publishing

What is a consent management platform, and are they needed?

In the lead-up to the implementation of the GDPR on 25th May 2018, you might have noticed a new piece of technology cropping up in the adtech ecosystem: the consent management platform (CMP).

Under the much more stringent requirements of the GDPR, companies are proactively obtaining consent from EU-based users to have their data processed by advertisers and marketers if they are to be, for example, shown targeted advertising on a website.

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. 

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.

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.

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.