Microsoft and Minecraft get their corporate communication wrong in acquisition

Mergers and acquisitions are daily and weekly. The largest this week is a poor example of corporate communications. Minecraft the target Microsoft has taken over a small Copenhagen-based games company Mojang for $2.5 billion. Mojang developed Minecraft which has become very popular since its launch in 2009. Players can build cities with Minecarft using Lego-like Read More

3 for and 3 against centralised content generation

Centralised content generation – or creating a hub for many publications to generate content – is on top of the agenda for many content generators. It’s been in operation for many years in some publishers for other functions and it’s time to take hard look at why it works and does not work. Functional or Read More

Publishing jobs on the up

The publishing sector in the UK economy is creating jobs, according to the government’s latest statistics.  Employment in the publishing sector was up 7.5% to 223,000 jobs in 2012 compared with 2011. Publishing is the 4th largest employment sector in the creative industries which is divided into 9 sectors.  The figures are revealed in Creative Read More

Chinese reform point 39 looks good for western copyright and poor for western content creation

Buried in the 60 points which the Chinese Government issued on Friday after a mammoth session on reform was point 39.  It will bring joy and woe to publishers of content in other countries. The joy is in the last phrase of the last sentence, here in bold: 39. Further transform State-owned, for-profit cultural institutions Read More

So, how many hours in your working day?

Every day, in business, someone will say to me “I just don’t/didn’t have the time”. Of course, what I actually hear is “It just wasn’t important enough for me to complete”. We all have to work with the same amount of time. Our heroes in business, whoever they may be, have the same 24 hours Read More

I can see the light, but the tunnel keeps getting longer…

I read only last week that a venerable Scandinavian research institute had deduced (after a mega bout of data crunching and munching that I can only imagine) that: “90% of ALL the data ever produced by humanity has been created in the last two years.” Wow, I thought. That’s what I call exponential… We all Read More

Precious little for the precious creative industries in budget

There is only one mention of the creative industries in the Red Book accompanying this week’s Budget. Only one, for an industry which generates £70,000 a minute for the UK economy. Only one, for an industry which employs 1.5 million people. Only one, for an industry which accounts for 10% of UK exports. Only one. Read More

World music sales up for first time since 1999

The record industry has turned around after 13 years of decline.  Global record sales grew 0.3% in 2012 by value, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). A small growth but at least growth.  Sales of digital products are up 9% on 2011. Strategy The global industry has adopted the strategy of: Attacking Read More

The BBC: Dinosaurs can dance

BBC Worldwide is close to the sale of its magazines to private equity group Exponent. This will satisfy those critics in the magazine industry who have always wondered why the BBC is in magazines, not just spin offs from its own programmes. No supporter or enemy of the BBC should see this as a retreat. Read More