The Future Of Content: Content Is The Future


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ASHKAN KARBASFROOSHAN
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Editor’s note: Contributor Ashkan Karbasfrooshan is the founder and CEO of WatchMojo, he hosts a show on business and has published books on success.  Follow him@ashkan.

“I thought the analysis of content vs other video companies very convincing. But I’m curious: the content game hasn’t worked out so well for AOL and Yahoo. Audiences are fickle. Are you predicting a rosier future?” – reader comment in Is Tech a Zero-Sum Game?.

Infrastructure, Platforms & Content

Today, the Web’s infrastructure is built, and we’re filling the pipes with content — mainly free, ad-supported content.

It might seem like the real opportunities are in user-generated content and aggregation, but anyone who’s worked in those fields recognize their limitations: Simply put, marketers want to advertise alongside professional content. Tim Armstrong left Google (the mother of all aggregators) and joined AOL to remake it into the Time of the 21st century.  He didn’t double down on Bebo.

Content is marketing; Marketing as content

Content – video in particular – may be promotional or commercial, in either case it’s a means to an end.

Traditional Media Companies (TMCs) need to make their content commercial; new media producers are leveraging their content as promotional, sometimes giving it away to build value.

However, when it comes to making money directly from commercial content, the genie is out of the bottle, according to Seth Godin: “Who said you have a right to cash money from writing? Poets don’t get paid (often), but there’s no poetry shortage. The future is going to be filled with amateurs, and the truly talented and persistent will make a great living. But the days of journeyman writers who make a good living by the word — over.” Leer más “The Future Of Content: Content Is The Future”

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Dish on Integrated Solutions for Reaching Customers across Online Landscape

Mitch Spolan, VP of North American Field Sales & Advertising Agencies, Yahoo

There’s display, content and search. What if we leveraged all the screen space, told a story, and made an emotional connection? The idea’s not far from Tim Armstrong’s point that only 18% of online space is used for content. In this case, the content is mostly referring to advertising. He showed a compelling example with Chevy showing a major spike in brand recall and Yahoo! Buzz with an immersive takeover of Yahoo’s login screen.

Carolyn Everson, CVP, Global Ad Sales & Strategy, Microsoft

Their DNA is to be a partnership company. Then consumers started making their own IT decisions. With that revolution, Microsoft is reinventing how it approaches advertising and the marketplace. Microsoft is 3 different companies: a technology company, a marketer (spending $2 billion a year), and an advertising company. Its focus is now on innovating with marketers

Jim Lecinski, Managing Director, US Sales, Google

Google discussed the Zero Moment of Truth (ZMOT) – a moment before consumers ever encounter a product on a shelf, something before what Procter & Gamble called the First Moment of Truth (FMOT) where consumers have that initial experience. Google can target consumers where they are and where they’ve been. The concept is integration at a concentrated, pre-planned effort. Read more about ZMOT on Google’s CPG blog.


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Mitch Spolan, VP of North American Field Sales & Advertising Agencies, Yahoo

There’s display, content and search. What if we leveraged all the screen space, told a story, and made an emotional connection? The idea’s not far from Tim Armstrong’s point that only 18% of online space is used for content. In this case, the content is mostly referring to advertising. He showed a compelling example with Chevy showing a major spike in brand recall and Yahoo! Buzz with an immersive takeover of Yahoo’s login screen.

Carolyn Everson, CVP, Global Ad Sales & Strategy, Microsoft

Their DNA is to be a partnership company. Then consumers started making their own IT decisions. With that revolution, Microsoft is reinventing how it approaches advertising and the marketplace. Microsoft is 3 different companies: a technology company, a marketer (spending $2 billion a year), and an advertising company. Its focus is now on innovating with marketers

Jim Lecinski, Managing Director, US Sales, Google

Google discussed the Zero Moment of Truth (ZMOT) – a moment before consumers ever encounter a product on a shelf, something before what Procter & Gamble called the First Moment of Truth (FMOT) where consumers have that initial experience. Google can target consumers where they are and where they’ve been. The concept is integration at a concentrated, pre-planned effort. Read more about ZMOT on Google’s CPG blog. Leer más “Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Dish on Integrated Solutions for Reaching Customers across Online Landscape”

Yahoo Wants To Double The Amount Of Original Content It Publishes

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Despite Yahoo’s well-publicized strategy to corner a broad array of online businesses from advertising to search to content, it has more aggressively moved into the publishing space, increasingly looking like a content company.

Last week, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based portal dropped $100 million on articles aggregator Associated Content, and in so doing has effectively proclaimed its stake on a media model that in many ways is strikingly similar to AOL, a once-faltering digital business that recently underwent a massive transformation into a content-driven business.

Yahoo is the largest online content player in terms of traffic and audience, and it plans on doubling the share of original material it publishes with Associated Content, which manages a network of freelancers. Associated has built technology that predicts what kinds of content consumers want and seeds that content through natural search on engines such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing.


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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Despite Yahoo‘s well-publicized strategy to corner a broad array of online businesses from advertising to search to content, it has more aggressively moved into the publishing space, increasingly looking like a content company.

Last week, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based portal dropped $100 million on articles aggregator Associated Content, and in so doing has effectively proclaimed its stake on a media model that in many ways is strikingly similar to AOL, a once-faltering digital business that recently underwent a massive transformation into a content-driven business.

Yahoo is the largest online content player in terms of traffic and audience, and it plans on doubling the share of original material it publishes with Associated Content, which manages a network of freelancers. Associated has built technology that predicts what kinds of content consumers want and seeds that content through natural search on engines such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft‘s Bing. Leer más “Yahoo Wants To Double The Amount Of Original Content It Publishes”