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Google News Lab, Algorithms, and Content Creation

Spin Sucks

Three years ago, I was introduced to  Narrative Science , a company that trains computers to write news stories and create content or, better explained, how  algorithms are becoming superior storytellers over journalists. But the founder, fellow Utahan and Chicagoan Kristian Hammond , says in the next 15 years, 90 percent of all news stories will be written by computers.

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Gin and Topics: Content Slow Jam the News

Spin Sucks

On this week's Gin and Topics, we have some local Chicago celebrities who slow jam their content news, some Olympians, a gleeful dog, and more. The post Gin and Topics: Content Slow Jam the News appeared first on Spin Sucks. Comments Yay! took a gamble that it would be fun. told the. by Tony Gnau LIterally laughing out loud at slow jam. The best!!

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Using Twitter to Disseminate News Without a News Release

Spin Sucks

I’ve never been a fan of the news release. I’ll go ahead and put it right out there. In fact, earlier this year, I wrote, “ No One Cares About Your News Release ” when asked if it was OK to post your news release, verbatim, on your blog. That’s why I was so interested to read Peter Himler’s , “ Can Twitter Displace the News Release?

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The Anemic State Of Content And News

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Let's not even begin to discuss how often "news" items are shared that are, in fact, articles from the parody site The Onion. Content marketing professionals would lead you to believe that the "cream always rises to the top," and that the truly great brands who are leading the charge in content as media, are the ones who are creating the best, most valuable and utilitarian content (and, that you should do the same). This doesn't make it the best content, it makes it the content that the best efforts were laid against to push it. content. real. .

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How Much Google News Traffic Do Publishers Get? Here’s Data on 80 News Sites.

Adam Sherk

Google News has been in the news itself lately, from European efforts to impose taxes to questions about its value and even suggestions for giving it a full redesign. But I was curious how much news search traffic sites are currently receiving and what percentage of total search traffic it represents. News Sites Ranked by Google News Traffic. total search visits.

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A Holiday Guide for the Content Marketer

Spin Sucks

As a content marketer on top of your game, you’ve probably already come up with a killer strategy full of interesting seasonal content for the holidays. However as this talented marketer, you also know, in order to really do a great job in your content marketing this season, you’ll need to produce timely content along with this traditional holiday content. Quora.

Facebook Updates News Feed Algorithm

Ignite Social Media

Once again, Facebook is changing the way its News Feed is structured and many people have questions as to what it actually means this time. As this new feature on Facebook rolled out, so did a document titled “News Feed Values” by the company, which is meant to supply clarity around exactly that question. Simple, right? Both yes and no. Don’t freak out just yet though, people.

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Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story than Humans?

Spin Sucks

One of the attendees told me he pays $50 a day to an Indian firm to have them scrape content off the Internet and change it “a little bit” so he can post it on his own blog. When I asked him if he had issues with the ethics (or lack thereof) behind taking someone else’s content he said, “If you don’t want people to use it, don’t put it on the web.”

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Take Advantage of Additional Google News Opportunities for Publishers

Adam Sherk

Google News continues to be an important source of traffic for publishers, in particular from the news OneBoxes that are frequently included in regular Web search results. While most news search optimization efforts rightly focus on editorial best practices and avoiding Google News errors , there are some additional opportunities that are worth taking advantage of.

Four Ways to Keep Content Fresh

Spin Sucks

Do you know the story of how  BlendTec  used  Will It Blend  to keep content fresh about industrial-strength blenders? Keep Content Fresh. To help us tell their stories, we do a few things to stay creative and keep content fresh: Subscribe to SmartBrief. I’m a big, big fan of the SmartBrief newsletters. There are a lot of content ideas in there. By Gini Dietrich.

Google News Tip for Google+ Embedded Posts

Adam Sherk

A quick tip for news publishers on using Google+ embedded posts. When embedding a Google+ post in a news article, be sure to include enough original editorial text to meet the 80 word minimum for Google News indexation. The content within the embedded post does not contribute towards the total word count in the article. Google News Wants Title Tags to Match Headlines?

SMART News Content

Proactive Report

Over the past ten years the news media has been under a great deal of pressure. According to the 2013 State of the Media report from Pew Research Center, shrinking newsroom staff has opened the door for news content from nonprofits and brands to be included in news reporting: “With fewer specialized beats your press release has never been more important. majority of U.S.

Repurpose Content with These Six Tools

Spin Sucks

So, I’ve moved on to one of the most valuable marketing superpowers of all—how to repurpose  content. Repurpose Content: The Content Marketing Superpower. For (busy) content marketers, I’d argue yes, because it’s the closest we can come to being Emma Watts—er, I mean, freezing time. The following six tactics are my go-to to repurpose content and reach new audiences.

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News Release Success: Be Found in Search Results

Spin Sucks

Generate a great idea for a news release. Write the news release focused around those keywords. For years when a PR pro sat down to write a news release, he or she put her SEO hat on first and the wordsmith hat on second. The answer was simple: Change the algorithm and improve the news release Enter Google Panda. By Mickie Kennedy Does this process sound familiar?

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Facebook and Twitter Offer News Organizations Much More than Just News Delivery

Adam Sherk

The Pew Research Center’s The State of the News Media 2012 is out and the section on What Facebook and Twitter Mean for News makes for an interesting read. The figures on where users get their news links from is already being covered as a sign that Facebook and Twitter may not be as strong of a news source as previously thought. Social Media

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How the Blog Post Op-Ed is Changing News

Convince & Convert

This isn’t news to you, but here’s what makes it interesting: If you were to search LinkedIn for “Google Alphabet”, you’d find a collection of articles written by CEOs, Presidents, and Ph.Ds. The company op-ed also has the task of delivering news that is relevant to readers and the company itself—otherwise, it will be ignored. They are all replacing traditional news.

5 Good Ideas for News Media Facebook Pages

Adam Sherk

What are news organizations doing to increase user activity and engagement on their Facebook pages? Here are five good ideas for news media Facebook pages: 1) Use Geotargeting. It’s a good fit for broadcast too, as local news stations often share user comments from their Facebook pages (and Twitter) on the air. 4) Host Live Chats. But it is good to experiment. What Else?

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How to Create High-Quality Content

Spin Sucks

If you want to always be safe from changes Google makes to their algorithms , the only way to do it is through really good content. What Constitutes High-Quality Content? If you’re having trouble creating high-quality content, there are questions you can ask yourself to help. Does your site have content that is similar? Has the content been edited? Thirty minutes.

The Fastest and Slowest News Sites in 2012

Adam Sherk

So I thought I’d check in on the PageSpeed scores for a selection of major news sites. For this year’s comparison I started with the group of sites I looked at last year (see Google Page Speed Ratings One Year Later ) and added in the majority of sites from News Organizations on Google+: Which Pages Get the Most Engagement? News 96. T-5 Breaking News 90.

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Google News Optimization Tips

Adam Sherk

Home About Contact PR Publishing SEO Social Media Subscribe Adam Sherk Google News Optimization Tips by Adam Sherk on September 3, 2009 This week Google put out a video to give publishers more information on how Google News works and how best to optimize for it. Duplication and Novelty Detection – More credit is given to original sources of content.

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The Most Common Google News Errors and How to Avoid Them

Adam Sherk

In working with publishers one of the things I’m most frequently asked to do is troubleshoot problems with Google News. Anyone on staff at a news or content site can attest to the importance of Google News and news search optimization. Not an approved source – site not showing up in Google News? It also helps to segment your news content (i.e.

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The Future of Content Marketing is Now

Spin Sucks

By Gini Dietrich Content marketing exhaustion. Content marketing overload. Content marketing is king. In the information age, we all have so much content coming at us at every second of the day that we are becoming immune to it. Because there is so much out there, a backlash around content marketing is building. What is the vision of your content? Vision.

Content Marketing Strategy? Think Like A Reporter

Webbiquity SMM

Although 93% of B2B companies are doing content marketing, less than half view themselves as successful with it. However, companies with a documented content marketing strategy are three times as likely to say their efforts are “very” or “extremely” effective as those without one. So—creating a content marketing strategy is vital. The Inverted Pyramid.

Timeline of PR News Content

Proactive Report

This was a new medium with new technology and it needed new content. By 1955 half of all American homes had a TV and this became the medium of choice for news. They had to learn to create news content for yet another new technology.  Video news releases took quite a bit of skill and creative talent.  In the 1930s radio was a part of most American households.

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Four Content Discovery Tools to Engage

Spin Sucks

Content discovery is a crucial, and often overlooked, component to successful digital campaigns. Whether for social sharing or to fuel ideas for your content marketing plan, searching quality, targeted content is key. Here’s a look at four content discovery tools that can add meaningful value to your audience engagement efforts. Swayy for Personalized Content.

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Google+ Engagement for News Sites: Top Performers and One-Year Growth Rates

Adam Sherk

Which news sites get the most engagement on their Google+ pages? It’s been a year since I took an early look at engagement rates for news organizations on Google+ , so I thought I’d revisit the topic and do a fresh comparison. used the same news organizations as last time with a few changes and additions, bringing the list to 48. 394.04. 2 BBC News 147.34

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Feature Content that Answers Questions for Better SEO

Spin Sucks

Nearly two years ago, Google changed their algorithm (and called it Hummingbird ) to accommodate the way people search the web—by featuring content that answers questions. The point is that we tend to ask questions when we search and Hummingbird increases your search rankings when you feature content that answers questions your customers or prospects might ask. By Gini Dietrich.

Social Media News You Can Use: Millennial Marketing

Sprout Social

This week in social media news, LinkedIn caught our attention with a fresh (and very thorough) playbook and survey on millennials. Alexandra Rynne Associate Content Marketing Manager, Marketing Solutions at LinkedIn @amrynnie. Content consumption habits. Here are the different types of content they love to engage with: Why it matters: Millennials are lazy. Median age.

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Local TV News Teams Having Fun with Pinterest

Adam Sherk

In preparing for the Pinterest portion I took a look at the pinning activity of local TV news teams. There are some good examples out there however such as Fox 8 News in Cleveland, KARK 4 News in Little Rock, Seattle’s KING 5 and WHSV 3 in Harrisonburg, VA. Among the types of boards that are popular are lifestyle content (recipes and food, fashion, home, etc.);

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5 Mistakes That Prevent Your Content From Going Viral


Why isn’t your amazing content going viral? Why aren’t people sharing your content? What What pushes someone to not only to view your content, but to pass it on? There is a science to creating viral content. There is probably nothing more efficient and effective in spreading your message than a viral content marketing campaign. Write like you speak.

Google News Not Always So Great at Favoring Original Sources

Adam Sherk

News publishers are all too familiar with the fact that Google News doesn’t always do such a great job of favoring original sources in its story clusters. Today I noticed an example that is worth pointing out because you’d think Google News would be able to handle it properly. Related posts: Google News Wants Title Tags to Match Headlines? Google News Optimization Tips.

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Six Sources for Nonprofit News


———— I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to keep up with all the news. Many of us have our own curation practice, but one of the most efficient I have is to keep an eye on those in our community who are curating the news for us. It’s the most efficient means of reading the nonprofit news that I need to know. must-read. Nonprofit Blog Carnival.

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Facebook to Change News Feed to Focus on Friends and Family: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Buffer Social

The goal of Facebook’s News Feed is to show people the stories that are most relevant to them. Now, Facebook has announced one of their most significant News Feed shuffles. On Wednesday , Facebook shared that the News Feed algorithm is going to shift so that it will more favorably promote content posted by the friends and family of users. News and Trends

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Social Media, Journalism and “The News Will Find Me”


She says, ”during the presentation, I identified four areas impacted by social media: the changing definition of an authoritative news source, the concept of news participators, how news is shared, and the changing news cycle.” How has social media affected the way you present news-worthy industry information to your community? Content Strategy

Repurpose Content: A Test and the Results

Spin Sucks

OK, OK. I’m finished with my experiment to repurpose content. Everyone talks about repurposing content. Some people just re-share their content on the social networks, with no updates, while others give it additional legs through eBooks, Slideshare presentations, and more. The Results of the Repurpose Content Test. Four Ways to Keep Content Fresh.

Content Strategist vs. Content Analyst

Spin Sucks

It’s no secret we’re overwhelmed with content. But where is all the good content? And most importantly, how do you ensure you’re not consuming content that turns out to be a total waste of your time? We need to take the same approach in digesting content. Digesting content shouldn’t be about the next best thing or being first in the conversation limelight on Twitter.

Facebook News Feed: Friends and Family First, Core Values

SocialTimes Facebook

Friends and family come first in Facebook’s News Feed , as the social network detailed the latest tweak to its algorithm  and detailed the values that guide that algorithm. Engineering director Lars Backstrom  announced the algorithm update in a Newsroom post , saying that posts from friends will be ranked higher in News Feed than posts from pages. That’s why today, we’re announcing an upcoming change to News Feed ranking to help make sure you don’t miss stories from your friends. Readers: What are your thoughts on Facebook’s latest News Feed algorithm change?

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How to Produce Social Media Content for Your Business


If your business already has a presence on your chosen social media profiles or if you are just starting out, you know that you have to post great valuable content continually and consistently to attract new followers and retain the ones you have. You also know that social media is a hungry content machine! logging forms the infrastructure of your content strategy. Viola!

12 (of the) Best Content Marketing Infographics of 2013

Webbiquity SMM

Content marketing is more than just text of course,  and infographics have become one of the most popular non-text formats. How do infographics fit with other content marketing tactics? Infographics About Content Marketing. Line Up Your B2B Content with your Customer’s Goals by Business2Community. ** 5 STARS. Beginners Guide to Content Marketing by Pamorama. ** 5 STARS.

Boost Content with Science and Art

Spin Sucks

By Gini Dietrich Last week, Paul Sutton  had a question about when to boost content. For instance, we always pay to boost content for our monthly webinar series on Facebook. The point is that we can have 54 more people at our monthly webinars by paying for a little content boost, which is neither lazy nor against what social is about. Communication Content