‘Jack-of-All-Trades, Master of None’: Why Mashable Flamed Out
November 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

Few images better capture the unfettered optimism and indignity of digital media than 2014 at South by Southwest, where a line of hoodie-wearing attendees snaked around the block at Mashable House, a pop-up lounge run by the tech news site, to get their picture taken with Grumpy Cat. Nearby, AOL “digital prophet” Shingy swung on…

There’s a Digital Media Crash. But No One Will Say It
November 20, 2017 at 11:01 am

Yesterday I appeared on a panel about digital publishers who are ‘pivoting to video’. I’ve written about this before. But in case you’re new to it, there have been numerous cases over the last six months to a year in which digital publishers have announced either major job cuts or in some cases literally fired…

Ziff-Davis Will Reportedly Buy Mashable for Just $50 Million
November 17, 2017 at 12:13 pm

In another sign of how digital media companies are struggling, Mashable will be sold to trade publisher Ziff Davis for around $50 million, according to a Wall Street Journal report. That would be only one-fifth of the company’s $250 million valuation during its last investment round in March 2016. While Mashable had attracted little interest…

Sports Illustrated TV: Time Inc.’s First Video Subscription Is $5 Monthly on Amazon Channels
November 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Time Inc., in another big bet on pivoting its business toward video, is launching Sports Illustrated TV, its first over-the-top subscription-video service. SI TV, priced at $4.99 per month, will be available starting Nov. 16 on Amazon Channels. The service has a lineup of 130 hours comprising licensed movies and documentary films — including the…

What Does Mark Zuckerberg Really Think of the Value of News? Not All That Much.
November 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm

As I was listening to mixed but mostly negative news last week about newspaper company financial results, Facebook was reporting another 49% surge in ad revenues and a quarterly profit of nearly $5 billion. What caught my attention, though, when I later read a transcript of Facebook's earnings conference call was a Mark Zuckerberg comment…

Press Release: Media Companies Grow Facebook Social Video as Engagement & Monetization Opportunities Emerge
November 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm

NEW YORK (PRWEB)October 31, 2017 -- For media companies leveraging short-form video to reach audiences on Facebook, increasing the quantity of video posts yields disproportionate gains in views and engagement, shows Wochit’s Q3 Social Performance Index. On average, publishers that increased their video production found a tri-fold increase in video views. Social video creation platform…

LinkedIn Will Debut Video Ads by Q2 2018
October 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm

Smartphone users will start seeing autoplay LinkedIn video ads from Prudential Financial and Microsoft Canada first, then from all

BBC Will Use Machine Learning to Cater to What Audiences Want to Watch
October 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Today, BBC’s R&D team announced a five-year initiative to use machine learning to work out what audiences want to watch. To accomplish this, the team is partnering up with data scientists and experts from UK universities as well as media and tech companies based in Europe…

At BuzzFeed, a Pivot to Movies and Television
October 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm

BuzzFeed started its motion picture arm in 2014. Initially, the division specialized in creating clickable video content, racking up an estimated three billion views a month. But over the last year BuzzFeed Motion Pictures has expanded its purview. These days Mr. Henick and his team of 42 people concentrate their energies on mining BuzzFeed articles,…