Media Business News and Trends

Google made a move into your home with its purchase of Nest for $3.2 billion, and now Apple is getting into the game, according to The Financial Times. At the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple is expected to make a "big play" in the world of the connected home.

Posted May 27, 2014

A division of Simon & Schuster, Atria Publishing Group, is teaming up with United Talent Agency to create a new imprint-Keyword Press- that will focus on providing an outlet for social media stars. According to the New York Times, five book deals have already been made with the likes of YouTube personalities Shane Dawson and Justine Ezarik.

Posted May 27, 2014

Content personalization on the web is quickly becoming the standard. Amazon and Netflix have mastered it, presenting product or content suggestions so enticing it's as if the companies can perform black magic by reading consumers' minds. Research shows that personalized content done well can make websites more sticky and dramatically increase sales. But experts say that good content personalization is much harder than it looks. And yet, most customers seem to crave personalized content, and retailers see gold in the tactic, which means that its usage will only increase.

Posted May 26, 2014

The Alliance for Audited Media recently released its look at U.S. and Canadian newspaper circulation figures for the first half of 2014 and its annual newspaper snapshot had some positive takeaways for those in the digital news industry. Neal Lulofs, AAM's executive vice president, marketing and strategy, says the report shows a continuing transition to a media cross channel environment in terms of how newspapers are publishing content and engaging with readers.

Posted May 23, 2014

The "Netflix of Books" dreams just got one step closer to being a reality. Scribd and Oyster launched in 2013, offering access to unlimited books for less than $10 a month. However, the services have struggled to get buy-in from the big publishers. That all changed when Simon & Schuster announced it would make its backlist of about 10,000 ebooks available on both services, as Gigaom reports.

Posted May 22, 2014

The National Advertising Division has recommended that Taboola LCC, modify its native advertising recommendation widget to better assure that consumers understand that clicking on links provided by Taboola will take them to sponsored content. NAD is an investigative unit of the advertising industry's self-regulation system, administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

Posted May 22, 2014

It is one thing to talk about trends affecting the digital content industry, but it's something completely different to be one of the people whose job it is to bring those trends to life. From Big Data to content marketing, EContent talked with three people who exemplify what it means to be working in digital content today. Today we profile a social media star: Greg Bedard, Senior Writer, theMMQB.com.

Posted May 21, 2014

It is one thing to talk about trends affecting the digital content industry, but it's something completely different to be one of the people whose job it is to bring those trends to life. From Big Data to content marketing, EContent talked with three people who exemplify what it means to be working in digital content today. Today we profile a brand journalist: Michelle Manafy, Editorial Director, Online Publishers Association.

Posted May 14, 2014

Publishers have surprisingly little knowledge of which and how mhing any third-party companies - such as Google, advertising vendors, and others - are accessing and profiting from their user and audience data. The Cxense Publishing Profitability Survey, a survey of more than 380 qualified US publishing executives, conducted in conjunction with Editor and Publisher magazine, showed that nearly 80% of respondents simply do not know who accesses their audience data. The survey results were released at the International News Media Association (INMA) World Congress by Cxense.

Posted May 12, 2014

Zinio, a digital newsstand and magazine app for iOS, Android and web, announced that it has acquired Audience Media, a developer of mobile app solutions, to translate print publications into mobile apps optimized for the smartphone and table.

Posted May 01, 2014

Kenshoo, a provider of predictive media optimization technology, announced a $20 million growth financing round led by Bain Capital Ventures. Kenshoo's existing investors, Sequoia Capital, Arts Alliance, and Tenaya Capital also participated. The company plans to use the funding to further its proprietary approach to predictive media optimization.

Posted May 01, 2014

Long Island-based technology company Aereo provides a service that many entertainment consumers want: the ability to stream their favorite TV shows live or record them to view later. The company accomplishes this by leasing its customers a remote antenna that can pick up 28 different channels, including the major broadcast ones, and offering DVR recording space using their cloud service. Its customers can use the service on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, as well as via iOS devices or a Roku box. Aereo currently serves eleven main cities across the United States, and plans to cover 19 more in the near future.

Posted Apr 30, 2014

With concerns about privacy raging after media coverage of high-profile events-such as Edward Snowden and National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax profiling uproar, and Target's massive loss of personal data to hackers over the holiday season-consumer concern about how their personal information is being used is at an all-time high, and it's likely to go higher. This is at a time when the promise and opportunity of Big Data for content providers is also at an all-time high.

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Freelancer Limited announced the acquisition of Warrior Forum. Warrior Forum will continue to be operated independently, and will be leveraged to enhance growth in Freelancer's core marketplace. Founded in 1997, Warrior Forum is a marketplace and community for internet marketing professionals. Warrior Forum's user base includes vice presidents, chief marketing and chief growth officers from some of the top internet companies in the world.

Posted Apr 22, 2014

The Association of Business Information & Media Companies (ABM) released the results of the Business Information Network (BIN) Report for 2013. ABM's annual report finds that the business-to-business media and information industry revenue grew 4.8% last year, up 77% compared with a growth rate of 2.7% in 2012. That growth represents an industry-wide level of business media and information revenue of $26.85 billion in 2013, compared with $25.62 billion in 2012.

Posted Apr 22, 2014

BuddyTV provides viewers with engaging, interactive guides for personalized television viewing. The company's manager of business operations, Andrew Sumitani, says his role requires more than just a revenue focus. "I manage many aspects of our web property, so I make feature requests of our development team and help them prioritize which to tackle first. Then, when those requests are completed, I hand off marketing to our social media team," he says.

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday (aka #TBT) is not just a day of the week for the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Tasked with preserving historical and government documents for the United States of America and making that data more accessible to the general public, NARA has one of the largest curation jobs in the country. The National Archives has a treasure trove of images, movies, audio, and text cataloging the history of the USA. In 2009 NARA launched a YouTube channel and a Flickr account where you can watch the moon landing or see construction pictures of the US Capitol. If you want a more up-to-date place to hear about our history you can also check out their Instagram account. Sharing this country's history has started countless conversations around the content.

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Amazon.com announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the provider of Guided View technology -- a digital comics reading experience -- and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier. Founded in 2007, comiXology offers a broad library of digital comic book content from over 75 of the top publishers as well as independent creators.

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Longreads, an online community for readers interested in longform storytelling, announced in a blog post that it has been acquired by Automattic-the company behind Wordpress. Started in April of 2009 (as a Twitter hashtag) by Mark Armstrong Longreads bring together the longform work of writers across the fiction and non-fiction spectrum.

Posted Apr 10, 2014

In March Neil Mody, CEO of nRelate published an open letter on the company's site calling attention to something he sees as a major problem afflicting web content: native advertisement starting down the path to banner blindness. But rather than defend the practice, Mody is admitted to being part of the problem and wants to put nRelate on the path to "Content Cleanup". EContent talked to him about the problem and the solution.

Posted Apr 09, 2014

Speculation about Amazon's own streaming music service is heating up after Digital Music News posted a contract it says it obtained from sources like "smaller publishers and rights owners, who are being handed ‘take it or leave it' terms without the ability to negotiate." The article also claims that bigger groups are being offered larger sums of money.

Posted Apr 08, 2014

Ceros Inc., an interactive content creation platform, announced it has secured $6.2 million in B round venture capital investment. The investment, made by Sigma Prime Ventures, Starvest Partners and Ceros' A round investors, Greycroft Partners, enables the company to accelerate development of its technology and rapidly expand its sales and marketing activity.

Posted Apr 08, 2014

The applications of gamification are growing. Many companies are finding new and interesting ways to apply this trend in their industries, but others struggle with understanding how to get started. EContent interviewed James Davidson, digital marketing leader and social business strategist for 7Summits about how companies can get started applying gamification techniques.

Posted Apr 04, 2014

The Search Agency, a global online marketing firm and independent U.S. search marketing agency, released findings from the latest edition of its Mobile Experience Scorecard: Web-Only Retailers, which found that the average time the top 100 web-only retailer sites took to load was 2.99 seconds, almost two seconds longer than Google's recommended load time. Google also recommends Responsive Web Design (RWD) for mobile sites, yet only nine out of the 100 sites in the study used RWD to improve mobile experiences.

Posted Apr 01, 2014

With Newsweek's December 2013 announcement that it is reintroducing a print publication and many continuing to stand behind print as a viable option, even in the internet era, content providers are beginning to reconsider their distribution strategies. While the race has been on to "go digital" over the past few years, many are realizing that print is still relevant-particularly in certain niche markets and with certain target audiences.

Posted Mar 31, 2014

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