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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?

Subject Line Spam Trigger Words

Email subject lines are just one part of the email delivery equation. Emails are delivered to inboxes based on subject lines, content, and reputation. In some cases, engagement is even applied to this filter.

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 Best Audience Development Job Description We’ve Seen

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.

What is SMO? Develop Your Social Media Strategy in 8 Steps

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.

Use Website Floaters to Increase Email Conversion Rates

Now that more than half of all Internet users block pop-ups and Google has banned them from use by PPC buyers, there are two more good reasons to drop this once effective website design technique and look for a better way to increase landing page conversion rates.

Building a Google Visibility Report: A Step-by-Step Guide

Our clients publish in many different niches: food, investing, archaeology, environmental infrastructure, natural health and clinical pathology among many others. When they first come to us, they have nothing in common with one another, but after working with us for six months to a year, they all have one thing in common: a Google Visibility Report (GVR).

Where Best Practices Come From

Whether they are best practices for running an online business or best practices for sailing, there is always something to be learned from others

I’ve been asked many times, “what is a best practice and where does one come from?”

Best practices are standard conventions, methods or processes that have proven to be successful through multiple testing instances.

Why Planning Social Media for Magazines Always Leads Back to SEO

Social media for magazines should be equal parts branding and content marketing – with a new perspective on why magazines really market content on social

One of our clients recently conducted a 6-month test to increase their post reach, and one of the things we determined – after several months of testing every element available on Facebook

How to Sell Magazine Subscriptions Online Without Blow-in Cards

Have you ever received one of those birthday cards in the mail from one of your “funny” friends, where you open the envelope and glitter basically falls everywhere?

That’s close to how customers have always felt about magazine blow-in cards that try to sell magazine subscriptions. Maybe the cards don’t nestle themselves into the cracks of your hardwood floors to remind you forever of the hilarity, but they do fall over the floor whenever an innocent reader opens your magazine in the magazine aisle at Barnes & Noble or the end cap at the grocery store.

19 Facets of the Best Content Management System for Publishers

The best content management system for publishers doesn’t stop at content or management
If you’re a publisher in business today – congratulations!

You’ve already navigated some stormy times and maybe even stabilized your core business. But the environment keeps changing. How can you respond to that change so that you not only survive, but actually thrive? What’s

What Are the Colors of Online Marketing Success?

If you take a close look at the most visited sites on the Internet, you’ll see an interesting phenomenon. They all seem to use the same four colors.

It’s true. Many websites use the same basic color scheme with slight variations. Usually those four colors include two shades of blue, a shade of gray, and a shade of yellow or ochre.

White is the predominant background color, with a pale blue coming in second.

5 New Multiplatform Publishing Job Descriptions

In order to succeed online, publishers need to have staff that understand the digital evolution. When operated with precision and passion, a Mequoda System can turn any special-interest content-driven publication into a successful multiplatform publishing empire.

Evergreen Content: Seven Tips From Ad Age

In what is likely a good example of it, Ad Age recently ran a piece on producing evergreen content, providing tips and a “quick checklist” toward attracting better visitors and advertisers through stronger search and social. Mequoda Members have long known about the benefits of refurbished and repurposed articles, and it’s always good to get another take.

Online Publishing Job Description: Email Marketing Manager

An Email Marketing Manager is responsible for facilitating accomplishment of a company’s vision and values by maximizing the revenue resulting from opt-in email lists through optimum and sustainable promotion of products.

Online Publishing Job Description: Online Marketing Manager

The Online Marketing Manager is primarily responsible for facilitating the accomplishment of the vision and values by maximizing the size of the website email lists, utilizing SEO campaign development, registration process optimization, partnerships, contests, promotion, social media presence and list segmentation management.

Online Publishing Job Description: Marketing Director

The Online Marketing Director will lead the initiatives for the entire online marketing system. They will be primarily responsible for facilitating the implementation of the vision and values by maximizing the size of the website email lists, using SEO campaign development, registration process optimization, visitor conversion to registered members, partnerships, promotions, social media presence and list segmentation management.

Online Publishing Job Description: Online Managing Editor

With an online editor’s job description changing from print to digital, it’s important to understand the role for digital publishing success

In order to succeed online, publishers need to have staff that understand the digital evolution.

A significant portion of our consulting strategy relies on properly staffing an organization. If you choose the wrong staff members, or don’t properly teach your current staff about digital strategies, you are sure to fail online.

Online Subscription Marketing: A Long Way from Direct Mail Packages

As you may have noticed, Mequoda is a firm believer in the power of email newsletters as a marketing channel – so much so that a Mequoda subscription website is built specifically to give away content and harvest email addresses, rather than sell magazine subscriptions.

Using Content to Drive your Audience Development Plan

How recycling, repurposing, and repackaging content can create alignment in your marketing efforts

The number of steps required to create an effective audience development plan often confuses people new to organic content marketing. One of my favorite tricks is to use the acronym ARM to help people remember that there are three distinct elements or parts in a content driven audience development plan. A is for attract; R is for retain, and M is always for monetize.

11 Landing Page Optimization Tests for Subscription Websites [+ Video]

When a visitor arrives at your website landing page, you have about five seconds to make a good impression and capture her attention. If you don’t succeed immediately, she is likely to click away and you’re apt to lose her forever.

Your landing page needs to be a fast, effective messenger.

With a quick glance, visitors to your site should know exactly what your landing page is about and how it benefits them. Determine what image and message you want the customer to “get” in those first few seconds, and design your landing page toward that objective. Anything that distracts from the central message or image you wish to project should be eliminated.

How to Create a Profitable Website

I’m a big fan of planning.

And I believe that your website is a reflection of your entire business and business model.

A visitor to your website should quickly be able to understand your mission, your audience, the scope of your content, and even how you make money.

It always surprises me that people don’t start the process of building a profitable website by building a website plan. While the website planning process can seem complex, it really can be boiled down to answering a few simple questions:

Can Digital Publishing Solve Your Revenue Problems? I Say YES.

Mequoda’s only purpose in life is to prevent any other publishing company from going out of business, ever. That’s why we offer our decades of experience, proven best practices and user-friendly Mequoda Method for digital publishing success in our three-day Internet Marketing Intensive, the definitive training course in publishing and marketing content online.

The Holistic Approach to Digital Publishing

The Internet Marketing Intensive is characterized by the comprehension of its parts

The Internet Marketing Intensive is a holistic program. It’s designed to take all things digital, and put them in the context of your overall digital publishing strategy. This program isn’t a tactics course; it’s a strategy program.

If you must meet the needs of current digital marketing and publishing best practices…

Great Copywriters Create Headlines that Echo

The folks at Investing Daily are some of the smartest direct marketers on the planet. And perhaps better than being smart, they are disciplined.

Clay Hall on Aspire Media

A few minutes with Clay Hall

I’ve known Clay Hall for more than 30 years and have had the pleasure of being his consultant for the past seven. Clay is a familiar voice in our community, having attended seven Summits as both participant and speaker. With the sale of Aspire Media to F+W Media, I think it’s a good time to give everyone an update on his current thinking about digital marketing and publishing before he disappears into the forests and rivers of our great country for an extended period of time.

Improving Content and SEO

Need more ideas for better SEO? Search Engine Watch is a great place for endless amounts of info on all of your SEO needs. From tips on creating better content to latest news on everything SEO, Search Engine Watch is the place to be. Below are a few articles from them on different aspects of SEO. If your looking for improvements but not sure what you need to improve, scroll around search engine watch and I’m sure they will have something that will catch your eye.

Job Posting: Director of Online Publishing and Interactive Media

The Director of Online Publishing and Interactive Media will manage CSPI’s online content publishing Web site, www.NutritionAction.com. A business plan and strategy are in place for this highly visible online presence for CSPI and Nutrition Action Healthletter content, and this position will regularly measure and report on key program metrics and adjust the strategy and plan as necessary.

An Important SEO Reminder…

Buying links can come back to haunt you.

There was a time when black hat SEO techniques were used to generate significant money. Do you remember searching for content and receiving page results where there was no content – only the keyword phrase repeated over and over?

This was one of my first experiences with black hat SEO, and back in the day, people could get away with this. They would create “optimized” pages with no actual content, and would sell advertising. To this day I wonder about the revenue they generated by doing this; I imagine it was significant.

Audience Development Upgrade Easy as 1-2-3

New workshop, new needs analysis, new analytics suite and consulting program

It’s been said that it may be hard to remember that the original goal was to drain the swamp, when you’re up to your ass in alligators. The process of building website traffic is complex and varied. There are day-to-day responsibilities, analytics everywhere, conflicting priorities, and more to do then any team can ever hope to accomplish.

Optimize Your Email Campaigns for Better Leads

Earlier this year eMarketer reported on the online marketing tactics being used for lead generation. For B2B marketers and agencies in the US, email was the main source for driving qualified leads. Paid search, social media, and display advertising are also being used, but not to the same extent as email.

It’s clear the goal of building email marketing lists is still important for email marketers. A bigger list means a potentially bigger customer base, and more opportunities to generate revenue.

The Google Visibility Report: A Look at Your Potential Audience

After you have a keyword universe developed, how do you make sense of all the data? A keyword universe, which is the backbone of online marketing efforts, typically consists of hundreds of thousands of keyword phrases. Where do you rank on those terms? Which keyword phrases are the most important to your online business?

The Google Visibility Report, developed by Mequoda in 2006, provides you with these answers by documenting the popularity and organic competition for each keyword phrase. By citing the Keyword Competitive Index (KCI), you can determine which phrases provide the best targeting opportunities.

Refocusing Your Online Editors

A change that editorial directors need to pay attention to

Put an online editor job underneath a microscope; what do you see?

The initial look shows a content creator; someone who understands subject matter, and ideally, is passionate about the topic. Online editors are able to churn on content that is informative and thought provoking on a regular basis.

Revenue Generation for Digital Publishers Covered at Summit

The Mequoda Summit West 2012 will be a popular destination for online publishers this coming April.

Those in attendance will be Mequoda alumni who have attended past events and are running a digital content marketing system. Their goals of creating content, community and commerce through digital content marketing have set them apart from many other digital publishers around the web.

Our three keynote presentations will be focusing on aspects crucial to generating revenue for digital magazine publishers. These keynotes include:

5 Ways Publishers Got Smarter About Social Media in 2011

There’s no doubt about it—publishers got much smarter about their online marketing strategies this past year. It’s not clear which empire(s) paved the way and made it “ok” for everyone else to jump on board (sort of like the day Oprah discovered Twitter) but we’re glad it happened. More attention is being paid to socially savvy customers than ever before, and it’s a good thing because consumers are becoming more socially outspoken by the minute.

Tying Together SEO & Social Media

Search engine optimization no longer exists with an absence of social media. Now that Google credits “likes” and “tweets” so significantly in their algorithm, it would be pretty hard to launch a website and expect it to rank without any social media influence.

Getting Your Facebook On at Mequoda Bootcamp

It’s not every day that you can attend a one-day event and suddenly get an entire business marketing strategy fired at you from every angle.

Building Your Brand Strategy at the Mequoda Bootcamp

49 steps, including organic and paid marketing options, for running a successful online business

A proven approach to digital publishing being utilized by major brands incorporates the use of SEO, SMO and link building to drive website traffic.

These methods of organic online marketing help publishers reach their core audience members through direct and indirect activities.

How to Choose the Right Landing Page Testing Method

During today’s live webinar on landing page testing and optimization, you will discover how to perform the best possible landing page tests

In the Mequoda Daily yesterday, we showed an example of how a few simple changes to a landing page increase the conversion rate by 20.2%.

Who wouldn’t want an increased conversion rate of 20.2%? That means a bigger audience of more than 20% – which could possibly lead to more revenue generation.

Your Online Persona May Need Polishing Up

Creating a Strong Online Persona Makes Sense

Here’s some good advice from Max Drucker, chief executive of Social Intelligence, a California-based company that “navigates the complicated landscape of social media” for hiring purposes: “Create an online persona that is far richer than a resume might be. Create your own personal domain. Participate in various industry blogs. Put yourself out there in a way you’d like your employer to see.”

The quote appeared in a recent Washington Post column called Web inSites from writer Melissa Bell. “A job candidate should spend as much time polishing an online profile as choosing an interview suit,” she writes. In fact, I have a 20-something friend who, convinced that his college exploits might have cost him a couple jobs, has started a new persona with an altered first name, sans the social media history.

Landing Page Testing & Optimization

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7 Metrics Worth Monitoring

Discover what are believed to be the most important metrics for measuring the performance of your online business

In the digital landscape, Internet marketers have the opportunity to measure many activities.

What metrics are truly worth monitoring though? This is a worthy question to ponder, especially since there is only so much time in a workday…you want to be monitoring the best metrics to properly deduce how well your site is performing, while efficiently managing your time.

3 Aesthetically Pleasing Social Media WordPress Plugins

Share your articles in style with one of these social media WordPress plugins guaranteed to increase tweets, likes and +1’s

Before the Internet, one of the ways we shared information was by talking on the telephone. You know – a landline. If someone wasn’t home, you had to wait for them to get home. If you got lost driving to their house, you couldn’t just give them a buzz on their cellphone – you had to start asking strangers. Any message you wanted to deliver, you needed to do it with preparation and well in advance.

Thankfully today we have smart phones that make it even easier to share on the go. If someone gets lost on the way to your house, you can text them directions or an address which will open in a GPS-enabled application. If we have a party, we can make a Facebook invitation and send it while sitting on the bus, rather than buying invitations and licking stamps all afternoon. We share pictures, directions, locations and websites every single day.

SIPA Member Profile: Bailey Takes an ‘Analyticsal’ Approach

Matt Bailey, Founder and President, SiteLogic, Canton, Ohio

What was your first job out of college and how did you get into this business?
Wow. On the face of it, there is not much related in this answer. When I graduated, I went to work for the Ohio National Guard as a unit administrator. I was already in the Guard but became a full-time member for the next five years. I was already familiar with the Internet and using ARPNET was a great way to get familiar with the basic functions. During my time, the military transitioned from ARPNET to AOL as the preferred method of communication, as HTML made the Internet much more visual—like it is today. That was one of my primary influences in being comfortable enough with the Internet to begin building websites.

Social Media Frenzy – Will the Bubble Burst?

Leading dot-com companies from 2000 have almost the same market cap as today’s leading social media companies…should there be worry?

A potential social media bubble has recently become a hot topic.

In a March 27th article from The New York Times, a correlation was shown between the dot-com bubble in the late 90s and today’s social media boom.

Landing Page Optimization: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

Suggestions for landing page optimization that will help your landing pages perform better

Have you put enough attention into landing page optimization? If you’ve made the four mistakes listed below, then your landing pages could probably be performing better.

At the Mequoda Summit West 2011, Matt Humphrey, Chief Marketing Officer at Fortis Business Media, and Rafael Cardoso, Senior Online Marketing Manager at Business and Legal Resources presented a session on landing page testing and optimization.

Resources From the Mequoda SEO Workshop

A look at our half-day intensive on SEO at the Mequoda Summit West 2011

In the Mequoda Daily yesterday, I discussed persuasive online copywriting.

The skills associated with SEO copywriting will be taught at length during our half-day Mequoda SEO Workshop at the Mequoda Summit West 2011.

Surprise Surprise – Pop-Ups Work!

For the good of list-building: It’s finally acceptable to add a little “POP” to your website homepage design

We don’t like to call them popups; we like to call them “floaters”. Sounds better right? Although a Floater Order Form looks like a separate document floating on top of a website page, it is really just a layer in the HTML code.

To the user, it looks a lot like a magazine blow-in card. While printing blow-in cards and inserting them into print products is cheap, Floaters, like their Pop-Up predecessors, are virtually cost-less. Like blow-ins and Pop-Ups, Floaters can irritate users if over used or used to promote offers that seem out of context to website users.

Content Marketing Made Simple

Order this new, 90-minute webinar, co-sponsored by Mequoda and SIPA, and discover content marketing in the simplest, most time-efficient way possible.

Giving Definition to Wikipedia’s Gender Gap

Closing Gender Gap Can Open New Dialogues

Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that runs Wikipedia, recently told NPR’s “On the Media” (a wonderful show) that, “87 percent of Wikipedia editors are male, and so topics that would associate or correlate with being female are certainly less well covered than topics that correlate with being interesting to men.” This percentage came from a study by a joint center of the United Nations University (Tokyo) and Maastricht University (The Netherlands) that also determined that the average age of a contributor is in the mid-20s.

Gardner has set a goal to raise the share of female contributors to 25% by 2015. Like most good diversity initiatives, the goal here is to “ensure that the encyclopedia is as good as it could be,” Gardner told The New York Times. “The difference between Wikipedia and other editorially created products is that Wikipedians are not professionals; they are only asked to bring what they know.”