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Tag: marie claire

Multiplatform Publishers Hire Marketing and Content Positions

The multiplatform publishers at Meredith and Condé Nast continue to make changes to their teams for maximum potency in the digital age.

We begin today with Condé Nast and the hiring for a major marketing position. MediaPost reports, “Jim Norton, Condé Nast president of revenue and Chief Business Officer, is leaving the company to make way for Pamela Drucker Mann, who has been promoted from CMO to Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer of the publisher.”

Multiplatform Publishing Industry Changes Through Acquisitions, Personnel

Multiplatform publishing companies Billboard and Time Inc. make personnel changes; Corporate Board Member Magazine acquired by Chief Executive Group

A morphing environment for some multiplatform publishing companies involves new talent in key positions, as well as assets from other acquisitions. Today we look at both personnel and asset acquisitions from some major publishers.

New Hires for Publishers with a Focus on Digital Initiatives

Digital publishers Hearst and Condé Nast add important pieces

We’re seeing some digital-focused personnel changes from major digital publishers.

We begin today with a story on Hearst’s new VP/Global Chief licensing director. Deadline reports, “Steve Ross, a top licensing exec who held positions at Fox Networks Group, News Corp, 20th Century Fox Film Corp and Mattel, has just been hired at Hearst Magazines as VP/Global Chief licensing director. He starts immediately and is responsible for the licensing of new consumer products initiatives, retail merchandising and e-commerce; brand migration including location-based and live events; and franchise development for Hearst’s portfolio.”

Multiplatform Publisher Changes: Adding, Departing, and Returning in the Digital Age

While the biggest news of the last week might be Ryan Seacrest joining Kelly Ripa on the new Kelly & Ryan morning talk show, there have been many adjustments in the publishing world as well worth talking about!

Multiplatform Publishing Organizations: People on the Move

Time Inc. C-suite executives out; Bloomberg and the Weekly Standard make changes
We see lots of changes take place at multiplatform publishing organizations over the years. This often is the case as proven talent is picked up by competitors, or new talent is brought in to help with the transition between print and digital.

Today we have

Reaching Digital Magazine Readers: Facebook, Mobile, Ad Blocking

ACEM, a foundational part of the Mequoda Method, stands for “Attracting, Capturing, Engaging, and Monetizing” digital magazine readers. Of course, the key to doing those last three is retaining audience who check out your multiplatform content and products.

As you well know, there are currently some obstacles to making that happen. Certain media companies who insist they’re not media companies (cough-Facebook-cough) are gobbling up consumers, while mobile tech issues and the deleterious effects of ad blocking are not exactly helping.

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.

Digital Magazine Publishers Making Moves, News

Once or twice a month we like to check in on digital magazine publishers making some noise with promotions, mergers, new business models, or major changes in course. We do this so that digital magazine publishers like you can get a sense of the industry landscape – and respond, adapt, or adjust if need be.

Early 2015 Brings Staff Changes at Top Publishing Companies

The early days of 2015 have seen a streak of staff changes at top publishing companies, from big-time executive positions to digital and event slots getting filled almost daily.

Hearst Video Series Result of Revlon Deal

Hearst and Revlon will co-produce a 10-episode video series after striking a deal worth a “healthy seven figures,” Ad Age reports. The partnership will also include print ads, digital displays, and social media placement.

Strategy of Hearst Magazines on Facebook

“Facebook is now Hearst’s No. 1 referral source, driving 25 percent of traffic, up from 4 percent a year ago, beating out even Google. For Cosmopolitan alone, it’s 44 percent, and for Harper’s Bazaar, it’s 59 percent,” Lucia Moses writes.

Interactive & Native: Hearst’s Digital Publishing Strategy

Hearst Publication Marie Claire launched a new ad campaign for Lancome that combines native and interactive ad units.

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.”

Who’s Winning the Subscription Website Publishing Wars?

Subscription website publishing: It’s the core of every publishing business today. The website is where you drive traffic, post content to enthrall your audience and sell lots of products, including digital and print subscriptions.

The health of your subscription website publishing endeavors dictates everything else you do.

NFL Finds New Audience in Marie Claire Readers

The NFL has a creative ad campaign in store for female magazine readers. AdAge reports that the NFL will be running a 16-page insert called “The Savvy Girl’s Guide to Football” in Marie Claire’s September issue. Michael Sebastian reporting for AdAge says, “The NFL is working with seven other women’s magazines, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Us Weekly. But the Marie Claire effort is the centerpiece of the NFL’s print campaign this year … they declined to disclose the spending involved.”

Bezos Signals the Changing of the Guard?

The Washington Post Company has agreed to sell its namesake newspaper and affiliated publications to Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com for 250 million in cash. Bezos will be the sole owner of The Washington Post and it will go back to being a privately held company once the deal goes through.

Nook Puts B&N in a Tight Spot + Harper’s Goes Digital

Barnes & Noble is in a tight spot with their Nook Book reader. Motley Fool dissects their latest quarterly results, saying “in the company’s most recent results, sales from Barnes & Noble’s Nook business plunged 34% year-over-year, while revenue from Barnes & Noble Retail, including BN.Com, declined 10% from the same period a year ago. The 34% decline in Nook sales follows the 26% fall reported in the company’s FQ3, ended January 31.”

National Geographic Merges Print and Digital Content

National Geographic has merged all their content in a attempt to “increase publication frequency.” The move was sparked by the fact that Nat Geo has created stories across all platforms (print, digital, video) that it became quintessential to have everything under the same leadership.

Chris Johns has been named Executive Vice President and Editorial Group Director, while still remaining Editor in Chief – a role he’s had since 2005. In addition, Matt Mansfield will take over as the Executive Editor of Digital Content, Keith Jenkins as the Director of Photography and Mike Schmidt as the Multimedia Director.

Mobile Publishing Superstars

The web is quickly becoming an on-demand source at the fingertips of all of our users. While users without SmartPhones or PDAs might rarely see the benefit in surfing the web within an un-optimized environment, it’s plainly obvious to see that technology is escalating to this new on-demand standard, and we should be distributing optimized content on this platform. People want information, and they want it now.

The Future of Digital Magazines

Digital editions are quickly creeping up on the magazine industry. If you are a magazine publisher and haven’t looked down this avenue, you might have another thing coming. You might think that users prefer paper, but you’d be surprised to know that users now prefer to have both, and you don’t really have a choice unless you’re prepared to be the underdog.

RocketFrench.com Landing Page Review

The biggest flaws are the lack of a unique selling proposition in the headline and lead and failure to establish the qualifications and credentials of the course creator or publisher.

My advice to the Rocket French company… I also think there might be a missed opportunity in not starting with where the reader already might be in her search for French mastery: frustrated by failure in high school, college, and other programs.