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A Guide to Email Marketing and Marketing Automation Tools

It is almost a truism that marketing has become highly technology-intensive. A nearly ubiquitous component of any marketing technology portfolio is email marketing. In fact, there is a high probability your company is already using some form of it, even though you might not be aware of it. A related component is marketing automation. Customers often talk of these in the same breath. In this article, we will look at this distinction in some detail and also summarize what marketers should know when evaluating these technologies.Read More >>

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Sites Seeing Varied Success With Subscription Model

Web users are showing a willingness to pay for content through subscriptions, but publishers and apps are seeing mixed results with premium tiers, according to a March report from BI Intelligence that explores categories increasingly relying on recurring payments to monetize content. The report finds that while some companies use a purely subscription-based model, such as Netflix, many others employ a "freemium" plan. Under this structure, all users gain basic access to content-which is often supported by ads-but can pay to upgrade the experience, perhaps unlocking certain features or accessing an ad-free version. Read More >>

Mobile Content Marketing Means New Opportunities and Challenges

If you work in the digital content business there are probably a few terms that are constantly coming up in your world. Among them are "content marketing" and "mobile." But what happens when those terms collide, and you have to start thinking about mobile content marketing? If you haven't already started pondering how to fit this into your content strategy, it's time to start.Read More >>

Goodbye Mass Communication, Hello Custom Content

I have to admit that much of my early SEO success could be attributed to dumb luck. When I started writing for the web, Danny Sullivan had just started his Search Engine Watch website, Google didn't exist, and SEO hadn't even been given a name. It turned out the websites I created were optimized for search because the content was optimized for our readers. In the early years, this wasn't the result of a strategic plan on my part. It was just a result of editorial instinct--years of magazine editing, ad writing, and PR. Without knowing it, I was practicing content marketing in the broadest sense of the word.Read More >>

Advice from VCs: Digital Content Investors Tell Us What They Look For

If you were measuring by the size of the headline fonts, 2014 looked as if it were an inflection point for venture capital (VC) investment into the digital content industry. According to Preqin, which tracks data on the investment industry, VC funding in the digital content industry reached $683 million in 2014, more than double the $286 million invested in 2013. A series of discussions with VCs already active in the digital content space revealed a real appetite for further digital content opportunities-provided those companies searching for funds bring with them scalability, engaged users, revenue, and quality.Read More >>

Sundance Channel Global: A Case of Going Local in Brazil

Sundance Channel Global wanted to regionalize its offerings in Brazil, replacing selected content on its Latin American satellite feed with content that was more localized and relevant for Brazil. Sundance Channel first launched in 1996. Strictly an American cable channel for many years, the company gradually started global distribution in the late 2000s, starting with Europe in 2009. In 2014, the channel launched a Portuguese version, in Brazil--and, from the start, the company knew it wanted regional, locally relevant content, to better benefit the channel's viewers.Read More >>

This is How People Are Really Using the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is here to stay, and depending on how you feel about smartwatches, that may be a good or bad thing. As we learn more about how people are actually using their smartwatches, manufacturers have the opportunity to create devices and operating systems that better address the needs and wants of users. With that in mind, Battery Ventures decided to find out exactly how smartwatches are being used.Read More >>

Total Gym Fitness: A Case of Strengthening Engagements

Although traffic to Total Gym's mobile site is rising, the conversion rate from smartphones is significantly lower than from desktops and tablets. "As mobile is getting to be a bigger piece of traffic, it leads to the challenge of, ‘How do we get that traffic to be as productive as possible for us, and how do we convert more of that traffic to orders?'" says Joe Crowley, American Telecast Products' VP of marketing. Total Gym launched a live chat option in 2013, but months later, the company wondered if another resource would help increase engagement and, ultimately, conversion rates.Read More >>

Tools You'll Use: Jeff Campagna, Creative Director, Compass Cultura

The right tools are an integral part of getting any job done. In the world of digital content tools are plentiful, so finding the right one for you can be tricky. That's why we ask the experts what tools they use to get their jobs done.Read More >>

No Truly Global Learning Experience Without Localized Training

A few weeks ago a peer told me a story highlighting the value of localization for training activities and deliverables. In short, materials were designed and sessions were set up by various leaders in his company to train a number of teams around the world, led by instructors virtually or face-to-face and based on e-learning modules. When the time came to capture and measure the overall effectiveness of training sessions it appeared targets were missed in some markets. Following a thorough investigation and review the root cause was found in a poor local experience generated by English-only materials and--equally important--in the format of remote sessions.Read More >>

Is Pangaea the Face of Advertising Success in the Future?

What happens when five powerful publishers band together to form a programmatic ad network, allowing advertisers to buy advertising space on The Economist, CNN International, The Guardian, Reuters, and Financial Times? The short answer is Pangaea. A longer answer, or at least longer-term one, is that no one is quite sure yet.Read More >>
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