Media Business News and Trends

For weeks speculation has abounded about who might buy Twitter. Microsoft, Facebook, and Google were all thought to be potential purchasers but those dreams have fizzled and Twitter is making major adjustments. The company has announced that it will close Vine—its once popular short video app—and lay off 9% of its workforce.

Posted Oct 28, 2016

A recent commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of commercetools confirmed traceable business benefits of content commerce strategies. More than half (51%) of companies who have combined their content and commerce strategies say increased sales are a main driver. However, the study also exposes the technological and organizational challenges that need to be overcome to capitalize on content commerce in the long term.

Posted Oct 27, 2016

OnBrand Grader is a free marketing tool, powered by Bynder,that grades a brand's website against four criteria: consistency, message, visibility and accessibility. It can analyze any brand's website using its domain name, generating a report and an overall score out of 100. The tool is designed to help marketers understand and improve their visual website branding.

Posted Oct 20, 2016

The use of ad blockers has been on the rise, cutting deeper into publishers' already slim profits. Now, The Atlantic is fighting back, announcing, "Visitors to our site who use an ad or script blocker will now see a message offering two options: Whitelist The Atlantic, or purchase an ad-free subscription. While we're in beta, we won't prevent ad-block users from continuing to read The Atlantic. But our intention is to soon ask ad-block users to make a choice."

Posted Oct 18, 2016

With less than 30 days until the election, check out the new NBC Politics Messenger bot from the NBC News Original Video team. The bot will offer users curated "afternoon editions" of native video elections content each weekday in Messenger in the lead up to Election Day.

Posted Oct 18, 2016

Veri, the soon-to-be-released platform connecting social celebrities and their fans, announced it has secured a multi-million dollar seed funding deal led by Montreal Alouettes owner and founding partner of McConnell Wetenhall & Co, Inc., Bob Wetenhall. The financing will help further develop the technology behind the beta version which is set for public launch later this year.

Posted Oct 11, 2016

Marketers, intranet managers, publishers, and the IT professionals that support them not only need to understand the specific product technologies that support core domain functions, they also need a working knowledge of the technologies they interact, integrate, and overlap with.

Posted Oct 07, 2016

Dror Ginzberg, CEO and co-founder of Wochit,a video creation platform that democratizes video creation, has worked in the software industry with a particular focus on video-related technologies for more than 25 years. "Wochit is my second company," explains Ginzberg. PicApp was the first, and it was co-founded in 2009 and sold to YBrant Digital Ltd. in 2011.

Posted Oct 07, 2016

As reflected in the mega popularity of products like Instagram and Snapchat, today's users want to feel immersed in a visual experience. As they scroll through timelines and feeds brushing past photo after photo, consumers are forgoing language and pervasive sales pitches in favor of witnessing a brand interact with Facebook fans and Twitter followers. Localization is how you stand out, and visual content marketing is making it more achievable than ever before.

Posted Oct 05, 2016

As time spent on mobile devices increases, brands must engage and interact with consumers in this environment to deliver maximum impact. With this in mind, Publicitas, in partnership with market research leader, Kantar Millward Brown, and Honor, the new mobile phone brand for digital natives, have investigated different advertising mobile formats to find out their effect on brand appeal.

Posted Oct 04, 2016

Digital Content Next (DCN) released new findings it commissioned from comScore's July 2016 research, "The Halo Effect". The follow-up analysis of the original data found that video ads served on premium sites yielded 68% higher brand lift than video on non-premium sites and drove even higher brand lift when looking at sales funnel brand metrics.

Posted Sep 29, 2016

Heading into the final quarter of 2016, marketing executives are feeling pressure from many sides of their organizations to produce great content, according to "Conquer Your Content: The Future of Content Marketing," a new study by Seismic and Gatepoint Research. In a survey of 100 B2B marketing executives primarily from Fortune 1000 companies, corporate demands for updated content, cross-department branding initiatives, and keeping up with one-off content requests from sales teams are listed among the most time-consuming and demanding issues.

Posted Sep 29, 2016

Strata, a developer of 3D design software, announced that it has raised initial funding for its move into virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for enterprise customers, along with changes and additions to the business. The funding was managed by Greg Kofford, co-founder at London and Australia based Lanstead Investors PTY Limited.

Posted Sep 22, 2016

The lack of clear, meaningful information about acquisitions when they happen makes decision making difficult for customers. Press releases are not usually helpful--they make vague claims about cutting-edge solutions and operational synergies. They are written to please and protect the companies involved, not to help customers decide what they need to do when their WCM vendor is acquired. One way to be more savvy about M&A in WCM is to look back at what worked in the past and what didn't--and why.

Posted Sep 19, 2016

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. In this month's installment, we talk to Dr. Michelle Ferrier, associate Dean for Innovation, Research/Creative Activity and Graduate Studies, Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

Posted Sep 16, 2016

Adblock Plus announced its new Acceptables Ads Platform, but ad exchanges are not on board, and users may not be either.

Posted Sep 15, 2016

Optimove, a customer marketing cloud, announced that it has raised $20 million in growth funding from Israel Growth Partners, a private equity investment firm that focuses on later stage investments. The round marks the first funding for the nearly eight-year-old company, after three straight years of 100% year-over-year growth, according to Optimove.

Posted Sep 15, 2016

Adblock Plus, a popular browser extension for blocking online advertisements, running on more than 100 million active devices, launched the beta version of an adtech platform for publishers. Adblock Plus teamed with publisher platform-provider ComboTag to build what will be known as the Acceptable Ads Platform, an interactive platform that lets publishers and bloggers choose from a marketplace of pre-whitelisted ads that they can drag and drop onto their sites.

Posted Sep 15, 2016

Today's online advertising environment is often seen as chaotic. Whether it's the ongoing struggle to squeeze digital dimes out of online advertising, the move toward programmatic placements, the increasing presence of ad blockers, or the plague of ad fraud, many publishers (and advertisers) are in over their heads. But a comScore report has some good news. According to "The Halo Effect: How Advertising on Premium Publishers Drives Higher Ad Effectiveness," "Premium publishers are more than 3x more effective in driving mid-funnel brand lift metrics, such as favorability, consideration and intent to recommend."

Posted Sep 12, 2016

In most ways content management is very mature, but in one important way it is not: there is too much focus on new projects, new toys, and new buzzwords, and not enough on maintaining and managing content, technology, and process lifecycles – in other words, on operations.

Posted Sep 09, 2016

Have you ever wondered what Jell-O and content marketing have to do with each other? Theresa Cramer explains on the WriterAccess podcast. She stopped by to promote her book, Inside Content Marketing, and had a great conversation about journalists, strategy, and much more. Listen here.

Posted Sep 08, 2016

In her role at Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication, Michelle Ferrier studies innovation and entrepreneurship in media. "My primary research work is around harassment," says Ferrier, who founded TrollBusters (troll-busters.com), a digital tool to combat online harassment against women journalists, bloggers, and publishers.

Posted Sep 02, 2016

Forbes and PodcastOne, an advertiser-supported podcast network, announced a partnership to launch the Forbes on PodcastOne network. The deal includes joint efforts in podcast development and production, as well as distribution, promotion, marketing and advertising sales. The companies plan to collaborate on podcasts in the areas of video gaming, sports, tech, hip-hop and more, initially launching with four programs focused on business, women, and tech.

Posted Sep 01, 2016

U.S. marketers reported record levels of confidence in the practice of data-driven marketing (DDM) and its prospects for growth following the second quarter of 2016, even as they signaled that the revenues generated by their data-driven efforts grew at slower pace, quarter-over-quarter, for the fourth consecutive period.

Posted Sep 01, 2016

In April, BuzzFeed did a live internet broadcast of an exploding watermelon. It got a lot of (ahem!) buzz, but it was perhaps a new low in the fight to the bottom in the struggle for eyeballs. In case you're wondering, WIRED reported that, at its peak, the stunt garnered more than 800,000 viewers. About the same time, Mashable fired 30 reporters who covered actual news.

Posted Aug 30, 2016

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