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Tag: media strategy

Treat Your Content MVPs like Gold

Most of our clients have a list of 100 or more articles that drive the majority of their website traffic, although some larger sites have 300. These posts, which we call blockbusters, aren’t just popular, they’re your front line. Some of our clients see more than 75% of new visitors enter through their blockbuster posts.

The 14 Most Clickable Social Media Headlines

Turn basic headlines into social media gold by experimenting with these proven copywriting formulas for clickable social media headlines
Everything I’ve read as an observer of the social media and publishing communities tells me that most marketers don’t get a click rate on a Tweet of more than one percent, and in fact most marketers get

Are Linkless Mentions Important for Publishers?

Should you be trying to acquire linkless mentions?
You may have heard the phrase “linkless mentions” rolling around in social media and your email inbox over the last year or so. The concept is explained exactly as it sounds: a linkless mention, also called linkless attribution or an implied link, is the mention of your brand

How to Write Better SEO Meta Descriptions in 2018

It was a very informative 2017 for all of us search-optimized publishers. Google has recently given us some insights into how they use seo meta descriptions within search results. Thanks to their monthly Google Webmaster Hangout Videos, Google has been pulling back the curtain and letting us know how and why they use meta descriptions. They’ve even given us some tips on how to write better meta descriptions. You may even be surprised to learn how meta descriptions are used as a ranking factor for search.

10 Most-Read Audience Development Posts of 2017

Our top-read audience development posts of 2017 give valuable insight into email and copywriting best practice methods.
We’ve put together our most-read audience development posts from 2017 on the Mequoda Daily. These posts included advice on how to design and send better email newsletters and how to improve your social media optimization skills for better audience

10 Ways to Improve Magazine Content Marketing

You probably remember the good old days when there was this thing called “article marketing.” It involved marketing your articles, most often by re-publishing them as guest posts on external sites in an effort to get inbound links, and also sharing them with other bloggers in the hope they might share or comment on the posts. At that time, the goal was to get the article shared, and to get the word out about your publication because those were still the early days of SEO.
Today it’s evolved into what we refer to as content marketing, and our focus has changed a little in that we want people to come to our site, not to other people’s sites. Sure, we might republish articles in repositories like Medium and LinkedIn, but it’s done deliberately and with SEO in mind, not just for the sake of republishing.

The Best Social Media Management System for Publishers

What to look for in a social media management system from Haven Nexus, to Hootsuite, SproutSocial and TweetDeck
As a publisher, you’re publishing multiple pieces of content every day. Most Mequoda publishers are publishing at least three per day. When it comes to managing the social that goes along with each post, we find that most

How to Promote Content on Unlikely Social Platforms

How to promote content on three tricky social platforms that publishers want to love

Every once in awhile one of our clients asks us how they can leverage platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, or Pinterest as a content marketing platform. All three are completely viable social platforms for a social media strategy, and none of them I

The 7 Mequoda Audience Development Models

These audience development models create marketing-qualified leads through freemiums that build larger, more monetizable email lists

“Audience development” is one of those terms that many people instinctively understand, but usually underestimate. Although media professionals have worked with the term for years, most have not bothered to define all the things that go on when executing an

The 30 Hottest New Magazine Launches From Samir Husni

Listing this year’s best new magazine launches; plus, the future of Men’s Health and how The Atlantic handles changing social media patterns
Healthy print brands make for healthy multiplatform publishers – that’s a core Mequoda tenet. Today, we’ve got some examples of that: the 30 hottest new magazine launches, a big staffing move for Rodale’s Men’s

Multiplatform Media News: Niche, Social, Measurement

The companies behind the latest multiplatform media headlines include Time Inc., NatGeo, and Facebook
The beautiful thing about multiplatform media is that the possibilities for a digital publishing strategy are endless. The permutations, tactics, the experiments, the social media strategy, the products, services, vendors, successes, failures. Taken together, it makes this industry a fun way to

Social: An Easy-to-Follow Audience Development Program for Content Marketing

Every publisher should develop an audience development program specifically for social that stretches throughout the year
Previously, the only purpose of building an audience was to sell print subscriptions. Now, publishers are looking to sell digital subscriptions, develop leads for sponsors, increase memberships, and build communities. As the uses for your audience have expanded, so have

Facebook Publisher News: Doomsday Algorithm Not So Damaging After All?

Parse.ly releases report on friends and family algorithm that’s worth sharing to your favorite Facebook publisher; plus, metrics and Messenger
If you’re a Facebook publisher, you know as well as anyone what havoc the whims of Zuckerberg can wreak on your social media strategy.

That’s why some digital publishers – particularly those who had invested the most

Ad Blocking News: Facebook’s New Policy

Another day, another round of ad blocking news. But this time, we bear some good tidings. ‘

Turns out digital magazines aren’t the only ones suffering casualties when it comes to ad blocking. Facebook is grappling with its own blow back, but unlike some, it can drop the hammer with impunity.

Report on Top Social Publishers From MPA

Which social publishers are performing especially well as of the first half of 2016? Well, the Association of Magazine Media 360° is glad we asked – they recently released their latest Social Media Report, which covers the top magazines across all social networks in terms of likes and followers, as well as the top on each channel.

Options for Publishing on Social Media Keep Expanding

If you’re publishing on social media – and if you’re not, contact us immediately for a free 30-minute conversation, things just got real! – you know that the goal posts keep getting moved, albeit in a (mostly) good way. Just when you think you have things figured out, somebody comes up with another networking and sharing concept that could add another layer to your content distribution strategy.

Digital Marketing Metrics: Ad Data, Social, Expansion

Getting insight on digital marketing metrics from comScore, The Economist, the Atlantic Leap, and others
Getting a grasp on digital marketing metrics is crucial for multiplatform publishers looking to maximize the opportunities online magazines afford media companies.

But the thing about digital marketing metrics is that they’re shape-shifting. There are flavors of the month when it comes

Organic SEO for Publishers Paying Dividends, Study Shows

SimilarWeb data determines that organic SEO for publishers is a strong play
Organic SEO for publishers is a key component of the Mequoda Method, one that can even permeate social media strategy and thus drive both direct and side-door traffic to your content on desktop and mobile. It’s a science, and one whose formulas take work

Looking to Make a Magazine Online?

To make a magazine online is to set out on quite a journey. It’s a journey that will require comrades, and we’re more than happy to join you on your digital publishing odyssey. There will be turbulence, bumps, and stormy weather. But there will also be success if you’re willing to work.

Snapchat Media: Changes to Discover

When it comes to Snapchat, media brands must reconcile the upside of the channel with its challenges. Or overcome the challenges and maximize that upside, take your pick. Most digital publishers would pick the latter, of course, and recent design changes could help them get there.

But, as TheMediaBriefing.com points out, the changes themselves could cause their own consternation – if not with magazine publishers, then possibly with users. As with any social media strategy, there’s a delicate balance. The question is, is it worth the trouble in this case?

We say yes, especially when the trouble is free or close to it. A little experimentation can go a long way. However, over-reliance on any platform can spell trouble.

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.

Social Media Publisher? Check Out These Facebook and Snapchat Updates

For the enterprising social media publisher, Facebook video and Snapchat represent a promising future
What does it mean to be a social media publisher these days? It means you’re willing to experiment. It means you’re willing to venture out of your comfort zone. It means you’re willing to invest in dedicated staff. It means you can

Content Planning: Nailing Down Ideal Post Timing and Frequency

A couple weeks ago I attended an SEO conference called SearchLove hosted by Distilled. One of the speakers was Rand Fishkin, better known as the Wizard of Moz. At the very end of his presentation, completely off topic talked about the time he saw that Hubspot posted 49 articles in a week, and wondered if they’d ever determined that that was an optimal frequency for them.

01-content-planning-nailing-down-ideal-post-timing-and-frequencyLike most of us, especially in publishing, Hubspot was basically on the page that “more content = more traffic.” So Hubspot replied that they hadn’t measured it exactly, and asked if Moz wanted to do an experiment with them. At the time Moz was publishing 8 posts per week. Both cut their frequency in half and the results basically told Hubspot that they could afford to write less, but Moz should write a little more.

Adjusting Your Multiplatform Advertising Revenue Model for the Digital Age

Does your advertising revenue model include content that delights and informs users, while similarly rewarding your advertisers?
As the digital publishing market has grown and changed, selling ad space has only become more difficult. The market is saturated. Sponsors aren’t happy with websites crowded with ads as publishers try to grow revenue (and users aren’t happy with

Are You a Digital Magazine Publisher? Do You Want to Be?

Here at Mequoda, we will make you into a digital magazine publisher, and if you’re already a digital magazine publisher, we’ll make you into a better one.

All of what you’re about to read is advice we not only believe in, but advice we’ve given freely in the past. But sometimes it’s good to hear it from other sources. How many times have to told your significant other or child something, only for it to fall on deaf ears until a friend or peer says the same thing? Then, it’s suddenly Eureka! material.

But, hey, whatever it takes. We’re happy to have some reinforcement out there when it comes to content distribution, social media strategy, editorial planning, and publisher data.

NatGeo “Shares” Social Publishing Strategy

Social publishing, or preparing and posting content to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and others, is no longer just an option up for discussion. Today, when it comes to distributing your good work and deploying it as a tool in audience development, a social media strategy is an absolute necessity.

The challenge is perfecting that strategy as much as possible. Especially in a business where the ground seems to shift every other week. But one way to stay ahead of the curve is to pay attention to the digital publishers doing it right, the ones who unite great content, great timing, and great discipline, to produce a whole other source of traffic and revenue.

But don’t fall prey to just slapping some articles up on Facebook Instant or Apple News. This just won’t cut it. Publishing social media successfully requires dedicated resources, including staff. But it will be worth it!

Want to Create a Magazine Online? Think Video and Subscriptions.

If you came to this website for help on how to create a magazine online, congratulations: You couldn’t have picked a better place. That’s just one goal the Mequoda System will help you reach, and it’s just the beginning of new growth for your company.

Imagine a world-class chef going through your leftovers and digging through your pantry to make you a dinner. If you threw together a bunch of ingredients with everything else you have going on, chances are that meal leaves a bit to be desired. When the chef does it, what results is a mouthwatering feast you never thought possible.

We are that chef. The ingredients are nearly limitless – they include everything from your portal to your email newsletter to your social media strategy to video and subscriptions. When we say multiplatform strategy, we mean it.

How to Leverage and Sell Multi-Channel Marketing for Your Publication

How to leverage multi-channel marketing both internally and also to sell out your advertising packages

The human race doesn’t all live in one house, or all work at one business. We don’t drink our coffee the same way, and we all definitely do not save our pennies for the same exact vacation.

When a mother and daughter

Instagram Publishing: The Big Picture

Taking a closer look at Instagram publishing; plus, magazines on Twitter, data-driven publishing, and other social media strategies
Regardless of whether you plan on participating in Facebook Instant Articles or other walled gardens, there’s no doubt that as a modern digital publisher, you must have a significant social media strategy in place to stay competitive and

Google Publishers: Accelerated Mobile Pages a Success So Far

Google publishers are embracing AMP, but some have questions; plus, niche publishing on Facebook and a glimpse at a top-tier social media strategy in action
When it comes to Google, publishers are always ready to devote resources to maximize its promise, as they should be. The search and digital services giant operates with greater transparency than

Twitter Publishing: What Hath Full-Length Wrought?

If you know the Mequoda Method, you know that Twitter publishing is important when it comes to multiplatform publishing. But how much does that importance depend on this social media strategy’s format?

Meanwhile, Facebook Instant Articles is expanding, as well.

We’ve also got news to relay from Business2Community.com on promoting content and ad blocking programs. Let’s get started!

Tips for Boosting Your Subscription Revenue Model

For digital publishers not fully reliant on ads – which hopefully is you if you’re aiming for high multiplatform performance – few components are as crucial as your subscription revenue model.

At Mequoda, we’ve spent a ton of time studying and writing about digital subscriptions, because we believe they’re a big part of the future of digital magazines.

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.

How Platform Distribution Is Fueling Publishing Strategy

Robust and varied platform distribution is, by definition, the bedrock of multiplatform publishing, but the spray and pray strategy isn’t really a strategy at all.

You must pick and choose your platforms with some discernment, playing to your strengths and the desires of your audience, both the existing one and the one you’re going after.

Social media strategy, repurposing content, and enterprising with video or by creating a podcast is all part of platform distribution. While we preach (and practice) restraint, we also encourage experimentation, provided you have the right personnel at the helm.

Leading Publishing Executive’s Take on Transitioning From Print to Digital

Migrating your publishing operations and editions from print to digital might at first feel daunting, but don’t fret: It’s a manageable move – just ask any Mequoda Member – and one that’s more and more becoming a must.

The same principles of publishing apply, but going from print to digital gives you the opportunity to maximize your content’s potential by multiplying its impact across platforms and channels, from articles to online archives to events to video to white papers to podcasts and much more.

It doesn’t take more work or more staff to succeed on desktop and mobile, only different work and more dynamic staff hired and trained to handle tech, social media strategy, and how to sell online advertising.

But you don’t need us to tell you all of this. Sometimes, you need to hear it from peers who have pulled it off. MinOnline has just such a story in a recent interview.

News for Social Media Publishers: Google AMP, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Facebook

If successful social media publishers can count on one thing, it’s that they can count on nothing.

Magazines on social media must have a social media strategy in place, but they must also be flexible enough to experiment, pivot, and periodically rethink efforts. Mequoda Members know to diversify their social portfolios, as it were, and to not get discouraged when returns are sluggish.

After all, social media publishers are investors: of time, staff resources, content distribution strategy, and energy.

Registration Open for the Mequoda Intensive: Save $200 and Join Us in Boston

Join the hundreds of publishers who have dramatically increased revenue and profits using the Mequoda Method for multiplatform publishing success…
If I told you I could teach you Mequoda’s proven strategies that will double, or even triple, your revenues within the next 5 years — all in two days, all in historic Boston, Massachusetts – would you

Publishing Podcasts Could Give Digital Magazines an Edge

Are you publishing podcasts? If so, then you’re leaps and bounds ahead of much of your digital magazine business competition.

But the better question is, are you publishing podcasts and actually making some money off of them? Are your readers actually listening?

Digital Consumers Up Big at The New Yorker

Digital consumers are the end all be all for Internet publishing companies. Everything revenue-related runs through them. Digital consumers click, read, subscribe, and share. They are the goal.

Here’s the good news: Digital consumers are there for the taking. How do we know this? Because we’re digital consumers ourselves. And because we’re seeing print magazines more and more make the transition to the web with a clear idea of how to maximize multiplatform publishing opportunities instead of stumbling around in the dark.

Some of those magazines are Mequoda Members, and some are legacy publishers with the resources to afford a larger margin of error. And then there’s The New Yorker, which is just dominating the shift. How are they doing it? Folio:’s on the story, along with several others. Let’s take a look!

Top 3 Social Media Scheduling Tools Digital Publishers Love

Save your social media team time and simplify their workflow with these three social media scheduling tools
Publishers practically invented content management systems, but one area we find publishers lacking in, is their social media management.

When we’re all sitting around at the lunch tables at our quarterly Intensive, we talk about our 12x12x12 social media strategy that’s

Social Media, Magazines a Match on Experimentation

Social media: Magazines know they must have a presence, but the problem comes in fully achieving it. For instance, when, why, how, and where to post? Or, alternately, do you just hand over all of your content to Facebook Instant Articles and call it a day?

As with any other component of your multiplatform strategy, you must have a plan, but you must also leave enough wriggle room in that plan to experiment.

MinOnline.com recently ran a great interview with a leading executive on social media analytics, monetizing social media, and publishing social media. Let’s start there this week!

Top 25 Magazines on Social Media: The MPA’s Latest Report

Which magazines on social media are performing especially well as of the third quarter of 2015? Well, the Association of Magazine Media 360° is glad we asked – they recently released their latest Social Media Report, which covers the top 25 magazines across all social networks in terms of likes and followers, as well as the top on each channel.

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,

Google Publishing News Lab Debuts

A few months back, we wondered whether Google digital advertising is unstoppable. Now, the question becomes whether the Google publishing juggernaut is poised to ultimately make the company even more money with the News Lab. Like other platforms, the service bills itself as a way for the company to work with publishers – not against them. Digiday covered this story recently, along with articles on mobile advertising, native content, and more.

Twitter Lists Explained: How to Create, Find and Get On Them

A couple of tips for enhancing your social media strategy with Twitter lists

One of the most-used features of Twitter is the Twitter list; except sometimes people forget that they’re even using them.

When I was at the Mequoda Summit talking about social media strategy last week, I found that Twitter lists were one of the hardest things to explain. So, figuring that if it’s hard for me to explain, then it may be a little hard to understand. So I’m busting it all out. Here’s the breakdown.

Niche Publishers in the News Show Value of Strong Audience

Content that doesn’t deeply consider audience is a waste of time and money. It’s no coincidence that the majority of Mequoda Members are niche publishers: The model allows you to focus on segments of consumption, build up loyalty, strongly define social media strategy, and design revenue-generating events. Digiday delves into niche publishers with recent articles, while examining Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles, both potential partners for niche publishers. Let’s take a look.

Multiplatform Media Pointers: From Social Strategies to … Holograms?

Finding the right formula as a multiplatform media publisher means experimenting with methodologies while maintaining a disciplined approach to content. In other words, rotating tactics around a solid strategic core. Sometimes, this is easier said than done, so it helps to know that a) other companies are dealing with the same issues and b) trade magazines like Publishing Executive are on your side. Let’s take a look at three of its recent articles for some tips on responding to multiplatform media trends.

Two Weekly Social Media Calendar Templates for Stress-Free Scheduling

Save a few notches on your social stress meter by using these social media calendars to get ahead
Social media is my favorite thing to write about next to recycling content in fun and unusual ways. When you’re launching a new digital magazine, or bringing your existing magazine brand online, there’s a list of to-do’s and

Publishing Brands on Snapchat: A New Social Platform Opportunity?

Social media for publishers can be a fast-moving, occasionally confusing gambit. While there’s no question that integrating a social strategy will generate more readers and revenue, there are questions about where to start. Well, brace yourself for another one: When will join other brands on Snapchat?

Is Monetizing Video Content Next on Medium’s Agenda?

Ev Williams’ Medium – the long-form digital publishing platform that launched a couple of years back – has steadily grown in both audience and users, crossing off each item on its to-do list along the way. Gradually shedding its silly “platisher” tag and emerging as a leader in a media strategy, Medium has now moved on to the natural next step in its progression: monetizing video content.