Sports Is An Entertainment Product That Content Helps Sell

Entertainment brands are on the forefront of seeing themselves as creators of content. For marketing pros in this sector, it’s native territory. Mike Stevens, chief marketing officer for the New York Giants, is such a creature. According to Ad Age, the New York Giants and Fox Television’s two New York stations are forming a new […]

Content Partners Pave Way To Web

Ad Age questions why print media brands have struggled to gain a foothold in the digital realm. The reasons vary, but it appears one print brand has it figured out. Complex magazine, where Complex.com is an important part of the brand footprint, has just formed partnerships with the independent blogs Nice Kicks, Nah Right, Bastardly […]

Hollywood Scratches YouTube Itch

This week, one of Hollywood’s top digital agents–United Talent Agency digital head Brent Weinstei–is leaving the shop that represents movie stars such as Vince Vaughn and Johnny Depp to become the CEO of 60Frames Entertainment, a new company dedicated to handling the financing, ad sales and syndication of “professionally produced online content.” “We wanted to […]

When You Don’t Own The Pipes, Aggregate

Scott Karp explains the importance of aggregators to content producers, particularly to newspapers who, with some notable exceptions, don’t quite get it. Publishing 2.0 gets 73% of its traffic from search and referring sites, which include aggregators like Techmeme. Some of my content is also syndicated in full text on Seeking Alpha, Yahoo, and Digital […]

There’s A New Content Sheriff In Town

Donna Bogatin of ZDNet has written two posts about Attributor, the VC backed start-up seeking to help online publishers profit from the widespread repurposing of their orginal content. Attributor’s technology analyzes publishers’ original content published to the Web—text, images, audio, video—with the goal of providing “visibility” as to how it is subsequently re-used by third-parties […]

Content Too Hot For Ritz To Handle

According to The New York Times, Ritz-Carlton is objecting to foul language and brand-diminishing storylines in a book of short stories it commissioned from Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. The luxury hotel chain planned to provide the book, Turndown Tales, as part of its turndown service. One of the stories in Turndown […]

Bud.TV Not Viral

Nigel Hollis of Millward Brown examines the jerky start for A-B’s $30 million dollar online content play, Bud.TV. Unfortunately for Bud.TV, it seems that the pundits were not alone. While money can buy you content, it can’t, apparently, buy you respect. Of the five males aged 21 to 27 who viewed the site for me, […]

Ad Age Pedals Impending Doom

Bob Garfield is trying to scare us with his “Chronicles of the Media Revolution” series in which he explores ongoing technological upheaval across the media and marketing industries. Perhaps you believe that vast structures on which vast societies and vast economies depend do not easily lose their primacy. Perhaps you believe that the TV commercial […]

A Content Driver

Los Angeles writer, Mark Haskell Smith, cerated a serial novel–Black Sapphire Pearl–for Lexus. According to the Washington Post, he was paid “more than a modest book advance but less than what he would get for an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.” Call it a fictomercial, a literatisement, branded entertainment. Lexus doesn’t really care. As long as […]

Cut The Crap

One of the nation’s top general interest bloggers, Jason Kottke, wants podcasters and video buffs to get to the point. Before YouTube and Google Video came along, video on the web often suffered from taking too many cues from the production values of traditional media. Even in the early days of YouTube, a typical video […]