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Audience Development with Social Goes Beyond Algorithm Changes

Many publishers found themselves scrambling as Facebook’s algorithm changed and impacted their levels of referral traffic from the social giant. However, as usual, the savvy publishers were quickly able to pick up the pieces, if there were any, and form better foundations for their current social endeavors.

Audience Development Evolves with Industry Standards, Engagement

The evolution of audience development comes through the evolution of online tools, social networks and communities.

Today we’re looking at some recent news for audience development, including a set of standards being shared by the Media Rating Council (MRC).

Multiplatform Publisher Hearst Makes Big Moves with Content

We’re pleased to share news on an acquisition that many in the magazine industry believed was coming. Multiplatform publisher Hearst has agreed to buy Rodale Inc., a publishing company we’ve talked about a lot due to the organization’s propensity to follow much of Mequoda’s methodology.

Today we’re looking at this acquisition and what it brings to Hearst. WWD reports, “Rodale, which is based in New York and Emmaus, Pa., publishes Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention, Rodale’s Organic Life, Runner’s World and Bicycling. It also includes Rodale Books and an international division with which Hearst already has a joint venture. The company boasts 93 editions in 64 countries. Hearst Magazines includes 300 editions and web sites around the world, including 20 titles in the U.S.”

Personnel Changes Come to Multiplatform Publishers

We’re seeing changes come to multiplatform publishers, particularly as they work on alignment of digital properties.

Our first story looks at Hearst’s new CTO Michael Dugan, who is coming from Forbes to help the publication’s digital unit. Variety reports, “In the newly created position, Dugan will manage all aspects of Hearst Magazines Digital Media technical organization around the world. He reports to HMDM global president Troy Young.”

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.”

Subscription Models Evolve for Multiplatform Publishers

Subscription models are always evolving with technology and audience interests. Today we’re looking at some subscription models and strategies, including successes and failures of them.

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

New Multiplatform Website Updates and Relaunches from Meredith & Others

A successful multiplatform publisher will consistently look for the next big way to enhance his or her brand, and focusing on digital evolution is one major way to do it.

Publishing Websites Evolve with More Products, Digital Videos, and More Ad Exposure

Christian Science Monitor pushing new digital product; Time Inc. to launch new digital video service for publishing websites; Vice benefits in ad exposure with redesign

Many changes come to publishing websites through redesigns and rethinking of strategy.

We see this in a variety of ways and begin today’s news with a new subscription product from Christian Science Monitor and the high expectations for it. Nieman Lab reports, “…The Monitor launched Monitor Daily, a daily news digest of five pieces of content (stories, videos, graphics), plus one editorial and “one clearly labeled religious article offering spiritual insight often related to the news,” that will be emailed to subscribers each weekday at 6 p.m. Boston time. Each article can either be read in “30 Sec. Read” form — a summary that still has a clear beginning, middle, and end — or expanded to a full edition that is estimated to take about 50 minutes to read. The Daily is also on the Monitor’s website and available as audio (read by Monitor staff) to stream or download.”

Digital Publishing Transformation Involves Expansion, Acquisition, and Shifts of Priority

MPP expanding American market; TNG acquires Ingram Periodicals; Digital publishing becoming a priority for Reader’s Digest
Digital publishing transforms in a variety of ways, from new technology in the digital age, to different management and ownership of media brands.

We begin today’s news with news of expansion for MPP. MediaPost reports, “UK-based tech company MPP Global has

Multiplatform Publisher Changes: Adding, Departing, and Returning in the Digital Age

While the biggest news of the last week might be Ryan Seacrest joining Kelly Ripa on the new Kelly & Ryan morning talk show, there have been many adjustments in the publishing world as well worth talking about!

Audience Development Strategy: Snapchat and Facebook in the Spotlight for Social

Condé Nast hiring team dedicated to Snapchat as part of audience development strategy; Facebook garners likes but major publishers fleeing Instant Articles
Many publishers are utilizing social platforms as part of their audience development strategy. Today we’re looking primarily at Snapchat and Facebook, as these two platforms have been receiving a lot of attention recently.

We begin today

Audience Development Evolving Through Social Media Channels

Facebook offering more audience development strategies; Snapchat effectiveness in question; Twitter broadens live video scope
We’re seeing more publishers partnering with Facebook for distributing content as part of an audience development strategy. Part of this content strategy is focusing on Instant Articles and how more advertisements can be placed within Instant Articles. MediaPost reports, “Unveiled in

Digital Magazine Publishers Sell to Other Media Companies

Gothamist and Atlanta Magazine publishers sell titles; Us Weekly eyed by Tronc
Acquisitions, and a potential acquisition, continue during the first quarter of 2017 for magazine publishers.

The first report involves the Gothamist, which was bought by DNAinfo. AdWeek reports, “DNAinfo is expanding its local news footprint after striking a deal with Gothamist LLC to purchase the

Audience Development in the Age of Digital Video

Audience development is a major umbrella term online. There are a variety of ways online publishers develop audiences online, from content partnerships and social media to email and press releases. Today we’re taking a look at the use of digital video as an audience development tool, and media brands that are engaging with it.

Content Strategy Looks at Ads and Newsletter-Only Content

New report looks at the efficacy of ads on websites versus social; Huffington Post tries newsletter-only content strategy; Condé Nast rethinks digital website strategy
Which content strategy works best, ads on a publisher’s website or ads on social media? We begin by looking at a story from AdWeek, which is reporting on a study from Neuro-Insight that

Audience Development Strategies Deployed at Forbes

Forbes’ new audience development strategies include stories for social, podcasting, and focusing on millennials
We see audience development strategies frequently changing with new technologies and analytics. The leadership and direction of the publication is also an important part of the overall strategy.

Today we take a look at Forbes, which has been making changes to remain relevant

New Multiplatform Editors and CRO Named

Digital Convergence Technologies Inc. names CRO; Meredith and Interview Magazine name new multiplatform editors
Today we’re sharing stories of new hirings, including multiplatform editors. First, we begin with a story from Publishing Executive on the new CRO at Digital Convergence Technologies Inc.

“Digital Convergence Technologies Inc. (DCT Inc ) has appointed Tim Murphy as its Chief Revenue

The Top 10 Mobile-Trafficked Magazine Websites

Magazines with the most mobile traffic have great mobile magazine websites and social-friendly content
The Association of Magazine Media recently stated that on average, magazine websites are getting 26% of their traffic from mobile. According to AdWeek, “The MPA’s monthly Magazine Media 360° report dissected publishers’ online traffic in July and compared it with traffic from a

Some Multiplatform Publishers Ceasing Print, While Another Expands to Print

Multiplatform publishers Condé Nast and Bloomberg are ending some print titles; A popular indie returns to print
The revolution in digital publishing has led to many multiplatform publishers rethinking their content strategies. This had led to a many publishers turning their focus primarily to digital while letting some print titles go the wayside.

The first multiplatform publisher

Vertical Video Content and Ads Increase in Popularity

Publishers are flocking to vertical video content and ads now that “it’s hip to be vertical.”
In the not too distant past, vertical video was only for Facetime and school plays you forgot to flip your phone sideways for. But with the advent of video streaming on social networks, and apps like Snapchat, vertical video is

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

Publishing Executives on the Move: Meredith, Condé, Gawker

October has been a busy month for hires, promotions, dismissals, and more for publishing executives at the New York Times, Fusion, and Slate
Every once in a while, we like to take a peek at the comings and goings of publishing executives and share what we find with you, especially when hiring trends reflect the direction

How to Reach More People on Facebook with 7 Tests

Use these content tests and learn how to reach more people on Facebook with your posts
There’s nothing more frustrating than looking at your Facebook page, with 20,000, 30,000, 40,000 or more fans, and seeing that your posts are only being seen by 100 people. 500 people. 900 people.

The days of posting whatever you want and

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 Video Trends: Spending, Vertical, Social

The phrase mobile video trends combines two challenges for publishers into one mega-challenge: conquering cross-device advertising and mastering multimedia with strong production and distribution platforms. More and more, the two go hand in hand: If digital magazines are going to succeed on tablets, smartphones, and phablets, the thinking goes, they’re going to need more than just strong content and good design. They’re going to need mobile savvy and video chops.

7 Great B2B Magazines Gone Digital

As MediaShift puts it, “what advertisers want from B2B media is solid leads on potential customers for their products and services.”

Not so long ago, web and digital magazines were considered adjunct media—the consensus among publishers was that almost like ads, they would drive prospective subscribers to their print editions. In fact as readers struggled with flat, inflexible pdfs that served as copy, many did go running back to print.

Today, magazines are going digital at a gallop, keeping pace with legions of increasingly sophisticated web and mobile device users whose facility with the digital landscape is driving sales of iOS devices and tablets into the stratosphere. Digital media consumption on mobile devices has climbed from 18 minutes a day in 2008 to about 3 hours in 2015.

New Adobe Publishing Platform Coming Later This Summer

Adobe publishing is a pricey option for publishers, but many believe the company’s products are worth every penny. While we proudly partner with Mag+ and direct our niche Mequoda Members to that platform, there’s no doubt that we have tremendous admiration for the Adobe DPS, which offers a full array of tools for digital magazines. Talking New Media recently covered the announcement that the latest Adobe publishing platform – originally billed as Adobe Publish but now back to the line’s original Digital Publishing Solution – will be released this summer. In the meantime, a beta version is seeing release. TNM also discusses some interesting new moves from Time Inc. digital and Rodale.

Repurposing Content Emerges as Crucial NYT Strategy

Repurposing content is a core tenet of the Mequoda Method, but we can’t take credit for inventing the tactic. Rather, any publishers worth their salt – whether print or digital – have always run some variation on this theme. Why? Because it rewards your best work, saves you from excess work, gives you a ton of versatility, and will make you money while you sleep. We found a few recent articles from one of our favorite industry sources that cover the repurposing content renaissance – they involve food, always a ripe topic for evergreen posts. Also, AOL’s new focus.

Online Video Distribution at the Top of Publishers’ To-Do Lists

Quality content built for repurposing: check. Multiplatform tactics like free downloadables, a blog, and live events: check. A relentless social regimen: check. You’ve crossed off all of these items as you grow into a formidable media company, but there’s always another milestone on the horizon. These days, the task at hand is online video distribution. We came across five recent articles in Adweek that take a snapshot – or “screen capture,” if you will – of the current business environment for publishers and other industry players when it comes to monetizing video content.

Multiplatform Media a Priority for Publishers

Multiplatform media is the answer for publishers: If we didn’t believe that, we wouldn’t be in business – because we wouldn’t have any client success stories! The best part about a multiplatform strategy is that it can be integrated into both a legacy and niche business model.

Below, you’ll see some stories of big-name magazine brands capitalizing on the promise of diversified content distribution – all three articles are from our friends at AdWeek.

Publishing Brands on Snapchat: A New Social Platform Opportunity?

Social media for publishers can be a fast-moving, occasionally confusing gambit. While there’s no question that integrating a social strategy will generate more readers and revenue, there are questions about where to start. Well, brace yourself for another one: When will join other brands on Snapchat?

Native Advertising Content at Purch Includes Editorial Reviews

In a controversial move, tech and science publisher Purch is offering advertisers the Purch Performance Package, which allows them to sponsor pages that include editorial reviews of their products.

Lucky, Condé Nast Plan to Divide and Conquer

After years of speculation about its fate – would it shut down or go all digital? – Lucky finally has some resolution, writes Emma Bazilian in Ad Week: It will spin off from Condé Nast and join ecommerce platform BeachMint to form independent company The Lucky Group.

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.

Mary Murcko is Self’s New Managing Editor

Condé Nast laid down its last card in the leadership reshuffle at Self, announcing Friday that Mary Murcko is the magazine’s new managing editor.

Adweek reported that the former Gannett executive will replace Laura McEwen, who joined editor Lucy Danziger as an also-ran in the Self realignment. In a coup for Condé, Joyce Chang will make

WSJ Launches Native Content Division Today

Well it looks like The Wall Street Journal likes native advertising so much they decided to launch an entire native content division.

The Information’s Digital Publishing Strategy Mimics the Old Days

Digiday is reporting that The Information, a new tech news site from Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin is forgoing on site advertisements to focus its revenue strategy solely on subscriptions. John McDermott writes, “At $39 per month or $399 per year, The Information will have to entice readers to buy its information, a tough sell considering the abundance of free tech news sites. Lessin believes The Information’s differentiator is implied in its name; by providing exclusive reporting and analysis, tech professionals will pony up. The bet is similar to the one Lessin saw pay off at her former employer, which has built a sizable subscription business, thanks no doubt to many of its customers using their corporate credit cards.”

Will BitWall be the New Paywall for Subscription Websites?

Paywalls have been big for publishers by bringing in subscription website money. The Daily Dish is going at paywalls in another way; by accepting tweets or bitcoins in exchange for premium content.

Kit Eaton writes, “Called BitWall, the paywall is intended to boost revenue by promoting content. Users can also choose to see an ad if they don’t wish to tweet.”

New iPad Event at the End of the Month

The Internet is a buzz with a new Apple event at the end of this month. John Paczkowski from AllThingsD writes, “People familiar with Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company will hold its next invitation-only event on Tuesday, October 22.

Sports Illustrated’s New Paywall

This is a paywall experiment you should watch. Adweek is reporting that Sports Illustrated is testing a new pay wall system. Lucia Moses writes.

The National Journal Gets Responsive, Ditches App

The National Journal is moving its website to a more responsive design and ditching its app. AdWeek’s Lucia Moses writes, “For National Journal, its iPhone app is relatively new (introduced in April as a subscriber benefit) and hasn’t been a significant source of revenue. Meanwhile, its Web traffic from mobile devices has doubled over the past 18 months, so it needed a site that would provide a uniform experience across devices.”

FTC Eyes Native Advertising Practices

It looks like “native advertising” has caught the eye of the Federal Trade Commission, again. Paid Content reports,”On Monday, the FTC announced that it will hold a workshop on December 4 about native advertising and the “blurring of digital ads with digital content.

Native Advertisements Are A Digital Publishing Trend

Native advertisements have become very popular with all kind of publishers. Below is a quick look at this recent digital publishing trend.

Bezos Keeps the Reader in Mind

Back to the basics, that’s what Jeff Bezos has in store for The Washington Post. Speaking by phone Bezo told The Post,”We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient,” he said. “If you replace ‘customer’ with ‘reader,’ that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too.”

The Digital Gap Remains For Most Publications

The latest PPA figures are out. So how did digital magazines fare? The Guardian has all the details. Ami Sedghi writes, “At first glance some of the figures look very promising. Monthly title, BBC History, has recorded an astonishing 693% rise in digital circulation on the year and fashion bible, Vogue, has seen theirs jump up by just over 463%.” But it turns out that when compared to their print circulation, digital editions are a tiny portion of overall circulation. Sedghi adds:

Wait, Who Bought Newsweek?

Even though Jeff Bezos’ purchase this week knocked them out of the spotlight, a relatively unknown company, IBT, publisher of IBTimes.com bought Newsweek. What nobody is failing to mention in their news reports is that when they Tweeted about the acquisition, they only got one re-tweet and it was from someone else at IBT. So, if you measure popularity by Twitter influence, these guys are relatively unknown even though their company does have a cool 19k followers.

Bezos Signals the Changing of the Guard?

The Washington Post Company has agreed to sell its namesake newspaper and affiliated publications to Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com for 250 million in cash. Bezos will be the sole owner of The Washington Post and it will go back to being a privately held company once the deal goes through.

WSJ Launches First-Person Videos, Also Combats Unseen Ads Effectively

The Wall Street Journal has started to produce new first-person interactive videos, reports Journalism.co.uk. The first interactive video to be released details the “changes to the US healthcare system under the Affordable Care Act”. Author Sarah Marshall reports, “told from a first-person perspective with a headcam providing a point-of-view (POV) shot, the video allows users to click and explore different aspects of the story, such as related graphics, articles and videos.”

Alerts Increase Open Rates, Tech Blogs = Trade Pubs and Time Inc’s New CEO

MarketingpProfs has new research dedicated to the most effective words in email subject lines. In the study, performed by British marketing firm Adestra, “Emails with the word “alert” in their subject lines have a 38.1% higher than average open rate and 61.8% higher click rate”.

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