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Great content is integral to digital success, and in order to create great content, you need to be able to tell a great story. Of course, in the age of social media, online video, and apps, storytelling doesn't always look like it used to. So Jose Castillo sat down at The International Storytelling Center with director Kiran Singh Sirah, and Brad Eshbach to talk about the art and power of storytelling -- digital and otherwise.
Posted May 16, 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
As a thought leader in the content industry, I'm provided with many opportunities to wax poetic on the virtues of starting a content project with a strategy. From conferences, to webinars, to columns in magazines such as this one, I've spent the past decade evangelizing the methods, standards, and tools required to help organizations efficiently and effectively deliver the right content to the right audience, anywhere, anytime, on any device.
Posted May 13, 2014
Media technology startup Snap Skout announced the release of its newest product. Skout Blocks is a content-driven recommendation engine which displays relevant offers and deals at the bottom of web articles. Snap Skout has partnered with offer providers and advertisers-such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Yelp and Gilt-to deliver targeted deals and offers directly into an online reading experience.
Posted Apr 30, 2014
Guides.co, the guide publishing platform formerly known as Accel.io, announced its new name along with its hosted corporate publishing service. Content living on a company's resource webpage, such as PDFs, white papers, and other traditional static documents, can now be interactive and social allowing authors and readers to form long-term relationships.
Posted Apr 29, 2014
Change is a part of life--people are dynamic by nature. We evolve, for better or worse. The very idea of change often serves as the barometer for how far we've strayed from that high school self we remember, but no longer clearly identify with. No matter how far we stray from that bygone persona, we rarely leave behind many of the natural tendencies that define who we are. The pink hair you sported for your Sweet 16 has given way to a carefully manicured pixie cut, but your laugh hasn't changed. The Camaro IROC-Z may be long gone, but you still reach for your favorite leather jacket. No matter how much we distance or embrace our past, the natural character that defines us rarely departs.
Posted Apr 15, 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
Content marketing is a hot topic among publishers, marketers, and content providers in general. Despite the buzz, confusion still abounds. From how to define content marketing to how to execute a strategy-and reach your goals-many companies are still struggling with the details of content marketing. But a big influx of cash--and man power--looks as if it is in the future.
Posted Apr 07, 2014
Accumulate AB introduced a suite of products and services for mobile payment and proximity marketing, that for the first time brings the online shopping experience to the physical store. Close Payment with Close Beacon is a BLE/iBeacon-based solution for mobile payment and proximity marketing. It works on all major smartphones running iOS and Android.
Posted Apr 01, 2014
The truffle is one of the most prized and expensive items in the culinary world. Genuine black and white truffles can fetch over $3,000 a pound. Famed for their savory, pungent flavor, these elusive fungi are hard to grow and even harder to find. And just like great content, they seem to be accessible to only a few. So is your content the real McCoy? Is it really worth that much more to share genuine stories? Let's take a few lessons from an old man and his dog and see what we can learn about our content from the obscure truffle.
Posted Mar 20, 2014
Moguldom Media Group is the brainchild of its CEO and chairman Jamarlin Martin. The company bills itself as the world's largest network of owned and operated digital brands focusing on African Americans, and now Moguldom is taking what it knows about its audience--64% of its readers believe Hollywood does not produce enough documentaries about the African-American experience-- and producing custom video content to fill a niche it calls "docutainment."
Posted Mar 19, 2014
inPowered, a company that discovers and amplifies trusted content to help brands educate consumers and drive sales, announced that it is opening its content discovery and amplification platform and making it free for all organizations. Anyone can start using inPowered's platform for free, beginning today.
Posted Mar 06, 2014
Over the past year a number of buzzwords have captured the attention of marketers and publishers. Programmatic. RTB. Native advertising. Many of these buzzwords are fleeting in nature or confusing for the layperson. But one industry term perfectly encapsulates the future of digital publishing monetization: multichannel.
Posted Feb 28, 2014
Trouble: That's what most businesses are in these days because of declining sales and eroding brands. Twenty-first century challenges have left marketing departments wondering what the fix is or where their solution lies. Providing value is nothing new. However, today's economic conditions and the rapid rise of a more finicky consumer has the buzzword of the day, content, in the mainstream marketing conversation.
Posted Feb 27, 2014
The DVR just made it so easy. Push advertising was already losing its dominance by the time the DVR came around. Once consumers were given a simple tool with which to skip past traditional advertising, marketers had to start thinking about how to create strategies for motivating customers to want to interact with brands, by offering information to make customers' lives better. And thus was the seed for content marketing planted.
Posted Feb 17, 2014
We hope that, as loyal readers of EContent, you already know the difference between content strategy and content marketing. But there are some people out there still laboring under the delusion that these two things are one in the same. We have two of the country's leading experts in the subjects here to tell you that they are very different animals, that often work together to achieve similiar goals. Content Wrangler Scott Abel, and the Content Marketing Institute's Robert Rose are here to discuss the finer points of their individual areas of expertise -- and Jose Castillo from thinkjose.com is refereeing! They also discuss Facebook's Paper app, and the future of TLDs.
Posted Jan 31, 2014
Content marketing is big business and predicted to get even bigger in the months and years ahead. While "content farms" drove content development for some time, consumers are becoming more discerning and more demanding about the information they consume. Readers have become attuned to and weary of content that amounts to "dreck," says Rachel Parker, founder and CEO of Resonance Content Marketing in Houston. "It's not that audiences are becoming more demanding," she says; "it's that they're on to the practice of buying dreck from content farms, slapping it into a blog post and expecting your audience to thank you for it."
Posted Jan 29, 2014
According to Curata, Inc.'s fourth annual benchmarks study, 2014 Content Marketing Tactics Planner: Creation, Curation and Syndication, 71% of marketers are increasing their content marketing investment in 2014, and 39% are increasing spend on curation.
Posted Jan 28, 2014
Chipotle Mexican Grill is pulling out all the stops, blurring the lines between entertinament content and advertising in new ways with a show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous. It's a satirical show that takes a look at agri-business and factory farming, which brings attention to Chipotle's commitment to sustainable, humane farming practices while--hopefully--entertaining you.
Posted Jan 27, 2014
Everyone has to have a mobile strategy, right? Any company worth its salt knows that to reach its customers it has to have a mobile presence, and as a result there is, in fact, an app for almost everything. Many of those apps will barely ever get taken off of the app store shelf, but the ingenuity, creativity, and downright boldness of some app creators is nothing to be scoffed at. And no matter what content you're selling, you can stand to learn a lesson or two from some of these apps.
Posted Jan 13, 2014
The Average Joe may have already forgotten the "Great Gmail Tabs Panic of 2013," but if you're a digital marketer the lingering effects are still impacting the way you get your job done-or don't get the job done, in this case. The introduction of the tabbed email inbox threw the marketing world into a tizzy, but Silverpop-an email and marketing automation company--decided to dig deeper. In its report, "Gmail Tabs: Impact on Email Marketing and Strategies to Respond" looks at how people are actually interacting with the tabs and how marketers can work around this new obstacle.
Posted Jan 08, 2014
How often have you heard, "We're not in charge of that" or "We don't own that content" from people within your organization? In today's ever-changing global marketplace, digital strategy teams across the globe struggle to manage projects using the right resources and talent. Too often, they are stuck in silos and cannot effect any change, while others without important first-line knowledge about what customers really want are making important strategic decisions.
Posted Dec 27, 2013
Check out our most recent EContent Live Hangout, with Jose Castillo, Drew Bedard, and Tom Mullen. The guys talked about Facebook video ads, privacy, and what the emerging role of the "marketing technologist" means to companies.
Posted Dec 20, 2013
While no one may be waiting for the business version of West Side Story with the Sharks played by the marketing department and IT as the Jets, it's definitely no secret that these two groups are often at odds. Artists and engineers are at opposite ends of the spectrum. These business divisions will never see eye-to-eye. But are they really that different? At this year's Gilbane Conference in Boston, Massachusetts one of the prominent ideas raised was the concept of a marketing technologist. This hybrid individual is on the rise in organizations big and small. But is your company ready for someone to bridge the digital divide? And are companies really ready for this shift in business? Basically, do we need a marketing technologist?
Posted Dec 19, 2013
In the most recent Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs study, "B2B Content Marketing: 2014 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends-North America," 93% of B2B marketers are using content marketing in some way, shape, or form. A staggering 73% of those marketers are creating more content than the previous 12-month period. But let's be honest ... many of these companies aren't really doing content marketing.
Posted Dec 11, 2013