24 February

Seattle Times adds paywall

  Seattle’s remaining daily goes paywall in March 2013. More than 400 dailies in the US already require digital subscriptions. How much do Americans enjoy reading news content from real journalists? Even when its a discussion on Facebook, Twitter or email that is initiated by a news story? Will anyone notice when it’s gone?

18 November

Will “progmatic buying” kill vertical media?

  Progmatic buying means ┬ápurchasing web display ads by target audience irrespective of the web site he or she visits. In the good old days media buyers would identify publications for their relevance and frequency. Today buyers simply tell the progmatic buying services the audience they’re trying to reach and how much they’re willing to […]

11 November

Analytics: The new PR

  A friend in the PR biz called last week about how to measure the value of an article on a news website. He’s a bit of a marketing knuckle-dragger, but still the question seemed very 1999 to me. We used to measure value by circulation and the relevance of the audience. Sometimes we’d multiply […]

13 September

iPhone 5: All the oxygen in the room.

  I spent Wednesday across the street from the year’s largest tech PR event, the iPhone 5 launch. I was at Intel Developer Forum, the chip maker’s bi-annual conference that ironically happened the same day and practically same location as the mesiah’s press conference. IDF seemed a little quiet on Weds. No Blue Man Group. […]

10 September

Security: Flavor of the moment

  Include security in your marketing road map for the next five years. The NYT op ed piece today kind of cements it. The IT industry transition from energy efficiency and sustainability to security hit the tipping point some time in the last six months. Starting 2008 the industry focused energy efficiency and sustainability (see […]

24 July

“A person puts on a goat suit, he changes the game”

  Creativity, nitrous oxide for marketing. Just when you think you’ve memorized the news cycle, some dude puts on a goat suit and takes up residence with a herd in the mountains. Hoax or nut job, he made my week.

25 April

Xolo ships: Intel enters smart phone market.

  Will system on chip design revolutionize the smart phone industry? Today the journey begins with Xolo. More handsets, including a premium handset from Motorola, coming later this year. AnandTech published the first review (very positive) today. Owen Media has launched and promoted Pentium, Itanium and Xeon processors since 1995. We’re all holding our breath […]

11 April

NYT mourns the electric car.

  NYT published an electric car obituary Mar 25, the same day Wendy and I took the kids to pizza and saw an electric car parked outside. Disruptive change comes with hiccups. GM rushed the Volt and didn’t vet the gasoline backup concept. The battery fires aren’t helpful. But there are more EVs on the […]

30 March

Paul as art director.

We completed a site for BroadPoint Group this week. We used WordPress and the Classica theme ($35) with royalty free images from Corbis ($135) and my super smooth writing to get it done. Twitter feed is embedded. Time consuming though. I’ll stick to my day job and make sure I refer future assignments to Owen […]

19 March

IT rocket fuel: TechCrunch

We placed a story on Tech Crunch today on behalf of CBT Nuggets, an enterprise IT training service. With 5 million uniques, Tech Crunch placements are rocket fuel for IT marketing. Within an hour the placement was driving hundreds of inbound leads to the training start up. There’s no great secret to media relations. Develop […]