Posts tagged with Publishing

Why your headlines are worth almost all your content marketing efforts (and how to improve them)

There was a part of me that used to think that people cared deeply about how good a piece of content looked, how it was written and what it had to say. I’m sure some people still do care about these things, but let’s not kid ourselves that they are a majority. 

My experience at various publishers is that, increasingly, people are looking less at what is contained within a piece of content and reacting more to the limited information that is shown around it. 

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How new-media brand Refinery29 achieved international growth

Refinery29, the US-based publisher for young women, has gone from strength to strength in the past few years. With recent international expansion, it has generated a global audience footprint of 550m across all digital platforms. 

What’s more, its large audience is highly engaged. 


Content strategists take heed! 10 lessons from The New York Times' 2020 report

The New York Times is a massive media brand wrestling gamely with digital.

The leaking of an internal document in 2014, detailing a struggle to innovate, made the fight pretty public.

Last week, The NYT published the 2020 report listing the newsroom's 'strategy and aspirations' - it's particularly interesting for journalists and subscription businesses, but I thought I'd pick out some quotes of general interest for content strategists.

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We take a spin through Clarkson, May & Hammond's DriveTribe network

My father had a birthday last week and received an Amazon Fire Stick.

That means he is currently raving about The Grand Tour, like every other father, as detailed by a humorous article on The Daily Mash (Men stay up all night to watch twat drive car).

What you might not know is that Clarkson, Hammond and May recently set up their own online community called DriveTribe, receiving millions in funding from 21st Century Fox, private equity firms and investors.


Why I love The Pool and its refreshing approach to publishing

With so much content available to us online, how on earth are we meant to decide what is worth consuming?

The Pool, a multi-media online magazine for ‘busy women’, wants to provide us with the answers.


Despite all the challenges of 'distributed news', traditional brands are vital for social

The Reuters Digital News Report was released last week, it's the usual collection of insightful research and sage analysis.

Despite Mark Thompson's warning that 'winter is coming' for the world's news publishers as they seek to ensure profitability, there are some positive findings in the report.

Notable is the ability for traditional news brands to cut through the noise of social media, despite the inherent challenges of distributed news.


What is non-linear advertising & how can it help publishers?

Though the term non-linear advertising is perhaps a little academic, the concept is a useful one when discussing multichannel campaigns.

It's also a lens through which to view display advertising, and the problems it is beset by.

Here's my attempt at explaining it.


10 things marketers should know about Medium's new publishing platform

Those that have used Medium (300,000 have published there) know it to be a slick and enjoyable tool.

But now Medium has decided it's a platform and not just a social network for writers.

So, what should marketers know about Medium?


Content creators, it's time to abandon yourself to Facebook

For years, brands and publishers in particular have been warned of the dangers of wallowing too far into Facebook.

The rationale was that if brands didn't prioritise their own publishing platforms (apps and websites), they would be vulnerable if Facebook decided to shake things up.

2016, to my mind, has seen the old argument finally put to bed, as Facebook steams into new features and publishers realise the art is in hedging bets and learning as they go.

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What does content strategy mean at The Economist?

The Economist has caught the eye of late, with notable successes in creative programmatic and experimentation with social platforms.

I caught up with Heather Taylor, Director of Content Strategy at The Economist, to ask a few probing questions.


Here’s why the UK culture secretary is clueless on ad blocking

The ad blocking debate continues to rage on, showing no signs of slowing. A tsunami of mixed opinions and bad misunderstandings. 

The latest high-profile figure to publicly grab the wrong end of the stick entirely is culture secretary John Whittingdale, who last week referred to ad blocking as “a modern day protection racket” in which publishers have to pay to appear on a whitelist.


Three is right to declare war on ‘irrelevant and excessive mobile ads’

Just when you think things can’t get any worse for the publishing industry, somebody goes and hammers another nail in its coffin. 

Well, it’s not quite as dramatic as that. But recent news from mobile network provider Three certainly got the ad industry talking over the weekend. 

The network has announced that it will roll out ad blocking technology on its network after initially trialling it in Italy. 

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