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8 Ways to Sell Digital Magazine Subscriptions

It’s amazing to look back to just a year or so ago, when digital magazines were still something of a novelty. Today, it’s a given that print publishers will soon create a digital version of their product if they haven’t already.

Six Sigma Subscription Marketing: 12 Offers That Boost Response Rates

12 subscription marketing offers you can test with your existing email subscriber list
Think selling magazines is hard? Look at Netflix. Their offer is that you can try out their video streaming service for 30 days, then pay $8 a month. Not $10 or $12 per year like a magazine, but $8 every single month. And is

Subscription Marketing: How to Sell News, Instructional, and Advisory Content

In subscription marketing, the type of magazine content you sell, matters. However, the strategies you use to sell it, work across niches and industries.
In our 2018 Mequoda Magazine Consumer Study, we discovered that out of all the paid types of magazine content available online, adults in the US pay for news, most. If you’re in

Perfect Your Web Magazine Today

What do you think are the essential elements of the perfect digital magazine?

If you think back to Gutenberg and the printing press, magazines are still being produced the same way now as they were then. We have a long way to go. The technology necessary to fully utilize the Internet as a principal marketing and distribution platform is available

Subscription Website Publishers Launch New Membership Options, Services

Subscription website publishers are honing their subscription offerings to generate greater revenue and utilize the subscriber data file that they already have. This process is not new, but some of the directions that major publishers are taking is new for these organizations, and the focus of today’s news stories.

The Perfect Digital Magazine Template

Magazines are designed to be read from front to back. They have covers and a table of contents. Magazines are arranged in a series of articles. Compare that with other media, where the articles are arranged with taxonomies and hyperlinks, and are not linear.

Hyperlinking is not linear. Any medium that enables or encourages the reader to bounce around among hundreds or thousands of articles is not a linear medium. What’s more, humans desire closure, which magazines provide. A reader can say “I have read the April issue of Vanity Fair. I finished it on Sunday.”

Learn a Proven Method for Improving Subscription Revenues

All you need is a seat at the Intensive and the discipline to execute our strategies
In a little over two months, you could be starting a new path to subscription marketing and publishing success. But only if you hurry and register for the Mequoda Subscription Marketing & Publishing Intensive. If you register today, you can still save $300

Strategy Spotlight with Don: How to Keep 100% of Your Online Magazine Revenue

The Internet has made it cheap, easy and efficient to launch new streams of niche media revenue. Choosing your content focus is a business-critical decision, as the focus you choose pretty much dictates your chances of success with a subscription website. However, more serious than the focus on content for a subscription website is the business model.

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Consumer Reports Gets a Makeover to “Broaden Digital Readership”

When print declines, Consumer Reports gets a web 2.0 makeover (wait, what .0 are we on now?)
When we heard Consumer Reports was undergoing a makeover it was music to our ears. Not because they have a particularly ugly publication or website, but because their reason, according to USAToday, is “an effort to to broaden digital

Digital Magazine Publishing 101: Free Apps Need Some “There” There

As the first wave of digital magazine apps has passed, we’ve discovered one thing: People hate apps with nothing in them.

And yet, the vast majority of digital magazine apps available today are nothing more than a retail outlet for single copies and subscriptions!

They are labeled as free, but have nothing to offer unless a purchase is made within the app. This practice is the reason why so many magazine apps have low ratings, as can be witnessed by reading the reviews.

A Step-by-Step Roadmap for Making the Digital Conversion

If you’ve been reading here about the journey from legacy print publishing to digital magazine publishing, it may sound almost too confusing to contemplate
The journey involves everything from creating a magazine edition you may never even have heard of before – the web edition – to pricing to marketing on social media to upgrading print

How to Upsell Print-Only Subscribers into More Expensive Digital Packages

Learn everything from pricing to copy platforms, and watch the print-to-digital upgrades roll in
The beauty of the digital era in publishing is that it doesn’t just give you a new option for your existing audience to choose.

It delivers the opportunity to expand that audience, create several new premium products, drive more orders per promotion, and

How to Run an Integrated Marketing Campaign

Set up your marketing based on data and continual improvement to reap big profits
One thing that troubles publishers who are planning to make the move to multiplatform publishing is how to promote so many different products, especially given the new marketing channels that are available to us in the digital age.

As we’ve noted here before,

The Prices, Offers, and Incentives You Must Test Now

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 have to publish five different magazine editions of every title in your portfolio.

Mequoda has learned from decades of experience that these five are absolutely 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.

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.

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.

Magazine Subscription Marketing Ideas for Selling More Print & Digital

We talk a lot about digital magazine subscription marketing around here, and unwittingly neglect your very important print publications. Once you’ve established your subscription price strategy, the next problem to solve is the offer you make in your magazine subscription marketing campaigns.

What Every Multi-Platform System Must Provide for Magazine Publishers

It’s no secret that Mequoda is the leading strategy-centric content management system provider for magazine and newsletter publishers looking to lock in on a multi-platform system. If it is news to you, then, hey, nice to meet you!

The Key Role of Audience Development in Multiplatform Publishing

Multiplatform publishing is the key to publishing success, and audience development is the job that gets you there

Sixteen years later, I can still remember the day a large publishing company, who’d been negotiating with my marketing services firm to revive a struggling magazine it owned, decided to cut its losses and shut the magazine down

Increased Multi-Platform Media a Goal for America’s Test Kitchen

We’ve made it clear over the years how much we admire America’s Test Kitchen, practically our neighbor here in the Boston area. We admire them because they’ve achieved great success in the past using their own variation of the Mequoda Method.

While organic search and social media have never been ATK’s strong suit, the company has made multi-platform media its focus more and more since its founding in 1993, charting a course from its original Cook’s Illustrated to books, video, digital magazines, membership website, events, partnerships, and more.

And the Boston Common Press property isn’t stopping there, even after a contract dispute led to the ouster of founding editor Christopher Kimball (who will remain as as minority owner and host of the popular PBS program). ATK is doubling down on multi-platform media under the leadership of new CEO David Nussbaum.

The Library Website Business Model

Discover how ConsumerReports.org and Lynda.com are utilizing the reference subscription website model

A reference subscription website archetype allows paid subscribers continued access to a library of content that is updated constantly with new information.

Top 25 Magazines on Social Media: The MPA’s Latest Report

Which magazines on social media are performing especially well as of the third quarter of 2015? Well, the Association of Magazine Media 360° is glad we asked – they recently released their latest Social Media Report, which covers the top 25 magazines across all social networks in terms of likes and followers, as well as the top on each channel.

Tips for Launching the Best Digital Magazines

Given that we’ve already revised our thinking since I started regularly reviewing digital magazines back in March, I concede that anything we name as a Best Practice in digital magazines is purely temporary.

But I’m going to bravely list our current Best Practices for the mobile magazine that I know you’re all going to publish, if you’re haven’t already. Tomorrow someone might invent something new that blows away a previous Best Practice, so this is obviously an evolving list.

Publishing Acquisitions on the Rise in Event and Mobile Sectors

Publishing acquisitions provide a barometer for the robustness of the digital magazine business, and a recent report highlights how emerging areas are gaining ground on more traditional media M&A activity – areas that will appeal to Mequoda Members. One of our favorite industry sources, Folio:, has it all covered. Let’s take a look!

How Millennials Would Like Your Digital Replica Upgraded

Generation Y, the millennials, were born in a hugely broad span of time for a “generation,” which is between 1977 and 2001.

Depending on the pundits you read, those years may be slightly closer together. What defines a millennial is their access to technology for most of their lives. At Mequoda we consider Digital Natives those who were born with technology present for their whole lives, as men and women who had personal computers for as long as they can remember.

This, again, is a much smaller span of time than the huge 1977 – 2001 generation, but the general princliple of a millennial is that they’re not new to technology, they all have email addresses, know how to use the Internet, and technology has been present for more than half their lives.

The Organic Audience Development Strategy Handbook

Claim your FREE digital copy of Organic Audience Development Strategy: How to Convert Website Visitors into a Profitable Email Subscriber Base now.

Social Media for Publishers: The MPA’s Latest Report

The shifting landscape of social media for publishers stood still for at least moment this week, as the the Association of Magazine Media’s 360° report on the first quarter of 2015 homed in on performance across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest.

The Multiplatform Publishing Strategy Handbook

Claim your FREE digital copy of our Multiplatform Publishing Strategy Handbook: 60 Digital Publishing Secrets for Making Millions Online now.

Mobile Outlook a Hot Topic Among Publishers

Folio: recently convened a roundtable to discuss the mobile publishing market as activity skyrockets and monetization strives to keep pace.

Proven Organic Audience Development Secrets Revealed in New Free Handbook

March 14, 2014 – BOSTON — A complete, painstakingly documented handbook on audience development for Internet publishers has just been released. The 260-page handbook, Organic Audience Development Strategy: 68 Audience Development Strategies for Building a Robust Audience Development Plan, was written by Don Nicholas, a leading magazine industry consultant and CEO of Mequoda Group.

Complete Guide to Subscription Website Publishing Is Now Available Free

January 31, 2014 – BOSTON — Subscription website publishing is one of the hottest entrepreneurial ventures on the Internet, both for novices and for legacy publishers struggling to make the leap from print in a digital age.

Proven Digital Magazine Publishing Secrets Revealed in New Free Handbook

January 10, 2014 – BOSTON — Following the recent release of his new Multiplatform Publishing Strategy handbook, Don Nicholas, a leading magazine industry consultant and CEO of Mequoda Group, has just published his second free handbook, Digital Magazine Publishing: Digital Publishing Tips for Creating Digital Magazines in a Tablet Magazine Publishing World.

Mequoda Releases New Multiplatform Publishing Strategy Handbook

Don Nicholas, who has spent 30 years as a publisher and consultant in the magazine publishing industry, has released a free 100-page handbook titled Multiplatform Publishing Strategy as a followup to his 10-year-old book, Internet Marketing Strategy for Publishers. “Ten years and one tablet revolution later, my newest professional goal is simple: To help each and every publisher successfully cross the new digital divide,” says Nicholas.

Nutrition Action Doubles Traffic With New Mequoda System

On October 14th, a print newsletter publisher blossomed into a multi-platform publisher. That was the day we helped launch one of our newest Mequoda Systems, NutritionAction.com, the home of a health newsletter that’s celebrating its 40th year this upcoming January.

Lessons to Learn From Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has been through a lot over the last couple years. The pitfalls and challenges they face are the same many legacy brands face as they try to navigate the digital frontier. Jim Romenesko writes about the hardships Consumer Reports has faced.

People Heads To TV

It looks like Time Inc. CEO, Joe Ripp is at it again. It’s been revealed that People magazine will produce a two-hour special in a joint venture with Dick Clark Productions. New York Post’s Keith J. Kelly writes,

Print Design Changes Lead to Increased Web Traffic

There’s a clear connection between print and digital these days. Altercations in print design can lead to more website traffic, as we see in this example of DiscoverMagazine.com. Steve Smith writes, “DiscoverMagazine.com enjoyed a nice traffic increase during an August that saw most sites decline, per min’s exclusive digital boxscores.

Apps Are This Week’s Digital Publishing Trend

Publishers have been creating apps but recently they’ve turned it up a notch and that’s why apps are this week’s digital publishing trend.

Bloomberg’s Digital First Video Strategy

Does this work on TV or the web? That is the question Bloomberg TV producers are asking themselves now. Digiday has a full report on how this digital first strategy is paying off for Bloomberg. Josh Sternberg writes,”Bloomberg has production teams in New York, London and Asia, which together create an eye-popping 200 pieces of video content every day, both streaming video and video on demand.”

The Netflix of Magazine Subscriptions Now Has 100ish Titles

Next Issue, basically a Netflix for magazines subscriptions, now has over 100 titles. For $14.99 a month people get access to about 93 different publications and growing quickly. Bloomberg Businessweek, People and The New Yorker are just few of the publications available on the service. Their platform works on tablets and PCs. StackSocial, an eCommerce platform for tech publishers, is offering a two-month subscription to Next Issue Premium for free.

Is EatingWell’s Subscription Website Teaching Meredith a Lesson?

We talk a lot about the Online Magazine Index – OMI – that’s a fairly accurate measure of a publisher’s Internet savvy. In subscription website publishing, you should easily have more unique visitors to your website than you have print subscribers.

If you’re not driving more Internet traffic than you are selling paid subscriptions, something’s desperately wrong with your audience development program. And if you don’t have an audience on the Internet, you’re going to be invisible in the coming years as print fades away and subscription website publishing becomes the only game in town.

Why Millennials Love the Men’s Health Digital Magazine

It’s always a good time when a woman gets to read a men’s magazine as part of her job.

I swear I was researching whether Men’s Health advertises their digital edition on their website when I got sidetracked by the “100 Hottest Women of All Time” feature – I just had to know what millennials know or care about anyone not currently starring in primetime TV or the latest action movie.

(Quite a lot, it turns out: silent star Clara Bow, 1950s glam Hollywood hottie Rita Hayworth and a dancer I never even heard of from the 1930s were all included, right along with all the usual supermodels and Hottie #1 Jennifer Aniston. Color me surprised!)

Membership vs. Retail Subscription Website Information Architecture

Misunderstanding Membership Website information architecture

Misunderstanding the characteristics and attributes of a membership website compared to, say, a subscriber-access-only magazine or newsletter retail subscription website is a common misunderstanding when publishers are launching a paid-access-only website.

A Membership Website is an online medium—a destination—in and of itself.

It may be structured as a “pure-play” site, which does not depend on a primary relationship to, or experience with, an online or offline product. Or it may be structured as a “companion” website, which does relate to an online or offline product. Either way, “members” or “subscribers” register and pay to access information, organized library-style by topic of interest, or research information or find answers to a question.

Website Design Samples of Our 16 Archetypes

Gas stations, supermarkets and bookstores are all retail businesses. They all resell products, yet the specifics of their business models and their physical infrastructures are very different. Optimizing those specifics will support higher revenue, lower operating costs and happier customers.

Can Digital Publishing Solve Your Revenue Problems? I Say YES.

Mequoda’s only purpose in life is to prevent any other publishing company from going out of business, ever. That’s why we offer our decades of experience, proven best practices and user-friendly Mequoda Method for digital publishing success in our three-day Internet Marketing Intensive, the definitive training course in publishing and marketing content online.

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1 Piece of Content + 90 Minutes = Millions in Revenue

Learn How to Make Millions with a Content-Driven Website

You may never be Rupert Murdoch.

But you could become Consumer Reports, Morningstar, Meredith or any of the many publishers who are currently making millions from their content on the Internet by attending Mequoda’s Internet Marketing Intensive this January in New York City.

Understanding Mequoda SEO Analytics

Discover how Harvard University uses analytics to gain Google visibility, increase website traffic and sell premium content

Google Analytics should be every online publisher’s best friend … but most don’t have a clue how to use it.

Mequoda Group, a leading consultant to online publishers including The Motley Fool, Consumer Reports, Crain Communications and International Data Group, will be sharing some of its secrets to SEO analytics at the SIPA 29th Annual Digital Publishing and Marketing Institute, Dec. 12-14 in Miami Beach.

5 Tablet Publishing Trends

In 90-minutes, discover what’s important to publishers in an evolutionary market…

Week in Review: December 12th, 2011 – December 16th, 2011

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

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