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Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #64: Where does the box go?

John Federico

The latest episode of On Digital Media has been posted. Show notes and audio can be found here.

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Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #63: We Told You So

John Federico

The latest episode of On Digital Media has been posted. Show notes and audio can be found here.

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Notes from the Business of APIs Conference

John Federico

These are pretty much my raw notes from the Business of API's Conference held on March 17th at the Yale Club in NYC. Send any corrections my way via email or in the comments.

-jf.

 


Jeremy Zawodny, Yahoo! Developer Network

Yahoo! Developer Network founded in February 2005

Initially focused on Search API's

Why did YouTube Succeed?


  • Free

  • Made one simple thing easy

  • Viral

  • Branding

How does Jeremy define Openness?


  • Open API's

  • Open Content

  • Open Communication

  • Open Platform

  • Open Standards

  • Open Source

Examples:

Open API's
Open Content
RSS, etc.
MyYahoo benefited from this a great deal
Open Communication
Blogging
Access
Open Hack Day
Open Platform
Open API's and Search Results
Open Standards
Open Source

Why Open Up? Why API's?
(Pac-Man slide)
The yellow slice is "the internet"
The rest is usually "your company, your business, your developers"

"In the battle of you (or your company) vs. the internet, the internet always wins...eventually."
For the same reason that YouTube didn't charge to upload, host or transcode your video

Why would any smart business knowingly limit itself to a small subset of the available resouces - be they people, time attention, ideas or customers?

(more pac-man)


  • Yahoo API's

  • Answers

  • Finance

  • HotJobs

  • Local

  • Mail

  • Maps

  • Search/Advertising

  • shopping

  • Travel

  • Fire Eagle

  • Utilities

  • Delicious

  • upcoming

  • flickr

  • messenger

  • widgets

  • live

using...


  • RSS

  • JSON

  • Serialized PHP

  • XML

Yahoo Buzz
Taking community input and letting people determine what is popular or interesting. Content from Yahoo Buzz actually gets placed on the Yahoo Home Page. Companies featured there have had one of their highest traffic days.

Q: What are some of the dangers of challenges of doing this?
A: Uncertainty. You never know if people will like what you're doing. Access: "People may just take their data and go somewhere else."

Q: What are the business models behind the API's?
A: General syndication - make it easy for people embed your stuff to create awareness and traffic.
Utilitarian - encourages people to come back to see what else yahoo has to offer (advertising, apps, etc.)
Lead generation for paid services
Search Marketing - the more they open the business, the easier it is for people to create tools to help place and monitor ads. (That's why eBay opened their API.)


Panel Discussion

How do you choose what to open up in the first place?

Nathan Freitas, Cruxy

Cruxy is a digital marketplace for items - any item, any price. Engine powers all types of commerce including virtual goods. They take 10%.
Video computing engine using a utility model (a la EC2).
They want to power companies of all sizes.
Reselling Amazon S3 services. AWS sells 10 cents for CPU services, Cruxy charges 13 cents.

Eric Rafer, Lookery

MyBlogLog

Lookery had put out a rudimentary ad network on Facebook. Microsoft funs their ad operations for 1.5 cents per thousand.

Tracking is available via API. Business is split between customers who want to work with them just for data and those who want the ad network. They're actually selling data to other ad networks via the API.
Global API, but it's relatively personalized. For instance, if you're an auto-related site, you'll see general demographics plus auto-related data. Lookery doesn't get much downstream data from ad response like the behavioral targeting networks. 25 cents per thousand for access to the data.

Oren Michels, Mashery
Smaller customers recognize that general growth distribution is important to their businesses. Offering stuff on their own web sites is a bonus.

Large companies are evolving - usually an early adopter in the organization will test the theory of open API's and may generally open certain API's if proven successful.

Potential Bad Outcomes: Everyone might use it! They actually had it crush their infrastructure due to underestimated demand. Customers will expand the API's based on feedback. Ultimately what's released is a combination of what you thought developers might use and requested additions.

Tracking and scaling api usage- what are the differences

Scott: machines and humans behave differently. In the past, we've blocked bots and crawlers. An API invites those people in on a controlled basis. You can begin to track the traffic and value of your partners web sites.

Nathan: Half of our API's are built for machines. The other half are for humans (widgets, etc.)

Oren: They originally opend the API for people to put a search box on their web sites. What they actually wanted was to send millions of concurrent requests so they could generate pages for AdSense. Classic API is around control. Mashery has a control panel (a la Google AdWords). Created an API to update the behavior of the dashboard.

Cruxy: Russian hackers found a workaround to display videos. 60 terabytes later, they discovered that the system really scales. ;)

MyBlogLog requires a link back in order to license the API.

Scott: People who understand what value traffic to their web site is worth will embrace this model. If you can't make money to your own traffic, bringing more people isn't going to help.

Oren: Is your business model baked into your API? Ads, traffic, etc. Google monetizes attention, others monetize in different ways (commerce, etc.)

Nathan: Will monetize and change the API based on future demand and enhancements (Silverlight, HD, etc.)

Q: Are there free trial API's and what have the success models been?

Mashery has a free trial API. Thousands of trials turn to hundreds and create the best leads. If you open up API's and something gets build on it, you can sit down and create a deal structure that works for both companies. Generally working with Biz Dev folks.

Q: How do companies find out about your API services?

Nathan: have to invest yourself in the developer community (barcamp, etc.) and invest in kits for various frameworks (.net, etc.)

Q: What size business are paying for API services?

Oren: mostly larger developers/companies.

Q: In a successful API release, how many people would be involved in the process?

Scott: It depends on what it does.

(Scott also runs on Amazon.)

Biz Dev, Product, Ops, Development (99% sales and biz dev after production.)

Oren: usually a small team that understands the value of the build.

Nathan: Everything is the API - that's product. How it's interfaced with the public is sales/biz dev.


Chris Phenner, SVP, Business Development, thumbplay

thumbplay is largest off-deck mobile content provider in the U.S.. Billing events directly appear on consumers wireless bills.

"Like the bank teller about to introduce the ATM that will replace me..."

For two years spent a lot of time doing classic biz dev. Working with Mashery for the past 6 months. ended year of just shy of 40 partners live and driving subscribers. Two weekends ago they pushed live their developer program - in 15 days they signed up 40 partners.

Provides a means for developers to help themselves and let's biz dev get out of the way.

Happiness is..

Instant Gratification

Gratification is...
Requiring only one email to start.

Flexbility is...
Offering tools for all partner types

1000 new subscribers a day @ $10/month

Feedback is...
Constantly changing content/services...

Availability is...
Partners cannot live by URL alone...


  • A sense of voice and presence

  • A team at-the-ready to respond

  • A means to reach out - in all forms

Competition is...

Shared best practices and success stories


  • Who did what with which tools?

  • What drives the best conversion?

  • What financial outcomes accrue?

Q: Do you still do manual biz dev deals or do you push people into the automated process?
A: Sure, if the opportunity is worthwhile.

Q: What sort of radical changes did you need to make to internal processes to prepare for the API?
A:

Q: Can you manage retention and churn using the API?
A: New Metric: How many API calls does it take to get a subscriber?


David Cancel, co-founder and former CTO, Compete.com (now with Lookery)
First Mashery customer

Founded in 2000
Clickstream data
License data from ISP's, ASP's and their own panel and mash it up

Detailed data example:

My Yahoo users are less loyal than iGoogle users

Weren't making use of much of the collected data. What could they do with it?

Benchmark data for U.S. sites from panelists released for free - creating massive growth.

"If you want to get people to come to your web site, free data is a great way."

Launched an API in 2007 through Mashery, driving more traffic. (NOTE: And credibility.) Didn't earn money directly from the API, but opened up a ton of new verticals with new clients. Also happened with core vertical clients.

The API was a large factor in the acquisition of Compete.com by TNS. Looking to expand beyond the U.S.


Oren Michels, CEO, Mashery
Managing your API

Quote on slide: "What is an API? Biz Dev 2.0!" --Caterina Fake


  • Security

  • Metrics

  • Scalability

API's can push to web sites, widgets, third-party platforms and desktop applications.

"The web site is the front door of your business, the API is your loading dock."

How do you manage the next 1000 partners?

Self-select, self-serve, self-manage.

Quote on slide: "Twitter API has 10x the traffic of the web site." -- Biz Stone

Mashery: Proxy for your API: API Management, API Metrics, API Distribution


Dave McClure, 500 Hats
Successful Developer Programs

Ran the PayPal Developer Network.

All about the geeks.

A geek is a cool smart person. A nerd is an uncool smart person.

7 Habits of highly successful developer programs


  • Who's your Audience?

  • Who are you trying to reach?

  • indies
    small cos
    enterprises
  • What makes them tick?

  • What problems do they have?

  • Are there geeks who are already solving your customers problems?

  • If so, find and recruit them to your cause
    If not...better find some fast.

Your Product Better Be Cool


  • To get Geeks behind your product, it better be Cool

  • cool = new, innovative, useful, latest tech
  • If it ain't cool, MAKE it cool

  • Provide code examples; Find developers who are already solving the problem; see if they'll use your tools. If not, back to the drawing board.
  • Your number 1 job is to help geeks make money or become famous (either one works)

Your Team = More Geeks

Q1: Are you a geek?
If yes, good. Now go find some more
If not, stop. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200

Hire EXTROVERTED geeks (tough)
Bloggers / Writers
IRC / Wiki / Forum Addicts
Hang out at Conferences & Draw a Crowd
Enjoy writing code samples and helping others

Recruit Geek Advisory Board with Target Expertise
Target Languages / Platforms
customer Veticals
already successful / making money / well-known

Geek Metrics
Have some
Make sure they're aligned with real world business goals
Examples
# of new customers
# of downloads
# of active developers
# of transactions
$ revenue from API's

Tip: Make sure your (non-geek) bos / business unit signs off on your metriccs & goals

The API Biz Model should be your Biz Model
Bake your business model into your API
no free rides (unless your produdct is free)

Education: It's the Only Thing


  • To win, you must Educate (product mktg)

  • To Educate, you must speak (blog)

  • To speak, you must do/show (code examples)

Tip: DO NOT require registration or login to educate. EVER.
Perhaps require reg to make money, get fame but only if absolutely necessary

early beta programs = virtue
NDA's & Legal Docs = sin

Marketing: Sell the Geeks, Not You

What do Geeks crave?


  • Respect (always)

  • Attention (sometimes)

  • Money (sometimes)

  • If you help them = BFF

Sell your best geeks, other will follow


  • Product directory of third party apps

  • Preferred developer pgoram

  • Affiliate / incentives for your geeks

  • Send them a steady stream of customers

  • Geeks rule the earth

  • A developer program is like a loyalty program


Media and the Open API

Nielsen syndicates data through an API. Business models will vary - some will include embedded advertising.

Sandor Marik, CondeNet

Securing rights to distribute content is becoming easier, making API's more attractive. Syndicated content is still their brand.

Ty Ahmad-Taylor, MTV Networks

"The content trickle back to your site is short-sighted."

"The brand of the channel is not as relevant to the audience as the content."


APIs and Corporate Strategy
Lauren Cooney, Program Director, Info 2.0 Community, IBM
David Boloker, CTO, Emerging Technologies Group

IBM is using the term Info 2.0 to describe their process for turning all your data into XML feeds, mashing them up and delivering them to the needy folks in your organization.

The whole thing is controlled by "MashupHub".

Follow the Money

Brad Burnham, Union Square Ventures
Chris Fralic, First Round Capital
David S. Rose, Rose Tech Ventures

David: "What's your API strategy? If don't have one, you're probably not a company that we want to take a look at."

Brad: "It's been rumored that twitter built their API first, then built their service on top of it. It requires a lot of forethought."

Chris Fralic: We ask, "why aren't you using services like Amazon's S3? Sometimes, they have good reasons not to but if they say, 'What's that?' we get concerned." "Chris Phenner is the business development executive of the future."

Brad: "Joshua Frachter started delicious for $300K. He had 30K users when they met him, 60K users when they closed the round and a million users by the time Yahoo came around."

David: "Scalability is what VC's are looking for. And what better way to scale than to plug into everyone and everything out there and leverage that connectivity?"

Brad: "We often look for young companies that are aggregating assets - usually data - from a variety of sources and ways and producing something where the sum is greater than the whole of it's parts."

Chris: "The one way to help break Google's lock on search is to open it up to the world to figure out how to make it better."

Brad: "Looking for a company that has a native revenue model, not one that comes from elsewhere."


Platforms and the Next Generation
Steve Fisher, Salesforce.com's Force.com Platform

Will do $1B in business this year.

Steve is focused on native SF.com apps as well as those that integrate via API's.

Delivering apps on-demand on their own platform is very resource-intensive. APIs help to add value while reducing the overhead.

In our company we can only do so much, but we know that there will be a huge number of companies that will

"We'd like to provide the underlying infrastructure for that."

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Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #60: Yes, Steve. Blu-Ray is dead.

John Federico

The latest episode of On Digital Media has been posted. Show notes and audio can be found here.

Subscribe in iTunes here.

[tags]Online Advertising, Advertising, John Federico, Ken Gellman, Chia-Lin Simmons, Steve Hatch, Wine, Digital Media, On Digital Media, Podcast, TV, Television, Nielsen, Podcasting, Digital Audio, VOD, Blu-Ray, Apple, iPhone, Microsoft Exchange, John Battelle, IAB, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Research, iTunes, Music Retailers, Music, Wal-Mart, Audience Measurement, Metrics, PRX, Public Radio Exchange, NetFlix, Earnings, AT&T Wireless, AT&T, Audible, Amazon, Random House, Audiobooks, Downloads, Media, Google, Spring VON Conference, VON, Acquisitions, Alexander Blu, iTunes, Microsoft, Yahoo, MicroHoo, Jobs, Careers, Career Development[/tags]

'Cuz therez no internets

John Federico

"Americans don't go camping anymore, making 25% fewer trips to national parks than in the 1980s. Hiking the storied Appalachian Trail peaked in 2000 and has slid 18% since then."

Source: The Guardian (U.K.) | 2.6.08

[via iconoculture]

[tags]Camping, Americans, Trends, Hiking, Outdoors, Trends[/tags]

Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #58: Microhoo and Amazonible

John Federico

The latest episode of On Digital Media has been posted. Show notes and audio can be found here.

Subscribe in iTunes here.

[tags]Online Advertising, Advertising, John Federico, Ken Gellman, Chia-Lin Simmons, Steve Hatch, Wine, Digital Media, On Digital Media, Podcast, Podcasting, Digital Audio, Downloads, Media, Google, Audible, Apple, Acquisitions, Alexander Blu, iTunes, Microsoft, Yahoo, MicroHoo, Hedgehog Concept, Peanut Butter Memo, Jobs, Careers, Career Development[/tags]

Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #51: Open to being Social

John Federico

On Digital Media #51 has been posted for your listening pleasure.

Get it here.

In this episode John Federico, Chia-Lin Simmons and Steve Hatch chat about:


  • Steve has upgraded his blog from Moveable Type to Wordpress. (Finally).

  • Chia-Lin successfully moderated her first panel discusion at Digital Hollywood, Steve attended the SOA conference and John had the opportunity to speak on New Measurement for New Media at Podcamp Boston. Thanks to Mssrs. Penn and Brogan for a great event and thanks to Jeff Pulver for contributing the space for the event and sponsoring the official cocktail reception on Saturday night.

  • John was a guest lecturer in Heidi Cohen's Class at NYU for her student who are working toward their MS in Direct and Interactive Marketing. Thanks to Heidi for the gracious invitation and to her students for their participation.

  • John will be attending Convergence 2007: The future of Advertising, Communications and Media on December 3rd in NYC. Care to join me?

  • FaceBook is allowing entities (Corporations, Brands, Non-Profits, Podcasts, etc.) to create profiles, just like any individual can. Steve loves it, John and Chia-Lin like it, but we are all somewhat skeptical of its value. Coupled with FaceBook Ads, is it a threat to Google?

  • Seth Godin thinks that FaceBook has a Hotmail problem. We absolutely agree.

  • Google announces the Open Social API's. MySpace and Ning are notable partners who are embracing the technology. Will FaceBook adopt it?

  • Where's my gPhone? Google releases Android and announces thirty-three hardware partners participating in the Open Handset Alliance. Chia-Lin thinks that it's not just a threat to existing handset OS developers and handset manufacturers, but also to the U.S. carriers.

  • What happens if Nokia joins the Alliance and Symbian doesn't? Doh! More importantly, should Apple be looking over its shoulder? A classic ODM-style debate ensues...

  • Writers strike for digital rights. And they should.


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[tags]Online Advertising, Advertising, John Federico, Ken Gellman, Chia-Lin Simmons, Steve Hatch, Google, Android, Mobile Phones, Nokia, Motorola, Open Handset Alliance, Ning, MySpace, Wine, Radiohead, Nokia, FaceBook, Open Social, Digital Media, On Digital Media, Digital Hollywood, Podcamp Boston, Podcamp, Convergence 2007, Microsoft, Podcast, Podcasting, Digital Audio, Downloads, Media, Traditional Media, Big Media, Alexander Blu, DRM, Jobs, Careers, Career Development[/tags]

People I connected with at Podcamp Boston 2

John Federico

Bill Rowland of Philly Food Guys ("Hittin' the streets for underground eats.")

Vikki Ott, Communications Manager at Haley & Aldrich

Beth Kanter, Trainer, Blogger and Consultant

Peter K. O'Connell, audio'connell

Julien Smith

Chef Mark of the ReMARKable Palate

Evan Blaustein, CEO of mimoco, makers of the mimobot (I have a 1 GB pupstar.)

Aaron Gotwalt of verbr

Cliff Ravenscraft of gspn

C.C. Chapman

Chris Brogan

Christopher Penn

John Wall of The M Show and Marketing Over Coffee

Shwen Gwee of the eTech@Work Podcast

Craig Calder, CMO of Mochila

Beth Kanter

Robert Allen and Holli Ehrlich of The Wedding Podcast Network

Doug Haslam of Topaz Partners

Rich Hilliard

Doug Smith of Podango

Jason Van Orden and his lovely wife, Melanie

John Havens of blogtalkradio

Eric Rochow, creator of GardenFork.TV and RealWorldGreen.com

David Maister, Consultant and Author (He signed my copy of The Trusted Advisor!)

Martin Leone of the Dyann Bakes video podcast

Greg Narain of Blue Whale Labs

Peggy Miles of Intervox

Todd Cochrane and Jeff Hinz of RawVoice

[tags]Podcamp Boston 2, PB2, People, Conference, Events, Unconference, Podcasting, Social Media[/tags]

LiveEarth.org: "Green Hosted"

John Federico

While I was watching the Live Earth concert, I did wonder about all the power required to broadcast the HD signal, power the SMS promotions and even host the web sites and the impact that the event itself had on the environment. Given the message of the event, it was hard not to.

While exploring the Live Earth web site, I discovered this pleasing little tidbit:

LIVE EARTH'S GREEN HOSTING

AISO.Net is the only 100% solar powered data center in the world. We have been serving clients worldwide for 10 years. Our specialty is web site hosting and suppling dedicated servers for our clients applications. We are currently the only public data center that is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and was featured in Inc. Magazines' Top 50 Green Companies. Solar panels power our office and data center. Our data center was built to environmentally friendly standards using 100% recycled products when ever possible. All network and server hardware is fully redundant with 24x7-automated systems monitoring to ensure the highest possible uptime. Using solar panels to power our data center and network, AISO.Net is the first and only 100% completely solar powered web hosting company providing web site hosting, e-commerce, domain name registration, dedicated servers and co-locate servers. Proving our commitment to be the best, most reliable eco-friendly hosting company in the world. We are doing everything we can do to be totally responsible and being the industry leader in environmental web hosting. We are very excited about our membership in the U.S. Green Building Council, showing the world that AISO.Net truly cares about our environment.

Pretty cool. I wonder if they offer shared hosting? ;)

UPDATE: They do!

[tags]Live Earth, Green Power, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Web Hosting, Data Centers, AISO.net, Hosting, Sponsorships[/tags]

Real World Green

John Federico

Eric Rochow, host and producer of GardenFork.tv, is now producing Real World Green, "an internet video show about practical things we can do to help lower our impact on the earth."

The key word for me in that description is practical. I continually consume information about global warming, greenhouse gases and all the other buzzword-compliant environmental topics but hardly any of them tell me what I can do now - today - to really make a difference without my having to do my own research.

That's why I like this show. Each episode (well, there's only one, so far ;) ) will provide a simple tip for helping you "go green" (or at least be green-er).

The first episode explains how you can use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) to reduce your electricity usage, produce fewer greenhouse gases and reduce the amount of mercury that is a byproduct of your power consumption.

Thanks to Real World Green, my wife and I just bought a four-pack of CFLs at Home Depot for our porch lights. From now on each time a bulb dies in our house we're going to replace it with a CFL. How cool is that? Check it out below and at RealWorldGreen.com.

[tags]Real World Green, Eric Rochow, Garden Fork TV, GardenFork.tv, Video, Internet Video, Streaming Video, Digital Media, Green, Environment, Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, Greenhouse Gases, Global Warming, Energy Conservation, RealWorldGreen.com, One Billion Bulbs, LampRecycle.org[/tags]

National Study on the Internet

John Federico

I was contacted recently by a researcher at Stony Brook University in New York. He asked that I make available to readers an opportunity to participate in a national study of how people make sense of the information they encounter on the Internet.

The survey takes roughly 10 minutes or so to complete, and responses are completely anonymous. Participants will be eligible to enter a raffle for a $50 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com, compliments of the student and the University.

Please take a few moments to complete this survey which can be found here.

Note: This study has been approved by Stony Brook University's Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects.

[tags]Research, Internet, Stony Brook University, SUNY Stony Brook, Todd Hartman, Psychology, Survey, Amazon, Gift Certificate, Information Processing[/tags]

"Ask Billy to do it when he gets home from school."

John Federico

Parents without the time or expertise to use the Internet are turning to kids age 8 to 14 for help, according to a Stars for Kidz survey, which found kids’ top online chores are: share pictures with relatives (38%), get movie listings (38%) and invitations and party planning (36%).

Source: PR Newswire | 5.9.07

[via iconoculture]

[tags]Technology, Trends, Kids, Children, Millennials, Parents[/tags]

Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #39

John Federico

In this episode John Federico, Chia-Lin Simmons and Steve Hatch discuss:


  • Wine! We're learning how to rate our wine on the 100-point scale. Thanks to Cork'd for the how-to. Vist Cork'd and add us as your "drinking buddies."

  • NBC wants noon to 2pm to be your new Prime Time with TheLunchBreakShow.com

  • Chia-Lin has determined that John is a Phone Ho. John declines to respond. ;)

  • It's rumored that Apple will launch video rentals via the iTunes Store this fall. So, "DRM is Dead", but only for content that you own?

  • Steve thinks the concepts of content "rental" and "on-demand" content will be blurred in the very near future. It will all come down to available bandwidth and the ability to deliver hi-def content without latency. Apple's"video rental" is just a stepping stone to true video on-demand.

  • Want to develop for the iPhone? It's all Web 2.0!

  • Steve thinks YouTube videos will likely be rendered in Quicktime for playback on the iPhone

  • Chia-Lin is no longer "One Gadget Girl"

  • We love the FaceBook OS. There. We said it again. But John still wants to know how they're going to monetize it.

  • Six million FaceBook users have embedded the iLike application in their FaceBook profile and more than 300,000 users per day are adding it.

  • Steve thinks that LinkedIn should be looking over its proverbial shoulder...at FaceBook. John thinks that Steve hasn't really thought through the value proposition that each social network provides. (and doesn't provide)

  • Marketers are realizing that they can use tags to start targeting advertising, particularly display ads. Chia-Lin thinks that the results could be better than search marketing. Steve doesn't think it will be as effective as the rigor that AdWords requires.

  • Google pushes Google Checkout on eBay vendors....and eBay pushes back. Hard.


Our wine this week is our old standby, the 2004 Coppola Rosso along with a 2005 Oak Grove Zinfandel.

Our closing music is Democracy from Alexander Blu.

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Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #38: The Tangent Show

John Federico

For this episode we invited John Wall of The M Show and Marketing Over Coffee to join John Federico and Steve Hatch over Skype. (Thanks to Doug Kaye and the folks at GigaVox Media for The Levelator. Without it, this show would not have been possible…trust us.)


In this episode, we yammer about:

In Studio 1A we were enjoying good ol’ Coppola Rosso and a 2005 Oak Grove Zinfandel. We have no idea what John Wall was sipping at his location…


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Can I get that to go?

John Federico

"Americans continue to be hugely influenced in their eating habits by convenience, with approximately a third of people's daily calorie intake consumed from food away from home."

-- Mintel Report Attitudes To Food: Weight And Diet

Source: FoodNavigator.Com | 4.11.07

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Get out! Get Advertising!

John Federico

Spending on video ad networks, digital billboards and other alternative out-of-home marketing increased by 27% to $1.69 billion in 2006. Digital billboards was the fastest growing category, up 55.4% last year. Out-of-home marketing grew by 10.6% overall.

Source: PQ Media

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[tags]Digital Media, Video Advertising, Out-of-Home Advertising, Billboards, Digital Billboards, PQMedia, Cynopsis, Research, Market Analysis, Video, Marketing, Advertising[/tags]

Because they need more room to play with their Wii

John Federico

Americans age 55 and older will buy 1 in every 5 new homes in 2007 — $103 billion worth — according to National Association of Home Builders research. About 7% of those new homes will be bought in communities designed for the 55-plus crowd.

Source: New Brunswick Home News Tribune | 3.22.07

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[tags]Video Games, Baby Boomers, Boomers, Trends, Marketing, Home Sales, Retirees, Retirement[/tags]