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Posted by Site Administrator on January 22, 2009
Posted by Barry Parr
Shortly after ranting that media properties to start thinking bigger and stranger if they're going to succeed, I came across Jeff Jarvis's spot-on analysis of why print advertising was never the right model for online success and the variety of opportunities that exist for media properties to improve their top and bottom lines.
Jeff says that print advertising worked as a business because there was a limited supply of space. But it also worked as a business because it was staggeringly inefficient. A Realtor had to buy access to a million readers to reach to two dozen who were looking for a neighborhood open house. That model has been broken for at least five years.
He has some great suggestions for new kinds of businesses for media companies. You should read his whole list, but here are my takes on some of them:
The bad news is that nearly all initiatives will fail and only a few will prosper. And you can't wait around until it becomes obvious what's going to work. Once you notice someone having success, he's going to be difficult to unseat in the market he created. To succeed in the current chaosm, you must experiment, keep costs low, watch what others are doing, and take a portfolio approach to innovation management.
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