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Tag: digital content

Subscription Website Publishers Expand Programs, Open to New Opportunities

News from subscription website publishers are focusing on enhancements of subscription offerings and tools, with the intention of turning more casual audience members into paying supporters.

Put Subscription Revenue First in 2018

Publishers everywhere are seeing improved subscription revenue, and surely you want to see the same results. In order to put subscription revenue first, you should know the three reasons why we think this influx is happening:
First, we all should be thanking Amazon, Netflix and other large online businesses who have trained customers to think that

Don’t Wait Until Next Year

“Frugality includes all the other virtues.”

Old Cicero certainly knew what he was talking about. That’s why I wanted to remind you that your chance to exercise frugality in attending our Multiplatform Publishing Strategy program ends at midnight this Thursday, March 31. You’ll save $200.

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.”

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.

A Great Example of a Premium Content Subscription

A couple of years ago, Don outlined the attributes of a premium content subscription: not a website itself, but the thing that customers buy – the content subscription.

In updating this post (as we often do with our website content – a Mequoda best practice), we decided to give you an actual example of the perfect premium content subscription, and we settled on CooksIllustrated.com, the companion website to Cook’s Illustrated magazine from America’s Test Kitchen.

Deconstructing the phrase “premium content subscription” is a helpful exercise for getting this discussion onto the right track. Let’s take a look at each of the three words individually.

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Using “Self-Liquidating Premiums” to Help Close the Sale

An effective technique in information marketing is “self-liquidating premiums”—having the value of the premiums exceed the entire purchase price.

For example, let’s assume you have a product, perhaps a downloadable ebook, with a list price of $49.95. You’re selling it online at a discounted purchase price of $29.95.

Should You Put Subscription Revenue First?

Headlines have been brimming lately with news publishers like The New York Times, The Guardian and Wired taking back their profits with paywalls and paid content. The New York Times made 60% of last year’s revenue from subscription sales, The Guardian’s 800,000 subscribers are now accounting for more revenue than advertisers, and Wired has followed their lead by instituting a new $20 annual subscription. It’s clear that publishers are no longer afraid to charge for content, and subscription revenue goals are at the forefront. And I think there are three reasons for it.

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Giving Magazine Subscribers What They Want By Prioritizing Content Over Ads

Last week I was emailing back and forth with my friend and colleague Jack Edmonston, who often sends interesting news my way with some thoughts to pontificate on. This time it was an article from Politico by Jack Schaefer called, “Do Readers Own the New York Times?” Although the article is about newspaper and not magazine subscribers, it’s an interesting concept to think about for our industry, too.

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Mequoda’s Top 10 Subscription Website Publishing Posts of 2017

Our most-read subscription website publishing posts of last year show a continued interest in building profitable subscription websites and improving their speed and ranking.
Last year, publishers focused on increasing profitability through apps and subscription website publishing. As publishers continue to search for digital content success through subscriptions, we think the chosen top ten most-read posts

10 Facts About Digital Magazine Publishing and One Very Important Piece of Advice

Digital magazine publishing is and continues to be the current and next frontier, with unlimited revenue stream options coming from creative use and integration of text, images, video, social content, native advertising and so much more.

Google AMP is an Audience Development Tool for Conde Nast

Publishers are constantly looking for new options for an audience development tool that leads to trackable changes.

Today we’re looking at Google AMP as an audience development tool for Condé Nast. This story is coming directly from an article at Condé Nast.

How to Use Six Sigma for Subscription Offer Testing

“Never stop testing, and your advertising will never stop improving,” said David Ogilvy, known as “The Father of Advertising” the “Original Mad Man”.

Even our best performing clients—who publish on multiple platforms, run several subscription websites, and have helped define our pricing best practices—will see a drop in subscription sales when they stop testing. I told this to a client recently who went from having some of the highest conversion rates of our clients to having our worst performing rates, and we believe the culprit is a lack of subscription offer testing with new offers, like a 30-day free trial.

The 9 Ultimate Digital Magazine Features

How do your digital magazine features stack up to users’ expectations?
Contrary to what you’ve probably been thinking, the ultimate digital magazine is built in a browser, not an app. That’s why web magazines are skyrocketing to success, because users are quickly figuring out that they’d rather use a web magazine than an app magazine.

Users are

IAB’s New Guidelines for Multiplatform Publishers Using Online Ads

The new version of the IAB Standard Ad Unit Portfolio is a must-know for multiplatform publishers using online ads as part of their audience strategy
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has a major impact on the characteristics of online ads that many multiplatform publishers use to sell products and build a larger audience. Today we’ll take a

A Simple Framework for Planning and Modeling Your Digital Magazine

The questions you need to ask and the answers you should have before launching a new digital magazine
Publishers are embracing digital magazines because users are. And it’s true for B2C and B2B, as well as pure paid subscription, controlled circulation, or both. These publishers are taking advantage of digital editions to provide the features users want

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.

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

What’s a Replica-Plus Digital Magazine?

A replica-plus is a replica with some extra bells and whistles added. And normally you’d think that adding things such as video, audio, HTML links and other technology-rich features would be an improvement to the simple replica. We’re not so sure that it’s a good enough upgrade, and here’s why.

The problem with adding bells and whistles to a simple replica to create a replica-plus lies in one of the disadvantages of the replica that we’ve discussed before. But first, let’s look at the pros and cons of the replica plus.

Digital Magazines Launching New Editions While Print Magazines Change

Digital magazines continue their development while some print publications go out of fashion. Today we’re reporting on some new cases of print magazines being shuttered for more emphasis on digital magazines.

We begin with T Magazine, published by NYT, and it’s recent change. MediaPost reports, “T magazine, The New York Times’ style magazine, has reduced its publishing frequency — from 13 to 11 issues a year.”

Creating Multiplatform Products: What to Sell, What to Give Away

Online content marketing is antithetical to anything we knew prior to 20 years ago — something Seth Godin terms interruption marketing. Everything I learned in college and during my early career, whether space ads, TV commercials or direct response, employed hardcore, confrontational marketing messages.

CMS Development Services: 3 Things to Consider

It’s not just magazine, newsletter and newspaper publishers who seek custom CMS development services. Content management systems are built for most media businesses, even those who may not consider themselves in media but produce digital content regularly. The trouble with finding a content management system is that despite the word “content” in the title, rarely do out-of-the box solutions work for publishers, and rarely do even the most talented custom CMS developers understand publishing business models enough to build a system that is built to attract, capture, engage, and monetize all in the same place.

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

New Digiday Focuses on Streamlined Audience Development

Digiday has reimagined how it operates within its industry, and how its new design can impact audience development efforts
Digiday has recently unveiled its new website, which has been the first redesign for the company since July 2013. The new site is focused on connecting with the industry and offering audience development methods through reorganized content

Digital Magazine Publishers Experience Launches, Partnerships, and the End of Print

Skiing magazine ends print run; Digital magazine publishers launch video brand; O partners with Holland America Line
We’ve already seen lots of changes from digital magazine publishers this year. Today we begin with Active Interest Media, which is shuttering it’s print edition of Skiing. Folio reports, “The quarterly magazine catering to passionate skiiers, in circulation since

Multiplatform Publishers Reorganize and Hire New Talent

Multiplatform publishers Condé Nast and The Atlantic reorganize; Esquire names Buzzfeed editor to head website
The shuffling of talent among multiplatform publishers continues in places like Condé Nast, Esquire, and The Atlantic.

First, we begin by taking a look at Condé Nast’s reorganization, and WWD has the story. “The business side reorganization comes after the New York-based publisher

How to Promote a Digital Magazine: 10 Strategies & 1 Major Must-Do

How to promote a digital magazine online, offline, and everywhere in between
How do you usually promote a magazine? Afterall, subscription and newsstand sales are the keys to driving advertiser interest, so what are you doing to promote your print magazine?

Blow-in cards. Social Media. Newsstands. Direct mail and email renewal series. Subscription agents. The list goes on.

Now what

Mequoda’s Top Subscription Website Publishing Posts of 2016

Our most-read subscription website publishing posts of last year show an interest in building profitable subscription websites and improving the usability and site speed of existing websites.
In 2016, toward the end of the year it was made abundantly clear to publishers they would need to focus on more simple site design with faster loading times.

Publishers are Testing Facebook Live and Seeing Results

Facebook Live and other live video becoming a large testing ground for brands and publishers
Live video is at the front of mind for many brands and publishers. The only question is how to use it. Sometimes it takes seeing some good examples to inspire progress within a large media company, so I’m glad that Digiday

Does a Digital Replica of Your Magazine Cut it?

As the mobile publishing revolution has matured, I’ve been blogging about a lot of large, fancy digital magazines. Publications like New York, Forbes and The Atlantic have become leaders in what I consider the second phase of mobile publishing development – the technology is dependable, early jumpers are releasing their all-new versions upgraded from their 2010 efforts, and standards for what consumers are willing to pay for are establishing themselves.

Mequoda’s Top Multiplatform Publishing Posts of 2016

Our top-read multiplatform publishing posts of last year show an interest in native advertising and publishing expansion

This year has been a huge time of change in publishing, and we’re excited to see that much of that change comes in the form of multiplatform publishing. Even the most hesitant publishers have started to adopt new subscription

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

Digital Ad Trends: DCN, Amazon, New York Times

Monitoring the latest digital ad trends finds an effort for more transparency, an elephant in the room, and a major player making a major move
Digital ad trends are as volatile as any in the industry, with highs and lows aplenty. Ad blocking, viewability, tech concerns, juggernauts like Google and Facebook, programmatic, native … the list

Online Publishing Strategies: Video, Events, and More

Online publishing strategies have grown exponentially since digital magazines have transformed the industry. It is, after all multiplatform strategy, and media companies are wise to maximize as many channels as they can, from video to white papers to podcasts to events to the online magazine library.

8 Take-Aways From Our 2016 Magazine Reader Study

What we learned about the average digital magazine reader in this year’s study about magazine consumption
This year, like we have for the last several years, we ran a study to find out how the average American adult magazine reader is consuming and creating new habits with digital magazines. We polled 3,241 U.S. adults with internet access.

This

Online Ad Publishing News: Blocking, Programmatic, Time-Based

To create the perfect online ad, marketers and publishing companies must consider a multitude of factors. Which metrics to key, where to place the ad, when to deploy it, how to present it, why people might be attracted to it. And these factors are not static – they shift with the industry’s whims.

Monetizing Digital Content: Native, Ecommerce, Niche, and More

The publishers making news when it comes to monetizing digital content include Quartz, Fortean Times, and Dennis
Is there anything more important than monetizing digital content for magazines looking to embrace multiplatform publishing strategy? The answer is an obvious no, but the less obvious answer is to the follow-up question “How do you get there?”

The answer

10 Productivity Tools for Agile Digital Magazine Teams

Create digital magazine teams using agile principles and progressive technology to build more collaborative processes

Magazine teams have historically all been in one building, maybe in New York City, or Washington, D.C. They might occupy more than 20 floors in the World Trade Center, like Condé Nast, or a more humble space, like many of the niche

10 Reasons to Launch a Responsive Newsletter Website

A responsive newsletter website brings accessibility to the table

Totally unrelated to publishing, you may have heard that Patagonia recently ditched their app. If you open it, it will tell you that the app will no longer be updated, and they should head to their responsive website instead. “Thanks for supporting the Patagonia iPhone app. Now

What Publishers Are Doing to Stop Ad Blockers – or at Least Deal With Them

To stop ad blockers, you have to think like consumers using ad blockers, and that process is pretty simple: If you clutter up their user experience with thoughtless auto-play and clumsily deployed displays, then they’re going to avoid your content – even if it’s quality content.

So, you can block ad blockers with impunity or let them run rampant across your site … or, you can find some middle ground.

Digiday has a little bit of everything with recent coverage. Let’s get right to it!

Another Look at Marriage Between Facebook, Magazines

At IMAG, a big topic was Facebook. Magazines publishing on Facebook, specifically. And, with distrust bubbling to the surface with how the social media giant will use the content they coax from digital publishers, the news we relayed yesterday definitely showed signs of some trouble in paradise.

Today, though, we’re going in a different direction. Digiday recently had a streak of articles on positive trends for Facebook publishers. Let’s have a look at what they found!

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.

Association Magazines – Not Just for Members Anymore?

Association magazines have potential for B2B publishing success; plus, Facebook Instant Articles, the latest personnel moves, and more
Can association magazines transcend membership readers to engage in some serious audience development? One big name in the business is offering a resounding yes. We have to agree, of course. Legacies, startups, brands, B2Bs, and, yes, professional groups

The 17 Fully Integrated Mequoda Gold Member Benefits

At Mequoda, we talk a lot about individual pieces of the Mequoda System in our Daily posts. But the Mequoda System, known in full as the Mequoda Multiplatform Media Management System, is complex, consisting of hundreds of moving parts, and reading about them at different times and in different places can’t give you a complete understanding of it.

Online Publishing Trends: Digital Diversity, Adaptation Challenges, and Beyond Native

Is there anything more mercurial than online publishing trends? Not many industries have a more evolving mindset, technologies, or revenue models.

On some days, this is a great thing, and on others, it can make your head spin. But stay calm! There’s a core strategy that will steer you through the storm.

You can figure it out for yourself, or you can check out our Mequoda System to get a feel for multiplatform publishing strategy to attract, engage, and convert consumers. Because, in the end, the bottom line is the bottom line, and you have to stick with the principles while experimenting with what works for you.

Digital Content Publishing News: Regional Magazines, Event Production, Online Advertising

Understanding the new model for digital content publishing via niche and multiplatform principles 

Digital content publishing is greater than the sum of its parts; grasping this concept makes a successful multiplatform strategy possible.

While you’ll definitely have strengths and weaknesses as an online magazine, on balance, you must gain some traction on at least a few tracks