Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is often the scene of big new announcements, and this year was no different. The company trotted out Jimmy Iovine, a co-founder of Beats, to announce Apple Music, which will allow users to stream over 30-million songs from iTunes, and incorporate playlists and videos. Apple Music is set to launch on June 30, and cost $9.99 per month-but comes with a 3-month free trial. If you need a family plan, you can support up to six people for $14.99 per month.
Posted Jun 09, 2015
What happens when five powerful publishers band together to form a programmatic ad network, allowing advertisers to buy advertising space on The Economist, CNN International, The Guardian, Reuters, and Financial Times? The short answer is Pangaea. A longer answer, or at least longer-term one, is that no one is quite sure yet.
Posted Jun 08, 2015
As the founder and creative director of the independent, alternative online travel publication Compass Cultura, the range of Jeff Campagna's role is necessarily broad. "I guide the creative scope and editorial vision of the publication and also manage the nitty-gritty, day-to-day stuff that most executives rarely deal with," Campagna says. He runs the company's social media presence as well as handles most design and development. "But perhaps my most important duty is participating in the editorial workflow. We only publish three articles per month, so we take this very, very seriously."
Posted Jun 05, 2015
Global data and personalization technology company Cxense ASA has announced its intention to acquire ad optimization company Maxifier from Dentsu Digital Holding, Eurovestech, and Fieldhelm. Maxifier is used by publishers--such as Condé Nast, Forbes, The Atlantic, and Bauer Media--to visualize and optimize all direct-sold premium advertising campaigns. Cxense and Maxifier also have common customers, including GFR Media and Grupo Globo, who currently license both companies' services independently. The acquisition significantly expands the Cxense operations and customer base in the United States, and further strengthens EMEA business.
Posted Jun 04, 2015
At that moment I realized, the days of shaking hands and signing paperwork with a pen are over, and businesses may actually prefer it that way. It's clear that mobile devices have taken over our social lives and careers. According to Pew Research, 64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011. Our shopping habits are next to go totally mobile.
Posted Jun 04, 2015
As the one-year anniversary of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) draws near, new research from Constant Contact, Inc. underscores the continued importance of email marketing. Contrary to popular belief, Canadian consumers rate email as their number one method for staying in touch with businesses and by a long shot. Sixty-eight percent prefer email compared to just 12% who prefer staying in touch via telephone, 8% via mail, 7% via in person conversations, and 5% via social media.
Posted Jun 02, 2015
Wolper Information Services was acquired by the LM Information Delivery Group in 2012. Today, LM Information Delivery is known as an international provider of information services, while Wolper is an established provider of subscription and information management services in the US. In order to position Wolper as part of the LM Information Delivery Group, the company will change its name in the U.S. to LM Wolper Information Delivery. This name change will be accompanied by a transition of the corporate identity to fit the new global brand.
Posted Jun 02, 2015
Expert System, a provider of semantic technology for the effective management of unstructured information, announced that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire TEMIS, a provider of text analytics solutions with offices in France, Germany, the U.K., the U.S., and Canada.
Posted Jun 02, 2015
On the morning I wrote this, I used 10: email, Evernote, GitHub, Slack, Google Docs, InDesign, text messaging, Basecamp, Excel, and (gulp!) Word. I use these tools interchangeably under the guise of organization. However, if I track back to my digital production schedule 10 years ago, InDesign, Excel, Word, and email were my only writing/communication tools. Even though the technology is streamlined, I'm using twice as many tools to accomplish the same core tasks that I did 10 years ago.
Posted Jun 02, 2015
Journalists have long relied on numbers to support narratives. Some in the field have even been doing deep dives into the data to find the stories buried inside-that's not new. But fresh interest, new data sources, and cheaper tools are mainstreaming what was once an advanced and specialized area of the newsroom. Today, even more reporters are translating columns and rows of information into compelling text and impactful visuals.
Posted Jun 01, 2015
Jumpshot, a marketing analytics platform, announced it has received $22 million in Series A funding from Avast Software. Jumpshot will use the funds to scale operations and enrich its two core offerings: the Jumpshot Plus web platform and Jumpshot Strategic Analytics.
Posted May 28, 2015
Lycos maintains a large portfolio of patented technologies ranging from search engine technology to on-line advertising and online gaming that it is making available for sale. As Lycos prepares to launch a suite of hard good products in the coming weeks, the company has decided to sell some of its technologies.
Posted May 21, 2015
A new study has found over half (57%) of business leaders do not understand the Digital Economy, highlighting that organizations are not yet fully prepared to deliver the digital experiences and access buyers desire and require. The study by OnePoll, commissioned by Ness Software Engineering Services (SES), a provider of software product engineering services, asked 1,000 business leaders in the UK, from a mix of industries, how they feel about the Digital Economy and their company's role in it.
Posted May 21, 2015
Data, data, data-it's everywhere. Everything, including your watch, your grocery store, and even your car, can collect it from you. But what do companies do with all this data they collect--and, more importantly, how can they make the best and most efficient use of it? That's where cognitive computing comes in. It uses a variety of techniques--such as image and speech recognition and machine-learning algorithms--to sense, predict, and even think.
Posted May 18, 2015
The right tools are an integral part of getting any job done. In the world of digital content tools are plentiful, so finding the right one for you can be tricky. That's why we ask the experts what tools they use to get their jobs done.
Posted May 15, 2015
There is perhaps nothing more exciting--and challenging--to the world of digital content creators than the idea of wearable devices, and Noble Ackerson is at the forefront of this burgeoning field. "I was fortunate to be brought in at the ground floor of Google's Glass Explorer program. And as one of the first explorers, I had the pleasure of interfacing with the Glass team quite a bit," he says. "The technical and user experience insights gained from being a so-called Glass Pioneer, coupled with a decade of technical and business experience, made my leap to wearables a natural one."
Posted May 13, 2015
In a move meant to build its video--and other content--offerings, Verizon Communications announced that it will buy AOL for $4.4 billion in cash. Like many of the companies that control the channels of digital content distribution, Verizon is hoping to gain more control over its audience by becoming a content producer as well.
Posted May 12, 2015
Durant Gipson is a data analyst at AddThis, a media web-tracking technology company that provides a social bookmarking service. Most of his customers are internal, including product managers, developers, marketing team members, account managers, and the executive team. "My job is to answer questions with our data and to provide some intelligence alongside. That might include conversion rates on a widget, the volume of page views we see for a new publisher, identifying the largest domains for specific countries, or the synchronization rate for a specific data partner," Gipson says.
Posted May 08, 2015
Midroll Media, a digital media company providing a 360-degree suite of podcast production, distribution, and monetization services, announced early findings of its 2015 Advertiser Satisfaction Survey in advance of the release of the accompanying whitepaper later this month. Midroll represents more than 200 podcasts to advertisers, including shows both on its owned-and-operated networks (Earwolf and Wolfpop) and off/outside of the company's properties.
Posted May 07, 2015
Right now, the last thing I want to be reminded of are early twenty-somethings. I know I sound like a curmudgeon, but I'm sick of young Millenials. It's not that I have anything against them in particular; it's just that I am so tired of thinking about them, and more specifically, how to engage with them, and I can't be the only one. It seems that for years the biggest question in boardrooms, conferences, and department meetings throughout the media industry has been: how do we connect with the Millenial generation? It's exhausting.
Posted May 07, 2015
Having helped Digiday launch its Content Studio, Deanna Zammit knows better than anyone what it takes to create a successful native advertising department. After starting her career in journalism--complete with a stint at Adweek--and a turn at freelancing, Zammit happened to see a post on Facebook that announced Digiday was looking to find someone to head up its new Content Studio and said, "I can do that!"
Posted May 06, 2015
A new report from Juniper Research has found that the value of the global digital content market will reach $154 billion annually by 2019, an increase of nearly 60% on 2014. The research, Digital Content Business Models: OTT & Operator Strategies 2015-2019, observed that mobile and online games would account for the largest share of content sales (38% of cumulative revenues), with game formats continuing to transition from physical to digital.
Posted May 05, 2015
I admit to being a skeptic about connected cars. But as Business Insider's John Greenough points out, "The connected car is equipped with internet connections and software that allow people to stream music, look up movie times, be alerted of traffic and weather conditions, and even power driving-assistance services such as self-parking." BI Intelligence estimates that by 2020, 75% of new cars will be capable of connecting to the internet. According to Greenough's article, BI Intelligence also says that "of the 220 million total connected cars on the road globally in 2020, we estimate consumers will activate connected services in only 88 million of these vehicles." I would be among the other 132 million people.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
Content Marketing Institute's 2015 "Small Business Marketing Trends-North America" study, sponsored by Copyblogger Media's Rainmaker platform, focuses on how small business marketers are changing their marketing practices. It also points to some potential opportunities for these small businesses and others to better leverage the value that content marketing can provide. Chief among the keys to content marketing success is having a strategy.
Posted Apr 27, 2015
Content is at the heart of every business. We spend a lot of time talking about content strategy, but very little talking about the reality of creating and managing it. When you have content being created by different people, at multiple locations chaos can ensue. Throw freelancers into the mix, and the picture gets even more confusing. A solid strategy must be in place for tracking assignments, billings, draft work, hours, and final product.
Posted Apr 24, 2015