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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.

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 Paywall Model vs SEO: How to Win at Both

This week, a friend of mine referred to the paywall model as a “marketing method Trump would support.” I got a good chuckle out of it, but it seemed like an appropriate segway to the pros and cons of gating content, but also, how you can obtain the benefits of both – notably, SEO. Not the wall.

The paywall model isn’t an SEO-killer, even though it’s been billed as one. Technology has advanced a long way since the days when content was either locked, or unlocked. Firstly, there are two types, a hard paywall, and a soft paywall (and varying degrees in between).

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.

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,

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?

Strategy Spotlight with Don: The Ease of Content Marketing for Publishers

How lucky are we, as publishers, to live in the age of content marketing and search engines. While other marketers struggle to become adept at content creation, it’s already in our DNA.

Just add search engine optimization skills, great website architecture and a genuinely content-driven email publishing program, and publishers can literally make millions on the Internet.

Acquisitions Build Up Digital Publishers and Platforms

Our news of digital publishers acquiring new media entities continues, but with a few different looks today.

We start with American Media, which has acquired another magazine title from Wenner Media. NY Post reports, “American Media said it will acquire Men’s Journal from Wenner Media, marking the second magazine deal that the two companies have done in recent months.”

Strategy Spotlight with Don: 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.

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

Content Business Models: How Will Content Make Money in the Future?

How will publishers make money in the future? Consumers will pay for content. And sponsors will pay for us to create it. At least, that’s what Grzegorz Piechota pitched in a recent session of FIPP’s recent Digital Innovator’s Summit. And if you’ve been reading here for a while, you know I agree.

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 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.

Magazine Subscription Websites: 4 Huge Mistakes You Might Be Making

“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).

Magazine Marketing 101: Selling More Digital Subscriptions

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

A Great Example of a Premium Content Subscription

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.

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.

5 Ways Top Subscription Websites Optimize for Search

Magazine publishers have been giving away their content for decades in an effort to attract new subscribers. In online publishing, ad-driven subscription websites have an additional incentive: Increasing the eyeballs that see their sponsors’ ads.

Publications like Mother Earth News put all their magazine content on their subscription website. They believe it hasn’t hurt their circulation, and at the same time, says General Manager Bill Uhler, it helps them cast a wider SEO net.

Mequoda’s Top Subscription Website Publishing Posts of 2016

Our most-read subscription website publishing posts of last year show an interest in building profitable subscription websites and improving the usability and site speed of existing websites.
In 2016, toward the end of the year it was made abundantly clear to publishers they would need to focus on more simple site design with faster loading times.

How to Create Multi-Platform Content Quickly and Cheaply

When we talk about multiplatform publishing, some publishers think we’re talking about the difference between laptops, desktops and tablets. But those are simply the devices we deliver content through.

We’re talking about content repurposing, on many platforms.

Repurposing content is a core tenet of the Mequoda Method, but we can’t take credit for inventing the tactic. Rather, any publishers worth their salt – whether print or digital – have always run some variation on this theme. Why? Because it rewards your best work, saves you from excess work, gives you a ton of versatility, and will make you money while you sleep.

The Lifecycle of Recycling Magazine Articles

If you publish a monthly magazine and each issue includes 50 articles, you have content for 600 blog posts. That’s almost two years worth of blog content, or a twice daily publishing schedule if you only post five days per week.

Although your magazine content could sit in a member-only editorial archive with past issues of your print content, we suggest recycling magazine articles by releasing that content into your portal to help build circulation.

12 Simple Ways to Streamline Magazine Marketing in Email

Do your magazine marketing promotions spark revenue? If they do, recycle them. If not, dispose of them.
A few years ago, a publisher came to us and during our initial conversations about email, we looked into their EMS backend and discovered that they were creating new email templates for every day of the week as part

Why We Always Pair Free Subscription Business Models with Paid Magazines

Why “free” is a subscription business model of its own and why every magazine should have one

Since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of consumerism, businesses have been giving things away for free. You’ve probably received free samples in the food court, or free issues of the local newspaper when you first

How to Start a Magazine and Publish it Profitably

How to start a magazine and publish it profitably, without requiring a large team to start.
In her book How Not to Start a Magazine, B. Ann Bell says the number one way new magazines fail is through poor budget planning. Poor planning for printing, postage, and marketing are among the top expenses in her book, originally published

How to Boost the Value of a Subscription Website

The more you can give a member of your subscription website, the better.
And it appears we’re not the only ones who think so.

Earlier in the week we talked about Condé Nast’s Wired Media Group who is launching a membership program for executives. According to Lucia Moses at Digiday, “for $4,000 a year, members of the Emerging Technology

Choosing the Best Learning Management System for Publishers

What to look for in a learning management system, from Haven Classroom, to Edmodo, Moodle, Teachery and Blackboard.
Many multiplatform publishers have turned to e-learning platforms to help subscribers either increase their skills or improve their lives. Publishers, along with many other organizations, such as universities and corporations, have found that text heavy explanations of complex subject

How Successful Subscription Based Websites Do Marketing

No publisher can hope to have a successful subscription based website without getting the marketing right. So if you have, or plan to launch, one of our three subscription website business models – a portal, magazine website or newsletter website – it’s worth studying the winning strategies used by savvy publishers, including, of course, our own clients.

In Magazine Promotions, What’s Old Is New

Spend some time in your archives to discover magazine promotions and copy that can be recycled
There’s something about antiques that can make you nostalgic, even if you weren’t alive during the era the object was used. Maybe that’s a past life for you, or maybe it just makes you think of a movie you liked

Creating Renewable Digital Revenue With a Course Content Business Model

When you have a course content business model, you organize a series of courses for paid subscribers that are updated regularly – but not frequently
Every successful publisher we know launched their digital existence with at least two content models. One is a portal content business model, and the other is usually a magazine content business

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

Magazine VR: Is Our Industry Ready for Yet Another Innovation?

If you’re running a digital magazine, VR, or virtual reality, is not at the forefront of your mind right now. You’ve got daily content concerns, tech to catch up with, and a multi-front battle against ad blocking and other viewability issues to contend with.

But at the same time, you’re also always looking for more ways to get your content in front of more eyes, and VR can literally make that happen. The question is, how to acquire, integrate, and master the technology? Well, we’re starting to see some precedent established with major multiplatform publishers, and they’re setting some examples for digital magazines with virtual reality aspirations.

How to Prioritize Building New Website Business Models

Before building out new website business models, inventory your existing content assets

Author and efficiency expert Stephen Covey writes about how difficult it is to reach goals that you don’t have. “Begin with the end in mind” is our personal mantra for every Mequoda System we start.

Publishing websites for magazines and newsletters are like Swiss Army

Digital Ads Do Better With Premium Publisher’s Content

Premium publishers in the news: Bloomberg, Hearst, and more; plus, native ads not a cure-all
There are are premium publishers, and then there is premium publisher’s content, and you don’t have to be the former to have the latter.

This is important to understand, particularly if you’re ad-driven. Why? Because premium content can make you more revenue.

How to Update a Magazine Editor Job Description for Multiplatform Publishing

Write an online magazine editor job description like a product description for a Swiss Army knife

Can you remember life before the internet, when a personal computer was another name for a hand-held calculator? When publishing was a process that required a printing press?

If you’re old enough to remember hot type, the pica stick, and manual

Creative Video Ideas Publishers Are Using That You Can Too

We’re surrounded by a goldmine of creative video ideas in magazine publishing – which one will inspire you?
I sit here writing this as I just finished watching six videos in a row on Vogue’s site, all 73-questions long, about celebrities I don’t have an interest in, in a format that felt heavily scripted.

I don’t know

The Best Magazine Promotion Ideas Start With This One Strategy

12 magazine promotion ideas stemming from a strict email marketing plan

The scenario plays over and over again: A publisher invests the time and money to build a multiplatform publishing website, only to wonder why they’re not generating as much revenue as expected. When we audit their efforts, we find they’re not sending any promotions for

Multimedia Publishing: New Ebony Ownership Goes in Different Direction(s)

Multimedia publishing demands multiplatform strategy, and Ebony is embracing it; plus, NYT latest to consider ad-free model
Multimedia publishing is remaking the industry, fueled by multiplatform strategy, content like video and podcasts, and an openness to experiment with events, ecommerce, and other components.

While one major brand is pursuing that course in being reborn, another all-time title

How TIME Magazine Turned It Around With Multiplatform Publishing

TIME magazine is seeing growth in print and digital due mostly to a strong pursuit of native ads in editorial and video, plus staffing updates and multiplatform publishing

Last year, TIME‘s print revenue went up by 4%, and digital climbed 36%. A few years ago, we wrote a little piece called Saving TIME Magazine: or, the Future of All

A Step-by-Step Roadmap for Making the Digital Conversion

If you’ve been reading here about the journey from legacy print publishing to digital magazine publishing, it may sound almost too confusing to contemplate
The journey involves everything from creating a magazine edition you may never even have heard of before – the web edition – to pricing to marketing on social media to upgrading print

How to Upsell Print-Only Subscribers into More Expensive Digital Packages

Learn everything from pricing to copy platforms, and watch the print-to-digital upgrades roll in
The beauty of the digital era in publishing is that it doesn’t just give you a new option for your existing audience to choose.

It delivers the opportunity to expand that audience, create several new premium products, drive more orders per promotion, and

How to Run an Integrated Marketing Campaign

Set up your marketing based on data and continual improvement to reap big profits
One thing that troubles publishers who are planning to make the move to multiplatform publishing is how to promote so many different products, especially given the new marketing channels that are available to us in the digital age.

As we’ve noted here before,

The Prices, Offers, and Incentives You Must Test Now

There’s no such thing as publishing a magazine.

The fact is, if you want to transition your business from the traditional print model to 21st-century publishing – and the profits it promises – you have to publish five different magazine editions of every title in your portfolio.

Mequoda has learned from decades of experience that these five are absolutely crucial to successful digital publishing. And many traditional print publishers have learned, to their sorrow, that digital publishing is crucial to their very survival in the modern age.

If that sounds alarming, we can assure you it’s completely achievable – more on that below. But first, let’s consider all five of those editions that we’ve identified as the very heart of our Gold Members’ publishing empires.

The Five Magazine Editions You Should Consider

There’s no such thing as publishing a magazine.

The fact is, if you want to transition your business from the traditional print model to 21st-century publishing – and the profits it promises – you may have to publish up to five different magazine editions of every title in your portfolio, with three of the five being table stakes.

Mequoda has learned from decades of experience that having multiple platform editions is crucial to successful digital publishing. And many traditional print publishers have learned, to their sorrow, that digital publishing is crucial to their very survival in the modern age. We’ll tell you all about it at our Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in Boston.

If that sounds alarming, we can assure you it’s completely achievable – more on that below. But first, let’s consider all five of those editions that we’ve identified as the very heart of our Gold Members’ publishing empires.

Content Planning: Nailing Down Ideal Post Timing and Frequency

A couple weeks ago I attended an SEO conference called SearchLove hosted by Distilled. One of the speakers was Rand Fishkin, better known as the Wizard of Moz. At the very end of his presentation, completely off topic talked about the time he saw that Hubspot posted 49 articles in a week, and wondered if they’d ever determined that that was an optimal frequency for them.

01-content-planning-nailing-down-ideal-post-timing-and-frequencyLike most of us, especially in publishing, Hubspot was basically on the page that “more content = more traffic.” So Hubspot replied that they hadn’t measured it exactly, and asked if Moz wanted to do an experiment with them. At the time Moz was publishing 8 posts per week. Both cut their frequency in half and the results basically told Hubspot that they could afford to write less, but Moz should write a little more.

Programmatic Native Push From Hearst Heralds New Age of Advertising

Lots of news on the ad tech side of the industry, which really shouldn’t come as news, given all of the advancements happening on what seems like a weekly basis from publishers, vendors, and search & social giants. For instance, if you thought marketers and publishers would leave programmatic and native ads in their separate camps and call it a day, you were mistaken. Meet the programmatic native model, currently being showcased by Hearst!

Also in the works: Ad blocking solutions, including a summit from the IAB and more from Google in the effort to solidify their hold on digital advertising. MediaPost has it all handled to start the week. Let’s get to it!

Mastering Subscription Marketing Language with a Story

So you’ve launched your subscription website. You’ve determined the right price, and how you want to offer your subscription to customers, and you’re ready to think about ways to entice, persuade and convince them, whether it’s copy on a landing page, or an outbound email. Few subscribers ever make a decision to buy from you based solely on your price or offer!

How to Leverage and Sell Multi-Channel Marketing for Your Publication

How to leverage multi-channel marketing both internally and also to sell out your advertising packages

The human race doesn’t all live in one house, or all work at one business. We don’t drink our coffee the same way, and we all definitely do not save our pennies for the same exact vacation.

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