Content Strategy

How the Remnants of About.com Are Stealthily Taking Over the Internet
January 8, 2020 at 11:11 am

On Bagel Thursdays, Dotdash convenes its weekly growth meeting in a conference room overlooking Times Square. At 9 o’clock on a bright September morning, a dozen or so editors, an analytics guru, and the company’s top two operating executives discuss plans to enhance Dotdash’s vast content archive of more than 250,000 “super articles,” company parlance…

Offer, Don’t Ask: The Mindset That Earns Audience Trust
December 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Publishers and advertisers have an inherently intertwined relationship. So much so, they sometimes mirror each other. But publishers need to remember that although they rely on and have shared goals with advertisers, they are not advertisers. If publishers lose sight of this, they also lose (or never develop) the trust of the audiences they need…

How Do You Sell Content to an Audience That Controls the Narrative?
December 11, 2019 at 11:35 am

Now more than ever, the publishing industry finds itself on a quest for more effective ways to make money. For the past few years, the industry has been working through a regular cycle of taglines and keywords: ‘metered models,’ ‘memberships,’ ‘registration paywalls,’ dynamic paywalls,’ and so on. These have led publishers to leverage a mixture…

Field & Stream Packages Existing Content into Seasonal Venison Newsletter
November 26, 2019 at 3:20 pm

In the great shift to consumer revenue, publishers are experimenting with newsletter products that provide content and services specific to reader interests. Keeping with this trend, outdoor publication Field & Stream launched a seasonal newsletter called The Venison Course, which delivers venison recipes and kitchen gear recommendations to subscribers at the peak of deer-hunting season.

Measuring Editorial Quality for Digital Journalism (Beyond Performance Metrics)
November 7, 2019 at 9:52 am

Measuring the digital performance of stories is part of any modern media company. As editor in chief of a media startup, I spend more of my days trying to make sense of various performance metrics than I ever thought I might back in journalism school. I understand the vital importance of making sure our stories…

Publishing Trends to Watch in 2020
October 24, 2019 at 8:50 am

The weather is cooler, the pumpkins are here, and it’s time for people with opinions to start publishing articles announcing what to watch for in the media and publishing industry in the coming year. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. The media industry is experiencing a flood of consolidations. From…

Publishers, Don't Overlook Your Best Source of Content Ideas
October 11, 2019 at 8:30 am

As a publisher, if you’re following a trend, you’re already behind. Here at 101 Network, we discovered that the hard way when we were first starting out back in 2016. In order to produce content, we did what most amateur publishers do: We followed trends and tried to replicate the success of others. We tapped…

Getting More from Google Analytics: 3 Tips for Editors
September 19, 2019 at 8:30 am

Over the last year or so, I’ve had the chance to run several editorial training sessions with B2B media players. In these sessions, the number-one question I get from content teams is how to best judge success for their site content, video, podcasts, and other efforts. The good news is the questions are being asked,…

3 Ways to Make B2B Content Marketing More Engaging
September 17, 2019 at 7:45 am

Though your subject matter may be complex, your content is most effective when it’s simple for the consumer to understand. Websites, white papers, and other forms of content must deliver a clear, valuable message – and do so in an engaging way – for potential buyers to pay attention.