The 11th Annual EContent 100: An Introduction to The Companies that Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry

Nov 29, 2011

December 2011 Issue

There are plenty of changes afoot on this year's list, as well as at the magazine. As you read through these pages, you'll notice a change in the EContent 100 categories--and a subsequent change in the companies we're honoring this year. As we focused less on enterprise content companies and more on the world of digital publishing and media, the judges had to re-imagine the list--and relearn the judging process. While many of the old standbys still made it onto this year's list, there are plenty of fresh faces as well--many of which are shaking up the content industry.

-Theresa Cramer
Editor, EContent

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Content Creation

Formerly the purview of the privileged few with access to a printing press, creating content is everyone's business today. Luckily, tools keep cropping up that help us create it, convert it, use it, and--most importantly--reuse it in ways as varied as the people creating the content in the first place.

Content Commerce

Grease must be applied to the wheels of commerce lest they squeak-nay, grind-to a halt. When what is being bought and sold is measured in bits and bytes, solutions that enable the buying and selling of digital content are there to keep the transactions humming smoothly along. Here we include solutions that enable the buying and selling of digital content, including DRM and payment systems, as well as digital ad networks.

Digital Content Provider

What would the digital publishing world be without the content providers? Whether they do it for free, for a fee, or somewhere in between, it's the providers that are on the content frontiers-bringing readers quality news, information, and entertainment when, where, and how they need it.

Distribution & Delivery

The avenues by which content can travel are myriad. Figuring out which roads are right for your content--especially if you're looking to get paid--can be a journey in itself. Without the help of distribution and delivery networks and tools, many publishers' jobs would be exponentially harder. Here we honor the companies that create new paths and opportunities for digital content to find its way to our inboxes, web browsers, mobile devices, and even our televisions.

Social Media

The web has opened up a world of opportunity for the readers to become the writers, reviewers, and producers. Here we look at the tools that help proliferate the vox populi and increasingly act as mediators between people and the content we publish.

Mobile Content

See all those smartphones? Yep, people are doing a lot more than talking on them. These days--from cellphones to tablets and e-readers--content gets around. Mobile content and delivery devices put information in the hands of users when and where they need it. As content today travels across platforms,
we will focus on the technologies that help make it go.

SEO & Search Analytics

What good is digital content if you can't find it? Publishers need an audience; otherwise, they become the proverbial tree falling in the woods. Here we include the companies that help digital publishers navigate the jungle of SEO and fine-tune the content to grab the most views.

Web Content Management

What would digital publishers do without good web content management systems? While content management purports to be all things to all people,
its true power may actually lie in its flexibility to change shape to fit each new business problem set before it. With the constantly changing demands of digital publishing, WCM systems need to be more nimble than ever.

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The EContent 100 judges include fellow Information Today, Inc. editors, EContent magazine contributing editors, and other experts in the digital content industry.