The practice of using DRM locks has so infuriated the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that it is currently suing the US government to invalidate Section 1201 of the DMCA law. But whether the group wins its litigation or not, there's another pressing agenda the EFF is tackling in the interim that it wants publishers and consumers alike to be aware of: the fair labeling of digital products that come pre-locked by DRM.
Posted Sep 14, 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
Sizmek, an open ad management company for multiscreen campaigns, announced a partnership with interactive video solutions provider, Fuisz Video, to enable brand marketers and agencies using Sizmek to serve object level interactive videos that propel consumer engagement through a full-service offering that extends the capabilities of interactive video ads.
Posted Aug 25, 2016
Wattpad, an online community for readers and writers, has introduced the Wattpad Futures program, a simple way for writers to increase their earning potential. Through the Wattpad Futures program, interested writers can supplement their income with little effort. The program helps writers earn money by inserting ads between chapters of their Wattpad story. Every time a reader views an ad, the writer earns money.
Posted Aug 18, 2016
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content technology company, has announced the launch of its cloud-based RightFind Content Decision Support (CDS), an easy-to-use analytics platform that helps information center managers leverage the power of usage data to make smart decisions around content investments. RightFind CDS combines comprehensive usage and spend data, predictive analytics and data visualizations, and budget forecast and planning tools in a single solution designed to help information managers bring actionable intelligence to their content acquisition strategy.
Posted Aug 11, 2016
In AOL's 2016 Publisher Outlook report the industry got a look at research that backs up a lot of what we already know. Mobile and video are important, and ad blocking is a problem. But off platform monetization was also part of the digital publishing equation this year, and it seems the verdict is in: Third party platforms are a hit.
Posted Aug 05, 2016
In the most recent of its three regularly scheduled yearly releases, Atypon says it has added significant enhancements to Literatum, a fully featured online publishing platform for the professional and scholarly publishing industry. Atypon's new universal content type technology, known as Digital Objects, assigns a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to any type of content or media, including blogs, news articles, videos, images, and interactive visualizations. Each Digital Object can then be tagged, indexed, packaged, targeted, promoted, bundled, and sold as easily as traditional content types like journal articles and book chapters.
Posted Jul 21, 2016
Publishers are finally facing what may kindly be called the "Trumpification" of online advertising. Similar to voter frustration with campaign financing, government gridlock, and political rhetoric, consumers have about had it with the clutter, latency, and intrusiveness of the online experience. Ad blocking is to digital publishing what Trump is to politics: a blunt, perhaps reckless, instrument wielded by consumers because they don't feel as if they have any other recourse.
Posted Jul 19, 2016
Many digital publishers have found that the days of relying solely on static display ads are long gone. Similar to other publishers, Salon was looking for new revenue streams to boost the bottom line. Enter ConvertMedia.
Posted Jul 18, 2016
SAP SE announced a new release of its SAP Hybris Commerce solution, which aims to make it simpler for businesses to deliver compelling shopping experiences, personalized for each customer. The new release of SAP Hybris Commerce contains several enhancements.
Posted Jul 12, 2016
Interestingly, a new twist on an alternative revenue generator has emerged: the democratized digital tip jar. Sites like Wikipedia have employed an online tip jar for years in the form of regular requests for donations from its users via PayPal, credit/debit cards, and other payment methods. But now a major player in the digital donations space-Flattr-is partnering with AdBlock Plus to offer Flattr Plus, a browser extension/app that enables users to remove online ads from sites they visit while also contributing a monthly payment in an amount they choose that will be distributed proportionally to publishers of the sites they surf.
Posted Jun 22, 2016
Thanks to an increased selection and availability of production tools, creating videos has never been easier. Both individuals and brands with even the most beginner-level skills can produce attractive, quality content with little more than a smartphone camera and some free editing software. But until recently, setting up a video subscription service to distribute that content to audiences was a different matter entirely.
Posted May 09, 2016
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a firm dedicated to creating global licensing and content solutions, has acquired London-based Ixxus, a software professional services firm and provider of publishing solutions. With offices in the UK, US, Spain, and Romania, Ixxus is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of CCC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Posted May 05, 2016
Last year, the buy button hit big, with Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram adopting more enticing ecommerce solutions in an effort to alter the consumer experience on social media and increase revenue opportunities. Since that time, a wider trend has unfolded, as demonstrated by major publishers like Vox Media, The Huffington Post, and Bonnier Corporation pursuing content monetization options: the maturation of shoppable content and the emergence of a universal shopping cart to make that content shoppable.
Posted Apr 20, 2016
Want a happier reader? It's no secret that offering more personalized content can increase engagement. The good news is that effectively executed personalization can yield an enviable ROI. How much? McKinsey research reveals that personalization can deliver five to eight times the ROI on marketing spend and lift sales 10% or more. "Big Data, Analytics, and the Future of Marketing & Sales" suggests companies that place data-driven personalization at the core of marketing and sales decisions improve marketing ROI by 15% to 20%.
Posted Mar 21, 2016
fullcube, a platform integrating and automating the "subscription economy," announced the completion of a $1.15 million seed round of capital from angel investors. The seed round will be used to grow fullcube's client base and build-out product features and functionality of its platform.
Posted Mar 08, 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
Adjust announced a major product addition to its mobile attribution and analytics system with the Fraud Prevention Suite. With the product release, app developers and marketers will be able to leverage a comprehensive suite of tools that analyze and intervene in hundreds of millions of user acquisition workflows to prevent fraudulent activity from claiming payouts. The company says early beta results of the Fraud Prevention Suite indicate a substantial improvement in campaign activity with an estimated $1.7 million identified within 17 days, based on recent CPI rates of fraudulent charges.
Posted Feb 23, 2016
Remember when the digital content industry was convinced that audiences would never pay for content as long as they could get it for free? Gloom and doom were common among publishers that found demand for their traditional content formats declining, as more and more people went online to find information. And, yes, some publishers have failed. Others, however, are thriving in this new environment.
Posted Feb 19, 2016
Sponsored content is becoming a bigger part of the content marketing and publishing business. Here are three reasons brands should consider investing in sponsored content in 2016.
Posted Feb 18, 2016
A similar challenge faces publishers today seeking to convert existing readers/subscribers into multichannel users of both their digital and print products. For proof of this uphill climb, consider recent industry data: Approximately half of newspaper readers only consume the paper's print edition, per a Pew Research Center survey. Ask the experts and they'll tell you it's crucial for content providers to get their readers to use both print and digital editions, if possible.
Posted Jan 27, 2016
Fast-forward to the 2015 London Fashion Week and it certainly looked as if the industry had more than caught up, with wearable technology leading the way. British designer Henry Holland collaborated with Visa Europe to kit out VIPs attending his House of Holland show with wearable payment technology in the form of a ring. The rings, designed by Holland, included integrated near field communication (NFC) payment technology, enabling the lucky few to purchase items directly from the catwalk.
Posted Dec 22, 2015
Subscriptions used to be the exclusive domain of publishers, but not any more. Today, the subscription revenue model is the business strategy of choice for everything from software to snacks. There's a burgeoning business of "box" subscriptions: coffee, underwear, food, nail polish, razors, and anything else you can fit in a box and people will pay for to receive on a regular basis.
Posted Dec 21, 2015
For as long as I have been covering digital media, the paid content question has been relentless. Will consumers ever really appreciate and pay directly for the costly journalism they crave? There have been many encouraging but false starts.
Posted Dec 17, 2015
At CCC, our mission is to make it easy for people around the world to get, use and share content while protecting the interests of creators, publishers and other copyright holders. Our RightFindTM content workflow solution suite provides employees with fast, easy access to the full range of high-value copyrighted information they want - anytime, anywhere. Integrated content spend analytics helps information managers make data-driven decisions related to subscriptions, licensing and more. No other content workflow solution today delivers the powerful combination of content, rights and information management expertise.
Posted Dec 01, 2015