Predictions for 2011

Publishing industry year in review 2010 – eMedia Vitals, December 2010

Series: Predictions for Journalism 2011 – Nieman J-Lab, December 2010

10 Predictions for the News Media in 2011 – Vadim Lavrusik, December 2010

Video: top trends in journalism in 2011 – Adam Westbrook, January 2011

Maybe not much will change at all: 2011 journalism predictions from Malik, Gillmor, Golis, Grimm, more – Nieman J-Lab, December 2010

Jonathan Stray: In 2011, news orgs will finally start to move past the borders of their own content – Jonathan Stray, December 2010

A4 – News Media Strategy/Business Models

Changing Interactions with News Media – NY Times’ Alexis Lloyd – Glenn Assheton-Smith, August 2010

What A Difference A Year Makes – John Paton, December 2010

John Paton’s Dec. 2 Presentation at INMA Transformation of News Summit in Cambridge, Mass. – December 2010

For Newspapers, the Future Is Now: Digital Must Be First – Matthew Ingram, December 2010

Newspaper Execs: Still Denying, Still Crying and Still Lying to Themselves – Judy Sims, November 2010

Smart Stuff – Mark Potts, December 2010

Why TBD is Important – Mark Potts, August 2010

Are Newspapers Sticking to a Premium Strategy Amid Digital Disruption? – Rick Edmonds, July 2010

Dave Winer: There’s no good place for a new Maginot Line for the news – Dave Winer, December 2010

Discussion: Whither Journalism? – Web 2.0 Summit 2009, October 2009

A5 – Community Development/Audience Engagement

C3 presentation for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association – Steve Buttry, October 2010

10 Tips For Aspiring Community Managers – Adam Lavrusik, September 2010

Social Media is not Community – Rachel Happe, July 2008

Community management The ‘essential’ capability of successful Enterprise 2.0 efforts – D Hinchcliffe, Sept 2009

40 Great Resources for Developing a Community Management Strategy – Vanessa Memies, November 2009

A6 – Citizen/Community Journalism Takes a Community-Driven Approach to Newsgathering – Vadim Lavrusik, August 2010

“A completely new model for us”: The Guardian gives outsiders the power to publish for the first time – Nieman J-Lab, September 2010

The missing link in journalism curricula: Community engagement – Vadim Lavrusik, May 2010

The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe

The Register Citizen Community Media Lab

The Register Citizen Community Journalism School

25 Cool Things About The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe

A7 – Content Strategy

Content Strategy and Publishing – My introduction to – Glenn Assheton-Smith, October 2010

Discussion: The Future of Content – Web 2.0 Summit 2009, October 2009

A8 – Content Networks

Glam Media Set to Overtake AOL: Verticals vs Portals – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

AOL to Acquire TechCrunch: Padding Content for Media Network – September 2010



A9 – Social Media in News/Journalism

The Future of Social Media in Journalism – Vadim Lavrusik, September 2010

News Orgs Take Social Media Seriously by Hiring Editors to Oversee Efforts – Poynter Institute, January 2010

How News Organizations Are Generating Revenue From Social Media – Vadim Lavrusik, November 2010

A10 – Social News

The future of news reading: a social reading experience – News 3.0, December 2010

The Social Guardian points to the future of real-time news sharing – The Next Web, December 2010

The New York Times Truly Takes up Social Media 267.0 – November 2010

A11 – News Streams/Syndication

How News Consumption is Shifting to the Personalized Social News Stream – Vadim Lavrusik, August 2010

I Want This New Facebook Filter Feature – Marshall Kirkpatrick, December 2010

What will 2011 bring for journalism? Clay Shirky predicts widespread disruptions for syndication – Clay Shirky, December 2010

Scott Karp: Clay Shirky’s right that syndication’s getting disrupted — but not in the ways he thinks it is – Scott Karp, December 2010

Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

A12 – Hyperlocal

Newspaper Launches Hyper-Local Location-Based Service – Jason Falls, December 2010

A13 – Mobile News

Smartphone growth, Murdoch’s Daily, and journalism for the poor: Predictions for mobile news in 2011 – Nieman J-Lab, December 2010

How Mobile Technology is Affecting Local News Coverage – Mashable, May 2010

Smartphone Users Prefer Mobile for Breaking News [STATS] – Mashable, December 2010

A14 – Video Journalism/Storytelling

Meet the online video heroes of 2010 – Adam Westbrook, December 2010

A15 – News Readers

HuffPost NewsGlide: Version 2.0 of Our iPad App – Paul Berry, December 2010

iPad news apps may diminish newspaper print subscriptions in 2011 – Reynolds Journalism Institute, December 2010

With a New Version, FLUD Hopes to Take on Pulse And Flipboard as Your iPad News Reader – TechCrunch, December 2010

A16 – Provenance

The importance of provenance – Jeff Jarvis, June 2010

Google News and Source Citation – Nathan Yergler, December 2010

Provenance on the Web going Mainstream – Think Links, November 2010

AP Begins Crediting Bloggers as News Sources – The Next Web, September 2010

A17 – Authenticity/Transparency

Wikileaks: Power shifts from secrecy to transparency – Jeff Jarvis, December 2010

How Wikileaks has woken up journalism – Emily Bell, December 2010

Goodbye mainstream media. It’s been fun. – Adam Westbrook, December 2010

Jay Rosen on Jay Rosen on Wikileaks The watchdog press died; we have this instead. – Jay Rosen, December 2 2010

How propaganda is disseminated: WikiLeaks Edition – Glenn Greenwald, October 2010

The myth of the opinionless man* – Jeff Jarvis, July 2010

He Said, She Said Journalism Lame Formula in the Land of the Active User – Jay Rosen, April 2009

A18 – Innovation in News Media

Liquid Newsroom – Steffan Konrath, News 3.0

Meet the ideaLab – John Paton, July 2010

The 100 Percent Solution: For Innovation in News – Jay Rosen, October 2010

A19 – Entrepreneurial Journalism

Entrepreneurial Journalism curriculum at CUNY – Jeff Jarvis, November 2010

CUNY’s Entrepreneurial Journalism program – Jeff Jarvis, December 2010

A20 – Other

8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalist – Vadim Lavrusik, December 2009

So You Want to Be A Journalist? – Vadim Lavrusik, December 2010

Guardian Changing Media Summit 2011

CBC Office of the Ombudsman

B – Advertising & Marketing

B1 – Top Sites

BIA/Kelsey Blog

Brian Solis

Borrell Associates

The Bad Pitch Blog

Screenwerk – Greg Sterling’s blog

Advertising & Marketing – Mashable

B2 – 2010 in review/Predictions for 2011

Top 10 Digital Advertising Innovations of 2010 – Mashable, December 2010

6 Predictions for Digital Advertising in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

5 Predictions for the Public Relations Industry in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

B3 – Advertising


How to do better than Groupon in building local advertising market share – Robert Niles, OJR, December 2010

Ignoring The Content Network? Think Again To Vastly Improve Conversions – Search Engine Land, March 2009

4 Tips for Developing Content Network Campaigns – Target Marketing, February 2010

Why the Fashion Industry Is Betting Big on Branded Online Content – Mashable, December 2010

B4 – Mobile Advertising

Top 5 Mobile Advertising Trends To Watch – Mashable, August 2010

5 Ways HTML5 Is Changing Mobile Advertising – Mashable, September 2010

Mobile Ads News and Trends Android Requests Up, iAd on the Rise, RIM Joins the Game – ReadWriteMobile, September 2010

B5 – Social Media Marketing

Ogilvy PR 360 Digital Influence Blog

The Daily Influence – Ogilvy PR

How Big Brands use Social Media Marketing – GasPedal – Glenn Assheton-Smith, January 2010

GasPedal – Word of Mouth Marketing; GasPedal on Vimeo; GasPedal presentations

Social Media Business Council

Brains on Fire

4 Social Media Marketing Predictions for 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

B6 – SME Marketing

HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Facebook Insights for Small Business – Mashable, December 2010

5 Predictions for Small Business in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

35 Essential Social Media & Tech Resources for Small Businesses – Mashable, November 2010

How SMBs Can Start Using Facebook Places Now – Mashable, September 2010

Beyond Foursquare: 5 Location-Based Apps for Your Small Business – Mashable, August 2010

How Small Businesses Will Use Social Media in the Future – Mashable, August 2010

SMB 2011 Resolutions: Fine-tune That Social Media Strategy – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

C – Business Models and Innovation

Leveraging Network Effects – Sean Parker from Web 2.0 Summit 2009 – Glenn Assheton-Smith, January 2011

Creating value – Umair Haque is my new hero – Glenn Assheton-Smith, December 2010

Creating Platforms for Social Innovation – Grant Young from Zumio – Glenn Assheton-Smith, December 2010

Business Model Innovation – Alexander Osterwalder – Glenn Assheton-Smith, July 2010

Architect Frank Gehry inspires Management Theory – the intersection of Business and Design – Glenn Assheton-Smith, August 2010

Bill Moggridge on Design and Business Innovation – Glenn Assheton-Smith, August 2010

D – Commerce

The Rise of Social Commerce – Brian Solis, September 2010

The Rise Of Social Commerce – Charlene Li, September 2010

Speed Summary | Wired Feb 2011 Cover Story on Social Commerce – Social Commerce Today, January 2011

Social Commerce Top 10 for 2010; Outlook for 2011 – Practical eCommerce, December 2010

Facebook Launches Big New Social Commerce Service for Local Businesses – Social Commerce Today, Novermber 2010

Facebook Deals Guide [Download] – For Brands & Retailers – Social Commerce Today, November 2010

Top Trends of 2010: Social Shopping – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Roundup of Social Commerce Predictions for 2011 Phase 3 (Sophistication) – Social Commerce Today, January 2011

Social Commerce – leveraging the Social Graph to facilitate commercial transactions (links) – Glenn Assheton-Smith, January 2010

Oodle’s Craig Donato on the emerging Social Marketplaces category – Glenn Assheton-Smith, January 2010

E – Technology

E1 – 2010 in review – top trends/products

ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 in Review

Top Trends of 2010 Internet TV – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Top Trends of 2010: App Stores – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Top Trends of 2010: The Rise of Tumblr, Posterous & Light Blogging – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

Top Trends of 2010: HTML5 – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

Top Trends of 2010: Social Shopping – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

E2 – 2011 Trends/Predictions

Mary Meeker, “Internet Trends” – Web 2.0 Summit 2010, November 2010

JWTIntelligence – 10 Trends for 2011 in 2 minutes – JWT Intelligence, November 2010

100 things to watch in 2011 – JWT Intelligence, December 2010

95+ Predictions for the Web in 2011 – January 2011

2011 Predictions: Richard MacManus – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

2011 Predictions: Mike Melanson – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

2011 Predictions: Klint Finley – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

E3 –  Multimedia

The Mobile Photo Sharing Boom Is Here – Mashable, December 2010

E4 – Social Media

Social Media Trends for 2011 – iMedia Connection, January 2011

5 Ways Cities Are Using Social Media to Reverse Economic Downturn – Mashable, December 2010

For Restaurants, Social Media Is About More Than Just Marketing – Mashable, December 2010

E5 – Social Networks

6 Predictions for Social Networks in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

E6 – Geolocation/LBSs

Most Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeo – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley: Location Will Connect Us – Om Malik, December 2010

E7 – Local Search

Google Unveils Hotpot, a Recommendation Engine for Places – Jolie O’Dell, November 2010

E8 – Real-time Web

Top 10 Real-Time Web Products of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

E9 – Mobile

5 Predictions for Mobile in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

Top 10 Mobile Products of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

What Were the Top Mobile Trends of 2010? – BIA Kelsey, December 2010

Mobile Year in Review 2010 – Mobile Future video, December 2010

2011 will be the year Android explodes – CNN, December 2010

Mobile TV Coming to 20 U.S. Markets by 2011 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

E10 – Game Mechanics

5 Predictions for Game Mechanics in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

HOW TO: Use Game Mechanics to Power Your Business – Mashable, July 2010

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Site More Fun – Mashable, April 2010

E11 – Relevance & Recommendation

Genieo: A Recommendation Engine that Learns From Your Browsing Habits – ReadWriteWeb, September 2010

E12 – Semantic Web

Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Web Linking Gets Deeper with New Standard for Link Relations – ReadWriteWeb, October 2010

LookBackMaps – Building a Location-Based Time Machine – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

SPARQLZ Shines as a Vision for Linked Data Made Easy – ReadWriteWeb, August 2010

Mapping People to Products: Hunch & GetGlue – ReadWriteWeb, August 2010

BBC World Cup Website Showcases Semantic Technologies – ReadWriteWeb, July 2010

E13 – Internet of Things

Top 10 Internet of Things Developments of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Beyond Social: Read/Write in The Era of Internet of Things – ReadWriteWeb, July 2010

E14 – Big Data

Technology forecast – Making sense of Big Data – PriceWaterhouseCoopers, June 2010

Foursquare Searching for Data Scientist – A Sign of Things to Come? – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Which companies have the best data science teams?

DJ Patil – LinkedIn

E15 – Web Development/Design

The Top 8 Web Development Highlights of 2010 – Mashable, December 2010

10 Predictions for Web Development in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

4 Predictions for Web Design in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

How the iPad Is Influencing Web Apps – Mashable, December 2010

5 Design Trends That Small Businesses Can Use in 2011 – Mashable, November 2010

Top Trends of 2010: HTML5 – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

HTML5 for Web App Development – from Google I/O 2010 – Glenn Assheton-Smith, December 2010

Why Designers and Developers Should Care About Internet Explorer 9 – Mashable, September 2010

E16 – Facebook

Facebook Accounts for 25% of All U.S. Pageviews – Mashable, November 2010

Facebook Profile Pages Becoming Irrelevant – ReadWriteWeb, August 2010

WikiLeaks, Mainstream Media, and the future of Journalism

January 1, 2011 1 comment

I haven’t had a chance to blog about Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks phenomenon, but reading up on the state of journalism at the end of 2010, it’s a hard topic to avoid.

I’m going to assume that readers of this post are familiar with the WikiLeaks story. If not, I recommend watching the following Chris Anderson interview with Julian Assange at a TED talk in July 2010:

… as well as the following interview with Julian Assange by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now from October 26th, shortly after WikiLeaks’ release of the Iraq War Logs: WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Iraq War Logs, “Tabloid Journalism” and Why WikiLeaks Is “Under Siege”. The first part of the interview can be viewed below:

For an update on Assange’s current situation in Great Britain, the following is an excellent interview of Assange by Robert Frost of Al Jazeera from December 22 2010:

WikiLeaks, Mainstream Media, and the future of Journalism

Rather, I want to specifically explore mainstream media coverage of WikiLeaks, and what it means for the future of Journalism.

Let’s start with Adam Westbrook‘s blog post from December 14 2010 titled Goodbye mainstream media. It’s been fun. Westbrook begins his post:

The past two weeks has seen the first, sustained, clash between two ages: a new era of complete online freedom and transparency (and all that this entails, good and bad); versus the old world of secrecy, authority and control. And it’s been paralleled in a clash between a new way of doing journalism and the way the traditional, mainstream media does it.

… I have now come to the conclusion that the future of journalism will not come in any shape or form from the current established media – at least in its present form. … the future of journalism does not lie with the mainstream media.

Westbrook authored this post 2 days after he appeared on Al Jazeera with Robert Fisk – a bit of a journalistic hero of mine – on a panel discussing how WikiLeaks is challenging, and changing, the craft of journalism. The video can be viewed below:

I started with Westbrook because his voice is from a younger generation of journalists that looks to the Internet to provide a visibility and transparency that (I believe) was absent from previous forms of media and journalism. Westbrook makes the case that WikiLeaks represents a new form of journalism made possible by the Internet age, and the “complete and utter transparency” that is made possible by the Internet. He contrasts this with an older, more secretive era of both diplomacy and journalism.

Jeff Jarvis has also commented frequently of late on a new “era of transparency”, and supports WikiLeaks efforts in this regard in his blog post from December 4 2010: Wikileaks: Power shifts from secrecy to transparency.

Jay Rosen provides a very interesting angle on the WikiLeaks phenomena in the video below:

Rosen’s line of thought is not so much whether WikiLeaks is a journalistic force for good or evil (so to speak). Rather, he asks the important question of why WikiLeaks as an organization arose as a trusted source for whistleblowers in the first place? Quoting Rosen:

One of the reasons (why whistleblowers trust WikiLeaks with their information) is that the legitimacy of the press itself is in doubt in the minds of the leakers. And there’s good reason for that. Because while we have what proports to be a watchdog press, we also have … the clear record of the watchdog presses’ failure … to provide a check on power …

So I think it’s a mistake to try and reckon with WikiLeaks and what it’s about, without including in the frame the spectacular failures of the watchdog press over the past 10, 20, 30 years, but especially recently.

And so without this legitimacy crisis in mainstream American journalism, the leakers may not be so included to trust an upstart like Julian Assange and … WikiLeaks.

When the United States is able to go to war behind a phony case. When something like that happens, and the Congress is fooled, and a fake case is presented to the United Nations. And a war follows, and hundreds of thousands of people die, and the stated rationale turns out to be false. The legitimacy crisis extends from the Bush government itself to the American state as a whole, and the American press, and the international system. Because all of them failed at one of the most important things that a government by consent can do – which is reason-giving.

That’s powerful stuff.

Glenn Greenwald on Mainstream Media reporting of WikiLeaks

No journalist, however, has done more to expose the conflicted relationship of mainstream media (in the US) and WikiLeaks that Salon’s Glenn Greenwald – who also gets my vote as the top journalist writing for a US media outlet.

It’s hard to even know where to start to cover the excellent journalism Greenwald has done in holding mainstream media accountable for their inaccurries and mistruths regarding WikiLeaks. Here’s just a sampling of my favorite Greenwald pieces surrounding WikiLeaks:

Shameful Assange Media Interview award – CNN’s Atika Shubert

But my vote for most shameful Assange media interview of 2010 goes to CNN’s Atika Shubert who (briefly) interviewed Assange in October 2010. First, the clip:

This interview was conducted right at the time of the WikiLeaks’ release of the Iraq War Logs – an event of enormous import. In this interview, Shubert employs (to my mind) the age-old technique of attempting to discredit the messenger when the message is unpalatable. It’s shameful journalism, and Assange was exactly right to walk away from the interview. I thought he handled the situation with dignity and grace.

In Summary – the birth of a genuinely accountable news media?

I believe WikiLeaks sets a new example and ideal for transparency and accountability in both investigative journalism and world affairs. It’s an organization that could not have been born prior to the current Internet era, and its emergence is being resisted by entities – political and journalistic – that for far too long have not been held accountable to public scrutiny. It’s a very encouraging and hopeful phenomenon IMO.


Hyperlocal – Core Dimensions (Part 2)

February 14, 2010 3 comments

This is the third in a series of posts on key dimensions of Hyperlocal. Other posts in this series are:

In the previous post, we explored the dimensions of Hyperlocal News and Commerce. In this post, we will explore Local Advertising and Hyperlocal Community.

Local Advertising

Local Advertising is definitely a key part of Local Business/Commerce, which I explored in the previous post. But local advertising can also be embedded within Local News and Local Community portals. Thus I’ve chose to deal with it as a separate topic.

Insights into Local/Hyperlocal Advertising

First off, I have a few favorite resources for keeping informed in the Local/Hyperlocal advertising space. These are:

Borrell Associates – headed up by CEO Gordon Borrell – also sponsors the Local Online Advertising Conference, which was held in New York city early this month.

Jeff Jarvis also frequently has compelling insights into Advertising strategies for Local News Media. For example, see his recent blog posts from February 2010: Stop selling scarcity and NewBizNews: What ad sales people hear.

Search Engine Marketing/SEO for SMEs

Obviously, SEM strategies are critical for any local online business on the web. My top go-to resources for local SEM/SEO insights are:

Big Ad Networks

On the solution provider front, you have the big ad networks around Search Engine marketing, some of which include:

Local Advertising Media/Platforms

A number of application/media providers – many with a mobile focus – are positioned to be significant players, including:

Niche/Regional-based Ad Networks and Services

Increasingly, however, you also have your niche/regional-based ad networks and service providers. Here’s some examples:

Bargains and Deals

Numerous vendors provide applications to notify consumers of bargains and deals in the local vicinity, including:

Additional Local Advertising Solution Providers

One more advertising solution provider I’ll mention:

So there you have it, a sampling of Local Advertising solution providers. Local Advertising should be a very interesting space to watch in 2010, particularly when it comes to mobile, location-based tools and technologies.

Local Community

The Local Community view of HyperLocal is about information and events of interest to the Community. Information and Events around the Local Community may be contributed by businesses, community organizations, or municipal governmental sources, or it may be user-generated content contributed by the Community.

When you talk Community, by definition you are talking about Social Networks. Therefore, you have to consider the various social networking platforms, and particularly those that host large social graphs. I’m thinking here most specifically of:

Many of the HyperLocal News platforms are also positioning themselves as Local Community platforms. For example:

You also have open city initiatives/discussions such as those initiated by:

For additional information on open city initiatives, see here.

Then there are do-it-yourself City initiatives and tools, for example:

You have Local Event platforms, such as:

And finally, organizational and community tools around local causes. See:

This is really just a very small sampling of possible ways/platforms for organizing people within a geographic community. I look for a lot of innovation in this space over the next several years.

HyperLocal Business Models

This viewpoint explores various ways to make a HyperLocal business commercially viable. There’s some great pioneering work being done by Jeff Jarvis and the folks at CUNY here – see the New Business Models for News Project at CUNY, and Jarvis’ overview of the work on HyperLocal business models here.

More on this to come.

Hyperlocal – Core Dimensions (Part 1)

February 14, 2010 2 comments

This is the second in a series of posts on key dimensions of Hyperlocal. Other posts in this series are:

In the initial post in this series, I introduced the following core dimensions of Hyperlocal/Local:

  1. Local News/Journalism
  2. Local Business/Commerce
  3. Local Advertising
  4. Local Community
  5. HyperLocal Business Models

This post will briefly explore the first 2 dimensions – Local News and Local Business/Commerce.

Local/Hyperlocal News

An important service to the Local community is News about the Community, or Community perspectives and reactions to the News. A nice definition of HyperLocal News is provided by Christopher Wink here: Hyperlocal news: a definition.

Keeping Informed about HyperLocal News Media

Here are a few of the sites I regularly visit to keep track of happenings in the Local/Hyperlocal News media space:


There are many, many Hyperlocal blogs and websites currently servicing their local communities. Wink provides a nice overview of some of the major ones in his post Hyperlocal news sites worth following.

Platform Providers

This is a core area of innovation at present, and a slew of recent acquisitions by major media companies of hyperlocal news platform providers illustrates this point.

Some of the key innovators:

Citizen Journalism

Often Hyperlocal news sites leverage Citizen Journalists as contributors to their site. A very interesting example of this approach is, which I blogged about here.

Real-time News Feeds

Finally, with the rise of Twitter, real-time geotagged feeds are also breaking onto the scene. Pat Kitano‘s Hyperlocal Curation of Real Time News post from November 2009 provides some interesting examples. Kitano’s Breaking News Network is a powerful example of location-relevant breaking news.

And of course, Twitter has launched location-based Trending Topics, would should add additional impetus to this trend.

Local Business/Commerce

Here, we’re talking about the commercial aspect of HyperLocal. A profound insight into the potential de-coupling of “core” Local News from Local Business services was recently delivered by Clay Shirky at the Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy in September 2009. A must-listen-to presentation IMHO.

There are many, many players and platforms that service local business needs, with many more soon to come no doubt. Here are a smattering of players in a very competitive space:

Business Listings – General

Business Listings – Niche

Services – Niche


As you can see, there are a number of different spaces by which software providers and hosting sites are seeking to provide services for local commerce. In the next post, we’ll look at two additional hyperlocal/local dimensions: Advertising and Community.


Advertising as Failure – an interesting perspective from Jeff Jarvis

February 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Jeff Jarvis has a provocative post from May 2009 titled Advertising as failure. The essence of Jarvis’ message is this:

  1. The ideal relationship of a company to its customer is direct, with no middleman
  2. Where you don’t have that good relationship, then you have to advertise to tell people something
  3. Therefore, in a very importance sense, Advertising is failure

A really simple insight, but for some reason it hit me like a ton of bricks. But it really speaks to my experience. The products or services that I really love, that I really value, don’t have to advertise to me. In a Google world, I find them and the communities that form around them.

In the following video, starting at around 15:10, Jarvis delivers a really powerful message on Advertising and Marketing:

Here’s a series of rapid-fire messages from Jarvis’ talk gets right to the heart of the matter:

  • If you think about advertising in one way, Advertising is failure
  • If the ideal is that you have a direct relationship and connection with your customer …
  • The ideal is that you have a product that’s so great that they (your customers) tell the world about it, they sell it for you …
  • The ideal is that they help each other and support each other in this product …
  • The ideal is that they trust you and know that you have a human voice and can talk to you …
  • The ideal is a direct relationship with this customer …
  • If all this is the ideal, then why would you advertise?
  • Because if the ideal is to be Google and hardly spend money at all and have a great product that people pass around, then advertising is failure.

That is just brilliant.

Now, as a caveat, Jarvis does say there are valid reason for advertising, for example: (i) nobody knows about my product, it’s brand new, (ii) I’ve had a problem and I fixed it and I’ve got to tell them, (iii) I have a new price and they should know that …

However, Jarvis concludes on the topic of Advertising:

Whatever it is you need to tell them, fine. But it is a fall from grace. Grace is they love me, they move my product, they talk about my product, they support my product, I made the product I wanted because I listened to them and I hear them because I have a relationship, then Advertising is failure.

A couple more recent related posts from Jarvis:

Great stuff.