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Tag: online advertising

How IMDb Uses CPA Advertising To Make Money Online

The first rule of choosing a business model that’s ad-driven is being sure that you can make more money from advertisers than from your own products. Clay Hall once said to me that the great thing about having your own products is knowing what your ad space is worth. Because why would you let an advertiser buy a space on your site for $12 per M when you can make $15-$20 selling space to yourself?

Ad-driven websites generate value from users and sponsors. Consumer-focused websites ask users to pay—not with money, but with time and information. They spend time viewing web pages, emails and RSS 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 or CPA basis.

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.

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.

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.

IAB’s New Guidelines for Multiplatform Publishers Using Online Ads

The new version of the IAB Standard Ad Unit Portfolio is a must-know for multiplatform publishers using online ads as part of their audience strategy
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has a major impact on the characteristics of online ads that many multiplatform publishers use to sell products and build a larger audience. Today we’ll take a

5 Pubs Who Abandoned Print For Digital-Only Magazines

Varying experiences from publishers that made the switch to digital-only magazines and portals (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

8 Fundamental Internet Revenue Models Publishers Use to Generate Online Advertising Dollars

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.

Subscription Models Evolve for Multiplatform Publishers

Subscription models are always evolving with technology and audience interests. Today we’re looking at some subscription models and strategies, including successes and failures of them.

The Benefits of Online Advertising in a Nutshell

Once upon a time, online advertising had a shady reputation.

Luckily for publishers, that’s all in the past. The online advertising industry has improved its reputation, and consumers have become more accustomed to seeing these ads. Even the once-dreaded popup ad has become routine, especially when it’s carefully aligned with your content, which is a Mequoda Best Practice.

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.

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

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.

8 Niche Publishing Thought Leaders You Should Follow

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!

The Portal Content Business Model Turns Strangers Into Subscribers

Portals are seen most often because not only are they a profitable model on their own, they’re also intended to build and feed an audience for affiliated premium subscription websites. They are specifically designed for SEO, email marketing, list building, lead generation and building engagement and loyalty. It’s a Mequoda best practice to build a portal for every subscription website we create.

Should You Use Google AMP Pages? If You’re a News Publisher, the Time is Now

Publishers are seeing mixed results from Google AMP pages, but it just got even more important for news publications
According to Rank Ranger, who has been tracking the presence of Google AMP pages in mobile search results, only a quarter of pages that ranked in Google’s Top Pages were AMP pages at this time last year. It

Mequoda’s Top Multiplatform Publishing Posts of 2016

Our top-read multiplatform publishing posts of last year show an interest in native advertising and publishing expansion

This year has been a huge time of change in publishing, and we’re excited to see that much of that change comes in the form of multiplatform publishing. Even the most hesitant publishers have started to adopt new subscription

Digital Ad Trends: DCN, Amazon, New York Times

Monitoring the latest digital ad trends finds an effort for more transparency, an elephant in the room, and a major player making a major move
Digital ad trends are as volatile as any in the industry, with highs and lows aplenty. Ad blocking, viewability, tech concerns, juggernauts like Google and Facebook, programmatic, native … the list

Two New Advertising Revenue Models Publishers Are Using to Make Money

There are two new advertising revenue models in town – and you probably didn’t even know they existed

Since magazine, newspaper, and newsletter publishers turned to the web, there have been a series of advertising revenue models deemed fit to secure the futures of those publishers. The good ol’ CPM (cost per thousand impressions) model fits

Digital Marketing Metrics: Ad Data, Social, Expansion

Getting insight on digital marketing metrics from comScore, The Economist, the Atlantic Leap, and others
Getting a grasp on digital marketing metrics is crucial for multiplatform publishers looking to maximize the opportunities online magazines afford media companies.

But the thing about digital marketing metrics is that they’re shape-shifting. There are flavors of the month when it comes

10 Things a Magazine Publishing Consultant Should Do for You

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

Online Advertising Trends: Ad Blocking Dominating Discussion

Ars Technica, Wall Street Journal, and others making headlines among online advertising trends – and one topic trumps them all
Online advertising trends – or should we say “trend” – are understandably at the forefront of publishing executives’ minds.

Ad blocking is cutting into digital advertising revenue, and with deployment rising among millennial media, it might be

Choosing the Best Content Management System for Digital Publishers

Your content management system is, simply stated, the system used to manage the content on your web site … but it’s so much more than just that. Choosing a CMS is one of the most important decisions publishers make today.

When it comes to choosing the best CMS for your digital publishing business, you can find advice from vendors, marketers, editors, sales people, technology experts, web developers, and even consultants. Although there are many choices, publishers need to stay focused on their goals when selecting a system.

3 Traits a Magazine Consultant Should Have Before You Hire

A magazine consultant is a magazine consultant is a magazine consultant, right?

When Multi-Platform Advertising Isn’t Enough

Stop trying to sell multi-platform ads and start selling marketing partnerships as sponsorships

“[Publishers] are not selling ads — they are selling desired outcomes,” David Leskusky, NAPCO Media president wrote in an article for Publishing Executive. The message: advertisers aren’t looking to see their ads in lights anymore, on a webpage, as a full-page four-color ad, unless they’re seeing

Online Magazine Subscription News: How One Publisher Succeeds

Online magazine subscription tactics will key digital publishing strategy in the coming years, as advertising challenges like ad blocking and viewability could force small and midsize, regional and niche, publishers walled off by the likes of Facebook Instant Articles and Snapchat to shift to a membership model.

Luckily, Mequoda Members already know that digital magazine subscriptions are a crucial component of a mutliplatform publishing strategy. The question is not whether to offer subscriptions, but rather what is the best mechanism or product with which to do so.

And you have options.

Leading Publishing Executive’s Take on Transitioning From Print to Digital

Migrating your publishing operations and editions from print to digital might at first feel daunting, but don’t fret: It’s a manageable move – just ask any Mequoda Member – and one that’s more and more becoming a must.

The same principles of publishing apply, but going from print to digital gives you the opportunity to maximize your content’s potential by multiplying its impact across platforms and channels, from articles to online archives to events to video to white papers to podcasts and much more.

It doesn’t take more work or more staff to succeed on desktop and mobile, only different work and more dynamic staff hired and trained to handle tech, social media strategy, and how to sell online advertising.

But you don’t need us to tell you all of this. Sometimes, you need to hear it from peers who have pulled it off. MinOnline has just such a story in a recent interview.

How Modern Publishers Are Making Money — and How They’ll Make More in 2016

We’ve rolled out our year-end retrospectives and looks ahead, which we believe provide a blueprint for modern publishers looking to improve on audience development and conversion via sound but also experimental multiplatform strategy.

But we also like taking a look around to see what other industry observers are saying about the state of digital magazines, especially industry observers with a strong track record.

Publishing Executive is the leader of the pack in that department. Let’s see what they gathered up from their 2015 articles as well as what they’re predicting for 2016.

10 Top Multiplatform Publishing Posts of 2015

Our most-read multiplatform publishing posts of 2015 reveal a desire for better understanding of sponsorships, organization and cross-platform development
This year we’ve tackled everything from online advertising models, content recycling and building better multiplatform publishing teams in our Multiplatform Publishing Strategy articles. However, there are a few that have consistently been our highest read, commented on,

Coming Soon to Digital Advertising Metrics: RFT

The benefits of online advertising are undeniable, but for better or worse, realizing them can be an exercise in patience and persistence because of the wide-open state of affairs in the industry. The money is there, but so are the targeting challenges shaky digital advertising metrics.

What’s more, when publishers do establish good relations with marketers, or when programmatic ads are maximized, ad blockers live up to their name and cost both parties.

But the future is bright for digital advertising revenue opportunities and efficacy, especially with companies like Telmar trying to perfect measurement.

How to Write a Text Ad That Gets Clicked and Converts

Convert more website visitors into email subscribers by perfecting the art of writing and positioning your text ads
About 100 words into every article we write, and into every article our clients write, you’ll find a little snippet of text that alerts the reader to a free download. When I use the term “text ad,” it’s

Internet Advertising Revenue Drives Local Ad Boom

Internet advertising revenue isn’t all the way there quite yet as the sole source of profit for the majority of publishers, but it continues to grow at a rate that makes it more and more attractive to digital magazines, on both the local and national level. As publishers get closer to cracking the code on mobile advertising trends and perfect the art of sponsored content – not to mention they’re able to fully realize the benefits of online advertising as part of a multiplatform strategy.

MediaPost covers the growth of Internet advertising revenue from all angles – let’s take a look at what they have for us this week.

How Men’s Health Overcomes Digital Advertising Revenue Challenges

Are you generating all of the digital advertising revenue you’re capable of? If so, what’s your secret? If not, join the club.

Mequoda Members know that relying solely on digital magazine advertising to pay the bills and try to turn a profit isn’t the wisest move. But as one plank of a multi-platform strategy – functioning as a team alongside with subscriptions, events, products, and even an ecommerce content strategy – the benefits of online advertising can be integral to your success.

Meet the the Moment’s Hottest New Digital Magazine Platform

One of the most significant advantages of a multiplatform strategy is that new digital magazine platform options pop up frequently: They make for a renewable resource that will likely never run out. If you’re willing to put in the work and climb the learning curve as quickly as possible, you can integrate new Internet revenue models at your own pace!

The latest digital magazine platform to gain momentum in the publishing industry is ecommerce content strategy.

8 Elements of a Proper Website Traffic Report

Do you know what to monitor in your website traffic report?
We’re constantly reading and writing about how to drive website traffic, but how often do we discuss the website traffic report that all of us should be pouring over to see whether or not our hard work is going anywhere?

Anyone who has installed monitoring and

Is It Worth It? An Informative LinkedIn Ads Review for Publishers

The good, the bad, and the ugly (but mostly good) wrapped up in a semi-formal LinkedIn ads review
Advertising your business on social media, particularly one like LinkedIn, is a tricky process. What inspired me to dig into LinkedIn ads, is that so many of our clients are now surfing the social media ad game, and

How to Analyze Your Referring Website Analytics + 7 Steps for Using them

There’s a lot to learn in Google Analytics, but unless you’re a business analyst or marketing manager, you probably don’t need to know all of them.

However, one set of metrics that every user of any capacity should know are your referring website analytics. Referring websites are those who are linking to you and sending you traffic. Referring traffic is comprised of visitors that find those links to your site and click on them.

Digital Magazine Advertising Could Be a Goldmine for You

Don’t overlook this powerful revenue stream

When magazine publishers get together to talk about their advertising revenues, the common complaint is that even though they’re counting on online advertising to replace declining print ad pages, they’re “trading print dollars for digital dimes.”

Worse, they say, they now have to trade those digital dimes for mobile pennies.

Certainly print

10 Multiplatform Publishing Lessons for Profitability in 2015

Over the past year, the Mequoda team has made many new discoveries regarding search optimization, audience development and subscription websites, but moreso than ever, we have spent time working with publishers on their multiplatform publishing strategy.

Your MPI is a Key Predictor of Multiplatform Success

If your website doesn’t attract at least 5x more free visitors than paid subscribers – your publication is probably in trouble
Marketing expert Seth Godin recently spoke at the HOW magazine conference and said, “I can reach 10 times more people writing a blog post than writing a book.” I’ve always liked that guy.

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Mequoda’s Top 10 Multiplatform Publishing Posts

Multiplatform publishing focuses on three main types of content: online, offline and live. More specifically, websites, email, magazines, video, books and events.

Our most popular multiplatform publishing articles covered the spectrum of producing white papers, to publishing on different tablets, to publishing blogs, video, websites and creative ads.

Forbes Media is Still Winning the Subscription Website Publishing Wars

With the recent release of AAM’s biannual circulation data, it’s time to take a look not at circulation, but at the overall health of U.S. magazines’ multiplatform publishing efforts. In Mequoda world, we have a little number we call the Online Media Index (OMI) that measures just that, and the results are

Native Ads Aren’t New, Time to Ditch Yahoo Accounts, Advertisers Get Picky

All this hype about native ads gave us a chuckle in yesterday’s weekly Mequoda editorial meeting. In case everybody’s forgotten, native ads aren’t new, a fad, or even advertising’s hottest thing. Remember advertorials? Magazines have been selling them, and publishing them, for decades! Digiday’s interpretation made me laugh, saying the name switch is like “putting lipstick on the advertorial pig.” Some would disagree because the ads are supposed to replace traditional online advertising, but AdWeek editor Mike Shields tweeted early on, saying “we’ve had ‘sponsored sections’ since 90s. Ditching banners is what’s revolutionary.”

Content News: Branded Content Takes New Form

Are you surprised content marketing and social media are legitimate Internet business models?

Content marketing was poised to be one of the top Internet business models because it isn’t gimmicky like other forms of online advertising. Most true forms of content marketing allow users to sample content before making a purchase. Perhaps that’s the way marketing should always be.

Mequoda Weekly: March 25th, 2013 – March 29th, 2013

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

Why Special-Interest Magazines Will Win the Online Advertising Wars

Be careful who you follow because special-interest publishers are converting print to web subscribers better than anyone

Website Design Samples of Our 16 Archetypes

Gas stations, supermarkets and bookstores are all retail businesses. They all resell products, yet the specifics of their business models and their physical infrastructures are very different. Optimizing those specifics will support higher revenue, lower operating costs and happier customers.

Tips to Keep in Mind While Selling Online Advertisements

Insight taken from Dan Ambrose, online advertising expert

New types of online advertisements are intriguing. They are a bit different than traditional advertisements and are welcomed by consumers.

Regardless of the acceptance of new online advertisements, it’s important to keep other parts of online advertising in mind as well, since it’s not just about creating media-rich advertisements that viewers will enjoy. Online advertising also includes capturing new revenue streams, selling integrated programs, designing factors for accommodating online advertisements and successful sales strategies, among others.

Do You Understand this Billion-Dollar Asset?

The Audience Development Summit 2012 shares the most profitable strategies for developing an online audience

The success of online businesses relies on the billion-dollar asset: online audiences.

Ecommerce and online advertising generates billions of dollars each year through online audiences. Without these audiences there wouldn’t be a need to produce content for multiple platforms, create engaging ads, and open digital storefronts.

Coming to You Live: Audience Development for Digital Publishers

Your best audience development activities will lead to face-to-face interaction

I recently read an article about digital publishers “swapping analogue dollars for digital dimes.” The article made a lot of sense, and got me thinking about its suggestions, and ways to development a stronger form of online advertising.

My big take away from this article by Josh Gordon is to diversify your information offerings to develop not only more efficient revenue streams, but to help your audience development activities in the process.

Week in Review: June 11th, 2012 – June 15th, 2012

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