Media Business News and Trends

Health-related websites must create highly relevant, long-form content tailored to answer searchers' questions with more authority and clarity than other industries, according to a new Searchmetrics study that identifies key ranking factors for specific industries.

Posted Nov 16, 2017

Jumpshot, the only company that unlocks walled-garden data to reach customers more effectively, released its Jump the Garden Walls Data Report, revealing that the growth of eCommerce platforms has driven consumers away from brand sites to marketplaces where consumers make over 50% of their retail purchases.

Posted Nov 16, 2017

Our judges are an integral part of making the EContent 100 list happen, but they rarely get an opportunity to talk directly to our readers. In order to get an idea of what was on their minds during this year's judging, we asked them one simple question: "What was the breakout trend of the past year from your vantage point in the industry, and how do you see it evolving next year?" These are their answers.

Posted Nov 15, 2017

If there is one technology topic that drew a great amount of media attention this year, it is artificial intelligence (AI). Thus far, you can say that only digital technology giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google—along with a few other early adopters—have tasted success in implementing AI technologies. Here are 10 commandments to finally get you started on your enterprise AI strategy.

Posted Nov 10, 2017

Pressboard, the story marketplace for brands and publishers, released its 2017 Branded Content Benchmarks Report. In it, Pressboard reveals that consumers now spend more time engaging with branded content - the average active reading time for a piece increased from 66 seconds in 2016, to 73 seconds in 2017.

Posted Nov 07, 2017

They turned to the advice of professionals and trusted friends to make their transitions easier. We try to approximate that on the web. It's what user reviews are all about, and it's why so many brands are turning to influencers and content marketing to reach audiences. We love the convenience of Google and the ability to use our smartphones to do just about anything. But even the tiny computers in our pockets have their limits. They can only do so much. Sometimes, you need human expertise.

Posted Nov 07, 2017

Each year, we receive many more submissions for the EContent 100 list than we can use, and many interesting companies don't make it onto the final list. Here we introduce you to some of the companies that caught our attention during the voting process. We'll be keeping an eye on them during the next year, and you should too.

Posted Nov 03, 2017

A description of the categories our judges consider when choosing the EContent 100 list.

Posted Nov 01, 2017

Meet the 11 professionals who decided which companies would make this year's EContent 100 list.

Posted Nov 01, 2017

In order to survive, everything must evolve. The EContent 100 list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry is no exception. Every year during the voting process, we see how the changing list reflects the way the larger industry is developing. In 2017, a couple of trends emerged. The first, is the importance of artificial intelligence (AI), which is probably obvious to anyone in the content business. The second is the increasing importance of digital asset management (DAM). Next year, DAM will need its own category, but this year, we did our best to honor its contributions to the industry within our existing framework.

Posted Nov 01, 2017

I bet Facebook is a really stressful place to work these days. Last week, Facebook announced the latest step it's taking to combat "fake news." This time Facebook is focusing on transparency in advertising. But what is Google doing to solve this issue before the next election?

Posted Oct 31, 2017

It's 2017, and everyone is wrestling with fake news. Given the wide-ranging nature of artificial intelligence (AI) use cases, it is only natural to ask whether machine learning can help us combat fake news. It should be fairly simple to build ourselves a fact-checker, right? After all, software is able to flag spam email or pornographic images with a high degree of accuracy. It turns out that machine learning techniques are useful, but they have their limitations—and we are far away from a fully automated fact-checking tool.

Posted Oct 17, 2017

Since 2011, International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) for self-published titles have climbed 218.33%, according to the latest report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker. A total of 786,935 ISBNs were assigned to self-published titles in 2016; in 2011, that number was 247,210.

Posted Oct 12, 2017

The Data & Marketing Association (DMA) released an update to its self-regulatory rules governing responsible marketing. DMA's Guidelines for Ethical Business Practice have been in place and enforced for more than 60 years. This update is the product of DMA's Data Standards 2.0 initiative, which brought member companies together to collectively review and update the standards that guide the marketing industry in the responsible use of data.

Posted Oct 11, 2017

Kristen Meinzer, senior producer with podcast network Panoply, which helps companies produce and monetize podcasts, draws heavily on both communication and technical skills in her job. "I engineer, edit, and produce podcasts, and I also co-host and co-write my own podcast, By the Book," Meinzer says. She also manages a team of podcast producers, but says, "I prefer the word ‘advocate' or ‘go-to person' over ‘manager.'"

Posted Oct 06, 2017

10Fold, an agency focused on B2B brand elevation, announced survey findings that revealed marketing executives focus a substantial portion of their budget on creating and delivering new content at an ever-increasing frequency. According to the research findings, nearly one-third of respondents are now producing content daily or hourly.

Posted Oct 05, 2017

AdRoll, a performance marketing platform, published its 2017 State of Marketing Attribution report in partnership with Econsultancy. Based on a survey of nearly 1,000 brand marketers and agencies across Europe, North America, Japan, and Asia-Pacific, the report provides detailed insight into a marketer's perspective on the changing dynamics of attribution. Now in its second installment, this year's report provides a global comparison, expanded from the European report released in 2016.

Posted Oct 05, 2017

Consumers aren't the only ones concerned about fake news these days. The folks who actually report the news are admitting this issue is increasingly troublesome, too. And the industry is fighting back in a number of ways.

Posted Oct 04, 2017

Gamut, a solutions-based digital advertising organization from Cox Media Group, announced the introduction of Real Delivery, a pledge that brands and agencies will not be charged for invalid display impressions, as determined by long-time digital measurement provider, Moat.

Posted Oct 03, 2017

A new Morning Consult survey provides an in-depth look into what Americans think about the proliferation of digital and video advertising, ad-blocking services, and the cost of premium, ad-free platforms.

Posted Sep 26, 2017

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a major initiative to support the role of strong, trusted journalism as essential to a healthy democracy. The initiative is anchored by the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, a panel of thinkers and doers from diverse backgrounds committed to creating more informed and engaged communities. This nonpartisan commission will explore causes for the erosion of trust in democratic institutions, in particular the press. It will also identify new thinking and solutions around rebuilding trust.

Posted Sep 26, 2017

We've seen companies trying—sometimes desperately—to move into the 21st century and transform their businesses. Many waited way too long, let their staff get too small, or lost sight of their mission. But it seems that we could be turning a corner and finally getting to a point where publications can learn how to make money again.

Posted Sep 26, 2017

Adjust announced the expansion of its Coalition Against Ad Fraud (CAAF) with a new set of strategic partners and guidelines for entry. All CAAF members have contractually undersigned these guidelines in order to participate in the fight against fraud.

Posted Sep 21, 2017

Skimlinks, a content-to-commerce platform, released its annual analysis of online holiday shopping behaviors, traffic, and purchases, Holiday 2017 eCommerce Report. This report uncovers purchase-intent data from the company's network of publishers including BuzzFeed, Refinery29, Conde Nast, The Wirecutter, and HuffPost, and reveals holiday trends publishers, merchants, and marketers can use to make decisions for the 2017 season.

Posted Sep 19, 2017

John Snyder, CEO and co-founder of Grapeshot, which help brands better target advertising campaigns through advanced probability algorithms that understand context on real-time basis, says the company he keeps a close eye on teaches him through its mistakes.

Posted Sep 15, 2017

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