Average FTSE 100 chief executive pay falls to £45m

first_imgChief executive officers (CEOs) who work for the UK’s top 100 organisations receive an average annual pay package of £4.5 million a year, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the High Pay Centre.The Review of FTSE 100 executive pay packages report, which analysed the executive pay of FTSE 100 CEOs at March 2017 based on information from organisations’ annual reports for the financial year ending 2016, also found that male CEOs earn an average of £4.7 million a year, compared to an average of £2.6 million for female CEOs.The research also found:FTSE 100 CEO pay fell by 17% between 2015 and 2016, decreasing from £5.4 million to £4.5 million.Median pay for FTSE 100 CEOs is £3.45 million.The average pay ratio between FTSE 100 CEOs and their employees was 129:1 in 2016, compared to 148:1 for 2015.The average pay package for the 25 highest-paid FTSE 100 CEOs was £9.4 million in 2016.An average full-time UK employee earning £28,000 a year would need to work for 160 years to earn what an average FTSE 100 CEO could earn in a year, and 60 of the FTSE 100 CEOs earn more than 100 times the UK average salary.20% of FTSE 100 chief executive officers’ total remuneration is represented by base salary, 6% by pensions, and 25% by bonuses or short-term incentives. Benefits represent 2% of total pay, which amounts to £91,000 per CEO on average.Women make up 6% of FTSE 100 CEOs, and they earn 4% of the total pay.The top 10 highest-paid CEOS in 2016 were from WPP, Carnival, Reckitt Benckiser Group, AstraZeneca, RELX, BP, CRH, British American Tobacco, Shire, and Royal Dutch Shell.Peter Cheese (pictured), chief executive officer at the CIPD, said: “We have to hope that the reversal in rising executive pay is the beginning of a re-think on how CEOs are rewarded, rather than a short-term reaction to political pressure. The fall in executive pay is a step in the right direction, but it’s still happening within an overall reward system where average wages in the UK have been flat. Our analysis also shows a clear gender pay disparity at the top, with female CEOs receiving less than their male peers. Quite rightly this issue of fairness is increasingly being called out and this needs to be addressed at all levels of businesses.“Rather than focusing predominantly on share price or short-term profit, we need a much more balanced scorecard for performance that also takes account of other indicators of success such as investment in people, social responsibility and accountability, and long-term value creation. High pay must be addressed as part of the much broader review of UK corporate governance.” Stefan Stern, director at the High Pay Centre, added: “We have finally seen a fall in executive pay this year, in the context of political pressure and in the spotlight of hostile public opinion. This is welcome, but the response has been limited and very late. It is also, so far, a one-off. We need to see continued efforts to restrain and reverse excess at the top. And we should beware the ratcheting up of pay lower down the FTSE league table as CEOs and remuneration committees ‘chase the median’. This helps nobody but a few lucky top execs”.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Learn to embrace agility at Employee Benefits Connect 2019

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Delegates at Employee Benefits Connect 2019 will be able to learn about the practicalities, realities and benefits of agile working in the modern world.Nebel Crowhurst (pictured), head of people experience at high street fashion brand River Island, will present a session titled ‘Reimagining the workplace: Designing people teams that deliver agile and future-focused results’, as part of the technology conference stream on Wednesday 27 February 2019.The session will demonstrate how the principles of agility can become a practical and real aspect of an organisation’s approach to HR, encouraging delegates to create a culture that supports curiosity and challenges traditional mindsets. Crowhurst will also discuss the practical results, benefits and potential obstacles surrounding agile working, drawing on her own experiences and River Island’s journey.Crowhurst said: “[I will be] bringing some real life stories around some of the experiences we’ve had. I’ll be able to give some examples of where we’ve used the principles [of agile working], what’s worked, what some of the successes are, what perhaps some of the pitfalls are.”Crowhurst aims to challenge delegates’ thinking around traditional working structures, provoking innovation and change for the better by questioning the assumption that the systems in place are naturally the most effective.“A lot of people talk about agile working within the world of HR, but it’s about challenging people’s views on what that actually means,” she explained. “It’s taking that thread, being thought provoking and encouraging people to explore the concept.”Another goal of the session is to promote and foster connections and experience sharing among delegates, signposting to relevant information and allowing them to explore what elements of agile work might be effective within their own organisations.“You come to these things to network, learn new ideas and find things that are going to help you to think differently,” Crowhurst said. “Sometimes it reinforces what you’re doing and gives you a sense of confidence, and sometimes it causes you to think ‘I never considered it that way’ and it gets you thinking differently.”Speaking more broadly on the direction of the reward industry for 2019 and beyond, Crowhurst emphasised the importance of recognition as part of an organisation’s core reward strategy. Citing the success of River Island’s own recently implemented peer-to-peer recognition programme, she noted the importance of employers finding a system that works for them.This is a topic that will also be explored at Employee Benefits Connect 2019, with the session run by Jamie King, director, global rewards at Xexec, entitled ‘Why is employee recognition more relevant than ever?’For Crowhurst, the increasing importance of technology as an enabler across many people management and HR functions is another key trend for 2019, alongside the need to review and question rigid structures around the world of work.Employee Benefits Connect 2019 will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.Click here for more information or to book your place.last_img read more

10 vehicles burglarized in Sunrise community

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Ten vehicles have been burglarized in a Sunrise community, early Saturday.According to Sunrise Police, the thieves smashed the windows open before ransacking the vehicles.Officials said the theft happened in the overnight hours, near Northwest 17th Place and 58th Terrace.If you have any information on these burglaries, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 rewardCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Police Woman shot during robbery in Midtown Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A woman suffered a gunshot wound to her leg during a robbery in Midtown Miami, Monday evening, police said.The victim was last listed in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital.Police found a weapon at the scene on North Miami Avenue and 34th Street, across from The Shops at Midtown. Investigators believe this was a robbery.Police questioned witnesses, but no one has been arrested.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Palm Beach deputy resigns following burglary charge

first_imgBOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy caught on camera stealing prescription medication from a home has resigned.Jason Cooke was caught on surveillance video breaking into an 85-year-old man’s house after deputies responded and found the homeowner injured.Related: Deputy charged with stealing pills from dead man’s homeThat man was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.Cooke was arrested last week and charged with burglary and grand theft.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

MiamiDade Police take man into custody on I95 in NWMD

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police took a man into custody after a tense takedown on Interstate 95, Friday.MDPD officers and Florida Highway Patrol followed the man, who matched the description of someone wanted in connection with a homicide.Several vehicles surrounded the man’s SUV on I-95, near the Northwest 103rd Street off ramp.Officers approached the vehicle with weapons drawn before a man and a passenger were taken into custody.The pair are currently being questioned.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Hazmat crews cap gas leak in Lauderdale Lakes restaurant

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Hazmat crews have capped a leak inside a restaurant in Lauderdale Lakes that caused several area businesses to be evacuated.Ten businesses, including a dialysis center, were evacuated due to the gas leak at the restaurant located along North State Road 7 and 29th Street, Thursday afternoon.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

KPBSD Looks At Consolidating Homer Seward Schools

first_imgThe district is considering relocating students into Homer High School from Homer Middle School. The  District also announced on Friday the possibility of consolidating Soldotna Prep School (9th grade) and Soldotna High School (10th-12th grade) beginning with the school year beginning August 20. KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek says this plan is still in the early stages: “On February 13, Governor Dunleavy made a budget proposal and as we looked at that we would be faced with a pretty massive deficit and have to make some extremely difficult reductions.”  They are asking for parents to provide input about the idea via a survey that will be available on Wednesday and at a Board of Education meeting on May 6. This is a developing story- updates will be posted as they are made available. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking at a total of six schools that would potentially close following the proposed cuts to education in Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget. Dusek said the district will also be looking at the possibility of consolidating schools in Seward: “As we’ve been moving through this process we’ve had conversations about some of our smaller schools, and when we were looking at Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep we also continued to look for any other efficiencies. We have been looking at other possible consolidations at Seward High School and Seward Middle School, as well as Homer.” last_img read more

House Passes Legislation Closing Schneider Loophole

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives voted on Saturday to approve legislation that strengthens sex crime laws. A similar bill was introduced on the Senate Side, Senate Bill 12, was introduced by Senator Peter Micciche after the case of Justin Schneider gained national attention, after he served no prison time for strangling a woman to the point of unconsciousness and then ejaculating on her. House Bill 14 was sponsored by Representative John Lincoln of Kotzebue and was approved with broad bipartisan support on a 36-to-1 vote. The Senate will now consider the legislation The bill also includes requirements that the criminal justice system notify victims of all sex crimes when a perpetrator is being released and allows a victim or their guardian to enter an opinion of a plea deal on the record.center_img According to Senator Micciche this exposed some serious, long-standing shortcomings in laws dealing with sexual assault in Alaska: “Serious crimes were ignored and an inappropriate plea deal allowed the perpetrator to serve a portion of the sentence of the single conviction at home with his family. In a state number one in the U.S. for sexual assault, we are making the statement that there will be ‘no more free passes’ for perpetrators of such crimes.” In addition to modifying our state’s sexual assault statutes, HB 14 recognizes the serious nature of strangulation to the point of losing consciousness as first-degree assault and includes it in a list of aggravating factors for sentencing.last_img read more

Consumer Reports Buys Gawker Blog

first_imgDenton Downsizes Blog EmpireNick Denton, Gawker Media’s founder, had been dangling the consumer-focused blog since at least November, the same month he folded Silicon Valley-focused ValleyWag and laid off a number of staffers across the company. He is also in talks to sell Defamer, a Hollywood-focused blog.In April, Denton sold three underperforming blogs—Idolator, Wonkette and Gridskipper. (Gawker’s current blog portfolio includes the flagship Gawker site as well as the gadget-themed Gizmodo and anti-airbrushing women’s blog, Jezebel.)In a post on his personal Web site, Denton predicted advertising will drop 30 percent or more in 2009.Consumer Reports’ subscriber-based model, meanwhile, has done well online. More than 3.3 million pay to subscribe to ConsumerReports.org, making it the “largest paid-subscriber site in the world,” the company said. Consumers Union, the Yonkers, New York-based publisher of Consumer Reports magazine and Consumerreports.org, has acquired Consumerist.com from Gawker Media. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The site will operate independently from the magazine and Web site, and will be the first property housed under a new division called Consumer Media LLC. And, as is the case with Consumer Reports, Consumerist.com will no longer accept ads, the company said, Still, there are no plans to make the site subscriber-based akin to Consumer Reports.Readers of the blog are “passionate about fair retail practices, truth in advertising, product safety, and other topics that Consumer Reports has championed for more than 70 years,” Consumers Union president Jim Guest said in a statement. “The site is a perfect fit for advancing our mission of creating a fair, safe, and just marketplace.”last_img read more

PC Mag Rolls Out Version for Kindle

first_imgPC Magazine, the tech title that went all-digital in January, is expanding its digital presence on Amazon’s Kindle.PC Magazine’s digital version will be available on the device—beginning today with its June issue—at a monthly subscription price of $1.49. Subscriptions to the PCMag Digital Network blogs, including Gearlog, Appscout and GoodCleanTech, are also available for Kindle customers, at $0.99 per month.Time, Newsweek, the Atlantic, Reader’s Digest and the New Yorker already have digital versions of their magazines available in the Kindle Store.Lance Ulanoff, senior vice president of content for the PCMag Digital Network, said the goal is to expand “our potential reader base and [give] consumers a new opportunity to interact with our brand.” Last November, Ziff Davis Media announced  that its flagship PC Magazine would no longer be published in print. The biweekly magazine carried a rate base of 700,000.CEO Jason Young said the move was “the final step in an evolutionary process that has been playing out over the last seven years.” In 2008, ZDM’s digital business accounted for about 80 percent of profit and 70 percent of its revenue, he said.The digital network averages about seven million unique monthly visitors.last_img read more

FOLIO Roundtable

first_imgFOLIO: Give us a sense of how your content production and distribution have changed in the last few years. What were they like then compared to what they’re like now? What’s driving that change?Robyn Peterson: Mashable is purely digital, we don’t have any print business as everybody knows, but there’s still an evolution taking place. The evolution, and we accomplished this in 2011, is moving from being a blog to actually becoming a media company. And in 2012 we’re going to move from being a media company to being a platform.In 2011, we had a newsroom of bloggers, which was great. We generated a lot of content, we covered a lot of different topics, but we weren’t an organized newsroom. By bringing in more experienced journalists, trying to structure out a newsroom, solidifying beats, we were able to do a couple of things: Create a more rigorous editorial process, which is necessary as the company matures, and we’re evolving as the conversation on social networks evolves. Eric Lundquist: We’re b-to-b. For us it’s much more about adding a horizontal layer of social networking throughout the whole organization—throughout the CMS—and I call it ‘getting by with a little of help from our friends.’ We recognize that the conversations taking place outside have a real influence on what people are reading, and it will be more so than coming in through traditional SEO or via newsletters, so we’re adding in that layer of social networking and meanwhile looking at the new platforms. I’ve been doing this a long time. It’s the biggest change that I’ve ever seen—in terms of who the audience is, what the content we’re producing for the audience is, how the audience is coming into our media platforms, and the platforms that we’re pushing our content out to. Warren Bimblick: Penton is a large b-to-b media company serving 17 different industries which have nothing to do with each other. We put it all together through acquisitions of companies over the years. I guess where we are is we tried to put in place standardized systems to enable what I call ‘surround sound.’ The financial advisors in one vertical want their content in a whole different way than IT developers in another, and there are different life stages and cycles in the process. The one thing that I think may be a little controversial is we talk about social media when in fact the b-to-b controlled circulation model is all about a social community. What it really is about is finding 47,262 people who all qualify and about whom you know tons of information and you give them content in the way they want it, which means asking them. And for some reason yet again the industry is going out to Facebook and LinkedIn, when in fact we own these communities. My soapbox right now is to keep the communities to ourselves, because we are the qualified people to run them. That said, if I were 30 years younger and an editor, I would be checking every day to see who is following me. It is fascinating what you can use social media for. Not just for pushing content out but for product research, and so on. Peterson: One trend that I’m seeing, and not just at Mashable, is thinking about the editorial strategy following the same process as online software development, where you launch quickly and iterate because you have the data streams coming back. All the data exhaust is there—if you can try and understand it. We’re starting to do that—we’ll play with new beats, launch  articles, and just see how the community reacts. Richard Tofel: We are obviously in a different kind of business because we are A) a nonprofit, and B) a mission-driven organization. Our goal is for our content to make change through journalistic means. I don’t disagree with anything that’s been said, but what these trends mean for us is a number of different things.Barriers to entry are continuing to fall. I think we’re trying to do two things at the same time: To publish content today with impact. And a lot of the time that involves publishing it through partners, which we’ve done with 90 different partners to date. The other is to build a platform to do it ourselves. And the reason to do that is because of those 90 partners, four have already gone out of business—and they won’t be the last four. The number of places that are receptive to publishing the kinds of stories that we are interested in doing is actually falling.For us data is another topic, what we call news applications, which is an increasingly big part of how we do our work. And that has lots of implications not only for how we do it, but how we can set up situations so that other people can amplify it.Lewis Dvorkin: We are building a new economic model for journalism and that new economic model has to do with how we create content, which is based on the notion that we believe in what we call the ‘content continuum,’ that there are professionals who create content, there are marketers who create content and there are audience members who create content.We are fast becoming a platform that enables all three of those constituencies to publish content in a fully transparent manner on Forbes.com.At the same time, we have built up an incentive-based contributor force of about 850 people creating content on Forbes.com. We have ten marketers from Dell to SAP to Microsoft to Merryl Lynch creating content on Forbes.com. And at the moment our audience members also participate, but in the future there will be even more significant ways for them to participate. So we’re changing our model and it has dramatically increased our traffic: If you look at Omniture, in the year we’re up 75 percent to about 30 million monthly uniques. I believe that the Web is about quality and quantity. We produced almost 100,000 posts last year, and that’s a significant amount of content. We’re working to build the systems to monitor that, to traffic that, to do the things we need to do.Steve Palm: NewBay is a b-to-b enthusiast publisher, for lack of a better term. Our mission in life is to cover the waterfront in our five vertical markets. We have a lot of brands  and we have a lot of different media. And I think that I would sum up our focus in three ways. One is to create content that’s interesting to the five audiences we serve. Second is to put that content in whatever form of media that the audience likes. Our audience continues to like print. We get good results both in terms of circ and advertising in print. But we have expanded it into everything that’s been talked about here including social media. And three, most importantly, we’re looking hard at understanding what content works best in what type of media. We’re trying to create a 360-degree conversation, and I think that we’ve made progress, but we’re far from being proficient at it.FOLIO: How does the platform impact the kind of content you create?Dvorkin: We assign stories that are only for the magazine. The Web wants a lot of things. One of the things it wants is reporting. And that’s why you’re seeing Mashable, Buzzfeed, Gawker, whomever, deciding yes it’s about aggregation and viral, but it’s also about fresh reporting. There are many different things that work on the Web. Perspective, analysis, but pure reporting in print can work very well online if there’s good, deep reporting.Tofel: I think you’re going to treat reporting differently when it moves up into the mobile space. You’re not going to read a long article on a small device.Dvorkin: That’s another misnomer. I’m a maniac when it comes to this. We have so many tools that look at screen depth and everything. Whenever we have a story that is 10 or 12 paragraphs and is paginated, the single most clicked on link on that first page is page two.Tofel: I’m just saying I think mobile is tricky at the moment, maybe permanently. But on the tablet I actually agree. We do a lot of long-form on the tablet. I think the tablet is the best friend long-form has had in a very long time. It is a heck of a lot easier to read a 2,000-word piece on a tablet than it was in a newspaper. FOLIO: Is anyone experimenting with pricing and bundling?Palm: We’re in the early days of it still, but fundamentally we’ve decided we’re not going to bundle print and the facsimile digital edition together because why would you read both? They’re the exact same piece. So we’re separating those two, but we are bundling within the vertical markets we serve. So if you’re a guitar player we will bundle 3 or 4 guitar magazines together so you can buy a library on a monthly basis. And we think that’s an interesting, high value for the audience, an idea that we can create some cost value that differentiates from our traditional newsstand model. Lundquist: I think the bundle now needs to include events, both face to face and digital. I have this audience, here are some offers that we should make to them, events, research, and so on. That’s the bundle more so than any one platform.I think whatever platform they want to come in on you should be able to offer them content on that platform, you shouldn’t force them to go somewhere else. FOLIO: How are you balancing resource allocation?Bimblick: I don’t think it’s a balance. In our company most of our revenue comes from advertising. So it’s about developing an advertising and marketing services model. It used to be in all of our businesses we made money selling ads, but we were selling empty inventory. It didn’t matter whether they put a picture of their CEO or their kid on the page. We took whatever it was. Today, for better or worse, you have to be thinking about that. You have to create channels that someone will spend money to sponsor. But you can’t replace $80,000 worth of advertising with $30 CPMs, it just doesn’t work. But that’s what we’ve been doing the last ten years and now it’s getting even worse.Tofel: With these businesses that have a footprint in print and most of the income is from print, you have a very tricky task of running these hybrid companies at this point. People have had their foot on the brake on the transition to digital ever since 1995. They’ve wanted digital to the extent that they could control it, they’ve wanted it to go slower, they’ve needed it to go slower, because of [the fear that everyone would prefer digital more than print]. Now they’re lifting their foot slowly off the brake, and the question is at what  point do you have to move your foot off the brake and onto the gas in print? And the reason is because print is a classic nineteenth century economies of scale business. So as print circulation shrinks in b-to-c, everyone’s experiencing the economics of it deteriorating more and more rapidly. So there comes a point at which you’ve got to take your foot off the brake and I suspect there will come a point where people will want to floor it on the accelerator. But we’re not there yet.Lundquist: This was the first year that digital advertising exceeded print, it’s still pretty close to half and half. But I think print is still a very favored medium for lots of people. Especially advertisers. It’s still a very good medium in b-to-b to renew the audience, renew the database. All of us in this business really have to be looking at it all the time and seeing just where you are on that accelerator.FOLIO: Is print as a model set in stone, or can it be played with as well?Dvorkin: There are new models for content creation that are needed in print as well. As we have grown our contributor base in digital we are doing the same in print. First of all, I don’t believe in a combination. There are print editors and there are digital people and there are differences. We are now extending the contributor model into print. We’ve signed up four or five people and they write a certain number of articles for the magazine during the year at a certain price. If they continue reporting that particular article in the digital space, they are incentivized and they will make more money off that same article that they wrote in print by extending the audience for it on Forbes.com. As we all know, there’s so much content that’s left on the cutting room floor from the print piece. So if they continue to keep reporting that story out and they’re driving uniques to their content they will make more money in addition to what they made for the print story.Palm: I wish we could break the word print down in different ways. Print for a large consumer magazine or a newspaper is very different from what I see print being for b-to-b or enthusiast magazines. In the markets we serve, there is still huge value around branding and product awareness. Bimblick: I think the tools are there for print to reinvent. If you think about direct marketing, the catalog that you get from William Sonoma or whomever, it is targeted to you. In magazines we still tend to send the same thing to everyone. We could create versioned editions, basically using the catalog technology. That’s where I think you’re going to see more innovation. If you can actually print to create more customized, sponsored types of editions I think that’s where print can look at reinventing itself.FOLIO: Robyn, talk a bit more about Mashable’s next move to become a platform, what did you mean by that?Peterson: Right now if you rewind the clock a little bit to October of last year on Mashable all content was created by internal reporters. In November we introduced something called the Mashable Publisher Platform where we started to partner with quite a few different publishers and some folks on the editorial team to curate their content and build social identities for those publishers. It drives quite a few social referrals to either their site or their presence off-site, whether on Facebook or Twitter. It’s a nice symbiotic relationship that we’ve formed. Since launching it, we’ve had a lot of interest in expanding it. You’re going to see us start to expand that as we start to grow our editorial team.If you look at our audience from a product mindset, the audience that comes to Mashable tends to be the ‘town crier persona’ where they go to one town and learn all the news and then go to the next town and scream it out. The Mashable audience comes to Mashable to find out what to share, goes to another site like CNN and they’re just sharing all over the place. It’s a very interesting audience and we’re just trying to think through how we can get them to contribute because if we can solve that riddle we’ve all of a sudden figured out what’s going to share and what’s breaking—what’s going to accelerate around the Internet. Dvorkin: We’ve built some very customized publishing tools that our staffers and contributors can create text and photo galleries. We’re providing them with the assets and they just grab it and drop it in there. One of the things in scaling the audience in 2012 in many ways for us is about scaling the forum. And in doing that we’re going to be unleashing features in the next five or six months that reward users as not only contributors, but for desired behaviors. How many times do I come to the site? How many contributors do I follow? How many of my comments got approved? As we reward people for these desired behaviors they will become a different kind of reader that will be able to contribute content as well as go beyond the notion of simply commenting. FOLIO: How are you filtering all this, who is watching this content come in and managing that, how are you organizing this and keeping it facilitated? Dvorkin: We pick contributors like we would pick an employee. You vet them, you watch for their credentials and what they do. And just like an employee they sometimes disappoint you. And then you take steps. So we’re building management systems to make sure we pick the right people and trim the wrong people. We have monitoring processes going on all day long through a producer team—spreadsheets that keeps tabs on things. And we are building these systems. They are far from perfect. Tofel: And I think you know your brands and you trust in those brands and whatever new platforms you bring in, whatever new media concepts you bring in, you have a set of standards. You don’t want to have people distrust you. You want to maintain that trust, maintain that brand. It’s a messy process sometimes.Dvorkin: I call it tricky.  And some things don’t work and we have processes for removing posts and hiding them by putting them into private cues until they are resolved by our staff. The Web is a very forgiving place if you do the right things to correct what’s incorrect. If you don’t, then it’s not very forgiving.Peterson: And it’s more than just thinking about new ways of input into the content process. We were all kind of talking about how we write to different media and platforms. One thing we do at Mashable that’s a slightly different conversation is we envision which social networks this may trend on before we write it, before they’re assigned, and we think through that first. We’re writing this to LinkedIn, we’re writing to Facebook, to Twitter. We think through the stories from the very beginning with that in mind. Our audience is as much offsite as it is onsite. And in fact you have to do a much better job of selling offsite to get them onsite. FOLIO: Do you measure the results of that?Peterson: We do. We’ve seen for instance on some of our more jobs-oriented pieces that 80 percent of the traffic in that channel is coming from LinkedIn. I’m not saying that’s what drives the editorial process, but we think through that for our key distribution channels up front so we can take it into consideration as things are built in. Dvorkin: When you talk about filtering contributors, filtering users is important too in terms of their commentary. We have a system where there is no user comment that loads on the page unless a contributor has approved that comment. We have a very rewarding conversation. The contributor or one of our producers must approve the comment. That is a great thing because you get the contributor engaged In the community. They transact with the community and know what’s going on. And if you want to see the comment cesspool, you click a tab that says ‘All Comments’ and they can see them all. But you have to seek that out. If you just want a conversation that is filtered out and curated it’s there for you. You have the option of seeing everything. But we’re only loading on the page those comments that have been filtered and approved. FOLIO: So we talked a little bit about mobile eventually gaining traction. What are the opportunities in mobile?Lundquist: There’s a lot more data coming in just from your standard website—who is coming into the page, how they came in, how many pages they viewed, how long they stayed on. I think you’re going to have the same amount of stuff on what platforms they’re coming in from, what preferences they have. To try to manage that is going to require a level of analysis that I don’t think exists in many industries.Tofel: On the flip side I think there’s a tremendous editorial opportunity. The ability to do stories that then empower other stories is extraordinary. It extends to users but also to other content providers. Something we’ve had a lot of success with is we created a database called Dollars for Doctors. It includes most of the data about payments from the pharmaceutical companies to individual physicians. We’ve had literally millions of people look up their own doctors, and that’s quite significant. But in some ways, what I think is even more interesting is we’ve had 120 different news organizations use the data, because it’s searchable, to do their own stories. It ranges from huge metro newspapers and regional websites to individual Patch or other similarly-sized community sites. And I think that is a metaphor for a whole different kind of journalism that you can do on a large level and then lead others to quite intentionally at a disaggregated level.Bimblick: I think in the b-to-b space the tablet has become your portable desk, your portable office. We have to become something more than something they go to every so often. It may be that our content has to be incorporated into other tools that they’re using. A lot of b-to-b companies have had data businesses that they bought for one reason or another and they kind of sat over there on the other side from the content operation. I think those are going to start converging or at least talking to each other and I think the tablet is going to be one of the key things that is going to drive that. Lundquist: I really thought that with the rise of marketing as a service it would be something editorial could learn from and create communities of interest around more narrow topics of interest than we’d normally cover. This process of lead nurturing and lead management, where they start to know not just a broad audience but where individuals in that audience are in that whole buying process. I think there’s really something to learn from that. Are we still too much into the one-size-fits-all category? Or should we start thinking about narrower messages?Tofel: I think one thing that we have to keep our eye on is what’s our plan for the next recession? We’re moving into solid growth and that’s great and hopefully that goes on for a very long time. But we’ve had two recessions since the digital revolution began and people were completely surprised by both of them. What are we going to do in the third recession of the digital age, and how do we get smarter about it and less surprised about it than we were by the first two?We must assume we have no more than 2-4 years before advertising is going to go down. I don’t want us to take your eye off the ball for all of the wonderful things we have planned for this year, but I do want to spend a little bit of time thinking through a plan and how are we diversifying away from advertising and what’s our insurance policy?Bimblick: And it can’t just be, ‘Oh gee, we’ll cut every fourth editor,’ because by the way, now we have to create more content than we ever did before. With the proliferation of device technology, social media, and various content platforms, it’s easy to forget the dynamics that are impacting content itself. We’ve clearly learned that you can’t simply rinse and repeat print content onto other platforms, and yet the audience now expects content to be anywhere and everywhere they want to access it.Here FOLIO: has convened another one of its patented roundtables to discuss the current state and future of content production. What we’ve learned is the audience and the data that emerges from its behavior are having a huge impact on content production and its economics. From social media to mobile to the Web, the way an audience interacts with content drives everything from topics to pricing.last_img read more

ThirtyFour Percent of Content Apps Downloaded in Last 30 Days Were Paid

first_imgAs for app discovery, the Apple App Store is identified by 88 percent of tablet users as a way to find new apps that are download-worthy. These apps are reportedly found through browsing/searching, or because they were featured in the Store. 55 percent of users find new apps through reviews and magazines in newspapers, and 24 percent discover apps by a link in another app. As publishers spend more time and money on developing apps to deliver their digital content, audience demographics detailing app interaction are beginning to show how these efforts are panning out. According to a recent study from Gfk MRI, app users who install fewer apps are more likely to utilize the downloads, as 95 percent of users that install 1-9 apps report regular usage of apps. On the other end of the spectrum, only 16 percent of users who download 20 or more apps are likely to engage with them regularly; Gfk MRI also reports that 37 percent users with 10 or more apps downloaded engage with those apps on a regular basis. App advertisements through radio broadcast appears to be the weakest promotion strategy, as Gfk MRI reports only 7 percent of tablet users find new apps through these types of ads.For this online survey, Gfk MRI polled 3,000 adult consumers who own tablets and e-readers.center_img Most likely to inspire dismay among publishers is that 66 percent of apps downloaded in the last 30 days were free; 34 percent were paid. To that end, Risa Becker, VP of research at Gfk MRI, says in a press statement, “…consumers’ reliance on free apps suggest app marketers need to continue to implement revenue plans that do not necessarily depend on charging for apps.”last_img read more

Better Homes and Gardens Goes Big With Pinterest

first_imgPinterest has become a significant new social platform for magazines, particularly in the women’s market. Meredith’s Better Homes and Gardens has built a heavy presence on the site with almost 60 different boards aligned with the brand’s various editorial categories in home and garden design. The magazine just launched a contest, called “Pin & Win” to drive further engagement with users.To participate in the contest, users have to curate their own pinboard named “My Better Homes and Gardens Dream Home.” Participants use images collected from the magazine’s website, BHG.com, and have to use at least 10 pictures. “As a visual brand where imagery and ideas are so central to what we do we are extremely excited about Pinterest. This is a tremendous complement,” says Gayle Butler, Meredith National Media Group EVP and Better Homes and Gardens editor-in-chief. The contest launched on Wednesday, March 7 and there have been 490 entries so far, says Butler, who adds that one entrant has 40 repins off of her board, which illustrates the sharing power of the platform. The contest, as well as BHG’s Pinterest presence in general, is promoted across the other social platforms and in the magazine. BHG’s Facebook page features a tab dedicated to the contest’s entry process. Winners get a cash prize.So far, Butler says BHG’s boards, which are dedicated to topics such as “Livable Living Rooms” and “Fun Front Doors,” have about 25,000 followers with more than 2 million total board followers. Butler adds that the visual nature of brands like Better Homes and Gardens is uniquely suited to Pinterest. And aside from the benefits of spreading content further afield to potentially new consumers, the user-curated boards give BHG unique insight into their interests. “Consumers invite you in to their interests, and to me that is really exciting and it creates a new interaction with the consumer and we can see what excites the them as well,” she says. Further, Meredith’s research has shown that across the company’s digital brands, particularly the tablet products, 40 to 50 percent of users are new to the brand and the company. So by aggressively participating in new digital platforms like Pinterest, the company is reaching out to a potentially new universe of customers.last_img read more

Sports Illustrated Relaunches Mobile Site

first_imgSEE ALSO: Matt Bean, a 2012 FOLIO: 40 Scores, he says, are a way to do that. The Gameflash technology used to give real-time scoring updates is almost identical to the desktop version, but is now accessible in a way that uniquely complements the mobile experience. Similarly, reader comments are now integrated into the device platform, offering users a chance to reengage with a story more easily.Overall, the percentage of content accessible across platforms is high, Bean emphasizes, saying that “almost everything” available on the fixed site can now be viewed on a smartphone or tablet.The SI.com app is not yet part of the new immersive environment Bean and SI.com vice president and general manager Jim DeLorenzo are trying to create, although he expects it will be by the end of the year. “It’s really going to end up being one in the same,” DeLorenzo says. “We’re going to use the HTML5 base that we’ve created with the mobile site and then use that for a native app as well. That’s one of the reasons why when you look at the new mobile website, it has very much of an app feel to it.”Neither would comment specifically on future updates to the desktop site that would bring it closer to the mobile version in appearance, but DeLorenzo did say his group was “actively looking” at a redesign.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated has relaunched its mobile site, emphasizing consistency in content across each of its platforms.While the new mobile site, built on a WordPress platform and written in responsive HTML5 coding, has a darker, sharper user-interface than the desktop version-a much different look and feel-the content is more closely aligned. “The way we’ve approached this mobile site is indicative of what we’ll be doing here at Sports Illustrated going forward, really looking to bring out a product that allows us to be nimble and flexible,” says Matt Bean, the managing editor of SI.com who recently came over from Rodale. “We want our brand to be represented across all platforms, but there are different use cases reflected in mobile that might not be the case for someone on a desktop computer. In subtle ways, we’re looking to cater to that user.”last_img read more

Improved Guidance Needed to Establish Role of Arsenals GAO Finds

first_imgTo maintain the critical capabilities of its three manufacturing arsenals, the Army should develop guidelines for officials to follow when deciding whether to purchase items from the arsenals or from the private sector, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends in a new report.GAO called for the Army to issue “clear, step-by-step implementing guidance, such as an instruction or guidebook, on the process for conducting make-or-buy analyses in a consistent manner.”The lack of such guidance likely has hampered the Pentagon’s efforts to encourage the military to consider the arsenals as a source of manufacture, the agency concluded. To offset a decline in demand for materiel from the arsenals — Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark; Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, Ill.; and Watervliet Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, N.Y. — the Army has directed acquisition programs to assign work to the arsenals consistent with their capabilities. Those actions have increased revenue, but not sufficiently to recover the facilities’ operating expenses, according to the report.The congressional watchdog agency also recommended that the deputy assistant secretary of defense for maintenance policy and programs — in conjunction with the services — “complete DOD’s ongoing effort to establish a process for identifying the manufacturing arsenals’ critical capabilities and a method for determining the minimum workload needed to sustain these capabilities.” A separate recommendation calls for the department to issue guidance to implement that process.Because DOD’s actions from 2012 to 2014 did not generate sufficient revenue for the arsenals, Congress provided $375 million collectively in fiscal years 2014 and 2015 to help recover the arsenals’ operating expenses. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Rep Granger Tapped for Top GOP Slot on House Appropriations

first_imgTexas Rep. Kay Granger is set to become the House Republicans’ top appropriator in the 116th Congress after the GOP Steering Committee selected her Thursday. The House GOP Conference still needs to ratify the decision today. Granger has served as chairwoman of the defense appropriations subcommittee since 2017, creating a vacancy for a Republican to serve as that panel’s ranking member starting in January.Granger would replace current Committee Chairman Peter Frelinghuysen (N.J.), who is retiring from Congress at the end of the term. Granger told other members of the GOP Conference she planned to make the panel more responsive to members and less driven by staff-level decisions, reported CQ. Granger said she planned to work together with Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), who is expected to take the committee gavel in January, on overhauling the way the committee works. “My main goal is to make the Appropriations Committee with Nita Lowey what it once was: It was one of the most important committees in the Congress because we helped our members, and we lost that somehow in all the years,” Granger said.DOD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Lorde Ed Sheeran The Weeknd Tapped For 2017 VMAs

first_img Email Twitter News Who’s Performing At The 2017 VMAs? lorde-ed-sheeran-weeknd-tapped-2017-vmas Additional performers announced include GRAMMY nominees Perry and Miley Cyrus, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes. The awards show will be broadcast live on MTV on Aug. 27.Miley Cyrus Announces New Album ‘Younger Now’ — Here’s What We Know Lorde, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd Tapped For 2017 VMAs The lineup has officially been announced for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards — did your favorite artists make the cut?Brian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 8, 2017 – 5:06 pm GRAMMY.comWith none other than Katy Perry recently announced as the incoming host, the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were already shaping up to be a can’t-miss event. Now that the headlining performers have likewise been announced, it’s finally time to start up the hype train in earnest.The VMA stage at the historic Forum in Los Angeles will be graced by several GRAMMY winners this year, including Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and Lorde. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 11, 2015 – 4:18 pm Lorde Wins Best Pop Solo Performance Facebook last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of March 10 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, March 10, 2019.Sunday, March 10No MeetingsMonday, March 11The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 4pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6pm.) Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 4. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, March 12No MeetingsWednesday, March 13The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets sat 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, March 14The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, March 15No MeetingsSaturday, March 16No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Apple Arcade wants to become the Xbox and PlayStation of mobile gaming

first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple reveals Apple Arcade, a new subscription gaming… Apple’s hoping to upend the gaming industry. Getty Images Apple’s iPhone is already home to some of the most popular games ever. It’s got puzzlers like Candy Crush Saga and Words With Friends, the battle game Cash of Clans, and even the cultural phenom Fortnite. Now Apple is hoping to level up those games with Apple Arcade, a new service, announced Monday, that’s set to go live in the fall. Pricing hasn’t been announced. Apple Arcade is designed to give people access to mobile, desktop and Apple TV games. It features a collection of more than 100 games — from independent game designers as well as gaming legends like Sim City creator Will Wright and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi — that will be exclusive to Apple Arcade. And the games will work in 150 countries, even without an internet connection.”We’re not just curating, we’re backing their development,” Ann Thai, a senior product manager for the App Store, said during an event at the company’s California headquarters. That means Apple will help fund the creation of new games that will then be exclusive to Apple Arcade. “You won’t find these games on any other mobile platform or any other subscription service.” $999 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple • Best Buy See It Comments See it Share your voice See It Mobile Tech Industry Gaming Digital Media Apple is doing more than just trying to get us to spend more time on our iPhones and iPads. It’s also a play to win over big-name game makers, who’ve largely focused their efforts on the Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4, Nintendo’s Switch and the PC. Game makers have made intricate and visually stunning games for those other platforms, including the cowboy epic Red Dead Redemption 2 and the mythic brawler God of War.With Apple Arcade, the company is focused on mobile games, but it’s clearly aiming higher. To get there, Apple’s promising a more player-friendly experience along the way. In addition to promising to help fund game development, the company also said it won’t include apps that charge for extra attempts at puzzles, power-ups and different looks for characters. Instead, Apple Arcade games will have all the goodies paid for with your subscription.”We want to make gaming even better,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.Arcade was just one of the news services unveiled Monday. Cook also announced Apple News Plus, a $9.99 per month ($12.99 in Canada) subscription service that delivers access to about 300 magazines and other news publications. Apple TV Channels, a bundling service, and Apple TV Plus, a series of exclusive original shows from high-profile directors and talent including Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Oprah Winfrey.Each of those services has its own mix of competitors, including Netflix, Hulu, Disney and CBS (which owns CNET). With video games, Apple takes on an even larger group of rivals.monument-valley.jpgOne of the titles Apple’s touting in its new Apple Arcade service is a puzzle game called Where Cards Fall, by popular game developer Snowman. Snowman Leveling upMicrosoft, Sony, Nintendo and game download store Valve have dominated the video game world for decades. But Apple sees a chance to change that — and it’s not the only one.Last week, Google took the wraps off Stadia, a new service that will allow people to play games streamed to their computers, TVs, mobile devices and underpowered laptops, similar to the way Netflix streams TV shows and movies. There’s no word on pricing for Stadia yet. gdc-2019-google-stadia-controller-9704Enlarge ImageGoogle’s Stadia will offer more traditional games, like Ubisoft’s popular Assassin’s Creed adventure series. James Martin/CNET “Our ambition is far beyond a single game,” said Phil Harrison, Google’s Stadia head, when he announced the service. Instead, the company sees the opportunity to give players “instant access” to a game by clicking a link. “The power of instant access is magical, and it’s already transformed the music and movie industries.”For Apple, the promise isn’t to upend the traditional video game market so much as to offer a different take on the more than 300,000 games already in its app store. It’s promising premium game experiences by removing the specter of charging for extras in a game. And, like the company’s other TV, music and news, services Apple promised it won’t sell or share user’s data.The question will be whether Apple’s approach can attract award-winning series like Microsoft’s sci-fi saga Halo, Sony’s zombie adventure The Last of Us or Nintendo’s iconic Mario.”Apple’s not known for making its own content,” said Joost van Dreunen, head of Nielsen’s SuperData Research. Apple’s got the right message focusing on privacy and making games easily accessible across a family’s suite of iPhones, iPads, TVs  and Macs, he said. But, whatever the company ends up charging, “they better have some cool stuff too.””They’re coming at this correctly,” van Dreunen added. “I just have questions about how ambitious they’re going to be.”  Google Microsoft Sony Nintendo Apple Apple iPhone XS See All Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now playing: Watch this: 3:01 19 reading • Apple Arcade wants to become the Xbox and PlayStation of mobile gaming $999 Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999last_img read more