Disrupting Radio & Newspaper. Podcast Powers Web in Atlantic City

Guest interview on AC Primetime Radio. Playground Pier, Atlantic City. One of the most effective additions to our work with local news websites….has been ‘pod-casting’. Simply put, pod-casting is just audio and radio on-demand. It’s the ability to listen to your favorite radio station, on-air host or topic of choice…whenever …

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The Risk of Using Facebook & Twitter to Promote Your Business

There are plenty of hidden costs and risks in using Facebook & Twitter to promote your business. Local business, TV, Radio and Newspapers are placing big bets on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter. They hope that ‘fishing’ for audiences outside their owned sites will eventually pay off in new …

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What Happens When Local Newspapers Downsize or Shut Down.

Cities where newspapers shut down or downsize too much, see increase in government costs. Why? Lack of scrutiny over local deals, say researchers tracking the decline of local news outlets. When local newspapers scale back operations, local communities lose out. When the cat is away…. mice will play. Politicos take liberties …

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Poynter Scandal – Why Very Few Trust Newspapers & Mainstream Media

The dying legacy media. Sad to watch our former information gatekeepers called newspaper, TV and Radio bleed jobs. Local newspapers suffering sharp declines in circulation and AD revenue. They’re losing the bully pulpit too. Time to get crafty. Not much time left. Maybe the know-it-alls at Poynter can figure a …

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Best Practices for Hyper-Local Website and Marketing Success in 2019

Back in 2007 when we launched our digital marketing consultancy, local newspaper and radio were still fairly successful. While both of thee traditional media platforms were ramping up their internet based efforts, most were doing the bare minimum. At that time, there was still just way too much money to …

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You’ve Been Warned. Over-Reliance on Facebook Could Kill Your Business.

We know far too many businesses that do 99% of their marketing and advertising….using Facebook and other Social Media sites. Geez. It’s insane to build a business on land you can’t control. See: Digital Sharecropping. As readers of Get Smart Digital know, we’ve been warning those who leverage Facebook for business …

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Old School Email Marketing. More Important, More Effective Than Ever.

It’s not sexy, but good old-fashioned email is still the most effective way to communicate and market online. Fans of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube understandably don’t agree. What’s not to love about ‘free’? Fact: Reliable, permission-based marketing cuts through the clutter and land-mines associated with social media. To be sure, …

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Jeff Jarvis, CUNY. Hyper Local News and Revenue. Looking Back.

Back in 2009, J-school professor; Jeff Jarvis, and Mark Potts of BackFence fame, asked me to contribute some online sales expertise to their ongoing research in hyper-local business models for news. These meetings, held at CUNY (City University of New York) were chock full of academics, journalists, investment and editorial …

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Why We Started Get Smart Digital

Frustrated by digital growth? So were we. That’s why we started Get Smart Digital. We’re all about local, online sales strategy…..that works NOW…..not sometime in the future. We’re known for blunt, yet highly effective methods that push you to run your website as a ‘profit-first’ business. First, we remove common choke-points that stunt …

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Newspapers Had Plenty of Warning. Could Have Been Local Online Powerhouses

Back in 2009, I was invited to moderate a panel at a newspaper conference in Hershey, Pa. The session was called: Best Practices of Successful Local Media Companies. For the panel. I picked 2 of the leading voices in hyper-local news at the time. One was Michael Rosenblum, an un-filtered, tough …

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