Brill's Pipedream: 10% Of Current News Consumers Will Pay
from the good-luck-with-that dept
So, while we were already really skeptical of Stephen Brill's Journalism Online venture, where he's trying to get people to pay for online news, consider us even more skeptical after hearing that he's going around telling people that he's hoping to get 10% of today's news readers to start paying. Of course, as is noted at that link, most studies have shown you're lucky if you can get 2% of people to pay for something that was previously free. So the 10% number is pure fantasy. But the bigger point is that Brill seems to be making the "we just need y%" mistake, rather than giving anyone a reason to buy.