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    Thursday, November 27, 2008

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008

    Election Fever Sites

    From Cynthia Cynopsis -- very good overview of some great sites /g

    The first web 2.0-powered election is upon us and it's worth a look back at some trends in the space. Politics was the leading category gainer in August according to comScore, responsible for 14 million+ uniques during the month - a third more traffic than in Aug. 2007. Politically-themed sites such as, and exploded onto the scene, establishing themselves as important resources users and established media brands have come to rely on. Mostly terrific online efforts by CNN, MTV, YouTube and other outlets have increased awareness immensely and are expected to help drive the best voter turn-out we've seen since the 1960's. And, of course, the candidates themselves have relied on their perspective web sites to reach voters. If web traffic equates to votes then Obama would seem to be riding a wave. Unique visitors to outpaced those to nearly 2 to 1 in September, according to Nielsen Online. The unique audience at went from 6.1 million in August to 7.9 million in September, almost double the 4.2 million visits to Finally some excellent resources have emerged to provide unbiased data to voters who still may not have made up their minds. Check out for a comprehensive database of information on candidates' voting records, issue positions and public statements. is a good a place to, in the words of Lester in The Wire, to "follow the money."

    Thursday, September 18, 2008

    New Joost Goes Live Today

    After months of hard work the NEW JOOST is LIVE.

    Below are some articles from this mornings press as well as some screen shots in the posts below:

    Ping me with feedback or comments.

    New Joost - New Dashboard

    My favorite part is the Joost activity feed. It shows what everyone is doing on the platform. A great way to find new content and share with your friends.

    New Joost Screen Shot

    This is the new electronic program guide for the platform. Much easier to use and makes content discovery so much easier.

    New Joost 'Friends' Screen Shot

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    It finally happened

    I was searching for the hair salon I usually go to in Toronto. I can never remember the address of phone number so I Googled it -- wax hair salon, toronto -- nothing. Wax hair, toronto - nope. Thought I spelt it wrong so I tried Waxx hair, toronto -- zero. Then I remembered I had tried it once before a while back and noticed that it had really quick search that was remarkably accurate. I could also call directly from my mobile. Typed in Wax. Bingo. Address and phone number. Google look out.

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    Does Online TV Have a Short Shelf Life?

    From: NewTeeVee --- New research indicates that online videos get the majority of their views soon after they’re posted. Of 10,916 videos with at least 1,000 views after 90 days, half of those views happened over the first two weeks, according to a study by video analytics firm TubeMogul. Views peak on day three, with 11 percent of all views happening on that day, according to the study.

    Full article

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    Where's the Audience Panel - Banff World TV Festival

    One of the best sessions I was lucky enough to moderate with interesting statistics from both sides of the fence - TV and Online. Having a broadcaster, Anna, giving us the reality of the situation on the ground was very useful.


    Barry's CRTC report
    English speaking stats and online users

    The Biz (NEW!): Where's The Audience?

    Tuesday June 10th
    14:30 - 15:30

    Sir Edward Beatty

    In Partnership with:

    New online series and the recent Writer's strike sent a lot of viewers to the web. How has this fragmentation of the audience affected TV viewership? What are the ramifications for TV producers and broadcasters?

    Partner Introductions:
    Michael Hennessy, Vice-President -- Wireless, Broadband & Content Policy - TELUS

    Gavin McGarryAnna GecanBarry KieflBryan SegalJamie Wilkinson

    Gavin McGarry, Content Acquisition and Strategy - Joost

    Anna Gecan, Vice President of Content, HGTV - CanWest Broadcasting Inc.
    Barry Kiefl, President - CMRI
    Bryan Segal, Senior Director - Comscore Media Metrix

    Sunday, June 8, 2008

    Pitching - Rita Carbon Flurey

    Things you need to know:

    No Baggage Line: if you don't have the experience someone is looking for consider it a benefit as you will have no preconceived notions. Rita uses this strategy regularly.

    1) Pitching is telling a good story. Know your projects story.

    2) Ask for advice on the project rather than sell the idea to them. It

    3) Passion for the idea is almost as important as the story.

    4) Research, research, research. Know who you are pitching too. There is no excuse not to know who you are pitching too.

    5) If you are not experienced collaborate with veteran producer.

    6) Don't get defensive if they don't like your idea. Listen to what the broadcaster is saying. They understood your pitch, use it to explore and heighten the idea.

    7) Practice pitching to industry people or your Mom. Your Mom will always love you and your stupid ideas.

    8) Have a goal for your meetings - I will get a second meeting, they will ask for a one sheet, etc.