Classifieds 2.0: A Manifesto

Over at ReinventingClassifieds.com, we have not given up on newspapers turning those downward-and-steepening revenue trend lines back upward. Christopher Ryan, president of FutureofNews.com, and I have written a Classifieds Manifesto with some solid solutions for revolutionizing newspaper classifieds. If you are involved in newspaper classifieds, are in a position of power or influence in your…

The power of Craigslist: bringing people together

Last night I was reminded of the power that digital media have of bringing people together. My wife and I attended a birthday party for our friend, Bud, who chose the occasion to hold the debut public concert for his basement band, tentatively called “Doc Hollywood.” He rented the Altona Grange Hall north of Boulder…

Ideas from you: A contest to reinvent classifieds

Over on my site ReinventingClassifieds.com, we’ve just announced the winners of a couple Best Idea contests — one for media professionals and one for students. The idea for the contest was to tap the power of the crowd to come up with creative new ideas for reinvigorating newspaper classifieds and getting them growing again. Here’s…

We’re paying for best ideas to save newspaper classifieds

Over at ReinventingClassifieds.com we’ve got a couple competitions going on, both soliciting ideas for newspapers to help turn around their stumbling classifieds operations. While we have some good ideas (we think) for helping the situation — and we’ll roll them out in the months ahead — we don’t profess to have all the answers. Ergo,…

I need your help writing an Open Letter to Google

Over on ReinventingClassifieds.com, I’ve just posted the beginnings of an “Open Letter to Google.” It’s in wiki format, and I’m asking your help in writing it. Read about it in more detail over there, but briefly it’s in response to Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt’s public fretting about the state of newspapers and investigative journalism,…

Taking some heat on Craigslist suggestions

It’s good when something you write turns up a bunch of discussion, right? That’s certainly the case with my “An Open Letter to Craigslist,” which I posted to ReinventingClassifieds.com late last week. Scroll down to a very active discussion thread. I’d have to say that most people didn’t get my real intent; I’m feeling a…

An open letter to Craigslist

Over on ReinventingClassifieds.com, I’ve posted “An open letter to Craigslist.” I’d love to read your reactions — and your ideas added on to my own — so please join in the comments thread there! Briefly, the premise is that Craigslist could help out the newspaper industry — and it’s in Craig’s interest to do so….

Craig on newspaper classifieds

Craig (who needs no last name to be recognized, but it’s Newmark) spoke to editors at the Washington Post this week. Here’s a video clip: More thoughts over on ReinventingClassifieds.com.

Student ideas sought on saving classifieds

Over on my ReinventingClassified.com project, we’ve opened up a contest for college students (and recent grads), asking them to offer their ideas for solving the newspaper industry’s classifieds crisis. Best essay (or video, audio, multimedia presentation, or whatever) wins $250. There’s a runner-up award of $50. I believe that newspapers need to pretty much write…

Let’s reinvent newspaper classifieds (Yes, we can!)

We’ve taken the wraps off my other latest project. Introducing ReinventingClassifieds.com. You can read about what we’re doing here: Can newspaper classifieds really be saved? The answer to that question is yes, I believe. But ONLY if newspaper publishers are willing to completely reinvent themselves. I don’t think that incremental changes or improvements to the…

5-second classifieds poll: Just take it!

I’m just curious. … This is for a newspaper classifieds project I’m working on. I’ll have a more comprehensive survey of classifieds and news managers ready soon. Meanwhile, tell me where you’re head is at about newspaper classifieds’ prospects for the future.      Go here to take the poll.

Bye-bye, billions

Charlotte-Anne Lucas had a great post (well, perhaps it’s better described as a rant) earlier this week about the horrendous loss of several billion dollars by the newspaper industry just in the recruitment/jobs category of classified advertising. She takes newspaper publishers to task for “blind incompetence” in not responding appropriately to online classifieds competition. It’s…

The office hunt: Newspapers? Feh! Craigslist rules

So I’m looking for some office space in Boulder. We’re ready to stop being a virtual company. I’ve been watching the Denver Craigslist for Office Space For Lease ads, and there’s lots to choose from there. But being an old newspaper guy, I felt it only fair to give my local paper’s classified ads a…

A real estate guy disses newspapers

Over the years of Craigslist‘s meteoric growth, I received many e-mails from newspaper people (because I’ve written much about Craigslist) claiming that free classifieds can never be as good as classifieds that people pay for in newspapers. To which I say, bullshit. Here’s an e-mail I just received from a real estate broker (who probably…

Craigslist gets bigger, goes smaller

Craigslist added another 100 cities this week, bringing the total coverage for the free-classifieds company to around 300 cities. Craig & company are, in the U.S., getting down to smaller communities now. This means that a new wave of newspaper publishers now get to freak out about the Craigslist threat to their classifieds business model….