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Classic Jack: Keeping You Ahead of the (NY) Times
By: Jack Myers   (08/22/2014)

Out of the primordial ooze that is SxSW, a new rising technology star has emerged. SoundCloud (www.soundcloud.com), a YouTube-like site for audio, recently raised over $60 million primarily from Peter Chernin's Chernin Group and Institutional Venture Partners. With a $700 million valuation (which its founder considers too low) and significant marketing and advertising applications, SoundCloud should be on the radar screen of media companies, marketers and agencies. The Berlin-based company was founded in 2009 and originally funded with. $ 3.3 million by London-based Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures.

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Redux: Are Marketing Zombies Leading Our Industry?
By: Jack Myers   (08/18/2014)

It's time once again for my annual end-of-summer rant to the industry, a tradition in which I hope to shake up the status quo. For years, the word "change" was my mantra in these commentaries, as I pushed for a more aggressive embrace of corporate change. This tradition dates back to my days at CBS in the late 1970s, and my presentations to both my colleagues and to the community focusing on the importance of embracing the then-new technology of cable-TV. Months ago, I took the word "change" out of my vocabulary, writing

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As Twitter Prepares its Public Offering…
By: Jack Myers   (09/16/2013)

As Twitter prepares to go public, here's a reminder that Jack Myers Media Business Report members learned about tweeting well before it became the phenomenon it has – when we first wrote about it In May 2007, soon after it launched, featuring an exclusive interview with Twitter founder Biz Stone

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When Will Media Buying Be 50% Programmatic? What’s Your Opinion?
By: Jack Myers   (02/27/2013)

Do you believe that digital media buying and selling trends are likely to eventually be adopted by agencies and media companies for TV, newspaper, magazine, radio and out-of-home media buying and selling? If you do not believe, what will prevent it? And if you do believe, how quickly will this transformation occur and how ubiquitous will it be?

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Classic Jack: Must Read Research Advances
By: Jack Myers   (05/31/2011)

Classic Jack: Must Read Research Advances

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Classic Jack Myers: Bullish on This Upfront Last September. Here's Why.
By: Jack Myers   (05/27/2010)

Broadcast and cable networks are FINALLY wrapping up their Upfront deals, although a surprisingly low percentage of fourth quarter Upfront commitments have been firmed up even as the fourth quarter network scatter market begins to generate some heat. A consistent pattern is emerging: advertisers will avoid making budget commitments until absolutely necessary; they will extend options periods as long as possible to avoid locking in their spending; and they will hold off on scatter buys until as close to air dates as they possibly can.

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Job and Career Realities Echo from 1993 With Even Greater Relevance. Classic Jack
By: Jack Myers   (04/28/2009)

Relationships between employees and their companies and between companies and their clients are increasingly short-lived. Positions are jobs, rather than careers.

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Is It Too Late for Brand Loyalty and Advertising to Matter? Classic Jack from 1993
By: Jack Myers   (04/21/2009)

Jack Myers Note: Although I believed in 1993 that the dynamics and realities confronting the advertising and media industry today would have materialized by the end of the last decade, the fundamental truths from my 1993 book Adbashing: Surviving the Attacks on Advertising are even more relevant and pertinent now. The downsizing of America is finally underway, with a vengeance. Unfortunately, it may be too late for many advertising-dependent companies to learn and apply these lessons.

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It's No Joke: Ad Industry Suffers from Lessons Unlearned. Classic Jack from 1993
By: Jack Myers   (04/01/2009)

It's called value. Marketers have lost their sense of advertising and media value. The drive toward increased media commoditization, which has reduced the cost basis of most major media in the past few years

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Managing Risk By Building Stronger Relationships: Classic Jack from 1998
By: Jack Myers   (03/25/2009)

Originally published in 1998: The changes that businesspeople are facing between today and 2005 are not simple paradigm shifts. They are isoquantic. A paradigm shift is a restructuring of the patterns we rely on for decision-making. For example, the transition of audiences from broadcast to cable TV has been a paradigm shift -- a slow change in patterned behavior.

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Yet on this Thanksgiving week, there are a few things to be thankful for in this environment where the state of TV is concerned. First, television’s absence in this eco-system hasn’t hindered a remarkable television era from taking shape – one that will influence the rest of this decade and beyond. Consider the explosion of original programming all over the place, especially distinctive scripted series, along with the adoption of smart TV sets by consumers allowing them to watch their favorite networks, the Internet and original interactive applications; the quickening adoption of accessories that make TVs “smart,” such as Roku, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV, and growing avenues for talent to break into the medium, such as the New York Television Festival and South By Southwest.

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The quality that sets “The Middle” and “Mom” apart from most comedies is that they overflow in every episode with uncanny insights into the way tens of millions of American families actually live, a quality generally absent from other series in the family sitcom genre, since the ‘50s a crucial cornerstone of the foundation of broadcast television. It’s as if every comedy producer in Hollywood except those directly involved in the creation of these two shows is afraid to acknowledge the reality of modern family life: It’s all about living without enough money and the ways in which people behave under those circumstances.

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