Digital publishing is the process of distributing content through digital means. It can relate to a variety of content types, although the digital publishing of written content has grown tremendously in recent years because of tablets and e-readers.
If you’re a publishing professional, don’t wait a minute longer before downloading our best practice handbooks. They were carefully curated into what we think are the most comprehensive handbooks on the four most important digital publishing topics: Continue
There I was, getting my hair cut at the village barbershop. The barber was a thirtysomething woman who was new to the shop.
While making small talk, she came to the inevitable question, “What do you do for a living?”
“I’m a magazine publishing consultant,” I said automatically, having answered the question that way many times over the past Continue
Your subscription website publishing performance the key to doubling, or even tripling, your organization’s revenue over the next five years. Continue
Only five years after the advent of the tablet, strategies for successful digital magazine publishing are starting to sort themselves out and deliver measurable results. Of course at Mequoda, we’re all about documenting these things so digital publishers don’t have to re-invent the wheel.
Here are 10 things you must do if you want to join the ranks of millionaire publishers … a goal we think is worthy of all digital publishers today. Continue
Do you have a solid business plan for success in multiplatform publishing?
Unless you answered “You better believe it, pal!” to that question, I have another question for you.
How do you expect to succeed without a plan to get you there?
Of course, it’s not easy to navigate this brave new world of multiplatform publishing – at Continue
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. Continue
Our latest version of the Multiplatform Publishing Strategy handbook delivers a proven, integrated set of business processes, principles and tools for the digital publisher, whether you’re B2B, consumer, local, regional or national; multi-title or single. Continue
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. Continue
Your magazine and newsletter content is incredibly valuable.
There are, in fact, 10 well-documented content business models that can be used to build and grow your audience, revenue, and profitability. When used together, they form an incredibly efficient, fully integrated multiplatform publishing and marketing system that can be used to dominate virtually any content niche from Continue
As the mobile publishing revolution has matured, I’ve been blogging about a lot of large, fancy digital magazines. Publications like New York, Forbes and The Atlantic have become leaders in what I consider the second phase of mobile publishing development – the technology is dependable, early jumpers are releasing their all-new versions upgraded from their 2010 efforts, and standards for what consumers are willing to pay for are establishing themselves. Continue
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 Continue
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 Continue
I bet you have great content.
Many niche publishers do. And, at Mequoda, we are deeply appreciative of the work that independent publishers do every day. Not only that, but we also know that success in our industry isn’t about slick marketing, or vast advertising resources.
Instead, we know you can make a great deal of money Continue
“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.
Magazine pricing strategy has certainly evolved quickly over the past year. In 2013, we still believed that universal pricing was the best way to handle print, website and tablet products. Today, we’ve evolved our own thinking and our new Best Practice is decoy pricing, which requires different prices for different products. Continue
If you don’t register for the next Mequoda Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive by midnight, you’ll have to wait another year to start your journey to multiplatform publishing success. Continue
What to look for in web analytics tools, from Haven Nexus, to Google Analytics, Kiss Metrics, Social Bro and True Social Metrics
Data analytics are critical for the success of your multiplatform publishing business. Your website, email and social media efforts are all used to promote your content and make more money for your business. It’s Continue
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. Continue
Some rockstar publishers would like a word with you …
The secrets shared at Mequoda’s Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive have created publishing millionaires. Would you like to be one of them?
I can’t promise you it’s easy, but it’s far more achievable than you imagine. That’s because the Intensive teaches a complete, proven system for publishing Continue
Consistent channel conversion zone architecture (3c), when applied to a publishing website, is a fancy way of saying that every channel (or blog topic) consistently aligns with a product that converts the user into a subscriber or paid user of your website. Together, they create what we call a zone. Using this zone to increase website to email conversion rates can be easy, if you let it. This metric is called your email capture rate. Continue
Mequoda is big into identifying and quantifying things so we can study them, understand them and use them to enhance our clients’ publishing businesses. And with digital publishing starting to settle down a bit (but just a bit), we’ve identified four models of a digital magazine. Continue
How to evolve into a rockstar multiplatform publisher by outsourcing these three jobs
Two keys to organizational success as a multiplatform publisher are streamlining the on-staff team members to focus on product management and channel management, while knowing what to outsource. Knowing what functionality to push outside to dedicated specialists who won’t be able to find Continue
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 Continue
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. Continue
At Mequoda, we’ve crunched the numbers and discovered how beautifully email newsletters work to drive revenue. It’s not the traffic that comes to your site, which is the prevailing view among folks in all industries who jumped on the bandwagon early. Back in those days, it was all about impressions! Eyeballs on your page! After all, if they show up on your website, they’re bound to subscribe to your magazine, right?
As it’s always been, Google’s main focus publicly is the ads you buy via Adwords. And, as always, Mequoda knows that the exact same concepts apply to free organic search campaigns.
If you read our white papers and posts, or you’ve attended a Mequoda Intensive, you already know how much value we place on organic search. It’s the core of the Mequoda Method, and while anyone can buy ads, that kind of marketing just isn’t as high on our priority list as organic search is. Continue
Publishing digital magazines is not a “set it and forget it” enterprise, and monitoring the latest trends is a must
Our mission in life is to help you with publishing digital magazines, and we’re good at it. Hopefully we make it look easy, but of course it’s not. The sands of this industry are shifting rapidly, Continue
While the challenge of choosing the right subscription and single copy pricing strategy is not new to magazine publishers, it’s virgin territory for most subscription website publishers and many publishers exploring the digital newsstand landscape.
Even magazine publishers are faced with new economic realities.
The marginal cost of delivering a digital subscription to your own website is near zero. The cost of delivering digital issues via the Apple, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble digital newsstands is based on remit and the cost of delivering a digital issue paid to your digital publishing software provider (Mag+, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, etc.). Continue
Print and digital publishing … diametrically opposed? By no means! In fact, when it comes to multiplatform publishing, Mequoda Members know that a print product is an important piece of the puzzle if it’s at all possible to pull off.
Some magazine publishers get this, and others don’t. Of course, they all have their own reasons. FolioMag.com covers a few of them in recent articles, and they involve some interesting principals, with good news and bad. Continue
There was a time when investors were shying away from publishing media because “journalism” is “expensive” and user-generated content is “cheap”.
But as the world changes tides and begins to preach the quality over quantity sermon, investors have begun to appreciate journalism again. It reaches specific audiences. Now, who else do we know who creates that kind of content? Why, it’s the niche publishers Mequoda has always served! Imagine! Continue
Decoding the latest digital ad metrics, and checking in on ad tech and a digital renaissance for a legacy title
Digital ad metrics rise, fall, resurface. New ones are invented every so often. But they’re something digital publishing companies must keep track of, because ROI and consumer action are what advertisers are (rightfully) focusing on when Continue
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. Continue
As long as you’re selling to humans, you can’t go wrong with classic strategies. The more I read and write about the future of magazines and subscription marketing, the more I realize that the Internet continues to create a sea change for the magazine industry. When I learned the trade, I was learning what the publishing generation before me had learned, and the generation before that. Continue
Checking out the latest publishing analytics news from all data points
Publishing analytics have assumed a prominent role here at Mequoda, where we’re focusing more and more resources on staff, development, and technology.
We’re not alone. The digital publishing industry is clamoring around publishing analytics, because they provide insights into one of, if not the, most important Continue
The definitive checklist for hiring a magazine publishing consultant
When you attend a conference, half of the speakers are consultants. I’m one of them.
But the thing about these consultants is that they’re all specialists. You have your email consultant leading the email marketing session, your SEO consultant leading the search session, and your social media consultant Continue
Online video publishing, especially when taken in tandem with mobile advertising, is arguably the most alluring revenue opportunity to come along for digital magazines in a long time.
But, like any other opportunity, it must be seized and maximized, not squandered with poor practices and a lack of strategy. Coincidentally, establishing best practices and tactical standards is exactly the sort of thing we do here at Mequoda, so if you have any questions about implementing a system and creating robust but flexible content, give us a call.
But in the meantime, check out MediaPost’s coverage of online video publishing and more. We’ll start there on this Monday! Continue
You need a magazine consultant that acts as a general contractor, and a content management system that does, too.
In the past I’ve divulged what to look for in a magazine consultant, and we’ve written many posts lately about what to look for in a content management system. But how do you put this new information into practice?
Well, it might require firing some people, and firing some of your digital publishing services. Continue
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 Continue
At Mequoda, we talk a lot about individual pieces of the Mequoda System in our Daily posts. But the Mequoda System, known in full as the Mequoda Multiplatform Media Management System, is complex, consisting of hundreds of moving parts, and reading about them at different times and in different places can’t give you a complete understanding of it. Continue
Social publishing, or preparing and posting content to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and others, is no longer just an option up for discussion. Today, when it comes to distributing your good work and deploying it as a tool in audience development, a social media strategy is an absolute necessity.
The challenge is perfecting that strategy as much as possible. Especially in a business where the ground seems to shift every other week. But one way to stay ahead of the curve is to pay attention to the digital publishers doing it right, the ones who unite great content, great timing, and great discipline, to produce a whole other source of traffic and revenue.
But don’t fall prey to just slapping some articles up on Facebook Instant or Apple News. This just won’t cut it. Publishing social media successfully requires dedicated resources, including staff. But it will be worth it! Continue
What if you want to learn a little more about your magazine competition? You can’t just go up to them and ask. I mean, maybe you’ll bump into their marketing director at a conference (::cough:: this happens all the time at our Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive ::cough::) but in most cases when you’re comparing your publication to a competitor, you’re in the dark.
Work in the dark no more. Estimating your magazine competition’s online revenue is easier than you think and requires only four easy-to-find figures. Continue
If you came to this website for help on how to create a magazine online, congratulations: You couldn’t have picked a better place. That’s just one goal the Mequoda System will help you reach, and it’s just the beginning of new growth for your company.
Imagine a world-class chef going through your leftovers and digging through your pantry to make you a dinner. If you threw together a bunch of ingredients with everything else you have going on, chances are that meal leaves a bit to be desired. When the chef does it, what results is a mouthwatering feast you never thought possible.
We are that chef. The ingredients are nearly limitless – they include everything from your portal to your email newsletter to your social media strategy to video and subscriptions. When we say multiplatform strategy, we mean it. Continue
Helping companies maximize the vast potential of publishing magazines is not something we do for fun, although we definitely enjoy our work.
It’s our lifeblood.
When we set out more than a decade ago to construct the most profitable approach for publishing magazines, we took a big risk on how the new media industry would evolve. But it was a calculated risk, literally, as we broke down every aspect of digital publishing and then built it back up based on data analysis, audience behavior and consumer magazine states, and the market we watched take shape during our combined 130 years’ worth of experience. Continue
Bullish 5-year study on digital magazine market shows record growth; plus, Forbes’ focus on events
Monitoring the digital magazine market is a necessity for us to successfully help online publishers establish strong online presences.
But we’re in the trenches, working shoulder to shoulder with publishing executives: Many trends we can anticipate; others we experience in real time. Continue
We often hear about predictions for digital magazines; how they will grow, the revenue generation expected throughout the industry and the time frames associated with these numbers.
These predictions are important, as they help publishers better prepare for the future. What’s more interesting, however, is discovering how people who are already consuming digital magazines are enjoying their experiences. Continue
Is an online ad network the answer to publishers’ prayers when it comes to digital advertising revenue? We’re seeing it with programmatic partnerships and other arrangements, and why not? Brands have a lot of power in the current climate, but digital magazines can muster some mojo, as well, by uniting to provide advertisers the best possible placement and viewability.
Then again, we don’t fault any publisher for going it alone, as many do via social media and services like Magzter. After all, monetization is in the eye of the beholder. But Mequoda Members know that the more platforms, the merrier. Continue
Becoming an ecommerce publisher continues to attract publishing executives looking for alternate revenue streams rooted in their content and niche audiences. Selling products isn’t selling out; developing an ecommerce content strategy is an extension of multiplatform publishing.
Digital publishers already sell white papers and tickets to events; a food magazine selling recipe books or a fashion site selling shoes is the natural next step in internet revenue models for magazines, if you can pull off the infrastructure. Seeing how others are achieving just that is a good place to start. Continue
We count many B2B publishing companies as Mequoda Members, in large part because you’re hardwired for a multiplatform strategy. You often have built-in niche audiences; you can facilitate events and conferences; and you have tons of material to draw from for content like articles, white papers, instructional videos, podcasts, and more.
Still, you come to us for a reason – you haven’t quite put it all together yet, because the industry is always evolving, and demands for products, platforms, and personnel are changing.
MediaPost has recent stories on these topics and more. Let’s take a look! Continue
Are you a digital media publisher keeping tabs on the competition, looking for success stories, cautionary tales, and cutting-edge intel? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because that’s what we try to provide with our free advice and digital publishing trends every week. Continue
These four exemplary digital magazine examples demonstrate best practices in design, business models and pricing
With 20% of tablet users reading digital magazines every day, it’s instructive to take a closer look at the variety of digital magazine formats and subscription choices that are available to them five years after the iPad blasted onto the scene.