Mobile and social emerging as the sweet spot for developing magazine audience; plus, ad blocking and Adobe
Magazine audience is the most valuable commodity publishers can acquire. All revenue efforts hinge on it. For legacy media, going about this acquisition was a fairly straightforward task, historically speaking. Today, it’s a sophisticated, demanding, and occasionally chaotic one. Readers change tastes and preferences on a whim; their consumption habits understandably vary with the overwhelming options put in front of them online.
Traditional print and even digital editions are now evolving to include nimble and dynamic mobile and social presences, not as complementary components of multi-platform publishing but as strategic cornerstones.
Tracking Down Magazine Audience? Try the Mobile Web
Magazine audience (up 10% year-over-year) and ad revenue (predicted to hit $19.02 billion in 2015 and $19.75 billion in 2019, with digital accounting for about 20%) are up, according to data from both the Association of Magazine Media and eMarketer. The question is, where will this audience be seeing these ads?
Well, fewer will be found among full print and digital editions, eMarketer reports. Traditional audiences are down 7% year-over-year, while mobile web readers have driven the growth trends, skyrocketing 67.4% from 2014 to 2015. Video has played a big part in this, and so, too, certainly, has social media for publishers, with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram leading the way.
What Do Marketers Think About Ad Blocking?
If there’s one thing publishers and advertisers can agree on besides a love of money, it’s how frustrating it can be when something keeps you from seeing that money flow in. In this case, that something is ad blocking, and it’s one of the biggest concerns in the industry right now. Presently, the impact is minimal, eMarketer reports, but that impact could grow as more consumers adopt the software technology.
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According to data from PageFair relayed by eMarketer, Internet users using ad blocking increased from 144 million (or 4.9%) per month in 2014 to 198 million (6%) in 2015. Among Americans, that number sat at 45 million, or 16% of U.S. Internet users.
Still, marketers are not panicking. In May, upward of 45% said ad blocking is not a concern for their respective agencies, according to a Strata survey.
Adobe CMO on Mobile App Publishers
Highly recommended Q&A with Adobe Senior Vice President and CMO Ann Lewnes on mobile apps and other publishing considerations. Although the focus of the eMarketer article is Adobe’s own efforts, we’re sure many publishers can relate when it comes to magazine audience.
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