Posts from June 2005

BlogPulse need caffeine?

BlogPulse need caffeine?

: Matt Galloway wonders wazzup with BlogPulse. I suggest we ask them. I shot them an email.

: UPDATE: See Blogpulse’s Pete Blackshaw’s response in the comments.

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

: Yesterday, I did my blogboy dance for a bunch of French print and wire-service editors on an IFRA tour (ironic, when Loic — whose reputation they all knew — could tell them more on their homefront than I could). Anyway, I asked how many of them read blogs; most but not all. I asked how many of their journalists read blogs. They all put their thumbs and forefingers a millimeter apart. Un petit peu

Vs. the U.S. in ClickZ:

Journalists mostly used blogs for finding story ideas (53 percent), researching and referencing facts (43 percent) and finding sources (36 percent). And 33 percent said they used blogs to uncover breaking news or scandals. Still, despite their reliance on blogs for reporting, only 1 percent of journalists found blogs credible, the study found.

Snotty, those reporters.

Tim Porter talks to some smart journalists who use blogs.

The moderate revolt

The moderate revolt

: Andrew Sullivan sees the Rove strategy at work in a new poll that finds disapproval of Bush equivalent among Democrats and independents, vs. solid approval among Republicans:

This strikes me as a direct result of the Rove strategy of brutal partisanship, Christianist pandering, and general fiscal and military fecklessness. Some readers have said that my criticism of the administration makes me sound like a liberal these days. Well, from these results, I’m not the only one being pushed by right-wing extremism into opposition.

Dell sucks. Dell lies. Continued and continued and…

Dell sucks. Dell lies. Continued and continued and…

: I just got my Dell back. They replaced the system board, the CPU, the memory, the palmrest assembly, the keyboard, and the wireless NIC.

Within a half hour, it’s proving not to work. The heat, according to an ap my son found, is up to 154 degrees. The machine is overheating. The fan is on high. And the CPU is running at 100 percent. Dell sucks. Dell lies.

Dell makes lemons. No lemonade.

Dell sucks.

TV explodes

TV explodes

: The other day, I said that the reduced take in TV’s upfront ad selling season was the tipping point — tipping the wrong way indeed — for broadcast TV. Here’s the next evidence making the case: An ad agency exec smells weakness and demands lower rates:

Advertising spending growth may slow from next year as TV networks in the U.S. are forced to cut rates as audience levels fall, Saatchi & Saatchi Chief Executive Kevin Roberts said at an industry conference.

Ad spending worldwide should increase 5 percent or 6 percent this year, Roberts, 55, said in an interview at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France. Annual growth will slow to an average of about 4 percent after 2005 as TV prices “come down,” he said late yesterday. “They will have to. Otherwise advertisers are going to leave the medium.” …

In the U.S., television networks “seem to be gouging advertisers,” Roberts said. “Their rates are going up and the return on investment is coming down.” …

Television will remain the largest advertising medium, Roberts said. “How it will be used will be very different. It will become more interactive.” Advertising will also change to be more “emotive” rather than “yelling at you,” he said.

New Media

The current year of TV programming, which runs into 2006, will be the “biggest ever year in history on television advertising,” Roberts said. “While the return on investment in television is deteriorating, because rates are going up, clients are still flocking to the medium.”

That will change over the next few years as techniques are developed to measure the effectiveness of ads in new media such as mobile phones and the Internet, he said.

“We don’t have enough pre-testing and measurement of emerging media. What we need is a bit of time behind us so that we get some empirical data” and advertisers will become more confident with such media.

And I will argue that advertisers are fools waiting for the perfect data when they could be using new media aggressively and still quite inexpensively and learning along the way. But, hell, they’re the fools with the money and so we need to build that data for them. And now is our opportunity, as TV explodes. [via Lost Remote]

And it’s not just TV. See also newspapers here and here and here and follow the links therein.