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Archive for Multiplatform Publishing Strategy

Multiplatform Publishing posts focus on the latest news and best practices in online publishing.

In this section, you’ll find a collection of Internet marketing strategy guidelines from the world’s most successful online publishing experts. You’ll also find stories on the latest news for online publishers and Internet marketers.

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We’re Hiring a Chief Strategy Advisor

Mequoda Systems has an immediate opening for a Chief Strategy Advisor to join our high octane executive team

Ideal Candidate:

10+ Years managing a multiplatform media business with full top line and bottom line responsibilities

Strong expertise in subscription marketing, sponsorship development and organizational management

Undergraduate degree in Journalism, Communication Studies, or Marketing

Graduate degree in Business Management, or Entrepreneurship

Consulting   Continue

How to Create User-Centric Multi-Platform Products

Periodical publishers have historically considered content to be disposable – generated once for use in a periodical or book and then discarded.

Multi-platform publishers who recycle, reuse, and re-publish information in many different multi-platform products (portals, periodicals, books, email newsletters, membership websites, libraries, courses, events, DVDs, CDs, and more) are the ones – large, small, or independent – who will succeed.

Also, customer-driven content management has become commonplace, allowing a diverse community of online users to engage and be engaged in many different ways, compared to simply subscribing to a magazine or buying a book, and the resulting environment has become much bigger and more sophisticated than in the past.

Organizing content around the customer, therefore, really means organizing content efficiently and effectively to extend your brand and drive both revenue and profit.   Continue

Adjusting Your Multiplatform Advertising Revenue Model for the Digital Age

Does your advertising revenue model include content that delights and informs users, while similarly rewarding your advertisers?
As the digital publishing market has grown and changed, selling ad space has only become more difficult. The market is saturated. Sponsors aren’t happy with websites crowded with ads as publishers try to grow revenue (and users aren’t happy with   Continue

How to Use Multi-Screen Advertising Psychology to Improve Ad Sales

Three years ago, Nielsen published an article that predicted “multi-screen [advertising] campaigns will be very important in three years.” Multi-screen advertising, which a more common term in television advertising, refers to delivering the same, or a similar ad, on many devices around the same time.   Continue

The 17 Fully Integrated Mequoda Gold Member Benefits

At Mequoda, we talk a lot about individual pieces of the Mequoda System in our Daily posts. But the Mequoda System, known in full as the Mequoda Multiplatform Media Management System, is complex, consisting of hundreds of moving parts, and reading about them at different times and in different places can’t give you a complete understanding of it.   Continue

A Quick Way to Eyeball Your Magazine Competition

What if you want to learn a little more about your magazine competition? You can’t just go up to them and ask. I mean, maybe you’ll bump into their marketing director at a conference (::cough:: this happens all the time at our Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive ::cough::) but in most cases when you’re comparing your publication to a competitor, you’re in the dark.

Work in the dark no more. Estimating your magazine competition’s online revenue is easier than you think and requires only four easy-to-find figures.   Continue

When a Great Niche Publishing Strategy Spurs Growth

When we set out more than a decade ago to construct the most profitable niche publishing strategy for 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 stats, and the market we watched take shape during our combined 130 years’ worth of experience.
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How to Leverage and Sell Multi-Channel Marketing for Your Publication

How to leverage multi-channel marketing both internally and also to sell out your advertising packages

The human race doesn’t all live in one house, or all work at one business. We don’t drink our coffee the same way, and we all definitely do not save our pennies for the same exact vacation.

When a mother and daughter   Continue

What Every Multi-Platform System Must Provide for Magazine Publishers

It’s no secret that Mequoda is the leading strategy-centric content management system provider for magazine and newsletter publishers looking to lock in on a multi-platform system. If it is news to you, then, hey, nice to meet you!   Continue

The 3 Components of a Successful Hiring Scorecard

What do you focus on while attempting to hire a new employee? What tools do you have at your disposal for the process?

Most hiring managers would cite a resume as the main point of reference for hiring new employees. Resumes, however, can be quite misleading, and need to be fairly examined. According to CareerBuilder, fifty-eight percent of hiring managers said they’ve caught a lie on a resume, and the most common lies people tell on their resumes are…   Continue

How to Build a Retail Distribution Channel

Publishers sometimes forget that they, themselves, are retailers; publishers sell subscriptions, memberships, books, ancillary products, events, etc. It’s smart for a publisher to think like a retailer: Get people into your store, where they can become your customers. And when they become your customers, get them to come back for more. The “store,” of course, is your website, your portal.
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The Key Role of Audience Development in Multiplatform Publishing

Multiplatform publishing is the key to publishing success, and audience development is the job that gets you there

Sixteen years later, I can still remember the day a large publishing company, who’d been negotiating with my marketing services firm to revive a struggling magazine it owned, decided to cut its losses and shut the magazine down   Continue

A Digital Marketing Plan for Daily Content That Reduces Stress and Increases Productivity

One major benefit niche publishers have, and how to leverage it to create a more effective digital marketing plan for all of your articles.

Have you ever felt like a really great article, or podcast, or email newsletter didn’t perform as well as you thought it would? The thing about a large editorial team is that   Continue

How to Hire a Multiplatform Internet Marketing Company to Help Grow Your Online Business

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably looking for an Internet marketing company, agency or consultant to help with your Internet marketing strategy and execution.

Internet marketing is easy to do and hard to master.

Internet marketing companies come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re shopping for one, it’s important to find an Internet marketing company that’s a good match for your organization. What makes an Internet marketing company a good match for you?   Continue

Editorial Management: The 7 Daily Tasks of An Online Editor

Ernest Hemingway once said, “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

Perfection in editorial management is a fallacy. There will always be deadlines that are broken because a source responded at the last minute, and there will be typos that happen even with three sets of eyes on a document; even if your boss is Anna Wintour.   Continue

When Multi-Platform Advertising Isn’t Enough

Stop trying to sell multi-platform ads and start selling marketing partnerships as sponsorships

“[Publishers] are not selling ads — they are selling desired outcomes,” David Leskusky, NAPCO Media president wrote in an article for Publishing Executive. The message: advertisers aren’t looking to see their ads in lights anymore, on a webpage, as a full-page four-color ad, unless they’re seeing   Continue

You’re Not Multi-Platform Marketing Successfully without Multi-Platform Publishing

Your multi-platform marketing automatically improves when you plan, build and optimize a successful multi-platform publishing business – the Mequoda way
Over the years I’ve personally worked with hundreds of media brands who have gone on to build multi-platform marketing and publishing systems. Many of them started with a single title and had revenues of just a   Continue

Registration Open for the Mequoda Intensive: Save $200 and Join Us in Boston

Join the hundreds of publishers who have dramatically increased revenue and profits using the Mequoda Method for multiplatform publishing success…
If I told you I could teach you Mequoda’s proven strategies that will double, or even triple, your revenues within the next 5 years — all in two days, all in historic Boston, Massachusetts – would you   Continue

Advertorial Design Best Practices

How to sail the winds of advertorial design, or sponsored content design – our favorite stream of publishing revenue

Advertorial, native ad, sponsored content, custom content—tomato, tomahhhto—it’s all a similar scenario: a publisher creates and/or publishes content paid for by a sponsor. Regardless of how we refer to it, we’ve been doing it since publishers started selling   Continue

Top Mequoda Gold Member Haven Nexus Systems of 2015

2015 was a blockbuster year for our Gold Members who, when following the Mequoda Method and using the Haven Nexus CXMS, have seen tremendous gains in traffic year over year.
We won’t be so impolite as to divulge their traffic numbers for the year, however we’d love to reveal our top Mequoda Haven Nexus Systems in   Continue

How An Internet Marketing Services Agency Could Catapult Your Multiplatform Publishing Capacity

Whether you’re outsourcing your Internet marketing services or building an internal Internet marketing services department, these 11 content marketing job functions are key

I’ve been running marketing services departments and companies for the better part of 30 years. Mequoda Group is an independent co-operative Internet marketing services company that currently supports 20+ client organizations. The most common marketing system configuration we’re supporting is a daily portal or blog at the core with one or more subscription websites, and an online store that sells books and videos. Our organization doesn’t produce any of the original premium content, but we do produce a lot of the affinity content that is used for audience development including white papers, blog posts, and social media. We also produce and analyze the email newsletters, email promotions, and landing pages that are used to generate revenue.   Continue

The Importance of Phasing Projects for Content Management Systems

The larger projects online publishers face when becoming multiplatform publishers are often broken into multiple phases to keep the work manageable and the project moving along. Phasing brings focus to the work as it helps employees avoid mental exhaustion that can occur with large, daunting projects.

When building Haven Nexus systems for our clients, we are often transforming a standalone website into a fully integrated multiplatform publishing and marketing system. This isn’t exactly a small task, so we focus on a few phases to prioritize and stay focused.
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3 Multiplatform Publishing Predictions for 2016

Publishers will grow quickly when they embrace an integrated multiplatform publishing system for audience, content and teams
Most multiplatform publishing companies didn’t start out as multiplatform, unless you consider the web their one and only secondary platform. However publishers are finding new ways to produce content for themselves and advertisers across, print, digital, and in-person (event)   Continue

10 Top Multiplatform Publishing Posts of 2015

Our most-read multiplatform publishing posts of 2015 reveal a desire for better understanding of sponsorships, organization and cross-platform development
This year we’ve tackled everything from online advertising models, content recycling and building better multiplatform publishing teams in our Multiplatform Publishing Strategy articles. However, there are a few that have consistently been our highest read, commented on,   Continue

10 Steps on How to Write a White Paper

At Mequoda, one of our basic principles is to give things away. After all, how can people trust your content until they have a sample? And how will they ever find you again, unless you ask for their email address in exchange for the free product?   Continue

The Best Webmaster Job Description: 7 Key Duties

The evolution of a webmaster job description continues in the digital age

At Mequoda we have three system managers who manage more than a dozen websites, and with that, more than a dozen webmasters. Just like any other role, the webmaster job description continues to grow with its environment and is always adapting to many roles for an organization.   Continue

4 Unique Multi-Platform Publishing Examples by Legacy Magazines

Multi-platform publishing examples that brought these magazines to rockstar status

Do you remember the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” For smart and innovative magazine publishers, this little idiom rings true across the board. Just as your recyclables are picked up every week and crunched into reusable products, so can multi-platform publishing repurpose the   Continue

Regional Magazine Metro Parent Goes Multiplatform with Mequoda System Launch

Another new Mequoda multiplatform publishing system is born
Everyone loves to brag about their children, and at Mequoda we feel the same way about our clients. One of our most successful recent system launches was Metro Parent, a southeast Michigan-based online parenting community offering expert advice, stories on parenting trends and issues, and innumerable resources.

Metro Parent   Continue

28 Creative Ideas for Blog Posts [+ Video]

If you find the concept of blogging several times a day exhausting, join the club. However the one thing that publishers have over any other type of content-creators is an endless supply of content that can be re-mixed and re-purposed into new, evergreen blog posts. These 28 ideas for blog posts should get your motor running!   Continue

19 Facets of the Best Content Management System for Publishers

The best content management system for publishers doesn’t stop at content or management
If you’re a publisher in business today – congratulations!

You’ve already navigated some stormy times and maybe even stabilized your core business. But the environment keeps changing. How can you respond to that change so that you not only survive, but actually thrive? What’s   Continue

The Library Website Business Model

Discover how ConsumerReports.org and Lynda.com are utilizing the reference subscription website model

A reference subscription website archetype allows paid subscribers continued access to a library of content that is updated constantly with new information.   Continue

What Content Marketing Strategy Looks Like for Publishers

In the second decade of the 21st century, the online publishing environment is not only changing dramatically, it’s changing at a faster rate than we ever could have anticipated.

In a mere 20+ years, since the dawn of the commercial Internet, we’ve experienced a genuine paradigm shift in content marketing. That’s because magazines, newsletters, books, audio and video content now can be digitized and delivered online, as well as marketed on websites and via email.   Continue

Health Portal Grows 368% Year Over Year

The Mequoda Rocket Award, which premiered in 2009, was originally created by looking at a large sample of online publishing websites. In 2010, we started looking only at Mequoda Gold Member websites. The winner of the Rocket Award is the online publisher who experiences the greatest growth in online traffic throughout the year.

This year’s winner is Natural Health Advisory, one of the country’s leading providers of validated, scientifically backed natural health information. They experienced growth in traffic of 330%, a massive feat for any online business.   Continue

Nonprofit Publisher Prospers with Mequoda Method

“We’ve used the Mequoda Method to more than double our digital memberships,” says Susan Laden, newest member of the Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame.
Web Editor Robin Ngo accepts the award on behalf of Biblical Archaeology Society

The Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame, founded in 2006 to recognize publishing executives at the   Continue

The Best Advertorial Definition & Examples That Will Inspire You

Prime Publishing shows what a good advertorial example is made of

Call it what you want, an advertorial, a native ad, sponsored content, or even an infomercial if you’re in broadcasting circles. An advertorial (aka all those other things) is an ad that walks, talks and acts like an editorial. When done well, advertorials are produced   Continue

13 Best Free Event Listing Websites

13 event websites that can get you listed in Google and extend your reach to the conference-going community
In-person, live events are a preferred platform in a multiplatform publishing company. When passionate users are committed to a topic, they want to go to the source; the author, the guru, the expert who really knows the content.   Continue

19 Digital Publishing Solutions You May Need As a Magazine Publisher

Are you acting as the general contractor of your content management system when it’s supposed to be managing itself?   Continue

The Mequoda Retail Website Business Model

Discover how ConsumerReports.org and Lynda.com are utilizing the reference subscription website model

A reference subscription website archetype allows paid subscribers continued access to a library of content that is updated constantly with new information.   Continue

What Are the Colors of Online Marketing Success?

If you take a close look at the most visited sites on the Internet, you’ll see an interesting phenomenon. They all seem to use the same four colors.

It’s true. Many websites use the same basic color scheme with slight variations. Usually those four colors include two shades of blue, a shade of gray, and a shade of yellow or ochre.

White is the predominant background color, with a pale blue coming in second.   Continue

Digital Only Magazines That Flopped and Why Tablets Couldn’t Save Them

These digital only magazines have disappeared from existence, but we’ll take this opportunity to learn from their mistakes
There’s a basketball game between print and digital, and we’re rooting for digital. I recently wrote about print mags that went digital and some of the reasons for the transition came down to the fact that advertisers want   Continue

The Mequoda Lead Generation Website Business Model

Portals are seen most often because not only are they a profitable model on their own, they’re also intended to build and feed an audience for affiliated premium subscription websites. They are specifically designed for SEO, email marketing, list building, lead generation and building engagement and loyalty. It’s a Mequoda best practice to build a portal for every subscription website we create.   Continue

Music Mags Making a Multi-Platform Production Out of their Digital Efforts

Multi-platform production doesn’t have to be a mystery. Here are three examples of musically-inclined niche publishers who use digital platforms to expand their reach.

Efficiency is key to successful publishing. There are projects and processes that take time, and there is no way around that. Researching your articles, writing, editing, planning – this all takes time.   Continue

7 Content Marketing Resources for Mastering Advertorials

Content marketing is more than advertorials, but they’re certainly a big part.
When you think of content marketing, you probably think of blogging. Blogging is certainly a big part of content marketing (hence the word “content”) however there’s more to it than that.

First of all, in order to turn content into marketing, your content must be   Continue

How the Multi-Platform Mobile Development Challenge Was Accepted By These Savvy Publishers

App-less in Seattle: the next frontier of multi-platform mobile development doesn’t involve apps
Appearing erudite and august themselves, the August 3 cover of Time magazine features Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

At TIME.com, a photo caption explains the two former leaders of the free world recently attended ceremonies at the Bush Presidential Center for the   Continue

How Multi-Platform Media is Created from Dusty Archives

Recycling is associated with cutting costs, but is cutting costs a surefire sign of downward sales? Not when it comes to publishing and the smart publishers who have succeeded their competitors by embracing it. When publishers think of multi-platform media, they think of digital magazines, but even then, many are only offering carbon copies of their prints. Year after year, piles of back issues are thrown into the stock room, never to be seen again, until they become digital replicas.

This is a fatal mistake, especially in today’s digital landscape. The most successful magazines have adopted multi-platform publishing to grow their businesses and they’re doing it on a budget.   Continue

Remonsy’s Mequoda System and Dream Team

One of Mequoda’s websites is the Remonsy ETF Network, whose name is a portmanteau for Retirement Money System. Remonsy’s founder and investment guru Tom Vaughan started his first money management firm at the age of 23. Over the past 26 years, Vaughan has created over 6,000 financial plans, managing over $200 million in assets.

He decided to launch Remonsy ETF Network to help do-it-yourself investors understand exchange-traded funds (ETFs) better.   Continue

The Growth of Multi-Platform Advertising

“Imagine a world in which advertisers can seamlessly serve data-driven ads to the right user at the right time across channels and devices,” writes LiveRail Head of Client Services, Vijay Balan.

“Publishers, partnering with third-party data partners, layer extra data over their unique viewer profiles and get a clear look at who their audiences actually are, allowing their advertisers to get the targeted results of their dreams. … Now wake up. Look around. Is that how it really works? We didn’t think so.”   Continue

4 Interview Questions for Discovering Who a Potential Candidate Really Is

A few years ago we co-hosted a webinar with Bruce Elder, when he was the Principal at ghSMART & Company. Bruce gave our readers a ton of advice during this time about the costliness of mis-hiring, and how to hire better.

Have you ever hired an employee that wasn’t the right fit for your company? 50% of all hiring decisions are mistakes. When it comes to hiring a multiplatform publishing team, that percentage may be even higher.

Bruce recommended using The A Method to hire. It’s a detailed methodology developed by ghSMART & Company that objectively collects data from a potential candidate by using specific, tested criteria to help managers decipher if the person will fit within their organization.   Continue

5 Online Video Advertising Solutions For Any Publisher

Looking to monetize your video-viewing audience? Check out these 9 popular online video advertising solutions.   Continue

Two Ways to Avoid the Potential Penalties of Being a Content Aggregator

Did your search traffic drop this month? Even the most respected publishers I know saw a little kick from the recent Phantom update, which hones in, as usual, on high-quality content without truly explaining what that is.

But Google is just a machine, after all. I have to wonder if you’ve ever launched an update to your website, and it caused something to break? Maybe you installed a new plugin, or maybe it was a total redesign. Then afterward, a team of developers scramble to make it right again.   Continue