Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 12, 2013 02:11 PM
Upworthy, the barely two-year-old darling of feel-good viral activism attracts more than 80 million unique visitors every month, leaving the Washington Post and the New York Times in its wake.
Publishing no original content and curating with a small team, "our top curators comb through hundreds of videos and graphics a week, looking for the 5-7 that they’re confident are super-shareable," Upworthy explains in a blog post. "That’s not a typo: We pay people full-time to curate 5-7 things a week."
In rare agreement, old and new media journalists—such as ATD’s Mike Isaac—find Upworthy disturbing.
Dangling click-bait headlines like,"These Little Girls Are Asking The Most Devastating Question I Can Imagine,” or “Did That Really Just Happen? Yep,” or “This Guy Pulled Down His Pants, On Stage, During His TED Talk,” Upworthy defends its provocative headlines and overall content: “Upworthy posts don’t go viral because people click—Upworthy posts go viral because people share.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 12, 2013 01:29 PM
The Mary Barra bandwagon has built up a head of steam and has left the station. At a time when rivals including Ford, Nissan and Volkswagen of America have been struggling with issues of transition at the top, the pre-holiday choice of Barra as the next CEO of General Motors, beginning in mid-January, is playing well for the company and her personal brand.
Let's see, since GM's official announcement on Tuesday that 33-year-veteran Barra would succeed current CEO Dan Akerson and become one of the most powerful businesswomen in the world, Barra already has graced the new cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.
Also, "The story of Barra’s rise through the ranks was splashed Wednesday on the front pages of newspapers around the globe, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal—even the Sydney (Australia) Morning Journal and Svenska Dagbladet, a Stockholm daily," her hometown paper the Detroit News marveled. "Her promotion to CEO was the subject of more than 900 broadcasts. She was featured on the nightly newscasts of all three major networks."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 12, 2013 12:27 PM
Chrysler the company remains on a roll. November sales were up 16 percent in the US market, the company's 44th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The new Jeep Cherokee is a Truck-Utility of the Year finalist, and Ram trucks are taking full advantage of the pickup boom. Even Dodge muscle cars are selling well as gasoline prices moderate, and the Dodge Dart compact finally has gained some traction after a year.
Chrysler the brand? Meh. The cars made famous by Eminem and "Imported From Detroit," the Chrysler 200 and 300 sedans, have fallen off a cliff sales-wise, with year-to-date sales off 17 percent for the larger 300 and sales only flat—with a 24 percent drop in November—for the 200.
Meanwhile, the other member of the Chrysler-brand lineup, the hoary Town & Country minivan nameplate, is enjoying something of a sales renaissance, with sales up by 10 percent for the year and a whopping 70 percent in November alone.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 12, 2013 11:37 AM
The Walt Disney Company just inked a deal with Paramount Pictures to acquire control of all future Indiana Jones films (excluding the four existing Indy movies) and “will receive a financial participation on any future films.”
It’s the latest in Disney’s pop culture net that has swept up the heroes and villains of generation after generation and is now home to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Buzz Lightyear—and the bull-whip-wielding archeologist.
With Indy in the house, although Disney has not officially announced a fifth Indiana Jones film, surely it’s percolating if Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas want to continue the saga. The last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, grossed $783 million worldwide in a franchise that has earned $1.9 billion. Continue reading...
games people play
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 12, 2013 10:05 AM
Japan is arguably the leader in the psychology of mobile gaming. “In Japan, each downloaded game earns three times the global average on Apple devices and six times the world-wide norm on Android devices, according to an App Annie report out yesterday.
“Better than any other country, Japan's mobile game makers have cracked the revenue code despite having few world-wide megahits,” says The Wall Street Journal. “The secret: an industry that is constantly experimenting with new ways to master the psychology of mobile payments.”
Cash from global games has placed Japan ahead of the U.S. in app revenue on phones and tablets overall, and App Annie reports that in October 2012, Japanese gamers spent 30 percent less than U.S. consumers on gaming apps, but this October, it reversed to roughly 30 percent more spent. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 12, 2013 09:20 AM
Hilton raises more than $2.3 billion in biggest-ever hotel IPO.
Green Mountain introduces college-branded K-Cup brewers.
A&E rebrands Bio as Lifestyle Network FYI.
American Airlines signs big jet deals with Bombardier and Embraer.
Aramark prices IPO at high end.
Avon halts rollout of new order-management system.
Barnes & Noble sees chairman book $40 million loss on company stock sale.
Boeing gets new offer from machinists in Washington on 777X factory.
ExxonMobil presses to be able to export US oil.
Ford board is said to want answers from CEO Alan Mulally about his future.Continue reading...
out and about
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 11, 2013 07:02 PM
When Barclays signed on to sponsor London Mayor Boris Johnson’s city-bicycle program back in 2010, the man in charge of Barclays, Andrew Diamond, was a good pal of Johnson’s. Diamond had to resign last year because of the Libor scandal that uncovered that some banks were inflating or deflating their rates in order to profit from trades, or falsely show themselves as having better credit than they did.
That led to Barclays looking into all of the sponsorships that occurred under Diamond’s watch, and also inspired London’s city assembly to research just how the Barclays/bike deal was consummated and then extended with no requests for other bids in 2011. According to the Guardian, it seems unlikely that Transport for London, the city agency that handles the bike program, had gotten as much as it could have when the Barclays deal was made. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 11, 2013 06:03 PM
Gannett and other newspaper publishers continue to scramble to try to keep ahead of their own demise. The latest gambit for the publisher of USA Today is to insert condensed editions of the national newspaper into more of its local newspapers.
The company launched its "Butterfly" initiative in October, adding USA Today inserts to its newspapers in Indianapolis, Rochester, Fort Myers, Fla., and Appleton, Wis. Now 31 more Gannett newspapers will see inserts of 10 to 22 pages of USA Today business, news and lifestyle content.
"This is another step in the reinvention of news that Gannett is uniquely positioned to lead," Gannett President and CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement. "We are bringing the power of these brands together to delight and engage consumers like no one else can." Continue reading...