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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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Publishing Tech + Data: Circulation, Facebook, Economist

Publishing tech is a priority for digital magazines – but it’s not as easy as just checking off a box   Continue

Online Advertising Trends: Ad Blocking Dominating Discussion

Ars Technica, Wall Street Journal, and others making headlines among online advertising trends – and one topic trumps them all
Online advertising trends – or should we say “trend” – are understandably at the forefront of publishing executives’ minds.

Ad blocking is cutting into digital advertising revenue, and with deployment rising among millennial media, it might be   Continue

With Ad Blocking, Publishers Divided on Response

Ad blocking. Digital publishers are doing their best to combat it – you might be one of them – but they’re not necessarily in accordance with what the solution is. Good cop, bad cop? Hard ask, soft ask? How to block ad blockers?

MediaPost.com reports on this, as well as other industry trends recently. Let’s start the week with them!   Continue

Digital Media Industry News: MPA Releases Latest Magazine Data

The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) released its Top 10 magazine brands on April 28, along with its most current audience data from March of 2016. The findings, compiled by MPA metrics arm Magazine Media 360°, continue to show strong growth and mark even more positive digital media industry news.

The Audience Report charted a 7.6% year-over-year increase in site visits, while putting gross traffic for digital magazines at 1.9 billion. The MPA also announced findings for magazines on social media, showing Likes and Followers total 900 million for online magazines, up 4% over last quarter.

Perhaps the biggest digital media industry news? Desktop/laptop audiences demonstraed notable growth for the first time in seven months, reaching more than 560 million users, a 6% increase.   Continue

Publishing Economics: Facebook, European Expansion, Ad Blocking

The volatility of publishing economics will be mitigated with a multiplatform strategy built on repeatable best practices. That is one of our core principles, and a big part of what the Mequoda Method is built on.

Still, it’s worth it to monitor the trends priming the pump of publishing economics, and Digiday certainly has us covered in that department this week. Let’s take a look at a few of their latest articles!   Continue

Swiftype Aims to Be Publisher Technology Choice

To paraphrase Steve Miller, publisher technology keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future. Could be your content management system, your app, your digital advertising: There’s little time to rest on your laurels after each and every advance.

Anytime a vendor or service exec has some free advice to share with publishers, even if they have a marketing strategy in mind, we pay attention. Today, it’s a search engine CEO. We also have some news to relay on ad blocking, Google AMP, Medium’s latest move, and more, all from our friends at MediaPost.com. Let’s take a look!   Continue

Programmatic Sales to Surpass Other Advertising at Bonnier in 5 Years

It’s no surprise that programmatic sales are on the rise – built on the same principles that make organic SEO such a successful part of digital magazine publishing, programmatic advertising is the natural next step in the evolution of internet revenue models.

But when you hear a company like Bonnier say that programmatic sales will shoot past all other digital advertising revenue sooner rather than later, it definitely gets your attention!

We now direct your attention to PubExec.com, which has that news and more.   Continue

Online Media Industry News: Mobile, Advertising, Data

While there’s a lot to be excited and optimistic about, the online media industry is also full of pitfalls, mirages, and false leads that run into dead ends. We try to tell you about both ends of the divide!

The fundamentals of digital publishing include multiplatform strategy, subscription strategy, and advertising. But the proliferation of mobile video and audience data, while definitely serving their purpose, can sidetrack magazines.

TheMediaBriefing.com does a nice job of covering these realities and other online media industry news with some recent articles. Let’s take a look!   Continue

Renewed Commitment to Tablet Content Driving Successful Publishing Strategy

We still believe strongly in tablet content. Like any other part of a multiplatform publishing strategy, it’s not something you should invest your entire portfolio in, but tablet usage statistics and sales are steady with some indications of improvement in the coming years, especially internationally.

Having apps people want along with well-designed digital magazines that read clearly, stylishly, and effectively with tablet content is a must for any modern media company. Don’t heed the haters – tablet publishing isn’t going anywhere. In fact, its best days may be ahead.

But, to paraphrase LeVar Burton, don’t take our word for it. Digiday has the scoop on a publisher embracing tablet content and seeing results.   Continue

Association Magazines – Not Just for Members Anymore?

Association magazines have potential for B2B publishing success; plus, Facebook Instant Articles, the latest personnel moves, and more
Can association magazines transcend membership readers to engage in some serious audience development? One big name in the business is offering a resounding yes. We have to agree, of course. Legacies, startups, brands, B2Bs, and, yes, professional groups   Continue

Programmatic Native Push From Hearst Heralds New Age of Advertising

Lots of news on the ad tech side of the industry, which really shouldn’t come as news, given all of the advancements happening on what seems like a weekly basis from publishers, vendors, and search & social giants. For instance, if you thought marketers and publishers would leave programmatic and native ads in their separate camps and call it a day, you were mistaken. Meet the programmatic native model, currently being showcased by Hearst!

Also in the works: Ad blocking solutions, including a summit from the IAB and more from Google in the effort to solidify their hold on digital advertising. MediaPost has it all handled to start the week. Let’s get to it!   Continue

Online Magazine Content Considerations: Saturation, Data, Editions

Times, Adobe, others making online magazine content news
Online magazine content doesn’t end with an article being posted online. Rather, that’s where it begins.

There are innumerable ways of repurposing content, and indeed, repurposing content in an age where massive amounts of content come pretty cheap is crucial in attracting, capturing, engaging, and monetizing readers.

Emails, white papers,   Continue

Digital Media Publishing News: NYM, Time Inc., and More

Digital media publishing is a challenge, but it’s a worthy challenge, because it will make you money when it’s done right.

Print media publishing is a challenge, too, and it still has a place, and always will, as far as we’re concerned.

Where’s that happy medium? Well, give us a call, and we can chat about it. Otherwise, let’s get a quick survey of the industry from our friends at MinOnline.   Continue

Advertising for Publishers: Programmatic, Ad Blocking, and More

Advertising for publishers is also well known as an adventure for publishers, or better yet, a “choose your own adventure” for publishers, rife with peril but also the possibility for cashing in. There are obstacles around every corner in the way of ad blocking and viewability, and new technologies that can act as implements in your quest.

Programmatic ads make for one of those tools, and it’s becoming more and more popular even as some question its efficacy. MediaPost has some coverage on this topic and more among recent posts!   Continue

Are You a Digital Magazine Publisher? Do You Want to Be?

Here at Mequoda, we will make you into a digital magazine publisher, and if you’re already a digital magazine publisher, we’ll make you into a better one.

All of what you’re about to read is advice we not only believe in, but advice we’ve given freely in the past. But sometimes it’s good to hear it from other sources. How many times have to told your significant other or child something, only for it to fall on deaf ears until a friend or peer says the same thing? Then, it’s suddenly Eureka! material.

But, hey, whatever it takes. We’re happy to have some reinforcement out there when it comes to content distribution, social media strategy, editorial planning, and publisher data.   Continue

NatGeo “Shares” Social Publishing Strategy

Social publishing, or preparing and posting content to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and others, is no longer just an option up for discussion. Today, when it comes to distributing your good work and deploying it as a tool in audience development, a social media strategy is an absolute necessity.

The challenge is perfecting that strategy as much as possible. Especially in a business where the ground seems to shift every other week. But one way to stay ahead of the curve is to pay attention to the digital publishers doing it right, the ones who unite great content, great timing, and great discipline, to produce a whole other source of traffic and revenue.

But don’t fall prey to just slapping some articles up on Facebook Instant or Apple News. This just won’t cut it. Publishing social media successfully requires dedicated resources, including staff. But it will be worth it!   Continue

Online Publishing Trends: Digital Diversity, Adaptation Challenges, and Beyond Native

Is there anything more mercurial than online publishing trends? Not many industries have a more evolving mindset, technologies, or revenue models.

On some days, this is a great thing, and on others, it can make your head spin. But stay calm! There’s a core strategy that will steer you through the storm.

You can figure it out for yourself, or you can check out our Mequoda System to get a feel for multiplatform publishing strategy to attract, engage, and convert consumers. Because, in the end, the bottom line is the bottom line, and you have to stick with the principles while experimenting with what works for you.   Continue

How B2B Magazines Can Thrive on the Internet of Things

Mastering what the Internet of Things offers can go a long way for B2B magazines when it comes to driving revenue; plus, publishers’ archives, Facebook Instant Articles, and more
There’s a reason we count so many B2B magazines among our Mequoda Members: They’re niche, they know how to stick to a plan while also experimenting, and   Continue

Want to Create a Magazine Online? Think Video and Subscriptions.

If you came to this website for help on how to create a magazine online, congratulations: You couldn’t have picked a better place. That’s just one goal the Mequoda System will help you reach, and it’s just the beginning of new growth for your company.

Imagine a world-class chef going through your leftovers and digging through your pantry to make you a dinner. If you threw together a bunch of ingredients with everything else you have going on, chances are that meal leaves a bit to be desired. When the chef does it, what results is a mouthwatering feast you never thought possible.

We are that chef. The ingredients are nearly limitless – they include everything from your portal to your email newsletter to your social media strategy to video and subscriptions. When we say multiplatform strategy, we mean it.   Continue

Publishing Video: Platforms, Monetization, Vertical, and More

The push behind publishing video or perishing is reaching a fever pitch now, and we must admit – it is in your best interests to start doing it. But do not fear: It’s not nearly as daunting a task as it might seem, and there are many ways to accomplish it.

Are you going to start producing slick, NYT-style slices of life overnight? No, probably not. But you can repurpose content with quick-hitting films, make behind-the-scenes features about producing stories, and share videos from other sources to start ginning up views and conversions.

You can also see what other digital magazines are doing. Digiday helps us out in that department today. Let’s get started!   Continue

Latest Media News: Millennials, Time Inc. Digital, Native Ads, AOL

Who are the companies and what are the trends making the latest media news relevant to digital publishers like you?
The latest media news this week includes news from the earliest media: print.

But we’ve also got more from the world of native advertising news, publisher video, and branded content agency doings.

MediaPost is on it as always, starting   Continue

Magazine Platforms Aplenty: Facebook, Apple, Google, and More

Magazine platforms mean everything to your business model, which means they mean everything to ours, too. We’ve built our business on multiplatform publishing, which includes everything from a portal to social media to events to ecommerce content strategy.

Now, magazine platforms have taken on an entirely new dimension. Is it just us, or does Apple Newsstand seem antiquated these days? With that company, Google, and of course Facebook jumping in to the game, the temptation is for digital publishers to just hand over all content and call it a day.

But, of course, you can’t do that. Your approach must be much more nuanced and considered. After all, why do these services want your content so bad? Because it’s worth a lot of money!
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Digital Content Publishing News: Regional Magazines, Event Production, Online Advertising

Understanding the new model for digital content publishing via niche and multiplatform principles 

Digital content publishing is greater than the sum of its parts; grasping this concept makes a successful multiplatform strategy possible.

While you’ll definitely have strengths and weaknesses as an online magazine, on balance, you must gain some traction on at least a few tracks   Continue

Publisher Analytics: Google, Ad Viewability, User Data

In recent news from the world of publisher analytics, we see Google share the top factors for search, the IAB’s latest pronouncement on ad viewability, the efficacy of data monetization, and more   Continue

Pay-Per-Article Push Is Making Its Big Move

Blendle, pay per article service, launched in beta recently, with top digital publishers onboard in a bid to battle ad blocking programs
Will readers pay per article to access quality content? Many media companies are hoping so, and the movement might be having its moment.

Of course, like any other tactic, pay per article will not single-handedly   Continue

Native Advertising News: Mistakes, Best Practices, and More

Looking for the latest in native advertising news? PubExec.com has been a bonanza lately for industry activity when it comes to sponsored content, not least because of its recent Native Advertising Summit.

Let’s dig right in today – there’s a lot to share.
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Digital Publishing Tools: Data, Video, Social, Subscriptions

Recent news from the Guardian, Economist, and DMS 2016 show the evolution of important digital publishing tools
Developing digital publishing tools and assembling a formidable tool box that can handle “everyday tasks” like producing multiplatform content as well as a rapidly changing business is the major challenge facing magazines today. It can’t be accomplished with just   Continue

Online Publishing News: Trends, Events, Rebrandings, and More

Hey, how about some online publishing news that doesn’t include ad blocking or Facebook Instant Articles? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

What we like best about this batch of online publishing news is that it demonstrates just how proactive digital magazines are being about devising and implementing multiplatform publishing strategy, and how newsstand services beyond the big three of Facebook, Apple, and Google are in it to win it.

FolioMag.com has recent articles on these subjects and several others. Let’s see what direction the business is heading in this week!   Continue

Online Magazine Ads: News From Google, Apple, Trinity Mirror, and More

Most publishers – at least most niche and regional publishers – cannot live on online magazine ads alone, but of course they’re still a key component of any media operation.

The caveat? Generating enough revenue and keeping enough digital advertisers happy has gotten harder and harder as the media landscape has become more fractured and viewability has become more elusive. Or perhaps demands for better measurement have intensified.

Multiplatform advertising is doable, and it’s something Mequoda Members do well. And while we all deal with issues – whether it be struggling to decide on Facebook Instant Articles viability or the fear of getting swallowed up by Google; how to handle native well and how to battle ad blocking – the future is bright when it comes to online magazine ads.   Continue

Online Publishing Platform News: Facebook, Apple, and More

Pick your favorite online publishing platform, and there’s probably news; plus, when does a digital paywall become pay as you go?
The idea of the perfect online publishing platform continues to emerge as a major consideration for digital publishers looking to add on to revenue streams, as elusive as that perfect online publishing platform is. Is   Continue

Magazine Strategy: Email, Marketing, Metrics, Monetization

Checking in on the magazine strategy fueling digital publishers’ latest efforts
There are core tenets to magazine strategy, but it’s also mutable, malleable, and always evolving. We make it our business to not only develop our own best practices, but also to monitor the trends taking shape in the digital publishing business and pass them on   Continue

Magazine Publishing Online: Ad Block Solutions, Snapchat, Interviews

The latest news on magazine publishing online from Hearst, News Republic, and more
We read trade sites about magazine publishing online for fun. We also read them to stay sharp. And to share what we find out with you.

When it comes to Digital Content Next, formerly known as the Online Publishers Association, that’s quite a lot   Continue

Mobile Advertising for Publishers: News on Spending, Ad Blocking, Execs

Good news and bad news about mobile advertising for publishers; plus, learning more from high-level players
Mobile advertising for publishers is among the most important issues facing the digital magazine business, since it represents such a golden – and growing – opportunity for revenue generation.

Is the window closing? Not yet, but things could get crowded once   Continue

Disable Ad Block Software? Publishers Ask Readers for Compromise

Publishers have had it up to here with major sources of their revenue being cut off, and are confronting readers with requests to disable ad block apps or risk losing significant access.

But what’s the best way to block ad blockers? That’s the burning question for digital magazines, and strategy is evolving.

Digiday has done some great reporting on that evolution, with several recent articles on the subject. Let’s see what they’ve discovered!   Continue

Instagram Publishing: The Big Picture

Taking a closer look at Instagram publishing; plus, magazines on Twitter, data-driven publishing, and other social media strategies
Regardless of whether you plan on participating in Facebook Instant Articles or other walled gardens, there’s no doubt that as a modern digital publisher, you must have a significant social media strategy in place to stay competitive and   Continue

Publishing on Facebook: The Latest on Instant Articles + Video

For magazines publishing on Facebook Instant Articles, a primer on how media companies are using it, how the social media giant is tweaking it, and how holdouts are responding; plus, getting serious about video
Publishing on Facebook Instant Articles isn’t quite as polarizing a prospect as initially thought, but it will still be a major decision   Continue

Digital Publishing Innovation Conference Boasts Impressive Lineup

The sphere of publishing events is expanding every week, and we’re happy to see it, since they’re a crucial component of the Mequoda Method for multiplatform strategy. But few events can compare to the one happening next week in Berlin when it comes to digital publishing innovation.

Among the organizers of the Digital Innovators’ Summit are our friends at FIPP, the Worldwide Magazine Media Association, so you know it’s the real deal.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry: The Digital Innovators’ Summit blog continues to be generous when it comes to sharing interviews with publishing executives who are attending, and so we’re able to present this preview, full of wisdom from some of the best minds in the new media industry.   Continue

Publishers’ International Expansion: Good News and Bad News

Among all of the challenges facing digital publishers, international expansion is understandably on the back burner, but don’t sleep on the possible new revenue stream. Social media has shown that world markets can shrink and become more manageable, while audience development and engagement aren’t limited by boundaries.

MediaPost’s Publishers Daily touches on this trend in recent articles, both the positive signs for growth as well as some of the drawbacks.   Continue

Breaking News: Publishing Magazines Is a Profitable Model!

Helping companies maximize the vast potential of publishing magazines is not something we do for fun, although we definitely enjoy our work.

It’s our lifeblood.

When we set out more than a decade ago to construct the most profitable approach for publishing magazines, we took a big risk on how the new media industry would evolve. But it was a calculated risk, literally, as we broke down every aspect of digital publishing and then built it back up based on data analysis, audience behavior and consumer magazine states, and the market we watched take shape during our combined 130 years’ worth of experience.   Continue

Audience Engagement Strategy: Anchor Content, Atlantic, Google AMP

Audience engagement strategy is the alpha and omega of digital publishing. Or, really, publishing of any kind. Or, when you come to think of it, any business whatsoever.

So, why hasn’t anyone fully figured it out yet? Because there are a lot of different definitions and even languages going around when it comes to quantifying audience. Do you want as many people as possible reading your publication as possible? Do you want a loyal core of consumers returning day after day? Sure, definitely. Can you have both? Sometimes, but not always.

It all comes down to content and the successful distribution of content, and how you interact with your audience. Your tech matters as well – is your site responsive? Is it keeping up with the changing times?   Continue

Digital Magazine Market News: Website Traffic Statistics, Bauer Xcel, Conde

Bullish 5-year study on digital magazine market shows record growth; plus, Forbes’ focus on events
Monitoring the digital magazine market is a necessity for us to successfully help online publishers establish strong online presences.

But we’re in the trenches, working shoulder to shoulder with publishing executives: Many trends we can anticipate; others we experience in real time.   Continue

Magazine Circulation Numbers: Niche Publishers, AAM, and More

Magazine circulation numbers are by definition always changing, but we’re at a crucial juncture when it comes to these stats.

For instance, it’s hard to believe, but the Alliance for Audited Media is just now establishing standards for magazine apps, because they’re helping publishers with audience development. And elsewhere, recent numbers give us a good idea of which niche magazines are succeeding, and which aren’t.   Continue

Google Publishers: Accelerated Mobile Pages a Success So Far

Google publishers are embracing AMP, but some have questions; plus, niche publishing on Facebook and a glimpse at a top-tier social media strategy in action
When it comes to Google, publishers are always ready to devote resources to maximize its promise, as they should be. The search and digital services giant operates with greater transparency than   Continue

Twitter Publishing: What Hath Full-Length Wrought?

If you know the Mequoda Method, you know that Twitter publishing is important when it comes to multiplatform publishing. But how much does that importance depend on this social media strategy’s format?

Meanwhile, Facebook Instant Articles is expanding, as well.

We’ve also got news to relay from Business2Community.com on promoting content and ad blocking programs. Let’s get started!   Continue

Big Names Join Forces for New Online Ad Network

Is an online ad network the answer to publishers’ prayers when it comes to digital advertising revenue? We’re seeing it with programmatic partnerships and other arrangements, and why not? Brands have a lot of power in the current climate, but digital magazines can muster some mojo, as well, by uniting to provide advertisers the best possible placement and viewability.

Then again, we don’t fault any publisher for going it alone, as many do via social media and services like Magzter. After all, monetization is in the eye of the beholder. But Mequoda Members know that the more platforms, the merrier.   Continue

Magazine Readership Statistics: Conde, Women’s Health, Forbes

Surveying the latest magazine readership statistics and audience development from the top digital publishers; plus, latest personnel moves
Magazine readership statistics are by definition a key in audience development, but they also go hand-in-hand with generating digital advertising revenue. The best sets of stats – which include advanced data, personalization, preferences, and cross-device targeting – go   Continue

Ecommerce Publisher News: Vox, PopSugar, and More

Becoming an ecommerce publisher continues to attract publishing executives looking for alternate revenue streams rooted in their content and niche audiences. Selling products isn’t selling out; developing an ecommerce content strategy is an extension of multiplatform publishing.

Digital publishers already sell white papers and tickets to events; a food magazine selling recipe books or a fashion site selling shoes is the natural next step in internet revenue models for magazines, if you can pull off the infrastructure. Seeing how others are achieving just that is a good place to start.   Continue

Magazine Industry Trends: Audience, Digital Ads, Paywalls for Online Content

Making sense of the latest magazine industry trends via top digital publishers: Rodale, Time Inc., Conde Nast, Hearst, IBT
So much news about magazine industry trends during the past month, in large part because of the MPA’s annual gathering in New York City. This news centers on audience development, digital advertising, and monetization strategies that funnel   Continue

Assessing Anti-Ad-Block Efforts From Digital Publishers

Coming up with anti-ad-block tactics is emerging as one of the great causes for magazine publishers who are determined to maintain digital advertising revenue regardless of readers’ own aggressive push for a cleaner experience via third-party software companies.

For digital magazines dependent on ads, this is an issue of basic fairness. For consumers, this is an issue of preference, and with so much content available out there, they would seem to have the pick of the litter. Which is why publishers are trying to forge a concerted deterrent for ad blocking, one that finds everyone on the same page and compromises with readers.   Continue

News From B2B Publishing Companies: SourceMedia, Dolan, and More

We count many B2B publishing companies as Mequoda Members, in large part because you’re hardwired for a multiplatform strategy. You often have built-in niche audiences; you can facilitate events and conferences; and you have tons of material to draw from for content like articles, white papers, instructional videos, podcasts, and more.

Still, you come to us for a reason – you haven’t quite put it all together yet, because the industry is always evolving, and demands for products, platforms, and personnel are changing.

MediaPost has recent stories on these topics and more. Let’s take a look!   Continue