By Eric Sherman

Time and Meredith tried and tried to merge, but the marriage wasn’t to be. Greg Mason, CEO of digital media company Purch, tells host Alex Sherman the problem is magazine companies just aren’t very good businesses. That makes it difficult to find a price where banks are willing to provide financing and both sides want to strike a deal. Legacy publishing companies with big brand names should turn to technology developed by digital media companies…perhaps like his own.

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Doug Llewellyn is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Purch, a New York City-based digital publishing and marketplace platform that helps more than 100 million users make better buying decisions. Purch is now relaunching Business.com, a platform that allows Purch to develop an ecosystem for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The new Business.com provides entrepreneurial expertise, products and services, all of which are crucial for SMBs to navigate complex buying decisions and gain a competitive advantage.I had the opportunity to hear from Doug and learn what value Business.com is bringing to growing businesses.

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Be Relentless – The Relation Between ROI And Engagement

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Greg Mason joined Purch as Chief Executive Officer in 2012, bringing over twenty years of product development and innovation in technology media and digital publishing. Greg is responsible for implementing the company’s strategy of unifying content, commerce, and community, which has shepherded in accelerated growth, success, and scale.

Prior to joining Purch, Greg served as Executive Vice President of Consumer Services at WebMD. Prior to that, he spent eleven years with CBS Interactive and CNET Networks where he held a variety of global operational roles, culminating in the leadership of the entire technology and news portfolio. Before his time at CNET, Greg spent a combined eleven years with Ziff Davis and International Data Group (IDG) in various publisher, sales, and sales management roles.

He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in marketing at the University of Nevada-Reno and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

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The New Business.com Platform Underscores Purch’s Position as a Leader in Connecting High-Intent Buyers and Performance-Based Marketers in Both SMB and Consumer Markets

(New York, April 25, 2017) Purch, a next-gen digital publishing and marketplace platform, announced today the launch of the new Business.com, a content and commerce marketplace that brings together industry-specific communities of small business owners with the experts who can help them understand and grow their business.

“Business.com is a revolutionary disruption of the small business model, providing business owners with the tools, services, and expert and peer advice they need to grow their businesses,” says Greg Mason, CEO of Purch. “The SMB community is the backbone of the American economy, but, up until now, we have failed to give them the resources they need to succeed.  With Business.com, Purch has built a platform to serve those businesses throughout their lifecycle, from budding start-up to global expansion.”

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The new Business.com builds upon Purch’s already robust community of 5.7 million SMB members. Key features of the new Business.com include:

  • First-of-its-kind combination of expert content, in-depth advice and Q&As, reviews and tools – all focused on helping SMBs succeed;
  • Innovative SMB marketplace that connects small business owners with the right products and services specific to their business needs;
  • Unique membership and services model that provides Business.com members with cashbacks and other incentives, in addition to discounts on products that SMBs buy frequently.

Business.com will focus on 15 key industries, including restaurants/hospitality, construction/general contracting, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, agriculture, travel, and financial services.

The relaunch of Business.com bolsters Purch’s growing portfolio of Business-to-Business brands and services, including BuyerZone, the leading online marketplace for buyers and marketers of SMB products and services, and Business News Daily, which empowers small business owners to lead and grow their businesses with clear and actionable buying advice and how-to information. In the coming months, Purch will be announcing an array of new features, functionality, and integrations on Business.com and the company’s growing SMB platform.

To learn more about Purch and its owned and operated sites, please visit www.purch.com.

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Purch is a digital publishing and marketplace platform uniquely positioned at the intersection of content, commerce and customer. By combining in-depth product reviews, comparisons, and services with industry leading publisher technology, Purch creates a seamless connection between intent-based buyers and sellers. The company generates more than $1billion annually in facilitated commerce through its tech, shopping, lifestyle and SMB brands, including Tom’s Guide, Top Ten Reviews, ShopSavvy and Business.com. With more than 1,200 product categories, Purch is the #1source for buying advice for more than 100 million people each month.

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By Ross Benes

Here’s one more thing for small publishers to worry about: New net-neutrality rules are going to jack up the costs of doing business.

Rolling back net neutrality would relegate independent publishers to the slow lane of the internet because they’d be unable to afford access to high speeds. Large publishers with more cash can overcome this obstacle, but they’ll be hit with onerous fees and face possible competitive disadvantages from subsidiaries of internet-service providers receiving preferential treatment.

“I suspect that ISPs would create different tiers of data transmission speeds and prioritization,” said Fred Lane, an attorney who specializes in emerging technologies. ”Large corporations would be in a position to negotiate preferential treatment in ways not available to smaller content producers.”

See the full article featuring comments from CTO John Potter here: http://digiday.com/media/net-neutrality-hurt-publishers/

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