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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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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.   Continue

Online Content Distribution: AMP, Flipboard, NewsBeat

Online content distribution grows more sophisticated by the week, with new channels, services, and technologies giving rise to an ever-evolving multiplatform publishing strategy.

MediaPost has recent coverage on NewsBeat, Flipboard, and Google AMP, three big names who will have big roles in the coming years. Let’s see the latest!   Continue

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   Continue

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   Continue

Report: Mobile Media Consumption Dominating Desktop

The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) released its Top 10 magazine brands for the first half of 2016 on July 28, along with its most current audience data taken from those six months. The findings, compiled by MPA metrics arm Magazine Media 360°, continue to show strong growth while also marking major shifts in mobile media consumption.   Continue

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,   Continue

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.   Continue

Monetizing Digital Content: Native, Ecommerce, Niche, and More

The publishers making news when it comes to monetizing digital content include Quartz, Fortean Times, and Dennis
Is there anything more important than monetizing digital content for magazines looking to embrace multiplatform publishing strategy? The answer is an obvious no, but the less obvious answer is to the follow-up question “How do you get there?”

The answer   Continue

Organic SEO for Publishers Paying Dividends, Study Shows

SimilarWeb data determines that organic SEO for publishers is a strong play
Organic SEO for publishers is a key component of the Mequoda Method, one that can even permeate social media strategy and thus drive both direct and side-door traffic to your content on desktop and mobile. It’s a science, and one whose formulas take work   Continue

Native Agency Approach a Priority for Digital Publishers

Checking in on the New York Times, Financial Times, and Bloomberg native agency efforts – and what it means for digital magazines
So maybe you’re not quite ready to launch your own native agency, but it’s interesting to note who is and how they’re doing it. And why. Is it to neutralize ad blocking? Generate more   Continue

Magazine VR: Is Our Industry Ready for Yet Another Innovation?

If you’re running a digital magazine, VR, or virtual reality, is not at the forefront of your mind right now. You’ve got daily content concerns, tech to catch up with, and a multi-front battle against ad blocking and other viewability issues to contend with.

But at the same time, you’re also always looking for more ways to get your content in front of more eyes, and VR can literally make that happen. The question is, how to acquire, integrate, and master the technology? Well, we’re starting to see some precedent established with major multiplatform publishers, and they’re setting some examples for digital magazines with virtual reality aspirations.   Continue

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.   Continue

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.   Continue

Mobile App Content: One Magazine’s Success

Digital magazines can go in a million different directions with mobile app content to create apps people want, but it’s no big secret that a shortcut to more downloads and usage is actually providing useful stuff to consume.   Continue

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.
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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   Continue

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.   Continue

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.   Continue

Email Newsletter Publishing: User-First Approach + Attention to Detail = Success

Quartz’s take on email newsletter publishing makes it a pivotal part of operation; plus, events key resurgence for B2B magazines
Email newsletter publishing might seem like an antiquated part of multiplatform publishing, but as we’ve shown – and told – time and time again, that notion could not be farther from the truth. Emails give you   Continue

Looking to Make a Magazine Online?

To make a magazine online is to set out on quite a journey. It’s a journey that will require comrades, and we’re more than happy to join you on your digital publishing odyssey. There will be turbulence, bumps, and stormy weather. But there will also be success if you’re willing to work.   Continue

Digital Magazine Sales Up, According to Study

Digital magazine sales surveyed among 14 of the top magazine publishers are skyrocketing on a single-copy level, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Year-over-year website traffic is on the rise, as well, SubscriptionInsider.com reports.   Continue

Magazine Revenue: The Latest Trends and Headlines

The publishers making magazine revenue news include Gannett; plus, digital advertising, print circulation, and more
If generating magazine revenue were easy, we wouldn’t exist. It’s our mission to make it easier for digital publishers and print magazines alike, and one way we accomplish that is by meticulously tracking industry trends to inform our approach and practices.

Having   Continue

Content Marketing, Publishing a Match Made for Growth

When it comes to content marketing, publishing executives know how valuable native advertising can be to their revenue stream. More and more, though, digital magazines are taking matters into their own hands and producing that branded content in house, adding staff and other resources to their operation in order grab a larger slice of the pie and future-proof their properties.

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Mobile Best Practices: A Modest Proposal

Getting a grasp of mobile best practices is like trying to catch a fish bare-handed. Unless you’re a bear, they’re really tough to pin down. If you are a bear, you probably don’t even have a smart phone, let alone a digital magazine property. And how are you even reading this?   Continue

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   Continue

Multimedia Publishing: New Ebony Ownership Goes in Different Direction(s)

Multimedia publishing demands multiplatform strategy, and Ebony is embracing it; plus, NYT latest to consider ad-free model
Multimedia publishing is remaking the industry, fueled by multiplatform strategy, content like video and podcasts, and an openness to experiment with events, ecommerce, and other components.

While one major brand is pursuing that course in being reborn, another all-time title   Continue

Digital Ad News: Blocking Still a Stubborn Issue

You don’t need us to tell you that the digital ad news when it comes to anti-ad-block efforts is not necessarily good. The efforts of digital publishers to block ad blockers are being undermined by a prevalence of viewability problems, chief among them software that grows ever more sophisticated in its ability to shield readers from digital advertising.   Continue

Snapchat Media: Changes to Discover

When it comes to Snapchat, media brands must reconcile the upside of the channel with its challenges. Or overcome the challenges and maximize that upside, take your pick. Most digital publishers would pick the latter, of course, and recent design changes could help them get there.

But, as TheMediaBriefing.com points out, the changes themselves could cause their own consternation – if not with magazine publishers, then possibly with users. As with any social media strategy, there’s a delicate balance. The question is, is it worth the trouble in this case?

We say yes, especially when the trouble is free or close to it. A little experimentation can go a long way. However, over-reliance on any platform can spell trouble.   Continue

Magazine Marketing Strategy: Ad Study Shows Publishers in Strong Position

New Nielsen Catalina multi-year media survey yields some interesting results on magazine marketing strategy
When we talk magazine marketing strategy, typically we’re talking from the point of view of publishers. But advertisers have a magazine marketing strategy, too, of course – to begin with, it involves whether to buy ads in magazines at all. Well, with   Continue

Ad-Free Magazines: Prevention Takes the Plunge

Among publishing executives, is there anyone more admirable than Maria Rodale? Of course, we all have our favorites, but for us, Rodale’s new media innovation, multiplatform strategy instincts, niche content bona fides, and other qualities make her a true titan of the industry. And now, as stalwart Rodale property Prevention joins a small number of ad-free magazines, you see a leading title take a big step in the battle against ad blocking, viewability, and other challenges of a traditional revenue model by becoming essentially a members’ only club supported by subscribers and perhaps ecommerce content strategy.   Continue

ABC to Track and Measure Digital Magazine Distribution, Readership

Digital magazine distribution and consumption will receive the Audit Bureau of Circulations treatment; plus, Google follows Apple’s lead and Time Inc.’s vision
Digital magazine distribution, readership, ad views, and more are all sliced and diced in some way, shape, or form, but the question these days is accuracy, veracity, and reliability. The future of digital advertising   Continue

Apple Publisher Alert: Updates App-Lenty of Interest to Magazines

We’ve talked extensively about the great deal that the late Apple Newsstand – missed by some and not so much by others – offered magazines: a 30% remit to stand shoulder to shoulder with the big boys and the nichiest of the niche. Now, with News, if you’re an Apple publisher, the goal posts have moved … and, indeed, the field itself has been turned upside down. It’s disorienting.

But there’s still the App Store, and there are some very intriguing things going on there now that Phil Schiller’s in charge. Ars Technica reports:   Continue

Online Magazine Business News: Video, Social, Mergers & Acquisitions

Despite all of the ups and downs of digital publishing, the online magazine business keeps on cranking along, and companies like Time Inc. continue to set the pace with strategic partnerships. In addition, social media strategy gets a bit of news, and we relay word of more mergers & acquisitions.   Continue

Native Ads Network Launched by None Other Than AP

While it might have blindsided some industry observers and rubbed some old-school publishers the wrong way, the recent news that the Associated Press is launching a native ads network shouldn’t come as all that big a surprise. While the ubiquitous press organization itself doesn’t depend directly on an advertising revenue model, its member newspapers certainly do, and as the International Business Times reports, their ranks are decreasing.   Continue

Mobile Publishing Solutions: RTB and AMP

Exploring the latest mobile publishing solutions with the best programmatic ad marketplaces and Google’s latest big splash; plus, print magazines as innovative content marketing?
It could be argued that mobile publishing solutions are digital publishing solutions, period, as online magazines move closer and closer to a mobile-dominated industry landscape.

But that doesn’t mean your options are much   Continue

Magazine Publishing Company News: Time Inc., Meredith, B2B

Is there a more historically iconic and currently intriguing magazine publishing company than Time Inc.?

We’ve watched with fascination their efforts to not only stay relevant and viable, but also to compete hard with digital natives and startups. They’re acting like a magazine publishing company who wants to do even bigger things, and thus are setting a great example for Mequoda Members.

So, what’s next for them?   Continue

Social Media Publisher? Check Out These Facebook and Snapchat Updates

For the enterprising social media publisher, Facebook video and Snapchat represent a promising future
What does it mean to be a social media publisher these days? It means you’re willing to experiment. It means you’re willing to venture out of your comfort zone. It means you’re willing to invest in dedicated staff. It means you can   Continue

Digital Magazine Publishing Trends: Subscriptions, Subscription Boxes, and Millennials

There’s no shortage of interesting digital magazine publishing trends to watch, but hovering near the top has to be magazine subscription marketing.

With all of the “ad”-versity facing the industry – ad blocking programs, ad viewability, ad tech, etc. – it’s no wonder that digital publishers are trying to circle back and discover other ways of monetizing content. Subscriptions, of course, are a classic route, but it’s a route that has undergone some serious construction and detours since the heyday of blow-in cards.   Continue

Multi-Channel Publishing: Economist, InStyle, and More

Multi-channel publishing, multiplatform publishing, content distribution strategy: Whatever the label, proactive media companies meeting their readers on their own turf are emerging more and more as the best digital magazines. In fact, as Don has pointed out recently, multiplatform is the new normal.   Continue

What Publishers Are Doing to Stop Ad Blockers – or at Least Deal With Them

To stop ad blockers, you have to think like consumers using ad blockers, and that process is pretty simple: If you clutter up their user experience with thoughtless auto-play and clumsily deployed displays, then they’re going to avoid your content – even if it’s quality content.

So, you can block ad blockers with impunity or let them run rampant across your site … or, you can find some middle ground.

Digiday has a little bit of everything with recent coverage. Let’s get right to it!   Continue

Latest Google Updates: The Implications for Digital Publishers

Turns out Twitter’s not the only internet superpower mulling over scaffolding possibilities. News of the latest Google updates shows that its experimenting with counts – if not characters, then at least pixels, in the search giant’s case.   Continue

Video Monetization: Tips to Help Make It Happen

For regional magazines and niche publishers, video monetization is even more of a priority
Video monetization represents one of the great opportunities of the next five years for digital publishers, but success isn’t going to come easily, as the industry is still wrapping its head around it. As with many aspects of business for media companies,   Continue

Ad Blocking Impact Will Reach Unprecedented Levels in Coming Years

What we know: Ad blocking is on the rise. What we don’t know: whether the effort to block ad blockers will prove effective. What’s starting to become apparent: The ad blocking impact will be significant.

For online publishers who don’t rely solely on digital advertising for revenue, this is not crushing news. Hopefully, you’re one of them, because you have a multiplatform strategy in place. For online publishers who do, rely solely on digital advertising, read on for MediaPost’s coverage. And don’t panic!   Continue

Another Look at Marriage Between Facebook, Magazines

At IMAG, a big topic was Facebook. Magazines publishing on Facebook, specifically. And, with distrust bubbling to the surface with how the social media giant will use the content they coax from digital publishers, the news we relayed yesterday definitely showed signs of some trouble in paradise.

Today, though, we’re going in a different direction. Digiday recently had a streak of articles on positive trends for Facebook publishers. Let’s have a look at what they found!   Continue

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   Continue

Online-Only Magazines: News on Audience Development, Mobile, and More

Monitoring the latest media trends for online-only magazines and other publishers
These are interesting times for online-only magazines: The industry, like a growing child, is changing every day, and just chasing it around can be exhausting.

Ad tech, mobile monetization, audience development, ad blocking and viewability, data and analytics, and other considerations – and, some would say,   Continue

Video Metrics: Tracking Views Is Tricky

Quantifying video metrics is a wide open enterprise for all, including publishers; plus, innovation and analytics from the experts
Views, visits, traffic, clicks, opens, time spent with media … charting response to your content and using that data to court ad buyers and convert subscribers is a challenge. Now, add video metrics to all of that,   Continue

Online Ad Targeting … for Print Magazines?

Hearst says yes, begins providing online ad targeting for readers of print magazines; plus, the Independent, True Ink, and time-based selling
Believe it or not, a big part of multiplatform strategy is your print product. After all, if you have a robust one, chances are you can make the transition to digital publishing and succeed. And,   Continue

Online Video Publishing: Pluses and Minuses for Digital Magazines

Online video publishing, especially when taken in tandem with mobile advertising, is arguably the most alluring revenue opportunity to come along for digital magazines in a long time.

But, like any other opportunity, it must be seized and maximized, not squandered with poor practices and a lack of strategy. Coincidentally, establishing best practices and tactical standards is exactly the sort of thing we do here at Mequoda, so if you have any questions about implementing a system and creating robust but flexible content, give us a call.

But in the meantime, check out MediaPost’s coverage of online video publishing and more. We’ll start there on this Monday!   Continue

Digital Publishing Market News: Time Inc., Harris, Bisnow, and More

Recent headlines reflect the highs and lows of the digital publishing market; plus skepticism on whether Facebook Instant Articles is using its powers for good
The digital publishing market moves fast, and it’s not always the smoothest ride. There are successes, failures, and floating questions; good decisions, bad ones, and others on which the jury’s still   Continue