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As content providers, it's critical to find a balance between making your presence known on a myriad of channels and spamming already drowning consumers to the point of annoyance (and possible brand detriment). It's also vital that the quality of the content produced doesn't suffer in the race to make it seen.
By - Posted Sep 20, 2013
To app providers, consumers can appear to be a rather fickle, easily distracted bunch, as evidenced by the latest data. Yes, they're downloading more tablet and smartphone apps than ever before (ABI Research estimates that 70 billion will be downloaded globally in 2013), but they're spending less time per session engaging with apps, according to a new study conducted by Localytics.
By - Posted Sep 18, 2013
Back in May, Social Media Today compiled case studies from several reputable sources regarding the correlation between blogging and sales for businesses. Unanimously, studies show that maintaining an active blog can provide an increase in traffic of up to 210% to a website. Clearly, blogging still remains one of the most commonly produced and read forms of content marketing (in fact, many experts find that blogging is the first thing someone thinks of when mentioning content marketing). And, just like any other form of marketing, the blogosphere is evolving.
By - Posted Sep 11, 2013
You can never be too rich or too thin, or so the saying goes. But you can have too much data, according to the results of a survey of marketers. Digital marketers need to take control of their marketing data or the unrelenting flow of Big Data will overwhelm them, the survey says. Despite the grim prognosis, there is hope, said a marketing analyst familiar with the report.
By - September 2013 Issue, Posted Sep 09, 2013
As companies large and small have developed active Twitter and Facebook profiles, their ability to interact directly with their client base has reached an unprecedented level. Given how frequently people are on social media-according to Statistic Brain, there are approximately 9,100 tweets sent per second-it may be tempting to reach out to this clientele as often as possible. But an ill-timed or misguided use of social media can lead to angry customers, potentially lost sales, and embarrassing headlines.
By - September 2013 Issue, Posted Sep 04, 2013
Apple has sold about 140 million iPads worldwide since the tablet's launch about 3 years ago. The wildly successful device has disrupted many industries, creating headaches for some (think personal computers and Microsoft) and opportunities for others, including content owners who can take advantage of the device's capabilities.
By - July/August 2013 Issue, Posted Aug 26, 2013
Digital editions, paywalls, and consolidation aren't the only life rafts that can help keep newspapers afloat today. The fate of many valued dailies and weeklies may also rest in the hands of big boys with big bucks aiming for private but powerful ownership. Jeff Bezos' recent purchase of the Washington Post certainly isn't a one-off anomaly. Earlier this year, Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry snatched up The Boston Globe, Wellesley businessman Aaron Kushner bought the Orange County Register and six other dailies last year, and in 2011 the San Diego Union-Tribune was sold to hotelier Doug Manchester. Additionally, Warren Buffett acquired dozens of local papers, the newest of which are the Roanoke Times and Press of Atlantic City (although his investment firm recently dumped shares of Gannett).
By - Posted Aug 23, 2013
Publishers aren't alone in their quest to determine what resonates with their audiences as they attempt to use various social media tools to connect with and engage them. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is in the market for a digital tool to help monitor how effectively it's reaching its audience with its messages and whether their response to these messages are positive or negative. And when you aren't pushing content views as your primary goal, it can be hard to know exactly what your social media metrics are and what they mean.
By - Posted Aug 21, 2013
Last year's mobile data traffic was nearly 12 times the size of the entire internet in 2000, according to Cisco. Global mobile data traffic in 2012 was 885 petabytes per month, compared to internet traffic of 75 petabytes per month in 2000. That's a lot of bytes-and traffic continues to grow.Given this exponential growth, and related opportunity, organizations of all kinds are eagerly looking for creative ways to connect and compel consumers to engage with their content, and their advertising, via mobile devices. As they do this, they're looking for effective ways to monetize those apps to drive revenue to the bottom line in ways that range from paid content to advertising, and more.
By - July/August 2013 Issue, Posted Aug 19, 2013
Purveyors of traditional electronic content often rely on content management systems (CMS) to maintain and update text, visuals, and other media on websites. But companies that offer consumer packaged goods (CPG) face more complex challenges when they want to deliver high quality e-content to consumers who trust that the information listed for a product in a brick-and-mortar or online store is accurate. Hence, they typically turn to product content management (PCM) systems and software.
By - Posted Aug 16, 2013
Anyone who has a blog with an open comment option has encountered malicious online bots. Log in to your Wordpress dashboard, and you'll find hundreds of new comments. Deceptively, they're not often people excited about your eloquently penned prose, but rather systematic bot programs plugging their own products to your regular human readers.
By - Posted Aug 05, 2013
Mobile apps bring content straight to your pocket. The convenience is unparalleled, but there may be one part of the app chain you haven't thought about much: the buying process. Chances are you just go to the Apple App Store or Amazon App Marketplace and never think about it, but if you're a content provider, some experts think you should be putting a little more thought into distribution.
By - Posted Aug 02, 2013
It's a question that's been posed since the dawn of the commercial web: Is the internet, long a stronghold for direct marketing, any good for brand advertising?"The question has always been whether brand advertising really works online and whether that money has ever really migrated online," observes Steve Smith, columnist and digital media editor for Media Industry Newsletter (min), and a consultant to web publishers and interactive ad agencies.
By - July/August 2013 Issue, Posted Jul 31, 2013
As social media continues on its quest to dominate the way we interact with the web, users benefit from inventive new tools, resources, and capabilities as well as greater specialization and focus. But it's not just the Facebooks and Twitters of the world that offer value and innovation. Often, it's the smaller players that infuse creativity and practical ingenuity into the social space, especially for niche audiences.In particular, three relatively new social platforms merit a closer look based on their distinctive features, approaches and functionality-and for garnering increased attention from social media experts.
By - Posted Jul 29, 2013
EContent recently introduced The Content Marketing 50: The Top 50 Content Marketing Resources on Twitter. In sorting through your nominations we realized just how many women are influencing content marketing, one of the hottest topics in digital marketing. Not everyone could make the final list of 50 influencers, but we thought it was worthwhile to bring all of the female nominees to your attention.
Posted Jul 26, 2013
Suppose you've had an active Twitter account since 2008 and you've been posting, on average, about three tweets a day, five days, a week, 50 weeks a year at about 140 characters/tweet-that's about 115,500 words, or the equivalent of about three books' worth of content. But, if you haven't been collecting, aggregating and effectively using that content, it is literally "lost in cyberspace."
By - Posted Jul 24, 2013
The introduction of social media was revolutionary. It connected people in unprecedented ways, and allowed companies to bypass mad men and their agencies and go straight to the customer. But as easy as it may seem to use social media as a branding tool, it's more complicated than it may seem.
Posted Jul 22, 2013
For some time, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have been the "big three" of social media, but a new and very powerful player -- Google+ -- has changed the social media landscape, especially for B2B marketers. Already overwhelmed with the multiple options and rapidly expanding time and resource commitment required to remain relevant across multiple communication channels, B2B marketers find themselves faced with a big decision-stick with LinkedIn or become engaged with Google+? Or both?
By - Posted Jul 17, 2013
Pay per click (PPC) marketers everywhere undoubtedly have July 22, 2013 circled on their calendar. That's the date when Google will automatically upgrade all AdWords accounts from legacy to enhanced campaigns that haven't already made the switch. And those who aren't prepared for the transition are in for quite a change, say the experts.
By - Posted Jul 15, 2013
Mobile marketing is easily one of the hottest topics in the digital content world, but some say it isn't growing as quickly as it could. It almost seems counter-intuitive, but because the web analytics tools of today aren't quite cutting it in the mobile arena marketers aren't getting the same amount of insight into their users. According to research from Medio, the average American owns 1.57 mobile devices, and if marketers want to know more about what people are doing with these devices, mobile analytics are going to have to become a priority.
By - Posted Jul 10, 2013
In June, EContent announced it was accepting votes for a new list recognizing the best and brightest in the content marketing industry. We asked for your nominations, and you obliged. With just under a week left in the nominating process, we had received 123 submissions and 53 nominees via Twitter. By the time the nomination process finally closed we had received several more names. Now, your votes have been counted, sorted through, and double-checked.
Posted Jul 03, 2013
If you use Gmail or Chrome, you probably have a Google+ account, whether you know it or not. But Facebook still dominates the social networking landscape...for now. According to Searchmetrics sharing on Google+ is poised to surpass sharing on Facebook by 2016. Yes, in just three shorts years, you and everyone you know will have made the switch to Google+ -- or at least that is where they'll be sharing the majority of content.
Posted Jul 01, 2013
Physical books, movies, albums, and video games can easily be swapped and resold between different owners without fear of reprisal from the original publishers/copyright holders. So why can't the same be true of digital versions of these and other media? That's the question more consumers are asking, according to results of a recent WorldPay study titled the "Digital Generation Report."
By - Posted Jun 28, 2013
We are a busy people; bombarded with jobs, kids, soccer games, laundry, mowing the yard, paying the bills... the never ending cycle of everyday life. This isn't news to anyone. Because we are constantly in motion, even our entertainment has to move quickly and be bite-sized. For this reason, content is seeing a transition into the visual realm - as opposed to text-based -- across many platforms.
By - Posted Jun 26, 2013
As the vice president of digital experience at the recently merged McMurry/TMG, LLC, the country's largest independent content marketing provider, Andrew Hanelly spends most of his time working to bring journalistic standards and principles into the world of brand marketing. At a point in time when increasingly savvy consumers have little patience for or interest in the dry, overt pitches that defined content marketing of yesteryear, smart brand managers are learning to adjust their strategies to create content that looks, sounds, and feels more like the kind of content they are used to consuming in social and digital media.
By - June 2013 Issue, Posted Jun 24, 2013
Any international enterprise knows that, in the global market, translation capabilities are integral to continued success. While many businesses have grasped the importance of translating their products and services for non-English markets, they have often ignored the flip-side of that task: translating content produced by their non-English speaking customers.
By - Posted Jun 21, 2013
As organizations and individuals work to build their Twitter followers they eagerly watch for mentions and RTs (retweets). And then they spot something like this: "XYZ E-publication is out today! Top stories by @thisperson @thatperson @YOU!" Your first inclination is to quickly RT the tweet to all of your followers and respond to the poster with a heart-felt "gee, thanks so much for including me!" But, wait a minute, is there any real value in this kind of exposure?
By - Posted Jun 19, 2013
Digital publishing success is no longer just about old media adjusting to the digital future. Big media brands-whether they have a print legacy or a digital-only history-are learning that most readers are not coming through the "front door" anymore, and they must adapt to a social future where aggregators and curators are guarding the door or be left behind.
By - June 2013 Issue, Posted Jun 17, 2013
After years of wondering, "Will they or won't they?" observers of the news publishing industry finally have a definitive answer: Newspapers, large and small, are implementing paid digital content models. Whether from sheer economic necessity, availability of better technology to implement more sophisticated solutions, or simply because publishers have finally integrated their digital strategies into overall business strategies, experimentation around making digital content pay its own way is rampant. Allen Weiner, research vice president at Gartner, says, "It's a period of forced innovation for newspapers. How can you innovate, and how can you do it cheaply?"
By - June 2013 Issue, Posted Jun 10, 2013
When it comes to online advertising, the natives are getting restless-but less so when native ads are used instead of banner ads, apparently. Consumers visually engage more often with native ads than traditional banner ads and in a manner comparable to editorial content, according to the results of a recent study conducted by Sharethrough, in conjuction with IPG Media Lab.
By - Posted Jun 05, 2013
Content marketing. Brand journalism. Custom content. No matter what you call it, it's clear that the place where quality content, and marketing meet is an up and coming hotspot. Content marketing isn't exactly new, but in the digital age, it's taken on a new importance and experts are in high demand. That's why EContent is introducing the Content Marketing 50, a list of the top influencers in content marketing.
Posted Jun 03, 2013
As the internet exploded and more and more sites have constant streams of news and commentary on everything from world politics to which celebrities are dead (dead-celeb.com), the importance placed on content curation was, perhaps, inevitable. Separating the wheat from the chaff is sometimes so important to people, they're willing to pay for it.
By - June 2013 Issue, Posted Jun 03, 2013
They say home is where the heart is. But judging by its lukewarm initial reception from users, that adage may not be so true of Facebook Home, the social media giant's new software suite for certain Android devices that's designed to dominate home and lock screens with social networking capabilities. Yet, despite only being downloaded between 500,000 and 1 million times since it launched in early April and notwithstanding its 2.2 out of five stars average rating from nearly 15,000 users, according to the Google Play Store, experts say Facebook Home may hold promising potential for digital content providers (DCPs) to push their brands and offerings.
By - Posted May 31, 2013
Buyer personas have been a part of marketing strategies for years, but they've recently undergone an evolution, making an impact on the way businesses approach digital marketing, including the content sector. Unfortunately, many companies aren't clear on how to develop or adequately use personas to their advantage.
By - Posted May 29, 2013
There were plenty of lessons to be learned from this year's Streaming Media East conference, held May 21-22, in New York City. Digital content creators of all stripes have plenty to learn from the video-focused crowd at SME, but a few key takeaways stood out above the rest.
By - Posted May 22, 2013
Not only has the ease of digital publishing made it possible for everyone to be a publisher, it's also made it possible for big-name, traditional publishers to branch out into new territory. Wanting to offer subscribers more for their money-or simply seeking to diversify their overall offerings--various high-profile newspapers, including the The Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times, have gotten into the business of publishing ebooks.
By - May 2013 Issue, Posted May 20, 2013
Sean O'Neal is the chief marketing officer for Mail Online, the wildly popular online newspaper. Mail Online is regarded as the world's most widely read newspaper site, and turned its first profit in 2012, setting it apart from many of its competitors. EContent talked to O'Neal about some of the secrets to its success, as well as its efforts to grab an American audience.
Posted May 17, 2013
For content jockeys, of course, it is the dream: a single information store and automated delivery to multiple platforms in numerous configurations, all at the push of a button. And it is not a new ambition--it predates the tablet and smartphone outbreak by decades. The need for smart content management and the ability to automatically generate customized outputs, then, is greater than ever. Luckily, getting there is easy. All you need is intelligent content and cross-platform code development. (Okay, maybe getting there sounds easy.)
By - May 2013 Issue, Posted May 15, 2013
While it may be easier than ever to disseminate content to the public via the web, it's not easy to build and monetize your audience and quickly expand a fledgling presence into a thriving publishing empire. Nevertheless, every year a few more brave souls take a leap of faith into the great econtent unknown and manage to make a go of it. Here is their advice to the future digital publishers of the world.
By - May 2013 Issue, Posted May 13, 2013
Traditional web publishing won't cut it anymore--not in an age when digital experiences by users are so highly valued. That's one of the key findings of a report issued by Forrester Research. It's also a sentiment echoed by many industry experts who recognize the increased importance of creating and managing multichannel customer experiences and the transitioning of web content management (WCM) into digital experience (DX) management.
By - Posted May 10, 2013
When company executives think about managing the online reputations of their organizations, they are typically concerned with what people are writing about them on websites, blogs, and social media platforms. But they must now recognize their reputations can be damaged in the electronic media space by something "worth a thousand words": a picture. Without saying a word, disgruntled consumers can paint a negative picture of a company's trademarked brand.
By - May 2013 Issue, Posted May 06, 2013
The journalist's toolkit has changed dramatically, according to news industry analyst, Ken Doctor. He considers an early 20th Century doctor and the meager tools of diagnosis he had in his traveling black bag. "The journalistic equivalent is the pencil and pad," Doctor says, jotting down facts in chicken-scratch shorthand that only he could read (if lucky), and traveling here and there to gather the facts from the most reliable sources. Now that journalist has the whole world at his fingertips. Even in an age of endless web information, it goes beyond Google searches and Wikipedia entries; today's journalists are also scouring social media, namely Twitter, for breaking news ideas.
By - Posted May 03, 2013
We've all heard about the value of content curation in the digital age. People put a premium on any tool that is able to help them sort through the deluge of information. And content creators have realized that they can add quick value to their sites by providing a stream of curated content that is relevant to their readers. Bruce Clay Inc., a global internet marketing solutions and optimization company, and PublishThis, a cloud-based content platform and end-to-end content marketing manager studied how curating content as a strategy effects publisher SEO.
Posted May 01, 2013
Naming the top digital media influencers today is no easy task. There are so many great people responsible for developing digital media into the powerhouse it is now and will continue to be in the future. The list of thought-leaders grows every day, but we asked some digital media experts who they felt are the most influential people in the industry and why. We received a wide range of responses from our experts. Most of the nominees are responsible for innovations in digital media that have forever changed our world. There is certainly no lack of big-name innovative companies and their concepts, but they aren't the only ones influencing digital media today.
By - May 2013 Issue, Posted May 01, 2013
Many content experts have often complained about ebook publishers that, unfortunately, don't often take full advantage of the technology and instead simply deliver static, electronic versions of an existing book. To many, this seems like a wasted opportunity to offer more value to readers, but others are starting to offer suggestions on how to improve the experience.
By - April 2013 Issue, Posted Apr 29, 2013
Today's consumers have ravenous appetites for econtent-enough to earn them the nickname "digital omnivores." While that moniker may already be familiar to many electronic publishers and content providers, they may be surprised to learn that, between 2011 to 2012, the digital omnivore population surged 160%, according to the results of Deloitte's recent "State of the Media Democracy" survey.
By - Posted Apr 26, 2013
If "knowledge is power," as the saying goes, then content analytics is a game-changer for any digital publisher concerned with harnessing the power of content. Today, content providers know more about their audiences than ever before. All the data in the world isn't worth much unless you know how to make sense of it and, more importantly, can put a plan into action that capitalizes on what you know.
By - April 2013 Issue, Posted Apr 22, 2013
Content management tools may be getting more sophisticated, but that doesn't mean the job of web publishers is getting any easier. According to a recent Forrester report, The Forrester Wave: Web Content Management For Digital Customer Experience, Q2 2013, plain-old web publishing will not cut it any longer. These days, if you're in the business of web-publishing, you also have to be in the business of creating digital experiences.
Posted Apr 17, 2013
The textbook market has long been ahead of the rest of the publishing industry when it comes to digital books. Textbooks were a natural fit for e-readers, allowing for easy updates and social studying features, but a recent Springer whitepaper, "eBook Use and Acceptance in an Undergraduate Institution," says the proliferation of devices has not necessarily translated to higher ebook acceptance among college students at Wellesley.
By - Posted Apr 10, 2013
Building reader engagement is at the top of every web publisher's to-do list. Getting your users to comment and partake in online discussions is one of the best ways to keep them coming back to your site. But when you open your content to commenters, you also open it to trolls, and many very successful websites with engaged users are still struggling to find ways to foster discussion and drown out the troublemakers.
By - April 2013 Issue, Posted Apr 08, 2013
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