Fairfax Digital – new head

MEDIA RELEASE 6 December 2007 FAIRFAX MEDIA APPOINTS NEW DIGITAL HEAD Fairfax Media has appointed Stephen Smith to the position of Group Head of Digital. Prior to accepting the Fairfax Media position, Stephen headed Vodafone’s media and entertainment operations. Stephen will be responsible for Fairfax Media’s Online division, which includes stuff.co.nz, rugbyheaven.co.nz, and the online …

How to manage your company’s online reputation

Over the months I’ve occasionally said one or two negative things about a few companies. Did I say occasionally? Sorry – I meant constantly. Their range of responses has been interesting, and piqued the interest of Bullet PR‘s Nicholas O’Flaherty, who used the BNZ series of rants, along with Mauricio’s Slingshot posts as examples, in …

AFR will not go free, BusinessSpectator launches

Fantastic news – AFR.com.au has redone it’s moronic pricing scheme,  which charged readers (whoever they are) anywhere from $25 to a staggering $150 a MONTH. Rest assurred – they have now come back to reality and are charging just $109 for non subscribers, and $45 for subscribers. That compares favorably with the WSJ.com site, which …

Stuff eases past NZHerald

Stuff finally has more domestic browsers than NZHerald – it’s been a long chase, and kudos to the editorial and development teams at Fairfax for the result. Both sites are winners here however – the number of people reading their news online has steadily risen over the years, and the competition has made for better …

3 reasons why old media is not doomed

A couple opf folk sent me a link to a post on Louis Gray’s blog,  link, which shows the relative decline in Alexa ranking of the news websites. Sites that used to be among the top visited sites in all the Web have plummeted, as fickle Web visitors have turned their attention away from the …

Burma is Myanmar not Burma

It’s one thing to complain about anther country. It’s quite another to call it by the wrong name. The United Nations accepted name for the country between Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh is Myanmar. Not Burma. Even Wikipedia gets it right – it appears that Myanmar is the formal name, used since the 13th …

Good AFR.com news – but will they finally get it?

Credit David Kirk for pushing the side of reason – especially while doing his other job as Rugby correspondent and blogger. ..afr.com, will be relaunched for the second time this year in “a matter of weeks” with more content likely to be made freely available after months of criticism The decision by Fairfax chief David …

The New York Times is now set free – what next AFR?

The New York Times has realised that internet advertising will generate more revenue than subscriptions, and abandoned the TimesSelect subscription service. TimesSelect held archives, their highly rated columnists and other material.  Apparently TimesSelect made $10m per year, but I would think the NYTime columnists alone should be able to generate that value in increased ads …

eBay shakes the model, but still doesn’t get it

eBay is still figuring out this auction thing. For a start, all eBay neutral feedbacks are now counted as negative, as from a couple of weeks back. If big sellers start getting a bad karma ratio, then the amount of stuff they can post to sell will be restricted. They’ve also been playing with the …

Trade Me Travel Press Release

Media Release Sunday 9 September 2007 Trade Me Launches Travel Trade Me today launches its new travel website “Travelbug” with an initial focus on accommodation. Aimed at everyday New Zealanders, Travelbug launches with over 1500 accommodation providers and over 10,000 rooms from Ahipara to Stewart Island. “We’re delighted by the take-up we’ve enjoyed from the …

Travel Bug soft launch (Trade Me Travel)

Here at last. Trade Me have soft-launched Travel Bug. Simple, elegant and it just works. But still some weirdness with underlining in Safari. Interestingly TravelBug uses Google Maps rather than Smaps – at least for now. It’s obviously a version 1, and we can certainly expect more goodness to come down the line. Go ahead …