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How journalists are using Facebook, Twitter to write mini serial narratives

Since the mid 1990s I’ve been experimenting with serial narratives, stories of more than one serving, in which parts or episodes often end in cliffhangers, driving the reader or viewer to the next installment. Serial stories dominate American culture and are expressed in television stories such as “Glee” or “The Sopranos”; in book publishing with the Harry Potter series or “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy; in reality television (in which someone is always thrown off the island, or given a rose, or breaks the scale, or becomes the weakest link).

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While newspapers have moved away, to some extent, from multi-part serial narratives, there are signs of mini-serialization everywhere: in the cartoon strips and panels that let us visit our favorite characters each morning; in the racehorse coverage of local and national elections; in recurring news stories about Chilean miners trapped in a mine, or a British Petroleum well polluting the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Rise of Page View Journalism

In the early days of newspapers, success and advertising was measured by total circulation. The ability to measure how many people were reading just the business section, lifestyle section, or sports section didn’t exist. As more consumers switch their news reading habits to online consumption, our ability to track which section and pages are being read has improved. However, this enhanced tracking has a dark side: the rise of page view journalism. Simply put, page view journalism is the deliberate creation of stories that are designed to increase page views. It often results in an increase of low quality, high volume reporting and off topic stories.
people will have to reach the conclusion that there is some quality news that is worth paying to have access to …

While page view journalism is often attributed as the primary cause of demand media style content, the fact is it’s so pervasive now that it has almost become the norm. Look at the homepage of Techmeme on any given day and you’ll see an increasingly large number of websites trying to siphon off some of that traffic by “reblogging ” the top stories of the day, adding little or no value to the discussion. While rebloggers are at the lower end of the food chain, page view journalism also occurs at the top. Techcrunch, for example, covers with voluminous detail almost every story that is even slightly connected to twitter. It wouldn’t surprise me if MG Siegler did an expose on how Mary in the AP department at Twitter killed the staple market by switching to paper clips. Don’t laugh…it’s not that far fetched.

Want an example of how to lose your focus? Check out Mashable, a site that regularly stretches to cover things like Tiger Woods and Fashion Week in an effort to bolster page views. The king of page view media is the Huffington Post, which reblogs, over-covers everything, and has gone off-topic so much it no longer has a main topic.
if you aren’t paying something, then you aren’t a customer: you are the product that’s being sold…

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5 Twitter Tools for Analyzing Your Stats

One of the great things the internets gives us is the ability to track and analyze anything and everything. You can find out how many people are on your website, commented on your blog, or liked your Facebook status update, and it doesn’t take much more than a few clicks.

Whether you are looking at it from a competitive, professional, or personal point of view, you’ve probably figured out that you should start using Twitter tools to check your stats.

Here are a Twitter analytics tools to help you determine where you are in the Twitterverse:

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Rooney conserva los patrocinios, a pesar del escándalo

Wayne Rooney conservará el apoyo de sus patrocinadores a pesar de estar involucrado en un escándalo sexual con una prostituta, según han señalado medios locales, que apuntan a que para Coca-Cola y Nike, este es un asunto privado.

Rooney sigue los pasos de Tiger Woods, que mantuvo el apoyo de sus anunciantes a pesar del escándalo publicitario, y tras una actuación decepcionante en el mundial, que recordó incluso la trama del anuncio que protagonizó para Nike, donde se veía al futbolista viviendo en una caravana tras un pobre desempeño en el torneo.

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Nike’s Tiger Woods Apparel Line Snubbed by Consumers

Tiger Woods fans have put up with the philandering, the text messages and the domestic spats. Now comes what may be the hardest thing of all to tolerate: Losing.

Woods has played through the year without a single tournament win, putting him at 83rd on the PGA Tour’s money list. As his performance slumps, so have sales of his apparel line through Nike Inc., according to retailers Golfsmith International Holdings Inc., Roger Dunn Golf Shops and Golf Discount Superstore.

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Why Brands Shouldn’t Waste Money on Celebrity Endorsements

WWTD : What Would Tiger Drive?

In my old ad agency life, brands were things or corporate entities, co-managed by the agency strategists, account managers and creatives. Innocent was a brand. Reebok was a brand. MTV was a brand. These brands didn’t talk. Didn’t have good hair days or bad hair days, and they certainly didn’t have complicated ryders in their contracts, specifying that only organic foods could be served at photo shoots.

But brands are now personified by people. In Hollywood it’s no longer a culture of celebrity that drives ticket-goers, it’s the celebrity brands.

Brands are increasingly becoming the currency of business. They link customers with enterprises. In this sense, smart business people now bestow virtual custody of brands upon consumers, while keeping management in the hands of companies. In other words, in the entertainment industry, it’s all about the packaging. In today’s world, entertainment brands define markets as much as they do products, services and organisations.

People like brands because they like making decisions.

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