Content Analytics

The Top Technologies Publishers Will Buy in 2018
May 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Media executives reveal which technologies they plan to buy this year and why, exhibiting a more audience-centric approach than recent years and an overall desire to take back control of their own destinies.

Chrome’s Mobile Article Recommendations Up 2,100 Percent in One Year
April 4, 2018 at 9:04 am

If you use Chrome on your phone or tablet, you’re probably familiar with the article suggestions that you see when you open a new tab in your browser. However, if you’re a publishing executive, you may not be thinking of them as a meaningful traffic source. Well, we have news for you: Research by Chartbeat’s data science…

How Social Graphing Can Improve Content Delivery
March 8, 2018 at 11:23 am

It was inevitable that as digital platforms diversify and proliferate, approaching audiences by channel is becoming increasingly untenable. “There are just too many channels,” says James Slezak, managing partner and founder of New Economy Lab and former VP and chief of operations for NYT Global. Publishers need to find a better way to of delivering…

Outbrain Launches Sphere, a Platform for Content Recommendations Between Premium Publishers
February 16, 2018 at 11:49 am

Content recommendation services like Outbrain and Taboola post linked thumbnail images leading to what is supposed to be related material, but the quality and relevance often leave something to be desired. In a move intended to offer high-quality and more relevant content to readers, Outbrain is today announcing the launch of Sphere. It’s a closed content…

The Most Engaging Stories of 2017, According to Chartbeat
December 19, 2017 at 11:31 am

Explore the themes and stories that engaged readers most in 2017. Indecency Exposed Investigations into longstanding rumors spur a reckoning In holding the powerful accountable or giving voice to the silenced, investigative journalism’s impact can be immediate as news breaks and reactions pour in. Occasionally, an exposé creates a domino effect so powerful and far-reaching…

Recommendation Engines for News Are Terrible. Scoring Stories Could Help.
October 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

For news media, recommendation engines are a horror show. The NQS project I’m working on at Stanford forced me to look at the way publishers try to keep readers on their property — and how the vast majority conspire to actually lose them. I will resist putting terrible screenshots I collected for my research… Instead,…

Publishers, Pick Your KPIs And Stick With Them
September 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm

News publishers reassure themselves with the number of Key Performance Indicators at their disposal. The selection of gauges is always indicative of business priorities (or lack of thereof). This is an ongoing discussion I have with publishers and digital marketeers: Which indicators should be prioritized? The "obvious" answer is: it depends on your business model,…