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Do You Really Need a CMS or CXMS for your Membership Website?

Don Nicholas

Your membership website is made up of a variety of parts. To accomplish the goals of increasing your audience, revenues, and profits, all of those parts need to talk to one another. The nucleus of this system is your CMS, or content management system.

This is not unlike any team, where you have specialists and a   Continue

How Can You Improve Engagement as a Publisher?

Don Nicholas

This week we’re focusing on engagement, in How Can Engagement (E) Be Improved? The ‘E’ in the Mequoda Method’s ACEM, is really about retention, and the idea that if you’re a subscription-based publisher, that the link with relationship with your customer is key.   Continue

How Premium Newsletters and Advisory Services Use Mequoda

Don Nicholas

Premium newsletters and advisory services represent the pinnacle of subscription marketing, often commanding annual membership or subscription fees that are much higher than magazines.   Continue

How to Capture and Convert Web Visitors

Don Nicholas

ACEM doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but if you’ve been following along for awhile, you know this acronym is baked into everything we do here at Mequoda.   Continue

Convert Metered Paywall Visitors into Subscribers

Don Nicholas

In the words of David Ogilvy, “a good advertisement is one that sells the product without drawing attention to itself.” When selling a web magazine, one of the best ways to do so is by giving away enough content that it sells itself, but not so much that visitors don’t convert into subscribers.

The most significant   Continue

3 Steps to Make Your Publishing Business Worth More by 2020

Don Nicholas

It’s entirely possible that your publishing business is worth much more than you might think. You might be trapped thinking about your company like a print publisher, and because of that, your assets are being under-leveraged. Let me suggest three easy steps to unlocking that value.   Continue

How to Turn Samplers into Subscribers

Don Nicholas

In his book, Free: The Future of Radical Price, Chris Anderson wrote, “People often don’t care as much about things they don’t pay for, and as a result they don’t think as much about how they consume them. Free can encourage gluttony, hoarding, thoughtless consumption, waste, guilt, and greed. We take stuff because it’s there,   Continue

How to Attract 80% of Website Traffic Through Recycled Content

Don Nicholas

In the last three to five years we stumbled upon a process we now call blockbuster management. Our blockbuster management program acknowledges that any given website over time might have thousands of posts, but the remarkable thing is a relatively small number will ultimately be capable of driving 80% of the traffic.   Continue

5 Expectations of Web Magazine Consumers

Don Nicholas

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 are built like web pages, so they can be displayed on any mobile or desktop device, and users are as familiar with the interface as   Continue

What Does ACEM Mean, and How Are Other Publishers Following It?

Don Nicholas

ACEM doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but if you’ve been following along for awhile, you know this acronym is baked into everything we do here at Mequoda.   Continue

Protected: Executive Council Update: Track and Follow-Up on Abandoned Orders to Increase Sales

Don Nicholas

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Double Your Email Capture Rate (ECR) to Boost Overall Revenue

Kim Mateus

Five steps to increase your email capture rate starting today
Converting website visitors into email subscribers is a key metric driver of your membership website. At Mequoda, we currently operate more than a dozen membership marketing systems in partnership with some of the country’s leading content brands including Prime Publishing, Yankee Publishing, and Cabot Heritage Corporation.

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