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. Continue
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.
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?! Continue
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. Continue
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. Continue
Some helpful hints on generating revenue through online advertising
What comes to mind when you think about revenue models on the Internet? Is it a relatively new model that was designed specifically for the Internet? Or do you think of traditional business models that have transformed from the physical world to the digital world?
That may have been a trick question, but if you answered “both”, you are correct. The Internet offers an array of revenue models, which in turn have their own subsets of revenue-generating models. If this sounds complex now, just keep in mind that this all means revenue can be generated in many ways. As you read on the intricacies should become more understandable. Continue
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. Continue
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 Continue
We all know the four basic advertising models, Cost per Thousand (CPM), Cost per Click (CPC), Cost per Action (CPA), Directory/Classified advertising platforms. But what else is out there?
In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains how niche publishers are boosting sponsorship revenues with one innovative strategy that advertisers love. Continue
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. 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
Pricing is no doubt one of the single clearest ways to either generate more revenue, or less. But the trick is rarely the price itself, and more how it’s positioned. Humans are naturally inclined to make choices based on the relative value of things compared and contrasted to other similar things. If you can play Continue
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. Continue
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
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 Continue
Spend two days with us, and you could become a success story like these publishers.
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 strategies other successful publishers have used to boost revenues Continue
“Print is dead.” “Long Live Print.” “Digital Will Save Publishing.” “Publishing Can’t Be Saved.”
If you took headlines for fact, you’d never know how to respond to the contradictory “news” you hear that seems to change every time you open a newspaper or a new tab on your computer.
In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & Continue
Imagine you own a landscaping company. You cut lawns, trim shrubs, design landscapes and you even shovel in the winter.
Now imagine you throw a dinner party where your brother brings home his new girlfriend. This is the tenth girl in 10 years who has sat at your dinner table, so you assume that you may never see the lovely woman again who we’ll call Sarah.
After dinner, Sarah mentions that she just bought a house and the yard is just awful.
So there you are, with a potential customer in your house. What do you do?
Audience development is a major umbrella term online. There are a variety of ways online publishers develop audiences online, from content partnerships and social media to email and press releases. Today we’re taking a look at the use of digital video as an audience development tool, and media brands that are engaging with it. Continue
It’s not just magazine, newsletter and newspaper publishers who seek custom CMS development services. Content management systems are built for most media businesses, even those who may not consider themselves in media but produce digital content regularly. The trouble with finding a content management system is that despite the word “content” in the title, rarely do out-of-the box solutions work for publishers, and rarely do even the most talented custom CMS developers understand publishing business models enough to build a system that is built to attract, capture, engage, and monetize all in the same place. Continue
A Mequoda subscription website Portal generates value from both users and sponsors
Mequoda has guided the development of more than a 300 successful niche media websites on a wide variety of niche media topics. Our best practice is to pair a free subscription website Portal with any premium subscription business model like a magazine or newsletter.
When you charge Continue
We see many acquisitions in the media industry. Multiplatform publishers look for the best opportunities to evolve, expand, and reach their audiences where their audiences are. Today we look at some recent acquisitions in the media industry.
We begin with Hour Media Group’s recent acquisition of Emmis Magazines. Folio reports, “Emmis Communications is nearly out of the publishing business. The struggling media company sold Atlanta, Cincinnati, Orange Coast, and Los Angeles magazines to Hour Media Group LLC. The deal closed yesterday for $6.5 million.” Continue
Audience development personnel have a very specific, and incredibly important job within an organization.
Finding the right audience development staff can mean the difference between thousands of email subscribers and tens of thousands of dollars in additional revenue.
The best audience development job description I’ve ever seen comes from one of our clients. Continue
Forbes’ new audience development strategies include stories for social, podcasting, and focusing on millennials
We see audience development strategies frequently changing with new technologies and analytics. The leadership and direction of the publication is also an important part of the overall strategy.
Today we take a look at Forbes, which has been making changes to remain relevant 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
Pretty soon, most magazines won’t just be managing editorial teams in-house—they’ll be managing more editors remotely. Here’s how to make the virtual world work for your publication.
Managing editorial teams in-person can be a challenge for any seasoned magazine executive. You’re dealing with constant looming deadlines, bouts of writer’s block, keeping your team on-task, and producing Continue
Varying experiences from publishers that made the switch to digital-only magazines (and came back to tell the tale)
Digital-only magazines have had their ups, downs, and (in some cases) its “in-betweens.” While some digital magazines have remained powerful and influential after going digital, others have since been discontinued. And some of them end up seeing the light Continue
Digital magazine websites Pitchfork and SI Swimsuit experienced highest traffic to date; ’Marin Arts & Culture’ debuts with print and digital editions
Today we’re looking at a few digital magazine websites that are experiencing new territories. We begin with a Condé Nast publication that’s having a great traffic experience. Pitchfork has experienced some major stats, and Folio is Continue
How to create new products and passive income from old products as a multiplatform publisher
One of the most interesting rodents on the planet is the grasshopper mouse, native to the US and Mexico, which has a bit of a superpower: it’s impervious to venom. Also, it’s a carnivore. So it dines on venomous centipedes, scorpions Continue
How would you like to expand your product line with something that’s based on content you already have, increases your credibility in your niche, offers your customers immediate gratification, and will sell in the thousands, maybe tens of thousands … or even millions? Continue
Digital Convergence Technologies Inc. names CRO; Meredith and Interview Magazine name new multiplatform editors
Today we’re sharing stories of new hirings, including multiplatform editors. First, we begin with a story from Publishing Executive on the new CRO at Digital Convergence Technologies Inc.
“Digital Convergence Technologies Inc. (DCT Inc ) has appointed Tim Murphy as its Chief Revenue Continue
In two short months, you could be starting a new path to profitable multiplatform publishing success. But only if you hurry and register for the Digital Revenue Summit. If you register today, you can still save $200 on your seat. Continue
“Do your job.”
Those are the famous words of New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, and the mantra of the whole team, who I imagine you already know just won their fifth Super Bowl in the greatest game of all time (no New England bias here, nope!)
If you have a magazine, you have a magazine subscription website. Most publishers don’t use the same definition as we do, because I don’t think most magazine subscription websites do their job. They exist, and they process payments, but they do very little to attract (provocative pricing), entice (great copy and packages), and keep subscribers happy (digital archives and access). Continue
eMarketer scales back its predictions for ad blocking use; Firms battle against ad blockers
Ad blocking has become an important topic to consider for digital publishers, and the conversation has taken on interesting views.
We begin with eMarketer, which has recently changed its predictions for ad blocker usage in the US this year. “eMarketer has scaled back Continue
Social Media Optimization (SMO) is what we call the process of optimizing your content and your business, for social media.
Typically, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes first. This is the process of creating content that has been optimized for some set of keywords that our target audience is looking for.
Digiday has reimagined how it operates within its industry, and how its new design can impact audience development efforts
Digiday has recently unveiled its new website, which has been the first redesign for the company since July 2013. The new site is focused on connecting with the industry and offering audience development methods through reorganized content 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.
If you’re not writing contextual email text ads, your magazine marketing and paid products aren’t selling as well as they could be.
Have you ever thrown a birthday party for your kid that was totally themed? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—you got this. There was pizza and ice cream (the Turtles’ favorite food combo). All the kids Continue
Niche publishers don’t need to fear domain extortion in the wake of brand domain availability
There’s a lot of evidence to show that the more constrained we are, the more creative we become. For example, Columbia University psychologist Patricia Stokes conducted a test on rodents, with a set who could only press a bar with their right 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
Multiplatform publishers Time Inc. and Fast Company roll out new products; People Magazine teams with ABC News
Some multiplatform publishers seek to leverage their brands while launching new products. We’re seeing that with our news story of the day.
Time Inc. is the media company we’re looking at first. According to MediaPost, “Time Inc. launched Thursday a Continue
Learn how to increase your digital publishing revenues while riding the duck boats, or taking in a show, shopping in Quincy Market, and eating at world-class restaurants in Boston, Massachusetts.
Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the historic city of Boston Massachusetts. It’s after all the snow is gone, and Continue
We all have a need to feel taken care of. How many things do you buy to fill that need?
Don’t we go to a restaurant not just for the food but to be treated like royalty? What really matters is what they do to help us feel nurtured.
Every purchase is a symbol for emotional satisfaction. Buying decisions are emotional commitments to gratifying perceived needs and desires that we are often unaware of having. Continue
Digital magazine marketing will give you an afterlife
There are times in business when we feel like we’ve created something great, and we don’t understand why it’s not selling.
Back in 1967, a successful New York ballerina by the name of Marta Becket stumbled upon an old social hall in Death Valley Junction, California, population: 6. After Continue
Skiing magazine ends print run; Digital magazine publishers launch video brand; O partners with Holland America Line
We’ve already seen lots of changes from digital magazine publishers this year. Today we begin with Active Interest Media, which is shuttering it’s print edition of Skiing. Folio reports, “The quarterly magazine catering to passionate skiiers, in circulation since Continue
As humans we’re always in competition. We want to have a better job, a bigger bank account, a happier life, a healthier family, a cooler side hustle or better behaved dog than everyone else we know. And business it isn’t any different. We want to be the one with the original ideas, generating more revenue, and hiring more people to support a thriving business. Continue
The web lets publishers create a wide variety of products more affordably than ever. That is good news, but it carries a downside: we aren’t experts in creating every digital product.
The term “white paper” means a lot of things to a lot of different people. When you hear white paper, you may think of a paid medical report. Or, you might think of a free marketing report. The tips that we’ll run through below can apply to either/or.
Multiplatform publishing expands for Condé Nast; Slate lays off editors and writers; Vox Media names first COO
We begin this multiplatform publishing news by looking at an acquisition for Condé Nast, which involves a social data and marketing platform named CitizenNet. WWD reports, “The deal is meant to deepen Condé’s data-science talent and expertise, in order to enrich Continue
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A couple of years ago, Don outlined the attributes of a premium content subscription: not a website itself, but the thing that customers buy – the content subscription.
In updating this post (as we often do with our website content – a Mequoda best practice), we decided to give you an actual example of the perfect premium content subscription, and we settled on CooksIllustrated.com, the companion website to Cook’s Illustrated magazine from America’s Test Kitchen.
Deconstructing the phrase “premium content subscription” is a helpful exercise for getting this discussion onto the right track. Let’s take a look at each of the three words individually. Continue