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Washington Post metro reporters now “get to work from home, forever.” Web traffic to daily deal sites plummets. And Jack Shafer says you should familiarize yourself with this page here.
Do you know the play/movie Glengarry Glen Ross? There’s a cliche the boiler-room salesmen in it use: “ABC,” which stands for Always Be Closing. I believe in ABL for journalists: Always Be Looking. No matter how good your job is–and mine was great–you should always be looking for your next gig.
Meanwhile, one the Washington Post Company’s other Kaplan-subsidized publications announced that it would be closing all but two of its local bureau offices. In a memo to staff however, Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli emphasized, “This is about office space, not personnel or coverage . . . with the savings from ending unnecessarily expensive leases, we will invest in technology that will enable us to file from anywhere, at any time, to any platform.”
Good news, Washington Post suburban metro reporters: You get to work from home, forever http://t.co/NAIOx8P
A survey earlier this summer suggested that daily-deal-fatigue could be to blame, with more than half of respondents saying they felt overwhelmed by the number of deals arriving in their inbox.
Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, within the past week both Facebook and Yelp have started a retreat from the so-far unprofitable daily deal space.
But Google is moving forward with its daily deal program, which places its geo-targeted offers in the valuable real estate below the search bar. So far the service is limited to Portland, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
And the technology firm rVue — which is responsible for the digital ads that appear on billboards, stadiums, elevators, grocery checkout lines, etc. — is launching a new platform that offers real-time, location-based deals and special offers that consumers can respond to via toll-free 800 numbers and embedded QR codes.
The researchers found that the print folks “remember significantly more news stories than online news readers”; that print readers “remembered significantly more topics than online newsreaders”; and that print readers remembered “more main points of news stories.” When it came to recalling headlines, print and online readers finished in a draw.