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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!

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

Tips for Boosting Your Subscription Revenue Model

For digital publishers not fully reliant on ads – which hopefully is you if you’re aiming for high multiplatform performance – few components are as crucial as your subscription revenue model.

At Mequoda, we’ve spent a ton of time studying and writing about digital subscriptions, because we believe they’re a big part of the future of digital magazines.

FTC Guidance on Native Advertising Provides Clear Boundaries for Publishers

FTC provides sponsored content labeling guidelines in ‘Native Advertising: A Guide for Business’
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidance on native advertising for publishers, released late last year, greatly helps publishers by defining the boundaries of what is acceptable in their eyes.

Why is the FTC involved? In general, under the FTC Act, an act or practice

Magazine Ecommerce: Digital Publishers Taking the Plunge

Magazine ecommerce represents a major opportunity for digital publishers, provided you have the tech and infrastructure to pull it off – or can crank it up in the coming years.

Here’s why magazine ecommerce is well-suited for publishers, particularly niche publishers: You have a built-in audience advantage. You have content to shape into product. You have potential subscription bundling opportunities.

But it’s not a chip shot, either. Magazine ecommerce isn’t always a perfect fit, because selling stuff beyond articles and white papers and videos might not come naturally to content creators.

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

Social Media for Magazines: Audiences Up in 2015

If you want to drive traffic – and revenue – as a digital publisher, social media for magazines is no longer a religious discussion. It’s a must-have component of your multiplatform strategy.

For those holdouts who consider social media strategy a luxury, frivolity, or optional tactic, we do understand your reservations, to an extent: After all, there’s frankly a lot of junk out there … in the form of clickbait, shady referral traffic, and other drags.

But the upside is undeniable, with side-door traffic via mobile devices surging past traditional desktop homepage visits. With the likes of Facebook Instant Articles, Twitter marketing, and Snapchat promising publishers boosts in readership and sharing. And with plenty of opportunities to offer fans freemiums, subscription plans, and multimedia.

Online Magazine Subscription News: How One Publisher Succeeds

Online magazine subscription tactics will key digital publishing strategy in the coming years, as advertising challenges like ad blocking and viewability could force small and midsize, regional and niche, publishers walled off by the likes of Facebook Instant Articles and Snapchat to shift to a membership model.

Luckily, Mequoda Members already know that digital magazine subscriptions are a crucial component of a mutliplatform publishing strategy. The question is not whether to offer subscriptions, but rather what is the best mechanism or product with which to do so.

And you have options.

The Benefits of Video Advertising: Buying and Selling Pre-Roll and/or Custom Content

The benefits of video advertising increase as trends are discovered, users are targeted, and call-to-action buttons are put into use.
Although consumers don’t generally love the 10-15 seconds of advertising they encounter when discovering new YouTube videos, or videos they find on publisher’s websites — they do, in fact, wait through them, at least to the

Print to Web Success: Stories From the Digital Publishing Industry

Going from print to web is no longer the terrifying proposition for entrenched traditional publishers it was 10 years ago, but it’s still an intricate migration that requires you getting all of your ducks in a row (see what we did there?).

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.

News for Social Media Publishers: Google AMP, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Facebook

If successful social media publishers can count on one thing, it’s that they can count on nothing.

Magazines on social media must have a social media strategy in place, but they must also be flexible enough to experiment, pivot, and periodically rethink efforts. Mequoda Members know to diversify their social portfolios, as it were, and to not get discouraged when returns are sluggish.

After all, social media publishers are investors: of time, staff resources, content distribution strategy, and energy.

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.

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

Publishing Podcasts Could Give Digital Magazines an Edge

Are you publishing podcasts? If so, then you’re leaps and bounds ahead of much of your digital magazine business competition.

But the better question is, are you publishing podcasts and actually making some money off of them? Are your readers actually listening?

Are You a Publisher, Tech Company, Platform, or All Three and More?

If you’re a publisher, tech considerations have emerged as a crucial component of your day-to-day decision-making. This likelihood increases exponentially if you’re creating mobile apps and dedicating resources to serious multiplatform publishing.

Digital Publishing Jobs: Data, Generalists, Additions, Subtractions

If you came here seeking digital publishing jobs to apply for, don’t be disappointed that you don’t see any listings in this post, because we’ve got something better for you: What digital magazine executives are looking for not only in 2016, but in the years to come.

Native Digital Advertising: Will New FTC Rules Restrict Revenue?

F0r some publishers, native digital advertising is the next big thing, while others have been perfecting it for years. Still, many have steered clear altogether, and there are more who aren’t sure how to best pull it off to begin with.

Regardless, the native digital advertising backlash has already begun after 2015 saw a huge spike in sponsored content and the early headlines in 2016 are pointing to possibly an even bigger year. But with the FTC’s recent update to native advertising rules and regulations and studies that show many consumers can be easily confused by branded content, some observers – Digiday among them – are saying the ad medium may have peaked.

But should native’s success be sustainable – and in some form or another, we believe it will be, since it’s just another phase in the evolution of advertorial – digital publishers will still have to clean up their acts when it comes to presentation. However, it’s the self-same Digiday that sings the praises of Time Out’s native strategy and successful monetization.

Digital Consumption, Particularly Mobile, Drives Magazine Growth

Since its inception in late 2014, we’ve been paying close attention to the Association of Magazine Media’s 360° Brand Audience Report, an innovative data study of digital consumption, as well as print readership, of magazines.

And we’re definitely not the only ones: With these monthly — or, in this case, yearly — reports, the MPA is providing context and parameters for publishers across the industry, not to mention encouragement in the form of consistently good news (on the web side of things, at least). While that good news seemed too good to be true initially, it’s standing the test of time, due largely to the thoroughness with which the organization conducts its research.

The Online Magazine Revenue Streams That Grew in 2015

As any compromised comment section can tell us, there are a whole lot of ways to make money on the Internet! Online magazine revenue streams comprise some solid volume in that pool (in the legitimate end, that is). In fact, helping digital publishers generate online magazine revenue is how we generate revenue ourselves.

Major Magazine Publishers Making Major News

We do our best work with niche publishers and legacy publishers looking to become digital publishers, but we also like to monitor major magazine publishers’ successes and setbacks, because at the end of the day, they’re still the leaders of the pack and the pace cars for media companies.

They also have the money to experiment heavily, whether with digital content or digital advertising (or both), which can be instructive for smaller or startup publishers looking for best practices and cautionary tales.

Digital Profits Account for One-Third of a Dominant Publisher’s Total

Digital profits are what it’s all about, right? This business is about results, not process, and with a business operating with a small margin of error, the more inroads publishers can make with digital, the better chance they have of staying competitive and rising to the top of a crowded field.

For us, digital ultimately comprises 90% of a successful publishing enterprise — from apps to online magazines to white papers to subscriptions and much more — and our mission revolves around helping magazines transition to a successful digital existence. Many Mequoda Members, though, are niche and regional magazines, with a few majors and general-interests thrown in.

So, in other words, when we hear that digital profits are driving one-third of a publisher’s success, we’re not surprised. But when we hear that digital profits are driving one-third of a legacy publisher like Hearst’s success, we are surprised.

MediaPost has that scoop, plus some more news on native ads.

Creating Digital Magazines: From Press to Plate Faster Than Ever

Publishers aren’t just going digital anymore, they’re creating digital magazines that are evolving as quickly as the technology that hosts them
In 1967, an eight-page issue of Computerworld was published for the first time, deemed “the newsweekly for the computer community.”
The goal with Computerworld: provide its readers with insight into the world of technology and how to generate

Digital Media Trends: Ad Blocking and Viewability Even Bigger in 2016

If it’s 2016, and we’re writing about digital media trends, you know it must at least touch on the topic of ad blocking and/or native content. Today it’s mostly the former, along with a little viewability sprinkled in for good measure.

With all of the coverage on ad blocking — Digiday rightly points out that the hype is starting to outweigh the issue’s actual impact — are we getting any closer to the heart of the problem? And, more to the point, reaching a solution that satisfies readers, publishers, and advertisers alike?

The answer is … maybe, and it’s one that involves something Mequoda Members already practice on a daily basis …

Publisher-Advertiser Alignment Crucial for 2016

The publisher-advertiser dynamic has always been a fragile one, but it needn’t be a fractious one. After all, it’s a symbiotic relationship, and the success of each, in theory, depends upon the success of the other.

And the more things change, the more they stay the same.

3 Audience Development Predictions for 2016

In the next year, publishers focused on audience development will double down on more dynamic content to engage readers on all platforms
When I first started working with Mequoda a decade ago, not only were brands clueless about content marketing, but the kings of content—publishers—still had a long way to go in terms of understanding how

Examining the MMA’s Mobile Native Ads Guidance Report

We’re not even through the first week of 2016, and this is already our second digital publishing trends post on native advertising. That should tell all of us in the industry something about the direction digital advertising revenue is moving in! Today, it’s mobile native ads, specifically.

After Monday’s post on the Federal Trade Commission’s new native policies, today we’re taking a look at the Mobile Marketing Association’s guidance report on mobile native ads, via MediaPost, which also has articles on the NYT’s and WaPo’s branded content adventures and more.

How Modern Publishers Are Making Money — and How They’ll Make More in 2016

We’ve rolled out our year-end retrospectives and looks ahead, which we believe provide a blueprint for modern publishers looking to improve on audience development and conversion via sound but also experimental multiplatform strategy.

But we also like taking a look around to see what other industry observers are saying about the state of digital magazines, especially industry observers with a strong track record.

Publishing Executive is the leader of the pack in that department. Let’s see what they gathered up from their 2015 articles as well as what they’re predicting for 2016.

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)

Native Advertising Trends: FTC, HuffPo, Scripps, and More

Native advertising trends will shape the digital publishing industry in 2016. For one, they represent a more elegant and modernized option for online magazines looking to generate revenue the old-fashioned way — that is, via marketing dollars — while flying relatively under the radar of those big, bad ad blocking defense systems.

Branded content has been gaining steam for a while, even if it just has a fancier name for advertorial. We’ve been watching closely, and so, too, has the Federal Trade Commission, of course. Now, finally, we have official guidelines from the FTC, just as the demand for native ad campaigns is reaching unprecedented levels.

AdAge covers that development and much more in several recent articles about native advertising trends.

Mobile Ad Blocking: The Dominant Trend of 2015 … and 2016?

On desktop or mobile, ad blocking has emerged as the defining issue of digital publishing in 2015. This presents good news and bad news for online magazines looking to compete in a crowded marketplace.

The good news? There’s a real opportunity for digital magazines to find out what users want and reshape the way they do business with marketers. With higher-quality digital advertising paired with stronger content the rule and not the exception, revenues will rise and subscription websites will gain and hold more value.

In addition, the worst web magazines — exploitative, trashy, inferior ones — will fall by the wayside because clickbait will lost its effectiveness in the wake of tougher mobile ad blocking.

The bad news? Well, the bad news is that it’s always darkest before the dawn, and making money via an advertising revenue model is going to be tough for a while if the industry continues on its current trajectory.

But will it? Digiday takes a look in a handful of recent articles. Let’s wrap up 2015 with one of our favorite sources of news!

Digital Media Industry Trends: Tablet Magazines, Ad Blocking, Mobile-First Design

The digital media industry trends dominating the headlines at the end of 2015 share some overlap with the digital media industry trends we started the year with — monetizing mobile and video, for instance — but there are some that came out of nowhere and now have the business scrambling around somewhere between casual concern and crisis mode.

You guessed that one, all right … ad blocking.

Meanwhile, multiplatform publishing — our focus since we started Mequoda — has gone from optional strategy to absolute necessity for digital magazines making any sort of serious bid for success.

10 Top Digital Magazine Publishing Posts of 2015

Our most-read digital magazine publishing posts of 2015 reveal a desire for better understanding of creating, publishing, pricing and selling magazines
This year in our Digital Magazine Publishing articles we’ve tackled everything from choosing the right magazine software, to identifying pricing strategies that get buyers to pick your highest package, and how to design a digital magazine

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,

Digital Media Ads: Cross-Device Targeting, 2016 Predictions, Ad Blocking

Digital media ads are only one part of a multiplatform strategy amid subscriptions, events, white papers, and other products, of course, but they sure can serve as an important 0ne, depending on your magazine business model.

For all but the biggest, most established publishers (and even sometimes they themselves) generating Internet advertising revenue can be tricky and erratic. While the ad dollars are there, wringing them out with the right online content management and audience development is the key.

Online Ad Revenue Experiences Unprecedented Growth

For some digital magazines, the effort to generate online ad revenue can evoke a verse from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink.”

Here’s the thing: The money is there to be had. Marketers are ready to spend — are spending as we speak — across desktop and mobile. On sites, apps, and social media channels.

But if you don’t have the right infrastructure, content distribution strategy, audience development, and magazine business model in place, it’s like stepping inside one of those old game-show cash chambers with your hands tied behind your back.

Publishing Deals: Airbnb, Hearst, Billfold, Medium, and More

They might not rival Major League Baseball’s offseason hot stove of free agency and trades, but publishing deals at the end of 2015 are still making magazine industry news in a business that in recent years has seen only one constant: change.

In today’s roundup, relayed from The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today, we’ve got one brand circling back on its content marketing strategy to produce a stronger magazine business model and another moving its digital content and operations to a leader of the “platisher” movement.

Meanwhile, Facebook, recently on a streak of publishing deals culminating in Instant Articles, reconsiders its own advertising revenue model as its partners register some early complaints.

Magazine Content Monetization: How Smart Publishers Turn Content into Cash

How magazine content monetization has gotten more profitable, if you publish it in the right places

Something we know from talking to niche publishers at the industry events we speak at, and during our own CEO Institute, is 99% of magazine publishers are giving away 100% of their content and not separating their free portal content

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.

Mobile Magazine Publishing Demands Data, Tech Chops

The promise of mobile magazine publishing is no mirage — it’s just not so easy to achieve in the midst of viewability, targeting, and tech issues. Monetizing mobile is the Holy Grail for digital magazines looking to expand and solidify their digital business.

But there are many questions. Mobile app or mobile web? Handle tech in house or hire vendors? Which cross-device analytics to focus on? Which software and code to use?

Publishing Executive covers at least a couple of those questions in recent articles. Let’s start the week by taking a look at the answers they came up with!

How Publishers Can Use Facebook Instant Articles

Facebook Instant Articles are creating a platform for publishers to host ads on social networks, rather than placing them
Ever thought magazines would be placing native ads on social networks? Me either, and that’s not exactly happening just yet, but it’s an interesting thought, right?

Back in May, Facebook launched Instant Articles , a content publishing platform within

Coming Soon to Digital Advertising Metrics: RFT

The benefits of online advertising are undeniable, but for better or worse, realizing them can be an exercise in patience and persistence because of the wide-open state of affairs in the industry. The money is there, but so are the targeting challenges shaky digital advertising metrics.

What’s more, when publishers do establish good relations with marketers, or when programmatic ads are maximized, ad blockers live up to their name and cost both parties.

But the future is bright for digital advertising revenue opportunities and efficacy, especially with companies like Telmar trying to perfect measurement.

What is a Paywall?

Digital magazines are relying less on advertising by implementing paywalls that influence more subscriptions
 

Remember the days when digital editions of magazines were only available by paid subscriptions? You’d arrive at a static home page with a snapshot of the recent issues, and then be prompted to sign in or register to view any content. The

New Facebook Flex Targeting Finally Gets Your Paid FB Ads in Front of a Relevant Audience

The Facebook flex and-or exclusion targeting can help you narrow down your target audience for Facebook ads like never before
Remember the days of putting your paid Facebook advertising budget money into a massive digital marketing black hole, because the ad targeting only allowed you broad audience options?

Well they’ll soon be faded from memory like a

Best Digital Magazines, New Magazine Launches Highlight Min Events

Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 3, marks MinOnline’s 13th annual Most Intriguing and Hottest Launches Awards Celebration, while Friday, Dec. 4, marks the entry deadline for its Best of the Web Awards. And late last month, the trade publication handed out its editorial and design awards. Truly, ’tis the season for the best digital magazines to make themselves known!

These are some of our favorite digital publishing events to keep tabs on. Let’s take a look!

What is Sponsored Content?

These six publishers are nailing sponsored content, but all in very different ways
Last week we talked about the guidelines for writing native content advertising, also known as sponsored content. Now let’s take a look at some great examples of publishers who create this sponsored content for their advertising clients.

These particular examples of sponsored content were

How to Write a Text Ad That Gets Clicked and Converts

Convert more website visitors into email subscribers by perfecting the art of writing and positioning your text ads
About 100 words into every article we write, and into every article our clients write, you’ll find a little snippet of text that alerts the reader to a free download. When I use the term “text ad,” it’s

B2B Publishers’ Revenue Up in 2015, ABM’s Business Information Network Reports

B2B publishers are some of the most forward-thinking in the magazine media industry. Why? Because you have to be to survive. We count many B2B publishers among our Mequoda Members, and they embrace our multiplatform strategy for the simple reason that it helps them generate more revenue.

Well, it’s official – whatever they’re doing is working: Overall revenues are up significantly in 2015. Our friends at Folio: have that news and much more. Let’s take a look at what they found out!

Digital-Only Magazines: The Latest Publishing Trend

The latest publishing trend isn’t just about magazine publishing in general. It’s a digital publishing trend: Launching digital-only magazines without legacy print publications behind them.

Mequoda has a client who is doing just that. Prime Publishing is a company that began with free websites but no print publications whatsoever. Now the company is launching digital-only magazines such as I Like Crochet and I Like Knitting as premium products to enhance their associated websites, AllFreeCrochet.com and AllFreeKnitting.com.

Advertisement Regulations Come Into Play on Key Issues for Publishers

Advertisement regulations are ramping up with the proliferation of digital advertising revenue opportunities like native content, programmatic ads, and mobile viewability. In addition, ad blocking programs and data privacy also have legal ramifications. And it’s all happening at once as technologies accelerate and publishers looking to make money attempt to match up with marketers looking to spend it.

Let’s start the week with a few articles from AdExchanger.com that cover this topic, from cross-device tracking to the Acceptable Ads Initiative to a developing situation for ad networks used to operating as middlemen.