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30 Great Sources for Magazine Trends

We aim to be one of the best sources for magazine trends online, but we do it with a whole lot of help from our brothers and sisters in the industry.

Below we’ve compiled a list of the best portals, the best influencers, and the best reports on magazine trends available online. If you have more to add, please share your favorites with us in the comments.

15 Reports About Digital Magazine Publishing You Should Bookmark

We often hear about predictions for digital magazines; how they will grow, the revenue generation expected throughout the industry and the time frames associated with these numbers.

These predictions are important, as they help publishers better prepare for the future. What’s more interesting, however, is discovering how people who are already consuming digital magazines are enjoying their experiences.

Website Updates to Meet Audience, Technology Needs for Publishers

Website updates tend to be commonplace in the rapidly-changing digital landscape. Today we’re looking at three websites making changes for a variety of reasons.

Our first story involves Meredith Corp.’s Parents magazine and the redesign taking place. MediaPost reports, “The Meredith Corp. magazine’s new design includes a modern logo with a new typeface, the “Parents Stencil.” There are also new layouts, photography and additional coverage.”

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

Are Digital Advertisements Becoming More Popular for Audience Development?

Today we’re seeing increases in a variety of digital advertisements that some publishers have been using as part of their audience development strategy.

We begin at Media Post, which is reporting on native ad data from AdsNative. “More than half of publishers don’t believe that Google and Facebook “own” the digital advertising market. That’s one of the findings of a recent survey conducted by AdsNative, which polled its customer base of 7,500 Web and mobile publishers on the state of native advertising in Q1. The survey found that 53.9% of publishers don’t believe ad budgets are going to just a handful of players.”

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

Magazine Challenges – and Chances to Shine: Social, Ad Blocking, Apps

It would take a much longer post to outline all of the magazine challenges facing online publishers, but a few of the big ones these days include whether to go all in with social media like Facebook Instant Articles (and how to survive if you don’t, when it feels like everyone else is taking the bait); what do about ad blocking; and why to continue investing resources in apps.

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-Only Magazines: News on Audience Development, Mobile, and More

Monitoring the latest media trends for online-only magazines and other publishers
These are interesting times for online-only magazines: The industry, like a growing child, is changing every day, and just chasing it around can be exhausting.

Ad tech, mobile monetization, audience development, ad blocking and viewability, data and analytics, and other considerations – and, some would say,

Online Advertising Trends: Ad Blocking Dominating Discussion

Ars Technica, Wall Street Journal, and others making headlines among online advertising trends – and one topic trumps them all
Online advertising trends – or should we say “trend” – are understandably at the forefront of publishing executives’ minds.

Ad blocking is cutting into digital advertising revenue, and with deployment rising among millennial media, it might be

Programmatic Native Push From Hearst Heralds New Age of Advertising

Lots of news on the ad tech side of the industry, which really shouldn’t come as news, given all of the advancements happening on what seems like a weekly basis from publishers, vendors, and search & social giants. For instance, if you thought marketers and publishers would leave programmatic and native ads in their separate camps and call it a day, you were mistaken. Meet the programmatic native model, currently being showcased by Hearst!

Also in the works: Ad blocking solutions, including a summit from the IAB and more from Google in the effort to solidify their hold on digital advertising. MediaPost has it all handled to start the week. Let’s get to it!

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

Pay-Per-Article Push Is Making Its Big Move

Blendle, pay per article service, launched in beta recently, with top digital publishers onboard in a bid to battle ad blocking programs
Will readers pay per article to access quality content? Many media companies are hoping so, and the movement might be having its moment.

Of course, like any other tactic, pay per article will not single-handedly

Digital Publishing Tools: Data, Video, Social, Subscriptions

Recent news from the Guardian, Economist, and DMS 2016 show the evolution of important digital publishing tools
Developing digital publishing tools and assembling a formidable tool box that can handle “everyday tasks” like producing multiplatform content as well as a rapidly changing business is the major challenge facing magazines today. It can’t be accomplished with just

Online Magazine Ads: News From Google, Apple, Trinity Mirror, and More

Most publishers – at least most niche and regional publishers – cannot live on online magazine ads alone, but of course they’re still a key component of any media operation.

The caveat? Generating enough revenue and keeping enough digital advertisers happy has gotten harder and harder as the media landscape has become more fractured and viewability has become more elusive. Or perhaps demands for better measurement have intensified.

Multiplatform advertising is doable, and it’s something Mequoda Members do well. And while we all deal with issues – whether it be struggling to decide on Facebook Instant Articles viability or the fear of getting swallowed up by Google; how to handle native well and how to battle ad blocking – the future is bright when it comes to online magazine ads.

Magazine Publishing Online: Ad Block Solutions, Snapchat, Interviews

The latest news on magazine publishing online from Hearst, News Republic, and more
We read trade sites about magazine publishing online for fun. We also read them to stay sharp. And to share what we find out with you.

When it comes to Digital Content Next, formerly known as the Online Publishers Association, that’s quite a lot

Disable Ad Block Software? Publishers Ask Readers for Compromise

Publishers have had it up to here with major sources of their revenue being cut off, and are confronting readers with requests to disable ad block apps or risk losing significant access.

But what’s the best way to block ad blockers? That’s the burning question for digital magazines, and strategy is evolving.

Digiday has done some great reporting on that evolution, with several recent articles on the subject. Let’s see what they’ve discovered!

News From B2B Publishing Companies: SourceMedia, Dolan, and More

We count many B2B publishing companies as Mequoda Members, in large part because you’re hardwired for a multiplatform strategy. You often have built-in niche audiences; you can facilitate events and conferences; and you have tons of material to draw from for content like articles, white papers, instructional videos, podcasts, and more.

Still, you come to us for a reason – you haven’t quite put it all together yet, because the industry is always evolving, and demands for products, platforms, and personnel are changing.

MediaPost has recent stories on these topics and more. Let’s take a look!

FTC Guidance on Native Advertising Provides Clear Boundaries for Publishers

FTC provides sponsored content labeling guidelines in ‘Native Advertising: A Guide for Business’
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidance on native advertising for publishers, released late last year, greatly helps publishers by defining the boundaries of what is acceptable in their eyes.

Why is the FTC involved? In general, under the FTC Act, an act or practice

Print to Web Success: Stories From the Digital Publishing Industry

Going from print to web is no longer the terrifying proposition for entrenched traditional publishers it was 10 years ago, but it’s still an intricate migration that requires you getting all of your ducks in a row (see what we did there?).

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.

Online Ad Revenue Experiences Unprecedented Growth

For some digital magazines, the effort to generate online ad revenue can evoke a verse from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink.”

Here’s the thing: The money is there to be had. Marketers are ready to spend — are spending as we speak — across desktop and mobile. On sites, apps, and social media channels.

But if you don’t have the right infrastructure, content distribution strategy, audience development, and magazine business model in place, it’s like stepping inside one of those old game-show cash chambers with your hands tied behind your back.

What is Sponsored Content?

These six publishers are nailing sponsored content, but all in very different ways
Last week we talked about the guidelines for writing native content advertising, also known as sponsored content. Now let’s take a look at some great examples of publishers who create this sponsored content for their advertising clients.

These particular examples of sponsored content were

Three Ways to Block Ad Blockers

Hide in plain sight and make your advertising messaging look like regular content to block ad blockers
Ad-blocking software has been around almost as long as people have had personal computers in their homes, so they’ve always existed at the same time that you’ve been depending on ad sales. But only last month did publishers begin

Digital Content Monetization Discussed at UK Conference

Just think if you could take a master class on digital content monetization with executives from the likes of The Economist, Hearst, Salesforce, and The Guardian.

Well, if you were in London last week, you could have, by attending the Monetising Media conference event, which, like our Mequoda Intensives and Summits, brings together publishing professionals to take stock of the industry and give shape to its future with presentations, best practices, workshops, and more.

If, like us, you weren’t able to make it last week, luckily, The Media Briefing has it covered. Let’s take a look at what they learned, so that we can learn from it!

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!

Mobile Publisher Outlook on Ad Blocking

If you’re a mobile publisher trying to monetize an already challenging platform for digital magazines, no two words strike more fear into your heart than “ad blocking.”

Ad blocking programs are not some flash in the pan gimmick that’s fading with time; they’re proliferating, and gaining in popularity with key demographics for audience development (ie, Millennials and other young consumers). How damaging a potential pitfall they are when it comes to digital ad revenue remains to be seen, but some in the mobile publisher market are bracing for a big hit. Others are biding their time, while still others are planning some blocking of their own, in the form of possible litigation.

But is it all a case of much “ad”-o about nothing?

The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today blog recently checked in with media companies about the wrath of ad blocking, and they also interviewed the head of the Interactive Advertising Bureau to find out his thoughts. Let’s see what they had to say.

Social Media Standards Released by MRC

With so many digital magazines and brands deploying multiplatform content on the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, devising social media standards for measuring data for advertising purposes was only a matter of time. Now, the Media Rating Council has done just that. Keep in mind, of course, that no matter how these guidelines shake out, you must maintain a regimen of your own when it comes maximizing the potential of social platforms. Minding your own store with best practices on social media will make it a lot easier to generate digital ad revenue down the line.

MediaPost reports on this development and several other interesting ones in recent articles.

Ad Blocking Programs Continue to Vex Marketers, Publishers

How are entities like Vox Media, Quartz, the IAB, and the ANA combating ad blocking programs?
As ad blocking programs proliferate and become more popular with consumers – especially younger consumers like Millennials – marketers and publishers are feeling the heat in trying to confront what they consider a common enemy.

Recent news about Google’s efforts to

Is Digital Advertising a Bust? 6 Ways to Fight Conventional Wisdom

Over the past few years, publishers have been wringing their hands over the failure of digital advertising to come to their rescue as print advertising revenues continued to evaporate. You had to look hard to find the occasional glimmer of hope.

Metered Content: Another Digital Magazine Goes for It

More and more, metered content is becoming de rigueur for digital magazines looking to generate higher revenues with higher quality product. As big believers in smart subscription strategies, we love to see this shift. From The New Yorker to Pando to Time Inc. digital, publishers are molding their content around monetization with experimental tactics and finding results. This isn’t just a smart bet; it’s smart strategy: As our 2015 Digital Magazine Market Study shows, consumers are willing to spend on metered content done right. MinOnline is on top of this industry trend, as always. Let’s take a look at their coverage of the latest metered content adoption, plus other recent posts.

Digital Advertising Trends: Data, B2B, and the Two-Horse Race

Knowing the latest digital advertising trends can translate into dollar signs for publishers. In this roundup, drawing on a handful of articles from MediaPost’s Media Daily News, make note of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s new data initiative, as well as the indicators present in the recent B2b ad revenue jump.

Bryan Welch, Mequoda Master, Resigns from Ogden to Head Up B the Change Media

Let’s start the week with personnel moves both major and minor, per Folio:, plus a look at how digital ad revenue did in 2014 according to the IAB.

Statistics on Mobile App Users That’ll Steer Your Team Ahead

What’s up with mobile apps and the people who use them? Anyone publishing a digital magazine, or planning to publish one, must keep up with app user statistics. Recent mobile app user statistics bear out earlier predictions: We living in a mobile, mobile world.

Because we constantly survey the app field to keep our clients well-informed, we’d like to share some of the app user statistics of most interest to publishers.

Native Advertising Rules and Regulations the FTC Wants You To Know

Native ads have been around for a while, although they have gone by many other names in the history of media over the centuries. The legal concerns that come with them have been around just as long, too.

During the Federal Trade Commission’s workshop “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content?,” attorney Lesley Fair stepped to the podium and announced “an FTC law enforcement action … a settlement in the area of native advertising,” as she called it, to a crowd of representatives from the largest publishers and agencies in the country.

The Best Digital Ad Display Sizes

It’s important to know how display ads perform if you develop them for your digital marketing presence. Which size is the best for desktop users, and which is the best for mobile users? A new article from eMarketer touches on this topic.

Digital Ad Revenues Higher Than Ever

There’s a major surge in digital advertising. Mobile digital advertising has grown significantly and the digital revenue being generated is higher than ever before. Talking New Media reports on new data from IAB.

Web Ad Revenue Outpaces Broadcast

Digital advertising revenue in 2013 was higher than broadcasting’s for the first time, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Rising Stars Ads Get Sky-High Ratings

The Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Rising Stars ads – which use rich media, video, and other breaking technology in brand-friendly units on both desktop and mobile – are seeing 70% more click-throughs than standard placements are, according to recently released data from PointRoll. And while their interaction rates lag slightly behind those of banners, eMarketer reports, the actual time spent by consumers with them is 36% higher.

First Look Media Has a Unique Digital Publishing Strategy

First Look Media has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Partly because the media company is backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and its star reporter Glen Greenwald.

Nielsen and IAB Addressing Mobile Audience Development

A recent partnership between Nielsen and IAB is designed to provide better mobile audience metrics to publishers and marketers.

Nadia Cameron writes, “The program is being jointly funded and delivered by Nielsen and is supported by seven key publishers. The first top-line market data is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2014. According to the bureau, the pilot will deliver both site and application mobile usage data at a brand level to advertisers, as well as samples from Android and iOS smartphones and tablets using an electronic mobile meter.”

Hearst Reactivates Past Subscribers With Email Insights

Direct Marketing News is reporting on how Hearst is using email insights to boost their subscriber base in both the print and digital worlds. Hearst has been using a massive subscriber database for years, but once the tablet showed up they realized they would have to market to those users differently. Elyse Dupré writes, “Converting print readers to tablet readers also helps Hearst cut direct mailing costs. So, Hearst decided to up its email marketing game and go from using email to drive engagement to using email to drive commerce and subscriptions.”

PopSci Axes Comments

Popular Science took the necessary steps to clean up their online community. They’ve permanently disabled comments, all in the name of science. Suzanne LaBarre, online content director for Popular Science writes

Big Predictions for Digital Advertisers

If digital advertising goes along with your digital magazine publishing activities, you may want to consider these predictions

With all the technology available within the marketplace, it’s easy to wonder which advertising formats will garner the most attention in years to come. Advertisers and publishers alike want to pay attention to the ad formats that are most desirable, to create engage and generate revenue.

Membership Website Mistake #5: Charging Too Little

People often overestimate their market. They do this by looking at the number of nuclear engines, bakers or weekend woodworkers and assume they can get a higher penetration than they’ve seen.

Look at the market, profession or hobby and pay close attention to the penetration levels of mature products in the two-five year range.

How to Get Your Video Content Viewed to Completion

New study sheds light on video viewing habits

Video is a medium some publishers and content marketers have opted to explore, especially since its popularity has grown online.

For producers going this route, how can they make video content that people will enjoy and fully watch?

The #1 Reason Why Local Newspapers Should Reconsider a Paywall

The future of web advertising for newspaper publishers depends on getting more traffic

Now I’m not here to say whether or not a giant publisher like The New York Times should have a paywall or not. If they end up losing revenue, they’ll take it down. If they make more money than before, they’ll keep it up. According to a prediction in one of my previous posts, they’re likely to make upwards of about 60 million dollars with their new structure.

No, this warning is for the little guys. The little local newspapers who don’t have the budget to build a million dollar paywall around their content.

Writing Killer Text Ads

Order this new, 90-minute webinar, co-sponsored by Mequoda and SIPA, and discover how to write text ads that can generate millions in revenue.

Online Advertising: Two Keys to Success

Online advertising revenue is going up and these two tips will help your online advertising strategy

With advertising sales dropping in the world of traditional print, publishers have turned to the Internet to regain the revenue from online advertising.

This of course is a smart strategy since online advertising revenues have been going up, according to The Wall Street Journal that has sited data from IAB. A recent article from the journal stated, “U.S. Internet advertising revenue increased 14% in the second quarter to hit a record $6.2 billion”.

Twitter’s New Ad Format

Coming “very shortly” to a social media strategy near you…

A new advertising product known as Promoted Accounts will be released for Twitter “very shortly” said Twitter COO Dick Costolo today at the IAB Mixx Conference in Manhattan. This information was released by Mashable in a recent article.

Promoted Accounts will allow companies to be prominently featured through Twitter’s recently launched “Who to Follow” feature. The brands participating in this advertising format will be clearly designed as Twitter advertisers.

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