This Week in Content Marketing: Yes, Apple Will Buy Disney (Someday)

This Week in Content Marketing: Yes, Apple Will Buy Disney (Someday)

Author: Joe Pulizzi / Source: Content Marketing Institute PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both i

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In this episode, we discuss the rumor spreading through Wall Street that Apple will buy Disney. We also explore Netflix’s newest billion-dollar business model and six publishing trends Reuters says brands need to pay attention to. Our rants and raves include an overly harsh critique of brand studios and the need to question your choices; then we close the show with an example of the week from Mint.

This week’s show

(Recorded live on April 17, 2017; Length: 1:02:16)

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2. Notable news and upcoming trends:

  • Wall Street wonders whether Apple is wishing on Disney’s star (11:55): Business Insider’s Markets site reports on the theory that Apple’s cash pile of more than $200 billion makes it a prime candidate to purchase Disney – a move that would solidify its position as a leader in the entertainment content space. There’s no telling whether either party is actively considering a deal, and Robert is skeptical. Yet, I’m just excited to see industry speculation catching up to PNR, as this is a topic we’ve been talking about since I predicted an M&A play between the two companies back in 2015.
  • Does Netflix have a new billion-dollar opportunity on its hands? (22:02): Another Business Insider article caught our eye this week, which offers a discussion on the revenue-generating potential of Netflix selling merchandise based on its hit shows, like Stranger Things. The speculation is based on the company’s recent job posting for a head of licensing, which focused on how merchandise could be used to sustain interest in its shows. As I see it, Netflix has a number of valuable content brands on its platform that it isn’t fully tapping into. If the company wants to scale its growth even faster than it already is,…