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10 Magazine Media Facts Worth Knowing in 2018

The ten biggest take-aways about magazine media learned at IMAG
If you’re in the magazine industry, you’re probably familiar with the MPA’s annual IMAG conference. My colleague Kim Mateus and I attend this event every year and speak at it often. This year, we were surrounded by some of our favorite magazine publishers and clients, like

Why Digital Publishing Will Save the Future of the Publishing Industry

How often do you read something digitally? If you’re reading this, then you’ve done it at least once today. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this isn’t your first time.

Fresh Website Design and a New Subscription Website Offering

Time Inc. adds to its subscription website offering; SNEWS and Smore launch new sites
A brand can enhance its value through its subscription website offering, in addition to the overall design of its website. Today we’re looking at three websites with new content and designs to share.

We begin today with Time Inc., which has upped its

Acquisitions Allow Multiplatform Publishers to Move in Different Directions

We see many acquisitions in the media industry. Multiplatform publishers look for the best opportunities to evolve, expand, and reach their audiences where their audiences are. Today we look at some recent acquisitions in the media industry.

We begin with Hour Media Group’s recent acquisition of Emmis Magazines. Folio reports, “Emmis Communications is nearly out of the publishing business. The struggling media company sold Atlanta, Cincinnati, Orange Coast, and Los Angeles magazines to Hour Media Group LLC. The deal closed yesterday for $6.5 million.”

Digital Magazine Publishers Experience Launches, Partnerships, and the End of Print

Skiing magazine ends print run; Digital magazine publishers launch video brand; O partners with Holland America Line
We’ve already seen lots of changes from digital magazine publishers this year. Today we begin with Active Interest Media, which is shuttering it’s print edition of Skiing. Folio reports, “The quarterly magazine catering to passionate skiiers, in circulation since

A New Year Means New Organization Structures for Some Multiplatform Publishers

A Global Digital Commercial Team is launched by Hearst; Multiplatform publishers Discovery Communications and Active Interest Media names high-rank employees
As a new year gets underway, some multiplatform publishers are tackling major initiatives early on.

We’re seeing this play out at a number of publishing brands, including Hearst, Discovery Communications, and Active Interest Media.

The first story is

Guardian Launches Native Advertising Hub

Native advertising becomes a focus for the Guardian
According to Digiday, the Guardian says that customers were beginning to become their competitors, and that is the reason why they have started an in-house native advertising agency called “Hosted by the Guardian.” And by customers, they don’t mean subscribers. They’re talking about the advertising agencies that they once

When to Sell Sponsored Content As a Revenue Stream

Sponsored content should provide value for the reader at the same time as it creates a positive perception of the sponsor

There’s 23 Stories (Conde Nast), Courageous (CNN), Catapult Creative Labs (Active Interest Media), and so many more. Content studios built by publishers and media producers who have learned that advertising can be sold in abundance and

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.

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.

Digital Media Publisher News: Branded Content Agency, Digital Newsstands, and More

Are you a digital media publisher keeping tabs on the competition, looking for success stories, cautionary tales, and cutting-edge intel? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because that’s what we try to provide with our free advice and digital publishing trends every week.

The Best Digital Magazine Examples and Why We Love Them

These four exemplary digital magazine examples demonstrate best practices in design, business models and pricing
With 20% of tablet users reading digital magazines every day, it’s instructive to take a closer look at the variety of digital magazine formats and subscription choices that are available to them five years after the iPad blasted onto the scene.

When

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

Publishing Events a Point of Emphasis for New Ogden CEO

Bryan Welch’s successor, Bill Uhler, aims for more publishing events and ecommerce content strategy; plus, an industry update halfway through the year
Publishing events comprise a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to the Mequoda Method and multi-platform publishing, which itself has become the predominant piece of publishing success. Publishing events scale well: It

Monetizing Content Can Be a Many-Splendored Thing

The days of starting a magazine, sitting back, and watching the revenue roll in are over. Publishers must be vigilant in monitoring industry trends, establishing best practices, and monetizing content via multiplatform strategies. Not as part of a five-year strategic plan, but with every monthly editorial calendar. Folio: has you covered on the industry trends. Here are five recent articles that cover various companies’ efforts in monetizing content.

TheStreet Experiments With Digital Magazine Subscription Tactics

When it comes to experimentation, digital magazine subscription models are made for trying new things and fiddling with formulas until you find the right fit. Integrating events into your mix and layering in additional ways to monetize content can also rejuvenate your company. Of course, there’s also staffing changes and acquisitions to jumpstart your operation, if you have the means. Luckily, we’ve found five recent articles in Folio: that address all of these strategies.

Magazine Publishing Industry March Update: Mergers, Staff Moves, and More

Every month, we check in with Folio:’s sister magazine, min, to monitor big comings, goings, and doings in the magazine publishing industry. This roundup features plenty of executive personnel changes, plus a couple of major purchases and one major redesign.

New Editorial Direction for Muscle Magazine

Friends of Mequoda, Active Interest Media have announced that they are changing the editorial direction and look of Muscle Magazine.

LinkedIn Launches Publishing Platform

GigaOM is reporting that LinkedIn has officially launched its new publishing platform to all users today.

Allrecipes Magazine Launches

While many publishers are taking most of their content online, Meredith is doing the opposite. Ad Week is reporting that Meredith has launched Allrecipes magazine. Lucia Moses writes, “With ad revenue shifting online, publishers generally aren’t launching big magazines these days; an exception is Hearst Magazines,

PopSci Axes Comments

Popular Science took the necessary steps to clean up their online community. They’ve permanently disabled comments, all in the name of science. Suzanne LaBarre, online content director for Popular Science writes

Mequoda Weekly: June 17 – 21st, 2013

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

Black Belt Magazine: 9,600 Digital Subscriptions in 12 Months

Debate rages in magazine land about the future of the industry, and especially the role that digital magazine publishing will play in that future. But at least at Active Interest Media, there’s little doubt about what’s keeping Black Belt magazine in fighting trim, and there’s plenty of earned optimism about the digital future.

Black Belt sold 9,600 digital subscriptions since debuting its app in April 2012. That volume puts it in the top third of AIM’s 42 magazine products, all of which have digital editions. “We’re excited about the consistent growth month over month,” says Andrew Clurman, AIM President & COO.

How to Increase Online Publishing Revenues … Exponentially

Gutenberg is dead. And you will be, too, if you don’t make the transition now to meet the public’s growing demand for digital information.

Fortunately, there is one resource, one unique program that can change the way you, your staff and your entire organization think of the Internet and help you catch up to the future. Mequoda’s Internet Marketing Intensive has guided some of the oldest and most respected publishing companies in the world including Meredith, Rodale, Interweave and more, in growing a single-digit percentage of their revenue from online sources to earning 20%, 30%, 40% of their revenues digitally. And because the demand for digital products is growing exponentially, so will their revenues.

Will yours?

2012 Rocket Award Winners Announced

Who’s the biggest audience development success of the year in the Mequoda family – and how did they do it?

Of more than 60 Mequoda systems, one publishing website has achieved higher traffic growth than all the others during a 12-month period ending June 2012. For the fourth time, Mequoda has honored that digital publisher with its Rocket Award at the Audience Development Summit 2012.

Ed Coburn to Lead Mequoda Advisory Board

It’s with great excitement that I announce that my friend and colleague, Ed Coburn, will be joining Mequoda Group as Executive Director of our reconstituted Mequoda Advisory Board. As many of you know, Ed is publishing director for Harvard Medical School, past president of the Specialized Information Publishers Association, and an active director of numerous nonprofit organizations. Ed is also a close personal friend and someone I’ve come to rely on for good management advice. For a number of years, we’ve attempted to create a member organization inside Mequoda Group that could provide guidance to our executive team and mutual support for each other. While I think we’ve met with some success, I think we can do much better.

Week in Review: January 23rd, 2012 – January 27th, 2012

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

Revenue Generation for Digital Publishers Covered at Summit

The Mequoda Summit West 2012 will be a popular destination for online publishers this coming April.

Those in attendance will be Mequoda alumni who have attended past events and are running a digital content marketing system. Their goals of creating content, community and commerce through digital content marketing have set them apart from many other digital publishers around the web.

Our three keynote presentations will be focusing on aspects crucial to generating revenue for digital magazine publishers. These keynotes include:

Mequoda Strategy Bootcamp Prompts Website Launches

Step-by-step approach helps executives go from business idea to website launch and execution

Unlike our former bootcamp program that conceptualized content marketing, our new Mequoda System Strategy Bootcamp details specific actions for launching or relaunching an online business.

During this step-by-step seminar, publishers and CEOs absorb hands-on information that directly aids in the process of designing and launching an online business.

Engagement, SEO are Keys to Success says Tom Winsor, VP of AIM’s Equine Network

The launch of MyHorseDaily brings support to all types of horse enthusiasts

MyHorseDaily, published by Active Interest Media’s Equine Network soft-launched in late June, and has since been utilizing Mequoda best practices to develop a bigger online audience. This system is the 41st we have helped launched and to honor the occasion, we asked Tom Winsor, VP of the Equine Network, to share his thoughts on the new website.

MyHorseDaily’s target audience is horse owners and horse enthusiasts. The editorial network is comprised of top horse magazines, including EQUUS, Horse&Rider, The Trail Rider, Practical Horsemen, American Cowboy and Horse Journal, among other popular titles.

Active Interest Media’s Equine Network Launches MyHorse.com

The latest Mequoda Benchmark site goes live

Active Interest Media’s Equine publication soft-launched their new Mequoda Benchmark website MyHorse.com on ­­­Wednesday, June 22nd.

“We couldn’t be more excited to offer this website to the horse community,” said Tom Winsor, Vice President of the Equine Network. “We have already received fantastic feedback from our audience, and it’s clear this website will exceed our expectations. Our goal is to be the number one resource for horse owners and enthusiasts everywhere.”

MPA-IMAG 2011: Focus on the Screen, Not the Device

August Home’s Don Peschke encourages publishers to focus on the customer experience and proves once again “he’s the smartest guy in the room”

Andy Clurman, President & COO of Active Interest Media, summed up Peschke’s presentation perfectly at the MPA’s IMAG event last week in San Francisco. Clurman asked out loud, “How is it that year after year, this publisher from the mid-west proves to all of us that he’s the smartest guy in the room?” I couldn’t have said it better.

Peschke’s motto has always been to surround his customers with service. His company currently publishes five magazines, several SIPs, which take no advertising; they produce a TV show and they sell a host of other products, including tools, lumber and accessories, in their Iowa-based brick-and-mortar (and online) store.

Social Media’s Connection to Content Marketing

Use social media to leverage your content in a time efficient manner…or you’re wasting your time

In yesterday’s Mequoda Daily, I discussed the possible Social Media Bubble developing within the industry and how online publishers should view social media.

To reiterate a main point, social media is good to have, but it won’t take the place of other organic content marketing techniques like SEO, link building or email marketing.

AMC Coverage 2008: Independent Magazines Talk Digital

Magazines talk about how they’ve leveraged their online community to build more successful products