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Synereo announced the allocation of $500,000 to YouTube creators using WildSpark, their direct content monetization app. WildSpark allows YouTube creators to monetize their content, also rewarding their subscribers for sharing their work. Today, many YouTube creators rely almost entirely on advertising to make money.

Posted Jan 31, 2018

How much of your traffic comes from Facebook? Whatever your answer is, it's about to change. Facebook has officially announced changes to its Newsfeed algorithm that will put content from friends ahead of, well, everything else. So, whether you're a media outlet or a marketer, your social media strategy is about to get a big shake-up.

Posted Jan 12, 2018

I have to confess that I don't geek out over technology. When a new piece of tech comes onto the scene, it is not those first trade show demonstrations that I find the most exciting. It's when I see it becoming a useful and common part of people's lives, enabling them to do things they couldn't do before. So when I recently had the chance to try out a virtual reality (VR) headset, I approached it with skepticism.

Posted Dec 19, 2017

"Despacito," Luis Fonsi's and Daddy Yankee's smash single, served as an important reminder of the booming cultural prominence of Latinos in the U.S. The song, with a 16-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, tied the record for the longest run in the number one spot. This is especially significant since the lyrics are mostly in Spanish (note that the original version of the song, as opposed to the chart-topping version that is a remix, is entirely in Spanish). This continuing cultural prominence can be felt everywhere, and it extends beyond music.

Posted Dec 05, 2017

As I contemplate my annual look ahead to the promising revenue streams that media companies will chase in the coming year, the horizon looks stormier than usual. The concentration of digital ad and marketing revenue around the triumvirate of Google, Facebook, and Amazon is daunting. The disenchantment among many marketers with traditional display advertising techniques worsens matters. And the brands are tending to look inward at their own first-party data, customer relationship management (CRM), direct-to-consumer channels.

Posted Nov 28, 2017

In order to survive, everything must evolve. The EContent 100 list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry is no exception. Every year during the voting process, we see how the changing list reflects the way the larger industry is developing. In 2017, a couple of trends emerged. The first, is the importance of artificial intelligence (AI), which is probably obvious to anyone in the content business. The second is the increasing importance of digital asset management (DAM). Next year, DAM will need its own category, but this year, we did our best to honor its contributions to the industry within our existing framework.

Posted Nov 01, 2017

DECENT announced the beta launch of its DECENT GO marketplace, what it says is the first decentralized digital marketplace. The Beta version is being launched to gain feedback from industry professionals. DECENT had previously launched their desktop application for DECENT GO at the end of June and are now thrilled with the addition of marketplace functionality.

Posted Oct 05, 2017

A new Morning Consult survey provides an in-depth look into what Americans think about the proliferation of digital and video advertising, ad-blocking services, and the cost of premium, ad-free platforms.

Posted Sep 26, 2017

We've seen companies trying—sometimes desperately—to move into the 21st century and transform their businesses. Many waited way too long, let their staff get too small, or lost sight of their mission. But it seems that we could be turning a corner and finally getting to a point where publications can learn how to make money again.

Posted Sep 26, 2017

Racing Post is one of the lucky publications that has its niche cornered. Similar to publications with a strong hold on their audience, it has successfully put online subscriptions to good use since the early 2000s. But not all paywalls are created equal, and Racing Post was working with a homemade solution that was no longer cutting the mustard. It decided to revamp its paid content strategy to better serve its consumers, grow subscriber numbers, and collect greater insight into its audience.

Posted Sep 25, 2017

Collab, a digital talent network and entertainment studio, announced the launch of a new division, CollabDRM, to help a wide range of content owners protect and maximize the value of their content through rights management and syndication.

Posted Sep 12, 2017

Today The Atlantic is introducing The Masthead, a premium membership that delivers exclusive stories, insights, and analysis from The Atlantic's journalists and thinkers—built on a direct relationship with members. The Masthead is a distinctly new editorial offering—not simply more of, or different access to, The Atlantic's existing work. Dedicated editors will rely on member input to directly shape coverage and answer their biggest questions, all while tapping The Atlantic's newsroom and network of experts for exclusive stories and insights.

Posted Sep 07, 2017

MediaRadar, the leading intelligence platform for ad sales teams, announced the launch of their newest tool for publishers, Power Prospecting Report. The new capability gives ad sales teams a powerful and intelligent new solution for pursuing the best potential clients for their media. With a range of precise filters and search functionality, identifying, and connecting with the right prospects is easier than ever.

Posted Aug 31, 2017

What can publishers do to monetize more effectively? Implementing a paywall can help publishers connect with a loyal audience and increase ARPU, which is more important than ever, since most online traffic comes from anonymous social feeds where the audience is often unaware of your brand.

Posted Aug 25, 2017

BLOCKv unveiled its blockchain-based development platform that enables the creation of smart, secure, and dynamic virtual objects to dramatically expand the $100 billion industry beyond games, music, and books. The platform promises to usher in the next generation digital goods economy. As sharable digital goods become more ingrained in the lives of consumers, BLOCKv technology provides an opportunity for brands, marketers, and developers to engage with and build stronger relationships with consumers.

Posted Aug 24, 2017

UnsubCentral, a PostUp company and performance-marketing veteran, announced the launch of Opt-in Central, a tool that captures email contact, behavioral, and demographic information of unique website visitors, enabling marketers to grow their email lists and enhance customer data through intelligent on-site capture widgets.

Posted Aug 24, 2017

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a provider of content management, licensing, discovery and delivery solutions, announced enhancements to RightFind, a content workflow solution that provides secure, cloud-based access to scientific, technical, and medical (STM) information and other categories of high-value content.

Posted Aug 15, 2017

News publishers must wrestle with the same conundrum that organizers of resistance movements such as the Women's March and the March for Science face: how to harness that heightened post-election energy and engagement for the long haul. The challenge is to smooth and manage the Trump Bump into a Trump Trajectory.

Posted Aug 07, 2017

Media outlets that have been seeking a fairer deal from Facebook for years may soon be getting their wish. That's because the social media giant recently confirmed that publisher paywalls are coming soon to its Instant Articles platform. But be careful what you wish for, say the experts, as questions still linger about how this paid subscription model would work, why it's taken so long, and who really stands to benefit.

Posted Aug 02, 2017

It's like replacing the pipes while the water is still running," said a CIO of a national utility company at a tech conference I attended not long ago. He was referring to the process of managing a complex technology project at his organization, in which he had to balance keeping existing business processes running while making major technology infrastructure changes.

Posted Aug 01, 2017

According to an announcement on the Source3 website, Facebook has acquired the content rights management startup. "At Source3, we set out to recognize, organize and analyze branded intellectual property in user-generated content, and we are proud to have identified products across a variety of areas including sports, music, entertainment and fashion," the company wrote in the announcement. "Along the way, we built an end-to-end platform to manage online IP and establish relationships with brands."

Posted Jul 27, 2017

While affiliate marketing's popularity is on the uptick, it's more important than ever to recognize that there are certain guidelines for publishers to follow to maintain their unique voice while promoting the products they love. To find success with affiliate links, they must blend seamlessly and naturally into your content. Here are six strategies to implement affiliate marketing links into your content while still maintaining your integrity as an author.

Posted Jul 14, 2017

PostUp, a digital and email marketing solution company, has announced the launch of their new "Dynamic Content Wall" solution which allows publishers to implement pay and registration walls.

Posted Jul 13, 2017

Providing great customer experiences requires blending information, design, and operations. In addition to being a purchaser, a customer is a collection of emotions, activities, and attitudes that come into play around purchasing decisions. In practice, this means the content-related parts of a business—websites, promotions, and physical stores—need to be integrated with the commerce parts—product catalogs, transactions, logistics, and fulfillment.

Posted Jun 12, 2017

Awhile back, I quipped that the best thing that can happen to a print news publication these days is for President Donald Trump to call it out by name in a Twitter tirade. It wasn't an original thought. The "Trump Bump" was a phenomenon many media watchers already noticed.

Posted May 02, 2017

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