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Best Digital Magazine Publishing Software You Can Use to Launch Your Digital Magazine

Digital magazine publishing software is important; which option are you using?

Publishers have been trying digital magazine publishing software during the last few years in hopes of creating the best digital products for their audiences. And like everything else in digital magazine land, digital magazine software has evolved at light speed since we made our initial recommendations in January.

Here’s our latest (opinionated) look at the magazine software landscape.

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.

Multiplatform Publishing Options Expand Through Partnerships, Products and Services

Multiplatform publishing options continue to grow for digital publishers. Today we’re looking new strategies being used by publishers for tapping into new revenue streams and audiences.

Digital Publishers Partner for Greater Audience Access

Opportunities for digital publishers develop through new technology and partnerships, even some that appear to be unlikely candidates for a cooperative venture. Today we’re looking at some unique partnerships being offered by digital publishers.

Audience Development Expanding Through Major Brand Initiatives at Facebook, Amazon and Instagram

Facebook, Amazon and Instagram are expanding audience development options for content publishers
Social media can be a major traffic generator when they approach the right platforms properly. Today we’re looking at news from social media networks that are expanding their audience development opportunities for content publishers.

Our first story takes a look at Facebook and the social

Multiplatform Publishers Launch New Products and Forge Partnerships

Multiplatform publishers Time Inc. and Fast Company roll out new products; People Magazine teams with ABC News
Some multiplatform publishers seek to leverage their brands while launching new products. We’re seeing that with our news story of the day.

Time Inc. is the media company we’re looking at first. According to MediaPost, “Time Inc. launched Thursday a

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

Digital Magazine Sales Up, According to Study

Digital magazine sales surveyed among 14 of the top magazine publishers are skyrocketing on a single-copy level, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Year-over-year website traffic is on the rise, as well, SubscriptionInsider.com reports.

Digital Ad News: Blocking Still a Stubborn Issue

You don’t need us to tell you that the digital ad news when it comes to anti-ad-block efforts is not necessarily good. The efforts of digital publishers to block ad blockers are being undermined by a prevalence of viewability problems, chief among them software that grows ever more sophisticated in its ability to shield readers from digital advertising.

It’s Complicated: Checking In on the Relationship Between Facebook, Publishing

Report from 2016 IMAG conference cites distrust in Facebook-publishing dynamic
The topics don’t get much hotter these days than Facebook publishing, and though the gap between the social network and media companies seems to be closing, there’s a still a frost in the budding friendship.

As Facebook strives to become the global content provider, their reliance on

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!

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

Are You a Publisher, Tech Company, Platform, or All Three and More?

If you’re a publisher, tech considerations have emerged as a crucial component of your day-to-day decision-making. This likelihood increases exponentially if you’re creating mobile apps and dedicating resources to serious multiplatform publishing.

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.

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.

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.

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 Technologies: Best Practices From Top Digital Magazines

Are you making the best use of publishing technologies? Do you ever wonder how other digital magazines are doing it? Digiday recently took a look at how six big publishers are handling the tech challenge. In addition, they examine how Time Inc. digital has evolved since spinning off from Time Warner last year. Plus, an article on what impact video is having on the line between editorial and advertising. Let’s get right to it this week with some high-quality coverage!

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!

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.

Platform Publishing News: Of Juggernauts and Jobs

Digital platform publishing is credited with having ushered in an ongoing golden age for media, and the latest industry developments are doing nothing to dispel this notion. Four recent articles from Advertising Age reveal how the current social media and mobile content push is shaping companies’ plans for the future.

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.

What is Digital Magazine Publishing Software?

Digital magazine publishing software is used by publishers to design, produce and publish digital magazines. These three functions may or may not reside in the same tools. For example, you might design your digital magazine in InDesign, then use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to finalize and distribute the magazine.

Growth & Success With Mobile Ads

Mobile ads aren’t just popular in America; we’re seeing mobile ad growth all over the world, especially in the money being spent on them.

‘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.

Mobile Outlook: Traffic Outpaces Desktop for UK Publishers

Digiday reports that the top magazine and newspaper publishers in the UK have seen their mobile website traffic surpass that of their desktop visitors, as more than half access it via tablet and other devices. In addition, according to Ofcom’s Communications Market Report, 61% of UK adults now own a smartphone, and 44% of households own a tablet. Mobile has become the favorite board for British surfers.

Mobile Tactics Increasingly Utilize Curation

As they develop and refine their mobile content strategies, publishers are more and more mixing in curation with original stories, Digiday reports.

Creative Careers Growing With Mobile Content

A recent study conducted by Edelman Berland for Adobe reveals that 74% of professionals are looking to mobile as the future of creativity and design.

10 Reasons Why Mequoda Recommends Hootsuite for Publishers

HootSuite is a (mostly free) online web service and app that helps manage all of your social media accounts from one place. I say “mostly free” because they offer free accounts, which many people can do everything they want with. Businesses may find their (still affordable) Pro version to be more of what they need.

If you manage social media for a publishing business, then you’re more than likely using a social media dashboard already. Using a tool that’s meant to manage a business account is the first step toward building a more effective social media strategy.

Economist App, Others Disaggregating Content

Digiday reports that publishers are increasingly going with an “a la carte” digital approach as opposed to the more traditional “all you can eat” one.

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.

HeraldScotland Maintains Growth Despite Paywall

HeraldScotland is reporting that it has been maintaining audience growth despite its tight paywall. A staff reporter writes, “HeraldScotland – the only platform in the ABC list to operate a subscription paywall – recorded 66.1% growth for July-December 2013, compared to the same period in 2012.”

New York Times Mobile Tightens Its Paywall

Nieman Journalism Lab is reporting that the New York Times has made some changes to its mobile paywall.

Do You Overvalue Your Email Marketing Strategy?

eMarketer has a new report on X + 1’s and Research Now’s new poll that takes a peek at how misaligned our marketing campaigns can be compared to consumer expectations.

Harvard Health Masters Multiplatform Publishing

When you publish under the aegis of Harvard Medical School, your primary objective is not simply to make money; it’s to improve the health and quality of life for the general public. And protecting Harvard’s brand is of utmost importance.

Native Advertising Going Interactive

The next step for native advertising is interactive. ClickZ is reporting that the next generation of native advertising will be interactive. The new ad units use featured stories, video and mobile units. Tessa Wegert writes about one such new technology,

Paywall Experimentation is a Digital Publishing Trend

Publishers have been experimenting with their paywalls all summer. See why paywall experimentation is a digital publishing trend. Esquire has been up performing all kinds of paywall experiments this summer. FOLIO reports that in July they put “one of its magazine features behind a paywall.

The World’s Most Interesting Paywall?

In one of the most interesting paywall experiments we’ve ever seen, there’s a new article on what The Sun is up to.

“The company is launching a new digital subscription package today that turns their online website into a Paywall, where you have to take out a membership to read their articles. What is very exciting, is how the Sun is taking a departure from the standard way news companies make money online and doing some fairly innovative things.”

NYTimes Introduces Metered System to Mobile Users This Week

On June 27th, The New York Times will implement the same metered system it uses on the web to its mobile users. The metered system allows non-subscribers access to three articles per day, but if the reader wishes to read more than three, they will be asked to subscribe. For now, video will remain free, but content will be limited.

5 Tips for Email Marketing to Mobile Device Users

Discover helpful information for communicating with a growing population

The mobile industry is booming and it isn’t expected to stop anytime soon.

A report by StrongMail titled The New Rules of Email Deliverability predicts that mobile ad spending, mobile messaging and the amount of mobile Internet users are all increasing.

New Apps: A Digital Magazine Publishing Evolution

What will digital magazine publishing apps look like in the future?

What comes to mind when thinking about the first generation of apps? Over the past four years, we’ve seen this technology change the way mobile devices are used. Digital magazine publishers and brands have developed apps and placed them in digital app stores for the chance to reach new audiences.

First-generation apps were basically what you could expect from new technology. Some had operating issues, including loading too slowly, freezing, and not being compatible with specific devices. Although some app developers have found success, especially when it comes to developing games, there are higher expectations for the next generation of apps.

Optimize Your Email Campaigns for Better Leads

Earlier this year eMarketer reported on the online marketing tactics being used for lead generation. For B2B marketers and agencies in the US, email was the main source for driving qualified leads. Paid search, social media, and display advertising are also being used, but not to the same extent as email.

It’s clear the goal of building email marketing lists is still important for email marketers. A bigger list means a potentially bigger customer base, and more opportunities to generate revenue.

Digital Publishers Not Prepared for Mobile

In a world where mobile Internet is growing rapidly, many websites still aren’t prepared with an acceptable mobile site

There are a few online components that can protect the future of legacy publishers.

Beyond the audience development opportunities of social media, search engine optimization, and link building, there is the ability to utilize new, popular platforms.

Cross Platform Consideration for Email and Mobile

Where is the future of email marketing headed?

It would seem natural that two popular mediums should integrate well.

First, let’s look at email and social media. Some companies have integrated these two; which has allowed audience members to choose their desired method for consuming content. One strategy to get audience members to use both email and social media is to offer some content only through one of the mediums. For instance, we offered a free report on Facebook Marketing to Facebook users who liked the page. We promote this opportunity through out email list.

Mobile Lessons and Advice for Publishers

Asking the Right Questions and Getting Key Answers

“Now more than ever, it’s increasingly important for publishers to maintain a mobile presence,” Ben Bassi of CommonPlaces told a SIPA 2011 Conference session in June. “If you’re looking to optimize your site for mobile phones and tablets, there are a few different approaches.”

At a roundtable there, Greg Krehbiel of Kiplingers and a co-Conference Chair for the upcoming SIPA Marketing Conference in Miami, laid out a blueprint for your mobile strategy. The questions he asked included: “Why are you doing this? What do you sell that is uniquely mobile-friendly? How will you convert your content? Where will the purchase take place?” And “How will your mobile efforts integrate with your fulfillment system?”

Take a Glimpse into the Future of Mobile

New research shows how users regard their mobile device

You don’t have to know the exact numbers to know that mobile usage is huge.

According to a new study by Experian Simmons, 227 million Americans own a cell phone. This includes 91% of adults, 74% of teens and 22% of kids.

3 eCommerce Tips for 2011

Strategies online publishers are using or considering in modern times

Sometimes commerce strategies emerge online that are truly remarkable by reaching consumers in right place.

For instance, mobile’s reach is enormous and has aided in sales for retailers. The iPad and subscription websites have also aided in creating better experiences for audiences. Below you will find more information on how mobile, the iPad and subscription websites have helped generate revenue in 2011.

What’s the “Next Big Thing” in Social Media for Publishers?

In 2011, we’re no longer asking if social media is a platform we want to use. Instead, we’re deciding which social media strategy we want to use. If we’re servicing businesses (B2B), then maybe we’re putting more emphasis on LinkedIn. If we’re trying to attract a mass of consumers, perhaps we’re using Facebook as our tool of choice.

When did “tweet” stop referring to a bird call and instead start meaning a verb that implies a 140-character shout-out? For pete’s sake, OMG and LOL just got added to the Oxford dictionary. Social media “ain’t no big thang” anymore.

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