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Tag: mobile app

Audience Development Strategies for Instagram Stories and Chatbots

Facebook and Twitter were once major focuses of audience development strategies. Some digital publishers still receive favorable traffic from these social sources, but we’re also seeing other social networks and strategies gain popularity. Today we’re looking deeper into this news to see how it’s impacting publishers.

Digital Magazine Evolution Through Apps and Multichannel Approach

Digital magazine evolution involves a variety of components, including the distribution of the content and the magazine product itself. Today we’re looking at organizations that are putting more emphasis on digital reach and digital magazine effectiveness.

The Kind of Apps People Want: How to Get a 5-Star Rating on Your Magazine App

As tech industry observers like to note, the world of apps is wild and wacky. There are almost two million apps in the Apple and Google app stores. If you pick up or click to pretty much any tech publication these days, you’re guaranteed to see at least one app review, to help bewildered consumers navigate this crowded field.

Of course when you read those articles, you’re getting a lot of personal opinion, and in tech land, much of that turns out to be excitement over flashy technology – no surprise there. So what kind of apps do people want, really? For magazine publishers, the answers are fairly simple.

Publishing Websites Make Changes on Audience and Content Needs

Publishing websites have experienced significant changes over the years as subscription websites have evolved along with technology. Digital publishers making strides to provide the best website to their audience keep their eyes to what’s working and the opportunities that become available.

Audience Development Strategy Connects Closely with Monetizing Users

Savvy multiplatform publishers keep an eye out for ways to optimize their audience development strategy when new opportunities arise. Today we’re sharing news on publishers who are adding new elements to their audience development strategies for greater success in the digital publishing landscape.

Subscription Websites Testing New Grounds with Targeted Membership, Social Options

Publishers of subscription websites are warriors. They constantly work to improve their standings, even when there are forces working against them. Up until recently, social networks and search engines were problematic areas. However, there may be some changes coming to fruition that will help subscription website publishers.

Fast Loading Websites Favored by Search Engines, Facebook

It’s no surprise that fast loading websites are necessary components to a strong online presence. We’re seeing search engines and social media sites respond to users’ desire to engage with websites that load quickly. Unfortunately, not all digital publishers have a site that loads quickly for computers or mobile and that can be a problem for audience retention.

Our first story today looks at Facebook’s new priority in supplying fast loading websites in its News Feed section. The Facebook News Room reports, “During the coming months we’re making an update to News Feed to show people more stories that will load quickly on mobile and fewer stories that might take longer to load, so they can spend more time reading the stories they find relevant.”

Digital Growth Experienced by Digital Publishers and Marketers

Time Inc. digital revenue grows; TEN focuses on building content strategy; Mobile header ads experience growth for digital publishers
Digital publishers experiencing growth is a topic we love to discuss, and today we’ll start with a look at Time Inc., which has experienced a variety of growth as of late.

New York Post has the story, which

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

Bloomberg Says Apps Are the New Magazines and Newspapers

Are apps really the new magazines? (We don’t agree, but keep reading to see why Bloomberg might think so).
Bloomberg Media says their current focus is apps. According to Digiday, “Starting with its redesigned flagship mobile app, Bloomberg plans to launch several new apps in the coming year with a focus on delivering personalized content to users

Good Digital Magazine Design Requires Readability & Scrolling Text as a First Priority

Readability and scrolling text should come first in tablet and native edition digital magazine design

Since we started our annual Digital Magazine Survey to help publishers home in on digital magazine design, the number one feature desired by digital magazine readers is readability, followed by scrollable text. This is text that you don’t need to pinch and zoom

Online Digital Publishing Trends: Facebook, Newsletters, and … 2017?

Our friends at PubExec.com provide an online digital publishing forecast for next year; plus, what some magazines aren’t getting about Facebook
If there’s one thing we know about online digital publishing, it’s that the industry never stops changing for even a moment.

But we wouldn’t have it any other way, of course. And, yes, we definitely know

Mobile App Content: One Magazine’s Success

Digital magazines can go in a million different directions with mobile app content to create apps people want, but it’s no big secret that a shortcut to more downloads and usage is actually providing useful stuff to consume.

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.

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

Digital Publishing Products: News From WaPo, AOL, Bauer, Magzter

Determining the digital publishing products your company can excel with is a key consideration when launching or remaking your magazine business model.

This might seem obvious, but it’s not difficult to take a cursory look around the industry and find digital publishers who try to fit square pegs into round holes instead of sticking to what works for their hard-won audiences.

At the same time, many observers will pronounce various digital publishing products dead at the drop of a hat, but the fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if an app or a platform or a distribution service doesn’t work for the rest of the business as long as it works for you.

Mobile Magazine Publishing Demands Data, Tech Chops

The promise of mobile magazine publishing is no mirage — it’s just not so easy to achieve in the midst of viewability, targeting, and tech issues. Monetizing mobile is the Holy Grail for digital magazines looking to expand and solidify their digital business.

But there are many questions. Mobile app or mobile web? Handle tech in house or hire vendors? Which cross-device analytics to focus on? Which software and code to use?

Publishing Executive covers at least a couple of those questions in recent articles. Let’s start the week by taking a look at the answers they came up with!

Publishers on Digital Magazine Platforms: Social, Mobile, Tech

As multiplatform publishing strategists who partner with many different kinds of media companies, we take a fairly liberal view of digital magazine platforms. That is to say, we consider digital magazine platforms to be anything that can help publishers deliver and distribute content.

So, your magazine website portal counts. Your digital magazine apps count. Your social media management counts. Your online magazine library counts. Your white papers and other products count. Your events count.

You get the point: Everything’s on the table. Everything plays a part. Some components evolve; some fall away; more are developed.

Subscription Publishing News: New York Times, Mobile Apps, and Ed Tech

Subscription publishing is another element of multiplatform strategy that digital magazines must stay attuned to, as the landscape seems to shift every week. Most recently, paywalls for online content have rapidly wavered in favor, as publications like the Sun have scrapped theirs altogether. Freemiums and premiums rule the day, as do membership systems and tiered bundles, all of which can fit into the Mequoda Method and boost conversions.

Staying on top these trends is crucial to success, so what better place to consult than Subscription Insider to get the scoop? Let’s close out the week by taking a look at some of their recent articles.

Data-Driven Publishing Steers Time Inc. Digital Course

Big data is a big term, but there’s not a lot behind the concept itself, and no need to complicate it – collect the information that consumers provide and use the information that consumers provide. It’s that simple. Brands can take this mandate in cynical directions, but they can also improve user experience by personalizing products and tailoring content for enthusiast audiences. Data-driven publishing puts digital magazines in a prime position to do just that, and Time Inc. digital is making a push to become the best in the business, especially after hiring Chief Data Officer JT Kostman.

MinOnline recently ran a fascinating interview with Kostman – let’s start there today!

Publishing Events a Point of Emphasis for New Ogden CEO

Bryan Welch’s successor, Bill Uhler, aims for more publishing events and ecommerce content strategy; plus, an industry update halfway through the year
Publishing events comprise a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to the Mequoda Method and multi-platform publishing, which itself has become the predominant piece of publishing success. Publishing events scale well: It

Magazine Audience Grows on Mobile Web

Magazine audience is the most valuable commodity publishers can acquire. All revenue efforts hinge on it. For legacy media, going about this acquisition was a fairly straightforward task, historically speaking. Today, it’s a sophisticated, demanding, and occasionally chaotic one. Readers change tastes and preferences on a whim; their consumption habits understandably vary with the overwhelming options put in front of them online.

How the Multi-Platform Mobile Development Challenge Was Accepted By These Savvy Publishers

App-less in Seattle: the next frontier of multi-platform mobile development doesn’t involve apps
Appearing erudite and august themselves, the August 3 cover of Time magazine features Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

At TIME.com, a photo caption explains the two former leaders of the free world recently attended ceremonies at the Bush Presidential Center for the

Immediate Delivery Tops List of Coveted Attributes of Digital Magazines

That’s the question we asked 3,642 U.S adults with Internet access earlier this year, looking to learn more about consumption of digital magazines – and, more to the point, the spending habits and preferences of readers – in the time since our inaugural study (in which we polled 1,136 people).

Publishing Acquisitions on the Rise in Event and Mobile Sectors

Publishing acquisitions provide a barometer for the robustness of the digital magazine business, and a recent report highlights how emerging areas are gaining ground on more traditional media M&A activity – areas that will appeal to Mequoda Members. One of our favorite industry sources, Folio:, has it all covered. Let’s take a look!

Mobile App Publishers: New Data on Engagement and Connected Consumers

Mobile app publishers are always craving the latest and greatest data to aid in their tech and targeting efforts. Establishing best practices to consistently monetize mobile is one of the great industry challenges of our time – each new crumb of analysis can be a big help. The Mequoda Method has always emphasized quality content and flexible presentation in its multiplatform publishing strategy, and while we may not have perfected the art, we’ve gotten pretty close. Still, we’re always up for cutting-edge studies and expert opinion to bolster our approach. Talking New Media, one of our most trusted sources for digital publishing news, showcases plenty of both in recent articles. Let’s start there this week!

Mobile Content Strategy: LinkedIn Pulse and More

Mobile content strategy is wide open these days, as publishers strive to make the right moves toward monetizing a burgeoning medium and avoid blowing a golden opportunity. But mastering mobile is tough. Audience behavior, app technology, and ad kinks to be ironed out can complicate strategy, but digital magazines and other brands must stay the course when it comes to producing quality content and tailoring it for mobile devices. MediaPost covers mobile content strategy in a few recent articles, including one on LinkedIn’s new direction with Pulse. Let’s start there today!

How Millennials Would Like Your Digital Replica Upgraded

Generation Y, the millennials, were born in a hugely broad span of time for a “generation,” which is between 1977 and 2001.

Depending on the pundits you read, those years may be slightly closer together. What defines a millennial is their access to technology for most of their lives. At Mequoda we consider Digital Natives those who were born with technology present for their whole lives, as men and women who had personal computers for as long as they can remember.

This, again, is a much smaller span of time than the huge 1977 – 2001 generation, but the general princliple of a millennial is that they’re not new to technology, they all have email addresses, know how to use the Internet, and technology has been present for more than half their lives.

New Adobe Publishing Platform Coming Later This Summer

Adobe publishing is a pricey option for publishers, but many believe the company’s products are worth every penny. While we proudly partner with Mag+ and direct our niche Mequoda Members to that platform, there’s no doubt that we have tremendous admiration for the Adobe DPS, which offers a full array of tools for digital magazines. Talking New Media recently covered the announcement that the latest Adobe publishing platform – originally billed as Adobe Publish but now back to the line’s original Digital Publishing Solution – will be released this summer. In the meantime, a beta version is seeing release. TNM also discusses some interesting new moves from Time Inc. digital and Rodale.

How Content Gets Profitably Recycled in Multiplatform Publishing

When you recycle a can or plastic bottle, you can wait and listen to the sound of the machine crushing the can. It’s almost as if the nickel it spits back at you came from the can itself.

When you recycle a magazine into apps, blog posts, videos, emails and events it makes sounds too: the sounds of web traffic rushing at you. The sound of social chatter and ultimately, ad or product revenue. It’s a bit more than a nickel, but you’ll take it, right?

20 Tablet Publishing Tips You Can’t Afford to Miss

If you own a tablet that you use often, is it hard to imagine what life was like before it? I have friends who use their tablets to cook every dinner with, or spend several hours with it at night, reading books and magazines. Consumers aren’t as attached at the hip to tablets as they are to their smartphones, and maybe they never will be, but as their larger phablet brothers come into the market, it’s possible the line won’t be so clear anymore between tablet and smartphone.

Digital Media Evolution Charted by JEGI

The Jordan Edmiston Group Inc. hosted its 11th annual Media & Technology Conference for upward of 400 executives in January, focusing programs on the “The Convergence of Data, Marketing & Commerce.” Speakers covered the digital media evolution, from multiplatform strategy to thinking like a marketer, mobile trends to legal trends.

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.

Mobile and Desktop Collide – What Are You Doing About It?

With apps, mobile has overtaken desktop in total Internet usage, but not in web browsing

Mobile Internet usage has surpassed desktop Internet usage, according to comScore, but contrary to predictions in recent years, mobile web browsing itself is flat, if not in decline. What does this mean for publishers?

The Many Platforms of Multiplatform Publishers

Even the smallest of magazine publishers publish on two platforms: their magazine and their website.

Mequoda publishers typically publish five to six different platforms, and within those platforms, many more sub-platforms.

Based on the fact that every platform has completely different user experiences, we came up with our idea of what this looks like, and we call it the niche media user experience dashboard — that is, what users get out of the many different platforms.

‘New York Times’ Focusing On Innovation, Strategy

The New York Times is at it again, this time hiring a new editor in order to evolve with the changing times.

New Digital Subscription Model For ‘Aviation Week’

Penton’s Aviation Week is testing a new change for Aviation Week & Space Technology. The two will be offered together in a new multiplatform subscription model with enhanced content.

This Digital Publisher Has Gone Mobile-First

We’ve seen some print publishers go to the concept of digital-first, meaning that they switched their focus from print to digital. The changing times of publishing often dictating those efforts.

Powerful Data on Push Notifications

Digital publishers sending content through apps may be greatly impacted by the use of push notifications.

According to eMarketer, “app engagement—measured by launches—was 88% higher on average among mobile app users worldwide who had enabled push messages.”

Canadian Elle Enters Ecommerce, Video Derby

Elle Canada is partnering with retailer Hudson’s Bay to allow its readers to shop by way of video on their mobile devices, Women’s Wear Daily reports. The video series launched earlier this week and features model Pamela Bernier and branded content for Hudson’s Bay, available via ElleCanada.com, the magazine’s iPad edition, or through its mobile app.

Social Media for Publishers Evolving All of the Time

Folio: recently examined the latest practices of publishers building engagement through social media platforms. TJ Raphael’s piece focuses on Glamour’s use of Facebook, National Geographic’s use of Instagram, and Seventeen’s use of Snapchat.

Mequoda’s Top 10 Digital Magazine Publishing Posts

These digital magazine publishing posts dive into digital magazine creation, publishing, and monetization. They are currently our most popular articles about digital magazine publishing.

Zinio Magazines to Get Audience Media Treatment

Zinio, the mobile app platform for 5,000 digital magazines, has acquired Audience Media with the aim to become the first content aggregator to produce “white label, branded apps for consumers,” according to Digital Trends.

Rebecca Miskin Shares Hearst Innovation Stories

In recent coverage of the Digital Media Europe conference, you can almost picture publishing personnel gathering at the feet of Rebecca Miskin like acolytes on a grassy hill in ancient Greece, hungry for wisdom and guidance.

Magzter Launches Ad-Based Business Model

Tech Circle is reporting that digital magazine store Magzter is launching an ad based business model.

Controlled-Circulation Publisher Finds Internet Success

One of Mequoda’s primary reasons for being is to help legacy publishers cross the digital divide.

And when it comes to Farm Progress, we’re talking serious legacy publishing – a company founded in 1819 which publishes, among many others, Prairie Farmer, the oldest known continuously published magazine, launched in 1841.

Making the Digital Magazine Leap from Replica to Reflow: Bonnier Counts on New Readers, New Ads

Field & Stream gets it right the second time
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that we’re big fans of Bonnier Corp. for its embrace of digital technology. You can read more about the digital edition of Popular Science here, and about Bonnier’s advances in tablet magazine advertising here.

Meanwhile, forward-thinking publishers like

TIME Enters The Modern World of Digital Magazine Publishing

At last.

We’ve noted here that it seemed simply astounding that a publisher with the vast resources of Time Inc. was putting out a blurry product. TIME magazine – granddaddy of all American news publications, 90 years young, and one of the few major players with a healthy OMI, was, until its Nov. 4 issue, publishing non-retina display enabled issues.

Nutrition Action Doubles Traffic With New Mequoda System

On October 14th, a print newsletter publisher blossomed into a multi-platform publisher. That was the day we helped launch one of our newest Mequoda Systems, NutritionAction.com, the home of a health newsletter that’s celebrating its 40th year this upcoming January.

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.

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