Author Archives: Tony Uphoff

What Do Spinal Tap, Selling in a Digital World & Marketing Complexity Have in Common?

This Is Spinal Tap

They have more in common than you might imagine. In addition to being Business.com’s CEO, I’ve been writing about sales, marketing and management for our audience. Lately I’ve covered the challenges of selling in a digital world, the era of marketing complexity, and the veracity of digital media numbers. I’ve also had the chance to […]

The New Business.com

The new Business.com

When I joined Business.com last month I mentioned we would have some news coming soon. Well, soon is today and I’m excited to announce we’re officially launching the new Business.com — including a new site, new company identity, new features and an expanded product line. For my Media, Marketing and Tech geek pals I wanted […]

What’s Next: It’s Business.com

Business.com

Last May, after 6 great years at UBM – and a decade helping legacy media businesses adapt to a new reality defined by the Internet – I decided to step back.  I wanted to really explore the trends that continue to reshape media, marketing and technology before deciding what to do next. Over the past […]

The Ultimate Scarcity

ceir predict

My economics professor would be so proud. I was listening after all. Scarcity does drive all markets. Even if the digital revolution we are living through sometimes makes us feel like ubiquity does. The Internet has proven to be an enormously disruptive force for many industries, uniquely so for media, commoditizing and displacing newspapers, magazines, […]

Ignore the Analysts. 5 Reasons to Go Long on Facebook.

Facebook

Historically I’ve not invested in individual stocks, particularly tech-related stocks. Given my background running technology media companies I’ve followed the policy that if you have responsibility for editorial operations, you don’t trade in the stocks of companies your media brands cover. I’ve always analyzed the value of tech companies however: their market positioning, their product […]

The Sorry State of Online Measurement: We’re Still Honking at Billboards

Billboard

Never has something so valuable been worth so little. Never in the history of media has a still new medium had the vast majority of its inventory valued at zero. Such is the state of online advertising. The latest click-through rates for online media sit at .09%. Given that click-through rates serve as the foundation […]

5 Reasons Advertising is Dead (And What Smart Marketers Are Doing About It)

Advertising Is Dead

After a decline of over 11% in 2009, the US advertising industry grew at the anemic rate of 2.8% last year. Estimates for 2012 are in the same range. But with two major events that are historically drivers of high advertising spending — a presidential election and the Olympics — slated for 2012, the lack […]

What’s Next?

Surf's up

For the last 6 years I have led a team that has transformed a declining print-centric business into a fast-growing $200 million digital media, live event and marketing services behemoth, otherwise known as UBM TechWeb. It has been an extraordinary experience and one that I’m immensely proud of. I’ve made the difficult decision that this […]

Jay-Z and Me at SXSW

Jay-Z

I just made my first trip to SXSW. I’m not really a conference hound, even though conferences are a huge part of what we (UBM TechWeb) do. There are only 365 days in the year. On most of those days we’re producing an event somewhere, from industry-wide marathons like Interop, Black Hat, or Game Developers […]

Who Do You Trust? 10 Things to Consider About Vetting in the Age of Social Media

Social Media Platforms

Fifteen minutes after the first Tweet stating that the US military had found and killed Osama Bin Laden, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was struggling on air. Blitzer could only react to what he (and everyone else) was reading on Twitter. For an excruciating amount of time Blitzer repeatedly explained that they couldn’t verify the reports. At […]