Marketing Pilgrim's "Content Marketing" Channel

Sponsor Marketing Pilgrim's "Content Marketing" Channel today! Get in front of some of the most influential readers in the Internet and social media marketing industry. Contact us today!

News Corp Pulls the Virtual Plug on their iPad Newspaper

Falling just short of their two-year anniversary, News Corp is shutting down their iPad newspaper The Daily.

On the surface, this doesn’t sound like big news, but it’s a terrible blow for content producers. You see, The Daily was News Corp’s attempt to show that a digital / mobile was a viable substitute for the printed newspaper. With subscriptions and ad dollars falling, news publishers know they have to go virtual to remain in the game but it’s just not working — not in terms of ad sales or subscriptions.

In 22 months, The Daily acquired 100,000 paying subscribers. The prices varied slightly by device but in general we’re talking $19.99 a year for Kindle, $39.99 for iPad and other tablets. Initially, a lot of subscribers came on board for the novelty, drawn in by the promise of quality journalism in an interactive format.

Some Cross Channel Marketing Troubles Attributed to Staffing

Cross channel marketing is one of those subjects that is SO easy to throw around in a conversation about marketing but when you get down to the actual execution of the different facets of it things get a little less easy.

A recent study from ExactTarget and Forrester called “The Keys to Successful Cross Channel Marketing” gives us a look into the struggles that marketers encounter in trying to truly execute and measure the success of cross channel marketing efforts.

The study looked at marketers in companies of $100 million plus in revenue and it found that 78% of those surveyed feel cross channel efforts are important or very important to their business. Other major findings include

Poynter Study Shows How We Interact with Tablet Content

As a teen, I learned to speed read using a machine that brought each line of text up into my line of vision like a teleprompter, pushing me to consume each sentence at a glance. Once I had the skill, I transferred it to books by moving my eyes down the page instead of the page moving up to meet my eyes.

But now that I do the majority of my reading digitally, I’ve naturally graduated to a hybrid of the two which Poynter says is becoming the norm for tablet readers.

The Poynter Institute is training a new generation of journalist and that means looking at how our reading habits are changing to meet digital requirements. For their new study “Poynter EyeTrack: The Tablet,” they monitored two groups of people, 18-28 year-old “digital natives” and 45-55 year-olds “printnets.” (People who grew up with print but have moved on to the internet.)

Newsweek Goes All Digital While OCRegister Revitalizes Print

In 1984, Dr. (and Ghostbuster) Egon Spengler declared, “print is dead.” He was certainly on to something, but his conclusion was a bit premature.

Newsweek, the venerable weekly news magazine, has been publishing steadily since 1933. At that time, the magazine cost 10 cents an issue or you could buy a full year subscription for $4.00. Inside the pages — solid news reporting and in-depth looks at people and issues you thought you knew. But it’s the covers that made Newsweek famous, from their undoctored OJ mugshot to Obama with a rainbow halo.

Well, the reporting will live on but the mag’s cover days are almost over. At the end of this year, Newsweek as a print magazine will cease to exist. After that, it’s all digital. You’ll still have to pay for a subscription but the issues will arrive in your iPad instead of your mailbox.

Variety Drops Pay Wall and Says They’ll Still Print

Variety has been the source for entertainment industry news since 1905. No, that’s not a typo. The newspaper started out as a trade paper covering vaudeville from New York City. In 1933, they began producing Daily Variety in order to cover the growing movie business from Hollywood. Back in the day, they’re only real competition was The Hollywood Reporter but with the birth of the internet, all that changed.

Variety is no longer the shining beacon it used to be. With more readers moving to the web, the site put up a paywall and slowly landed deeper in debt. Now Variety has a new owner with a new promise, the paywall is coming down!

Would You Pay 50 Cents to Read This Post? Google Tests Micopayments for Content

People have always been happy to pay for newspaper and magazine subscriptions, as long as the words arrived printed on actual paper. Asking those same people to buy that same content in digital form is another story.

A few outlets have had success with paywalls on the majority of their content, but it’s hardly the norm. Now that tablet usage is increasing, digital magazine subscriptions are on the rise, but still, they usually come as a bonus when you get the printed matter in the mail.

Oddly, people are much more likely to purchase ebooks. In the UK, Amazon now sells more ebooks than print books, so why aren’t people buying short articles online?

Content Marketing for B2B Is All About Lead Gen

Before we look at some of the findings of the latest research into the world of content marketing could we look at the term ‘content marketing’. Is it me or is this just a phrase for the act of simply sharing what you know?

It’s not a revolutionary concept like many seem to try to convey. Content marketing is simply about being a little more intentional about how you share information that makes you and / or your company look better because you are putting your knowledge on display and not keeping it too close to the vest. Many companies get overwhelmed at the idea of ‘content marketing’ when really all they need to do is take information they already have and share it. Pretty basic, right? If you want to add to or debate this please do in the comments.

As for the intent of content marketing for the B2B space? It’s lead gen as the main goal or objective, no matter who does the research. These findings from blogger Holger Schulze, a blogger who writes at Everything Technology Marketing and VP of Marketing at eG Innnovations found (as repackaged by eMarketer)

While BtoB Magazine’s findings look quite similar.