Content Collaboration Tools - Technology Report

December 20, 2013
How is content marketing technology different than other marketing solutions? Does anyone really need yet another segmented view of marketing software solutions? These are questions that, candidly, we at CMI started asking ourselves just after the first Content Marketing World event in 2011. At that event, we met with dozens of new technology companies that were either making their debut, or would soon formally introduce themselves to the many attendees focused on the practice of content marketing. As we began to dig into some of these companies, and understand the real-world problems they solved for enterprises big and small, we discovered that they were indeed different. And, as the second Content Marketing World approached in 2012, we saw even more new technologies — and new demand for tools specific to the practice of content marketing. But, we thought, surely this was a space already being covered by someone. Yet to our surprise, when we looked around, we discovered that no one had really done an adequate job of stratifying the market for enterprise buyers of this technology. And those buyers, along with agencies, interested venture capital firms, and even some of the technology companies themselves were coming to us and asking, “What’s the difference between X and Y solutions, and what challenges do they really solve?” We not only couldn’t point them to the right answer, we couldn’t even point them to a resonant resource that might have the answer. So, we decided that we would take the reins, spend the time to research the space and try to provide a pragmatic overview of these technologies. Companies profiled in the full-length report: Compendium Contently DivvyHQ Ebyline GatherContent InboundWriter Kapost Scripted Servio Skyword Textbroker WriterAccess Zerys Each vendor profile provides a summary of the company’s offering and highlights: Problems the platform is designed to solve Target market and pricing How to work with the platform The company’s origins and future directions Note: Nothing in the profiles should be read as a tacit endorsement or particularly pointed critique of a particular solution. Rather, our aim is to provide unbiased examination of the tools without making any particular judgment as to their overall value – while saving you time and increasing your confidence as you evaluate these vendors.
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