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How Do Online Magazines Generate Revenue?

So you want to know, how do online magazines generate revenue? The answer is clear: they go multiplatform.
If you’ve considered starting an online magazine, or are a legacy print magazine considering going digital, you’ve asked this question: How do online magazines generate revenue? And the answer is that the successful ones use a multiplatform approach.

Should You Put Subscription Revenue First?

Headlines have been brimming lately with news publishers like The New York Times, The Guardian and Wired taking back their profits with paywalls and paid content. The New York Times made 60% of last year’s revenue from subscription sales, The Guardian’s 800,000 subscribers are now accounting for more revenue than advertisers, and Wired has followed their lead by instituting a new $20 annual subscription. It’s clear that publishers are no longer afraid to charge for content, and subscription revenue goals are at the forefront. And I think there are three reasons for it.

Video Grows as an Audience Development Tool for Publishers on Twitter and Snapchat

The technology behind digital video has come a long way. Now, the ability for publishers to use digital video as an audience development tool has reached new heights. Today we look at how publishers are using video more, and the changes coming to the medium.

Multiplatform Publishers Hire Marketing and Content Positions

The multiplatform publishers at Meredith and Condé Nast continue to make changes to their teams for maximum potency in the digital age.

We begin today with Condé Nast and the hiring for a major marketing position. MediaPost reports, “Jim Norton, Condé Nast president of revenue and Chief Business Officer, is leaving the company to make way for Pamela Drucker Mann, who has been promoted from CMO to Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer of the publisher.”

Audience Development Expanding Through Major Brand Initiatives at Facebook, Amazon and Instagram

Facebook, Amazon and Instagram are expanding audience development options for content publishers
Social media can be a major traffic generator when they approach the right platforms properly. Today we’re looking at news from social media networks that are expanding their audience development opportunities for content publishers.

Our first story takes a look at Facebook and the social

5 Pubs Who Abandoned Print For Digital-Only Magazines

Varying experiences from publishers that made the switch to digital-only magazines and portals (and came back to tell the tale)
Digital-only magazines have had their ups, downs, and (in some cases) its “in-betweens.” While some digital magazines have remained powerful and influential after going digital, others have since been discontinued. And some of them end up seeing

Hires and Promotions for Digital Publishers at New Yorker and Others

Today we’re reporting on digital publishers bringing in new talent to strengthen their organizations.

We begin with New Yorker, which has brought in a superstar from BuzzFeed to be the director of newsletters. AdWeek reports, “The New Yorker has snagged BuzzFeed’s director of newsletters to lead its own newsletter efforts. Dan Oshinsky will join the publication from BuzzFeed on Aug. 7 to serve in the same role there. It’s a new position at the New Yorker, and one that will see Oshinsky working with a wide array of New Yorker staff, from editors to designers to product team members, as he takes charge of New Yorker’s current slate of newsletters, including its million-subscriber-strong the Daily, and works on creating new ones.”

Multiplatform Publishers Adding Game-Changing Talent

Apple hires its first editor-in-chief; Multiplatform publishers Real Simple and Condé Nast add strength to their teams
Our reporting on multiplatform publishers leveraging new personnel for success continues today with news on Apple, Real Simple, and Condé Nast.

We begin with Apple, who has hired its first editor-in-chief.  Folio: reports, “Lauren Kern is leaving New York Magazine for a role as

7 Ways to Build a Better Ad Package for Sponsors

The best thing you can offer in an ad package is exclusivity, although few publishers can. Back in the days of print-only publishing, there was little opportunity to be an exclusive sponsor of anything, but what brought them in was a separate but aligned strategy: scarcity. The most scarce and desirable sections of a magazine are the back of the front cover, and the back cover, which go for more than $100,000 each in most magazines. And a new element that the web brings to advertisers, moreso than ever before, is alignment. The most successful sponsor-driven publishers we know do very well at aligning the right ads with related content.

Multiplatform Publishing Efforts Lead to Traffic and Revenue Increases

Rodale’s multiplatform publishing strategy finds success with Facebook’s Instant Articles; Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages drive traffic; Medium launches subscription service
A diverse multiplatform publishing strategy can lead to many desirable outcomes, including a bigger audience, higher website traffic, and more revenue generation.

Today we highlight three publishers realizing these outcomes. We begin with Rodale, which has been

Creating Passive Income and Recycling Content as a Multiplatform Publisher

How to create new products and passive income from old products as a multiplatform publisher

One of the most interesting rodents on the planet is the grasshopper mouse, native to the US and Mexico, which has a bit of a superpower: it’s impervious to venom. Also, it’s a carnivore. So it dines on venomous centipedes, scorpions

Magazine Subscription Websites: 4 Huge Mistakes You Might Be Making

“Do your job.”

Those are the famous words of New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, and the mantra of the whole team, who I imagine you already know just won their fifth Super Bowl in the greatest game of all time (no New England bias here, nope!)
If you have a magazine, you have a magazine subscription website. Most publishers don’t use the same definition as we do, because I don’t think most magazine subscription websites do their job. They exist, and they process payments, but they do very little to attract (provocative pricing), entice (great copy and packages), and keep subscribers happy (digital archives and access).

Digital Growth Experienced by Digital Publishers and Marketers

Time Inc. digital revenue grows; TEN focuses on building content strategy; Mobile header ads experience growth for digital publishers
Digital publishers experiencing growth is a topic we love to discuss, and today we’ll start with a look at Time Inc., which has experienced a variety of growth as of late.

New York Post has the story, which

How Niche Websites Perform in Alexa’s Top 500

You might be surprised by the niche websites that top Alexa’s list of the highest ranking websites in the U.S.

A niche website is one that centers around a specific topic or area of interest. This doesn’t usually include general interest topics like news and politics, which everyone has a stake in, but more on the

Multiplatform Publisher News: Revamping Revenue Structure, Investments, and Staff Changes

Multiplatform publisher news for keeping up with a changing industry
We begin today’s multiplatform publisher news with a look at Condé Nast, who is making a big move by eliminating the role of publishers. minOnline has the story, who says “The reorganization — anticipated even before the cross-title combination of creative, research, copy teams in October — adds new capabilities

How WaPo is Profiting from Facebook’s Instant Articles

Ad sales are positive for WaPo’s Instant Articles and Facebook just added a new feature
Instant Articles is a feature from Facebook that allows publishers to create Facebook-native content that loads quickly and is given preference on their social network. It (surprise, surprise) also works seamlessly with their ad platform. Facebook has said that Instant Articles

How Publishers Inflate & Deflate Numbers for Ad Sales

How to boost ad sales by building more benefit into your ad packages, rather than inflating single-platform circulation numbers

Maybe you’ve never lied on a resume, but according to CareerBuilder, 56% of hiring managers have caught applicants in lies. Maybe you’ve never cheated on a test, but according to U.S. News and World Report, 80% of “high-achieving” high

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

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

Programmatic Native Advertising: Will Digital Magazines Buy In?

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

Digital Magazine Website News: Adblock Plus, Hearst, and More

Your digital magazine website is like a basketball team, always on defense and offense simultaneously.

For a basketball team, protecting the goal keys the transition to scoring success. A rebound, a steal, a turnover … each can lead to a slam dunk on the other end.

I deploy this analogy because times can be tough lately for digital magazines; ad blocking, publishing on social media, and staff challenges are coming together to compound preexisting conditions facing the industry.

The 6 Organizational Teams Multiplatform Publishers Need to Grow Faster

These organizational teams are key components for building a highly effective and efficient multiplatform publishing business

Building a multiplatform publishing business is never easy, but it is practically impossible without the right personnel. Having the right people in the right jobs has been an endless source of thinking and discussion for organizations of all types, and

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

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

Native, Publishing Partnership Still a Work in Progess

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

How a Multiplatform Magazine Revenue Team Boosts Profits

Don’t leave money on the table by skipping over new multiplatform magazine revenue models

You probably know that ad-driven magazines have someone in charge of driving more revenue, usually someone with the title of Publisher or Chief Revenue Officer. This person is charged with overseeing the team that sells ad space in the magazine (and online).

But

How to Build a Modern Multiplatform Magazine Content Team

A successful multiplatform magazine requires a capable content team

What makes a legacy publishing company a unique and challenging organization is that many of the traditional divisions among different parts of the organizations have faded, or just plain disappeared. For example, traditionally, editors were never involved in ad sales programs.

But the emergence of multiplatform magazines and sponsored

How TIME Magazine Turned It Around With Multiplatform Publishing

TIME magazine is seeing growth in print and digital due mostly to a strong pursuit of native ads in editorial and video, plus staffing updates and multiplatform publishing

Last year, TIME‘s print revenue went up by 4%, and digital climbed 36%. A few years ago, we wrote a little piece called Saving TIME Magazine: or, the Future of All

3 Checkpoints Before Starting a Magazine Business Plan

When we develop magazine business plans for our Gold Members, it include seven levels which you’ve probably heard us refer to as CAROTME: content, audience, revenue, optimization, technology, monetization, and exit.

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,

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!

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

Leading Publishing Executive’s Take on Transitioning From Print to Digital

Migrating your publishing operations and editions from print to digital might at first feel daunting, but don’t fret: It’s a manageable move – just ask any Mequoda Member – and one that’s more and more becoming a must.

The same principles of publishing apply, but going from print to digital gives you the opportunity to maximize your content’s potential by multiplying its impact across platforms and channels, from articles to online archives to events to video to white papers to podcasts and much more.

It doesn’t take more work or more staff to succeed on desktop and mobile, only different work and more dynamic staff hired and trained to handle tech, social media strategy, and how to sell online advertising.

But you don’t need us to tell you all of this. Sometimes, you need to hear it from peers who have pulled it off. MinOnline has just such a story in a recent interview.

Niche Advertising News and Strategy for Publishers

Welcome to a special all-niche edition of our daily news post, wherein we’ll drill down on the topic of niche advertising, a crucial component of any magazine business model for enthusiast publishers.

IAC Joins Ranks of Publisher Networks With New Venture

For some companies with multiple properties, publisher networks just make sense as a way to centralize operations and standardize content across all platforms for the purposes of more attractive options for digital advertisers.

Now, of course, we realize that not all digital magazines are in this position, but publisher networks are an industry-wide phenomenon that bears watching in the context of potential mergers & acquisitions, niche strategy, the future of web advertising, and the direction of multiplatform strategy.

Three Ways to Block Ad Blockers

Hide in plain sight and make your advertising messaging look like regular content to block ad blockers
Ad-blocking software has been around almost as long as people have had personal computers in their homes, so they’ve always existed at the same time that you’ve been depending on ad sales. But only last month did publishers begin

Niche Content: How One Major Publisher Is Playing It

There’s no doubt that niche content is the name of the game, at least if you’re playing the game using the Mequoda Method. But digital magazines can’t expect to slap a few enthusiast articles up on a homepage and wait for the money roll in. Rather, online publishers must stay vigilant in repurposing content, developing a content distribution strategy, and cultivating audience via social media and other platforms.

Esquire Shows Value of Investing in Online Magazine Archive

Dedicating resources to an online magazine archive is a best practice for multiplatform publishers that we highly recommend, and a big key to success in the Mequoda Method.

Our favorite part about digital magazine archives? You don’t actually have to dedicate too many resources to make them work. Aside from some general maintenance, most of the work is on the front end, building onto searchable infrastructure that you’ll already have in place. The content, by definition, is already in place! You don’t have to optimize it, because as a product of your digital subscriptions, it will be behind a wall uncrawlable by Google. At the same time, however, you can recycle content from your online magazine library with updates and improvements, and treat it like an inexhaustible well for promotional purposes.

Adweek recently covered the latest player in the online magazine archive movement, and this one might be the biggest one yet!

Mobile Spending to Make for Half of Digital Ad Sales in 2015

It was only a matter of time until mobile spending overtook desktop, but that moment is rapidly upon us; plus, personalization, video, and more
Mobile spending is a rolling freight train spilling over with cash at this point, and it’s arriving at the station a little sooner than expected. This year, mobile ad sales will pass

Is Digital Advertising a Bust? 6 Ways to Fight Conventional Wisdom

Over the past few years, publishers have been wringing their hands over the failure of digital advertising to come to their rescue as print advertising revenues continued to evaporate. You had to look hard to find the occasional glimmer of hope.

Metered Content: Another Digital Magazine Goes for It

More and more, metered content is becoming de rigueur for digital magazines looking to generate higher revenues with higher quality product. As big believers in smart subscription strategies, we love to see this shift. From The New Yorker to Pando to Time Inc. digital, publishers are molding their content around monetization with experimental tactics and finding results. This isn’t just a smart bet; it’s smart strategy: As our 2015 Digital Magazine Market Study shows, consumers are willing to spend on metered content done right. MinOnline is on top of this industry trend, as always. Let’s take a look at their coverage of the latest metered content adoption, plus other recent posts.

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.”

Mobile Programmatic for Publishers: The Latest Updates

Mobile programmatic is the next frontier for publishers looking to generate digital ad revenue, and some believe it could finally give digital magazines the opening they need to establish a foothold in this most elusive terrain. MediaPost is on top of this angle and others in some of their recent exemplary industry coverage. Let’s take a look at what they have for us this week.

Magazine Publishing Companies Making Moves

Legacy magazine publishing companies like Time Inc. digital are trying to get smaller, while smaller publishers like Lonely Planet and Vox are trying to get bigger. Let’s take a look at a few stories from the inimitable Keith J. Kelly’s “Media Ink” column in the New York Post.

Programmatic Ad Sales for Publishers: The Road Ahead

Are the robots finally taking over? Does the emergence of programmatic ad sales as a preferred revenue model signal a sea change for publishers? And, if so, are you ready? Recently, we found five articles across MediaPost’s Real-Time Daily, Media Daily News, and RTB Insider titles that focus on the automated ad market – and the current implications for publishers.

Six 2015 Marketing Trends From The Economist

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently released “The Rise of the Marketer: Driving Engagement, Experience and Revenue,” a new report that hones in on 2015 marketing trends for companies hoping to make some changes or adapt to the latest developments.

Metrics On Time-Based Advertising

Digital Content Next has taken a deep look into time-based metrics for the publishing industry. The company has shared its findings in a new report entitled How Time-Based Measurement is Grabbing Digital Publishers’ Attention.

Time Inc. Digital Ad Revenue Sees 12% Jump

In its first fiscal quarter since breaking from Time Warner, Time Inc.’s overall ad revenue spiked 3% year-over-year, helped by a 12% jump in digital sales. Ad Age reports that overall ad revenue for the second quarter totaled $461 million.

Platisher StackStreet: Forbes for Millennials?

Platform publisher StackStreet is banking that Generation Y wants to read about global business – and hoping that it can join rare company like Forbes.

Programmatic Ad Sales at the Economist Group

Publishers’ sales teams are facing challenges when it comes to the tech side of programmatic advertising. In response, the Economist Group has joined The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Meredith in bringing in “programmatic czars” to help with the transition, Digiday reports.

Online Publishing Job Description: Ad Sales

In Ad Sales, you will sell online directory listings and advertising for a xxxxxxx circulation magazine and its digital and social channels/properties. A person in this position creatively defines marketing opportunities and solves marketing problems with content marketing and social media solutions for national and mega-regional advertisers. The ad salesperson will manage an existing account base and conduct business-building through out-bound calling, sales appointments, presentations and follow-up. Some travel required.

Condé Nast, Hearst Undergo Beautification

Condé Nast launched Lipstick.com through its Glamour brand yesterday, while Hearst is rolling out Beauty Unbound across multiple properties this May, including Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, and Town & Country.

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