Kreate Technology announced the launch of RealTIME Creative Workflow Suite 2.0, a cloud-based production software tool for creative and marketing teams. RealTIME 2.0's integrated modules are designed to accelerate output to various visual campaigns and improve creative teams' quality of work. Developed with mobility in mind, the cloud-based platform allows team members to access and use the system from popular browsers on a wide array of devices, including tablets and smartphones.
Posted May 02, 2013
SAVO announced a new version of its sales enablement mobile app, Sales Mobile Pro version 4.0, touting a new user interface, whiteboarding, and the ability to share documents via webcast directly within the application.
Posted May 02, 2013
Flypaper Studios, Inc. released version 3.9 of Flypaper Pro content creation software. Among the updates is the addition of Quick Response technology, which allows consumers to use their mobile device to scan a unique code and directly access targeted information provided by the display owner.
Posted Apr 23, 2013
It's a tongue-twister, but yes, Medium has acquired MATTER. Both companies are relatively new, but Medium's co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams have a long history of success with such tools as Blogger and, most notably, Twitter. Medium, launched in late 2012, is a content creation and consumption platform, which is still invite-only.
Posted Apr 18, 2013
Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, announced it will add cult classic Zombieland to the line-up of pilots already in production for Prime Instant Video. Zombieland , which is the seventh comedy pilot added to Amazon's pilot line-up, will be made available for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK.
Posted Mar 25, 2013
We've all heard about the value of content curation in the digital age. People put a premium on any tool that is able to help them sort through the deluge of information. And content creators have realized that they can add quick value to their sites by providing a stream of curated content that is relevant to their readers. Bruce Clay Inc., a global internet marketing solutions and optimization company, and PublishThis, a cloud-based content platform and end-to-end content marketing manager studied how curating content as a strategy effects publisher SEO.
Posted May 01, 2013
Today's consumers have ravenous appetites for econtent-enough to earn them the nickname "digital omnivores." While that moniker may already be familiar to many electronic publishers and content providers, they may be surprised to learn that, between 2011 to 2012, the digital omnivore population surged 160%, according to the results of Deloitte's recent "State of the Media Democracy" survey.
By Erik J. Martin
Posted Apr 26, 2013
While the newspaper industry has been embracing the need to charge readers for online content, bloggers have been more hesitant to take the paywall plunge-for good reason. More often than not, bloggers just don't have the audience or name recognition needed to convince readers that their content is worth paying for. But on Jan. 2, 2013, pioneering blogger Andrew Sullivan announced that his popular blog The Dish was leaving The Daily Beast to move to its own subscription-supported model. The media pounced on the news, debating the merits of Sullivan's move. While the discussion continues, it's likely that it will be a while before we know if his bold move will pay off.
In a world of free content -- from app to university classes from the likes of Princeton and MIT -- the consumer is making out like a bandit, while content producers wring their hands over the prospect of finding a way to make money. Companies are being forced to find new ways to market their services to encourage people to pay. How? Increasingly, it's through customized experiences.
By Lin Grensing-Pophal
Posted Feb 20, 2013
A recent survey discovered that Americans are three times more likely to click on related links at the bottom of an article than content shared on social networking sites.The study, "Behavior Shift: Getting Content in Front of Consumers"-conducted online within the U.S., Oct. 3-5, 2012, among 2,512 adults by Harris Interactive-sought to find out more about the ways in which adults from the U.S. "discover and navigate the Internet's fire hose of content," according to nRelate, a content discovery platform that was behind the study.
For content jockeys, of course, it is the dream: a single information store and automated delivery to multiple platforms in numerous configurations, all at the push of a button. And it is not a new ambition--it predates the tablet and smartphone outbreak by decades. The need for smart content management and the ability to automatically generate customized outputs, then, is greater than ever. Luckily, getting there is easy. All you need is intelligent content and cross-platform code development. (Okay, maybe getting there sounds easy.)
By Kelsey Nelson
Posted May 15, 2013
Digital data has not only gotten "big," as we now put it. Data has gotten fast, unstructured, and overwhelming. According to IBM, 90% of the data in the world has been produced in just the past 2 years. Feeds from social media, offline transactions, user video and image posts, and more all converge into massive dashboards that give marketers and now publishers increasingly real-time, unmediated, and holistic views of the consumer. The big impact of Big Data is only beginning to be felt among content providers, but many in the industry see it as both a threat to the traditional ownership media companies had over audiences and an opportunity to reinvent content as data-driven products and services and to give a struggling media industry new business models.
By Steve Smith
- March 2013 Issue
Posted Mar 04, 2013
If you are in the business of digital content-and in this day and age, we all are-you have undoubtedly heard the phrase "content strategy" tossed around lately. You've heard how important strategy is to any content endeavor, but you may still be wondering what that means to you.Content strategy defines how a company is going to use content to meet the needs of a business, guides decisions about content from creation to deletion, and sets benchmarks against which to measure success. Deciding to post a YouTube video is not content strategy, nor are the myriad and growing numbers of features that your CMS offers. A strategy sets a vision for the future. Although it can be revised, it is perennial, not seasonal.
The World Wide Web has forever changed the way companies of all sizes do business. From the smallest mom-and-pop shop to the largest enterprise, the internet has not only made it easier for companies to grow, but it has added new concerns. To be sure, the web is the great equalizer. In the past, only a select few corporations operated on a global scale, but the web has made it possible for organizations in Peoria, Ill., to sell goods and services to those in Prague. While leveraging the web to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time may seem relatively straightforward, it is not.
In an ideal world, all a publisher or media company would have to do to be successful is produce engaging content, and do it consistently. In reality, creating good content isn't enough anymore. As our lives become increasingly reliant on mobile technology, people expect fresh, compelling content, and they want to be able to access that content, anywhere, anytime, and on any device.The good news is that companies no longer need to be convinced about the importance of integrating mobile technologies, such as apps, into content delivery plans. "We're thankfully at a stage where we are no longer talking so much about experimentation," says Peggy Anne Salz, founder and chief analyst at MobileGroove. "We do not have the discussion point any longer of ‘Do I need to be mobile.' That discussion is gone. We are in a phase of execution."
If you are not prepared for the wild ride through the digital landscape that 2013 will provide, it's either because you believed the Mayans or because you don't know where to begin. Well, you should probably start with multichannel publishing. Simply put, your content needs to be displayed on the device of your user's choosing, not your own. Therefore, every single one of your digital properties needs to be accessible on a desktop browser, tablet, smartphone, and laptop.
By Ahava Leibtag
- March 2013 Issue
Posted Mar 26, 2013
Spring is in the air. And in my neck of the woods here in Northeast, Tenn., that means the air is filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of 150,000 race fans. The smell of a thousand grills filled with every food you can imagine is truly mouth-watering. And if you have never attended a NASCAR race you are missing out on one of the most amazing entertainment events in the world. For two weekends a year the area surrounding Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., turns into one massive tailgate party, campout, and racing event. Fans come from all 50 states, countries from around the world, and every walk of life to attend the world's fastest half mile track. It is mind blowing to watch that many people together in one place for a single event. But what can 150,000 race fans teach us about connecting with people during a live event?
By Jose Castillo
Posted Mar 21, 2013
India is fast becoming a global content factory. Its affordable, educated, English-speaking population makes the country a magnet for cost-conscious corporations looking to save money on content creation. Indian content factories can oftentimes crank out content faster -- and much less expensively -- than domestic writing departments can. But faster and cheaper content can come with a hidden cost: quality.
Column/Flexing Your Content
By Scott Abel
Posted Mar 13, 2013
Every modern journalist needs a certain set of key skills. Certainly you have to know your way around social media to publicize your work, but these days, you also need to be able understand and make use of data.
By Ron Miller
- January/February 2013 Issue
Posted Jan 15, 2013
Did you use your cellphone today to read email, check the weather, or scan news headlines? If so, you used a mobile site or mobile app, and you're hardly alone.Nearly half (46%) of all American adults own a smartphone, up 11% from last year, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. More people now own a phone that can access the web-an iPhone, BlackBerry, Android device, etc.-than carry a more basic cell.
By Ahava Leibtag
- October 2012 Issue
Posted Oct 23, 2012