content marketing

The Economist Shakes Up The White Paper: Sukacheva

AUSTIN — Over the years, when most people have talked about The Economist’s online strategy, discussion has centered around its access model. Right now, that is three free articles a week – but this is not the only horse the publisher has in the race. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is also…

Outbrain Uses Data To Improve Content Marketing: LaCour

PHOENIX — Since founding in 2006, Outbrain has built up to serving 200bn content recommendations on publisher sites every month, most as suggestions at the bottom of online articles. Now it wants use some of that breadth to improve the relevance of those recommendations. “As publishers get smarter in content recommendation, we’re…

Taboola’s $117mn Round Welcomes Comcast, Publishers

FORT LAUDERDALE — Content marketing discovery platform Taboola has completed its latest fundraising above the $100mn rumored in recent reports, with its founder saying some advertisers are spending eight-figure sums through the company. Taboola is announcing a $117mn Series E round, led by Fidelity Management and Research Company along with…

The New York Times Finds Success with Native Video Advertising

LAS VEGAS — The New York Times has intrigued many with sponsored articles it has run under the “Paid Posts” scheme it launched in 2014. Now it is finding that branded articles carrying video are consumed most. “A lot of our best-performing stories have had video as part of them; many…

Tribune Picks Taboola For TV Sites’ Content Marketing: Report

Big media companies are increasingly keen on locking in long-term native advertising commitments, if the latest of two big announcements this week is anything to go by. Tribune Media’s broadcast subsidiary Tribune Broadcasting, whose TV stations include KTLA of Los Angeles and WGN-TV of Chicago, is about to announce an…

Content Marketing Needs Better Metrics, Rigorous Distribution, MEC’S LaVecchia

Content marketing is on the cusp of breaking through, and needs a few best practices in place to become a powerful marketing tactic, says  Gian LaVecchia, Managing Partner, Digital Content Marketing at MEC, in an interview with Beet.TV. Linking strong storytelling, with metrics and distribution is vital, he says. “If…

The Six-Second Video Offers New Opportunities, MEC Exec Says

The six-second canvas represents a new opportunity for video content marketing as a means to to drive business response, says  Gian LaVecchia, Managing Partner, Digital Content Marketing at MEC, in an interview with Beet.TV. Vine is pushing creators to think through a new lens and tell stories in a compact way,…

Millennials Are Cool With Brands Changing All The Time: Initiative/IPG Study

Brands need to mimic the characteristics of millennial-age consumers to curry their favor, according to research, The Reset Generation, conducted by media agency IPG’s Initiative group. “Their expectations of brands are what they think people expect of them,” says Initiative’s US chief strategy officer Sarah Power. “They’re comfortable with brands…

Content Has Elevated Itself Above Advertising: MediaCom’s Morris

CANNES, France — Advertising is no longer the only game in town for brands who want to reach audiences, says a media planning agency exec. “The reason content is now so topical is, brands are increasingly looking for much more ROI,” MediaCom’s global MBA head James Morris tells Beet.TV. “Content…

Tumblr Helps Yahoo Advertisers Tell Their Story

CANNES  — Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr a year ago was all about helping brands go beyond conventional display ad formats. And now Yahoo has started promoting Tumblr content marketing slots across its network. “The traditional inventory … haven’t really provided marketers the environment to tell a rich, engaging, robust story,”…