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President, The Precision Media Group

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By Bob Sacks

About Bob

Bob Sacks (aka BoSacks) is a printing/publishing industry consultant and president of The Precision Media Group ( He is also the co-founder of the research company Media-Ideas (, and publisher and editor of a daily international e-newsletter, Heard on the Web. Sacks has held posts as director of manufacturing and distribution, senior sales manager (paper), chief of operations, pressman, circulator and almost every other job this industry has to offer.


Industry Insiders

The Insiders
Social Media Playbook for Publishers
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Leading up to the Social Media Master Class for media professionals, marketing consulting firm GrowSocially will be sharing insights on social media management strategies,...

Publishers' Dojo

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Online Resources You Might Not Be Using, Part 1: Content Analytics
Apr 13, 2015

Publishers who have worked in internet marketing since the beginning might remember, as I do, when lots of tedious programming...

The Digital Market

Thea Selby
Top 5 Trends Affecting App Publishing
Mar 9, 2015

This is a great time of the year to look at the top trends of 2014 and gain insights for...

B2B Beat

Andy Kowl
Earned Media vs. Native Advertising: Smart Publishers Find a Path for Advertiser Content
Mar 3, 2015

An insidious term has started to be widely used these past couple of years. As publishers, we must stamp out...

Pub Talk

Denis Wilson
Resurgence of Vinyl Should Remind Publishers of Their Core Fans
Feb 3, 2015

Last week this article from The Media Briefing about the "resurgence" of vinyl circulated in our offices. Resurgence is in quotes there...

Publisher's Paradox

Andrew Davis
Publisher’s Paradox: Your Newsletter Subscribers Are Being Overfed
Apr 28, 2014

Charlie Magazine, based in Charleston, South Carolina, isn't asking its readers to subscribe to everything. Instead, Charlie is inviting readers...

An Irrational Fear of the Unknown


I went on a trip to Disney World last month with my two grandsons, and I had a moment of publishing prescience delivered to me by a 12 year old. It turns out that my grandson has an irrational fear of roller coasters. Many children and even some adults have this fear. There is no definable logic to the fear. It is simply a self-preservation reaction. No matter how many times I softly spoke of the fun he'd have and showed the happy people safely getting off the roller coasters, the unmanageable fear persisted. He expressed a great wish to get on the ride but, at the same time, just couldn't.

The reason I am sharing this with you is that I see the same thing going on in the publishing world of print. There is a palpable fear of the unknown by many senior managers in the publishing industry. It is an irrational fear that, of course, can't be reasoned with. It is a misplaced, self-preservation reaction caused by our journey into the unknown publishing world of the 21st century.

This fear is very oddly compounded by an interesting denial factor. I think I will call it BDS or Blackberry Denial Syndrome. The very same executives that sit in meetings, on trains, and at home reading hundreds of text messages on their BlackBerrys for hours will deny there is a comfort zone for long-form reading in a digital format.

So they prove themselves wrong on a daily basis by the very device in their hands that they use to great effect.


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