News Republic is built on a unique model: Instead of exploiting publishers’ RSS feeds, it shares revenue with them. A risky option that begins to pay off as the company lands deals with cell phone makers. Current numbers are impressive: News Republic racks up 272 page-views per monthly active user.
Behind Blendle’s facade lies a complex set of tools aimed at expanding the reach of paid-for editorial: a recommendation engine; the possibility for publishers to use parts of Blendle’s back office for content optimization; a revisited transaction system, all of which could have serious impact on the news ecosystem. Here is a peek under Blendle’s hood.(This is the second part of a series. Part one is here.)
It didn’t take long for Google to fire back at Facebook’s Instant Articles. While the two company strategies differ, they both impact the future of news content distribution on mobile platforms.
The Dutch micropayment platform for articles is taking off in spectacular fashion. Its foray into the German market delivers another proof of publishers’ interest in the kind of business model Blendle embodies. But, down the road, Blendle sees itself as the main transactional infrastructure provider for quality journalism. In this first of two articles, we’ll look at Blendle’s key success factors.
Taking the long view, the rise of adblockers solves many problems for the digital news industry… But for one problem: things will get worse before they get better.
LinkedIn was poised to become a major player in the business news sector. Instead, the professional social network is stuck with dull editorial content. Let’s see why it let the train pass, preferring to bet on quantity above everything else.
The European posture against US-based internet giants features all the ingredients of an entrenched ideology, complete with vocabulary and canned phrases. (Second of a series)
Here in Europe, America’s domination of the digital world is met with unabated detestation. Today’s first of two articles looks at the facts.
The Financial Times is a rare media property: a global, long-established brand combined with a successful — although unfinished — digital transformation. Such uniqueness explains why Nikkei paid £844m ($1.3bn, €1.18m) for it.