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6 Tools to Create Data-Driven Content Ideas

Consider the rise of talent shows on TV like America’s Got Talent and American Idol. When it comes down to it, they’re simply performing good old-fashioned market research. Why sign an unknown singer to a record label, or sign a new act to a Vegas casino, when you can see how the world responds to them first? The same method applies to content. Developing data-driven content ideas can be the difference between a homepage full of stimulating ideas, and a page full of templated headlines on the same topic.

9 Guidelines for Content Aggregators Who Recycle the News

Aggregating great content is just as valuable as creating great content

Content aggregation is often given a bad name, because it’s often done incorrectly.

The best content aggregators approach the process as the valuable art form that it is. Content aggregators recognize the web is all about content aggregation, and their work allows users to reach new depths on the subject matter they care about.

We first wrote about content aggregation in 2011. At that time, he had been researching best practices for content aggregation and strategies content aggregators should avoid.

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.

Are Digital Advertisements Becoming More Popular for Audience Development?

Today we’re seeing increases in a variety of digital advertisements that some publishers have been using as part of their audience development strategy.

We begin at Media Post, which is reporting on native ad data from AdsNative. “More than half of publishers don’t believe that Google and Facebook “own” the digital advertising market. That’s one of the findings of a recent survey conducted by AdsNative, which polled its customer base of 7,500 Web and mobile publishers on the state of native advertising in Q1. The survey found that 53.9% of publishers don’t believe ad budgets are going to just a handful of players.”

Social Media Brands Turn to Subscription Websites

The term “subscription” is a hot topic these past few weeks, especially for new age publishers and media companies like Twitter and Medium. Twitter recently sent a survey to users to ask if they’d be interested in a paid $20 subscription account that would give users access to a premium product, which all seems to boil down to having a cleaner, more curated feed through Twitter’s TweetDeck App.

Magazine Marketing: Using Email to Boost Advertising Sales

“It’s more effective than direct mail and as effective as telephone – and so much less expensive.” That’s a quote from ClickZ’s latest report, Email and the Age of First-Person Marketing. While marketers were saying just three years ago that social would consume email, it’s proven to become even more powerful and celebrated during that time, especially in magazine marketing. A study by the Direct Marketing Association shows that “email campaigns conducted with house lists achieved an ROI of 30% to 32%, compared with 15% to 17% from social media, and 18% to 20% for direct mail using house lists.”

Audience Development in the Age of Digital Video

Audience development is a major umbrella term online. There are a variety of ways online publishers develop audiences online, from content partnerships and social media to email and press releases. Today we’re taking a look at the use of digital video as an audience development tool, and media brands that are engaging with it.

18 Website Development Tools to Try

There’s a never-ending stream of new tools that pop up every day to help us become better web developers. We have a dashboard of tools we look to for ideas, assistance and even implementation, and it’s safe to assume that you probably do too.

Last year we discovered and shared a lot of web design tools that we use and want to pass on. In case you’re new here or missed a few, here are our favorites.

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!

Subscription Websites are Expanding and Growing

Subscription websites LinkedIn and New York Times expand; WSJ closes Google loophole
Subscription websites can be a profitable endeavor for content publishers.

We begin by looking at The New York Times, which is experiencing growth in regards to its digital audience. Subscription Insider reports, “Last Thursday The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) posted its fourth quarter

How Niche Websites Perform in Alexa’s Top 500

You might be surprised by the niche websites that top Alexa’s list of the highest ranking websites in the U.S.

A niche website is one that centers around a specific topic or area of interest. This doesn’t usually include general interest topics like news and politics, which everyone has a stake in, but more on the

One Magazine Gets Scolded for Unlabeled Sponsored Content

Star magazine shows us how NOT to publish sponsored content in a print magazine (or anywhere)
Although it might seem like we ignore the trends of print magazines unless they’ve fallen off the map and decided to go digital, we’re still paying attention. One recently interesting bit of news about Star magazine and a complaint from

A 2017 Resolution for Subscription Website Publishers

Resolve to investigate the possibility of added revenue with a club-style business model in 2017

Every publisher and subscription marketer should recommit in 2017 to customer relationship building and asset leveraging—after all, these are two things that you already have, customers and content! And one of the hottest new trends for capitalizing on your content and

Publishers are Testing Facebook Live and Seeing Results

Facebook Live and other live video becoming a large testing ground for brands and publishers
Live video is at the front of mind for many brands and publishers. The only question is how to use it. Sometimes it takes seeing some good examples to inspire progress within a large media company, so I’m glad that Digiday

Hearst Takes Voice to Heart & Gives The Pioneer Woman Her Own Magazine

A series of voice-focused trends are beginning to evolve within Hearst’s magazine arm
This week at Hearst, it was announced that they will be using a new Food Network persona to diversify their magazine brand by giving them their own magazine, a trend we expect will grow with more Food Network personas. Women’s Wear Daily writes:
Hearst

How Effective is Ad Blocking Software?

Statistics show that ad blocking software isn’t being used on smartphones as much as on desktops
Ad blocking software has become a challenge for publishers and digital properties using it for marketing purposes. However, it seems that the tides of the ad blocking wave may be changing in favor of marketers. Or, in the very least,

Multiplatform Publisher Hirings: Meredith Names New Editor-in-Chief; Bloomberg Announces Changes

We see multiplatform publisher hirings and firings frequently as organizations continue to evolve
Our favorite multiplatform publisher hirings are ones that lead to growth and prosperity within the industry. Of course, this isn’t always the case. Some changes are made for restructuring and relaunching. Bloomberg is one organization experiencing such changes now.

It was recently announced that

LinkedIn Launches a Course Content Business Model

It’s no Trump University, but LinkedIn is getting into publisher territory swiftly with Linkedin Learning.
In April 2015, LinkedIn bought Lynda.com for $1.5 billion and this September they launched LinkedIn Learning, a subscription website for online skills training. This course business model that they stepped into is an entirely new revenue stream for them, and a new product

Major Magazine Publishers Begin to Respect SEO

Major magazine publishers are getting hip to SEO, and just in time.
A couple weeks ago, Google’s Penguin 4.0 update officially finished rolling out. Publishers who saw the biggest drops, if any, are urged to do link cleanup, as this is a big focus of Penguin.

Search Engine Land reports, “Those hit by any version of Penguin

Mequoda Rocket Awards: Top 10 Haven Nexus Systems of 2016

In 2016, our clients, who we affectionately call our Gold Members, have followed the Mequoda Method using our Haven Nexus CXMS and have seen tremendous gains in traffic year over year.
Every year at our annual Gold Member Summit, we give out Rocket Awards. The Mequoda Rocket Award honors the fastest growing website among Mequoda’s Gold Member websites.

As the

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.

Alexis Bourkoulas and Julia Elliott Join the Mequoda Hall of Fame

This dynamic duo is turning a regional parenting publication into a booming multiplatform publishing company
The Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame, founded in 2006 to recognize publishing executives at the top of their game, has now expanded to 15 members, with the induction of two new Mequoda Masters at the annual Gold Member Summit last month.

With

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

Magazine Publishing Strategy: Tech, Email, Advertising

Personalization, sales structure, and data-driven publishing highlight latest trends in magazine publishing strategy
Multiplatform content, audience development, and internet revenue models. Attracting and converting. That’s the crux of magazine publishing strategy – don’t make it harder than it is!

At Mequoda, we can distill all of this down to two modules: ACEM, which are the essentials, and

Multiplatform Media News: Niche, Social, Measurement

The companies behind the latest multiplatform media headlines include Time Inc., NatGeo, and Facebook
The beautiful thing about multiplatform media is that the possibilities for a digital publishing strategy are endless. The permutations, tactics, the experiments, the social media strategy, the products, services, vendors, successes, failures. Taken together, it makes this industry a fun way to

Battling Ad Block Software: Business Insider, Google, and More

Ad block software continues to confound the digital publishing industry, but progress is being made as we see the results of various tactics to block ad blockers. Native ads, direct appeals, and other attempts to mitigate ad blocking programs are finding some success, but there’s no question that the issue will be sticking around for a long while.

Readership Data: Monetization, Registration, Personalization

For digital magazines, readership data holds a world of possibility within all of those numbers, clicks, and submissions of info. The problem for publishers is figuring out how exactly to draw upon it.

Online Publishing Strategies: Video, Events, and More

Online publishing strategies have grown exponentially since digital magazines have transformed the industry. It is, after all multiplatform strategy, and media companies are wise to maximize as many channels as they can, from video to white papers to podcasts to events to the online magazine library.

Choosing Website Color Schemes: 16 Tools for Designers

Branding comes into play when choosing colors for your website. Most brands stick with their main colors. However, some businesses go through an entire rebranding when they launch or relaunch their websites, causing the “color” question to be taken into serious consideration.

If you’re redesigning your website, or simply enjoy the art of color, consider these popular website color schemes and the tools that helped develop them.

Digital Magazine Website News: Adblock Plus, Hearst, and More

Your digital magazine website is like a basketball team, always on defense and offense simultaneously.

For a basketball team, protecting the goal keys the transition to scoring success. A rebound, a steal, a turnover … each can lead to a slam dunk on the other end.

I deploy this analogy because times can be tough lately for digital magazines; ad blocking, publishing on social media, and staff challenges are coming together to compound preexisting conditions facing the industry.

Online Digital Publishing Trends: Facebook, Newsletters, and … 2017?

Our friends at PubExec.com provide an online digital publishing forecast for next year; plus, what some magazines aren’t getting about Facebook
If there’s one thing we know about online digital publishing, it’s that the industry never stops changing for even a moment.

But we wouldn’t have it any other way, of course. And, yes, we definitely know

Programmatic Publishers: Data, Header Bidding, and More

The latest updates about still evolving relationship between programmatic, publishers
On the eve of its programmatic publishers conference earlier this month, minOnline.com featured several articles on programmatic advertising, including a few from the point of view of agencies, marketers, and ad buyers.

As this form of revenue generation is still a work in progress for digital magazines,

Media Revenue Trends: Newsstand, Native, B2B

Sometimes media revenue streams flow, and sometimes they dry up
How are you generating media revenue? I hope your response isn’t limited to one answer. Please, take all the time you need, and name as many sources as you can! A multiplatform publisher mustn’t put all of their eggs in one basket. Digital advertising, print sales,

Consumer Publishing Trends: Micropayments, Platforms, Global

We’re proud to number a nice mix of successful B2B and B2C magazines among our Mequoda Members. This reflects the potency of the niche strategy + multiplatform publishing combination – it flourishes in both habitats. That said, consumer publishing is of course a key part of digital magazines’ future, but it doesn’t have some of the hardwired advantages of B2B publishing: a steady built-in (some would say captive) audience; not nearly as much competition in most cases; and more nimble products.

Online Media Trends: Social, Audience, Ad-Free

The phrase online media trends can run the gamut, of course – in this day and age, it might mean anything on the internet. But we use it to mean topics of interest to digital publishers.

Successful Magazines Are Multiplatform Magazines

We make it our business to help you publish successful magazines. How do we do it? Well, it’s not a big secret, and we certainly don’t keep it from our clients. Create quality content and distribute it well with a multiplatform strategy. That’s about all there is to it.

Publishing Digital Magazines: Ads, Audience, Algrorithms

Publishing digital magazines is not a “set it and forget it” enterprise, and monitoring the latest trends is a must
Our mission in life is to help you with publishing digital magazines, and we’re good at it. Hopefully we make it look easy, but of course it’s not. The sands of this industry are shifting rapidly,

Facebook Publisher News: Doomsday Algorithm Not So Damaging After All?

Parse.ly releases report on friends and family algorithm that’s worth sharing to your favorite Facebook publisher; plus, metrics and Messenger
If you’re a Facebook publisher, you know as well as anyone what havoc the whims of Zuckerberg can wreak on your social media strategy.

That’s why some digital publishers – particularly those who had invested the most

Ad Blocking News: Facebook’s New Policy

Another day, another round of ad blocking news. But this time, we bear some good tidings. ‘

Turns out digital magazines aren’t the only ones suffering casualties when it comes to ad blocking. Facebook is grappling with its own blow back, but unlike some, it can drop the hammer with impunity.

Print and Digital Publishing: Which News Do You Want First?

Print and digital publishing … diametrically opposed? By no means! In fact, when it comes to multiplatform publishing, Mequoda Members know that a print product is an important piece of the puzzle if it’s at all possible to pull off.

Some magazine publishers get this, and others don’t. Of course, they all have their own reasons. FolioMag.com covers a few of them in recent articles, and they involve some interesting principals, with good news and bad.

Magazine Advertising Trends: Mobile, Targeting, Paywalls

The media companies making news around magazine advertising trends include the Guardian, Financial Times, and more
Magazine advertising trends may not make for the most exciting material, but they’re important to monitor amid a climate that includes such pressing issues as ad blocking, viewability issues, targeting, and advancing technology, particularly on the mobile ad front.

With the

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 Publishing News: Portals, Native, Video, Email

The digital media companies making magazine publishing news include GQ, Slate, Meredith, and more
We monitor magazine publishing news on your behalf because every day brings new big things in the industry, and because it helps us do a better job helping media companies like yours do a better job of producing more high-quality content.

And, hey,

Magazine Expansion: Launches, Audience Metrics, Niche Engagement

Magazine expansion is a key to magazine survival and success. Building on your product is a key tenet of multiplatform publishing strategy. The question is, how do you pull it off? Well, there are many possibilities, as recent coverage from FolioMag.com shows.

News for Print Publishers: Newsstand, Xerox, Customization

While it’s true we’ve made our reputation with digital publishers, remember that many of them started as print publishers, and we helped them make the transition by instilling multiplatform strategy and philosophy. Also keep in mind that some of us have a background in print magazines going way back, most notably our founder and chairman Don Nicholas himself.

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.

For Any Magazine Publisher, Content Can Be Flexible

Repurposing publisher content is a best practice that all Mequoda Members do as a matter of course.

You should try it, too.

It provides great value, requires minimal albeit dedicated investment of resources, and can generate revenue while you sleep. It fuels social efforts, varies your offerings for consumers, and gives you flexibility.

Digital Ad Metrics: Attention Is the New Impression, but Still Nascent

Decoding the latest digital ad metrics, and checking in on ad tech and a digital renaissance for a legacy title
Digital ad metrics rise, fall, resurface. New ones are invented every so often. But they’re something digital publishing companies must keep track of, because ROI and consumer action are what advertisers are (rightfully) focusing on when

The Publisher Portal: What Your Website Really Means

By now, you must have read us go on and on about the Mequoda Portal, an integral part of our multiplatform strategy for digital magazines. Fact is, the publisher portal is an oft-overlooked and even neglected part of media companies’ approach. But it’s of paramount importance if only because a solid home base for your brand frees you up to do so many other things.

Magazine Challenges – and Chances to Shine: Social, Ad Blocking, Apps

It would take a much longer post to outline all of the magazine challenges facing online publishers, but a few of the big ones these days include whether to go all in with social media like Facebook Instant Articles (and how to survive if you don’t, when it feels like everyone else is taking the bait); what do about ad blocking; and why to continue investing resources in apps.