Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson lives in Connecticut where he works as the editor of The Rivereast News Bulletin, and continues to write as a freelancer.


Articles by Mike Thompson


One of Rockfish's clients, Corner Bakery Cafe, was looking to relaunch its website with content at its heart, and Rockfish was selected to be the agency to relaunch the site. Rockfish needed to find the right CMS to address the needs of its client.
Editorial/Case Studies - Posted Apr 14, 2014
The e-reading space is a hot one, and when your company is competing with the likes of giants such as Apple and Amazon, it's imperative that you stay on the cutting edge. Kobo's chief content officer Michael Tamblyn says his company needed a "best-in-class" digital magazine retail and conversion experience. "We needed something that could compete with, and even be better than, the offerings that were out from Apple and from Amazon," he adds.
Editorial/Case Studies - Posted Mar 17, 2014
Webster's Dictionary says the word "analytics" dates from 1590, and it defines the term as "the method of logical analysis." These days, though, it's tough to think of the word in anything but a computer-related context-particularly when it comes to content and marketing analytics. The latter, as digital media expert Julie Blakley describes it, is "data that can help inform decisions about the marketing decisions you make moving forward"-or, as she more succinctly puts it, "to be able to see what's working, what's not, and then what's the best way to move forward."
Editorial/Feature - January/February 2014 Issue, Posted Feb 26, 2014
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.
Editorial/Feature - September 2013 Issue, Posted Sep 04, 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.
Editorial/Feature - June 2013 Issue, Posted Jun 03, 2013
When Newsweek announced last year it would be scrapping its print edition after nearly 80 years and migrating fully to the web, it represented the latest example of what appears to be the print world's approach to the inroads of digital: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Editorial/Feature - April 2013 Issue, Posted Apr 01, 2013
While without a doubt the internet has made it easier to search for jobs-from such general job-seeking sites as Monster.com to more specialized ones such as JournalismJobs.com-it has also, in some cases, made it more difficult for someone to get hired. According to a survey released in April by CareerBuilder, LLC, nearly 2 in 5 companies use social networking sites to research job candidates. And a March survey from Eurocom Worldwide shows that 1 in 5 technology industry executives admit to rejecting an applicant based on his or her social media profile.
News/News Feature - December 2012 Issue, Posted Dec 31, 2012
America loves its Facebook. According to comScore, Inc., the social network had 158.01 million unique visitors in the U.S. in May 2012. Believe it or not, that represented a slight decline in the number of visitors. Despite its popularity, Facebook has some competitors out there, and they may just be stealing a bit of attention from the leader in social networking.
Editorial/Feature - October 2012 Issue, Posted Oct 01, 2012
Simply put, there is likely no website in the world as popular as Facebook. According to Facebook's IPO filing released in February, there are 845 million active monthly users of Facebook worldwide. Each of those users spends an average of 20 minutes on the site per visit—although, as anyone who's caught himself looking at pics from his old college roommate's recent trip to Vegas can tell you, 20 minutes is probably a low estimate for a lot of people.
News/News Feature - July/August 2012 Issue, Posted Aug 13, 2012
On the chaotic and often tumultuous playground that is the World Wide Web, one thing is becoming more and more clear: Publishers have to play nice with social media if they hope to succeed. Yes, Facebook and Twitter are the popular kids on the playground, and they're the ones spreading the word about your content. According to the "State of the News Media 2012" report from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ), "Facebook users spent an average of 423 minutes each on the site in December. By contrast, a PEJ analysis of Nielsen Net View data puts the average time on a top 25 news site at just under 12 minutes per month."
Editorial/Feature - June 2012 Issue, Posted Jun 04, 2012
The Super Bowl is annually TV's biggest event. Last year, it drew 111 million viewers, making it the most-watched television program in history.This year, you don't even need a TV to see it.On Sunday, for the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be available to stream live. The game will be available live, on NFL.com and NBCsports.com.
News/News Feature - Posted Feb 03, 2012
The days when companies could buy a magazine ad or a 30-second primetime spot and have a well-rounded marketing strategy are long gone. These days, having a web strategy is not only important but increasingly complicated. Just in the last 10 years, companies have gone from thinking about advertising on websites and with search displays, to having to incorporate blogs, social networks, and mobile platforms. While all these new ways to interact and be informed may be good for the general public, for a company's marketing team they can present a daunting task: How do you get a customer to focus on your product when their attention is being pulled in a host of different directions?
Editorial/Feature - Posted Jan 04, 2012
Last week The Wall Street Journal announced the beta launch of WSJ Social, a news app for Facebook that allows users to read, share, and comment on articles from the Journal within the social media environment. The content offered through WSJ Social includes articles and blogs from WSJ.com, such as breaking news, columns, analysis and opinion. All of the content is available for free for the first month. This is news mostly because the WSJ has long been one of the publications best known for successfully charging subscribers for online content.
News/News Feature - Posted Sep 29, 2011
Sometimes, trying to get the attention of web users can feel like an exercise in futility. The easier it gets to create a website, the harder it is to actually draw in visitors and customers. Ventana New Media has come up with something it feels can help solve this. The company launched Ventana New Media Engine (NME) on August 30, 2011, a product that delivers content-driven search engine-optimized communications.
News/News Feature - Posted Aug 30, 2011
You know the drill. You log onto Facebook and then, after posting that hilarious status update or checking out the photos of your former classmate's newborn baby, you play your next move in Scrabble, or tend your virtual farm. You, like millions of other people, have fallen under the spell of simple, but compelling (and not to mention free) online game.For an increasing amount of people, it seems playing a game while visiting a website is almost an expectation. In fact, according to a Saatchi & Saatchi report titled "Engagement Unleashed: Gamification for Business, Brands, and Loyalty", 54% of male US internet users play a social game daily-with 46% of women following suit. Games keep users coming back for more. This isn't lost on web publishers.
News/News Feature - Posted Jun 24, 2011