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Archive for Digital Publishing Trends

We have seen the popularity of the iPad and similar tablet devices within their infancy. We’ve also seen the mobile device market explode. These trends will continue to evolve. In order to utilize the popularity behind these technological advances, it’s important to know who and what you’re really developing your magazine for. Our Digital Publishing Trends posts capture what’s happening in the digital publishing world.

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Expansion for Subscription Websites Focuses on Tight Paywalls, Strong Relationships, and More Content

Building relationships and high-quality content serve subscription websites like Scribd, The Telegraph, and Food52
Do you remember when subscription websites started using paywalls to add a new revenue stream to their publication? There was much debate about the process, including the rate to charge customers for access.

The question of price is still a hot topic by   Continue

Interactive Content is Being Called for in 2017

Publishers experiment with interactive content
A couple weeks ago I read that the solution to “listicles” is quizzes. So instead of a top ten list of something, the author thought brands and publishers should be developing quizzes. Author Anna Talerico noted that content doubles in volume every 9 to 24 months, so with more competition, content-makers need to diversify   Continue

Economist Decides Which Social Platforms Work for Them

Economist tests social platforms and axes Pinterest and Tumblr, hones Twitter, and dives in LinkedIn.
According to Digiday, The Economist recently “axed its ailing Pinterest and Tumblr accounts while ramping up its commitment to LinkedIn.” We’ve all been there right. For a lot of publishers, especially those in B2B, it’s Facebook that they’re questioning. Beyond limited reach to   Continue

Multiplatform Publishers Making Major Changes for Industry Success

Some multiplatform publishers are expanding their multiplatform strategy to focus more on social and digital, while others are making acquisitions and cutting staff
The world of multiplatform publishers is no stranger to major changes. For instance, remember the launch of the iPad? It was a game-changer for savvy publishers who began using it to enhance their multiplatform publishing   Continue

Consumer Reports Gets a Makeover to “Broaden Digital Readership”

When print declines, Consumer Reports gets a web 2.0 makeover (wait, what .0 are we on now?)
When we heard Consumer Reports was undergoing a makeover it was music to our ears. Not because they have a particularly ugly publication or website, but because their reason, according to USAToday, is “an effort to to broaden digital   Continue

Organic Traffic is Back Up for The Sun Thanks to Facebook

The Sun uses Facebook to combat traffic loss from the paywall that sunk their organic traffic
Last November The Sun dropped its paywall, and according to Digiday, has learned a whole lot.

After the paywall came down last year, Dominic Carter, managing director of commercial at News U.K. said they planned to double their sales team to   Continue

Using Metered Paywalls and Even Paid Whitelisting Against Adblockers

Can metered paywalls be the solution to voluntary whitelisting of adblockers?
As they say, if you’re not paying for a product, then you’re the product. And in publishing, when you’re giving away content on your site for free, users don’t seem to understand that you need ads to keep the free content flowing. Adblockers are obviously   Continue

Conde Nast Increases Multiplatform Publishing Appeal with Memberships

Print enthusiasts turn to tech properties to build multiplatform publishing empires through memberships and events
As Lucia Moses at Digiday put it, “In the quest for new sources of revenue, publishers have been launching subscription programs and events series.”

Moses reports, “Condé Nast’s Wired Media Group, consisting of Wired, Ars Technica and Backchannel, is going a step   Continue

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   Continue

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   Continue

Magazine Shakeups in Tech, Teams, and Traffic

If this was a traditional newspaper, our headlines would read, Adopt video or sink! Accept severance or go down with the boat! Adopt AMP or say goodbye to site traffic!
If there’s one thing true about the publishing industry, it’s that the world is always pushing forward, whether you’re ready or not.
Publishers should invest in video   Continue

Newspaper Publishing: WSJ and Others Plan for Change to Salvage Revenues

Spending on print ads to decline 8.7%, and the majors in newspaper publishing are planning for the future
A decade or two ago in newspaper publishing, it wasn’t easy to get ad space in The Wall Street Journal. There was limited space and they were almost always sold out. However, over the last decade, magazines and   Continue

Cate Prato Joins Mequoda as Implementation Team Director

Prato will work with a cross-functional team made up of Haven Nexus Software Engineers, QA engineers and subject matter experts to implement Mequoda Systems.
In Mequoda’s history, one of our most successful clients has been Interweave. With our guidance on SEO, email marketing, and website best practices, Interweave launched a group of online communities including Knitting   Continue

Facebook Makes Changes to Instant Articles to Accommodate Publishers

Instant Articles are being used by major publishers and Facebook is taking note

Facebook has become the bane of every brand and publisher’s audience development strategy, as they increasingly limit visibility on posts that aren’t boosted though their ads platform.

However, one thing we can all be happy about is how they’re improving those ads. Although Facebook’s   Continue

Brands Seek Data From Magazine Content Partners

When becoming content partners with brands, magazines must put an emphasis on delivering more than basic metrics
There’s no doubt that brands are becoming hip to content, and while their first instinct was to hire content marketing companies to create brand stories, they’ve certainly evolved to see publishers as the experts of content. Thankfully, publishers noticed   Continue

Meredith Adjusts Multiplatform Strategy to Better Serve Millennial Women

Meredith is busy leveraging a multiplatform strategy of turning popular apps and TV shows into niche print magazines—and having huge success.
Meredith’s chief brand officer, Kim Martin, recently told FolioMag.com that they serve 72 percent millennial women and are actively adjusting their multiplatform strategy.

To better serve millennials, they recently launched More.com,  which she describes as “a website   Continue

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   Continue

The 30 Hottest New Magazine Launches From Samir Husni

Listing this year’s best new magazine launches; plus, the future of Men’s Health and how The Atlantic handles changing social media patterns
Healthy print brands make for healthy multiplatform publishers – that’s a core Mequoda tenet. Today, we’ve got some examples of that: the 30 hottest new magazine launches, a big staffing move for Rodale’s Men’s   Continue

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   Continue

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   Continue

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.   Continue

Publishing Business News: Major Reorganizations for Major Players

The media companies making the latest publishing business news include Conde Nast, Time Inc., and IAB
The watch word in recent weeks has been “reorg” when it comes to the publishing business news we’re following. Top-tier personnel changes, the elimination of the staff title “publisher,” and big waves being made in the advertising world are signalling   Continue

Programmatic Native Advertising: Will Digital Magazines Buy In?

As programmatic native advertising makes its rise, publishers are cautious; plus, is time spent with media next big thing in digital advertising?
Programmatic native advertising … it’s quite a mouthful, right? Well, as it stands, digital publishers are worried they might be biting off a little more than they can chew when it comes to this   Continue

A Digital Magazine Publishing Platform Is All Platforms

You don’t have to pick a primary or favorite digital magazine publishing platform – as we see from leading media companies, multiplatform strategy leaves it wide open, and the more the merrier
When we say digital magazine publishing platform, the image that forms in our mind’s eye is one a jumping-off point, a launching pad, even   Continue

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.   Continue

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.   Continue

Countryside Network’s Alicia Soper on Digital Native Advertising

Part of Countryside Magazine Network’s success can be attributed to the rise of conscious and sustainable living in recent years, but an even larger part is due to their ability to change with the times in terms of both expertly deployed content and their approach to internet revenue models. Take their recent digital native advertising partnership with Purina, which features a niche magazine joining powers with a mega-coporation: Sponsored content is on the rise, and Countryside is right there with it, showing us all how it’s done.   Continue

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.   Continue

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   Continue

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,   Continue

From Time to … Coca-Cola (!), the Latest News From Publishing Sites

What Coke has soaked up from publishing sites; plus, Joe Ripp steps down, and The Daily Beast drives website traffic
In digital publishing, sites are where it all starts. But they can’t be where the consumer experience and audience development end. Far from it. As multiplatform magazines, Mequoda Members know that the homepage is a portal.   Continue

Reaching Digital Magazine Readers: Facebook, Mobile, Ad Blocking

ACEM, a foundational part of the Mequoda Method, stands for “Attracting, Capturing, Engaging, and Monetizing” digital magazine readers. Of course, the key to doing those last three is retaining audience who check out your multiplatform content and products.

As you well know, there are currently some obstacles to making that happen. Certain media companies who insist they’re not media companies (cough-Facebook-cough) are gobbling up consumers, while mobile tech issues and the deleterious effects of ad blocking are not exactly helping.

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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   Continue

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,   Continue

Bryan Welch on BtheChange.com Launch, Niche Strategy, and More

We can’t think of a better way to launch an upcoming series of interviews with Mequoda Members who are making waves in digital publishing than to post this recent email exchange with Bryan Welch, a paragon of niche strategy and an official Mequoda Master we’ve admired for a long time.   Continue

Magazine Consumption Stats Compiled in New MPA Factbook

Since 2014, the MPA has been tracking magazine consumption with its Magazine Media 360° report, and we’ve been tracking those tracks. (After all, we issue our own annual study on magazine readership, the most recent edition of which came out last month.)

Now, those stats and many more have been collected in the MPA’s 2016/17 Magazine Media Factbook – recently released and available for download at Magazine.org – the digital publishing industry’s (as well as print’s) definitive compilation of magazine media research and statistics.   Continue

AMI: More People Read Magazines Online in FY 2016

Our mission in life is to get more people to read magazines online, so this round of recent news is well received
Your goal and our goal? Make it irresistible for people to read magazines online … specifically the one you’re producing, pivoting, or redesigning right now. Simple on paper – er, make that on screen   Continue

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.   Continue

Mobile Pop-Ups, Interstitial Ads Could Cost You Google Visibility

Now here’s a monster development from those diabolical search masters at Google: A couple of weeks back, news broke that the company would be cracking down on mobile pop-ups and interstitial ads. What kind of cracking down, you ask? The only kind that counts – the kind that keeps consumers, readers, and potential subscribers frrom seeing your content in search.   Continue

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.   Continue

Online Ad Publishing News: Blocking, Programmatic, Time-Based

To create the perfect online ad, marketers and publishing companies must consider a multitude of factors. Which metrics to key, where to place the ad, when to deploy it, how to present it, why people might be attracted to it. And these factors are not static – they shift with the industry’s whims.   Continue

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.   Continue

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,   Continue

Native, Publishing Partnership Still a Work in Progess

By now, you know that native publishing is sweeping the industry, as digital magazines continue to cultivate additional revenue generators and provide more elegant options for both marketers and audience. But is it growing too fast to really take hold?   Continue

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   Continue

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.   Continue

Report on Top Social Publishers From MPA

Which social publishers are performing especially well as of the first half of 2016? Well, the Association of Magazine Media 360° is glad we asked – they recently released their latest Social Media Report, which covers the top magazines across all social networks in terms of likes and followers, as well as the top on each channel.   Continue

Premium Publishing News: Magazine Expansion, Monetizing Content, and More

What is premium publishing? Premium publishing is what happens when media companies prioritize high-quality content – and then produce the infrastructure to support it. Premium publishing means monetization. Paywalls, subscriptions, audience loyalty, among other components, comprise a big part of premium publishing.   Continue

Options for Publishing on Social Media Keep Expanding

If you’re publishing on social media – and if you’re not, contact us immediately for a free 30-minute conversation, things just got real! – you know that the goal posts keep getting moved, albeit in a (mostly) good way. Just when you think you have things figured out, somebody comes up with another networking and sharing concept that could add another layer to your content distribution strategy.   Continue

Publishing Data: KPIs, Analytics, Algorithms

Parsing publishing data has become de rigueur, but doing it well is still an elusive art.

The payoff is worth it, however, when it comes to audience development, analytics, and more for digital publishers.

PubExec.com, per usual, is on top of it. Let’s see what they have to say with recent coverage!

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