Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 25, 2013 05:03 PM
It’s a bold move for Marissa Mayer—and a big bet on video—as the Yahoo CEO confirmed today that TV news mainstay Katie Couric will be joining Yahoo as its "global news anchor."
“I’ve always respected Katie for her thoughtful, charismatic approach to journalism,” Mayer wrote on Tumblr. “From pivotal coverage of natural disasters and historic elections to the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Games, groundbreaking interviews with heads of state and leading tastemakers, her experience is unmatched. Katie is dynamic, savvy and has a way of connecting with viewers that I really admire.”
It’s no secret that things for Katie on her eponymous ABC talk fest have not panned out as either had hoped, but the former co-anchor of NBC's Today show and first female anchor of the CBS Evening News brings the perfect complement of skills, awareness and style to the search giant as consumers continue to migrate to the Internet for TV-style reporting and programming.
Couric will tape features for the Yahoo homepage, but will continue to host her syndicated daytime talk show, Katie. Couric joins a carefully procured team of journalists that have come together over the last several months, including Editor-in-Chief Megan Liberman, former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue, and designated political analyst Matt Bai.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 20, 2013 02:52 PM
Flickr, a pioneer in photo sharing, is taking a step backwards from its digital-only existence and introducing physical Flickr photo books, which consumers can create on the site.
Acquired by Yahoo in 2005, the service languished as competition to be the repository of users’ online photos heated up with Facebook, Google+ and Dropbox entering the fray. “Flickr was once awesome,... now we want it to be awesome again," Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said after assuming the role last year.
Earlier this year, Mayer instituted a visual overhaul of the site, and now the addition of photo books will allow Flickr, which reaches 89 million people that have contributed over 8 billion photos, to better compete with multi-faceted platforms like Shutterfly. “We’re working hard to make Flickr great again,” Flickr VP Tom Hughes assured.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 5, 2013 11:02 AM
Capping off its "30 Days of Change" logo campaign launched in August, Yahoo has officially unveiled its new logo, the third since the company was founded in the mid-90s. And while the 'new' logo may not be all that different, the digital and social campaign surrounding it exemplifies the efforts that the company has undertaken to appeal to a younger generation of internet users.
Designed by Yahoo's in-house brand design group (with the help of CEO Marissa Mayer), the new logo is described by Yahoo SVP-brand creative Bob Stohrer as "sophisticated with a wink"—on point with Mayer's Tumblr comments about building a strong base, but keeping a bit of whimsy.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 23, 2013 02:52 PM
Perhaps we should have seen it coming when Yahoo's Marissa Mayer covered the September issue of Vogue. Mayer is busy dusting off her aging internet company and is creating quite the image for herself in the process. One thing she's made clear: her Yahoo will be nothing like what existed—and failed—before.
Multiple sources close to the company report that Mayer has been busy securing a deal with longtime news personality and talk show host Katie Couric for an exclusive web interview show that would like on Yahoo's homepage, while others have said that Mayer is in preliminary talks with Conde Nast to feature some of Vogue's content on the site.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 7, 2013 12:52 PM
If you thought Yahoo was coming to the end of its transformation phase, think again. The internet company, which has been given new life under CEO Marissa Mayer, is planning to roll out a new logo in September, but not before it pays homage to its current logo's 20-year run.
The "30 Days of Change" campaign will feature a new logo everyday before the company unveils the actual one, which will be a "modern redesign that’s more reflective of our reimagined design and new experiences,” CMO Kathy Savitt wrote in a blog post.
Savitt, who was Mayer's first major hire after she assumed the role of chief executive last year, told USA Today that the "Yahoo logo is iconic; some people love it, some people hate it. We decided to change it, to reflect new products … and depict our next chapter."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 16, 2013 12:47 PM
Marissa Mayer may have created tidal waves in the worlds of maternity leave and telecommuting, but while she's also swelled Yahoo's stock price in her first year as CEO, she hasn't created more than a few ripples in terms of the company's long-term prospects.
Analysts aren't expecting much from the report of Yahoo's second-quarter financials today even though Google alum Mayer has been on the job at Yahoo for exactly a year, brought in as a last-ditch messiah as the tech company's sixth CEO in five years. Google and Microsoft also report earnings this week.
Among other things under Mayer, Yahoo has scooped up 17 technology startups, including the sizeable acquisition of Tumblr, has stemmed attrition and has, well, made it acceptable again in Silicon Valley to work at Yahoo instead of defect to Facebook or Google.Continue reading...
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Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 19, 2013 04:02 PM
The latest brand to call the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. home is Yahoo. The venue, aka Levi’s Stadium (or better, the 'Field of Jeans'), is just down the road from some of Yahoo's offices and will provide an off-campus media hub for the growing internet brand.
The 10-year deal makes Yahoo the “exclusive online sports content, social networking, and photo and video sharing partner," of the stadium. The company will get to place its logo on the new Fantasy Football lounge as well as install Flickr-branded photo-sharing booths in the stadium's concourses. The booths will have a direct tie-in to the stadium's big screen, as Yahoo hopes it will encourage fans to use Flickr first before uploading to Instagram or Facebook.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 21, 2013 04:46 PM
In what was quite an eventful day for the aging internet company, Yahoo announced significant changes to Flickr at a media event in New York City on Monday—a perfectly timed distraction from concerns buzzing over its same-day Tumblr acquisition.
As announced at the press conference and on its blog, Flickr is back after a rough ride with a new design, photo-centric layout and one full terabyte of storage—way more than most users could ever use. “Given the odd nature of most photo sharing services, you are either limited to a few dozen gigabytes or, in the case of Instagram and other mobile services, an unstated upper limit that is not part of the marketing collateral. While I don’t doubt that Google or Facebook could make the terabyte claim in the near future, being first to market with this particular feature is an important milestone," TechCrunch notes.
Acquired by Yahoo in 2005, the service has since spoiled under Yahoo's rule, however CEO Marissa Mayer said she received an abundance of requests to improve the serice when she took the helm last year. “Flickr was once awesome, and it languished... now we want it to be awesome again," Mayer said in a press announcement. The service reaches 89 million people who have contributed over 8 billion photos, and with the new improvements, the service is bound to attract many more.Continue reading...