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Monitoring the Brand Finance Global 500

Posted by Zak G

You may have caught this interesting news piece last week, Brand Finance announced their latest league table ranking the most valuable brands in the world, with Google supplanting Walmart to become the new king of the hill.  Microsoft also rose up the chart, pushing Walmart into third, with IBM and Vodafone making up the top five.  Anyway, we thought it’d be worth while to compare the top ten in terms of share of voice across the news headlines:

As can be seen Google live up to their ranking as the globe’s most valuable brand, weighing in with almost a quarter (24.7%) of all news headlines when compared to their peers.  Although not far behind Google, with 24.17% of stories, is Apple whose coverage has no doubt been buoyed this past month by the release of its iPad 2.  Microsoft comes in at three, but possibly more surprising, is the inclusion of AT&T in fourth with 12.77% share of articles – although this can be explained by the massive spike in coverage since the recent announcement of their intended acquisition of T-Mobile USA.  IBM make up our top five, in terms of news coverage, suggesting perhaps that (American) tech companies make for the best headlines?

Any surprising results in there – brands you think deserve to be ranked higher or ones that deserve more press coverage?  For the complete BrandFinance Global 500 click here.

Leave a Comment March 29, 2011

Making the news in 2011

As we take our first steps into the new year here is a great Mashable article you may have missed over the festive period.  Vadim Lavrusik has written a piece exploring some of the trends we may see in news media over 2011.

The past year saw the worlds of news and mobile collide, as the iPhone and iPad both grew in market share, the article in particular cites the innovative apps from the Washington Post and CNN, both integrating a social media element to them taking them beyond the realms of traditional news.  From here the article predicts a further grow in mobile applications, but a greater focus on social media as the social web continues to change our online experience.

Beyond social and mobile, the article also looks at the influence of WikiLeaks, the M&A climate, location-based services and the future of news syndication.  But for the full low down, read the full article here.

We’d love to know your musings and thoughts for the upcoming year, either on news or further afield.  If 2010 was the year of Facebook, can we expect more of the same in 2011?

Leave a Comment January 7, 2011

Merry Christmas from Moreover!

Everybody here at Moreover would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, we look back on the past twelve months feeling pretty proud of our achievements with Newsdesk 4 and are especially looking forward to further innovation in the next twelve.  We will leave you with this piece from Mashable, exploring where the news industry might head next year and we’d love to hear your thoughts on similar or reflections on 2010 in the comments section below!

Leave a Comment December 24, 2010

Print’s passing predicted

An Australian-based futurist, Ross Dawson, has boldly predicted the demise of newsprint across the globe, starting with the end of US newspapers around 2017 and then gradually lessening in significance in 52 countries by the year 2040.  The graphic shows it all quite neatly.

So what will drive this downfall?  Dawson predicts newsprint will be replaced by mobile devices, tablets computers and the advance in technology of lightweight digital papers.  We’ve already seen that e-editions of newspapers are rising quickly, but quick enough to see the end of newspapers as we know them in the UK and US by the end of the decade?

Leave a Comment November 1, 2010

Moreover Sport News iPhone app reminder

Just a quick update to let everyone know the Moreover iPhone app is still going strong, and we’ve just updated the ‘Sport Events’ feeds set with some forthcoming spectacles of sport.  Gone are the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games, and as we head into winter we’ve replaced them with two events sure to be dominating the back pages over coming months.. The Ashes news, as England seek to retain urn won in 2009, and the road to the Cowboys Stadium for Super Bowl XLV will be covered by NFL Playoffs news.

Download the app here and let us know if there are any events you think we should be covering in the app!

Leave a Comment October 26, 2010

Pew Research sees online news flourish

The Pew Research Center, a US Think Tank based in Washington D.C., have published a report into how people are consuming news showing a shift from print to the Web.  This follows up an earlier Pew study we blogged about back in February, examining the relationships between youngsters and online behaviours.

With the decline around traditional media being widely reported, it seems that the digital world is more than capable in filling those gaps.  Around a third of participants went online for news, which is slightly higher than those reading it in print and the same numbers as news radio, however if you broaden that to include mobile, email, and social media then the figure rises to 44% of Americans getting their news digitally.  Of course I fully expect the Moreover iPhone sport news app to be making up a healthy proportion of that number..

The table (left) breaks it down nicely, illustrating the general upward trend for digital content and the more mixed curves for traditional media, television still being our chief source of news.  As much as anything else a report like this shows how we are now consuming information from a wealth of differing outlets – 36% of Americans reported getting news from mixed sources, compared with a marginally higher 39% relying solely on traditional.

Overall this can only be a good thing for users and publishers, as we are offered more ways to consume news and as such have increased our time spent with the news.  Check at the full report here at Pew Research, and let us know below in the comments how you see the shift in media consumption patterns affecting the ways you read the news.

4 Comments September 14, 2010

Moreover Sport News app moves into extra-time

We hope you’ve all been enjoying our first iPhone app since its release earlier in the year, but with the new football season fast approaching and an autumn full of sport ahead we decided it was the right time to listen to your feedback by updating the app with extra features.

We’ve still got all the sport feeds you’re familiar with but now added the ability to create your own saved searches and customised feeds.  So search for your favourite team or niche sport over our categories to get breaking news and latest scores from global sport news sources.


We’ve also added localised menus for US, UK, Global, and Event (think the Ryder Cup, Tour de France etc) focused sport, so whatever your interest we’ve got it covered.  Download the app from iTunes here, and as before tell us your thoughts so we can score another app success!

Leave a Comment July 30, 2010

NYT on Techmeme

New York Times has done a nice write-up here on technology news aggregator Techmeme, the site which geeks and industry leaders flock to daily. As Techmeme evolves and introduces the human touch, alongside its traditional software algorithms, to collect news and blog posts the Times sees potential in this aggregation model more than just the tech sector.

Techmeme could become a model for other industries as a useful way to harness the increasingly unwieldy Web and arm readers who are preparing for business meetings or cocktail parties. Techmeme, a start-up company based in San Francisco, also publishes aggregation sites for politics, celebrity gossip and baseball, and hopes to expand to topics like business or energy.

Industry-specific aggregators like Techmeme provide focused, grouped news stories which can be essential for readers requiring a succinct digest of the main topics of the day. With aggregators often getting a bad press, it is refreshing to see the benefits they offer being discussed and encouraged not only for readers but for publishers too.

Leave a Comment July 21, 2010

Eyeing up real-time search

Real-time search has become an increasingly popular web trend over the past twelve months, one we’ve covered a number of times here on the blog, so it was of little surprise when the major search engines started integrating Twitter and the likes into their search results. What is a little surprising however though is the impact, or lack of, these real-time results are so far having on our searching habits.

Oneupweb have carried out an eye-opening eye-tracking study into the effectiveness of real-time web search results. The study split a group of users into “consumers” searching for products you would consider buying or “foragers” looking for current news and information on a topic. The results were mixed to say the least:

73% had never heard of real-time results before participating this study.

Only a quarter of the consumers cared for the real-time results compared to 47% of the information foragers.

The report also showed the users took more than ten seconds to to settle their gaze on the real-time results, but the foragers were more willing to spend time on the page which could be indicative of their willingness to consider more options before clicking and hence their increased likelihood to test the real-time results.

So the results perhaps don’t show real-time search to be quite as popular as the buzz may suggest – not yet anyway, but as users adapt the social aspect of search will become ever more relevant as real-time becomes a reality.

2 Comments March 10, 2010

Outsell ponders pay plans

Information industry research firm Outsell have weighed in on the hot topic currently buzzing around the industry, that of content paywalls.

Outsell picks up on the recent Nielsen blog post Changing Model: A Global Perspective on Paying for Online Content, which investigates whether consumers will be willing to pay for online news content. This study matches previous findings from Forrester and Outsell’s own research, essentially that when it comes to media content consumers seem less willing to pay for news than other types of media.

Such findings lead Outsell to conclude that consumers have been conditioned to spend on particular content at particular price points, and that household budgets are pretty fixed. Would you be prepared to cancel that ESPN TV subscription to pay for access to your local newspaper online? So rather than expecting a change in business models to be the next big thing, Outsell suggests publishers place more focus on “serious product design, user engagement, and the things that delight and differentiate”.

Certainly food for thought, as the recession eases and ad spending looks to be slowly bouncing back will the trend toward paywalls lose some momentum?

serious product design, user engagement, and the things that delight and
differentiate

1 Comment March 3, 2010

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