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3 Subscription Websites Seeing Major Growth

Subscription websites can be a major revenue stream for savvy digital publishers. Today we’re looking at some examples of this from major publishers.

We begin with The Atlantic, a subscription website publisher who is experiencing significant growth with its membership program. Digiday reports, “The Masthead has grown the program gradually, testing it with a small beta group of 250 before opening it up to subscribers for $100 a year. This week, membership was opened to everyone, at a price of $120 a year. Starting narrow has enabled The Atlantic to isolate the feedback of its most devoted readers. It’s been testing different content formats in email to the group and asked recipients to grade them on a scale of one to five.”

How 3 B2C Newsletter Publishers are Seeing Growth with Haven CXMS

If your goal is to generate paid subscriptions and revenue for a premium B2C newsletter or advisory service with a robust subscription website, the Mequoda Haven CXMS can do it, and has done it for many other publishers like you.

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains how other publishers like Cabot Wealth

10 Reasons to Add Video in Magazines Now That You Can

When a magazine goes digital and becomes an app, or a web magazine, it becomes alive. And that’s scary for some publishers. Suddenly, ads become more valuable to advertisers because they can be clicked. Content becomes more rich because it can also be hyperlinked to references and authors on the web. Live content can be embedded with video in magazines so the editorial content doesn’t stop at the final publish date.

And if you’re not ready for that kind of transition or development project, then your magazine has suddenly become ancient.

It used to be that sharing vertical video branded you an amateur, but not anymore. Startups are specializing in it, publishers are pushing it out, and consumers are, well, consuming it, according to TheMediaBriefing.com.

How Publishers Use ACEM to Guide Growth in their Organizations

Mequoda is a term coined by Internet entrepreneur, website developer, and company founder Don Nicholas, to describe a method for designing and managing successful websites and website networks. Short for “media quote daily,” Mequoda is an approach to building website networks, based on four core principles—ACEM in Mequoda-talk.

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Publishers Driving Website Traffic Through Social Are Making Changes

Driving website traffic happens beyond Facebook in the world of social; Meredith launches brand for Facebook and hubs; Google outlines Flexible Sampling for publishers 
Driving website traffic is always on the mind of audience development managers. We’re seeing publishers acting in accordance with this notion, as they dive deeper into a variety of locations, including Facebook,

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.

How Premium Magazines Thrive With Haven CXMS

If your goal is generate paid subscriptions and revenue for a premium magazine business with a robust subscription website, keep following along.

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains how other publishers have used Haven CXMS to do just that.

Multiplatform Publishers Hire Marketing and Content Positions

The multiplatform publishers at Meredith and Condé Nast continue to make changes to their teams for maximum potency in the digital age.

We begin today with Condé Nast and the hiring for a major marketing position. MediaPost reports, “Jim Norton, Condé Nast president of revenue and Chief Business Officer, is leaving the company to make way for Pamela Drucker Mann, who has been promoted from CMO to Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer of the publisher.”

A Newsletter Platform Worth Investing In

The newsletter platforms you may be familiar with are often print and PDF formats, as most newsletter publishers haven’t gotten hip to the newsletter app format, and neither have their consumers.

The Advancement of Website Redesigns Includes New Strategies & Tools

Website redesigns come from Salon and ProPublica; Harvard Business Review utilizes new website tool
Content publishers who make website redesigns and try new tools as part of an evolving digital strategy show their prowess in advancing their brand online.

Today we’re looking at three publishers who have recently gone this route, and the reasons for doing so.

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The Most Profitable Websites Have Mastered this Simple Advertising Strategy

Forbes contributor Benjy Boxer recently warned, “The combination of free publishing, social distribution, and the commoditization of advertising will eventually wipe out almost all of the advantages of a large media company.”

Further, he advised that “scarcity” is the only advantage left to media companies, and they’ll have to create that with their unique content or unique services to advertisers. Luckily for the niche subscription website publishers we advise, scarcity comes right along with being “niche,” unlike larger publishers competing with Yahoo and CNN for cost-per-click (CPC) dollars.

How Three Publishers Leverage a Web Magazine for More Profit

In 2017, all major publishers and most independents have a website portal. What 95% don’t have is a web magazine. But those who do are flourishing.

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains why he thinks the web edition is the best edition.

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

Digital Magazine Publishers Bolster Staff with New Hires

Digital magazine publishers Condé Nast, Rodale, and New York Times fill major roles with new talent

How to Write Native Content Advertising for a Magazine Sponsor

Learn how to write more effective native content advertising for a sponsor and start getting paid more for content

According to Business Insider data, the amount advertisers are spending on native advertisements has risen from $4.7 billion in 2013 to a projected growth of $21 billion by 2018.

Consumers have always disliked ads that are disruptive to their user experience,

The Risks and Benefits of Open Source Software for Online Publishing Systems

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains how open source software systems can actually hinder growth if you’re not careful with selecting your service providers.

Google Ends First Click Free, and Beats Amazon on Product Discovery

Keeping an eye on Google’s changes is one way digital publishers are able to stay up-to-date on the best audience development strategies for the market-leading search engine.

Today we’re looking at news on changes to Google search that may impact and influence publisher decisions.

Sell More Magazine Subscriptions Online Using the Mequoda Method

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?

Wrong.

Mequoda Rocket Awards: Top 10 Haven CXMS Systems of 2017

This year, our winner was Countryside Network, who launched their Mequoda System in February 2016. Countryside was founded in 1969 and today includes four farming-related magazines (Backyard Poultry, Countryside, Dairy Goat Journal and Sheep!) and a portal at CountrysideNetwork.com that spans all four niches.

The 3 Keys to Success for Multiplatform Publishers

When we look at the most successful multiplatform publishers we know intimately, like our clients and close colleagues, we are usually able to determine what sets them apart from publishing companies that struggle.

Multiplatform Publication Rolling Stone is Up for Sale

Rolling Stone is an iconic multiplatform publication that has been around since the 1960s. After decades of success, the publication has now reached the open market.

Today we’re taking a look at the history of Rolling Stone and what putting this multiplatform publication up for sale means within the publishing industry.

Strategy Spotlight with Don: Multiple Eggs in Multiple Baskets

Who worries most about the money in their bank account? The person with three jobs, or the person with one? Because you can get fired, laid off, or your industry could go out of business overnight in one job, but it’s unlikely to happen in all three. And that’s exactly why, when running a magazine business, you can’t keep all of your revenue eggs in one basket, either.

Strategy Spotlight with Don: Does Your CXMS Do All This?

Your website typically includes dozens of components or subsystems. For a legacy business, many of these components already exist and must be integrated into a larger system that consolidates all content, customer information and marketing programs into a single platform where data is shared in real time. We call this a customer experience management system (CXMS).

Free Isn’t a Dirty Word in Offer Testing

In digital marketing, you might have been told “free” is a dirty word. In subject lines, it could get you blacklisted (it won’t) or in social media, it’s over-used (free is still better than paid). However, giving away something for free is one of the best ways to start a relationship, and when it comes to selling products, this strategy has proven to be a huge asset to the marketing mix especially when the free product is assigned a value.

Website Redesigns and Product Launches for Subscription Publishers

We constantly pay attention to the changes subscription publishers are making to gain ground in the digital landscape. Today we’re sharing stories of three publishers and their methods for expanding and evolving content streams.

The Mequoda Newsletter Content Business Model

The newsletter subscription website model is simple, clean and editorially-focused

Newsletter publishers, particularly those on the B-to-B side but also those with consumer titles in the finance and health fields, were among the first to embrace subscription websites. Perhaps that’s because the newsletter subscription website archetype is the easiest type of subscription website to build. The file size of newsletters is generally manageable, whether the newsletter is 8, 12, 16, 32, or more pages, since it is mostly text and often limited to black-and-white or two-color.

Digital Magazine Content and the Impact of Social Networks

Digital magazine content can find great homes online, especially when it’s offered throughout a variety of popular channels.

Today we’re looking at some offerings for digital publishers that are coming from Facebook and Google, as these major social networks continue to work on its relationship and revenue strategy with content.

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.

7 Ways to Create a Freemium That Attracts New Email Subscribers

Create a freemium by developing free content with free content – or write it yourself. Either way, make it good.
We’re all about the mighty freemium around here. Create content and give it away for free so that people know how good your premium content is – and they’ll buy it later. And they do.

We’re in

The Publishing Revenue Secrets of Multiplatform Wizards

The secret behind increasing publishing revenue is in the power of three
In the Harry Potter books and movies, a man named Xenophilius Lovegood wore a necklace with the symbol of the Deathly Hallows. When Harry asks Lovegood about the symbol—which appears as a circle inside of a triangle and a straight line down the middle—he explains that

Multiplatform Publishing Industry Changes Through Acquisitions, Personnel

Multiplatform publishing companies Billboard and Time Inc. make personnel changes; Corporate Board Member Magazine acquired by Chief Executive Group

A morphing environment for some multiplatform publishing companies involves new talent in key positions, as well as assets from other acquisitions. Today we look at both personnel and asset acquisitions from some major publishers.

5 Hugely Profitable Multiplatform Sponsorship Advertising Models

Multiplatform publishers can generate revenue from users, from sponsors, or both. Consumer-focused portals that are sponsorship-based ask users to pay – not with money, but with time and information. They spend time viewing web pages and signing up for email feeds, thus creating advertising inventory that can be used to sell the publisher’s products (internal advertising) and/or sold to third-party sponsors (external advertising) on a CPM, CPC, CPA, or SEA basis.

Digital Media Companies Focus on Audience Content, Company Structure

Change is the only constant the digital publishing industry knows. Beyond the evolution of content online, we’re seeing a variety of changes coming to the digital advertising side of digital publishing. Today we’re looking at some digital media companies that are entering new territories.

How To 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

How Many External Links Should You Include in Articles?

In the book The Giving Tree, a young boy visits a tree and forms a relationship with it. At first he simply wants to swing on it’s branches, but as he gets older he becomes more materialistic. He asks the tree, which has grown fond of him, to turn its apples into money, it’s branches into a house, and its trunk into a boat. The tree obliges, but eventually becomes a stump.

If you’ve ever been on an external link regimen by your company, you might feeling like the stump in The Giving Tree after a lifetime of giving away apples and branches, trying to please. There is a lot of information about Google’s search signals online, and one of those, reported by SEO’s, is linking to external website. But are you giving away more than you’re getting?

Updates on Facebook as an Audience Development Tool

Many online business professionals have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Some love the audience development opportunities from the social giant. Others are discouraged by the marketing response from it. Today we’re looking at a variety of news stories involving Facebook and how these may impact digital publishers.

Our first story looks at the expansion of Facebook’s Marketplace categories, an act that appears to be an appeal to content publishers. Search Engine Land reports, “Facebook launched its classifieds site Marketplace in October of last year. Now the company is rolling it out to more countries and adding new categories and content from (local) business owners.”

Strategy Spotlight with Don: Build a “Smart Website” Smarter Than Your TV

When you think of a Smart TV, you think of one that’s connected to YouTube and Netflix and HBOGo all in one interface. If a TV can be so smart, why are so many websites, so dumb?

Our Mequoda Haven CXMS, is a “smart website” that is fully integrated. It knows when someone is a registered user and/or a paid subscriber. And something different will happen if you’re logged in, and if you’re not, and based on what you’ve purchased, it will try to sell you different products or upsell you. A smart website should only message you with ads that are based on data in your profile, and this is fundamental to maximizing advertising inventory.

3 Types of Publishing Niches and Why You Should Care

It’s in our nature to try to classify, catalog, and organize any type of information that would help you make more informed business decisions. Defining publishing niches is a part of that.

On a call with the team couple weeks ago, we decided to do some research to see what we considered the biggest niches. This type of information could be useful for a publisher looking to launch a new niche magazine, or a magazine needing a pivot.

Personnel Changes Come to Multiplatform Publishers

We’re seeing changes come to multiplatform publishers, particularly as they work on alignment of digital properties.

Our first story looks at Hearst’s new CTO Michael Dugan, who is coming from Forbes to help the publication’s digital unit. Variety reports, “In the newly created position, Dugan will manage all aspects of Hearst Magazines Digital Media technical organization around the world. He reports to HMDM global president Troy Young.”

How Do Online Magazines Generate Revenue?

So you want to know, how do online magazines generate revenue? The answer is clear: they go multiplatform.
If you’ve considered starting an online magazine, or are a legacy print magazine considering going digital, you’ve asked this question: How do online magazines generate revenue? And the answer is that the successful ones use a multiplatform approach.

5 Expectations of Web Magazine Consumers

Web magazine consumers like to read their magazines like they read their news – online.
Users are becoming more accustomed to viewing magazine content in the form of web magazines. Web editions can be displayed on any mobile or desktop device, so users are as familiar with the interface as they are with a web browser,

Digital Publishers Report New Growth in 2017

As digital publishers continue to iron out their audience and product strategies, the ones doing it the best are seeing growth in areas that matter: digital subscriptions and sales.

Our first story today looks at New York Times and its better-than-anticipated second quarter. WWD reports, “Total revenue for the second quarter of 2017 increased 9.2 percent to $407.1 million from $372.6 million in the second quarter of 2016 and subscription revenues increased 13.9 percent, while advertising revenues increased 0.8 percent and other revenues rose 12.8 percent. Wall Street expected 14 cents a share on revenue of $393.9 million.”

How to Start an Online Magazine from Scratch

Although we work with many established legacy publishers, we also work with publishing startups. In fact, these startups benefit from our years of work with legacy publishers teaching them how to start an online magazine. Meanwhile startups can teach a thing or two to the digital retread legacy publishers.

If you’re a publishing startup, or are getting into the business of publishing, then an online magazine probably isn’t on your mind. To be clear, an online magazine is a web-friendly version of your magazine. It’s in HTML and works like a website. It cannot be held in your hand, unless you’re in the web browser of a tablet.

The Future of Magazines is Bright And Here’s Why

The essential core characteristics of a magazine are those that define the user experience.

In this week’s strategy spotlight with Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda, explains how the attributes that define a magazine are not necessarily better or worse than those that define other media — movies, books, etc. They are simply different in terms of the user experience.

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?

Fast Loading Websites Favored by Search Engines, Facebook

It’s no surprise that fast loading websites are necessary components to a strong online presence. We’re seeing search engines and social media sites respond to users’ desire to engage with websites that load quickly. Unfortunately, not all digital publishers have a site that loads quickly for computers or mobile and that can be a problem for audience retention.

Our first story today looks at Facebook’s new priority in supplying fast loading websites in its News Feed section. The Facebook News Room reports, “During the coming months we’re making an update to News Feed to show people more stories that will load quickly on mobile and fewer stories that might take longer to load, so they can spend more time reading the stories they find relevant.”

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.

8 Good Reasons to Offer a Web Magazine Library

Do you think offering your readers a 24/7 online encyclopedia of information is a product they might subscribe to? Would they be willing to pay more for a print subscription if they could receive both for one price? The latter is usually the reason why publishers decide to create a digital archive of their back issues, and the revenue numbers we see from this upsell tells us it’s worth the investment.

If you’ve already decided to make a digital magazine library part of your online publishing strategy: that’s great. But before you move on, take a moment to finish this week’s strategy spotlight with Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda, who will elaborate on the most beneficial reasons for investing the capital to organize this not-so-small endeavor.

Publishers Consider Brand Awareness of Digital Ads

Procter & Gamble Co. cuts digital ad spend; Customers reportedly more trusting of marketers than many imagine; Condé Nast uses neuroscience for better digital ads 
Publishers using digital ads have a lot to think about. Not only do they need to create ads that are effective and help to build positive brand awareness, they also have to figure out