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Tag: best practices

9 Guidelines for Content Aggregators Who Recycle the News

Aggregating great content is just as valuable as creating great content

Content aggregation is often given a bad name, because it’s often done incorrectly.

The best content aggregators approach the process as the valuable art form that it is. Content aggregators recognize the web is all about content aggregation, and their work allows users to reach new depths on the subject matter they care about.

We first wrote about content aggregation in 2011. At that time, he had been researching best practices for content aggregation and strategies content aggregators should avoid.

5 Email Newsletter Best Practices You Can Fix Today

It’s amazing to see the evolution of the email newsletter – how brands use it to communicate, how the designs have changed over the years, and how the strategies of staying relevant have advanced.

Even though email newsletters have been around for years, they are still valuable for digital publishers. They are often a publisher’s largest source of revenue.

Our 2016 Mequoda American Magazine Reader Study & Handbook

Take this information to the bank … 2016 Mequoda American Magazine Reader Study & Handbook & Handbook polled 3,241 U.S. adults with internet access and found that nearly 42% of them are reading digital magazines, up 13.8% from 2015.

Freebie Friday: A Complete Guide to Increasing Website Traffic for Free

This handbook takes you from the big picture of building an audience to the minute but critical details website architecture that helps you build email lists. You’ll learn how the most successful publishers optimize entire sites for Google, from picking keywords to writing optimized content.

Strategy Spotlight with Don: Managing Open Source Software for Fun and Profit

When you go shopping for a new car, you’re generally limited to the inventory on the lot. You might want gullwing doors like a Delorean or a new Tesla, but you can’t get them on an Audi. You can choose your color and wait a few weeks for your vehicle to arrive from another dealership, but you can’t get racing stripes without a custom paint job somewhere else. It’s not that different when buying proprietary software for your website and content management system, so why do so many publishers still head in that direction?

Strategy Spotlight with Don: Scaling Marketing for a Growing Product Line

Multiplatform publishers have a lot more choices – and decisions – to make about marketing campaigns. It’s almost enough to make even a strong person run screaming for the nearest direct mail package designer, isn’t it? But you don’t have to surrender to the confusion – paralysis by analysis is not an option!

Strategy Spotlight with Don: 5 Goals Every Publisher Should Have in Mind

One thing we’ve noticed about the most successful publishers we know is that they have three major things in common. And it has nothing to do with being a household name, a ton of charisma or a rampant following on social media.

Strategy Spotlight with Don: 3 Ways You Might Already Be Ahead

One thing we’ve noticed about the most successful publishers we know is that they have three major things in common. And it has nothing to do with being a household name, a ton of charisma or a rampant following on social media.

Best Digital Magazine Publishing Software You Can Use to Launch Your Digital Magazine

Digital magazine publishing software is important; which option are you using?

Publishers have been trying digital magazine publishing software during the last few years in hopes of creating the best digital products for their audiences. And like everything else in digital magazine land, digital magazine software has evolved at light speed since we made our initial recommendations in January.

Here’s our latest (opinionated) look at the magazine software landscape.

Strategy Spotlight with Don: Bringing Discipline to Chaos

Mequoda is a little unusual as an organization, people tend to feel puzzled about us. Are we a consultancy? Are we a developer? Most often this confusion becomes apparent when we meet one of two types of clients, described below.

Email Footer Examples and Best Practices for Keeping Readers Happy

We developed the Email Newsletter Scorecard with our friend and email marketing expert Jeanne Jennings. Let’s look today at #9: the all-important footer. In addition to abiding by CAN SPAM laws, having a footer resonates with the email recipient because it gives them a way to communicate with your brand, manage their subscription or opt out of your list if they choose. Giving these options makes your email newsletter and email spotlights more reputable.

Readers have come to expect that they can find this information in the email footer template of your mailings.

Best Practice Updates in Website Conversion Architecture for Mobile & Desktop

Over the last 3-6 months desktop and mobile conversion best practices have changed in response to Google, who continues to challenge us in an effort to make the web a more pleasant place to search and learn.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then adversity is the father. And Google has given us some adverse conditions to work with as they try to accommodate the rise in mobile devices, and the rise in mobile traffic.

How to Run a Roundtable Discussion

The steps to facilitating an effective roundtable discussion with roundtable discussion questions

Have you ever run a roundtable discussion?

Throughout my years in publishing, I’ve taken part in countless roundtables. During some, I was the facilitator and other times I was a participant.

Although there are many ways to direct them, my ideal approach to running roundtables focuses on the fundamental needs of the attendees.

25 Email Design Best Practices for Publishers for Mobile and Desktop

It’s been reported that the average email users spends at average of 51 seconds on each email newsletter they read. If this average pertains to your market, you need to develop a way to maximize your email’s ability to connect with your audience.

Website Redesign and Newsroom Changes Come to Major Publishers

Huffington Post’s website redesign digs towards tabloid roots; The Economist slowly redesigns its site; The Boston Globe sets to reinvent its newsroom
A website redesign can have a major impact on a publication, especially if the new site incorporates subscription options or enhanced audience development strategies.

We begin today with a website redesign from Huffington Post, which

Mequoda Announces 6 Subscription Website Systems for 2017

A Mequoda Audience Development System is a physical, turn-key content management system that is customized to help publisher’s attract new visitors, convert them into email subscribers, engage them, and finally, monetize by converting those visitors into paying customers and subscribers.

To build every Mequoda Audience Development System (Mequoda System for short), we use the Mequoda Method — a collection of best practices that have been formed by watching the world’s most successful online publishers. We also document the results of every a/b and split test that our portfolio of clients are testing every day, and when we see consistent results over time with one methodology, we share it as a best practice with our clients.

Strategy Spotlight with Don: How to Keep 100% of Your Online Magazine Revenue

The Internet has made it cheap, easy and efficient to launch new streams of niche media revenue. Choosing your content focus is a business-critical decision, as the focus you choose pretty much dictates your chances of success with a subscription website. However, more serious than the focus on content for a subscription website is the business model.

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Strategy Spotlight with Don: Save Time & Increase Revenue

Do you ever feel like you’re working harder than you need to? You probably are. Most people do. And the worst part is that without an outside perspective, you could spend your whole career trying to figure out how to work smarter, not harder.

5 Best Practices in Digital Magazine App Publishing

Now that so many publishers are issuing digital editions, it’s time to take a look around and quantify some best practices that we’ve noted in researching apps and digital magazines.

First, let’s do some definitions. Terminology is changing daily, as it always does with new technology and new products, but for now we should at least attempt to clarify a few things. Some of these definitions come from outside Mequoda, but others are our own preferred definitions that serve to clarify some of the confusion in the industry right now. Your mileage may vary!

18 Website Development Tools to Try

There’s a never-ending stream of new tools that pop up every day to help us become better web developers. We have a dashboard of tools we look to for ideas, assistance and even implementation, and it’s safe to assume that you probably do too.

Last year we discovered and shared a lot of web design tools that we use and want to pass on. In case you’re new here or missed a few, here are our favorites.

It All Starts With a Plan

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”
Winston Churchill called it, all right.

And it strikes me that trying to succeed in the magazine publishing industry is a lot like running a war: lots of moving parts, struggling to outmaneuver the enemy – that is, the competition – and often without an end in sight.

But,

Are You Using All The Marketing Channels Available to You?

Subscription marketing is entering a new golden age. The trouble is, with so many new sources, niche publishers like you can’t always keep up on their own.

Legacy sources like direct mail and brick and mortar newsstands continue to decline, but no one is ready to declare them dead yet. And all these exciting new Internet

6 Paid Newsletter Best Practices for the Digital Age

These days, when people talk about newsletter best practices, they’re usually referring to free email newsletters, used as a marketing tool to drive inbound traffic to websites. But because some of us are old-time journalists here at Mequoda, we also think fondly of paid newsletters, a classic journalistic form that survives today in the digital era.

How Find the Best CMS for a Magazine

The best CMS for a magazine should be built for publishers, not everyone else

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all content management system. The best CMS for a magazine should be built with a publisher in mind. After all, you have a different business model than a software company, e-tailer, or a small business using

2017 Mequoda State of the Union

Last year Mequoda launched seven new systems, went agile, and upgraded fulfillment options for our state-of-the-art CXMS
The history books will never look back at 2016 as an uneventful year. We elected Donald Trump as POTUS. Britain left the European Union. An ebola vaccine that’s 70-100% effective was invented. The Cubs broke their World Series curse.

Mequoda’s Top Audience Development Posts of 2016

Our top-read audience development posts of last year show an interest in subject lines and the power of email newsletters.
Despite the rise of social networks, most publishers we know still get the majority of their traffic from organic traffic and email. That’s why it’s no surprise that our most-read posts on the Mequoda Daily this

Mequoda’s Top Digital Magazine Publishing Posts of 2016

Our top-read digital magazine publishing posts of last year show an interest in creating, marketing, and monetizing digital magazines and newsletters

In 2016, publishers couldn’t stop talking about the possibilities of digital magazines. After learning that digital magazines are a profitable content business model they’re actively seeking new ways to create new magazines, market them, and

Freemium Strategy: 10 Steps for Refreshing a Freemium During an SEO Slump

Search engine optimization is kind of a game, right? It’s an important game – a necessary one for any publisher – but mostly it’s just us trying to play by the rules while Google giggles and changes those rules whenever they like.

At Mequoda, we stress the importance of a freemium strategy. Freemiums are free downloadable products that sit on SEO’d pages that publishers give away in order to build their email lists. The freemiums are available to download on these SEO’d landing pages, which we call rapid conversion landing pages, or RCLPs for short. You’ve seen them around here, here, and here.

The Only Way to Get the Best Publishing CXMS

Perhaps you’ve heard about Mequoda’s Haven Nexus Customer Experience Management System. After all, it’s the only technology you can get from the same company that can deliver a proven strategic planning program and unparalleled ongoing revenue optimization – all in one place.
It’s also the only system that comes with several thousand tested publishing best practices

Why Books Are Such a Great Platform for Multiplatform Publishers

One really profitable revenue stream is a good thing. Two really great revenue streams is even better. Multiplatform publishers for the win!

Most niche publishers we know have books as part of their brand wheel. That’s because when you’re in a niche like ceramics, knitting, or even boating, it seems like the next logical step beyond

Will You Be Our Next Superstar?

Since Mequoda’s inception, we’ve helped create 14 publishing superstars. We’re looking for the 15th. And the 16th, and the 17th …

Wondering if you’re the kind of publisher we’re looking for? Let me tell you about some of those superstars … we call them Mequoda Masters, so you can decide for yourself if you should join that

Best Practice Update: How Keyword Optimization & Planning is Changing

How we’re adjusting our keyword optimization best practices to accommodate changes in the Google algorithm and Keyword Planner
It had been awhile since Google played around with its search algorithms, so we all knew we were due for a change. Sure enough, this summer the search engine giant launched what we believe to be “Phase 1”

The Art of Writing Killer Inline Text Ads to Build Email Circulation

Although a text ad could refer to any ad consisting of text, we’re currently referring to those that are part of your conversion architecture. These ads are placed in the dead center of all your articles and invite your website visitors to download a free product that will get them on your email list.

Understanding the Mequoda Method for Multiplatform Publishing

We recently started working with a publisher who came to us looking to sell more magazine subscriptions. When we started talking about the importance of building their email circulation, the publisher looked at us as if we hadn’t heard his question. After this conversation, it came to me that there are still lots of people out there who don’t understand what we do.

What Your Magazine Portal Should Do Every Day

How to make the most of your magazine portal every day with the tools you have in front of you

Every magazine publisher should have a free portal. It’s the backbone of your operation. It’s the rhythm section of a jazz ensemble, the neutrals in a wardrobe, the clasp on your watch—it’s the core of your

The Best Marketing Automation System for Publishers

Publishers require a marketing automation system that works in tandem with a highly efficient content management system

In the last decade, marketing automation has become a hot topic for niche publishers. The term really refers to any software platform designed to automate repetitive marketing tasks to increase efficiency and reduce labor. Although this sounds simple enough,

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Cate Prato Joins Mequoda as Implementation Team Director

Prato will work with a cross-functional team made up of Haven Nexus Software Engineers, QA engineers and subject matter experts to implement Mequoda Systems.
In Mequoda’s history, one of our most successful clients has been Interweave. With our guidance on SEO, email marketing, and website best practices, Interweave launched a group of online communities including Knitting

12 Ways to Convert Website Visitors into Email Subscribers

The very successful publishers that we always turn to when evaluating our best practices have used some or all of the following strategies to convert website visitors into email subscribers. Not to say that they don’t also use ample space on their website to sell new magazine subscribers, they’ve just also spent the time to build their website appropriately so that web to email conversion is a cinch.

Vertical Reflow Makes Digital Magazine Layout More Fun

Isn’t it fascinating to consider how the old journalism phrase “above the fold” has evolved? Once it literally meant “above the fold” of a traditional broadsheet newspaper. Editors, writers and designers battled over what, and who, would win a coveted spot above that fold, where the most reader eyeballs would land.

How Successful Subscription Based Websites Do Marketing

No publisher can hope to have a successful subscription based website without getting the marketing right. So if you have, or plan to launch, one of our three subscription website business models – a portal, magazine website or newsletter website – it’s worth studying the winning strategies used by savvy publishers, including, of course, our own clients.

Your Company’s Mequoda Multiplatform Matrix Audit

Are you making the right choices for your resources?
Mequoda knows the secret to deploying your precious resources to help grow your multiplatform publishing business and achieve new success.

Do you?

This is one of hundreds of multiplatform Best Practices and proven strategies that we teach at our one-of-a-kind learning event, the Mequoda Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive. When you

Online Digital Publishing Trends: Facebook, Newsletters, and … 2017?

Our friends at PubExec.com provide an online digital publishing forecast for next year; plus, what some magazines aren’t getting about Facebook
If there’s one thing we know about online digital publishing, it’s that the industry never stops changing for even a moment.

But we wouldn’t have it any other way, of course. And, yes, we definitely know

From Time to … Coca-Cola (!), the Latest News From Publishing Sites

What Coke has soaked up from publishing sites; plus, Joe Ripp steps down, and The Daily Beast drives website traffic
In digital publishing, sites are where it all starts. But they can’t be where the consumer experience and audience development end. Far from it. As multiplatform magazines, Mequoda Members know that the homepage is a portal.

Meet Your Multiplatform Publishing Mentors

Spend two days with us, and you could become our next success story.

 

If you’re a magazine publisher in the digital age, you’re certainly savvy enough to succeed. And perhaps you’re satisfied with your revenue and business growth as they are.

But do you know the secrets to boosting revenues by as much as 20% over the

AMI: More People Read Magazines Online in FY 2016

Our mission in life is to get more people to read magazines online, so this round of recent news is well received
Your goal and our goal? Make it irresistible for people to read magazines online … specifically the one you’re producing, pivoting, or redesigning right now. Simple on paper – er, make that on screen

Increasing Profitable Platforms With the Book Content Business Model

The book content business model can give you a variety of items to sell that can be sold digitally for a large profit
When developing strategic plans for CAROTME (content, audience, revenue, organization, technology, measurement, and economics), it’s not uncommon for publishers to overlook certain content business model(s) that they could be monetizing.

We have identified 12

Mequoda’s latest Magazine Reader Study shows print magazine consumption down 2% year over year, with digital magazine readership up nearly 14%

September 1, 2016 – BOSTON — The 2016 Mequoda American Magazine Reader Study & Handbook, conducted in Q2 2016, one year after their 2015 study, polled 3,241 US adults with Internet access. The study found that the number of US adults reading digital magazines has increased 13.8% from 2015, with nearly 42% of US adults reporting having read one or more digital magazine issues in the last 30 days.

Using the Mequoda Method Boosts Revenue 6X in Three Years

Mequoda Method for the win

This is a cautionary tale about online publishing strategies … a parable, if you will. It involves no actual Biblical references, and no real-life publishers were harmed in the writing of this post.

But like religion, there are many varieties of online publishing strategies. And the point of this parable is that