Short-Form Content Gets the Look

Marketers today need content and plenty of it. Ebooks and whitepapers make great giveaways, but, increasingly, users demand their info in bite-size chunks. Enter short-form content.

By definition, short-form content is created quickly and consumed even faster. Widely used examples include tweets, Facebook and/or LinkedIn status updates, Instagram photos, and even truncated blog posts and articles.

Josh Schwartz, a data scientist at  traffic analysis firm Chartbeat, took a look at how people scroll through Slate articles. His data shows that readers can’t stay focused. “When people land on a story, they very rarely make it all the way down the page. A lot of people don’t even make it halfway.”

Popular apps and software like the following confirm that users are hungry for short and sweet.

Vine, a mobile app that features seven-second video clips. Example: Airbnb.

Tapestry, an app that employs digital index cards by which users tell a “short story,” one card at a time. Example: Patch.

Infographics that turn complex textual information into a picture. Example: 10 Ways To Use Infographics.

Pinterest, a collection of photos gathered from around the web to tell a particular story. Example: Amnesty International.

Flipboard, software used to “build” your own magazine on any subject, simply by aggregating web content. Example: Evernote.

Snapguide, an app that lets users create and share concise step-by-step “how-to” guides. Example: School of Architecture, Kingston University London.

Snapchat, a mobile photo and video sharing service developed by Stanford University students. Talk about short! Messages posted to Snapchat self-destruct after they’re viewed. (P.S. Snapchat is H-O-T, having recently turned down a $3 billion buy offer from Facebook.) Also consider SnapChat Stories, eager to grow in ever smaller ways with  VC money  waiting in the wings. Example: Sorry, no examples are available; they’ve all self-destructed.

There’s one more short-form app I’m compelled to add because it’s so futuristic. This app — Summly  – generates short content for users automatically. Developed by a 17-year-old Brit and recently sold to Yahoo for a rumored $30 million, Summly delivers machine-generated news summaries to mobile users. 








This labelling news was spotted at The Digital Nirvana
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