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Your Guide to Building a Profitable Subscription Website

Like any other business, subscription website publishing relies on getting your website taxonomy exactly right. Information architecture isn’t easy to understand – people earn special college degrees in order to grasp it! But subscription websites are different from ecommerce, event, retail, or a dozen other kinds of websites. And you simply can’t learn about subscription website taxonomy from those.

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.

Using “Self-Liquidating Premiums” to Help Close the Sale

An effective technique in information marketing is “self-liquidating premiums”—having the value of the premiums exceed the entire purchase price.

For example, let’s assume you have a product, perhaps a downloadable ebook, with a list price of $49.95. You’re selling it online at a discounted purchase price of $29.95.

14 Reports About Digital Magazine Publishing You Should Bookmark

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.

Freebie Friday: Attract, Capture, Engage, and Monetize Better Starting Today

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.

58 Online Copywriting Power Words & Phrases

If you’re an experienced direct response copywriter, you know that “you” is generally considered to be the most powerful single word, ranking right up there with free, new and save.

As direct marketing legend Herschell Gordon Lewis says in The Art of Writing Copy, “Unless the reader regards himself as the target of your message, benefit can’t exist. Benefit demands a ‘We/You’ relationship.”

An Encyclopedic Collection of Digital Publishing Strategy

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:

A Simple Framework for Planning and Modeling Your Digital Magazine

The questions you need to ask and the answers you should have before launching a new digital magazine
Publishers are embracing digital magazines because users are. And it’s true for B2C and B2B, as well as pure paid subscription, controlled circulation, or both. These publishers are taking advantage of digital editions to provide the features users want

10 Things to Consider Before Your Next Magazine Website Redesign

very experience you’ve ever had building and rebuilding a magazine website typically begins with you explaining what you want, and then you telling a group of developers and designers what to fix. But when did you become an expert in digital publishing strategy and conversion architecture?

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains why most custom CMS development companies aren’t a good fit for publishers who need strategic help.

The Kind of Apps People Want: How to Get a 5-Star Rating on Your Magazine App

As tech industry observers like to note, the world of apps is wild and wacky. There are almost two million apps in the Apple and Google app stores. If you pick up or click to pretty much any tech publication these days, you’re guaranteed to see at least one app review, to help bewildered consumers navigate this crowded field.

Of course when you read those articles, you’re getting a lot of personal opinion, and in tech land, much of that turns out to be excitement over flashy technology – no surprise there. So what kind of apps do people want, really? For magazine publishers, the answers are fairly simple.

How and When to Clean Your Email List

Just last week we spent a couple days in Boston with a group of niche publishing professionals, and we had a big discussion about cleaning your email lists.

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains when to clean your list, and how to combat fears about selling a smaller list to

What’s a Replica-Plus Digital Magazine?

A replica-plus is a replica with some extra bells and whistles added. And normally you’d think that adding things such as video, audio, HTML links and other technology-rich features would be an improvement to the simple replica. We’re not so sure that it’s a good enough upgrade, and here’s why.

The problem with adding bells and whistles to a simple replica to create a replica-plus lies in one of the disadvantages of the replica that we’ve discussed before. But first, let’s look at the pros and cons of the replica plus.

The Case for Daily Emails

How often do you publish an email newsletter? Once a week? Twice? For our clients, many of them publish 5 to 7 days per week. Sound crazy?

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains why a daily email newsletter is the right path, and should be considered a service to your readers. They did sign up for them!

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.

Hiring, Firing & Building a Better Subscription Website

To build a better subscription website, we’ve created a collection of our best resources on everything you need to know when it comes to how to leverage outside partners
Most publishers seeking to improve the performance of their subscription website and online marketing efforts use a patchwork of systems.

Marketing offers and performance for subscriptions, books, webinars,

The Most Profitable Subscription Website Business Models

Coming up with the right subscription website business model(s) is usually the biggest stumbling block for those wanting to get into this business.

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

Strategy Spotlight with Don: See You Next Week in Boston?

What will you be doing next week? Making money, or losing it? If you work in niche publishing, or own a magazine company, I highly recommend joining us at the Digital Revenue Summit in Boston. It’s your one and only chance this year to learn the same tested, proven techniques that have increased revenues by at least 20% for our past event attendees.

Unfortunately, we’re almost full, and today is the last day to register. Register now.

Multimedia Product Development Tip: How to Spend Less and Get More

If your goal in life is to find out what your customers value—ask them.

To make my case, let me introduce you to Green Gardens Network. If you’re new to Mequoda, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with Green Gardens Network (GGN), our composite case study, and CEO Rose Harper, the embodiment of all our clients whose “example” we use as a teaching tool without revealing real publishers’ names or data.

Digital Magazine Relaunches While Others Launch Communities and Services

Zink digital magazine relaunches; National Geographic launches digital network; Amazon looking at offering subscriptions to publishers
Not all the digital magazine content we report on involves launches. Sometimes we have relaunches to share about, too.

We begin today with the relaunch of Zink Magazine, in both digital and print. WWD reports, “Zink Magazine, the indie fashion magazine founded

Let’s Clarify: What Is a Digital Magazine?

Magazines are designed to be read from front to back. They have covers and a table of contents. Magazines are arranged in a series of articles. Portals are not meant to be read from front to back, and are in no way linear. Users may begin on an article they found through search and hyperlink their way across the site in a matter of seconds. There is no true table of contents, although there is arrangement in the form of categories, topic pages and related articles.

So what is a digital magazine? It’s a bit of a hybrid.

3 Big Decisions Every Multiplatform Publisher Makes

You make decisions every day, but how often do you roll back to the basics, and the foundation of your business, by considering how resources are spent on production and distribution?

Audience Development Strategy: Snapchat and Facebook in the Spotlight for Social

Condé Nast hiring team dedicated to Snapchat as part of audience development strategy; Facebook garners likes but major publishers fleeing Instant Articles
Many publishers are utilizing social platforms as part of their audience development strategy. Today we’re looking primarily at Snapchat and Facebook, as these two platforms have been receiving a lot of attention recently.

We begin today

Strategy Spotlight with Don: Did You Forget the First Step for Increasing Profits?

f there were just three things you could do today to increase your audience, revenue, and profits, what would they be?

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda shares a strategy for each.

9 Creative Ways to Bring in New Revenue

Because multiplatform technology is an evolving, changing target, publishers are limited only by their imagination—and tenacity—when it comes to creating new revenue streams. It’s manifest destiny in the digital age.

Multiplatform Publishing Personnel on the Move at Dwell, Time and Rodale

Today we begin with Dwell and its recent executive change. Folio: reports, “Michela O’Connor Abrams — who spent the past 15 years as CEO of home design magazine-turned-technology platform Dwell — has left the company, Folio: has learned. Re-taking the reins is Lara Deam, who has served as chair of Dwell Media’s board since founding the magazine in 2000.”

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.

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

Digital Magazines Launching New Editions While Print Magazines Change

Digital magazines continue their development while some print publications go out of fashion. Today we’re reporting on some new cases of print magazines being shuttered for more emphasis on digital magazines.

We begin with T Magazine, published by NYT, and it’s recent change. MediaPost reports, “T magazine, The New York Times’ style magazine, has reduced its publishing frequency — from 13 to 11 issues a year.”

How to Start an Online Magazine With These Five Strategies

Knowing how to start an online magazine requires first understanding the differences between an online magazine and the dozens of other publishing models available to you in the 21st century.

These differences range from the obvious – a comparison with print products, for instance, is pretty straightforward – to the more nuanced: say, discerning an online magazine from a digital magazine. What could possibly separate the two other than terminology?!

Creating Multiplatform Products: What to Sell, What to Give Away

Online content marketing is antithetical to anything we knew prior to 20 years ago — something Seth Godin terms interruption marketing. Everything I learned in college and during my early career, whether space ads, TV commercials or direct response, employed hardcore, confrontational marketing messages.

The Best Audience Development Strategy Focuses on Audience Data and Behavior

Snapchat’s value as part of an audience development strategy is debated by marketers; The Boston Globe embraces Facebook notifications; Mashable bets on premium video as the future
The best audience development strategy is tested over time. The elements of the strategy are proven to be successful, and anything not working is re-examined. We take a look

Multiplatform Events: Digital, In-Person or Both?

How to create multiplatform events that serve both the in-person needs of your customers, but also your bottom line.
When a user conducts research to inform a decision, whether about where to hold a wedding, what car to buy, or how to spice tonight’s soup, she may want to consult her peers, or look to the

Strategy Spotlight with Don: How to Simplify Your Web Management Duties

As a magazine publisher, you understand that every completed issue is the result of effective communication between staff members. The success of one department directly influences and depends on the success of another. When you become a multiplatform publisher, the same principles apply, particularly when it comes to the various tech providers who run your digital publishing platforms. But managing these separate vendors is time consuming, ineffective, and expensive.

Association Magazine Best Practices: Don’t Bury Your Content

We’re not sure why most association magazine websites bury free and magazine content, but we’ll try to help them see the light.
If you’re an association website, do you spin off your magazine on its own, or do you keep your organization and the content you publish under the same roof? In other words, do you

5 Subscription Management Software Requirements

For every publisher who dreams of creating a subscription website, choosing the right subscription management software can be a daunting task

When we set out to launch the I Like Crochet digital magazine website (the first of its kind) and tablet edition, we knew we wanted to build a state-of-the-art publication management system. We needed subscription

Magazine Marketing: Using Email to Boost Advertising Sales

“It’s more effective than direct mail and as effective as telephone – and so much less expensive.” That’s a quote from ClickZ’s latest report, Email and the Age of First-Person Marketing. While marketers were saying just three years ago that social would consume email, it’s proven to become even more powerful and celebrated during that time, especially in magazine marketing. A study by the Direct Marketing Association shows that “email campaigns conducted with house lists achieved an ROI of 30% to 32%, compared with 15% to 17% from social media, and 18% to 20% for direct mail using house lists.”

Digital Magazine Publishers See Increased Exposure, Acquisitions, and Digital-First Moves

Digital magazine publishers Hearst and Condé Nast’s joint venture makes moves; Mediacorp shutters print to focus on digital; The Atlantic grows international presence

How to Create a Bulletproof Magazine Business Plan

Are you in the process of writing a magazine business plan for a new venture, or an extension of an existing publishing business? I won’t beat around the bush here. If you’re looking to develop a magazine business plan, we should chat.

How to Be a Better Keyword Density Checker

Get more page one rankings in Google by being a better keyword density checker for your business

Our SEO process has several layers that starts with keyword research and ends with article marketing and an accompanying white paper. Somewhere in the middle of this process we take what we see as a great keyword and drop it into the article or landing page that we’re writing.

How to Discover Your Multiplatform Media Content Assets

Most of the multiplatform media publishers I work with are rich with content assets.

If they’re not rich with revenue, it’s usually because they don’t know how to leverage those assets. Efficiency is key to success in a multiplatform publishing environment. Before you can design a system that minimizes manpower and maximizes automation, you need to do a thorough inventory of your content assets.

Your multiplatform content assets may be spread out in places that you haven’t thought of as repositories. Some of those places may be channels and others may be platforms. It’s also possible that you have a dusty warehouse full of old copies of magazines, books, and other content assets that no one has touched in years.

Multiplatform Publishers Growing Through Strategy and Acquisitions

FT Weekend has a new brand identity; Condé Nast buys Pop2Life and Ribyt; Multiplatform publishers at Quartz become profitable
There are a multitude of ways multiplatform publishers can evolve and succeed through digital publishing.

Today we’re looking at multiplatform publishers that are evolving. We begin with The Financial Times and a story from Design Week. Design Week reports,

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!

What All Subscription Website Publishing Experts Should Know

Before hiring subscription website publishing experts, take this advice straight to the bank.

If you’re looking to grow the most beautiful rose garden on the block, would you prefer to go to your local gardening center and rifle through the rose section to see what’s brightest, or would you head straight to specialty rose nursery, with employed experts in growing roses?

So then why is it that so often we hear of publishers who hire web development companies that have no experience developing subscription websites for publishers? A magazine or newsletter website requires an expertise in search engine optimization, conversion architecture, subscription management, and content management, in addition to an array of other specialties.

Website Changes for Subscription Publishers Offer New Audience Opportunities

Sometimes we’re amazed by content offerings we see subscription publishers launch. A recent content initiative from The New York Times applies, and it will be the first news story for the day. The New York Times is officially using Twitter content in their print publication. Nieman Lab reports, “The paper’s newly redesigned pages A2 and A3 will highlight some of that content — and the “huge scope of activity that’s going on in the world of The New York Times on any given day,” said Jake Silverstein, the editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine and one of the leaders of the redesign.”

How to Choose the Best Subscription Pricing & Single-Copy Pricing Strategy for Your Subscription Websites & Subscription Apps

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.).

Strategy Spotlight with Don: 7 Ways to Increase Magazine Circulation

If you’re running or managing a publishing company, your time is often spent figuring out how to build a bigger audience, boost revenues, and increase your profitability on those numbers.

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains seven ways to tackle the audience portion, which will lead to increasing your magazine

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!

Creating a Magazine Business Plan: The First Step

Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Have you ever felt in your personal life, like plans are useless? Many people feel this way, and in fact I’ve heard the best advice you can give a bride before her wedding is to plan that not everything will go as planned. Just knowing that imperfection is part of the plan can be a soothing anecdote.

Digital Magazine Publishers Sell to Other Media Companies

Gothamist and Atlanta Magazine publishers sell titles; Us Weekly eyed by Tronc
Acquisitions, and a potential acquisition, continue during the first quarter of 2017 for magazine publishers.

The first report involves the Gothamist, which was bought by DNAinfo. AdWeek reports, “DNAinfo is expanding its local news footprint after striking a deal with Gothamist LLC to purchase the