Archive for the ‘Audience’ Category

Everybody Wants An Audience

February 9, 2010

Why does Facebook have 400 million users worldwide?

Facebook Everybody Wants An Audience

Facebook Everybody Wants An Audience

Because Everybody wants an audience.

Media, Audiences & Marketers

January 20, 2010

Although I think their approach is backwards, the business model most likely to succeed in an abundance of information age is one like what Federated Media is pursuing – a business model that aligns the interests of content creators, audiences and marketers alike.

Conversational Media

Conversational Media

While I think the term “conversational” can be argued against successfully, I do believe the folks at Federated Media are accurate in their assessment of what may potentially be the only profitable content production model option available to would be media companies whether online or off.

Attention Thieves

June 2, 2009

As the media consumer’s attention continues to simultaneuously splinter and contract, Attention Thieves will have to go to greater lengths to get an audience’s attention.

Attention thieves come from both sides of the content coin: “editorial” and “advertising”.

I discovered an example of the editorial attention thief tonight while searching Twitter for #SMX related Tweets.

Sifting through the Tweet stream containing the #SMX hashtag, I found about half were from Twitter spammers posting Tweets with multiple “Trending Topics” keywords like #SMX embedded in their commercial or otherwise nonsensical message like the one below:

Attention Theif: Attention Thieves

Attention Theif: Attention Thieves

An example from the advertising side of the attention thief coin comes from Comedy Central and most of their advertisers’ commercials.

When Comedy Central airs commercials, they increase the audio portion of the ad by several units of volume – at least according to my television.

Their attempts to retain my attention are significant enough that my television volume graphic increases itself when they air their commercials.

As marketing and advertising messaging continues to fall on more deaf ears, media companies and advertisers alike will more often have to act like attention thieves than not.