1. Mark Cuban – in person – is engaging, friendly, brilliant, insightful, knowledgeable and says things that others lack either the insight or courage to say.
2. Be careful what you write about people in blogs because you may once meet them in person. (Scroll down to see my blog on Mark Cuban and Lions Gate).
3. Mark Cuban, “You don’t live in the world that you were born in.”
4. Smaller conferences have some strong advantages – at Media Innovations Summit the panelists mingled freely among the attendees, introduced themselves and watched many of the other panels.
5. A focused theme centered around well reasoned and articulated panels draws your panelists into other sessions and creates an engaging environment.
6. Content providers have to contend with numerous devices; being too dedicated to one (iPad/iPhone apps) cuts you off from that group of consumers without that device (credit to fellow Blackberry devotee Joanne Burns, EVP at 20th Television, Fox, a Keynote speaker, for this and numerous other insights).
7. Okay, one more from Joanne – don’t mirror your content across platforms. Make it engaging and show personality. Adapt to the platform and its potential. Interact. Tell a story.
8. TV everywhere? Define TV.
9. “TV is the best alternative to boredom,” Aaron Spelling via Mark Cuban.
10. Define TV? Define Channel. “What is a channel will change,” Phil Wiser of Sezmi.
11. Sezmi and Boxee are hot.
12. TV everywhere is “a wide open game”. It is rolling out as we speak; but how do you make money from it (hint: trial, error and prayer).
13. In the past, curated content was delivered to consumers; now consumers choose when and on what platform (or they go elsewhere).
14. My favorite quote (if you said it or know who did – email me) is that the service providers need to get past the consumer thinking that there is nothing to watch on TV.
15. Aggregators find ways of getting paid; they help the consumer find things. Now comes further personalization.
16. Consumers care about ease.
17. Fragmentation is only getting worse; the top tier of content (measured by consumption not quality) continues garnering a higher percentage of money and audience. The long tail continues getting longer.
18. Everyone admires Netflix; not everyone likes Netflix.
19. Why did Showtime and HBO develop their own content? Because they paid a lot for studio content, everyone paid a lot for the same studio content and nothing was left to distinguish anyone. So, they created premium content to distinguish themselves. Today (history repeats) and everyone is paying a lot for the same content. Conclusion: paying a lot for the same content doesn’t distinguish you.
20. 3D fills the consumers’ desire to immerse and escape reality.
21. With so much content available (for example 100,000 video clips or more downloaded onto the Internet daily) how do you distinguish yourself? Hint: no one has the full answer yet. If you know, please email me privately.
22. Interactivity? Soon, soon…
My thanks to Bob Gold, of Bob Gold and Associates (PR maven).