Is the Web the Way to Go for Business 2.0?
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The more I learn about the potential death of
, the more confused I become.
is the Time Inc. pub that focuses on start-up companies, emerging technologies, innovation and evolving trends. Over the past year, advertising revenue has dropped 38 percent, a drop some employees at Time Inc. have attributed to the merging of the ad sales staff for all of the company’s business and finance publications including
Fortune Small Business
According to the
, sales representatives stopped pitching the niche appeal of
in favor of bigger names like Fortune.
So revenue from print advertising has drastically dropped. Fine, I understand the economics of the situation. What I don’t understand is why publication that writes about innovation in every issue would be so hard pressed to think innovatively.
While Time Inc. sits and whines about the fact that nobody wants to advertise on their print pages, hundreds of tech bloggers are out there earning ad dollars on their highly niche sites.
According to Rafat Ali
, editor and publisher of online media tracker PaidContent.org, "If Cisco has to spend, I don't know, a couple of million dollars on a trade campaign, they are not spending it with
.” Rather, they are spending in on blogs who cover the sector.
Not to mention, advertising on blogs costs less and blogs require less resources. There is no overhead to maintain, no printing presses, less writers and even fewer editors.
A question that I frequently ponder in relation to the death of newspapers, and now with this talk of
going under, is why these publications don’t take their operations completely online. Perhaps that is why I am also interested to see what
Rupert Murdoch's plans are for the
Wall Street Journal
I’m not saying that I think all publications should be based solely online. Most people I know enjoy holding a print publication in their hands every now and then. I personally enjoy perusing the photos in
. Plus, if print went away completely, what would we look at in waiting rooms at the doctor’s office? Surely, we don’t want to stare at each other.
Faced with the impending death of a print magazine, however, why not take it completely online? While bloggers have taken over the highly specialized categories, there are still people like me out there who enjoy reading, well, non-highly specialized articles on technology. And I would much rather read about technology while using technology.
isn’t exactly something I curl up with on the couch.
So what do you think? Will print publications really be around 20 years from now anyway? Is the Web the way to go for