About Steve Schwaid

Today developing an effective digital media strategy is critical for revenue growth and brand-building. Steve is working with station groups, website developers, content suppliers, and others to in three key areas: social media, web and mobile. In addition, Steve puts his extensive television news expertise to work for clients helping them develop and refine their on-air product. Steve has led news operations in markets across the country including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Hartford and Tampa. In addition, he has served as an executive at the corporate level for NBC Universal and Meredith Local Media leading strategic growth and digital content initiatives. Most recently, Steve was vice president of news at WTXF, FOX Philadelphia where he took all newscasts from a fourth place position to second or first. Steve has also served on several industry boards and is the winner of many awards including the Georgia AP Best Website Award and numerous Emmy awards.

Mobile Graphics: Can you see me now?

“Can you hear me now?” Remember the Verizon ad?  (As if pop culture will ever let us forget it). When it comes to your news mobile app, let’s change it to, “Can you see me now?”  Can you see the images, weather maps and graphics I just put in your Facebook feed on your cell [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:01+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Digital Strategy|0 Comments

SOCIAL MEDIA: Who’s Counting?

I spend a fair amount of time cruising various station Facebook pages while watching TV in the evening (cable, streaming, DVR). I know it’s quite a life I lead. Really, it’s ok. It gives me chance to second screen – sometimes third screen - to see what’s happening around the country and what people are [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:01+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Digital Strategy|0 Comments

Take Advantage of Huge Christmas Digital Opportunities

Some of you might say this blog is from Captain Obvious. But I figured I would write it anyway to maximize the enormous digital opportunity on Christmas. We’ve learned that Christmas Day is a huge digital day. Folks are getting new phones, new tablets, wearables and other connected devices. And as the wrapping paper is [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:01+00:00 December 21st, 2015|Digital Strategy|0 Comments

Paris and Your Local News Digital Products

Maybe it’s me. Maybe I have unrealistic expectations … that stations take on their digital products in an aggressive, relevant and meaningful way.  But after all, it is the future (and the now). This weekend showed that many stations are still living in their traditional analog world, focused on TV and missing a digital opportunity to [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:01+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

STAR TREK: YOUR NEXT GENERATION

The GM woke up from a nightmare. In a cold sweat, all he/she could think about was something from the nightmare, when the network affiliate relations representative said on the phone: "We've enjoyed our relationship for the past 50 years, but when our contract expires we won't be renewing it." The conversation continued: "Who will [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:01+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Social Media Insanity Syndrome

Come on.  Really? Reporters taking selfies at murder scenes? Smiling reporters in front of tornado damaged homes? News teams posing with guns pointed at the camera with a smile on their faces. A producer posting a tweet hoping police will use real bullets on protestors. A post from a newsroom with wrong information because they [...]

By | 2015-05-28T17:17:16+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Newsroom policies, Social Media|0 Comments

Attract Viewers with Content, Not Contests

"Watch our morning news and you could win a trip to England." "Watch our 6 pm news and you could win a cruise." "Watch our 11/10 pm news and you could win a mortgage or a $1,000 a week." Topicals have now been replaced with spots that remind me of car sales folks. Come in, [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 May 5th, 2015|Strategy|0 Comments

Why You Need to Know about Facebook and “Dark Posts”

We’re not talking about spies, James Bond look-alikes or the NSA.  Nope. It’s a little known tool on Facebook. Facebook continues its exponential growth as an important tool for newsrooms to alert users of breaking news and weather — especially weather. Our research shows users increasingly depend on stations to provide weather information, especially severe [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why You Need to Know about Facebook and “Dark Posts”

Can You Hear Your Future?

You can almost hear it. That clicking sound. It’s getting a bit louder every day. Can you hear it? Listen carefully. If you have spent time at an airport, a mall, or waiting in line to pay at the grocery store, then you’ve probably seen it or even been part of it. It’s the sound [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|Mobile Devices, Strategy|Comments Off on Can You Hear Your Future?

Adapting to Facebook’s Changing Rules

These days TV station managers understand how valuable and important Facebook is to reach users and viewers. But many find it a challenge to keep up with Facebook’s constantly changing rules and guidelines. Well, fair warning, Facebook is making another change that will impact your news, sales and promotion departments. Facebook wants to handcuff marketers [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 September 5th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Adapting to Facebook’s Changing Rules