Posts Tagged ‘Gannett’

Why AVA Won’t Get Mocked the Way the NeMA Building Gets Mocked – BONUS: Why SFist is Much Better Than “The Bold Italic”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Well here’s the come-on for the new AVA Building

“Win A Brand New Apartment in Mid-Market: This post is brought to you by AVA 55 Ninth. AVA 55 Ninth, … http://bit.ly/1bRsg0U  ”

And here’s a screenshot of SFist – man, that’s a lot of advertisin’:

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So, the reason why AVA won’t get mocked is that it’s not spending its marketing money as absurdly as it’s nearby competitor, NeMa.

(In short, NeMa, you crazy!)

Moving on.

Of course, you won’t actually be “winning” a “brand-new apartment,” but you’ll get to stay there for a year, assuming you can work out the tax implications.*

So you’re not winning an apartment per se, or a 20 year lease per se, or a life estate, per se.

But this contest  could be interesting to a San Francisco newcomer.

Moving on.

I’ll note that this ad is clearly labeled as an ad. I’ll further note the the Gannett Co Inc’s west coast blog The Bold Italic, differs  in this regard.

The Gannett blog would do different things with the money given by the property developer. Maybe form a “partnership,” something corrupt like that.

So that’s Why AVA Won’t Get Mocked the Way the NeMA Building Gets Mocked and Why SFist is Much Better Than “The Bold Italic”

*Frankly, “winning” this deal would have zero appeal to me, as it would the typical San Francisco renter.  Perhaps you could work out a deal to “take the cash” as they say in the sweeps biz. 

Local Gannett Blog Promotes “Uber’s New Lower Rates” without Disclosing Its Recent Uber Partnership

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Here’s the recent Uber / The Bold Italic “partnership.*”

And here’s a post from five days ago.

Boy it sure seems that Gannett has a boner for Uber, but you make the call:

“Uber Will Deliver Kittens to Cuddle Today
Oct 29, 2013 … Uber Will Deliver Kittens to Cuddle Today Hey fellow feline lovers, it’s National Cat Day! If you have a kitty in your life, make sure to give it some …

Breaking It Down: Uber’s New Lower Rates
5 days ago … Breaking It Down: Uber’s New Lower Rates Started in 2009 by serial- entrepreneur Travis Kalanick, Uber, the little-car-service-that-could, has …

To: You, Love: Uber ($20 off for New Users)
Feb 13, 2013 … To: You, Love: Uber ($20 off for New Users) If you’ve yet to jump on the bandwagon, err town car, Uber has a special Valentine’s Day treat for …

Uber and The Bold Italic Present: Romance On-Demand – The Bold …
Feb 11, 2013 … Uber and The Bold Italic Present: Romance On-Demand Oh Valentines Day. You come but once a year and yet there are few other holidays …

On Demand Romance-Valentine’s Day Serenades Recapped – The …
Feb 18, 2013 … The Bold Italic teamed up with Uber to host Romance on Demand featuring one dozen Whole Trade roses from Whole Foods, a gift bag filled …

Update: We Has Uberkittens!
Oct 29, 2013 … Update: We Has Uberkittens! We just had the best afternoon break ever. Thanks Uber for stopping by with the Uberkittens!”

So the way the carpet-baggers at northern Virginia-based Gannett The Bold Italic should handle things is to somehow note the promotional deal, or the “partnership,” or the former or recent partnership, or whatever you want to call it.

Come on, Gannett! You can do it.

*Cf. the same search for Uber partnerships with the blog y0u’re reading right now. It has the word manslaughter in the first line – a bit of a difference.

Trinity: The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost of Vapid Corporate SF Media are: 7×7, San Fran Mag and The Bold Italic

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Here’s the proof – all mentioned in the same breath:

Oh, and the comments section is worse now…

You see, it’s not just me.

Now over at San Fran’s favorite “luxury magazine,” well, PAEANS FOR SCIONS continues. See? They’re written just like press releases:

To call Daniel Lurie San Francisco’s best connected do-gooder is to undersell the man

Why We Love to Love Larry Ellison’s Daughter

But what’s this?

Getty’s Other, Other Family

This one’s certainly written like all the others, but the title there strikes a different tone, non?

IDK, maybe Gordo will think it funny.

Which San Francisco scion will get his or her paean next? I can’t wait!

The Bold Italic Finds a New Way to Suck: Is This Tweet an Ad for Ford? Gannett Co Inc’s Failed West Coast Operation

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

[UPDATE: Who says nameless, faceless, S&P500 corporations never listen to the little guy? 'Cause now the unpaid(?) interns(?) at Gannett, Co. Inc are putting "sponsored" on their sponsored Tweets. Just like I asked them to, below. Excelsior! ]

Here we go:

Except it’s an ad for Ford.

(And how about, instead, calling it a _pointless_ trip to Mount Tam?)

SFist handles things differently – it would use the term “sponsored post” or something.

Why not do that instead, TBI?

Of course, if you gained a lot more readers you could pay for your expensive clubhouse with advertising but how can you do that if you trick the few readers you have with ads for Ford?

Or maybe TBI’s role is just to lose millions of dollars for the home office in VA to offset profits made from the profitable part of Gannett?

Mmmm…

Just One Graphic from the SF Weekly Beats Everything from The Bold Italic – Plus Photos of Black Market Food

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Here ya go, it’s Down and Out in Mid-Market:

Three-Dollar Chicken: The Ethical Dilemma of the Food Pantry Black Market by Albert Samaha

1. Do you see that “Market Street Specials” graphic, The Bold Italic? It’s better than anything you’ve ever done* since you came to town to try to make money hawking made-in-San-Fran goods to clueless tourists and your fellow newcomers, you dig? It serves THE READER, right? Oh, what’s that, TBI? Your job is to lose millions upon millions year after year to serve up a fat tax break for your corporate masters Back East? Well, mission accomplished.

2. And srsly, I don’t think it’s the job of SFGov-funded COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS to confiscate food in the Twitterloin.

3. Uh, the vast majority of food market food comes on 18-wheelers, you know, on pallets and stuff. (Speaking of corporate tax breaks…)

4. Adieu, writer Albert Samaha? :( It’s been real.

5. And finally, ah memories. Find the Crispy Hexagons cereal and win:

*To wit, let’s take legible information from an Excel spreadsheet and turn it into this garbage.

CONCLUSION: The Gannett Co Inc’s THE BOLD ITALIC Website is From and For People Who Don’t Live in San Francisco

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

[UPDATE: Ah, well, TBI reacts by fixing the MACALLISTER typo, but by not fixing the map. You see, Gough doesn't dead end here and Laguna doesn't dead end here neither. The Bold Italic is written like it's produced by minimum security prisoners in upstate New York making 11 cents per hour, IMO.]

Here you go, Where Are The Cheaper Rents in SF?”

Gannett Co. Inc’s money-losing (millions and millions so far) San Francisco media experiment is, once again, taking on an issue of concern to newcomers:

Where Should I Live And What Does Where I Live Say About Me?

Except this time it’s a dump from TBI “partner” Zumper, whatever the Hell that is.

So all there’s for the low level TBI people to do is make the accompanying graphics to break up the grafs.

Oh, here we go:

So, you know why the rents are cheaper here generally, GANNETCOINCTHEBOLDITALICZUMPER? It’s because of all the federally-subsidized housing projects. 

Oh, but you knew that and you showed that you knew that. So that’s good, I guess.

But actually, the area you’re showing is mostly PJ’s and concomitant parking lots? So the small number of readers you have won’t be able to actually move in, right? I can think of just one small area, in the upper right, where your data points come from. Is that what you’re talking about, TBIZumper?

Anyway, that’s why streets like Buchanan and Octavia dead end here, because of the Redevelopment, right?

Except Laguna doesn’t dead end, it does go through, right? Do you know that, TBI? The map says that you don’t know that. (And a good thing that Laguna doesn’t dead end, else the climate in this area would be even more muggy, if you know what I mean.)

And how many people at TBI looked at “MACALLISTER” and said, “Looks good to me, no problems here?”

But check it, the typos aren’t the problem, they are just the symptom of your problem.

From TBI:

“…here in San Francisco, we’re striving to create our own culturally significant publication that captures the city in such a thoughtful way…”

So, TBI, do you really think you’re a culturally significant publication? Do you really think you’re capturing the city in a thoughtful way?

I don’t.

So, TBI, do you really think you’re:

“a San Francisco-based website building a cultural narrative of the city for both locals and tourists?”

Well, I can see that you’re aimed at tourists but I don’t know about cultural narratives and whatnot.

All right, enjoy your high burn rate.

And enjoy your unsustainable clubhouse on Page while you slap a few graphics onto your partners’ pretty-much-worthless content.

And enjoy your self-indulgent field trips that really really super serve your readers.

END OF LINE.

The Case Against Gannett Co Inc’s “The Bold Italic” Website – Exh 1: Dismal, Dismal Numbers

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The question is whether The Bold Italic website from Gannett Company, Incorporated (NYSEGCI,FWBGTTS&P 500 Component) is “villainous” – that’s the talk of the town, lately.

To wit:

“They’re hardly the villains in this town.”

Well let’s see.

I’ll tell you, over the years I thought that TBI was just one dude, a dude that I came across all the way back in 2010. He was proud that the average TBI visitor stayed on the site or on a webpage or something for like five minutes. Now we’ll see about that stat in a moment, but I’m just shocked that TBI has/had all those employees plus a custom-made clubhouse in Hayes Valley. That’s where I’m coming from.

Hey did you know that’s there’s a website called The Gannett Blog and it’s based in San Francisco? (I didn’t.) Anywho, let’s hear about the TBI from Anonymous:

The revenue plan was mysterious because there was no revenue. Not for the first 24 months anyway. The Bold Italic had a burn rate that rivals some of the most infamous dot.com fizz outs. They blew through $2 million a year for the first 2 years, before snagging a whopping $41k in revenue based on their skimming from entertainment ticket / event sales.”

Is that true? I don’t know. But where did that $41k figure come from? Such specificity!

Of course public relations doctrine from your S&P 500 type of companies is to say that such a specific statement such as this is “false” or “way off.”

That kind of thing is called a pregnant denial by some.

So, has The Gannet Company, Incorporated spent millions and millions of dollars on The TBI the past few years?

Sure looks that way.

Wow.

That’s starting to remind me of The Bay Citizen, actually.

(Of course the TBC produced a lot of great journalism, IMO.)

So that’s one side of the ledger, millions upon millions spent, or wasted, whichever, but what about revenue coming in? What about the number of readers, for example.

Let’s check Alexa, The Web Information Company.

Ooh, here’s something:

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The above graph show what the Alexa people think has been going on the past week. The San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com is in there as a baseline – it’s consistently something like the 1000th most popular website in the world, or something. No surprise there.

And look, this pathetic blog, the one you’re looking at right now, the one filled with animal photos and whatnot, the one with overhead of less than $100 per year, managed to make the grade as well. I can assure you that this is anomalous – either it’s a mistake or maybe a big website pointed to one bit and that generated a burst of traffic. I don’t actually know, or care to know, to be honest, and even if I did, I don’t know how to find out, oh well.

The real test is how TBI does compared with someplace like SFist, which is basically run by one dude. Check out Alexa – you can see that TBI gets beat by SFist consistently and thoroughly, week after week, month after month, year after year.

Ouch.

And I suspect that blue bump you see up there, when TBI clearly broke into top 100,000 territory, mostly had to do with the controversy related to a recent post from KevMo, Kevin Montgomery of TUA, The Uptown Almanac.

Mmmm.

And even that minutes-spent-onsite-per-visitor stat, the one that’s supposed to Have Meaning, turns out to be three minutes for both The TBI and SFist.com

Mmmm.

Of course there are other ways of getting revenue than simply having people look at your site.

Like there’s “partnerships” ‘n stuff.

That issue will be Exhibit 2 in the case against TBI.

(I haven’t proven villainousness yet, I’ll agree. I’m still on the fence. But I’ll look into it.)

All right, TBC, To Be Continued…

And San Francisco’s Worst Website is … The Bold Italic – From Gannett Co., Inc. – Ooh, a Nice Take-Down from TK

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Oh, so that The Bold Italic site is owned by Gannet Co. Inc, America’s largest newspaper publisher?

Well that explains a lot.

It certainly explains why a high-overhead, low-income* website  manages to keep chugging along, year after year.

A mystery solved.

Now, part of what makes the long-form website TBI the worst in town is the focus on graphics, which, you know, per se, are perfectly serviceable.

For example:

Via Raven Keller  – wow, a credit where it belongs. How, how novel that is!

But IMO, JMO, all that graphics stuff gets in the way of TBI’s writers making their fucking points.

JMO.

The one time I saw a bit on TBI where the writer made her point quickly and clearly was time that gal wrote about the comments people made about her broken iPhone screen. Guess what. It didn’t have any concomitant graphics at all. And I thought, wow, no graphics = better TBI. (And I think it had been six months since I followed a link and took a look at The Bold Italic, oh well.)

Now I’ve heard the spiel from the Gannett people about how great it is that the average reader spends five minutes on each TBI webpage or something, but TBI, you’re on the road to ruin.

Speaking of which, here comes The Uptown Almanac with a take-down.

Ouch.

And here. from out of nowhere, comes TK of 40 Going on 28 with The Barbary Italic:

“NEWCOMERS THREATEN TOWN! WILL DESTROY SAN FRANCISCO WITH THEIR “TELEGRAPHS” AND “INDOOR PLUMBING!”

Friends, our Way of Life in pleasant San Francisco is under siege from a wave of NE’ER-DO-WELLS, WHIPPERSNAPPERS and DANDIES who have never laid eyes on a gold pan or sluiced a river or skinned a beaver JUST FOR FUN.  I am sad to report they are INVADING OUR TOWN in waves with their newfangled TELEGRAPHY MACHINES and WRIST-WATCHES.

It used to be a man could buy a perfectly good mud-brick cabin with PANO VUs on the side of Russky Hill for ten dollars.  NO MORE.  Respectable cobblers, drapers, and whores are being driven from their homes by these VARMINTS who will pay TWELVE OR THIRTEEN DOLLARS for a shanty.”

And so on.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

So, TBI, you are the online version of 7×7 magazine. which is horrible.

What you should be instead is the online version of San Francisco Magazine, which has had some excellent long-form pieces lately, the past year especially.

Regards.

*How much money can you make from a site with a six-figure Alexa Traffic Rank? Not that much, brother! Let me assure you.

The Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM Asks Who of the Following Do You Think is a Journalist?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Get up to speed here and then see what Lois Beckett and Leanne Maxwell  have to say about last night’s event.  

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Your Choice for Wednesday: Meet Your Mar or Meet the New Face of San Francisco Media

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

What are you plans for the night of Wednesday, March 24th, 2010?

Option One is Meet Your Mar featuring District One San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar:

“The League of Young Voters presents…MEET YOUR MAR from 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM at Park Life (220 Clement @ 3rd) on Wednesday March 24th. FREE! There will be art, snacks, drinks, tunes, a bunch of fresh kids chillin…plus Eric Mar, chattin and getting schooled about his constituents (ie, you). Come play human bingo (to win Park Life gear!), ask Mar questions, and tell him what he should really be working on in your hood. It’s his job to listen.”

A recent Critical Mar bike rally on Clement the Richmond District:

That’s Option One.

Option Two will occur at about the same time. It’s an Inforum event at the Commonwealth Club: If Not the Chronicle, Then What?” / “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?

First up at 6:30 PM is a panel called ”If Not the Chronicle*, Then What?”

Jeff Hunt, Editor, Muni Diaries
Brock Keeling, Editor, SFist.com
Michael Maness, VP of Innovation and Design, Gannett Co. Inc.; Director, The Bold Italic
Robin Sloan, Media Partnerships, Twitter – Moderator

Then, after that, it’s “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?”

“Sites like SFist.com and the Muni Diaries are doing more than just keeping San Franciscans in the know about the latest bar openings or bus brawls. They represent the shift to a new media model based on the interest and participation of the many; gatekeepers no longer decide what the masses want to see or hear, or who gets to give it to them. With heavy-hitting new media companies like Twitter, Yelp, Digg, Wikipedia and Flickr headquartered in the city, it’s no wonder that San Francisco is widely regarded as the home of new media. Get an insider’s perspective from the new leaders of media in SF.
 
“Where do you go for your daily local news jolt? Whose writing is so fresh, witty, hilarious or gutsy that you savor each piece like it’s the last of the cake? After the panel, we are hosting up-and-coming media personalities of San Francisco, invitation provided by you. Tell us who just HAS to be there, then vote for who should be crowned king or queen of SF new media. Come to the party to meet, mingle andgush your fandom in person!
 
What is INFORUM?
The idea of INFORUM began with the basic tenet that young people not only deserve but desire unbiased, trustworthy information from a full range of stances, and that they want their sources qualified. The Commonwealth Club has a 103 year tradition of civic debate, and INFORUM honors and continues this tradition by providing a forum for young people to access the best informed, most involved, and brightest minds – be they politicians, business gurus, policy workers, thought leaders, trendsetters or culture-jammers.

The voting’s all over on this one, but feel free to cheer loudly when they whip out a tiara for the crowning ceremony.

Deets below. See you there, who knows maybe at both places.

*I know what you’re thinking - petitio principii, right? Like, what if the San Francisco Chronicle is the new San Francisco Chronicle?  

Anyway, the royal court of San Francisco new media:

Cecilia Vega (Bio)
KGO-7

Brock Keeling
SFist

Melissa Griffin (Blog)
Blogger/SF Examiner

Jaimal Yogis (Bio)
San Francisco Magazine

Markos Moulitsas Zתniga
DailyKos

Michael Bauer
SF Chronicle

MissionMission

Mark Frauenfedler
Boing Boing

Lea Troeh (Blog)
The Week Intro

Mac McClelland (Bio)
Mother Jones

Andy Wright (Articles)
SF Weekly

Vanessa Carr
Mission Local

Tana Ganeva (Blog)
AlterNet.org

Laughing Squid

Curbed SF

Eater SF

Dyanna Pure and JT Paradox
The SF Style

Alexia Tsotsis
SF Weekly

Joe Eskenazi
SF Weekly

Lois Beckett
SF Weekly

Broke-ass Stuart
brokeassstuart.com

Jeff Hunt
munidiaries.com 

 
Location: SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, The Blue Room
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)