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The State of Content Commerce

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Gretel Going, co-founder of Channel V Media in New York, says that in 2016, “Micropayments will become an increasingly popular way to get readers, listeners, and viewers top pay for specific content — articles, songs, shows — rather than paying an umbrella scubscription fee for a content provider they’re not willing to commit to on a regular basis.” She points to what The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post are doing with the Dutch company, Blendle — which licenses content from publishers and resells to audiences via micropayments.

Television content, says Going, will be increasingly moving away from an advertiser-supported model to a subscription model. “More and more TV content providers are moving to a subscription model. YouTube Red is the latest in a migration toward subscription content not supplemented by advertising revenue.” She adds, “Buy Now buttons on interactive video ads make connected TV video ads actually shoppable, in the moment, offsetting the cost of advertising and increasing ROI.”

To make it all work, though, content providers need to have a well‑developed strategy, says Sexton. “If you’re watering down your content — or if the same content is free as is behind a metered paywall…— [you risk] cannibalizing your brand and cannibalizing your content monetization strategy.”

About Channel V Media

Welcome to Channel V Media (CVM). We’re an award-winning PR and communications agency, founded in 2008.

We build market momentum for Fortune 500 and emerging companies, advising and executing on Communications Strategy, PR strategy, and digital marketing. We specialize in breaking clients into new markets and categories, rising to the top of crowded conversations, and reinvigorating enthusiasm for long-standing companies as they compete in new areas.

CVM builds awareness for companies and their products, develops C-suite leaders into industry visionaries, positions clients to be among the most vocal in high-value conversations, and drives inbound leads.

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