Spotify starts signing artists directly

The big news today is that Spotify is offering advances (in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range) to select indie musicians and talent managers in exchange for licensing their music directly to Spotify. By direct licensing, they will get up to a 50% share of royalties plus retain all rights to their work. (link) The […]

Stats on teen social media use

A new Pew Research Center survey shows that YouTube is the most popular online platform among US teenagers age 13-17, with 85% using it. Instagram (72%), Snapchat (69%), and Facebook (51%) trail behind. A plurality (35%) say they use Snapchat most often though – followed closely by YouTube (32%) and distantly by Instagram (15%) and Facebook (10%). (link) […]

The Italian Job

(This is an abstract from today’s MediaDeals newsletter.) Telecom Italia is shaping into an exciting drama. Let’s take a look. Telecom Italia S.p.A. (aka TIM) is the big telecom in Italy; it’s publicly traded with a €16B market cap, FY17 revenue of €19.8B (and €7.8B in EBITDA), and was formed in 1994 as a roll-up of […]

Business Models for Media Companies

How do media companies make money? There are 5 overarching business models to generate revenue from content your company creates: 1) transactions, 2) subscriptions, 3) licensing, 4) content marketing, and 5) advertising. Let’s review. 1. Transactions Transactional business models are the simplest way to make money off content: slap a price tag on whatever you create […]

The Problem with Advertising

I am excited to dig into this Monetizing Media project not just because I see the momentum gathering behind media companies’ move to subscription models but because I want to see more of the industry move toward charging for content. Here’s the problem with advertising-dependent media… Misaligned Incentives Incentives matter, they shape human behavior – individually and […]