29 July

30% of tech journalist’s stories come from PR.

In the era of news 2.0, information is easy to get, context and relevance are hard. Wade Roush, xconomy editor and former editor at MIT Technology Review makes his case today in his weekly column. Thirty percent of his story leads come from from PR people. His biggest challenge is time. The lesson here for […]

20 July

News of the World begs for mercy.

Two years of hard, expensive investigative journalism at The Guardian (circulation 270,000) brings down News of the World (circulation 2.7 million) in one of the most cataclysmic political hearings since Watergate. While it won’t lead to his resignation, David Cameron may be searching for Nixon’s silent majority. The Guardian’s Nick Davies and Alan Rusbridger worked […]

17 July

Why quit your job for a startup?

Why aren’t more startups getting funded in Seattle? In the past 5 quarters there were only 13 early stage deals in Seattle. Seattle trails Bay Area and Boston startup investing. VCs, entrepreneurs and the local tech industry in general wring their hands over explanations and solutions. GeekWire stirs up the debate every two weeks or […]

15 June

Hamsterization arrives.

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Is there less good journalism or just insanely higher volumes of news filler? When journalists must post a half dozen variations on the same pile of research, or link to a compeitors’ coverage it dilutes the product and diverts editors’ attention from more important matters, like investigating bailout recipients. The Columbia Journalism Review refers the […]

9 June

Who wants free marketing?

Have you had the “free marketing” conversation in the last three years? Who hasn’t! Come find me at the Northwest Entrepreneur Network event on creative approaches to free marketing this Friday in Bellevue. More info here: http://www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid=15&id=508 New tools and platforms arrived with the worst recession in in 70 years. A perfect storm to try […]

6 June

Owen Media produces 300k lbs of CO2/yr.

Is there a correlation between carbon dioxide emissions and rising global temperatures? It doesn’t matter. The economic benefits of conservation are sufficient to spur action. Why take environmental advice from an advertising and PR firm? We work with global brands to promote energy efficiency. Owen Media produces more than 294,768 lbs of CO2 per year. […]

30 May

The new marketing toolkit.

The economics of marketing have shifted and favor innovative companies that quickly adapt to the new landscape. There hasn’t been a better time to do more with less budget. IT vendors’ marketing departments havetransitioned to new models of marketing, either by choice or necessity. The current recession is unlocking the value of new marketing tools […]

30 May

Great writing is an asset, not a commodity.

Read a good website lately?  There are 231 million websites with 6 million more added each month.  More than a third of the sites are blogs.  The great irony of our era is thatprint publications laid off more than 10,000 journalists in the past year but there’s never been more demand for great writers. If […]

30 May

This was the beginning.

The day of reckoning arrived. Journalists and PR professionals have been holding their breath for 18 months, waiting for The New York Times to introduce the online paywall. Why the anticipation? If you haven’t noticed, traditional media is in free fall. It’s kind of like banking in 2008 but without bailouts. The problem is thatcirculation […]