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  • Year in Preview: 2017 will be the year that platforms pay up

    Facebook's paying for live video and Snapchat's evolving the terms of its publisher compensation in 2016 were signs that the platform giants will pony up for content. But it's not out of altruism. What platforms care most about is scale. And only a select few media companies that have the scale and point of difference will benefit -- which means others will continue reconsidering investing in platform initiatives that have no clear payoff.

  • Introducing Issue 4 of Digiday’s magazine

    Pulse is now part of a new Digiday membership model. Our offer: Pay about $1 a day ($395 a year) and we’ll give you a magazine with insightful, unique content; monthly data reports from our summits; member events in New York City and beyond; and an exclusive, monthly newsletter from our editors on what’s coming next in media and marketing. Last week, we held our first Digiday Pulse subscriber meetup at our offices, where we held a talk with NowThis president Athan Stephanopoulos and heard on top trends for 2017 from Digiday editors.

  • Inside the Turner Sports-Bleacher Report romance

    When Turner Sports bought Bleacher Report in 2012, it made the smart decision to leave the upstart sports site alone. Since then, Bleacher Report has grown to 500 million monthly video views and an engaged audience across platforms. Revenues have also tripled as the company continues to chase a diversified, platform-centric media business. None of that would have happened without Turner willing to invest in Bleacher Report while also giving it the freedom to experiment.

  • #ImWithHer: Inside the Clinton campaign’s social strategy

    Throughout the campaign, Hillary Clinton’s social media team is good at alternately playing offense and defense when Donald Trump attacks her, turning the Republican presidential candidate's own social bombast into media coverage against him. The team is also good at combining social with field grassroots operations through data. "It’s in many ways the secret weapon of the Clinton campaign,” said a marketer who is very close to the Clinton team.

  • Josh Topolsky on his new startup: ‘There’s a new generation that is not that interested in Facebook’

    Chasing scale has overwhelmingly driven digital publishing, but veteran tech journalist Josh Topolsky believes there's a sustainable digital model for thoughtful journalism that doesn’t require joining the race for scale or doing Facebook’s bidding. For his forthcoming site The Outline, he wants to explore video, gaming and inventive uses of text to tell stories. "What people want is evolving and what we’ve done hasn’t evolved along with it," he said.

  • Funny Business: How Matt Bellassai went from BuzzFeed intern to social media star

    Four years ago, Matt Bellassai was an editorial intern at BuzzFeed. Today, he has a People’s Choice Award, just completed a 30-city stand-up comedy tour and is working on his first book -- not exactly the standard trajectory for someone who originally wanted to be a magazine writer. But that’s simply the nature of the times, where anyone with a fresh or interesting voice can quickly become a star by uploading videos on the web.

  • Luxury fashion’s slowly coming around to plus sizes

    Luxury designers have been slow to enter the plus size market, despite it growing year on year and there being a strong demand for it. One approach to tackling the issue is collaborations between plus size retailer Lane Bryant and luxury designers like Prabal Gurung, who also believes the answer for change lies with small retail boutiques. “Big changes happen in small places,” Gurung said.

  • Bottoms Up: One exec’s quest to turn down the bro in beer marketing

    Britt Dougherty is "humanizing beer" at MillerCoors -- a mission that began when during an ad review she realized all the women in ads for the brand were wearing bikinis. In an effort to stimulate slowing big beer growth and get women -- a hugely important part of the market -- Dougherty is out talking to distributors about fewer bikinis and more women that are part of the conversation. “We know we have millions of barrels of opportunity if we do this right,” she says.