Surviving in a Crowded App World

When was the last time you opened your station’s news or weather app and actually used it? Was it... When you first downloaded it? A month ago? Last week? Or you don’t remember? I’ve learned that stations don’t do enough quality control. Here’s an example. We have a client station that has one of the [...]

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

Making it Up as You Go

A good friend of mine struggles to figure out her computer and phone.  In her world, files disappear and mysteriously move never to be seen again.  When she explains her latest frustration, people are curious:  Why does she have these problems when some of us facing the same thing bungle along and figure out a [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:01+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|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

If Your Apps are an Afterthought, Rethink Your Priorities

What's the first touch point for your brand on a daily basis?  For increasing numbers of local television stations, that answer is "an app."  More than many newscasts and probably way more than your website, the app is a growing point of contact for consumers. So who is producing app content in your newsroom?  Chances [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:01+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gone Too Soon

Most people don’t shock easily anymore, not after a decade of beheadings and school shootings and families murdered in their homes and wall-to-wall coverage of airplanes intentionally being flown into mountains (or vanishing altogether). This week, as we learned the details of the murder of WDBJ’s Allison Parker and Adam Ward, we felt shock. And [...]

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

The Neglected Screen

Imagine if viewers tuned in to your newscast and saw a complete hash -- random soundbites, video from news conferences, click-bait video, a reporter’s story from two days ago and a weather forecast recorded six hours earlier -- all jumbled together for no apparent reason. Well, guess what?  That’s probably what they get from your [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:01+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Over the Top about OTT

I love the Fourth of July. It’s become the second most important holiday on our family calendar, behind only the Christmas/New Year week, which is often more work than fun.  But Independence Day, in addition to forcing us all to take pause and consider our freedoms, is about family, tradition and fun in the sun. [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 July 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments