If memory serves, the digital revolution was offered up to us as a great new driver of efficiency. Even at the most basic level of owning a PC, we were told that these new machines would organize our records and even clarify our ways of thinking. Really? Has anyone looked behind my desk lately?
Posted Sep 09, 2009
PaymentOne, a provider in alternative payments for digital merchants, announced it closed a $7 million round of equity and debt financing led by AER Investments LLC.
Posted Aug 25, 2009
Jambool, Inc., operator of the Social Gold virtual currency and payments platform, has raised $5 million in a Series B fundraising round led by Madrona Venture Group.
Posted Aug 21, 2009
Because of the increased popularity of smartphones, including the iPhone, which can connect to the internet through Wi-Fi, mobile operators have been losing access to billing programs that once ran through the operator's network.
Posted Jul 31, 2009
Swets, a subscription services company, announced the launch of its eDeal Renewal Service.
Posted Jul 28, 2009
As I write this at the end of 1Q 2009, things look especially grim for business information on almost any platform. In print, across 200 B2B titles that ad auditing group IMS tracks, ad pages were down in January and February 28.3% from the same 2-month span in 2008.
Posted Jul 20, 2009
Endeca Technologies, Inc., a search applications company, announced the Endeca Extend partner program which helps its customers integrate eCommerce and Media technologies directly into Endeca-powered sites.
Posted Jun 09, 2009
The good news is that professionally created content is not inherently less valuable. The bad news is that it has become unhinged from any viable means of support.
Posted May 28, 2009
Gabriels Technology Solutions, a private-label ecommerce provider, announced the recent re-launch of The New York Times Real Estate Portal along with its complementary site Great Homes and Destinations, which focuses on national and international real estate.
Posted May 22, 2009
To rescue the beleaguered newspaper industry, there has been talk of a return to paid content (not so sure about the soundness of trying to unring a bell), nonprofit endowments, or government bailouts. Yet, as we've seen with the auto industry, throwing money at complex business problems does not suffice. Consider the music business, beset by the increasing legal and illegal distribution of music online. Today, successful musicians are giving music away to make money on concert tickets. Deeply entrenched, seemingly fundamental models have to be rebuilt in light of digital distribution and the expectation of free content, despite the fact that making quality content costs money.
Posted May 01, 2009
When I was a bartender back in my college days, I often marveled at what people were willing to do to get a free t-shirt. OK, it went beyond marveling: Sometimes the bouncers and I would really push it, trying to find a point at which the crowd would cry out, "No, we will not do a chicken dance while singing ‘The Tide Is High' just to get that Jägermeister t-shirt." The thing is, there was almost always someone willing.
Posted Apr 02, 2009
There is no getting around it. This column's moniker begs for a snarky retort in these dark times, so I may as well beat you to the punch line. By the time you read this, I expect that more than a few startups that made a big splash last year will be running out of cash, fading away, and/or selling out cheap.
Posted Mar 30, 2009
Womens Radio, a service of Women's Online Media and Education Network, released an interview with EContent magazine editor Michelle Manafy and Marydee Ojala, editor of Online magazine titled "Empowering Your Business With EContent."
Posted Mar 24, 2009
Scott Abel of The Content Wrangler Interviews Quark's Michael Boses about the Need for User-Friendly XML Authoring Tools and the Role of Structured Content in Dynamic Publishing
Posted Mar 22, 2009
Time Inc. is experimenting with a customized magazine that combines reader-selected sections from eight publications.
Posted Mar 20, 2009
When Speakaboos began work on a website of storybook videos for "children and their caregivers to enjoy together," research into available commerce solutions revealed that most traditional payment gateways charge costly transaction fees that would undermine the pay per download business model the company envisioned.
Posted Mar 05, 2009
As the eyes of old print, radio, and TV media turn to the internet for a bridge to take them across the current media business abyss, one troubling fact is becoming abundantly clear: The "real money" isn't there yet. Top executives at TV networks, magazine companies, and even newspapers have known for a while that on-air minutes and print pages sell at much higher rates and produce more revenue in most cases than even the most ambitious digital models.
Posted Mar 05, 2009
For decades, the fee versus free debate has carried on—with content industry players digging in deep at each end of the spectrum. Yet a more moderate model seems to be emerging: freemium. While not an entirely new concept in other sectors, traditional content players have only recently begun to leverage the business model in which the owner or service provider offers basic features to users at no cost and charges a premium for supplemental or advanced features. The term, which combines the words free and premium, was coined by Jarid Lukin of Alacra in 2006 after venture capitalist Fred Wilson developed the concept. With the launch of its Alacra Street Pulse product this week, the company is drinking its own catchphrase Kool-Aid.
Posted Feb 18, 2009
My column's moniker has a cruel irony to it this month as companies peer into the abyss of a business decline with no apparent bottom. Follow the Money only begs two questions nowadays: What money? Where do we follow it to? Like a fog-locked airport with a damaged radar dish, the emedia fleet feels grounded as we edge toward a wholly uncertain 2009.
Posted Jan 28, 2009
Technology providers who not only recognize the necessity and difficulty of the local and global content marketplace, but are there to help: From analytics to location awareness, content management to translation management, translation services to language specific search solutions, there are a range of solutions that will enable organizations to adapt to the needs of the new consumer.
Posted Jan 20, 2009
A new study from international research firm Parks Associates finds consumer demand for networking features will drive the next wave of consumer electronics purchasing, particularly for imaging and mobile devices such as digital cameras, photo frames, and mobile phones.
Posted Jan 06, 2009
Macrovision Solutions Corporation, a digital entertainment technology provider, announced it has reached an agreement to sell its TV Guide Network property to Allen Shapiro and One Equity Partners for approximately $255 million in consideration.
Posted Dec 23, 2008
Take a closer look at Attributor Corp., one of the 12 companies that inspired the most banter among the EContent 100 judges during the voting process.
Posted Dec 01, 2008
Time once again to crawl out on that slippery limb encrusted with winter ice: the predictions branch. Above and beyond the expected recession woes, digital content is dangling over some sharp challenges in 2009, or at least it looks that way from my chilly perch. Look out below for falling commentators.
Posted Dec 01, 2008
Open Text Corporation, a global provider of enterprise content management (ECM), and SAP AG, announced that SAP will resell Open Text Vendor Invoice Management (VIM) under the name the SAP Invoice Management application by Open Text.
Posted Nov 21, 2008