Get Free Email Updates | Have an Account?
  • Free email newsletter
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS Feed

Tag: publishing platforms

Strategy Spotlight with Don: How and When to Clean Your Email List

It’s not uncommon that when we talk to a group of niche publishing professionals, and we end up in a big discussion about cleaning your email lists.

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains when to clean your list, and how to combat fears about selling a smaller list to advertisers.

How to Simplify Your Web Management Duties

As a magazine publisher, you understand that every completed issue is the result of effective communication between staff members. The success of one department directly influences and depends on the success of another. When you become a multiplatform publisher, the same principles apply, particularly when it comes to the various tech providers who run your digital publishing platforms. But managing these separate vendors is time consuming, ineffective, and expensive.

Why You Should Fire Your Digital Publishing Services

You need a magazine consultant that acts as a general contractor, and a content management system that does, too.

In the past I’ve divulged what to look for in a magazine consultant, and we’ve written many posts lately about what to look for in a content management system. But how do you put this new information into practice?

Well, it might require firing some people, and firing some of your digital publishing services.

Freebie Friday: Increase Audience, Revenue and Profits

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.

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.

Should You Publish a Magazine in Print? Digital? Or Both?

At a recent networking event amongst publishers, the owner of a publication for teen health asked a Mequoda team member if it was worth launching a print magazine to go with her ad-driven online presence. She already had other print publications, but this niche, teen health, geared towards a younger generation—would it be too passe’?

The short answer is that we’ve seen it work, but testing is worth the investment. One of our clients launched a new print magazine from their popular online portal last year and is now generating thousands of new subscribers every month.

Strategy Spotlight with Don: 5 Goals Every Publisher Should Have in Mind

One thing we’ve noticed about the most successful publishers we know is that they have three major things in common. And it has nothing to do with being a household name, a ton of charisma or a rampant following on social media.

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 Is Multiplatform Publishing?

Back in 2006 I read an article comparing the fidelity and convenience of watching a movie on an iPod, a home theater, or in a state-of-the-art movie theater. The author cleverly pointed out that the three media platforms offer the viewer an inverted user experience on the dimensions of fidelity and convenience.

In other words, the users will experience high convenience and low fidelity on the iPod, or what now would be an iPad; moderate convenience and moderate fidelity with the home theater; and low convenience and high fidelity at the cinema. And for some people, it’s just about preference.

How Publishing Magazines on Kindle Will Boost Digital Circulation

Want to know how publishing magazines on Kindles will boost your digital circulation? The simple answer is math: you can only sell more digital issues, not less, by adding your magazine to a new platform.

And we consider Amazon’s Kindle Newsstand to be one of the three juggernauts of digital magazine publishing channels, alongside Google Play and Apple Newsstand. In fact, it’s in second place and I’ll tell you why a little later.

Do You Have a Solid Business Plan for Success in Multiplatform Publishing?

Do you have a solid business plan for success in multiplatform publishing?

Unless you answered “You better believe it, pal!” to that question, I have another question for you.
How do you expect to succeed without a plan to get you there?
Of course, it’s not easy to navigate this brave new world of multiplatform publishing – at

The Benefits of One-on-One Training and How Publishers Can Emulate It

As a publisher, you may never get the chance to sit across the table from every one of your customers. You may never be able to ask them very specific questions and in turn, get them to ask you very specific questions.

But isn’t this the ‘fidelity’ that every customer wants with their beloved brands, the ability to ask questions and speak directly to the experts and celebrities behind these brands? And isn’t this what every publisher or business owner wishes they could do more of, to speak directly with customers to understand (and better address) their biggest concerns?

So how does a publisher with low-fidelity products create these one-on-one experiences so richly desired by their audiences?

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.

Last Day to Register!

If you don’t register for the next Mequoda Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive by midnight, you’ll have to wait another year to start your journey to multiplatform publishing success.

Web Publishing Platforms: Little Things, Bloomberg, Messaging Apps

Digital magazines are decoding new web publishing platforms, but does it all just come down to content distribution strategy?
Well, the answer to that question is yes, but the execution is open to interpretation. When it comes to web publishing platforms, sometimes it can seem like your options are wide open. That’s because they are.

Observers of

Publishing Analytics News From PubExec Live Summit

Checking out the latest publishing analytics news from all data points
Publishing analytics have assumed a prominent role here at Mequoda, where we’re focusing more and more resources on staff, development, and technology.

We’re not alone. The digital publishing industry is clamoring around publishing analytics, because they provide insights into one of, if not the, most important

How to Prime an Online Magazine Business Model to Perfection

The sacred elements of any best-practice online magazine business model
Literary perfectionist Gustav Flaubert once said “our ignorance of history makes us slander our own times.” He was right on the money here and not just in his never-ending quest to find “le mot juste” (“the right word”) in a sentence. Finding the perfect word, he

It’s Complicated: Checking In on the Relationship Between Facebook, Publishing

Report from 2016 IMAG conference cites distrust in Facebook-publishing dynamic
The topics don’t get much hotter these days than Facebook publishing, and though the gap between the social network and media companies seems to be closing, there’s a still a frost in the budding friendship.

As Facebook strives to become the global content provider, their reliance on

How to Create User-Centric Multi-Platform Products

Periodical publishers have historically considered content to be disposable – generated once for use in a periodical or book and then discarded.

Multi-platform publishers who recycle, reuse, and re-publish information in many different multi-platform products (portals, periodicals, books, email newsletters, membership websites, libraries, courses, events, DVDs, CDs, and more) are the ones – large, small, or independent – who will succeed.

Also, customer-driven content management has become commonplace, allowing a diverse community of online users to engage and be engaged in many different ways, compared to simply subscribing to a magazine or buying a book, and the resulting environment has become much bigger and more sophisticated than in the past.

Organizing content around the customer, therefore, really means organizing content efficiently and effectively to extend your brand and drive both revenue and profit.

Online Magazine Ads: News From Google, Apple, Trinity Mirror, and More

Most publishers – at least most niche and regional publishers – cannot live on online magazine ads alone, but of course they’re still a key component of any media operation.

The caveat? Generating enough revenue and keeping enough digital advertisers happy has gotten harder and harder as the media landscape has become more fractured and viewability has become more elusive. Or perhaps demands for better measurement have intensified.

Multiplatform advertising is doable, and it’s something Mequoda Members do well. And while we all deal with issues – whether it be struggling to decide on Facebook Instant Articles viability or the fear of getting swallowed up by Google; how to handle native well and how to battle ad blocking – the future is bright when it comes to online magazine ads.

Republishing Content the Right Way

Recently, media site The Verge hired a position for someone who will basically take some of their content and republish it on other user-generated publishing platforms like Medium and LinkedIn Pulse.

If you’re a SEO-savvy publisher, you’re probably thinking, “what are they, crazy? Have they lost their darn marbles?”

Well, truthfully, Verge aren’t exactly getting eyeballs based on SEO anyway— they’re a news site (ie: they work harder for the same eyeballs as evergreen publishers……oh, burn.)

You’re Not Multi-Platform Marketing Successfully without Multi-Platform Publishing

Your multi-platform marketing automatically improves when you plan, build and optimize a successful multi-platform publishing business – the Mequoda way
Over the years I’ve personally worked with hundreds of media brands who have gone on to build multi-platform marketing and publishing systems. Many of them started with a single title and had revenues of just a

Digital Publishing Products: News From WaPo, AOL, Bauer, Magzter

Determining the digital publishing products your company can excel with is a key consideration when launching or remaking your magazine business model.

This might seem obvious, but it’s not difficult to take a cursory look around the industry and find digital publishers who try to fit square pegs into round holes instead of sticking to what works for their hard-won audiences.

At the same time, many observers will pronounce various digital publishing products dead at the drop of a hat, but the fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if an app or a platform or a distribution service doesn’t work for the rest of the business as long as it works for you.

Is 2016 the Year Digital Magazines Master Online Publishing Platforms?

Online publishing platforms or offline publishing platforms or any platforms in between, it doesn’t matter: We’re fans of a good many of them, and believe in a “more-the-merrier” approach because the right deployment can open up new revenue streams.

Long before multiplatform publishing became an industry-wide buzzword, we were building a strategy to help magazines not only succeed in transitioning from print to digital, but to thrive once they get there. Desktop, mobile devices like tablets, social media, products, events — Mequoda Members embrace them all in their ongoing effort to distribute content.

The Subscription Website Publishing Handbook

Claim your FREE digital copy of Subscription Website Publishing: The Most Profitable Subscription Website Models now.

Why Subscription Website Business Models Are Ideal for Every Publisher

A magazine or newsletter subscription site paired with a portal subscription website leads to publishing success
If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you’re quite familiar with the Mequoda Method for multiplatform publishing success. You may even understand the acronym that sums it up: ACEM, which stands for:

Attract new visitors to your site organically.
Convert those

The Digital Publishing Industry by the Numbers: MPA Releases 2015 Factbook

Is the digital publishing industry unstoppable? These facts and figures argue a resounding yes, especially when it comes to audience development.

App Publishers Experiment With Products, Tackle Problems

App publishers are on the cutting edge of multiplatform media, but with great power comes great responsibility. Software changes, shifts in consumer tastes, and evolving devices and platforms all pose opportunities as well as frustrations for publishers maintaining their places in audience’s hearts. So, how to stay ahead? Talking New Media takes a look at the approaches of legacies and startups in a handful of recent articles.

Social Publishing Platforms: A Siren Song for Publishers

Social publishing platforms are all the rage for publishers looking to repurpose content, cultivate audience, and drive traffic, and providers’ offerings are becoming more sophisticated and specialized. Or, in Facebook’s case, irresistibly too big to fail, for now. In the meantime, other brands and publishers, like Adobe and Condé Nast, are focusing on in-house digital solutions. Let’s take a look at four recent Digiday stories that cover all of this ground.

Digital Publishing Platforms: Launches, Acquisitions, Reorgs

Deft use of digital publishing platforms is a must for magazines looking to solidify their place in the industry. Thanks to astute observers like Talking New Media, we can monitor trends as they’re taking shape. Here are five headlines from one of our favorite sources of information.

Renowned publishing consultant gets back to his storytelling roots with his first novel

BOSTON, MA, January 30, 2015 – Don Nicholas, a journalist-turned-publishing consultant-turned novelist, has just published his first novel, Homecoming, a mystery inspired by many of his favorite writers and characters – and also by small-town politics, social life and true crime.

The book is now available on Amazon at $19.97 for print and $4.97 for the

8 Reasons You Should Launch an Online Magazine Library This Year

Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked a lot about digital magazines and specifically online magazines – the online edition of a magazine in HTML format, which typically comes with a library of back content.

MPA Media Launching New Apps

I remember when media companies and digital publishers were in the process of launching their first apps. A lot has changed since those days, even though they aren’t too far gone, and companies are releasing new version of apps, changing digital publishing platforms, and figuring out the best ways of reaching their audiences through what they’ve already seen.

Natural Health Advisory Knows How to Recycle … Content!

More than 30 years ago, Tom Vick, Executive Editor and CEO of Natural Health Advisory, first discovered that a common ailment he was suffering from, allergies, could be helped significantly by taking pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) daily. Since then, alternative medicine and natural health has been a passion.

Mequoda Releases New Multiplatform Publishing Strategy Handbook

Don Nicholas, who has spent 30 years as a publisher and consultant in the magazine publishing industry, has released a free 100-page handbook titled Multiplatform Publishing Strategy as a followup to his 10-year-old book, Internet Marketing Strategy for Publishers. “Ten years and one tablet revolution later, my newest professional goal is simple: To help each and every publisher successfully cross the new digital divide,” says Nicholas.

Newsweek and Boston Globe Sold

Newsweek was sold over the weekend to IBT Media, reports Capital New York. “IAC/InterActive reached a deal to sell Newsweek, which has been publishing since January as a digital-only version of the old magazine, to the owners of the International Business Times.” IBT Media has stated that Newsweek will remain a digital-only publication.

Prss Offers Free Pay-Per-Download iPad Publishing Platform

iPad publishing for the rest of us. Thats what the Netherlands-based company Prss hopes to achieve with their new platform. Prss hopes to be faster than other publishing platforms and encourages magazine publishers to use them.

Five Ways to Develop a Larger Audience Online

Content marketing tips for reaching new audience members

Many things can be said about the social sharing of content.

Beyond inciting more interaction online, it has helped the spread of content.

Creating the Perfect Digital Magazine

Discuss the most important characteristics of a digital magazine at the Mequoda Summit West 2011

In the Mequoda Daily yesterday, I talked about building a digital magazine subscription website and the future of digital magazine publishing.

Although it’s unclear how the future of digital magazines will look, there are some characteristics I believe will be incorporated in the most successful digital magazines of the future. I originally outlined these characteristics in a post entitled “The Perfect Digital Magazine”.

Content Management Systems for Publishers

Content producers and content publishers can benefit from a content management system if they realize its importance

Many traditional publishers have taken their print publication’s content online. They came to the realization that diversifying their publishing platforms would allow them to save money on production costs while reaching a new breed of content consumers; ones that heavily rely on the Internet to access content that interests them.

Multi-platform publishing allows these traditional print publishers to try their hand at online publishing, which can lead to a robust system full of content and another avenue for them to generate revenue. The best way for traditional publishers to engage in online publishing is by embracing content management systems, which offer many free and open-source options.

WordPress vs. Drupal vs. Telligent: Which CMS is Right for You?

Learn detailed information from three technology professionals using these content management systems first-hand

Making Money As A Content Marketer

7 strategies for content marketers

Twitter for Publishers

Start integrating Twitter into your online business strategy and begin building your online community, managing your brand, and building a new revenue stream!

$29 million invested in WordPress’ Automattic

Four investors, including the Times Company prove that open source software is the future of online publishing platforms. Over here at Mequoda, we are one of WordPress’ #1 fans. Open source software is becoming the new wave of the Internet, as proven by instances such as Google’s open source mobile phone platform, Google Android. We also have many blogging platforms that are heading in the direction of the open source WordPress by making their own platforms open source.

Finding Effective Online Strategies

Only use proven methods

Conduct research before you make any changes to your online marketing or publishing strategies.

Research is essential to online profitability.

There is a wide array of technology, marketing tactics, website designs and publishing platforms, but not all of them work.