Kevin Spacey recently gave a clear explanation of TV’s changing landscape. The future is user driven, and the established order doesn’t like it. What Spacey notes is that time, place and length don’t matter anymore. Users want to control when and how they consume media.
If you are watching a film on your television, is it no longer a film because you’re not watching it in the theater?’ Spacey asked his audience. ‘If you watch a TV show on your iPad is it no longer a TV show? The device and length are irrelevant.’ Labels are useless, the actor told the suits, ‘except perhaps to agents and managers and lawyers who use these labels to conduct business deals. ‘For the kids watching the shows, however, ‘there’s no difference watching Avatar on an iPad or watching YouTube on a TV and watching Game of Thrones on their computer. It’s all content. It’s all story.’
This, of course, runs completely counter to big media’s business model, which is still anchored in the 20th century. As we’ve seen before, tactics always lag behind technology, and those who adapt fastest win. That’s the result we’re seeing with Netflix, which is purchasing new seasons of TV shows and releasing them in bulk, at a very nice profit. The moral of the story? If people are buying digital devices they’re going to want, and find, digital content to enjoy on them. The media industry may be digging in its heals, guarding an old business model, but change happens. Better find a way to make money digitally because that’s where customers are going.
Complete article: http://bit.ly/16Iodur
WordPress is mainstream with almost 19% of the web using it, and its development is in high gear. We can expect three new releases by the end of this year alone. That’s the news from WordCamp, the annual WordPress conference.
WordPress’ features for the modern web just continue to grow, which makes it very attractive for bringing the company website up to current standards in one fell swoop. We’ve been onboard for the last few years and now recommend it regularly for clients. Just consider everything that comes with it:
- Content management for in-house publishing
- Media management
- SEO management
- Social media integration
- Accessibility ready
- Mobile ready with responsive design for tablets and mobile screens
- Hugely extensible
- Readily adaptable for custom designs
- Open source software with regular security and feature updates
- Easy-to-learn interface and growing population of users with skills
- Large development community for custom applications
And by the way, Automattic, the company behind WordPress, just received $50MM of new financing that will push the platform even further.
If it’s time for an upgrade of your company’s web strategy, consider WordPress. It’s mainstream now, and will take you to the front of current web capabilities faster than anything else available today.
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Video is at the forefront of technologies that both enable enhanced communication and serve as a viable business tool on the web. With Google’s latest product announcements it’s evident that collaboration within all forms of businesses will soon be best conducted online using video. It’s now possible to transmit high-quality sound and images to remote locations so that disparate parties can work together. No longer is video communication hampered by the restraints of bandwidth and machine capability. The resulting efficiencies allow the best people to work as if in the same room regardless of location. Add to this web-based collaboration tools and cloud storage and the need to travel is almost completely wiped out.
The following article points out how Google’s new products, specifically Chromecast, Hangouts, and the Nexus 7, make video the tool of choice for these kinds of collaborations. Think of the possibilities of consulting with ad hoc teams from anywhere in the world — or within your own locale — to assemble on short notice, work on ongoing projects, or bring in special expertise. The time is right for businesses to get up to speed on these kinds of video and collaboration tools.
When a skyrocket starts to falter, that’s news, I suppose. Apple’s seemingly unstoppable run got snagged last Fall when it’s stock price began a drop of over 40% . Theories flew about, but really, what company could possibly keep up the rate of success that Apple has had in recent years?
In the following article, which is actually a recap of Apple’s recent developers conference, some rock-solid numbers are given:
[Apple] continues to dominate mobile and personal computing, capturing 57 percent of global profits in the smartphone industry—to the tune of $7.1 billion—in the first quarter, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. It commands nearly 40 percent of all tablet profits, more than the next four competitors combined, according to IDC. Mobile-browser company Opera Software (OPERA) says iOS users are responsible for nearly 45 percent of Web traffic on mobile devices, while the Android devices that outnumber them account for 31 percent.
Apple is still churning out profits, and it’s cash reserve is the stuff of legend. But they are vulnerable. Over 70% of their revenue comes from just two product lines, iPhones and iPads. An able competitor with a new idea that registers with consumers could send Apple into a genuine tailspin. That is unless Apple has something new up their sleeve that becomes the next industry-changing, “must have” hit. Come to think of it, that’s probably Wall Street’s beef — Apple hasn’t “changed the world” in over two years now. Something must be wrong with them …
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Knowing how and where people get information is the best way to know how and where to deliver our messages and services. With that in mind, Kleiner Perkins analyst Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report is a valuable compilation of research and observation that sheds light in these areas to help us keep up with the constantly changing business/tech landscape. This year’s report, delivered at the recent “All Things Digital” conference, highlights several notable trends.
The move to mobile is in full throttle. Laptop and desktop sales will continue to decline as smartphone and tablets become the devices of choice in the ‘Post PC” era. Apple and Samsung claimed a combined 51% market share of global smartphone unit sales in Q4 2012, making them the dominant players in the field.
- Tablets are being adopted even more quickly than smartphones. Measuring the first 12 quarters after launch, iPads have sold 3-times faster than iPhones. Tablet sales also eclipsed sales of desktops and laptops for Q4 2012, and projections are that annual tablet shipments will surpass laptops in 2013, and total PCs in 2015.
- Mobile Internet traffic is now 15% of total global internet traffic.
- Time spent with print and radio continue to trend downward while TV and Internet remain steady. Mobile, on the other hand, continues to trend upward. Interestingly, the money advertisers spend on print is 4-times greater than the time spent there, while money spent on mobile advertising is one-fourth the time spent, pointing to a $20B opportunity as advertisers catch up.
The entire presentation is 117 slides and provides information on topics including media, global browsing, and wearable tech.
View full report: http://dthin.gs/112zZNG