Thomas Crampton

Social Media in China and across Asia

Ideas

Yes, Virginia, It is Christmas

Dec 17, 2010

Yes, Virginia, It is Christmas

A very Virginia-style scene of choosing a Christmas tree from the woods. (Photo credit to Thuy-Tien Crampton) That blob in the lower left corner being looked at by the horses is me carrying a cedar tree from the woods. For those concerned that chopping down a tree is an environmentally unfriendly way to celebrate the

Stockholm’s Best Hot Chocolate

Nov 13, 2008

Stockholm’s Best Hot Chocolate

Next time you are in Stockholm, be sure to try the hot chocolate served in the vertiginous Erik’s Gondola restaurant. The venue appears to be a rather precarious industrial bridge and the hot chocolate served there is excellent. It is actually a hot chocolate experience since the customer is served the raw ingredients which must

Cross-postings to Danwei from this blog

Aug 10, 2008

This e-mail just arrived: Hi – I recently discovered your blog and enjoy your way of doing things. However, since you’re now also posting on Danwei, I find it redundant because I follow both blogs with rss feeds. I just thought I’d let you know I’m on the verge of quitting your rss feed, as

Business Pitch: How to profit from Taiwan’s digital TV deficit

Jun 12, 2008

Business Pitch: How to profit from Taiwan’s digital TV deficit

The Business case for selling a new type of digital TV box in Taiwan Having left journalism to take up business development with one of Asia’s more successful serial entrepreneurs, I’m always on the lookout for new business opportunities. This idea strikes me as quite complex to accomplish alone, but too compelling to drop. For

Old Media’s Effect on Reputation and Action

May 26, 2008

Blog writing has a different effect on people from printed media, Martin Varsavsky observes in a post. I agree. Martin finds postings in blogs like TechCrunch or GigaOm about him or his company – Fon – will bring traffic to his websites. When an article is written about him or his company in a publication

Steve Jobs on the frustrations of focus

Apr 19, 2008

Steve Jobs on the frustrations of focus

A quote on the difficulty of focus from a recent feature in Fortune Magazine on Steve Jobs struck a chord with me. Jobs’ frustration with focus resonates with this journalist entering business. Why? Because journalism rewards voracious dilettantism, while business rewards monomaniacal focus. Jobs’ words below on focus were not available on the online version

IFRAsearch – vertical search about newspaper industry

Apr 2, 2008

IFRAsearch – vertical search about newspaper industry

Reiner Mittelbach, CEO of the newspaper industry organization Ifra has been promoting Ifrasearch a recently launched vertical search for newspapers. IFRA – motto: Empowering the news publishing industry – has created the search engine to allow newspaper-focussed people to look at trends, strategies and issues. UPDATE: I just found another recently launched news industry vertical

Liveblogging IFRA’s Publish Asia 2008 in Macau

Apr 2, 2008

Liveblogging IFRA’s Publish Asia 2008 in Macau

Will be dropping by IFRA’s Publish Asia 2008 conference in Macau over the next couple days and will liveblog on merit. Anyone else headed there? UPDATE: Further blogging on the conference by Mari Pascual who is posting to the IFRA Magazine Multiblog.

Best blog hosting service to sidestep China’s Great Firewall?

Mar 26, 2008

Which is the best hosting service for a China-focussed blog? WordPress.com, blogger.com and other free services can be blocked by the Great Firewall, so I need advice on where to host my blog. (It is currently parked with a very generous friend.)Should I use Dreamhost? A US-based service? A Hong Kong-based service?My readership is divided

Pixel Media’s Kevin Huang on 3 trends for China’s Internet advertising in 2008

Feb 14, 2008

Pixel Media’s Kevin Huang on 3 trends for China’s Internet advertising in 2008

Kevin Huang, founder of Hong Kong-based Internet advertising company Pixel Media, predicts three Internet trends for China in 2008: Trend 1- Complacency by China’s established media Buoyed by great ad sales from the Olympics, China’s traditional media companies will fail to develop their online media properties. These companies will, however, wake up with a hangover

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