One of the major Web success stories of the past 12 months has been the rise and rise (including a $6bn Google snub late last year) of Groupon, and other similar deal-of-the-day type sites. With the huge buzz and demand for these sites seemingly set to continue we are now seeing a flurry of publishers joining the phenomenon by partnering with the deal-of-the-day sites or creating their own in-house versions.
European publishers aren’t too far behind as the Telegraph, DMGT, Archant, and Axel Springer are all moving into the group buying space, with rival publishers surely not too far behind.
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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?
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.
Great article here from paidContent:UK analysing where UK newspaper websites get their traffic from, and coming in at number five, in terms of driving traffic, is the BBC with its Moreover-powered Newstracker service.
The figures look even more favourable for Moreover/the Beeb when you look exclusively at the UK numbers, putting search engines aside the BBC becomes the number one referring site for the British press driving over 1.2 million UK clicks in April of this year.
With the BBC determined to continue this trend, becoming a “window on the Web” and see its rate of referring click-throughs double by 2012, this is a great example of how aggregators like Moreover can work with and serve the publishers for a common good.