Random Events Hide a Consistent Pattern of Opportunity for Print
The other day, a news item about Adobe’s acquisition of software developer Serious Magic reminded us that mobile, personal video is on its way to the marketplace. Combined with their purchase of Macromedia and its Flash product, Adobe is moving aggressively in this area. Get used to the phrase “mobile media” because it will be a hot buzzword as the wherever, whenever consumer-in-charge media really starts to sink into the minds of content creators of all types. We’re a couple of years away from its being useful and common. YouTube is just a tiny beginning. We’re not far away from having e-books regularly containing video, especially e-textbooks, which today are mainly computer reproductions of hard copy books with minor enhancements.
A Canadian newspaper is now doing a streaming video broadcast of news. Is there any wonder why newspaper conglomerates are selling their broadcast properties? The barriers to entry to video markets are falling fast, much like what desktop publishing did, a 20-year old trend that we still feel today.
The change in media habits has been felt by network TV programmers. Verizon Wireless, it is reported, has its peak use of streaming video is during evening rush hour, between 4pm and 7pm, as people commute in cars, trains, and busses. For AOL, 3pm to 5 pm is the peak. Many of these are downloads of network shows that were missed during the day, the evening before, or even days before.
The reminder of this comes from the author of a book mentioned recently, What Sticks. He was speaking at a magazine conference this week, and he said “As a marketer you maximize ROI when [you] use all media.” Why? Because you never know where or when someone will access the information, and even market segments that used to have strong media preferences are in flux.