Social Media

RockYou Media Relaunches 'LittleThings' Site
April 20, 2018 at 10:22 am

On February 28, viral website LittleThings posted its last piece, stating that would be its last day of business. The website, which saw much of its traffic come from Facebook, had become the first victim of the social network's algorithm change, which de-prioritized posts from brands and publishers. LittleThings had nearly 60 million comScore unique viewers, including 7 million…

3 Tips for Building Social Influencers into Your Editorial Strategy
April 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

A few years ago, I had the chance to hear Social Media Research Foundation talk about the impact of influencers on consumer goods and hotel brands. In two separate industry events, speakers explored the importance of identifying influencers and then leveraging those influencers to drive engagement with a brand. A few months back, I had…

News Sites Take Battle Over Tweet To Appellate Court
April 16, 2018 at 9:49 am

Time, Gannett and other news organizations are asking a federal appellate court to decide whether embedding a tweet in a news article can infringe copyright. The publishers are seeking to immediately appeal an order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest in New York,…

NBC News Shares How New Technology Helps Them Get Ahead
April 13, 2018 at 9:04 am

At the FUSE Media conference last fall, Alex Gittleson, Director, Digital and Cross-Platform, News Research, NBC News, sat down to talk about the changing technology needs at his organization. In particular, programmatic, he noted, has become a major cornerstone of their ad-buying experience, and social media platforms like Snapchat are beginning to play a larger…

Think Your Articles are Getting a Lot of Attention on Twitter?
April 11, 2018 at 10:59 am

An estimated two thirds of tweets linking to stories from some of the most popular websites don’t come from humans, but from bots, according to a Pew Research Center report published on Monday. Certain types of websites were much more…

Snap is Testing Commerce with Snapchat Discover Publishers
April 11, 2018 at 10:55 am

Snap has been stepping up efforts to curry favor with publishers, especially as publishers continue to feel the impact of Facebook’s news feed changes. Its newest pitch: commerce. Snap has begun testing a commerce function within a handful of Snapchat Discover publisher channels, according to multiple…

Facebook Data Changes Create Sales Opportunities for Publishers
April 9, 2018 at 10:10 am

Facebook has been under serious scrutiny lately as more is revealed about Cambridge Analytica’s use of the social networks’ user information.  Cambridge Analytica, a third party data brokerage firm, and Facebook are now the subjects of multiple investigations for the improper use of user data to target political advertising on Facebook. Since the revelation, Facebook…

In Quest to Replace Facebook Traffic, Publishers Need to Get Back to SEO
April 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

If Facebook really turns out to be a busted flush for publishers, where’s the traffic going to come from in the future? Should everyone pivot to Pinterest? Leap to LinkedIn? Chassé over to Snapchat? How you decide to move your platform strategy forward is your business, but getting serious again about SEO is critical. There’s…

What Facebook’s Ban of 3rd Party Data Means for Media Companies
April 2, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Over the past few days, Facebook announced two significant changes positioned as privacy enhancing moves.  One of those changes went under the radar, but the other change has some people steaming mad, some stock prices plunging and most people asking the question “what does this mean for me?”  For media and publishing companies, this shift…

Ad Industry Sources Slam Facebook's Latest Privacy Move
March 30, 2018 at 11:22 am

Facebook's move to block third-party data providers from its advertising platform limits what companies know about users' shopping habits – and renders an industry of personal information brokerage less effective. But industry insiders say that the move is mostly about optics, and could actually increase Facebook's control…