Photo: David Emrich

Photo: David Emrich

Headlines abound of many digital publishers cutting 7-10% of their staff. From journalists to editors, producers to animators, many are looking for their next move. What is happening in the content marketing space? If you are looking for the answer, it is complex, and you won’t find it here. But I would say that there is hope looking at us in the face…for more hours a day than you watch cable TV. It is vertical video that you find on your smartphone.

Photo: Yasmine Boheas

Photo: Yasmine Boheas

Merger Mania

 With Disney buying Fox, AT&T buying Warner Bros and creating Warner Media, what are their plans for vertical media? All have played with digital content, tethered and un-tethered. What are their plans for vertical marketing in a multiplatform world? With all the disruption, re-orgs and acquisitions, it is time for new leadership that embraces a mobile future, and not just a new iteration of a Netflix future.

Photo: Willian West

Photo: Willian West

OTT Overload

At what point will the growing saturation of OTT providers reach a point of no return? At $6 bucks to $15 per month, times the dozens available and dozens that plan to launch, this micro and genre strategy will flame out.  The rollup of those costs will exceed any median priced cable bill. Cutting the chord implies cost savings and value creation. OTT’s should always learn from user behavior and provide content and marketing that fits the device and not take the easy way out of repurposing promos and content in landscape and think they are truly connecting.

Photo: Unsplash

Photo: Unsplash

What is Content?

The question certainly applies to what is mobile content? Is it webisodes? Branded content? Influencer content? Serial short form? Or is it Vertisodes? The most interesting play in the market is Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile content venture that is gaining momentum. Through building an executive suite with a balance of tech and entertainment, and wooing Hollywood’s greatest storytellers, they are the ones to watch. It will be major storytellers, creating vertical content, that will move the needle and go beyond Stories type content.

Photo: David Hofmann

Photo: David Hofmann

Opportunity Beckons

So, for all the displaced talent that is looking for their next move, look no further than the black mirror in the palm of your hand. Vertical Platforms and Agencies are springing up all over that need your mad skills.

Photo: Joel Lipton

Photo: Joel Lipton

About Curt Doty

Curt Doty is the CEO and Executive Creative Director at Vertuoso. An early pioneer in vertical video, he is an award-winning Strategist, Storyteller and Creative, who brings leadership experience across the entertainment, marketing and branding worlds. Vertuoso’s innovative approach to vertical storytelling has led to engagements with Viacom, BET, CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, MSG and Energice. LinkedIn