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Tag: digital magazine apps

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!

5 Ways Your Web Magazine Design is Failing Your Readers

I have complete confidence in saying this: “your web magazine design is not very good.”

And why does this roll off the tongue so easily as such a blanket statement? Because we’re in the midst of a massive research study on the state of web magazines, and out of 300 of the top B2B and B2C magazines, only 13 had what we consider to be a best-practice web magazine. We were sure the study would encompass at least 100, but we’re currently on the hunt to fill that number out to at least 25 and are finding hope in—surprise—niche magazines.

When Web Magazines Go Wrong

When most people think of digital magazines, they narrow their focus on digital magazine apps that can be found in a digital newsstand or app store, but data shows that apps aren’t where users want to digest premium magazine content.

5 Ways a Web Magazine Library Will Save Money While Generating More

Recently Google publicly told publishers that they strongly encourage flexible sampling with their paywalls, through the use of metered paywalls and lead-in. You’re likely familiar with metered paywalls where the user gets to access a certain number of articles before being asked to subscribe, and the lead-in paywall shows some content of an article but not all.

The Best Digital Magazine Software Isn’t What You Think

How you think about digital magazine software needs to change if you want your subscriber base to grow
“Eventually, they’ll become like sailboats. They don’t need to exist anymore. But people will still love them, and make them and buy them.” – Kurt Andersen, a former editor of New York and co-founder of Spy, on the future

The 9 Ultimate Digital Magazine Features

How do your digital magazine features stack up to users’ expectations?
Contrary to what you’ve probably been thinking, the ultimate digital magazine is built in a browser, not an app. That’s why web magazines are skyrocketing to success, because users are quickly figuring out that they’d rather use a web magazine than an app magazine.

Users are

Creating Digital Magazines: Four Ways to Monetize Your Efforts With a Free Archive

“I simply don’t understand the opportunity,” one veteran magazine publisher told me at a recent industry conference. “My magazines are sponsor-driven. My issue archive includes hundreds of back issues. I have all these vendors and partners offering to digitize my back issue archive and make it available online. But I don’t have a clue how I make any money if I do it. Near as I can figure, my digital magazine archive is worthless.”

The magazine industry feels it is on the edge of a Renaissance. Digital magazines are the hot topic of industry events, digital magazine software platforms abound, and massive retail partners including Apple, Amazon, and Google are seducing magazine publishers with their siren songs.

“I simply don’t understand the opportunity,” one veteran magazine publisher told me at a recent industry conference. “My magazines are sponsor-driven. My issue archive includes hundreds of back issues. I have all these vendors and partners offering to digitize my back issue archive and make it available online. But I don’t have a clue how I make any money if I do it. Near as I can figure, my digital magazine archive is worthless.”

8 Ways to Sell Digital Magazine Subscriptions

It’s amazing to look back to just a year or so ago, when digital magazines were still something of a novelty. Today, it’s a given that print publishers will soon create a digital version of their product if they haven’t already.

The Rate of Change in Multiplatform Publishing is Accelerating

There’s a quote out there from Jonathan MacDonald I heard recently at an IMAG event that says, the rate of change you’re experiencing now represents the slowest rate of technological and societal change you are likely to experience in the rest of your life. So if you’re thinking that change in multiplatform publishing has been fast so far, you haven’t seen anything yet. It’s accelerating!

7 Golden Steps to Planning Successful Digital Magazine Editions

Ask yourself these seven questions before starting your journey towards digital magazine transformation
I’m going to go ahead and assume if you’re reading this, you have a print publication who is asking for siblings. You’re at the magazine store and it’s eying the “big brother” t-shirts and wondering when it’s getting playmates.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive

Launching a Digital Magazine? 10 Things You Need to Know First

Before launching a digital magazine, read through these ten resources.
When it comes to launching a digital magazine, there’s no one FAQ online that can answer all your questions. What edition should you build? How should you price it? Which software is best, and can you get away with a simple PDF edition? We tried to

Creating a Magazine Layout: Interactive Digital Magazine Elements Users Love

Creating a magazine layout that includes interactivity is one more key toward selling more digital magazine subscriptions
It’s true that users prefer familiarity in digital magazines. As soon as you begin creating digital magazine apps that require an instruction manual to learn, many users tend to get frustrated. That’s why we think when designing a reflowed

Apple’s App Store Subscription Revenue Rises 74%

Why is subscription revenue falling for print publishers and rising for app store subscriptions?
While publishers are all fighting for their subscription lives, Apple’s over here seeing subscription revenue up 74%. While much of this revenue applies to app subscriptions for video subscriptions, games and software products, it does also include magazine apps. The top apps

How to Reduce Magazine Overhead with a Subscription Website

The one-time cost of building a magazine subscription website could reduce overhead indefinitely
For $3 per month or $36 per year, there is subscription service called The Sink that will automatically deliver you everyday toiletry products every month. (Sorry CVS and Rite Aid, you’re being replaced.)

For $10 per month or $120 per year, you can get

Why Paying Apple 30% Is One of the Greatest Bargains of All Time

Even the lowest digital newsstand remit is better than the olden days. Just a few short years ago, magazine publishers were thrilled down to their toes to keep 18-40% of sales from news agencies.

When Don ran an online newsstand, 18% was the average new remit order for the 1,400 titles there. And some publishers earned absolutely nothing from sales from the agencies they dealt with.

Digital Magazine Publishing 101: Free Apps Need Some “There” There

As the first wave of digital magazine apps has passed, we’ve discovered one thing: People hate apps with nothing in them.

And yet, the vast majority of digital magazine apps available today are nothing more than a retail outlet for single copies and subscriptions!

They are labeled as free, but have nothing to offer unless a purchase is made within the app. This practice is the reason why so many magazine apps have low ratings, as can be witnessed by reading the reviews.

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

Magazine Challenges – and Chances to Shine: Social, Ad Blocking, Apps

It would take a much longer post to outline all of the magazine challenges facing online publishers, but a few of the big ones these days include whether to go all in with social media like Facebook Instant Articles (and how to survive if you don’t, when it feels like everyone else is taking the bait); what do about ad blocking; and why to continue investing resources in apps.

5 Reasons Your Magazine App Could Be Costing You Money

Your magazine app is a platform, but it’s not the most profitable digital magazine platform for passive income

Digital magazine apps are great for one huge reason: They come with a built-in marketplace. People who own tablets are accustomed to buying apps, and using app stores and newsstands to find new content.

The app edition of a digital

5 Common Tech Flubs When Creating a Magazine App

There’s no doubt that niche content is the name of the game, at least if you’re playing the game using the Mequoda Method. But digital magazines can’t expect to slap a few enthusiast articles up on a homepage and wait for the money roll in. Rather, online publishers must stay vigilant in repurposing content, developing a content distribution strategy, and cultivating audience through digital magazine apps.

The Future of Magazines Looks Responsive

The MPA just released their Magazine Media 360° report and the future of magazines is just as interesting to predict as ever. The top growing magazine brands year over year tapped into just about every general interest niche: Esquire, domino, Nylon, Town & Country, Fast Company, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Fit Pregnancy & Baby, Country Living, Popular Mechanics.

How to Publish a Magazine on the Platforms Readers Want

Since the printing press was invented, the best way to deliver readable content was always on the page. Until the advent of the web, consumers hadn’t even considered other ways to digest content beyond books, magazines and newsletters printed in a linear, bounded fashion.

But then the web arrived on personal computers, and then it arrived on mobile phones, and then on smartphones, in email, and through tablet devices.

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

7 Digital Magazine Publishing Metrics

Digital magazine publishing success can be monitored with the help of these metrics

Digital magazine publishing has come a long way from its inception. Some digital publishers are very active in offering digital magazine apps, including premium and affinity versions.

Like all other digital platforms, there is necessity in tracking relevant data so you can focus on the most successful products and plan for future ones.

3 Digital Magazine Publishing Predictions for 2016

Publishers will reinvent their digital magazines across platforms and newsstands in 2016
This year print magazines saw a sharp downturn in newsstand sales, with a 10.3% drop year-over-year in single issue retail and a 9.8% drop in dollar value during that same time period, MediaPost reports. Time Inc., Hearst, and Meredith all saw plunges. Meanwhile, The New Yorker,

Publishers on Digital Magazine Platforms: Social, Mobile, Tech

As multiplatform publishing strategists who partner with many different kinds of media companies, we take a fairly liberal view of digital magazine platforms. That is to say, we consider digital magazine platforms to be anything that can help publishers deliver and distribute content.

So, your magazine website portal counts. Your digital magazine apps count. Your social media management counts. Your online magazine library counts. Your white papers and other products count. Your events count.

You get the point: Everything’s on the table. Everything plays a part. Some components evolve; some fall away; more are developed.

What Modern Multiplatform Magazines Look Like

Why do modern multiplatform magazines make so much money?
At Mequoda we talk about publishers that have multiplatform magazines on a regular basis, but what we don’t always mention is that those who are the most niche, see the greatest gains. General interest publishers are having a heck of a time figuring out a content strategy,

Does Your Digital Magazine Software Support Contrast Pricing?

If you’re looking for digital magazine software that allows more control over pricing and distribution, then a web magazine is for you
Attention publishers: digital magazine apps for tablets and mobile phones are leaving money on the table.

We recommend having a magazine app, because, who can beat the marketing that comes from the online marketplace that

Most Publishers Choose the Wrong Magazine Publishing Software

Keep more revenue while offering a better customer experience by ditching the app and launching a web magazine
In our eyes, there are two digital magazine publishing software giants: Adobe and Mag+. When we work with publishers developing digital magazine apps for tablets, we recommend Mag+, a spin-out company that sprung from Bonnier Corp.’s very early Popular Science app.

We

Is Good Digital Magazine Design About Bells and Whistles?

Is gamification the next step in digital magazine design? The medium is certainly calling for it.
Design – its theory and execution – has always been important for publications, and now that importance ranks right up there with technology itself. Major redesigns have taken a back seat to periodic tweaks and refreshers that make digital magazines more nimble

7 Digital Magazine Apps and Web Magazines Launched by Brands

Even Sesame Street is pulling together more dynamic digital magazine apps than most legacy publishers
The magazine industry used to be a tank of big fish in big pools. Only the most prestigious writers worked at magazines, and a managing editor was a title worthy of a six-figure salary, a glass-paned condo and a driver. Advertisers

What is Tablet Publishing and How Is it Affecting Magazines?

Digital magazines come in all shapes and sizes. We recommend web magazines, because they adapts to any device, even tablets. But a digital magazine app is most native to tablet publishing because every tablet comes with a digital newsstand of some type; a place where the user can plop down on the couch, find a magazine they like, download an issue, and read it.

Ideally, they’re flicking through the pages, as opposed to flipping through a print magazine. The experience is similar, although nobody goes around creating catchy t-shirt sayings with “I love the smell of old tablet magazines” printed on the front.

News From Online Magazine Publishers: App Updates, Launches + Push for Archives

Online magazine publishers are focusing on tightening up their apps and archives in the evolving effort to bolster digital product. In the midst of all of this activity, Talking New Media’s D.B. Hebbard both offers excellent coverage while at the same time proposing that media companies mimic some aspects of print business models in order to succeed.

Digital Magazine Apps: Talking New Media Top Headlines

Digital magazine apps open up many options for publishers. With tablets, smartphones, and phablets accommodating different designs, editions, and content, you can develop new audiences, maintain relationships with your current ones, and enhance subscription packages while driving new ad revenue. With advances in technology and monetization happening every day, the market for digital magazine apps is still evolving. We look at the latest news from Talking New Media to get a better feel for how it’s taking shape.

What is Digital Magazine Publishing Software?

Digital magazine publishing software is used by publishers to design, produce and publish digital magazines. These three functions may or may not reside in the same tools. For example, you might design your digital magazine in InDesign, then use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to finalize and distribute the magazine.

What are Digital Magazines?

Digital magazines comprise the whole ecosystem of paperless magazines.

If a story can be read digitally, it’s a digital magazine. It doesn’t matter if it’s read on the web, or a tablet, or a smartphone – if you can’t flip a physical page, then it’s a digital magazines.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking specifially about online magazines—magazines that live on the web, and are often sold and browsed through a subscription website, but this is just one type of digital magazine.

How Do Online Magazines Compare to Digital Magazine Apps?

Do you sell an online magazine or a digital magazine? How about both? Many publishers do, and they don’t even realize that both have totally different business models.

Online magazines are read online and are not formatted for a tablet or other e-reading device. They can be read just like any web page and may be responsively designed like a web page. You can view an online magazine most often through a magazine subscription website, which is set up to make the content easy to read, search and digest on a PC or Laptop. Often times, online magazines are part of a larger collection of content, like a back-issue archive.

Major Digital Publishers Prepare For iOS 8

As publishing in apps for tablets and smart phones continues to grow, major publishers are paying close attention to iOS updates so they can avoid bug problems that they’ve run into during previous upgrades.

Tablet Statistics Show that Mobile Magazines Are Here to Stay – and Getting Stronger [+Video]

Digital apps are driving readership, traffic and profits: In the three years since the introduction of the iPad, it’s become clear that the tablet has rescued the magazine industry from the brink of destruction. Mequoda noted as early as 2011 that digital magazines had already become solidly profitable, led by Hearst Magazines and other forward-thinking publications such as The Economist.

The New Yorker Embraces Multiplatform Publishing (And Does it Better Than Most!)

The New Yorker just boasted a milestone of 10.7 million unique visitors to their website from across the globe. Meanwhile, their circulation is up 17.7% year-over-year to 1.05 million.

Editor Nicholas Thompson says that the jump in traffic has to do with their new emphasis on breaking stories and web-only stories. He also claims they’ve been working on basic SEO and Facebook open graph integration.

Mequoda Weekly: May 13, 2013 – May 17, 2013

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

How the iPad is Saving the Publishing Industry

Anyone who doubts that the iPad is the most important media-related technological innovation in all of human history should re-read those dates. And the exciting thing for those of us who live and breathe magazines is that we get to live through it!

Forbes Hits Digital Magazine Publishing Out of the Park

When people aren’t talking about Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy these days, it seems they’re talking about iPads. And when they talk about iPads in our world, they’re talking about digital magazine publishing and apps.

How to be a Leader in Digital Magazine Publishing

5 tips for succeeding with digital magazine publishing

The digital magazine publishing industry relies heavily on existing tablet devices. This truth means digital magazine publishers have to consider how content is consumed on tablets.

Digital magazine content is typically divided into two product types: interactive replicas and interactive tablet editions. The interactive replica is formatted the same as its print counterpart, while interactive tablet editions designed specifically for tablets.

The Foundation of Digital Magazine Publishing

Before diving down into the changes behind the digital revolution, you need to understand the foundation of it. There are fundamental decisions that need to be conceptualized, then planned out. Creating a detailed plan makes success more likely for those embarking on digital magazine publishing.

Our Digital Publishing Bootcamp is a multi-day intensive for publishers, CEOs, and managers who want to understand the changes taking place in the digital publishing industry. The tips, strategies, and up-to-date information forecasts the moves you should make during the next five years.

3 Digital Magazine App Pitfalls

Many digital magazine apps are still underperforming due to some of the following reasons

With growth in the tablet industry, digital magazine publishing offers a significant opportunity. Unfortunately, the publishers and content marketers who have created inferior digital apps are currently missing this evolutionary opportunity.

What Type of iPad App Fits Your Content?

If you already have an iPad or iPhone app in the market, what type of app is it, and how well is it performing?

If you’ve yet to get to market with an app, what type do you think will fit your audience the best? After looking at dozens of digital magazine apps, here are a few types we’ve seen publishers used in harmony with their audience’s needs.

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