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  1. #176

    Default Re: Oklahoma Gazette and OKCTalk.com announce merger

    Their last print edition was May 31st and they haven't added any new content to their website since.

    I suspect they are effectively out of business. I do know there was never any real revenue from digital so no way to sustain staff, even the last 3 'contractors' (full-time employees illegally reclassified as contract workers to avoid benefits and payroll taxes) that were left while printing.

  2. #177

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    It's now been over 2 full months since the Gazette ceased printing and "pivoted to digital" and the only new content that has been posted in almost 9 weeks is the horoscope.

  3. #178

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    It's now been over 2 full months since the Gazette ceased printing and "pivoted to digital" and the only new content that has been posted in almost 9 weeks is the horoscope.
    They're dead, Jim...

  4. #179

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    I think they may try and milk one more "Best of" go-round but good luck with that.

  5. #180

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    Buy them out Pete. What are you waiting for!? Lol. It would be the perfect addition for a news publication for OKCTalk.

  6. #181

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    Buy them out Pete. What are you waiting for!? Lol. It would be the perfect addition for a news publication for OKCTalk.
    I was willing to do it after the pandemic but my then-partner wasn't reasonable, so I sold him my interest, he took over and promptly lost a ton of money and drove the entire business into the ground.

    Now, there is no real value left. They get next to zero web traffic (believe me, I know) and have very little engagement on social media.

    I've mentioned this before but when I was there I would sometimes simultaneously post a story on the Gazette site and social media and then do the same with OKCTalk. OKCT would literally get thousands of times the traffic for the exact same article, no matter the subject.

  7. #182

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete;[URL="tel:1240090"
    1240090[/URL]]I was willing to do it after the pandemic but my then-partner wasn't reasonable, so I sold him my interest, he took over and promptly lost a ton of money and drove the entire business into the ground.

    Now, there is no real value left. They get next to zero web traffic (believe me, I know) and have very little engagement on social media.

    I've mentioned this before but when I was there I would sometimes simultaneously post a story on the Gazette site and social media and then do the same with OKCTalk. OKCT would literally get thousands of times the traffic for the exact same article, no matter the subject.
    If Pete would have a print publication today, the branding of OKCTalk would be premium to the Gazette.

  8. Default Re: Oklahoma Gazette and OKCTalk.com announce merger

    Hmmmmm, OKCGazette? OKGazette?

  9. #184

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    Hmmmmm, OKCGazette? OKGazette?
    "We're not the best Gazette, but we're OK!"

  10. #185

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    I think they may try and milk one more "Best of" go-round but good luck with that.
    DING! DING! DING!

    https://www.okgazette.com/best-of/20...-2023-11360150

  11. #186

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sydonesia View Post
    So, the Garage in OKC has best burger. I'm not surprised. The Garage in Stillwater has better burgers and fries than Eskimo Joe's.

  12. #187

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunty View Post
    So, the Garage in OKC has best burger. I'm not surprised. The Garage in Stillwater has better burgers and fries than Eskimo Joe's.
    I can tell you that over the last few years the voting became rigged based on who would buy advertising.

  13. #188

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    I can tell you that over the last few years the voting became rigged based on who would buy advertising.
    It's almost always been a popularity contest (lots of locations and lots of advertising play into it), never really been about the actual best (which is somewhat subjective, but usually fairly measurable).

  14. #189

    Default Re: Oklahoma Gazette and OKCTalk.com announce merger

    ^

    But at least it was about counting actual votes.

    That hasn't been the case since I left.

  15. Default Re: Oklahoma Gazette and OKCTalk.com announce merger

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    ^

    But at least it was about counting actual votes.

    That hasn't been the case since I left.
    Just like the James Beard award. More Political than anything else.

  16. #191

    Default Re: Oklahoma Gazette and OKCTalk.com announce merger

    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverFrecker View Post
    Just like the James Beard award. More Political than anything else.
    Based. This is 100% true.

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