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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.

Paid Content: To Index or Not to Index, That is the Question

Hello, you there! Person reading this post. How did you find it? If you’re a loyal MarketingPilgrim follower then maybe you came in here via our daily email update. Perhaps you came in off a social media link or you clicked a bookmark. If you’ve never been here before, then chances are you came in via a search engine. Welcome. We’re happy to have you and we hope you come back often.

Search engines are vital to the success of any site with written content. So why would you want to stop them from indexing your site?

The UK newspaper The Times stopped them because they felt it ran counter to their paid content business model. Back in 2010, the newspaper blocked search engine spiders as part of their conversion to digital subscriptions. Apparently, they believed that their good name alone would drive traffic to the site.

127 Rockin’ Content Marketing Tips – A #CMWorld 2012 Cheat Sheet

Great conferences can be frustrating.

They inspire you, cram your brain with creative ideas and “ah-ha!” moments, jam your wallet with the biz cards of new friends, expand your waistline and kill your per diem. (That’s the fun part.) Then it’s time for goodbyes, the hassles of travel, playing catch up at the office and wondering where all that momentum went.

If, like me, you’ve been trying to keep up with the flood of valuable insights from Content Marketing World 2012, here’s a cheat sheet to help you out. It’s a mashup of highlights from fellow attendees, blog posts that stood out, and a couple bonus links for your listening pleasure.

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