Media Business News and Trends

As I write this, we are 4 weeks into the new presidency. It's fair to say the press has played a central role in the early days of this administration. We have seen that even while journalists' jobs are shifting—thanks to new technologies and distribution channels—the fundamental skills needed to be a good reporter remain the same. And those skills have been on display lately, much to the chagrin of the new president.

Posted May 23, 2017

Here's a worrisome thought for marketers that can keep you up at night: Gen Z—a key demographic born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s—comprises 27% of the global population, commands $44 billion in purchasing power, and represents the first true generation of digital natives. But your efforts to reach them via digital ads could fail miserably, new research suggests.

Posted May 19, 2017

Virtual reality is becoming … well … reality, thanks to a host of new tools and people willing to test the limits of what the technology is capable of—and what the audience expects. Nowhere is that more true than at USA TODAY's VRtually There, a weekly news show done entirely in virtual reality (VR). David Hamlin is part of the team that makes the show possible.

Posted May 17, 2017

Research released by Ampere Analysis reveals that Facebook is closing the gap on TV advertising. The average revenue per user (ARPU) generated by Facebook advertising has grown six-fold in North American and four-fold in Europe in five years. By comparison, the value of a TV viewer has remained relatively flat, with a growth of less than 7% in both regions over the same half-decade.

Posted May 09, 2017

Following a comprehensive strategic review, IP Network will be transformed into a single point of contact for advertisers wishing to communicate outside their home territory and are keen to benefit from local expertise. As part of the strategic repositioning, IP Network will change its name to RTL AdConnect as of May 4, 2017.

Posted May 09, 2017

On a typical day, Solomon meets with clients, agency partners, content platform providers, and internal Lingotek departments to gather use cases, weigh priorities, and create requirements for development. "I find ways to connect Lingotek's advanced translation technology and network of professional translators to the people creating content across the globe," he says.

Posted May 05, 2017

During its annual customer experience conference C3, Clarabridge, Inc., a provider of Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions, announced CX Revolution—a vision to empower brands with the necessary tools to integrate data-driven customer experience into the fabric of every business. Driving a CX Revolution ensures a universal focus on customer experience across all levels of the organization.

Posted May 04, 2017

Kenshoo, a provider of agile marketing, released a new infographic, Kenshoo Digital Marketing Snapshot: Q1 2017, highlighting the continued impact that mobile, product-focused and video ad types deliver for social and search advertisers. Social ad spending increased 41% year-over-year (YoY) supported by substantial growth in video ad (153%) and Dynamic Product Ad (202%) spending.

Posted May 02, 2017

Pepperjam, a full service performance marketing company, revealed insights and contradictions around marketers' challenges and priorities. Conducted at Adobe Summit 2017, Pepperjam polled 400 senior marketers and decision makers to identify what issues are top of mind and affecting budget spend. The results reveal a notable tension among technology investments and expectations, and channel strategy and objectives.

Posted May 02, 2017

Awhile back, I quipped that the best thing that can happen to a print news publication these days is for President Donald Trump to call it out by name in a Twitter tirade. It wasn't an original thought. The "Trump Bump" was a phenomenon many media watchers already noticed.

Posted May 02, 2017

Posted May 01, 2017

We present EContent's annual Trendsetting Products list. Each year, we turn to our inboxes, our coverage, and our contributors to find out what products are helping content creators of all kinds stay on top of their game. I hope you find these products as interesting and as potentially helpful as we do!

Posted May 01, 2017

With personalization becoming a more widely adopted marketing strategy, organizations are realizing a range of benefits - from deeper customer relationships to improved conversion rates. What's more, 9 out of 10 marketers (88%) say their customers expect an experience, across digital properties, that's personalized to them.

Posted Apr 25, 2017

Reflektion, a unified engagement platform for brands, announced findings of new research and a consumer survey commissioned with Internet Retailer. Based on results from the top 100 North American online retailers as ranked by their web sales and a national survey of more than 500 consumers - Digital Personalization: The Missed Opportunity - found that fewer than half of retailers are successfully using even the most basic personalization techniques, while even less are using advanced techniques to customize shopping experience.

Posted Apr 25, 2017

Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL) and the Center for Information Development Management (CIDM), have released the results of the 5th annual "Following the Trends - Is Your Content Ready?" survey, and the results show, among many other insights, that a surprising 51% of those polled responded "No," that their content is not ready - a 21% increase over last year.

Posted Apr 18, 2017

Not long ago, I went to a gig at London's Eventim Apollo—the iconic music venue famed for hosting David Bowie's farewell appearance as Ziggy Stardust. But I wasn't there to see a singer or a band. I was there to see DanTDM—the YouTube star and darling of the tween demographic—who was on the final leg of his first live tour.

Posted Apr 18, 2017

RBmedia, announced its launch on April 11, and simultaneously announced its acquisition of Audiobooks.com, a provider of on-demand audiobooks sector. With Audiobooks.com, RBmedia not only produces spoken audio content, it also offers a technology platform that distributes more than 700,000 digital media titles.

Posted Apr 13, 2017

Millennials with at least one college-educated parent are more inclined than other young adults to seek out news sources, Northwestern University research suggests. Based on interviews with young adults from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, the study looks at how millennials navigate the high-choice media landscape and the strategies they use to locate information about current events.

Posted Apr 04, 2017

Almost every website with a login page is under attack from bad bots, the automated programs used by hackers, fraudsters and competitors to carry out a variety of nefarious activities, according to a new report from Distil Networks, Inc.

Posted Mar 21, 2017

Aprimo, a marketing operations provider, announced it has acquired ADAM Software, a global provider of enterprise-class Digital Asset Management (DAM) software solutions. ADAM will integrate directly into Aprimo's platform, bringing customers the industry's first and only marketing operations solution capable of handling both the production and publication of content - a critical process for quickly bringing rich media to market and creating world-class customer experiences at scale.

Posted Mar 21, 2017

Global advertising & marketing revenues grew an estimated 4.9% to $1.18 trillion in 2016, accelerating from a 3.7% increase in 2015, driven by strong growth in mobile media, over-the-top (OTT) video, branded entertainment, content marketing and digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising, per the just-released annual KPI benchmark report by PQ Media. Global ad and marketing growth is poised to decelerate in 2017, due to the absence of major political and sports-related media spending, as well as the continued slowdown in online media growth.

Posted Mar 16, 2017

In 1999, I joined the New York Office of the State Attorney General as a research associate. While I had access to premium databases, such as LexisNexis, I conducted much of my research via the nascent internet. Later, in 2001, I brought my research expertise to the world of marketing services. I designed a course and trained my colleagues across the U.S. in conducting research on the internet. The fundamentals I used then are the same ones that guide my online investigations now.

Posted Mar 14, 2017

The Alliance for Audited Media is launching AAM Quality Certification, a new holistic approach to verifying digital publishers. The program is designed to provide advertisers with more digital assurance and help premium publishers differentiate themselves based on quality.

Posted Mar 07, 2017

Fake news isn't new, but for most of history, it has been the province of conspiracy theorists and weird family members with a chip on their shoulder. Before the web, the only way you would run across these kinds of stories was to buy a National Enquirer at the checkout stand. Stories about Elvis living a secret life as a scuba instructor in Belize had little consequence. But one of the unintended consequences of the democratization of information on the web is that it gave a wider platform to fake news.

Posted Mar 07, 2017

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