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The social content model has long been the same: publish enticing snippets of your content on social platforms, lure people to click, and drive traffic back to your site, where the money is to be made. And for a long time, this content model has worked. But lately, we’re seeing an evolution in the move towards “distributed publishing,” and Business Insider is the latest high profile company to experiment with it.
The meaning of ‘Digital Publishing’ has changed just as much as the landscape itself in recent years. What began as the simple task of translating the written word into a digital application has now developed into an industry dependent on new technology, innovation & social media - a whole new world to consume content.
Facebook debuted Instant Articles this month for their current iPhone app and will soon introduce it on Android. Instant Articles allows publishers and editors to serve media rich content, including long form articles, high resolution images, interactive graphics and auto-play videos to the Facebook app that load up to 10 times faster than clicking on a link. Instant Articles will retain their original publisher’s design layout including logos, fonts and cover images.
Facebook's long-awaited direct-to-Facebook publishing service was finally announced on Wednesday, giving publisher the ability to directly post their articles to the social networking giant's site. In essence, Facebook Instant Articles are pieces of content that are consumed in their entirety on Facebook's mobile apps, meaning the reader does not have to click through to the publisher's site. At launch, brands like Buzzfeed, NYT, BBC News, The Guardian and National Geographic have access to create and publish these instant articles, but should it be successful, open access could potentially change the way the industry works.
If you weren't already aware, Facebook officially unveiled what it calls "Instant Articles" this past week. This feature gives publishers (currently just beta participants) the ability to fully syndicate entire articles on Facebook. On its surface, this looks like an incredible opportunity for publishers to get their content in front of new audiences. Potentially, this could also turn into a channel for brands' content marketers to infiltrate, too.
After much speculation, Facebook’s Instant Articles are here. Instant Articles gives publishers the opportunity to post their content direct to Facebook, in a move that some are proclaiming as ‘selling their soul’ to the social giant. The concern, given Facebook’s history of changing the ground rules, is that while the initial offering from Facebook on Instant Articles is good, the other shoe will eventually drop once the process has become embedded and publishers are reliant on the new practice.
Every day we see brands entering the world of brand publishing. Having a content marketing strategy is a must for any business, no matter what industry they operate in. Have you ventured in yet? If not, why not? The terminology may be different. How it gets distributed may not be the same – but brand publishing has been around for many years. It used to be called PR.
In February last year, LinkedIn opened its publishing platform: LinkedIn Pulse to the public. It’s now rolled out access to the masses and you can publish your own posts via the LinkedIn platform. Some clients have been self-posting their delicious content via Pulse for a few months now. While they happily post away, we’ve noticed some experiencing declining views, comments and engagement. So has the shine rubbed off LinkedIn Pulse or is there more we can be doing to increase engagement?
The next evolution of Facebook has been uncloaked – earlier this week, reports surfaced indicating that Facebook has been working with some of the world’s largest publishers on deals to have them post content directly to Facebook, in conjunction with material published in their own publications. This would mean users would no longer have to click on a link to read the latest news story, keeping them on-platform longer, and enabling Facebook to capitalise on that attention through ads.