Brand awareness is measurable. And brand journalism provides measurable lift.
Where does the brand newsroom live in the media and brand/marketing world? What does it look like now and what will it look like a year down the road?
Brand news rooms will become increasingly important. One of the biggest problems with every brand under the sun jumping into producing content is that it’s leading to a flood of rubbish, poor quality content with produced with no real thought as to the audience it’s aimed at. Content pollution in other words, which at Bite we’re fighting against, www.stopcontentpollution.com. A branded newsroom’s biggest goal really should be to stop brands churning out pollution.
@Stephen: Brand newsrooms can position a brand as an equal to a media organization. For example, when it comes to attracting audience, companies like Red Bull are as powerful as any media organization. Worth noting: A deep, deep, deep commitment on Red Bull's part.
Red Bull though is now actually a media company in its own right that ALSO sells cans of drinks.
Brand newsrooms are still somewhat nascent, but what brand newsroom really sticks out to you and why? What is it about their approach that distinguishes them?
@Stephen: As previously mentioned, Red Bull is a great example of a company that has fully embraced a brand newsroom (and has done so since 2007). #commitment
Personally I get a bit annoyed always hearing about Red Bull when it comes to content marketing. Its cited at every conference I go to but it's great at content because is IS a content company. it owns sports teams, record labels etc etc. Brand don't have to be Red Bull to be able to produce great content for their audience.
@Jon We're now seeing organizations becoming their own media organizations -- take Coke for example. In the new media world, brands can use their newsrooms to become thought leaders in their industry space, curating content, breaking news and telling great stories -- their stories -- directly to their consumers.
@April yes, broadly agree but they still require third parties in the main to help disseminate that message. The third party might be LinkedIn or Twitter but it's still a third party.
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@Meena: Some news orgs do better than others -- NYT, the Guardian, etc. Most of them are flummoxed when it comes to storytelling.
@Meena News organizations absolutely value opportunities for storytelling in the digital age. The difference comes between reporting news and leveraging it on behalf of a third party.
@Meena I think good news organisations do understand storytelling. That maybe understanding the narrative of a running news story or using blogs etc to provide commentary, insight etc around a big issue
@Meena: News organizations do undervalue the opportunity to tell brand-relevant stories. The way a news organization tells a story is different than how a brand might want to tell it. They have different objectives. Both are valid.
@Meena and all those Steve mentioned are moving quickly into content marketing with some very interesting propositions, like Guardian Labs
@Justin: So is Harvard Business Review.
@Reggie in many ways it's supporting it as content marketing becomes another way publishers shore up declining revenues and support their 'real' journalism!
@Reggie: Newsroom journalism and branded content are different businesses. Branded content should not impact the quality of investigative journalism we've all come to expect and appreciate from news organizations.
@Reggie Having come from USA Today and the Washington Post, I don't think that it will. There is still a strong separation between church and state in top tier media outlets, and the blurring of those lines will not come anytime soon. ...Unless there is a scandal related to brand journalism.
@Reggie I think the real newsroom has its challenges, regardless of brand journalism. The challenge for real newsrooms is funding expensive forms of journalism, including investigations. I guess you could argue if existing publishers embrace brand journalism that could fund the expensive stuff.
@Reggie: I'm a big believer in the need for quality newsroom journalism and investigative reporting. News orgs could learn a thing or two about agility and digital storytelling from brand journalism. I think you see this already in orgs like the Texas Tribune down here.
@April although it's getting dangerously close. I'm involved with the IAB UK's efforts to introduce self regulation for content marketing to prevent any such scandals, which we've seen over the years with so many new forms of digital marketing, which will I think be important.
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