April 2016 Issue


News Features

In January, the global ad automation firm Kiosked released early insights from research that suggests that brands are pulling their programmatic and creative agency expertise inside. This is with an aim toward assuming more control of what's happening with this increasingly important element of their branding and marketing efforts.
- Posted Apr 11, 2016
While one of the most publicized instances was Amazon's Jeff Bezos purchasing The Washington Post, other prominent acquisitions have occurred in recent years: Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry snatched up the Boston Globe; Wellesley businessman Aaron Kushner bought the Orange County Register and six other dailies; Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes acquired the New Republic; hotelier Doug Manchester pocketed the San Diego Union-Tribune; Warren Buffett lined his portfolio with dozens of local papers, such as the Roanoke Times and Press of Atlantic City; Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor gobbled up the Star Tribune; Alice Rogoff, wife of billionaire David Rubenstein, land-ed the Anchorage Daily News (now Alaska Dispatch News); Las Vegas business titan Sheldon Adelson procured the Las Vegas Review-Journal; and Jack Ma bought the South China Morning Post.
- Posted Apr 25, 2016

Featured Stories

They say content is king, but measuring the value of that content to your organization's bottom line can be problematic. Sure, it's easy to add up views, shares, and Likes, but deciphering how those numbers translate to dollars is far from simple. And yet, this valuation process-calculating the impact of your content and its ROI as well as linking content marketing efforts to business results-is crucial, say the experts, especially if you want to convert more users into paid customers.
- Posted Apr 04, 2016
Anyone with a stake in the Internet of Things (IoT) was likely gratified to see that the most-downloaded free app from the Apple App Store on Christmas Day 2015 was the sensor-laden fitness tracking device Fitbit. It was one more sign that the lumbering but potentially massive market for connected devices for consumers is gaining meaningful traction. That's not to say that every house on the block has a wearable, a connected car, or a smart lightbulb just yet. The IoT-defined as a state in which everyday objects are networked wirelessly and imbued with the ability to communicate without human intervention-is still clipping along at a markedly faster pace on the enterprise side.
- Posted Apr 18, 2016
Digital experience management (DXM) refers to the combination of strategy, technology, and processes to provide highly engaging and satisfying digital services to customers. In the private sector, DXM is seen as a competitive differentiator that results in high customer loyalty and higher revenues. In the government sector, the DXM goals are a bit different. The desired outcomes are better service delivery, increased efficiency, and greater inclusiveness.
- Posted Apr 13, 2016

Columns

Did you know that One Direction star Harry Styles is the happiest celebrity on Twitter? I have to confess that was news to me too. Data scientists at the semantics analytics firm Adoreboard used the text analysis methodology Toneapi ?to detect and interpret emotions in tweets from 100 celebrities, highlighting feelings such as joy, anger, surprise, trust, and annoyance. It found that Styles was the most chipper during an 8-month period.
- Posted May 03, 2016
Do you have an ad blocker installed on your web browser? According to the 2015 report, "The Cost of Ad Blocking," from Adobe and PageFair, there are "198 million active adblock users around the world." In the U.S., ad blocking grew by 48% last year. At this point, though, only 16% of ad block traffic is mobile. That may sound as if it's good news, but it could also mean that there is a lot of room for mobile ad blocking growth.
- Posted Apr 19, 2016
"The rest of the world" has to become "most of the world" in the mindset and practices of global executives and leaders. Digital is global in nature, not by default. Becoming truly international is what digital globalization is all about. Since content must be seen as a product, it means that global objectives must be translated into engaging experiences locally. Seamless digital experience is common ground for all-as it creates value during mobile, web, and social journeys and feeds the appetite for applications, products, or entertainment online.
- Posted Apr 12, 2016
At the end of last year, Laura Martin, senior analyst for entertainment, cable, and media at Needham and Co., LLC, authored a very interesting report on the future of TV. The report focuses on the continuously fragmenting video content landscape, which has made it increasingly more difficult for media companies to sustain the same level of profit per hour of content. In a world in which consumers' media attention is split among linear TV, digital subscription-based platforms, and digital ad-based platforms, media companies are faced with the increasingly difficult challenge of maximizing profits.
- Posted Apr 05, 2016

Faces of EContent

SaleHoo is an online wholesale directory and community for online traders, eBay sellers, and traditional retailers that is owned by Doubledot Media. In her role as SaleHoo content editor, Melissa Johnson says, "The goal is to educate our customers and help them build a thriving business for themselves. You can't do that without high-quality content."
- Posted Apr 08, 2016

Case Studies

As a provider of pet health insurance, Petplan possesses "a lot of data and a lot of different data points," says Gerry McGoldrick, chief digital officer of Petplan. The challenge, he says, was, "How do we leverage all that data and really begin to have a one-on-one conversation with our prospects?" In other words, Petplan wanted to provide a more personalized experience for its site visitors.
- Posted Apr 06, 2016