April 2012 Issue


News Features

Some say men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but when it comes to social media sites, both genders share an array of personal information, including relationship status, brand preferences, and political/religious affiliation. However, when it comes to divulging more sensitive details such as phone numbers, location, and email/physical addresses -- which could put their personal security at risk -- women are significantly more wary than men, according to the findings of the recently released "Social Media Habits and Privacy Concerns Survey."
By - Posted Apr 09, 2012
In a characteristically slick presentation at New York's Guggenheim Museum in January, a top Apple executive stood before a room full of journalists, introducing them to the company's latest effort to apply its computing philosophy to a facet of everyday life that is still-in its view-languishing in the technological dark ages. One two-word slide said it all: "Reinventing Textbooks."
By - Posted Apr 30, 2012

Featured Stories

Apple ads once told us that "There's an app for just about anything." It turns out this wasn't just another catchy marketing slogan. There really is an app for just about anything these days. Just pop open Apple's App Store or Android's Market, and you'll find a buffet of apps waiting to be downloaded, from apps that let you read books and magazines to time killers such as Angry Birds and Words With Friends and constantly updating news applications from CNN and NPR. Whatever you are looking to do with your mobile device, most likely, there's an app to do it. So which publishing and media apps are living up to, and sometimes surpassing, expectations? EContent asked a variety of digital content and mobile application experts, including consultants, bloggers, and publishers, to weed through the competition and pick the apps that have impressed them most.
By - Posted Apr 02, 2012
Just as a keyboard doesn't make someone a journalist, a camera and editing software doesn't make someone a videographer. There is a range of quality represented in the archives of YouTube-nearly 8 years' worth of video from hundreds of millions of users. Those are staggering numbers. What is driving this level of production and, presumably, related consumption of video content?
By - Posted Apr 23, 2012
In an ideal world, all a publisher or media company would have to do to be successful is produce engaging content, and do it consistently. In reality, creating good content isn't enough anymore. As our lives become increasingly reliant on mobile technology, people expect fresh, compelling content, and they want to be able to access that content, anywhere, anytime, and on any device.The good news is that companies no longer need to be convinced about the importance of integrating mobile technologies, such as apps, into content delivery plans. "We're thankfully at a stage where we are no longer talking so much about experimentation," says Peggy Anne Salz, founder and chief analyst at MobileGroove. "We do not have the discussion point any longer of ‘Do I need to be mobile.' That discussion is gone. We are in a phase of execution."
By - Posted Apr 16, 2012

Columns

You wouldn't know it to hear publishers griping, but newspapers have a long history of giving away content-or at least selling it on the cheap. That didn't change with the internet; what's really changed is the advertising model.Think about how newspapers were sold in the 20th century. The newsstand cost was actually very cheap, perhaps 25 cents a copy -- and sometimes it was free -- so the subscription revenue was never much to speak of.
By - Posted Apr 03, 2012
Paper books are, by nature, static things and so, for the most part, are digital versions of these books. The Oxford English Dictionary reinforces this notion. It defines an ebook as "an electronic version of a printed book," suggesting that these ebooks are little more than replicas of their digital counterparts. When you hear the term "ebook," you probably think of the iPad, Kindle, or perhaps PDF documents. You may think of a static file that is just like a printed book except that you need some kind of digital reading device. That is about to change, as digital documents in general, are being swept up in the collaborative behaviors of social media.
By - Posted Apr 10, 2012
Any survey of the epublishing scene in Europe should of course highlight the headline success stories that showcase innovation, risk taking, and deep-level customer engagement across a range of market sectors. Among the winners is the Financial Times, which achieved 1 million registrants for its native web app just 5 months after launch; it is also reported to get 20% of page views and 15% of new subscriptions from mobile and tablet devices.
By - Posted Apr 19, 2012
The familiar refrain "content is king" is no longer true. It's not. Really. Today, in order to be worthy of a royal title, content must be coupled with an exceptional experience that provides outstanding value. Amazing content experiences provide content as a service and take full advantage of our increasingly mobile, web-connected, device-centric world.
By - Posted Apr 24, 2012
I too was once a Pinterest skeptic. I kept getting emails telling me that friends had invited me to the virtual pinboard site, and I kept ignoring them. Eventually, my friends started trying to sway me in person, and I kept saying, "I just don't want to deal with another social media site."Then, one dark and dreary night, I decided to try it out. At first I used it to organize craft ideas for Christmas. Then I started gathering recipes for an onslaught of holiday and birthday parties I had to throw. One thing is for sure: Recipes and crafts are the gateway pins!
By - Posted May 01, 2012

Faces of EContent

As senior product manager at Cambridge Semantics, Inc., which provides operational intelligence software, Rob Gonzalez is responsible for developing and executing go-to-market strategies for Cambridge products."We have a new product line coming out called Anzo Express, which has a 6-month marketing and engineering plan associated with it," Gonzalez says. "I co-developed the strategy with one of our co-founders, and really enjoy working at that level."
By - Posted Apr 06, 2012

Case Studies

Despite the site's success, Destructoid needed to find a way to get revenue and get it fast, since it normally takes advertisers -- its primary source of income -- weeks to pay bills. Gonzalez had no luck when he turned to the banks. "When I walk into a bank and say, 'I need a small-business loan,' they say to me, 'Well you don't have a house, you don't have a car; you have this video game thing on the internet that we don't understand. You're not worth anything -- I'd rather give a loan to a guy with a food truck than your company.'"
By - Posted Apr 11, 2012