Disney to Quit Netflix, Start Its Own Streaming Services for Movies and Live Sports

Disney to Quit Netflix, Start Its Own Streaming Services for Movies and Live Sports

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Disney is launching its own streaming service
  • New service will include animated, live-action Disney & Pixar movies
  • Disney had already said it would be launching a streaming ESPN service

With new streaming services in the works, Disney is trying to set itself up for a future that’s largely been framed by Netflix: Providing the stuff you want to watch, when you want to watch it.

The Magic Kingdom is launching its own streaming service for its central Disney and Pixar brands and another for live sports. That would allow it to bypass the cable companies it relies on – and Netflix – to charge consumers directly for access to its popular movies and sporting events.

“They’re bringing the future forward. What they talked about were things that looked inevitable, at some point,” said Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Weiser. What’s less clear is if Disney will be able to make big bucks from it, he said.

This is important as the decline in cable households and the shift to smaller, cheaper bundles pressures the profitability of Disney’s cable networks. Fewer subscribers and fewer viewers mean less money. In the nine months through July 1, cable networks’ operating income fell 13 percent from the year before, to $4.12 billion.

Kid stuff
Starting in 2019, the only subscription streaming service with new animated and live-action Disney and Pixar movies will be the Magic Kingdom’s own app. That will include Toy Story 4 and the sequel to the huge hit Frozen. Older movies will be there too, as well as shows from the TV channels Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, and original TV and films. That could be hugely attractive for families with young children in the US.

Disney is ending an exclusive earlier movie deal with Netflix, and the streaming giant’s shares tumbled in after-hours trading. Netflix today has grown into an entertainment juggernaut in its own right, however, as it focuses more on its own exclusive programming.

Netflix already seemed to be bracing for the potential loss of the Disney movie rights earlier this week when it announced its first-ever acquisition – the purchase of Millarworld , a comic book publishing company that will develop films and kids shows based on its portfolio of character.

Disney might bring more of its properties – particularly its Marvel superheroes and the Star Warsfranchise – under its wing, and could even offer them as separate streaming services. CEO Robert Iger said Disney is considering whether it should continue licensing Marvel and Star Wars movies to outside services like Netflix, move them into the Disney app or develop individual services for them.

The Disney service will be available in “multiple markets” outside the US as well, taking advantage of Disney’s global name recognition.

Sports
Disney had already said it would be launching a streaming ESPN service. It’s not meant to compete with the company’s TV channels.

The sports service is coming in early 2018, a little later than previously announced, and will air baseball, hockey and soccer games, tennis matches and college sports through ESPN’s popular mobile app. Notably, ESPN will not be streaming pro football or basketball, at least initially.

Customers will also be able to buy fuller streaming packages from the baseball, hockey and soccer leagues, and watch them on the ESPN app.

“Ultimately, we envision this will become a dynamic sports marketplace that will grow and be increasingly customizable, allowing sports fans to pick and choose content that reflects their personal interests,” Iger said on a conference call with analysts.

Disney will have to be careful that it doesn’t transfer too much sports programming from its TV channels to the app. Getting the balance wrong could upset cable companies and weigh on the price they pay Disney for ESPN, Weiser said.

The back end
To roll out its streaming services, The Walt Disney Company will take majority control of BAMTech, a streaming arm of Major League Baseball spun off last year from Baseball Advanced Media, for $1.58 billion. When the deal closes, Disney will own 75 percent of BAMTech, up from the 33 percent stake it acquired for $1 billion as part of an agreement announced last year.

The acquisition and the new services will be “an entirely new growth strategy” for Disney, Iger said.

The new streaming services will likely “accelerate the erosion” of Disney’s TV networks, especially if other major cable networks make similar moves, said Moody’s analyst Neil Begley.

But Iger argues that BAMTech gives Disney “optionality” if the cable ecosystem changes further, Iger said on a conference call with analysts Tuesday. If there’s greater “erosion” – say, if more people drop cable bundles or choose cheaper bundles without key Disney channels – the company has more ways to get its entertainment directly to customers, Iger said.

He said there are no current plans to sell the Disney or ESPN TV channels directly to customers on the apps.

But having a direct relationship with customers tells Disney exactly what they’re watching, giving it powerful tools and information that could help feed decision-making and, on the sports side, sell advertising.

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How to Start and Run a Successful Web Design Business?

How to Start and Run a Successful Web Design Business?

While listening to the stories of great web designers it seems that starting a web design business is much easy. But the process of starting your own business is not that easy as it seems; you not only need to have designing skills but along with that, a full-fledged plan and sincere efforts are also required to get your business run successfully.

Once designers get experience and acquire skills to handle projects on an individual basis, they think of working as a freelancer or starting their own web designing company. No doubt it is a good idea but it requires a blend of strategic thinking, thoughtful and skilled efforts, and tenacity to convert your dreams into reality. However, all those, who are planning to start their own web designing business, can refer to the below-given tips for a perfect start and seamless running of their web design business.

  • Know your strengths and weaknesses

Your strengths will let you choose main services you would be offering and your weaknesses will help you at avoiding wastage of time and energy on the things that can be handled by someone else.

If you have planned to start your own business then definitely you will be hiring some staff for it. So, a thing that you need to do at first is knowing the tasks you are excellent at and you would handle yourself, and knowing the ones for which you would need someone’s help.

  • Know your market

No doubt you would be delivering the services you are good at but don’t offer people what you are trying to sell. Instead, try to know what they are looking for and tailor your services to their needs. If you are finding it hard then you can get some potential clients to tell you about their requirements for web designs.

Ross Williams of Rawnet Ltd explains: “In the beginning there was a rush for everyone to have a website. Now the focus is on the most innovative and exciting.”

  • Have a clear thought about your offerings

Once you have known your market, enlist all your offerings. It depends on your skill set and talent that what services you would be offering to your clients. More clarity about offerings means greater chances of success. Here are some questions that you should ask to yourself for finalizing your services:

– If you want to deliver services all over the world or just to local clients?

– If you want the payment for the whole job or on an hourly or daily basis?

– If you will be managing the client relationships yourself or would hire a professional?

  • Design an attractive website

As people would be hiring you for web designing services, they will definitely notice the design of your own website to have an idea about the quality. So, design an attractive website to reflect your business to the best. It should be responsive, fast and engaging so that viewers will just enjoy the browsing process on it. Clear and easy navigation along with the relevant content are the two main things that will add value to your business website.

Andy Budd of Clearleft explains. “The quality of design work is so high, that you have to be really, really good to actually get work.”

  • Be active on the Social Media

Social Media is no more restricted to establish social connections among the people, its approach has reached a far behind that. It has become the excellent way to promote your services, drive traffic to your website, attract potential customers and form a network of the people who have the same niche. So, understand the importance of all the social media platforms and the way you can use them to maximize your business profits.

  • Show your credibility

When clients shop around for web designing services, they look for the experts. So, showing your credibility to the world is really essential. Mention all the essential educational details, certifications and work experiences on your profile as it would give people a reason to trust you and your services. Enhance your credibility by posting visual content about your area of expertise and by updating yourself as per the latest industry trends.

In the last, we would like to say that this is an era of tough competition, so you would need to keep patience and show perseverance regardless how many hardships you face to get started. And once you have an effective and thoughtful foundation in place, success will come your way on its own. It is well said by Gurpreet Walia, CEO at Suffescom Solutions- “The way to get started is to stop talking and start working as per your plans”.

 

 

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Social Media Ads for B2B: Where to Start?

Social media advertising is a heavy hitter in the consumer marketing world – but why haven’t social media ads for B2B taken off at the same rate? One of the big reasons is that a lot of people think that a B2B product or service doesn’t belong on Facebook or Twitter, so they stick to the traditional tactics that have worked in the past.

But the thing is, B2B decision makers and influencers are still people who use social media. It may not be as easy to find them or to grab their attention when they’re not in “work” mode, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. B2B social media marketing is a nut that we’ve been cracking for a while now, and we’re here to help you get started.

LINKEDIN

LinkedIn is the most obvious social platform for B2B marketing; it’s built for the working world. While the targeting may be better suited for B2B, keep in mind that LinkedIn knows this and will charge a lot more per click than other social media platforms. When trying to find your target market on LinkedIn, go through these exercises:

  • List the types of companies you want to sell to
    (What industry are they in? Are they large or small businesses?)
  • List the different job titles of decision makers and influencers that you’ve sold to successfully in the past
  • Find Groups on LinkedIn that your target market would be a part of
    (eg. I’m selling a marketing automation software, so let’s find a lot of marketing & technology groups)

The answers you’ll get out of these exercises will be the linchpin of your Sponsored Content targeting on LinkedIn.

TWITTER

Twitter’s probably the next social platform you’d want to use to try social media ads for B2B marketing; it’s a place to discuss news and share articles. A lot of business chatter happens on Twitter. The way that you can find your target market on Twitter is to start by asking yourself these questions:

  • What websites, news sources, or experts would our target market go to for industry updates?
  • What products/services that are complimentary to ours would our target market have?
  • In our industry, what companies or people have a large social media following?

Take the answers you’ve jotted down and start finding these companies, organizations, and people on Twitter. Keep their handles handy, because you’ll use them for targeting your Twitter ads.

FACEBOOK

Facebook’s probably one of the last places you’d think of for B2B marketing. Although finding your target market may be trickier on Facebook, it’s the platform where you can get the cheapest clicks. To combat the difficulty in targeting, focus your effort on making ads that will really speak to your target market. This way, only people in your target market will click the ad (and you’re not spending money on getting the wrong people to click). Find the answers to these questions:

  • What industry terms would really get our target market’s attention?
  • What kind of visuals are really specific to our industry?
    (eg. a specific type of tool, a CAD drawing, etc.)

At this point, you’ll have done a LOT of good marketing thinking. These questions and exercises will be an important start to making social media ads for B2B that really break through.

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]