Content Analytics

Parse.ly Data Highlights Key Drivers of Reader Retention
May 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm

A major priority for publishers is not just audience growth, but audience retention and ultimately conversions. But do we really know what the driving factors are behind this level of reader loyalty? Recent analysis by content analytics company Parse.ly found that habitual readers, measured as returning visitors, is the most important metric for driving conversions.…

5 Ways Publisher Technology Lags & Hurts Monetization
April 17, 2019 at 4:32 pm

The publishing space is one of the most rapidly evolving markets across the digital landscape. Unlike the majority of the platforms hosted online, publishers rank on top alongside ecommerce and SaaS when it comes to traffic spikes, fine-tuning ROI opportunities, and constant innovation in a red ocean of ad networks, browser updates, malicious iframes, and…

Intention, Authenticity & Value: 3 Key Commerce Strategies for Publishers
March 20, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Publishers are aware of the need to diversify revenues, and increasingly, commerce is the key strategy–with 31% stating it will be an important focus in 2019. There’s a good reason that’s the case. Monetizing embedded links that direct readers to products allows publishers to generate meaningful revenue from their content. Simultaneously, advertisers get the opportunity…

How Publishers Are Venturing into Subscription Video on Demand (AKA OTT)
December 12, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Over the past decade, video has become a standard component of the content mix for media brands. Most publishers have ramped up their video-making and monetization capabilities, increasing quality and volume of in-house video production and hosting them on their own sites and distributing on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and…

BuzzFeed Will Tell You What Millennials Want, for a Fee
November 19, 2018 at 11:35 am

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., the plant-care giant, had a problem: Millennials weren’t gardening enough. So the company turned to one of the most renowned experts on millennial behavior, BuzzFeed Inc. But Scotts didn’t just advertise on the site, known for its viral quizzes and lists. Scotts worked with a more obscure part of BuzzFeed focused on inventing new…

Turning Static Print Pages into SEO-Friendly Digital Content that Earns Subscribers
November 14, 2018 at 10:45 am

Content creation just isn’t as easy as it used to be. Back in the pre-digital era, print publication features served a handy dual-purpose. Explicitly, they were a platform for unique journalism. Implicitly, they were the primary value driver that converted and retained subscribers and newsstand buyers. The better a brand executed content’s explicit purpose, the…

Facebook is Now Downranking Stories with False Headlines
October 29, 2018 at 11:24 am

As of this week, fact-checking outlets working with Facebook can debunk and slow the spread of headlines that are false even if the whole story isn’t — a change that adds nuance to the types of misinformation the platform is asking fact-checkers to flag. On Monday,…

Financial Times Launches New Tool to Help 'Knowledge-Hungry' Subscribers Track Their Reading
October 26, 2018 at 12:03 pm

"Think for a moment – what if you could somehow introduce some aspect of tracking in the news-reading experience?," asked James Webb, group product manager, Financial Times, at Hacks Hackers London last night (16 October). The publisher has today launched Knowledge Builder, a new tool to help readers take control of the amount of information they read about a topic.…