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Tag: advertorial

15 Audience Development Strategies Most Publishers Avoid and Shouldn’t

It’s hard to determine how to spend both your time, and your resources within a business. The way we look at every decision you make is this:

Is whatever you’re thinking about doing, going to help you build an audience, improve capture rates, increase engagement rates, or monetize more visitors?

Your audience development efforts fall into three of those buckets, which means that audience development, in essence, makes up 75% of your overall publishing goals. If it doesn’t, then how will you have enough people to convert into customers and monetize?

How to Determine Native Advertising Pricing

Advertorial, native ad, sponsored content, custom content—tomato, tomahhhto—it’s all a similar scenario: a publisher creates and/or publishes content paid for by a sponsor. Regardless of how we refer to it, we’ve been doing it since publishers started selling ads on paper, and it’s come into vogue over the past few years now that ad dollars are being spent more online.
In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains where native advertising came from, and how you’ll know when your native advertising pricing is too low.

The Benefits of Online Advertising in a Nutshell

Once upon a time, online advertising had a shady reputation.

Luckily for publishers, that’s all in the past. The online advertising industry has improved its reputation, and consumers have become more accustomed to seeing these ads. Even the once-dreaded popup ad has become routine, especially when it’s carefully aligned with your content, which is a Mequoda Best Practice.

What is SMO? Develop Your Social Media Strategy in 8 Steps

Social Media Optimization (SMO) is what we call the process of optimizing your content and your business, for social media.

Typically, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes first. This is the process of creating content that has been optimized for some set of keywords that our target audience is looking for.

SEO Tip: It’s Time to Suppress Floaters and OFIEs on Mobile Phones

The most important SEO tip of the month is suppressing floaters and OFIEs for mobile phone users
By now most of you know that Google has decreed popups and interstitial ads, which include Mequoda Best Practice floaters, to be outlawed on mobile phones as of tomorrow, January 10, 2017.

Google objects to the way these ads interfere with

Mequoda’s Top Multiplatform Publishing Posts of 2016

Our top-read multiplatform publishing posts of last year show an interest in native advertising and publishing expansion

This year has been a huge time of change in publishing, and we’re excited to see that much of that change comes in the form of multiplatform publishing. Even the most hesitant publishers have started to adopt new subscription

The Anatomy of an OFIE: How Smart Publishers Collect Emails

If you’ve ever been to one of our events, or you just got dropped on your head when you landed on one of our articles, you’ve probably seen the acronym OFIE here and there.

Around here, using OFIE it in a sentence (pronounced OH FEE) is as common as saying the words “website” or “conversion”. Say it with me, OHHHHH FEEEEEEEE. Or you could spell it out… oh, eff, aye, eee!

How to Lift Your Freemium Conversion Rate With Freebies People Actually Want

If your freemium conversion rate is less than 2, you can use these resources to create better, more compelling and more clickable freebies.

Email is by far, the most profitable marketing channel most publishers use. So it’s no surprise that building an email list is one of the most important items on a publisher’s to-do list

Native, Publishing Partnership Still a Work in Progess

By now, you know that native publishing is sweeping the industry, as digital magazines continue to cultivate additional revenue generators and provide more elegant options for both marketers and audience. But is it growing too fast to really take hold?

Two New Advertising Revenue Models Publishers Are Using to Make Money

There are two new advertising revenue models in town – and you probably didn’t even know they existed

Since magazine, newspaper, and newsletter publishers turned to the web, there have been a series of advertising revenue models deemed fit to secure the futures of those publishers. The good ol’ CPM (cost per thousand impressions) model fits

How Multiplatform Magazines Make Money Outside Their Magazines

If you are a magazine publisher, you are a digital magazine publisher. You are online, and hopefully you have a digital edition of your magazine. But that may be all you’re doing, and if your print and digital magazine are all you have, you’ll want to be broadening your multiplatform magazine horizons.

Adjusting Your Multiplatform Advertising Revenue Model for the Digital Age

Does your advertising revenue model include content that delights and informs users, while similarly rewarding your advertisers?
As the digital publishing market has grown and changed, selling ad space has only become more difficult. The market is saturated. Sponsors aren’t happy with websites crowded with ads as publishers try to grow revenue (and users aren’t happy with

How to Leverage and Sell Multi-Channel Marketing for Your Publication

How to leverage multi-channel marketing both internally and also to sell out your advertising packages

The human race doesn’t all live in one house, or all work at one business. We don’t drink our coffee the same way, and we all definitely do not save our pennies for the same exact vacation.

When a mother and daughter

What is a Web Magazine?

What is a web magazine compared to a digital magazine or a magazine’s website?
The answer many people give to the common question, “What is a web magazine?” is often incorrect.

You’ll often be told that a magazine’s website is a web magazine, but strictly speaking that’s not correct.

Others believe a web magazine is the same thing

Tips for Boosting Your Subscription Revenue Model

For digital publishers not fully reliant on ads – which hopefully is you if you’re aiming for high multiplatform performance – few components are as crucial as your subscription revenue model.

At Mequoda, we’ve spent a ton of time studying and writing about digital subscriptions, because we believe they’re a big part of the future of digital magazines.

Advertorial Design Best Practices

How to sail the winds of advertorial design, or sponsored content design – our favorite stream of publishing revenue

Advertorial, native ad, sponsored content, custom content—tomato, tomahhhto—it’s all a similar scenario: a publisher creates and/or publishes content paid for by a sponsor. Regardless of how we refer to it, we’ve been doing it since publishers started selling

Native Digital Advertising: Will New FTC Rules Restrict Revenue?

F0r some publishers, native digital advertising is the next big thing, while others have been perfecting it for years. Still, many have steered clear altogether, and there are more who aren’t sure how to best pull it off to begin with.

Regardless, the native digital advertising backlash has already begun after 2015 saw a huge spike in sponsored content and the early headlines in 2016 are pointing to possibly an even bigger year. But with the FTC’s recent update to native advertising rules and regulations and studies that show many consumers can be easily confused by branded content, some observers – Digiday among them – are saying the ad medium may have peaked.

But should native’s success be sustainable – and in some form or another, we believe it will be, since it’s just another phase in the evolution of advertorial – digital publishers will still have to clean up their acts when it comes to presentation. However, it’s the self-same Digiday that sings the praises of Time Out’s native strategy and successful monetization.

Native Advertising Trends: FTC, HuffPo, Scripps, and More

Native advertising trends will shape the digital publishing industry in 2016. For one, they represent a more elegant and modernized option for online magazines looking to generate revenue the old-fashioned way — that is, via marketing dollars — while flying relatively under the radar of those big, bad ad blocking defense systems.

Branded content has been gaining steam for a while, even if it just has a fancier name for advertorial. We’ve been watching closely, and so, too, has the Federal Trade Commission, of course. Now, finally, we have official guidelines from the FTC, just as the demand for native ad campaigns is reaching unprecedented levels.

AdAge covers that development and much more in several recent articles about native advertising trends.

10 Top Multiplatform Publishing Posts of 2015

Our most-read multiplatform publishing posts of 2015 reveal a desire for better understanding of sponsorships, organization and cross-platform development
This year we’ve tackled everything from online advertising models, content recycling and building better multiplatform publishing teams in our Multiplatform Publishing Strategy articles. However, there are a few that have consistently been our highest read, commented on,

What Are Native Ads’ Status Among Publishers?

First things first: What are native ads, as we know them today? Native advertising is sponsored content crafted by marketers, often in collaboration with in-house studios at digital magazines, that’s intended to “fit in” with articles and videos on a publisher’s site, without misleading readers.

Sound like a fancy way of saying advertorial? Well, sure, but we’ve come a long since the early days of advertorial. How far, and where does the evolution find us? Well, that’s what Digiday asked several publishing executives. Let’s start there today!

How Men’s Health Overcomes Digital Advertising Revenue Challenges

Are you generating all of the digital advertising revenue you’re capable of? If so, what’s your secret? If not, join the club.

Mequoda Members know that relying solely on digital magazine advertising to pay the bills and try to turn a profit isn’t the wisest move. But as one plank of a multi-platform strategy – functioning as a team alongside with subscriptions, events, products, and even an ecommerce content strategy – the benefits of online advertising can be integral to your success.

The Best Advertorial Definition & Examples That Will Inspire You

Prime Publishing shows what a good advertorial example is made of

Call it what you want, an advertorial, a native ad, sponsored content, or even an infomercial if you’re in broadcasting circles. An advertorial (aka all those other things) is an ad that walks, talks and acts like an editorial. When done well, advertorials are produced

Ad Blocking Programs Continue to Vex Marketers, Publishers

How are entities like Vox Media, Quartz, the IAB, and the ANA combating ad blocking programs?
As ad blocking programs proliferate and become more popular with consumers – especially younger consumers like Millennials – marketers and publishers are feeling the heat in trying to confront what they consider a common enemy.

Recent news about Google’s efforts to

7 Content Marketing Resources for Mastering Advertorials

Content marketing is more than advertorials, but they’re certainly a big part.
When you think of content marketing, you probably think of blogging. Blogging is certainly a big part of content marketing (hence the word “content”) however there’s more to it than that.

First of all, in order to turn content into marketing, your content must be

3 Must-Read Ideas for Spicing Up Your Editorial Schedule

Creating a robust editorial schedule for your blog isn’t only about making sure that your categories are getting published in regularly. It’s also not about fulfilling the need of all the different types of readers that come to your site. And it’s not even just about writing quality content.

Your editorial schedule is where you have the opportunity to organize all of the content you will produce for the next pre-determined amount of time. It could be a week, but more likely it’s about a month, or a quarter.

12 Great Call to Action Examples from Magazine Publishers

Big and small publishers show everyone how website conversion is done, with these awesome call to action examples.
One game we used to play at every Mequoda staff meeting, was to look at some of the top publisher websites and play “find the email signup form.” People.com was always our favorite fail, because they were so big,

What Is Native Advertising and Its Impact on Consumers?

We’ve covered the question “What is native advertising?” several times, stressing that it’s not a new component of publishing revenue, but rather a fresh take on advertorial for the digital age. Another term for it? Sponsored content. In other words, content that brands craft themselves to resemble surrounding magazine content and then pay for placement, or content that brands pay the magazine’s in-house studio to create plus place. This includes article-like text, video, infographics, and more. One important caveat here is that brands – or the publishers they’re paying, for that matter – cannot, by law, mislead consumers. That line has been bent, stretched, blurred, and seemingly redrawn over the years, with various parties weighing in. But rarely have we had the opportunity to hear what readers actually think about the native ads they’re expected to digest. MinOnline reports on a recent study that provides just such an opportunity. Let’s start there today!

Hugely Successful Advertorial Examples You Can Learn From

With these new-age advertorial examples, you’ll re-think your native advertising game
Sixty seven percent of Americans think advertorials, also known as custom content, or native advertising content — add value to a website.
Are you an editor, and does that number shock you? As advertorials have become the norm in online publishing, new editors have been up in arms about something that consumers are into, as long as they know it’s sponsored.
And if you’re an ad-driven legacy publisher, advertorials have been a part of your business model as long as you can remember. They occupied the 16-20 page “special advertising section” of your publication.

How to Buy Traffic to Your Articles via Social Media Ads

Social media is undoubtedly the best way to get your articles shared. Since 2007 or so, the social media world has become a go-to spot for businesses who are looking to create content and then market it to the masses. Some would argue that social media is meant to be a one-to-one platform, but realists know that it’s a one-to-many platform.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading articles about the “old days” of social media. The days where people listened more than they spoke, and they conversated more than they retweeted and shared.

We’re pretty cool with both – we like engagement, but we also enjoy getting shared. One thing is true – you have to work a little harder these days to be seen in social media. Once you are, you visibility will skyrocket, but getting to the point of noticed is a challenge in itself.

The Truth About Email Marketing

Is it somehow improper for email newsletter editors to support audience development efforts? Is it wrong for bloggers to promote a product from an advertiser, or from themselves?

What is Native Advertising Content?

Native advertising is content that is created to subtly promote or sell a product. It is also referred to as an advertorial. Most often, this content is sponsored by a third-party advertiser, although publishers also write native ads for their own products.

Different types of native advertising examples include in-feed ad units, which are articles that look like every other piece of content on your site, except it’s clearly labeled as sponsored. We also consider the paid search units in your website search results to be native advertising. Additionally, if you recommend third-party content in your “related content” section below articles, those would be considered native ads. If you sell listings, like AutoTrader, then any listings that are paid for and sponsored (by a big car manufacturer for example) would be native ads. Some sites have featured content widgets displayed at the top of their content, or alongsite it that are sponsored by advertisers and yes, those are also native ads.

If at any point you are producing, displaying, or publishing natural content from an advertiser on your site, this could be considered native advertising.

Condé Nast Editorial Staff to Join Marketing Efforts

Native advertising on some of the most popular digital magazine sites in the world will be produced by Condé Nast editorial personnel, the Wall Street Journal reports.

10 Multiplatform Publishing Lessons for Profitability in 2015

Over the past year, the Mequoda team has made many new discoveries regarding search optimization, audience development and subscription websites, but moreso than ever, we have spent time working with publishers on their multiplatform publishing strategy.

Native Ads Come To Print

Native advertising has been an interest to many digital publishers. Now, one major publisher is touting the notion that it has run the first native ad in print.

Stephanie Losee Keynote Covers Brand-Platform Dynamic

Stephanie Losee, managing editor at Dell Global Communications, delivered the keynote at the Content Marketing and Innovation Summit this week, and what she had to say might surprise you.

Mequoda’s Top 10 Multiplatform Publishing Posts

Multiplatform publishing focuses on three main types of content: online, offline and live. More specifically, websites, email, magazines, video, books and events.

Our most popular multiplatform publishing articles covered the spectrum of producing white papers, to publishing on different tablets, to publishing blogs, video, websites and creative ads.

Bill Wackermann Turns to Hotels for Customer Service Training

No matter where you look these days, it seems like you encounter lackluster customer service. But a legendary Condé Nast exec is having none of it when it comes to his staff.

Food Network, HGTV Mag to Sync Content

The resulting product may not reach the level of Law and Order meets Homicide, but two Hearst brands are planning a crossover episode of their own.

Sponsored Posts Part of The NY Times New Digital Publishing Strategy

The New York Times relaunched its website yesterday, while also unveiling its sponsored posts. DigiDay’s Brian Morrissey writes, “The New York Times said it would take every care to label its first foray into native advertising, and it wasn’t kidding. The inaugural campaign, which is for Dell and launched today with the NYT’s redesigned site, carries several disclaimers.

Native Ads Aren’t New, Time to Ditch Yahoo Accounts, Advertisers Get Picky

All this hype about native ads gave us a chuckle in yesterday’s weekly Mequoda editorial meeting. In case everybody’s forgotten, native ads aren’t new, a fad, or even advertising’s hottest thing. Remember advertorials? Magazines have been selling them, and publishing them, for decades! Digiday’s interpretation made me laugh, saying the name switch is like “putting lipstick on the advertorial pig.” Some would disagree because the ads are supposed to replace traditional online advertising, but AdWeek editor Mike Shields tweeted early on, saying “we’ve had ‘sponsored sections’ since 90s. Ditching banners is what’s revolutionary.”

Publishers Must Disclose Sponsored Content – Google Says So

Google recently let publishers know that they’ll be scrutinizing advertorial content more closely in the future. Publishers need to make it abundantly clear to readers as to which pieces of content are sponsored. So how are other publishers handling this?

Digiday investigated how four digital publishers are disclosing sponsored content to their readers. One publisher they looked at was MIT Technology Review. “Technology Review has a devoted URL to its sponsored content guidelines and in clear language explains that material from advertisers is always unambiguously labeled, and the sponsor is always clearly identified,” writes Digiday.

Savvy Email Segmentation Wins at New York Magazine

New York magazine has become one of our favorites around here. And not just because their iPad app is one of the more innovative ones we’ve seen, but also because we keep watching them innovate.

Lately we’ve been analyzing the email calendars of our favorite magazine brands to discover any trends in consistency timing and promotional efforts. We decided to do New York this week because they have a robust editorial calendar, and until I started this case study, I didn’t realize just how robust, or how smart.

An Email Calendar That Re-Uses Magazine Content to Sell Magazines

Knitting Daily, a crafting website that anchors Interweave Knits, is a Mequoda best-practice website. Over the next few months I’ll be analyzing the editorial calendars of publishers, and given that the folks at Interweave have always been our golden children, we decided to start with them.

On KnittingDaily.com, a user is given unlimited opportunities to sign up for an email newsletter. The homepage has a floater upon first entry that offers a free eBook like Knitting Daily’s Knitting Techniques for More Successful Knitting.

However, if the user decided to close the floater, they’d also get an OFIE at the top of the page that collects the reader’s email address, in this case, Knitting Instructions for Knitting Accessories: 7 Free Patterns.

The Truth About Using Hero Shots in Email Newsletters

As humans, we are drawn to shiny things. You can have a 200-page book, but when you add pictures, examples and visual case studies to a page, you’re keeping the readers’ attention for longer, while they examine the image.

The same goes when you are selling a product. Someone recently asked us in our members-only Mequoda Pro Q&A forum:

“How important is it to have a product picture in your marketing emails?”

Let’s start by answering a question with a question.

10 Content Marketing Mistakes That Get Mequoda Editors Fired

To put this post together, we banged together the heads of everyone on the Mequoda team to consolidate some of the mishaps that have occurred with our clients. There have been some truly talented print editors that were either let go, or left by themselves because they couldn’t weather the print to digital transitions. Ones that refused to SEO their content and wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars in content that had to be re-optimized later.

30 Go-To Email Copywriting Tips [+ Video]

There are a few places you can make really good, or really bad first and last impressions in your email copywriting. Get these right and you’ll build loyalty from the start and get those subscribers to stay with you longer.

41 Ways to Build Email Circulation Forever [+ Video]

You can build email circulation over forty different ways, and we’ve got all the case studies to prove it! If you’re subscribed to our email newsletter, then you’re living proof that the tips I’m about to share actually work. One of them even worked on you

Saving TIME Magazine: or, the Future of All of Us

Digital magazines can thrive, but they can’t be Yahoo

On March 3, 1923, TIME magazine was born. It was what most publications were in that era: an aggregator, dedicated to rewriting the news from around the world in pithy, pointed nuggets. To their prospective financiers, founders Henry Luce and Briton Hadden boasted that the average reader could get through an entire issue in 30 minutes.

5 Tips for Today’s Online Editor

An online editor’s position is very different than the traditional editor might realize. In addition to creating great content, they have to follow particulars associated with the digital environment, including content marketing and audience development strategies.

Take a look at a few of these requirements below.

Learn How Digital Content Marketers Leverage Organic Media

If you’ve never been trained on best practices for leveraging organic content, than you are likely missing out on website traffic

SEO blogging is unlike anything traditional editors are used to. There is a personal connection expected throughout the world of blogging, and to succeed within it, you need to be a positive source of content and collaboration. This involves supplying the market with high-quality content, building a strong community and shared valuable viewpoints.

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