Media Business News and Trends

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 James Stout, senior manager, technology and developer evangelist, Episerver.

Posted Mar 11, 2016

The theme for this year's Digital Book World (DBW) conference, the self-described preeminent conference on digital content and digital publishing strategies, was transformation. It's a hefty word, one that conjurs thoughts of hope, opportunity, and for many of us, paralyzing fear. Don't be ashamed. Personally, I hate change. It's uncomfortable and difficult, but it's an essential component in keeping any industry--especially one that has encountered as many recent obstacles as publishing--moving forward.

Posted Mar 10, 2016

In celebration of International Women's Day, Episerver, a leading provider of digital marketing, content management and digital commerce solutions, announced the launch of the "Digital Ninety-Nines," a new initiative that showcases the body of work and viewpoints of women in the areas of information technology and digital marketing.

Posted Mar 10, 2016

Verndale, a marketing technology agency, unveiled the "2016 Digital Commerce Report: Strides and Shortfalls in Strategy and Implementation," a report examining digital commerce across organizations with at least $50M in revenue. According to the research, most B2B and B2C organizations have a commerce system in place, but the strategies behind those systems are lacking and execution is not yet optimal.

Posted Mar 10, 2016

Today, many companies' digital efforts have transitioned from simple web publishing to more full-blown customer experience management (CXM), as they seek to take advantage of the web, as well as other channels (such as offline, print, and mobile), to conduct core commercial operations and grow their businesses. Digital experience management is the digital component of CXM. It is a cross-organization discipline and includes strategies and practices to acquire, nurture, and manage users throughout their journeys. Users are customers, employees, prospects, and other people who digitally interact with the firm.

Posted Mar 09, 2016

The Perseus Books Group and Ingram Content Group announced that the two companies have entered into a binding agreement to sell Perseus' client services business to Ingram. Ingram and Perseus' client service businesses will form a comprehensive print and digital distribution services provider to independent publishers with more than 600 publisher clients.

Posted Mar 07, 2016

James Stout, senior manager, technology and developer evangelist for Episerver, a global software provider for ecommerce, CMS, and digital marketing solutions, says, "I describe my role as that of a digital renaissance man." He works with both product management and product marketing at Episerver as an ambassador and trusted advisor to partners and customers, while simultaneously serving as their internal advocate.

Posted Mar 04, 2016

Retale, a location-based mobile platform that helps shoppers save on purchases from retailers and brands, announced the results of a commissioned study examining ad blocker adoption on PC and mobile devices. 500 adults across the U.S. were polled for this study between January 18-25, 2016. According to the results, 57% of those surveyed said that they use an ad blocker to prevent viewing display ads while on a PC.

Posted Mar 03, 2016

The Financial Times is working with Facebook to offer a business version of the popular social network to its staff around the globe. "We want to provide our employees with a place to interact with each other securely and easily, anywhere in the world. We hope Facebook at Work will help further foster a culture of collaboration and a sense of community across our global workforce", said Darcy Keller, SVP of communications and marketing at the FT.

Posted Mar 01, 2016

Emotional engagement, a leading-indicator of consumer behavior, sales, and corporate profitability, is now more difficult for technology based brands to achieve as the key drivers of brand engagement have shifted dramatically toward emotional values in the majority of the 72 categories surveying 635 brands in Brand Keys' 2016 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. This is the 21st annual survey conducted by Brand Keys, the New York-based brand engagement and customer loyalty research consultancy.

Posted Feb 25, 2016

Nearly half of small businesses in the U.S. operate without a website, according to a new survey of 350+ small businesses from Clutch, a B2B research firm. Irrelevancy to their business and expense were the top reasons cited by most respondents for why they choose not to have a website. Despite these findings, website experts stress that small businesses that do not have a website should seriously consider developing one--even the simplest, low cost, 1-2 page site--in order to have a greater online presence.

Posted Feb 18, 2016

A global, cross-industry study released by Mindtree, a digital transformation and technology services company, pinpoints personalization as the key driver that will help "phy-gital" consumers reach their ideal mix of online and offline shopping. It also reveals that while most companies are in transformation mode and consider themselves pioneers in adopting or investing in digital technologies, few are investing in personalization initiatives that consumers say will increase the depth and breadth of their shopping experience.

Posted Feb 16, 2016

The first week of February 2016 will forever be remembered as one of the most controversial sequence of days in all of online video history. Why? Simply put, YouTube creators Benny and Rafi Fine of the popular The Fine Bros. channel tried to introduce a new program called React World, which would allow other creators to license their own versions of the "react" video format popularized by The Fine Bros. A little less delicately put, the Fine Bros. made a business decision which led to a very poor reaction from their peers.

Posted Feb 11, 2016

Retale, a location-based mobile platform that helps shoppers save on purchases from their favorite retailers and brands, announced the results of a commissioned study examining mobile advertising's so-called "fat finger" problem: that many clicks on mobile banner ads may be accidental due to finger scrolling on devices with small screens. The study, polling 500 adult mobile users across the U.S. between January 18-25, 2016, focused on several aspects of mobile banner ad engagement, from accidental clicks to perceived overall value.

Posted Feb 04, 2016

Even Millenials don't like calling themselves Millenials. Take for example this study by Pew Research that found "just 40% of adults ages 18 to 34 consider themselves part of the ‘Millennial generation,' while another 33% - mostly older Millennials - consider themselves part of the next older cohort, Generation X." Guys! You can't just opt out of your generation because you don't like the stigma attached to it. Don't get me wrong, I'm the first to admit that I've had my issues with the label and have had less than stellar opinions regarding young twenty-somethings. But the more I thought and wrote about this current generation and its impact on technology and the digital world, the more my opinion changed.

Posted Feb 04, 2016

Newly-released findings show that the Data-Driven Marketing Economy (DDME) contributed nearly 1 million jobs to the United States in 2014, and added $202 billion in revenue to the U.S. economy. The new research, commissioned by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and titled "The Value of Data 2015: Consequences for Insight, Innovation & Efficiency in the U.S. Economy," builds on the Value of Data report released in 2013 and quantifies the growth in the DDME, which saw a 49% increase in jobs and 35% growth in revenue between 2012 and 2014.

Posted Feb 03, 2016

ScribbleLive announced that it has acquired Visually, a content creation platform. The integration of the two companies' platforms and solutions will create an all-in-one content marketing platform that marries data science with content creation.

Posted Feb 02, 2016

According to The New Mobile Mantra, a report from Millward Brown Digital, over half (55%) of mobile users access news on their smartphones every day. That's a lot, but desktop use is still holding on, with 50% of users accessing news every day. When Millward Brown asked respondents, "How often, if at all, do you read, watch, news using each of the following mediums?" smartphones and desktops continued to lead the pack with 93% and 92% respectively. Tablets came in behind TV and radio with just 71% of respondents choosing that option.

Posted Jan 25, 2016

Kenshoo, a provider of agile marketing technology, released a new infographic, Kenshoo Digital Marketing Snapshot: Q4 2015, highlighting the changing landscape of social and search advertising as new social ad types move to the front lines and search spend continues to shift performance for marketers.

Posted Jan 21, 2016

Without Netflix, entertainment fans around the world are still essentially at the mercy of Hollywood, local or regional entertainment brands, and even their governments. For example, let's assume a movie fan in Qatar wants to see The Danish Girl. That citizen is as of this moment out of luck, since online protesters convinced the government to pull the film about a transgender character out of local cinemas. Now let's assume Netflix were to add The Danish Girl to its streaming library in the next few months; that fan in Qatar could subscribe to Netflix and watch the movie, essentially negating the local government's decision.

Posted Jan 21, 2016

Short and sweet tweets have been a constant over the last decade - a cyberspace certainty as reliable as the sun rising every morning in the east. But ever since Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hinted in early January at possibly expanding the 140-character limit on tweets over 71-fold--up to a whopping 10,000 characters--experts have been speculating on why, how and when this prospective social media game changer will happen and how it would affect digital publishers and marketers alike.

Posted Jan 18, 2016

Contently launched a new study, Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry. Between November 24 and December 2, 2015, Contently surveyed 632 marketers with an online survey of 25 questions. Of the respondents, 31% identi?ed as B2B marketers, 18% identi?ed as B2C marketers, while another 49% work across B2B and B2C businesses.

Posted Jan 14, 2016

mitú, the digital media company announced it has raised $27 million in Series C funding. The round brings in new investors AwesomenessTV, WPP Digital, and Verizon as well as existing investors, including Upfront Ventures. To date the company has raised $43 million in funding.

Posted Jan 14, 2016

Even with declining commercial, display ad, and traditional marketing effectiveness, a report by Skyword and Researchscape International found that only 38% of enterprise brands have restructured their marketing teams to overcome new marketing challenges. This is one of the marketing trends in the study that suggests digital transformation is still in its infancy for many organizations. The report, A Study in Brand Transformation, surveyed 190 enterprise marketing leaders at B2C and B2B enterprise organizations. Respondents spanned across 40 industries.

Posted Jan 12, 2016

Content marketing is every where. It's so ubiquitous it can be easy to turn a blind eye to it. if your email inbox is anything like mine, you're constantly being bombarded with white papers, newsletters, and infographics. It's easy to start ignoring them. But once in a while, an example of really great content marketing leaps out at you--often when you least expect it. Here are my favorites from 2015.

Posted Jan 08, 2016

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