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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.”

Audience Development Shines Like it Did a Decade Ago

Organic SEO, email, syndication, social and video still among top audience development strategies
Change constantly occurs, but not all change is drastically different from what was. Take audience development, for instance. Audience development has evolved through the years, but some of the most time-tested strategies are still successful and being used today.

We begin today’s news with

The Best Audience Development Strategy Focuses on Audience Data and Behavior

Snapchat’s value as part of an audience development strategy is debated by marketers; The Boston Globe embraces Facebook notifications; Mashable bets on premium video as the future
The best audience development strategy is tested over time. The elements of the strategy are proven to be successful, and anything not working is re-examined. We take a look

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

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 Publishing Organizations: People on the Move

Time Inc. C-suite executives out; Bloomberg and the Weekly Standard make changes
We see lots of changes take place at multiplatform publishing organizations over the years. This often is the case as proven talent is picked up by competitors, or new talent is brought in to help with the transition between print and digital.

Today we have

Choosing Website Color Schemes: 16 Tools for Designers

Branding comes into play when choosing colors for your website. Most brands stick with their main colors. However, some businesses go through an entire rebranding when they launch or relaunch their websites, causing the “color” question to be taken into serious consideration.

If you’re redesigning your website, or simply enjoy the art of color, consider these popular website color schemes and the tools that helped develop them.

Premium Publishing News: Magazine Expansion, Monetizing Content, and More

What is premium publishing? Premium publishing is what happens when media companies prioritize high-quality content – and then produce the infrastructure to support it. Premium publishing means monetization. Paywalls, subscriptions, audience loyalty, among other components, comprise a big part of premium publishing.

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

Magazine Publishing Company News: Time Inc., Meredith, B2B

Is there a more historically iconic and currently intriguing magazine publishing company than Time Inc.?

We’ve watched with fascination their efforts to not only stay relevant and viable, but also to compete hard with digital natives and startups. They’re acting like a magazine publishing company who wants to do even bigger things, and thus are setting a great example for Mequoda Members.

So, what’s next for them?

Latest Media News: Millennials, Time Inc. Digital, Native Ads, AOL

Who are the companies and what are the trends making the latest media news relevant to digital publishers like you?
The latest media news this week includes news from the earliest media: print.

But we’ve also got more from the world of native advertising news, publisher video, and branded content agency doings.

MediaPost is on it as always, starting

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.

Magazine Circulation Numbers: Niche Publishers, AAM, and More

Magazine circulation numbers are by definition always changing, but we’re at a crucial juncture when it comes to these stats.

For instance, it’s hard to believe, but the Alliance for Audited Media is just now establishing standards for magazine apps, because they’re helping publishers with audience development. And elsewhere, recent numbers give us a good idea of which niche magazines are succeeding, and which aren’t.

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

Digital Publishing Products: News From WaPo, AOL, Bauer, Magzter

Determining the digital publishing products your company can excel with is a key consideration when launching or remaking your magazine business model.

This might seem obvious, but it’s not difficult to take a cursory look around the industry and find digital publishers who try to fit square pegs into round holes instead of sticking to what works for their hard-won audiences.

At the same time, many observers will pronounce various digital publishing products dead at the drop of a hat, but the fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if an app or a platform or a distribution service doesn’t work for the rest of the business as long as it works for you.

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.

Publishing Social Media News: Ads, Millennials, Video

The ties that bind publishing, social media are stronger than ever; plus, Condé Nast debuts new video platform
If you own a company in digital publishing, social media is not an optional arm of your strategy – it’s required to help promote your content, of course.

But too often, digital magazines treat social media as a formality,

Mobile Publisher Outlook on Ad Blocking

If you’re a mobile publisher trying to monetize an already challenging platform for digital magazines, no two words strike more fear into your heart than “ad blocking.”

Ad blocking programs are not some flash in the pan gimmick that’s fading with time; they’re proliferating, and gaining in popularity with key demographics for audience development (ie, Millennials and other young consumers). How damaging a potential pitfall they are when it comes to digital ad revenue remains to be seen, but some in the mobile publisher market are bracing for a big hit. Others are biding their time, while still others are planning some blocking of their own, in the form of possible litigation.

But is it all a case of much “ad”-o about nothing?

The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today blog recently checked in with media companies about the wrath of ad blocking, and they also interviewed the head of the Interactive Advertising Bureau to find out his thoughts. Let’s see what they had to say.

Publisher Revenue: Video, Programmatic, Targeting

If there’s one thing all digital magazine executives can agree on, it’s that there are never enough publisher revenue opportunities.

Settling on just one is out of the question, and even once you’ve established several, they’re continually changing. Digital advertising, for instance, is currently facing ad blocking and ad viewability issues. And audience development isn’t just about successful content anymore; it’s about successful cross-device targeting. And video? Wow – just try to keep up with the advances, both in terms of technology and monetization.

These are just a few examples – today’s publishers have to stay on their toes. Luckily, we have industry monitors like Publishing Executive to help us out. Let’s take a look at what they’ve been covering in recent weeks.

Data-Driven Publishing Steers Time Inc. Digital Course

Big data is a big term, but there’s not a lot behind the concept itself, and no need to complicate it – collect the information that consumers provide and use the information that consumers provide. It’s that simple. Brands can take this mandate in cynical directions, but they can also improve user experience by personalizing products and tailoring content for enthusiast audiences. Data-driven publishing puts digital magazines in a prime position to do just that, and Time Inc. digital is making a push to become the best in the business, especially after hiring Chief Data Officer JT Kostman.

MinOnline recently ran a fascinating interview with Kostman – let’s start there today!

Email Marketing Tips: 10 Email Feedback Loop Lists

Mitigate spam complaints by finding out who’s putting you in the junkbox

An email feedback loop (FBL) is a service that many ISPs will provide to companies who send bulk mailings. On their end, it’s beneficial because it identifies pro-active companies and reduces the amount of spam sent to their users.

Whenever someone hits the “junk” button, they’re basically sending a complaint. Too many of these complaints will blacklist you from certain ISPs.

5 Online Video Advertising Solutions For Any Publisher

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

Digital Publishing News: MSLO, Real Simple, PMC, Fortune Mag, and More

We’re starting the week off with a healthy dose of digital publishing news from both sides of the Atlantic: mergers & acquisitions, platform considerations, and personnel moves. We monitor industry trends from the best sources so that you can track them in your periphery and inform your approach while focusing on the most important thing: your product.

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.

Platform Publishing News: Of Juggernauts and Jobs

Digital platform publishing is credited with having ushered in an ongoing golden age for media, and the latest industry developments are doing nothing to dispel this notion. Four recent articles from Advertising Age reveal how the current social media and mobile content push is shaping companies’ plans for the future.

Digital Media Evolution Charted by JEGI

The Jordan Edmiston Group Inc. hosted its 11th annual Media & Technology Conference for upward of 400 executives in January, focusing programs on the “The Convergence of Data, Marketing & Commerce.” Speakers covered the digital media evolution, from multiplatform strategy to thinking like a marketer, mobile trends to legal trends.

Bloomberg Digital Ambitions Built on Multiplatform Approach

After turning Atlantic Media into a global force to be reckoned with, Justin Smith now has his sights set on Bloomberg digital reigning supreme more than one year into his tenure and months into a radical redesign.

AOL Hopes Personalized Homepages Will Help Publishers

AOL plans on tailoring its publishers’ homepages to individual readers’ tastes, preferences, and habits without overstepping privacy lines, according to Journalism.co.uk.

WSJ Digital Magazine to Host Video

The Wall Street Journal’s new digital magazine, Signal, will present videos produced internally and by filmmakers, the publisher announced at NewFronts last week.

Are Content Exchanges Key to Publishing Future?

With consumers craving quality around-the-clock content like never before, Ad Age argues that publishers must rethink how they produce and present it.

Stipla Dives Into The Digital Magazine Publishing Frontier

Stipla is a new interactive iPad magazine that tells the stories of people from around the world. Cool Hunting’s Nara Shin writes, “Stipla combines writing with panoramic photographs.

Video Enhances Digital Content, Not Just on Subscription Websites

The digital landscape gives publishers the opportunity to provide a variety of content on different devices. This versatility is expanding the idea of what a digital magazine can be.

Panna, for instance, is a new digital cooking magazine that relies on showing videos of recipes on the iPhone and iPad. Naakai Addy writes, “Panna’s videos not only guide you through individual meals; the Chefs give you tips and tricks to help you become a savvier cook in general. You can pause when you need to, rewind when you missed a detail, and see exactly how each step is supposed to look as you’re working on it.”

The Blog Subscription Website Business Model

A riddle: What’s quick and relatively easy to set up when you want to become a publisher, but can still be quite lucrative? The answer, of course, is a subscription website blog. This is one of the three affinity (free) subscription website models that Mequoda has documented. The free sites are often paired with one of the six premium (paid) models to drive traffic, convert visitors to subscribers and keep the audience engaged.

Publishers Partner With AOL’s Gathr

Audience Development is reporting that publishers have partnered with AOL on a new subscription service. Michael Rondon writes, “The service, Gathr, packages subscriptions to a variety of products and services at a discount. Offerings—there are currently 24 separate options—range from Pandora to Redbox to Norton AntiVirus software,

5 Quick Tips for Writing the Best Email Subject Lines

The best email subject lines provoke open rates and persuade subscribers to read your email newsletters

There are dozens of methods, tricks and tips for writing great headlines. Unfortunately, this isn’t direct mail, and we have spam filters to adhere to, and character counts to abide by when it comes to writing great email subject lines.

Tales of a Digital Publishing Packrat

From AOL dial-up to always-on-the-grid broadband in 19 years.

I started to do it a dozen times: cancel my AOL account and give up my treasured AOL screen name. Today I finally did it: I canceled my AOL account. The customer service representative noted that I had been a customer for 19 years. AOL was my professional and personal email identity for a number of years.

Are Your Editors Likable?

As editors of a marketing blog, it’d be easy for us at Mequoda to shout numbers and research quotes all day long. Thankfully, we “do all our own stunts” as they say, so every bit of marketing advice we give out comes with a story of how we discovered it (or at least who told us about it). Personally, I get pretty pumped about my research and I hope most of my posts reflect that. After all, when you spend days, weeks and months coming up with the strategy—why would I short-change on the story? Shouldn’t I be excited to share it, and not water it down in bullet points?

The Irrefutable Process of Email Whitelisting

Whitelist before you launch to avoid receiving hard bounces and ruining your reputation

Mequoda launches four to six systems each year, and in the process, I’m always impressed by our development team’s ability to juggle website details and get the sites live.

As CEO, I have the luxuries of being involved with the overall strategy and having really great people working for me.

The 3 New Online Copywriting Platforms & How They Differ

How online copywriting has progressed since its inception – with tweets!

Thirty years ago, copywriting used to be limited to direct mail and print ads. Ten years ago, we started to see an increased focus on online copywriting for websites, landing pages and even blogs. Now, there are several items on every online copywriter’s agenda worth refining. Tweets, Facebook posts and email subject lines are the digital equivalents of print media headlines.

The best snippets of “micro-copy” persuade the user to click, open and read the page or post that follows. Now when you’re copywriting a headline, it’s being repurposed for three different medium. Unfortunately, they have their own rules.

3 Reasons Why Short Subject Lines Work Better

Short subject lines grab attention, tease the subscriber, and increase open rates

Like a good headline, a good email subject line is succinct. It gets to the point without giving too much away, but with enough information to interest the email subscriber. For well-branded companies, they may get away with simply using a “[Insert Brand Here]’s Daily Digest for June 29th, 2011” type of headline. But most of us need a little more pull.

7 Email Case Studies: Publishers Who Forget About the Fold

When you’ve gotten past the daunting tasks of getting your emails delivered and opened, your next task is to get your readers to actually read your email newsletter or promotion.

The preview pane is the juicy snippet that people see when they click on your email, before the “fold”. Depending on how their email client is set up, they might see the top inch or two of your email, or if you’re lucky, they have the preview pane set up on the left or right, enabling them to a good chunk of the beginning of your email. Most email clients don’t have that last feature as an option (and your users may or may not be informed enough to change it), so don’t go for the gold on that one.

12 Pointers for Jumpstarting New Email Copywriters

Going from editor to email copywriter in 12 quick steps

Now that there’s a bridge between the island of editorial and the island of advertising, the two specialties need to coexist. Even more radical, they need to coexist in the same job title. It’s a whole new breed, making their home on the new island of “advertorial”. The new editors of today are now being trained to market the products that their companies sell, within their editorial content.

That’s why it’s so important for new editors to understand the basic rules of email copywriting.

Statistics on How Content is Shared Online

There are many ways to share content online; are you utilizing the most popular methods?

Nielsen Online and AOL released an April 2011 report entitled “Content is the Fuel of the Social Web”. Within this report, more than 10,000 social media messages were analyzed to decipher the methods used for sharing content online.

The overall findings showed that 93% of Internet users used email to share content, 89% used social networks and 82% used blogs.

SIPA Member Profile: Bailey Takes an ‘Analyticsal’ Approach

Matt Bailey, Founder and President, SiteLogic, Canton, Ohio

What was your first job out of college and how did you get into this business?
Wow. On the face of it, there is not much related in this answer. When I graduated, I went to work for the Ohio National Guard as a unit administrator. I was already in the Guard but became a full-time member for the next five years. I was already familiar with the Internet and using ARPNET was a great way to get familiar with the basic functions. During my time, the military transitioned from ARPNET to AOL as the preferred method of communication, as HTML made the Internet much more visual—like it is today. That was one of my primary influences in being comfortable enough with the Internet to begin building websites.

How to Facilitate the Process of Content Licensing

An Interactive Webinar with Practical Content Licensing Strategies

In the Mequoda Daily yesterday, we discussed two actionable approaches for content licensing that helps drive website traffic and increase online revenue while furthering brand recognition.

The two approaches from EatingWell Media Group included custom content and direct to partner deals.

These Two Search Engines are Gaining More Search Share

Other major players in the search engine realm are losing share

The use of search engines is critical to the success of online publishers for both organic and paid search listings.

Therefore, it’s worth knowing which search engines are being used the most by individuals looking for answers.

Google Keyword Tool Says “Angel” is Back

If your favorite keywords went missing, they are probably back now

Could you imagine that no one on Earth was Googling the term “angel” a few months back?

We couldn’t imagine it either. But according to the Google Keyword Tool in May, there were no searches for the term “angel” within the Google search engine.

5 Quick Tips for Getting More Emails Opened

Email marketing tips for email marketers who want their emails read

Email subject lines are the digital equivalent of print media headlines. The best email subject lines persuade the user to open and read the messages that follow. Even if you’ve created the most profound and click-through worthy email newsletter or promotion ever written, you still need to get someone to open your email first. If they don’t open, then all your effort was wasted.

Why Search Volume is Down 50-75% for Everyone

Why all of your predicted search numbers are down – and no it’s not Google Instant

Recently, we started noticing a decline in search queries for keywords when using the Google Keyword Tool. Wondering what might have happened, we started asking clients about their own results.

After looking into it, almost all of our clients responded with a simultaneous “holy crap!”. Numbers are down a good 50-75% on many keywords. Are people searching less? Did Google change their algorithm?

3 Quick Email Copywriting Tips You Can Use Today

Writing better email subject lines means getting more emails read and products sold

Email copywriting doesn’t just mean writing great sales copy. Before anyone even gets to your email newsletter or promotion, you need to do a good enough job at getting them to open the email newsletter first.

You could have written an award-winning article on how to cure cancer, and it won’t be read unless you write a headline that gets people to open it.

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