Content Commerce

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

TM Forum, a trade consortium focused on enabling digital services, announced the next part of its Content Encounter initiative, Content Encounter 3.

Posted Nov 04, 2008

Attributor Corporation, a provider of a content monitoring and programming platform, announced that Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa has chosen Attributor technology to increase monetization of dpa's digital content and develop new products.

Posted Oct 14, 2008

The digital privacy battles now brewing in the House of Representatives and at the Federal Trade Commission finally woke the industry up to its complacency over this issue, but I think many publishers and ad networks proceeded to get up on the wrong side of the bed. The principals in the behavioral targeting industry, which is attracting much of the scrutiny now, seem to recognize that they must better explain their policies to consumers and assure all of us that they indeed are not collecting personally identifiable information (PII) when they track our movements around the internet. Ultimately, though, I think they woke up to the wrong issue.

Posted Oct 13, 2008

It seems that everyone is blogging these days. However, despite the proliferation of blogs that range from diaries and niche subjects to celebrity, corporate, and expertly written blogs, some publishers are still hesitant to add blogging to the mix. The web has opened up a world of communication to people across the globe, but the new culture of user-generated content can mean a lot of things to those in the publishing industry, good and bad.

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves in the digital dreams business. We fantasize so extravagantly about the future shape of a technology that we miss some of its more relevant and mundane uses here and now. Take virtual worlds. Environments such as Second Life promised online immersion where realistic avatars moved through 3D space and ultimately enhanced everything from the media viewing experience to shopping.

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Gale announced the launch of AcquireContent.com, a new online content marketplace.

Posted Sep 16, 2008

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