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Publishing Business News: Major Reorganizations for Major Players

The media companies making the latest publishing business news include Conde Nast, Time Inc., and IAB
The watch word in recent weeks has been “reorg” when it comes to the publishing business news we’re following. Top-tier personnel changes, the elimination of the staff title “publisher,” and big waves being made in the advertising world are signalling

Digital Magazine Website News: Adblock Plus, Hearst, and More

Your digital magazine website is like a basketball team, always on defense and offense simultaneously.

For a basketball team, protecting the goal keys the transition to scoring success. A rebound, a steal, a turnover … each can lead to a slam dunk on the other end.

I deploy this analogy because times can be tough lately for digital magazines; ad blocking, publishing on social media, and staff challenges are coming together to compound preexisting conditions facing the industry.

Digital Ads Do Better With Premium Publisher’s Content

Premium publishers in the news: Bloomberg, Hearst, and more; plus, native ads not a cure-all
There are are premium publishers, and then there is premium publisher’s content, and you don’t have to be the former to have the latter.

This is important to understand, particularly if you’re ad-driven. Why? Because premium content can make you more revenue.

Magazine Revenue: The Latest Trends and Headlines

The publishers making magazine revenue news include Gannett; plus, digital advertising, print circulation, and more
If generating magazine revenue were easy, we wouldn’t exist. It’s our mission to make it easier for digital publishers and print magazines alike, and one way we accomplish that is by meticulously tracking industry trends to inform our approach and practices.

Having

Multimedia Publishing: New Ebony Ownership Goes in Different Direction(s)

Multimedia publishing demands multiplatform strategy, and Ebony is embracing it; plus, NYT latest to consider ad-free model
Multimedia publishing is remaking the industry, fueled by multiplatform strategy, content like video and podcasts, and an openness to experiment with events, ecommerce, and other components.

While one major brand is pursuing that course in being reborn, another all-time title

Online Magazine Business News: Video, Social, Mergers & Acquisitions

Despite all of the ups and downs of digital publishing, the online magazine business keeps on cranking along, and companies like Time Inc. continue to set the pace with strategic partnerships. In addition, social media strategy gets a bit of news, and we relay word of more mergers & acquisitions.

Ad Blocking Impact Will Reach Unprecedented Levels in Coming Years

What we know: Ad blocking is on the rise. What we don’t know: whether the effort to block ad blockers will prove effective. What’s starting to become apparent: The ad blocking impact will be significant.

For online publishers who don’t rely solely on digital advertising for revenue, this is not crushing news. Hopefully, you’re one of them, because you have a multiplatform strategy in place. For online publishers who do, rely solely on digital advertising, read on for MediaPost’s coverage. And don’t panic!

Online Video Publishing: Pluses and Minuses for Digital Magazines

Online video publishing, especially when taken in tandem with mobile advertising, is arguably the most alluring revenue opportunity to come along for digital magazines in a long time.

But, like any other opportunity, it must be seized and maximized, not squandered with poor practices and a lack of strategy. Coincidentally, establishing best practices and tactical standards is exactly the sort of thing we do here at Mequoda, so if you have any questions about implementing a system and creating robust but flexible content, give us a call.

But in the meantime, check out MediaPost’s coverage of online video publishing and more. We’ll start there on this Monday!

With Ad Blocking, Publishers Divided on Response

Ad blocking. Digital publishers are doing their best to combat it – you might be one of them – but they’re not necessarily in accordance with what the solution is. Good cop, bad cop? Hard ask, soft ask? How to block ad blockers?

MediaPost.com reports on this, as well as other industry trends recently. Let’s start the week with 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

Publisher Analytics: Google, Ad Viewability, User Data

In recent news from the world of publisher analytics, we see Google share the top factors for search, the IAB’s latest pronouncement on ad viewability, the efficacy of data monetization, and more

Magazine Strategy: Email, Marketing, Metrics, Monetization

Checking in on the magazine strategy fueling digital publishers’ latest efforts
There are core tenets to magazine strategy, but it’s also mutable, malleable, and always evolving. We make it our business to not only develop our own best practices, but also to monitor the trends taking shape in the digital publishing business and pass them on

Publishers’ International Expansion: Good News and Bad News

Among all of the challenges facing digital publishers, international expansion is understandably on the back burner, but don’t sleep on the possible new revenue stream. Social media has shown that world markets can shrink and become more manageable, while audience development and engagement aren’t limited by boundaries.

MediaPost’s Publishers Daily touches on this trend in recent articles, both the positive signs for growth as well as some of the drawbacks.

Digital Magazine Market News: Website Traffic Statistics, Bauer Xcel, Conde

Bullish 5-year study on digital magazine market shows record growth; plus, Forbes’ focus on events
Monitoring the digital magazine market is a necessity for us to successfully help online publishers establish strong online presences.

But we’re in the trenches, working shoulder to shoulder with publishing executives: Many trends we can anticipate; others we experience in real time.

Big Names Join Forces for New Online Ad Network

Is an online ad network the answer to publishers’ prayers when it comes to digital advertising revenue? We’re seeing it with programmatic partnerships and other arrangements, and why not? Brands have a lot of power in the current climate, but digital magazines can muster some mojo, as well, by uniting to provide advertisers the best possible placement and viewability.

Then again, we don’t fault any publisher for going it alone, as many do via social media and services like Magzter. After all, monetization is in the eye of the beholder. But Mequoda Members know that the more platforms, the merrier.

Social Media for Magazines: Audiences Up in 2015

If you want to drive traffic – and revenue – as a digital publisher, social media for magazines is no longer a religious discussion. It’s a must-have component of your multiplatform strategy.

For those holdouts who consider social media strategy a luxury, frivolity, or optional tactic, we do understand your reservations, to an extent: After all, there’s frankly a lot of junk out there … in the form of clickbait, shady referral traffic, and other drags.

But the upside is undeniable, with side-door traffic via mobile devices surging past traditional desktop homepage visits. With the likes of Facebook Instant Articles, Twitter marketing, and Snapchat promising publishers boosts in readership and sharing. And with plenty of opportunities to offer fans freemiums, subscription plans, and multimedia.

Top Magazine Publishers Busy in First Month of 2016

While most of us are still ramping up, the early days of 2016 haven’t seen much of a break in the action when it comes to the top magazine publishers’ business moves.

Digital Consumption, Particularly Mobile, Drives Magazine Growth

Since its inception in late 2014, we’ve been paying close attention to the Association of Magazine Media’s 360° Brand Audience Report, an innovative data study of digital consumption, as well as print readership, of magazines.

And we’re definitely not the only ones: With these monthly — or, in this case, yearly — reports, the MPA is providing context and parameters for publishers across the industry, not to mention encouragement in the form of consistently good news (on the web side of things, at least). While that good news seemed too good to be true initially, it’s standing the test of time, due largely to the thoroughness with which the organization conducts its research.

Digital Profits Account for One-Third of a Dominant Publisher’s Total

Digital profits are what it’s all about, right? This business is about results, not process, and with a business operating with a small margin of error, the more inroads publishers can make with digital, the better chance they have of staying competitive and rising to the top of a crowded field.

For us, digital ultimately comprises 90% of a successful publishing enterprise — from apps to online magazines to white papers to subscriptions and much more — and our mission revolves around helping magazines transition to a successful digital existence. Many Mequoda Members, though, are niche and regional magazines, with a few majors and general-interests thrown in.

So, in other words, when we hear that digital profits are driving one-third of a publisher’s success, we’re not surprised. But when we hear that digital profits are driving one-third of a legacy publisher like Hearst’s success, we are surprised.

MediaPost has that scoop, plus some more news on native ads.

Examining the MMA’s Mobile Native Ads Guidance Report

We’re not even through the first week of 2016, and this is already our second digital publishing trends post on native advertising. That should tell all of us in the industry something about the direction digital advertising revenue is moving in! Today, it’s mobile native ads, specifically.

After Monday’s post on the Federal Trade Commission’s new native policies, today we’re taking a look at the Mobile Marketing Association’s guidance report on mobile native ads, via MediaPost, which also has articles on the NYT’s and WaPo’s branded content adventures and more.

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.

IAC Joins Ranks of Publisher Networks With New Venture

For some companies with multiple properties, publisher networks just make sense as a way to centralize operations and standardize content across all platforms for the purposes of more attractive options for digital advertisers.

Now, of course, we realize that not all digital magazines are in this position, but publisher networks are an industry-wide phenomenon that bears watching in the context of potential mergers & acquisitions, niche strategy, the future of web advertising, and the direction of multiplatform strategy.

Regional Magazines Make for a Model That Works for Digital Publishers

Regional magazines can cover several states or be hyperlocal, but regardless of their geographical reach, they operate with a hardwired niche strategy no matter what the topic, based purely on the readers who live in the area.

We like this model. We have many Mequoda Members who are very successful with it. And we love when the model layers in another niche on top of it, which is the case with Crain’s, with its business focus, and Modern Luxury, with its high-end lifestyle appeal. Both are doing well; both are branching out to other cities.

Internet Advertising Revenue Drives Local Ad Boom

Internet advertising revenue isn’t all the way there quite yet as the sole source of profit for the majority of publishers, but it continues to grow at a rate that makes it more and more attractive to digital magazines, on both the local and national level. As publishers get closer to cracking the code on mobile advertising trends and perfect the art of sponsored content – not to mention they’re able to fully realize the benefits of online advertising as part of a multiplatform strategy.

MediaPost covers the growth of Internet advertising revenue from all angles – let’s take a look at what they have for us this week.

Online Ad Revenue Up, but Bots Are Stealing Some of It

Have you noticed an uptick in your online ad revenue?

If so, take pride in keeping pace with the rest of the industry. 2015 has seen a jump, from several sources.

If not, don’t despair: 2015 has also seen a jump in the spread of bot activity, leeching online ad revenue from publishers and other brands.

MediaPost has articles on those digital publishing trends and more. Let’s see what they have for us to start the week!

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,

Media and Publishing Updates: Branded Content, Facebook, and Big Moves

There aren’t many industries as exciting these days as media and publishing, which rivals even the tech sector for growth opportunity.

Each week brings with it a new advancement, revenue stream, and shakeup. For every failure, there are that many more successes – or at least startups. The revolving door has never swung around faster or more frequently. As brands strive to become publishers and social media platforms strive to become everything to everyone, content is not only king, it’s ascending to emperor of the galaxy. The industry news can be hard to keep up with!

Luckily, we have sites like MediaPost to make sense of it all. Let’s take a look at some of their recent coverage on hiring trends, Facebook’s appeal for at least one legacy publisher, and the latest mergers & acquisitions.

Magazine Readership Grows Online, Again, Says Latest MPA Report

Digital magazine readership – or audience, for our purposes – keeps climbing. Even as publishers grapple with ad viewability, mobile content strategy, and other challenges, they can take comfort in the fact that consumers are demanding their product more and more, judging from the exhaustive studies of the Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report.

MediaPost covers the Association of Magazine Media’s latest release, as well as a new effort to build publishers’ archives and another big move from Time Inc. digital.

New Magazine Launches Up in 2014

MediaPost reports that the first half of 2014 found 93 new magazine launches, with just 30 closures.

Condé Nast Video Will Partner With Fox

Condé Nast continues to up its video production and strengthen its broadcast presence, most recently through a “first-look” deal with Fox, MediaPost reports.

New York Times Paywall Reaches Massive Success

Publishers were initially skeptical about The New York Times charging for online content. We now see that the paywall has worked beautifully. In the last three months, 28,000 new subscribers are paying for The New York Times’ online content. This brings the total to 727,000 subscribers.

Google Cuts Off Keyword Data

That day we thought would never come is here. Search Engine Watch is reporting that Google has encrypted all search queries thus cutting off all keyword data. Thom Craver writes, “Encrypted Google searches don’t pass the keyword data through to websites, thereby eliminating the ability to track users by their keyword searches. The biggest impact for many site owners has been not being able to segment users by keywords within their web analytics software.”

FTC Eyes Native Advertising Practices

It looks like “native advertising” has caught the eye of the Federal Trade Commission, again. Paid Content reports,”On Monday, the FTC announced that it will hold a workshop on December 4 about native advertising and the “blurring of digital ads with digital content.