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SmartCompany reboots

By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
Business news website SmartCompany has undergone a rebrand featuring a new logo, website design, colour scheme and user experience.
Consulting publisher Will Hayward wrote in an announcement posted on the site that the rebrand came about as a result of a clinical review focusing on increasing the site’s audience, attracting a younger audience and introducing new forms of advertising revenue.
 
The rebrand is split into four key areas: content, design, product and advertising.
 
“The most significant structural change we’ve made is to retire StartupSmart as a standalone publication for startups and tech news. This was a difficult and time-consuming decision because we’re proud of what we’ve achieved with the brand,” said Hayward.
 
“But if we’re serious about our planned growth, we need to more actively engage with other platforms, and grow our audience wherever they might be. We can’t expect them to find us — we must find them. Part of this is the extension and rationalisation of our investment in newsletters. We will now publish every day except Sunday, bringing you the most important news and information across the small business and startup space.”
 
The outlet provides its content free of charge, relying on advertising dollars to keep it running. With that in mind, Hayward said there was now a greater focus on attracting advertisers.
 
“But as a more clearly defined media company with a much deeper engagement with our audience, here at SmartCompany we can offer advertisers something the tech platforms can’t — that being, trust, relevance, environment, entrepreneurial ethos and a highly targeted, interested audience.
 
“So we’re reworking the sales team to shift the emphasis from selling purely transactional deals — meaning banner ads, click-through campaigns and downloads — to a broader, deeper and much more creative (and therefore engaged) range of content for our information-hungry audience,” he said.

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