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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.

Do You Really Need a CMS or CXMS?

Your website is made up of a variety of parts. To accomplish the goals of increasing your audience, revenues, and profits, all of those parts need to talk to one another. The nucleus of this system is your CMS, or content management system.

This is not unlike any team, where you have specialists and a project

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.

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.

8 Online Magazine Design Best Practices

Online magazine design has taken a number of steps forward in recent years, starting with the launch of the first-ever web magazine in 2014 called I Like Crochet. An online magazine, also known as a web magazine, is a premium publication that is read through a magazine subscription website. In our definition, it is not the same as the homepage of a magazine, where content is freely distributed, unless that content is metered by a paywall.

10 Little-Known Subscription Business Model Facts That Can Increase Revenue

These subscription business model facts will help you take a new look at your current approach to subscription marketing.
Most of the subscription business model facts you usually hear likely pertain to percentages and numbers that don’t apply to you and instead reflect someone else’s business. But the ten facts below give you permission to take a step

The 17 Best Email Subject Lines for Increasing Open Rates [+ Video]

Discover the carefully guarded source of the world’s most effective email subject lines that most professional copywriters don’t like to share

What is a Content Management System (CMS) vs CXMS?

As you surely understand, your website is made up a variety of parts. To accomplish the goals of increasing your audience, revenues, and profits, all of those parts need to talk to one another. The nucleus of this system is your CMS, or content management system.

How to Double and Triple Email Revenue in a Few Weeks

Improving email revenue? I certainly didn’t learn that one in school, and you probably didn’t either. In fact, in four years of journalism school, I never even had a single lesson in newspaper economics.

My professors were experienced reporters and editors, but none had ever figured out the business of publishing a newspaper. And none had ever met a payroll.

Digital Publishers Are Working With Their Content Differently

Digital publishers are constantly working to find the best methods and channels for creating and distributing their content. Today we are looking at some of the strategies these publishers are using to get more engagement and bigger audiences.

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Big Strength Behind Email Marketing Continues

A new report on email marketing from ClickZ with Adestra reveals adjustments to email user habits

Email marketing is still a powerful medium, even though some pundits have been talking about its decline for years. A new report from ClickZ with Adestra details the value of email marketing today.

Hiring, Firing & Building a Better Subscription Website

To build a better subscription website, we’ve created a collection of our best resources on everything you need to know when it comes to how to leverage outside partners
Most publishers seeking to improve the performance of their subscription website and online marketing efforts use a patchwork of systems.

Marketing offers and performance for subscriptions, books, webinars,

Magazine Marketing: Using Email to Boost Advertising Sales

“It’s more effective than direct mail and as effective as telephone – and so much less expensive.” That’s a quote from ClickZ’s latest report, Email and the Age of First-Person Marketing. While marketers were saying just three years ago that social would consume email, it’s proven to become even more powerful and celebrated during that time, especially in magazine marketing. A study by the Direct Marketing Association shows that “email campaigns conducted with house lists achieved an ROI of 30% to 32%, compared with 15% to 17% from social media, and 18% to 20% for direct mail using house lists.”

When Existing Direct Marketing Systems for Publishers Aren’t Enough

Improving direct marketing results is a constant source of discussion for publishers. They are always tracking, evaluating, and testing different offers for their products in order to optimize their results, even moreso now that it can be done online through digital direct marketing systems.

How Email Appending Can Make Your List Perform Better

Do you realize that a large percentage of your most loyal customers may only hear from you once a month, when you send them your magazine?

It seems like when you have customers who are paying to hear from you every month, they might be pretty easy to sell to again. If you just had a better way of reaching them … an email address perhaps.

What, you mean you have more than one product to sell?

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Oh that’s right, you’re a publisher.

Editorial Management: The 7 Daily Tasks of An Online Editor

Ernest Hemingway once said, “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

Perfection in editorial management is a fallacy. There will always be deadlines that are broken because a source responded at the last minute, and there will be typos that happen even with three sets of eyes on a document; even if your boss is Anna Wintour.

How to Transform Your Magazine Rate Card into a Multiplatform Rate Card and Grow Your Publishing Revenue

When your magazine rate card focuses on custom content, everyone wins
Print advertising rates have always been robust. After all, magazine ads have always been superior to broadcast ads in several ways: They offer a targeted environment, they offer adjacency, and they’re self-paced, giving readers as much time as they want, not just 15 or 30

8 Elements of a Proper Website Traffic Report

Do you know what to monitor in your website traffic report?
We’re constantly reading and writing about how to drive website traffic, but how often do we discuss the website traffic report that all of us should be pouring over to see whether or not our hard work is going anywhere?

Anyone who has installed monitoring and

Mobile Publishing Trends to Keep Tabs On

Mobile publishing trends come and go, but multiplatform publishers have at least one huge advantage over those who shy away from seizing on the many digital opportunities for building and converting audiences: Your product is future-proofed because you’ve covered your bases and can adapt to anything that comes your way.

Six 2015 Marketing Trends From The Economist

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently released “The Rise of the Marketer: Driving Engagement, Experience and Revenue,” a new report that hones in on 2015 marketing trends for companies hoping to make some changes or adapt to the latest developments.

Online Publishing Job Description: Email Marketing Manager

An Email Marketing Manager is responsible for facilitating accomplishment of a company’s vision and values by maximizing the revenue resulting from opt-in email lists through optimum and sustainable promotion of products.

Email News: Email Marketing Statistics & Lessons from Non-Publishers

Would you like to see an increase of 700% in your monthly email marketing statistics?

Email is an interesting medium that’s used differently by an array of businesses. I’ve worked with email marketing and newsletter creation for publishers and non-publishers, for-profit companies and non-profits. Although there is certain overlap, many companies do it differently and still find success. The key is to focus on your email marketing statistics, listen to your audience, and provide the best email marketing pieces and email newsletters.

30 Go-To Email Copywriting Tips [+ Video]

There are a few places you can make really good, or really bad first and last impressions in your email copywriting. Get these right and you’ll build loyalty from the start and get those subscribers to stay with you longer.

An Email Marketing Service is Small Business’s Best Friend

What should your email marketing service provide?

Email is technology’s gift to marketers. For good or bad, it allows companies to send word of their products and services into the inboxes of millions more people than your average direct mail sent to households at street addresses – 3.3 billion accounts, with more than 90% of Americans using email every day, according to MarketingSherpa’s Benchmark Survey. It’s faster, cheaper, interactive, trackable and more immediate than just about any communication technology we’ve ever had.

That’s why at Mequoda, getting our message into all those inboxes is one of the cornerstones of our method.

5 Tips for Social Email Marketing Campaigns

It’s been stated before that adding social components to email marketing campaigns have led to higher engagement levels. Many publishers are now wondering what exactly constitutes as social email marketing campaigns.

For those wondering, combining social networking with email marketing is about more than including social icons in emails (although that is a good starting point).

7 Steps to Assure Legal Email Marketing Techniques

A look at the CAN-SPAM Act helps publishers stay safe

Have you ever looked at the requirements for businesses sending commercial email? The CAN-SPAM Act was designed to protect consumers from spam overload by focusing on “any electronic mail message the primary focus of which is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial product or service.” This includes emails promoting the content on commercial websites.

If a company is found in violation of CAN-SPAM, the penalty can reach upwards of $16,000. To avoid such a cumbersome penalty, publishers need to be aware of the main legal requirements.

5 Email Marketing Tips for Post-Purchase Messaging

Are you properly communicating with your brand’s most important allies?

Connecting with buyers needs to be your priority.

Sure, building email marketing lists is important too, but for a different reason. List building improves your chances of selling products to more people.

Why Email Click-Through Rates Matter

A look at top articles on email marketing from this summer

How much time do you spend on your email marketing strategy? Do you ever wish to spend less time with email and more time with social media or search engine optimization?

These thoughts have probably developed within your organization before. Social media is extremely popular and that doesn’t seem to be slowing down too much. Search engine optimized content can lead to more website around the clock, too. But the right audience may not always see you. Even though search and social have valuable places online, they don’t quite have the allure of email marketing.

Call Email Subscribers to Action with Video Content

Video content may become a major component in future email marketing campaigns

I recently read an article about video’s place in present and future marketing campaigns. There is no doubt that video has a bright future.

Do You Understand this Billion-Dollar Asset?

The Audience Development Summit 2012 shares the most profitable strategies for developing an online audience

The success of online businesses relies on the billion-dollar asset: online audiences.

Ecommerce and online advertising generates billions of dollars each year through online audiences. Without these audiences there wouldn’t be a need to produce content for multiple platforms, create engaging ads, and open digital storefronts.

Going beyond Email Marketing Best Practices

Email marketing best practices are subject to change

Email marketing can be exceptionally powerful for an organization. However, it can also be very difficult to develop a strategy that works with your audience.

Email marketing is not like all other forms of digital marketing because its success depends on many different factors. Some email marketing best practices that a company has defined internally may only work for their audience or industry. For instance, email marketing best practices that create sales in the B2C world may not work for B2B organizations, and vice versa.

Using Many Platforms for Digital Publishing Success

More is better, but only when it benefits publisher and audience member

Earlier this year, social media integration in email was only used in about a third of small and medium-sized companies, according to GetResponse. Can you imagine that? Two thirds of those businesses were not taking advantage of cross promotion opportunities. Many of these companies had social media presence, but didn’t leverage it through email campaigns.

Top 10 Email Marketing Tips & Advice of 2012

Below is a list of our top email marketing tips and advice from 2012 chosen by how high they rank on Google. The top 10 list is composed of our own tips with some advice from other top bloggers as well. If you’re only going to read one email marketing post all year, this is most definitely the one. Email marketing is a major part of mostly any business, so make sure you take a look to see if any of these articles underneath catch you’re eye.

Take a Look at These Top-Performing Email Newsletters

The email newsletters with the highest open rates and click-through rates have some specific reasons for their success

During the month of June, we sent out 20 daily email newsletters and five Week in Review emails. Additionally, we sent out at least one promotional email each week during the month.

Recently I took a look at the email statistics for that month to determine the top performing email newsletters in terms of open rate and click-through rate. For today’s article, I will discuss the four email articles that received the best results, and the characteristics of them that helped lead to the highest open rates and click-through rates for the month of June.

Audience Development Needs to Focus on Tablets

Audience development is perhaps the most important skill digital publishers need to understand

Publishers are making great strides to get their digital magazine publishing up to par by offering single issues and digital subscriptions. And although this is a positive direction to go in, they may be missing some of the most crucial parts of their digital strategy.

Week in Review: July 16th, 2012 – July 20th, 2012

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

Email Marketing Stats: How Does Your Company Rate?

Email marketing continues to be a valuable resource online and updated statistics helps email marketers prepare accordingly

Every time I come across stats related to email marketing activity, I get excited to share them with the community. Recently I read a benchmark report from Emarsys, which looks at tens of thousands of email campaigns from over 1,000 companies. They’ve been updating this report over the past five years, so there is comparison data included. Take a look at some of the findings below.

Making Waves with Email Marketing

5 ways to pay better attention to email marketing fundamentals

Many look at “making waves” as a bad thing. It’s used to describe the creation of a disturbance or controversy. Today however, the only disturbance we are discussing is the way to make favorable changes to your email marketing program.

Since the majority of email relationships begin at your website, there is a need to not only have your landing pages designed with the intent of converting, it’s also important to have pages designed to facilitate the email relationship.

5 Tips for Being a Good Email Marketer

After your email marketing strategy is in place, there are a few actions that will turn you into a better email marketer

If you are new to email marketing, or have been doing it without receiving the type of results you expect, there are a few ways to become better at optimizing your list and attracting new subscribers.

The tips below share ideas for becoming an all around better email marketer. If you have additional tips, please share them in the comments below.

Content to Share Through Email

Five email content types that benefit receiver and sender

A good email strategy benefits both parties. The email recipient gets informative or entertaining content, and the sender gets the chance to expand their brand through forwarded content and product sales.

What type of content should be a central part of your email campaigns? Let’s take a look at a few types of content, and the reason publishers provide them.

In Email Marketing, Timing is Important

There are days when active decisions lead to favorable results

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I took a trip to northern Vermont. After a long day of hiking the state’s tallest mountain, I experienced the concept of ‘timing is everything’ firsthand.

After the hike, we were seeking refreshments to replenish after the five-hour trek. In true Vermont style, we stopped at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury. We had arrived at 5:58 pm, and just as we entered the line to place our order, the gate was closed. If we had arrived mere seconds later, we wouldn’t have been able to satisfy our craving. On that humid, sunny day, our timing was just right.

A Suggestion on Email Newsletter Best Practices

Relying on social engagement to retain email subscribers

In the days of dial up, I dreamed of a social Internet. I wanted to form relationships with like-minded people – people that didn’t live in the same town, state or country as me.

Now that opportunity exists to some degree. People can virtually meet people who share the same interests, regardless of their geographical locations.

Your Email Marketing Campaigns Are Doomed…

If you aren’t able to catch your audience’s attention

Depending on the sources you believe, people spend between 2.6 and 30 seconds on the email you send them. Hopefully your efforts are able to create more engagement than these reported numbers.

However, a lot of engagement through email isn’t always the case. People receive dozens of email messages each day. Some of these are information-based or deal-based, while others are purely promotional pieces aiming to create a sale.

Week in Review: April 30th, 2012 – May 4th, 2012

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

Become a Better Email Copywriter By Eliciting an Emotional Response

New data suggests which emotions are most important while branding

How exactly are you targeting audience members with email newsletters and promotional email campaigns?

While life on the Internet constantly changes, the manner in which you communicate does not have to, especially if you are using the type of language that gets people to click and take action.

Succeeding with Lifecycle Email Marketing: Segmenting and Engaging

Tips on getting started with lifecycle email campaign execution

Lifecycle email marketing has created a buzz with many businesses looking to provide a better email experience to customers.

We first talked about lifecycle email marketing at the end of 2011. In that article, I wrote about seven times when an email could be useful during a lifecycle email campaign. Today, I want to discuss more in-depth plans for executing a lifecycle email strategy.