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

Television: Distribution on the Brink

When I went out for lunch today something caught my eye as I drove by my local cable company: a Brinks truck backed up to the front door (I’m not kidding). They were about to cart off another load of money, some of it probably mine from a monthly three-digit cable bill. I’ve never been [...]

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

Time to Stop Serving Up News in the Same Old Way

How do you like your burgers?  Chances are your answer isn’t “Like McDonald’s makes them.”   Last week’s news had two burger stories that speak volumes about local news, too.  First, the CEO of McDonald’s got himself “McFired” for slipping sales and lack of innovation.  Second, Shake Shack had a huge public stock offering, instantly making [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|Strategy|Comments Off on Time to Stop Serving Up News in the Same Old Way

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

Rethinking Outside Media

As you and your team start thinking about your late fall and November media plans, we suggest you question the traditional path you’ve probably taken in the past and make more room for digital options. Where are you spending your outside media money? Chances are the typical places – radio and even possibly newspaper. Usually [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 August 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rethinking Outside Media

Rise Above the Fray with Election Coverage

We’re coming up on one of the more important mid-term elections we have seen in recent years. Couple this with declining newspaper readership, an increase in partisan driven websites and battles on social media over policies and candidates, and it means there is an opportunity for local newsrooms to rise above the fray. Now is [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 August 5th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rise Above the Fray with Election Coverage

Get Used to Thinking Bigger

I don’t know about your summer, but mine includes watching shows on DVR and, on weekends, the occasional “binge-viewing” of a cable series or Netflix show. I’m not alone. This week several network research gurus pooled their knowledge about how viewers are watching television this year. It’s an eye-opener if you haven’t seen the data. [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:02+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Get Used to Thinking Bigger