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Digital Magazine Marketing: 7 Ways to Promote your Digital Magazine

If you’re making plans for your own digital publication, it behooves you to also plan how to make money from it with strategic digital magazine marketing.

After all, buying a list and mailing a big direct mail package, in hopes of getting a bunch of people to subscribe as we all did in the old print days, is rather like trying to sell 21st-century tablets themselves at an old-fashioned general store where hardware, ladies’ hats and pickles all shared the same space, and the proprietor fetched everything on your list, then wrapped up your purchases in brown paper and twine.

Decoy Pricing: The Biggest Little Secret in the Publishing World

How would you like to increase your subscription revenues by almost 60%?

It can be done, and it’s not magic. All you need are a paid subscription website, a couple of other great products to sell and one secret: Decoy pricing.

More and more publishers are discovering this secret. And it’s not a new concept. You might know of it as the “contrast effect.”

How Publishing Magazines on Kindle Will Boost Digital Circulation

Want to know how publishing magazines on Kindles will boost your digital circulation? The simple answer is math: you can only sell more digital issues, not less, by adding your magazine to a new platform.

And we consider Amazon’s Kindle Newsstand to be one of the three juggernauts of digital magazine publishing channels, alongside Google Play and Apple Newsstand. In fact, it’s in second place and I’ll tell you why a little later.

Why Paying Apple 30% Is One of the Greatest Bargains of All Time

Even the lowest digital newsstand remit is better than the olden days. Just a few short years ago, magazine publishers were thrilled down to their toes to keep 18-40% of sales from news agencies.

When Don ran an online newsstand, 18% was the average new remit order for the 1,400 titles there. And some publishers earned absolutely nothing from sales from the agencies they dealt with.

How and Why to Evolve from a Solo Magazine to Multiplatform

In publishing, there’s no room for growth with a solo magazine that stands alone.
One of our favorite stories is that of The American Ceramic Society. The organization turned to the Mequoda Method in 2005 to address the stagnant growth of its two print publications, Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, whose audience is both ceramics professionals and dedicated amateurs.

The

Apple Publisher Alert: Updates App-Lenty of Interest to Magazines

We’ve talked extensively about the great deal that the late Apple Newsstand – missed by some and not so much by others – offered magazines: a 30% remit to stand shoulder to shoulder with the big boys and the nichiest of the niche. Now, with News, if you’re an Apple publisher, the goal posts have moved … and, indeed, the field itself has been turned upside down. It’s disorienting.

But there’s still the App Store, and there are some very intriguing things going on there now that Phil Schiller’s in charge. Ars Technica reports:

The Five Magazine Editions You Should Consider

There’s no such thing as publishing a magazine.

The fact is, if you want to transition your business from the traditional print model to 21st-century publishing – and the profits it promises – you may have to publish up to five different magazine editions of every title in your portfolio, with three of the five being table stakes.

Mequoda has learned from decades of experience that having multiple platform editions is crucial to successful digital publishing. And many traditional print publishers have learned, to their sorrow, that digital publishing is crucial to their very survival in the modern age. We’ll tell you all about it at our Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in Boston.

If that sounds alarming, we can assure you it’s completely achievable – more on that below. But first, let’s consider all five of those editions that we’ve identified as the very heart of our Gold Members’ publishing empires.

3 Digital Magazine Publishing Predictions for 2016

Publishers will reinvent their digital magazines across platforms and newsstands in 2016
This year print magazines saw a sharp downturn in newsstand sales, with a 10.3% drop year-over-year in single issue retail and a 9.8% drop in dollar value during that same time period, MediaPost reports. Time Inc., Hearst, and Meredith all saw plunges. Meanwhile, The New Yorker,

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

Apple Publishing for Digital Magazines: Is “News” Working?

Apple publishing opportunities have long served as a component of digital magazines’ plans, but toward the end of Apple Newsstand’s run, it became clear that the service was not actually serving publishers as well as they might have hoped for.

Now, enter Apple News, an aggregator app that offers publishers some attractive features when it comes to traffic and digital ad revenue. But is the promise panning out?

Will Apple News Serve as Solid Content Distribution Platform for Publishers?

There’s no such thing as an excess of content distribution platform outlets – the more the merrier, as far as Mequoda Members are concerned. But Apple Newsstand certainly had its fair share of detractors despite the visibility and content monetization it could provide digital publishers during its better moments. Now phased out, it gives way to the highly anticipated Apple News – which officially goes live today – a publisher app that will operate much differently and comes with its own criticisms … as well as upside.

What are publishers doing to maximize that potential? Digiday, always on top of it, reports on the plans of several legacies and digital natives, while also covering some concerns.

How to Make a Digital Magazine on a Shoestring Budget

If it seems like everybody has a digital magazine, that’s because they do. If you’re a publisher and reading this, then I’m guessing you’re not quite “everyone” yet, but you’re seeing the influx around you, and maybe even your customers are asking for a digital edition.

When I first got an iPad, the first thing I did was head to the Newsstand and look for my favorite magazines. I expected them all to be there, but some of them weren’t. I would have pressed down my fingerprint and subscribed on the spot—Apple makes it so easy to make a purchase like that—but they lost my business. I wonder how much more business they lost from others. To be honest, I subscribed to a number of magazines that day, so I didn’t spend my free time going back every week to check and see if the others ever appeared.

Niche Publishers in the News Show Value of Strong Audience

Content that doesn’t deeply consider audience is a waste of time and money. It’s no coincidence that the majority of Mequoda Members are niche publishers: The model allows you to focus on segments of consumption, build up loyalty, strongly define social media strategy, and design revenue-generating events. Digiday delves into niche publishers with recent articles, while examining Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles, both potential partners for niche publishers. Let’s take a look.

Cross-Media Publishing News: Apple Newsstand, Tablets, and Time Spent

Perhaps it was inevitable, but the end of Apple Newsstand – long involved in a love-hate relationship with cross-device publishing – was still an occasion for reflection and wondering what lies ahead for digital magazines. This is the kind of story the Nieman Lab was built for. Below, we look at its coverage on this topic and two others relevant to cross-device publishing.

How to Promote a Magazine Digitally

Digital publishing success comes with a multiplatform publishing approach.

Digital publishers who recognize this are finding numerous way to reach their audiences, building subscribers from social media, through email, and funneling traffic to their websites from 3rd party sites.

App Publishers Experiment With Products, Tackle Problems

App publishers are on the cutting edge of multiplatform media, but with great power comes great responsibility. Software changes, shifts in consumer tastes, and evolving devices and platforms all pose opportunities as well as frustrations for publishers maintaining their places in audience’s hearts. So, how to stay ahead? Talking New Media takes a look at the approaches of legacies and startups in a handful of recent articles.

News From Online Magazine Publishers: App Updates, Launches + Push for Archives

Online magazine publishers are focusing on tightening up their apps and archives in the evolving effort to bolster digital product. In the midst of all of this activity, Talking New Media’s D.B. Hebbard both offers excellent coverage while at the same time proposing that media companies mimic some aspects of print business models in order to succeed.

Which Digital Newsstand Should You Use?

There are plenty of digital newsstand options in today’s landscape. If you have a limited budget, don’t waste time by publishing on the wrong digital newsstand. Which should you be using to maximize the potential of your publications?

Well, first of all, we think digital magazines not on the digital newsstand are the best. Web magazines. Web magazines use HTML5 and are responsive on any device.

What is a Digital Newsstand?

You won’t find a digital newsstand at the corner of a city street. The digital newsstand is the latest step in the evolution of digital content publishing. These digital distribution platforms offer an array of digital content, from newspapers and magazines to journals.

And what is a digital newsstand without free content? Some do a better job than others when it comes to sneak-peeking with freebies.

Digital Publishing Platforms: Launches, Acquisitions, Reorgs

Deft use of digital publishing platforms is a must for magazines looking to solidify their place in the industry. Thanks to astute observers like Talking New Media, we can monitor trends as they’re taking shape. Here are five headlines from one of our favorite sources of information.

Magazine App Publishing: Success Stories and Cautionary Tales

Magazine app publishing can be a volatile enterprise if you don’t have the right plan in place. Mequoda Members know that you can’t just throw a replica product up on Apple Newsstand and wait for the money to roll in. Each component of your strategy – from conception to execution – must be carefully considered.

With our Digital Publishing Trends posts, we monitor and share the most recent news, lessons, and implications for multiplatform companies like yours. Today, we’re relaying relevant articles from Talking New Media, which casts its net on the latest legacy circulation data, app launches, and niche indicators.

20 Tablet Publishing Tips You Can’t Afford to Miss

If you own a tablet that you use often, is it hard to imagine what life was like before it? I have friends who use their tablets to cook every dinner with, or spend several hours with it at night, reading books and magazines. Consumers aren’t as attached at the hip to tablets as they are to their smartphones, and maybe they never will be, but as their larger phablet brothers come into the market, it’s possible the line won’t be so clear anymore between tablet and smartphone.

5 Tips for Publishing on Apple Newsstand

It’s no secret that Apple’s Newsstand is a frustrating experience for many users, which in turn means it’s frustrating for publishers as well. Conventional wisdom holds that because Apple allows buyers to get their magazines directly from the publisher, Newsstand simply isn’t a revenue generator that’s going to get Apple’s corporate attention.

What is Digital Magazine Publishing Software?

Digital magazine publishing software is used by publishers to design, produce and publish digital magazines. These three functions may or may not reside in the same tools. For example, you might design your digital magazine in InDesign, then use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to finalize and distribute the magazine.

New Digital Magazine App From Two Publishing Powerhouses

Fast Company is bypassing the Apple Newsstand with its new digital magazine app, powered by Adobe’s latest suite of publishing tools.

Digital Magazine Publishers: Replicas Aren’t Dead, Says Expert

Recent articles spelling doom for replica editions could be misleading to digital magazine publishers, writes D.B. Hebbard in a recent Talking New Media post. For his part, Hebbard points out that replicas are actually on the rise, and he believes industry observers closing the door on them are doing so too soon.

Digital Magazine Covers: A New Direction for Design?

D.B. Hebbard recently conducted a roundtable discussion on digital magazine covers for the relaunch issue of App Publisher and reported the highlights in Talking New Media.

Apple Newsstand Publishing Saw Growth in 2014

As of January 1, the total number of paid and free Apple Newsstand publishing titles had jumped to 14,536, up from 11,000 at the beginning of 2014. In spite of an at times frustrating lack of management and maintenance of the Newsstand on Apple’s part, the number of apps continues to grow.

PRSS, Digital Magazine Publishing Platform, Bought By Apple

Apple has acquired PRSS, a digital magazine publishing platform, reports Talking New Media. Apple is no stranger to digital publishing. Of course, there’s Apple Newsstand for selling digital publications, and the company’s digital book publishing platform iBook Author. Neither of these solutions have panned out very well, so perhaps Apple expects to present a new experience with PRSS.

Digital Magazine Publishing News: Le Sauce Launched

29th Street Publishing has launched Le Sauce in Apple Newsstand, reports Talking New Media. “The digital magazine is produced by Yasmin Seneviratne who writes at the website of the same name,” wrote D.B. Hebbard.

Prime Publishing and Mequoda Group launch ‘revolutionary’ website magazine

Niche publisher launches groundbreaking website magazine, revealing future of digital magazines
NORTHBROOK, IL (August 13, 2014) – Prime Publishing, publisher of 17 free craft websites and 13 free cooking sites, has just released what Prime and multiplatform publishing consultants Mequoda Group believe is the magazine industry’s first-ever true website magazine, along with an associated app edition

Niche Publisher Launches New Multiplatform Digital Magazine

I Like Crochet may be a glimpse of the future of magazine publishing
It’s a good thing consumers know their own minds, because the magazine industry might have completely failed its readers in the years since the Internet age was born.

That’s the conclusion you reach if you talk to our CEO, Don Nicholas, about what he

CDW’s Apple Newsstand App for Customer Magazines

Computer and electronics company CDW has launched an Apple Newsstand app for its consumer magazines, Talking New Media reports. Of CDW’s four magazines – BizTech, FedTech, StateTech, and EdTech – only BizTech (the newest title) is currently available through the app.

New Digital Art Magazines Push Tablet Platforms

Four new digital art magazines are taking tablet publishing to the next level while taking it beyond the United States and United Kingdom.

Top Digital Magazines by Percentage of Total Circulation

Last Tuesday we took a look at the 25 top magazines by digital circulation, according to data released by AAM for the period July-December 2013. That was a fun time, with several surprises.

Plain old Reader’s Digest turns out to have an awesome tablet magazine and leads all magazines in digital circulation. Unheralded American Media Inc., with its humble gossip magazines, OK! and Star, and its fitness magazines competing in a huge niche, Shape and Men’s Fitness, had as many representatives in the Top 25 as media titan Condé Nast.

Is Apple Newsstand Getting Sloppy with Digital Magazines & Newspapers?

In a harsh but honest review from Talking New Media, D.B. Hebbard says that the Apple Newsstand is starting to look like a “dumpster.”

Is it warranted?

His claim is that they’re not paying enough attention to the quality of the content and so it’s getting harder and harder to find the magazines you want. This isn’t unlike the basic app store, where many apps can have almost identical names and apps themselves can be nearly identical but still be included – making the user experience not user friendly. Not to say anyone is doing better than Apple, but we all know everybody holds them to higher standards.

Investment Europe Upgrades from Replica to Hybrid Digital Magazine

If you’re looking for a European investment magazine for your iPad you’re in luck. Investment Europe from Incisive Media has just launched on Apple Newsstand.

SPIN Launches iPad Magazine

For those of us who spent our teen years in the 90’s, SPIN was somewhat of a magazine staple for anyone even remotely interested in music and pop culture. In recent years it’s been kind of a rollercoaster for the SPIN brand, though. They were sold for less than $5m in 2006, relaunched in a bigger format in 2012 and then sold again to Buzzmedia, who took them out of print the same year.

How to Make Your Content Shareable Like BuzzFeed

If you’re trying to make your content shareable, you may want to check out The Media Briefing’s new post about BuzzFeed’s five rules of creating sharable content. We’ll dive into the first one: lists.

Making the Digital Magazine Leap from Replica to Reflow: Bonnier Counts on New Readers, New Ads

Field & Stream gets it right the second time
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that we’re big fans of Bonnier Corp. for its embrace of digital technology. You can read more about the digital edition of Popular Science here, and about Bonnier’s advances in tablet magazine advertising here.

Meanwhile, forward-thinking publishers like

La Presse+ Digital Editions Are a Success

FOLIO is reporting that La Presse+ has had a huge success with their digital edition. Jennifer Silber writes, “The free digital edition of Montreal-based daily newspaper La Presse.

New Twitter Search Helps Audience Development Efforts

Twitter’s search functionality has gotten an upgrade. The Verge is reporting that you’ll be able to sort through tweets efficiently now.

Small Niche Digital Magazine Sells Like Gangbusters … but Apple’s Newsstand isn’t the Main Source

The “World’s Largest Circulation Biblical Archaeology Magazine,” as Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) bills itself, lives in a small niche, parented by a nonprofit organization. It’s dedicated to studying the oldest civilizations in the world.

Yet it’s had a digital magazine since September 2012, well before many other niche publishers, and it’s making this commitment 21st-century technology pay off in a big way.

Capital New York’s New Paywall is in the $6,000 Range

The price of must-read news about New York State and the city will cost you $5,990 per year. Lucia Moses from Ad Week writes, “Capital next month will start asking readers,

Twitter’s Nearby Feature Could Be a Great Audience Development Tool

Twitter recently debuted a new feature called Nearby. It lets users see what people have tweeted in their local vicinity. This functionality opens up the possibility for businesses to promote tweets to people that are around their location.

Offline Pays For Content, Remains Cheap

There is a new app in Apple Newsstand that hopes to pay up $10,000 for a single article while remaining just $.99 a month. It’s called Offline. It was created by a team of developers from The New York Times, Audible, Instagram, BlackBerry and Apple. The app features five articles that are roughly 1000+ words in length. The publication also includes professional audio narration for every article. At any point, the user can select a sentence and begin listening to the article.

Google Play Newsstand: Taking Digital Magazine Publishing a Step Beyond

When we first heard about Google’s new Play Newsstand for Android devices … we were underwhelmed.

“Ah,” we thought, “Google is about to prove once again that they may understand search, but they just don’t get premium content.”

“If they’re trying to take blog feeds and news feeds and tell us it’s a newspaper, oh no it’s not,” we said.

“The tablet respects books, newspapers and magazines as unique mediums. You can’t just disaggregate content and still call it a book, newspaper or magazine,” we said.

Taunton Press’ Editorial Strategy Says No to One Offs

“We can’t afford to pay for content if it’s going to be a one-time use,” stated Jay Annis, VP of The Taunton Press speaking at the Act 4 Publishing Event at the Magazine Innovation Center at Ole Miss.

Publishing Executive has the full report on Jay Annis talk on content optimization and recycling. Linda Ruth writes, “Annis was there to articulate Taunton’s proactive approach to content in a time when the costs and monetization of content are proving challenging to many publishers. Taunton’s solution: To optimize the content through all the products that will serve its audience.”

TIME Enters The Modern World of Digital Magazine Publishing

At last.

We’ve noted here that it seemed simply astounding that a publisher with the vast resources of Time Inc. was putting out a blurry product. TIME magazine – granddaddy of all American news publications, 90 years young, and one of the few major players with a healthy OMI, was, until its Nov. 4 issue, publishing non-retina display enabled issues.

Outside Shows Vigor in Digital Magazine Publishing Efforts

As a 36-year-old, Outside magazine from Mariah Media is, naturally, quite physically fit. Established in 1977 by Rolling Stone co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner (also current owner of Men’s Journal and US Weekly), the magazine was sold to its current owner in 1979.

Since 2010, it has also had the luxury in terms of audience exposure of a sister satellite television network, Outside Television. Presumably that has helped it survive the print magazine downturn; since 2010, just after the iPad’s debut and digital magazine publishing was born, Outside has lost a miniscule 0.2% of its circulation, and stands at 685,164 as of June 2013.

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