Death of the CDO, Rise of the CPO
July 16, 2019 at 12:48 pm

It was 1999 and the Internet was about to flip publishing on its head. The media called for the end of print with the debate being mostly about what month and not what year – a fait accompli. One of the top strategic M&A questions was, “Who’s your head of digital?” Fast forward 20 years.…

Publishing Insiders React to Sale of National Distributor Curtis Circulation
July 15, 2019 at 9:59 am

It’s the dawn of a new era: The last remaining national distributor, the ANC-owned Comag Marketing Group, has bought the second-to-last remaining one, Curtis Circulation Company; and if I’m doing my math right, that puts us down to one. One company to interact with publishers, do their billing, manage their distribution, handle their marketing. One…

Moving On From Publishing Executive: The Song Remains the Same
May 31, 2019 at 3:37 pm

It’s been nearly six years since I took on the very meta role of directing a publication about publishing. It’s been a period of great uncertainty, innovation, and disruption, all of which create a lot of noise, so I always took the job of editor-in-chief of Publishing Executive and Book Business to be one of…

Lessons from the 2019 Digital Innovators Summit: Diversify & Invest in Quality Content
April 3, 2019 at 11:25 am

William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. It was Gibson who coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story Burning Chrome. He is also responsible for one of my favorite quotes, which I often used to open my lectures in the…

The 2018 FUSE Media Summit Award Winners
October 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Every year, FUSE Media Summit asks attendees to vote on some of the best presenters and products they hear about while at this event. Here is a closer look at the people and companies they believe were the most interesting, with the most potential to have a major impact on their businesses in the future.

Letting the Machines Do the Work: What I’m Eager to Learn at About at the FUSE Media Summit
August 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm

One of my favorite interviews during my time at Publishing Executive was with the then VP of Data for Hearst Corporation Rick McFarland. McFarland likened the work he was doing at Hearst to integrate systems and data throughout the organization to the construction of the US Interstate Highway System, which accelerated speed of communication, connectivity,…

BoSacks Speaks Out: IMAG Conference Zeroes in on Credibility & Consumer Revenue
June 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

There is a trend in publishing and media conferences that has been growing for the past few years, and when I tell you what it is, you'll say, “Of course.” It's actually a conversation I've seen at publishing conferences around the world. I've heard it in Berlin at the Digital Innovators’ Summit and at MagNet:…

B2B Media, The Ethics Virus & The Pursuit of Consumer-Grade Experiences
May 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Last week I attended the 2018 B2B Media Success Conference held by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). The topics of the day ranged from the growing obstacles editors face in accessing public information and officials to the way changing B2B media business models have altered the day-to-day roles and expectations of the…