Google Brings Its Different Payment Platforms Together Under the Google Pay Brand
January 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Google is simplifying the way it presents its different payments tools to consumers, uniting them under a new brand called Google Pay. In a Google blog post, Vice President of Product Management for Payments Pali Bhat described this as more of a rebranding than a change to the underlying products or technology. He said the…

Purch Is a Publisher With a $24 Million Business in Licensing Ad Tech
January 4, 2018 at 1:09 pm

With publishers realizing that they can no longer be wholly dependent on ads for their revenue, Purch is getting more serious about selling proprietary technology to other publishers. Purch — a commerce-focused publisher that owns tech and product review sites such as Tom’s Guide, Top Ten Reviews and Live Science — is profitable. It makes about…

BuzzFeed Now Has 19 People Writing Commerce Content
November 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm

BuzzFeed’s commitment to commerce revenue continues to grow, and as a result, it’s begun pursuing commerce revenue more like a regular publisher might: through search. After more than two years of experiments focused on identity-focused listicles like “39 Fucking Awesome Gifts For Anyone Who Loves to Swear” or “27 Gifts Only Math and Science Nerds…

BuzzFeed Wants to Sell Your Gadget, And Keep a Cut of the Sales
October 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm

BuzzFeed makes money selling ads. It has started making money selling its own gadgets. Now it wants to combine the two ideas: The publisher is telling gadget-makers and inventors it will make ads for their inventions, in exchange for a cut of their product’s sales. This one comes out of BuzzFeed’s newish Product Labs group,…

8 Trends & Takeaways From the FUSE Media Summit Keynote
September 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

At the inaugural FUSE Media technology summit in September 2016, publishing executives and tech providers came together to discuss ways in which technology was helping to resuscitate a publishing industry in flux. Attendees were treated to a prescient forecasting of media trends from FUSE Media conference chair Jeffrey Litvack, who at the time was interim…

How to Win at Voice-Assisted Search
September 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Voice-assisted search came onto the mass market in 2011 with the initial release of Siri. Since then, there have been ongoing

Quartz Launches Print Experiment With $35 Book
September 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

With its insider-y lingo and unending stream of numbers, business news isn't the most reader-friendly beat in the journalism industry. That's one of the reasons why Quartz is now selling a book that explains the global economy using objects — things readers can literally grasp — as its focal point. "Quartz: The Objects that Power the Global…

How Can Magazine Publishers Make Ecommerce Work?
August 30, 2017 at 1:55 pm

Jeff Bezos has been getting some pretty decent PR recently and not just around his transformation from mild-mannered bookseller to muscled-bound Master of the Universe. If you see the no-longer-nerdy CEO’s style shift as a corporate metaphor, Amazon has gone from selling books online to selling whatever the hell it wants. The world’s retailers and…

Vice Partners with Airbnb to Offer Travel Packages
August 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

Vice Media has always tried to show what living on the edge looks like, but it’s inviting people to experience it for themselves. The youth-focused digital media company is partnering with Airbnb Inc. to offer custom-made travel packages in keeping with the Vice’s “punk ‘zine” ethos. “Vice has long gone all over the world to…