While there is a lot of commonality across generations when it comes to comfort food there are also some surprising differences Mediapost summarizes some of the findings from a study of comfort food generational trend mapping. Everybody likes sweets, especially ice cream, but women like them more. Boomers like braised meats, casseroles, peanut butter and popcorn. Gen X likes fast foods and packaged cookies. Gen Y like burritos and ramen noodles.
Monthly Archives: July 2009
My e-mail has been scorched by local business leaders unhappy about City of Roseburg decisions to buy furnishings and equipment from businesses not located here. The response follows a front page story in the July 28 edition of The News-Review entitled Local contractors lose out. The City decided that about $400,000 would be spent to buy a phone system and furniture for the new Public Safety Center, but only about $50,000 of that would go to local businesses.
I’ve been copied on several communications from area business people along with a response from City Manager Eric Swanson who is seeking a remedy to the concern. More news about this issue will be published in The News-Review.
Sales professionals who are always looking to sharpen their game (your credentials as a sales professional are suspect if you do not count yourself among that group) will find this blog a great resource – The Weekly Book Scan. The blog gives a short summary of the information from books about sales – especially real estate sales presented by Realtor Magazine.
I’m recommending it to our sales staff.
In London, government owned newspapers are beginning to fill the void left by failing newspapers – even competing with established newspapers. And the news, surprise(!), is that the government is doing a wonderful job. Here is an excerpt about Londoners’ experience when served by government newspapers as reported in the London Evening Standard: “In the past few years, a total of nine London boroughs have ditched low-key, factual publicity material and started high-frequency, in-your-face tabloids, full of good news – even if, as we shall see, it’s not always quite true.”
The article gives an example from the government published Greenwich Press that describes “how the council’s “all but unparalleled” efficiency enabled it to freeze council tax this year (27 January)”.
Well, that kind of performance will keep the world safe for democracy.
I’m just gobsmacked!
First, I didn’t know the Vatican had its own radio station. Now, the Pope’s listeners are also hearing about a more secular power - from Enels’ clean energy. Plenty of punchlines there – God, will return right after this commercial interruption…
We also have the Wall Street Journal article about a Los Angeles woman who received $1,800 for plugging a movie in her valedictory address. For that kind of money The News-Review could have delivered it to a much larger audience – not including the free publicity from the WSJ, of course.
Traditional media advertising spending is predicted down by 14.5% this year with newspapers taking the hardest hit at 29.5% decline. Misery loves company and radio is predicted down 21%, Magazines down 18.3%, TV down 14.4%, Outdoor down 12.9%, direct mail down 11.2%. According to this report in emarkerter digital intelligence mobile advertising and video are showing growth. Local newspaper spending is still second only to national television in total ad revenues with local television a very distant third.
The media world changing at warp speed as telephone companies have figure out how to sell digital TV households at a fast growth rate than cable. It’s not just HULU and youtube they need to worry about. This link from Chart of the Day, in addition to providing a very cool chart, will also allow you to sign up for daily e-mail of their charts
Timber Industry Report from Rick Sohn
July 26, 2009
Lumber prices have gone up 25% this month! Unsold home inventories and national homebuilding rates are moving in the right direction, albeit slowly. Logs have remained stable, moving up slightly. This is all good news, relatively speaking. See the 3-year price comparisons for lumber, logs, housing starts, permits, and unsold home inventories below.
____Prices in Dollars per Thousand Board Feet____
|July’09||June ’09||May ’09||June ‘08||June ‘06|
|Southern Oregon Studs ¹||$207||$165||$155||$215||$275|
|Southern Oregon Logs²||$353||$352||$ 518||$ 696|
______ Thousands of Housing units_____
|June ’09||May ’09||June ’08||June ’06|
|US Private Housing Starts3||582||562||1078||1802|
|US Private Building Permits3||563||518||1174||1867|
____ Months of Inventory of Unsold Homes_
|June ’09||May ’09||June ‘08||June ’06|
|Portland OR Unsold Home Inventory4||8.2||10.2||9.5||2.6|
What the numbers mean.
There are several pieces of good news!! Lumber prices have jumped up from $165 to $207, a jump of $42, or 25% from June to July. (Studs were at $142 as recently as March.) Building permits jumped almost 9% from June to May, and housing starts are up slightly. The Portland unsold home inventory is also down by 20% in two months. While log prices have gone up only $7 from a low of $346 in Read the rest of this entry »
For the past eight months nrmarketwatch.com, the website, newsletter, and more recently Twitter feed has been a fun way to share the things I see and hear that impact local business and media. This is the 500th post and here are a few stats you may find of interest.
- 8,017 is the number of views since launch
- 223 is the highest traffic day, occurring on Feb.28, 2009
- Three times, the number of times nrmarketwatch has been named in the top 100 for traffic growth on wordpress.com
- 44 – the number of comments
- About 500, the number of local businesses signed up for the weekly emailed newsletter
- Local items – the most popular items, especially Neil Hummel’s real estate update and Rick Sohn’s timber articles; funny videos also get high viewership, as do advertising tips
Along with regular contributors I receive many positive comments about nrmarketwatch but most people, including myself, would like more local items. This activity is supported by stolen minutes from my real job and some free time on the weekends so original work is limited.
I am always looking for greater local participation. Even a short graph or two about business trends and activities from you are always appreciated. Just send them to email@example.com.
Thanks for reading.