Content Strategy

Digital Influencers have Changed Advertising. They’re Changing Journalism, Too.
December 10, 2018 at 1:06 pm

The rise of social platforms has brought with it a new kind of celebrity: the digital influencer. It’s a newish term, used to describe social media users whose online clout enables them to engage with and advertise to their followers in more direct ways than traditional media figures. As influencers build relationships with their audiences through…

Google is Launching a Voice-Driven Version of Google News for Smart Speakers and Phones
December 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm

People like smart speakers, but there are a lot of things they don’t like about news on smart speakers. As recent research by Nic Newman — published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and written up by us here — shows, consumers aren’t the biggest fans of the sort of news briefings that publishers have been pushing out.…

MediaPitch: Naytev Is Helping Publishers Automate & Optimize Social Content
December 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Consumers today have more choice in how, where, and when they access content than ever before. Social media platforms provide publishers with a way to get relevant, interesting information to those who want to read it, and do so on the consumers terms. But managing multiple social streams — what to publish, where to publish…

10 Do's & Don'ts of Great Content Recommendation Engines
November 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Content recommendation was back in the news recently, for all the wrong reasons. A survey by Arkadium highlighted how much people dislike branded “content recommendation” widgets (the ones that tend to push ad links rather than, you know, recommend real content). More worryingly, that readers predominantly blame publishers for the negative experiences they have with…

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…

Think Apple News is Going to Save Your Traffic? Think Again.
November 15, 2018 at 9:32 am

In a year where Facebook has pushed publisher content further down the news feed (and further down their list of priorities in general), Apple News has seemed to be a relative bright spot in the ongoing tug-of-war between publisher and platform. Pre-installed on millions of devices, Apple’s news aggregator allows publishers to reach large audiences…

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…

So Some People Will Pay for a Subscription to a News Site. How About Two? Three?
November 14, 2018 at 10:12 am

The path forward for premium media is seemingly clear: Put up a paywall. Digital advertising is a duopoly-dominated mess; any print or broadcast cross-subsidy you might have is declining at one speed or another. Your loyal core digital readers may be only a tiny fraction of that big “monthly uniques” number you put into press…