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Tag: multiplatform strategy

The Risks and Benefits of Open Source Software for Online Publishing Systems

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains how open source software systems can actually hinder growth if you’re not careful with selecting your service providers.

Multiplatform Publishing Efforts Lead to Traffic and Revenue Increases

Rodale’s multiplatform publishing strategy finds success with Facebook’s Instant Articles; Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages drive traffic; Medium launches subscription service
A diverse multiplatform publishing strategy can lead to many desirable outcomes, including a bigger audience, higher website traffic, and more revenue generation.

Today we highlight three publishers realizing these outcomes. We begin with Rodale, which has been

Multiplatform Publishers Making Major Changes for Industry Success

Some multiplatform publishers are expanding their multiplatform strategy to focus more on social and digital, while others are making acquisitions and cutting staff
The world of multiplatform publishers is no stranger to major changes. For instance, remember the launch of the iPad? It was a game-changer for savvy publishers who began using it to enhance their multiplatform publishing

Meredith Adjusts Multiplatform Strategy to Better Serve Millennial Women

Meredith is busy leveraging a multiplatform strategy of turning popular apps and TV shows into niche print magazines—and having huge success.
Meredith’s chief brand officer, Kim Martin, recently told FolioMag.com that they serve 72 percent millennial women and are actively adjusting their multiplatform strategy.

To better serve millennials, they recently launched More.com,  which she describes as “a website

Battling Ad Block Software: Business Insider, Google, and More

Ad block software continues to confound the digital publishing industry, but progress is being made as we see the results of various tactics to block ad blockers. Native ads, direct appeals, and other attempts to mitigate ad blocking programs are finding some success, but there’s no question that the issue will be sticking around for a long while.

How Successful Subscription Based Websites Do Marketing

No publisher can hope to have a successful subscription based website without getting the marketing right. So if you have, or plan to launch, one of our three subscription website business models – a portal, magazine website or newsletter website – it’s worth studying the winning strategies used by savvy publishers, including, of course, our own clients.

A Digital Magazine Publishing Platform Is All Platforms

You don’t have to pick a primary or favorite digital magazine publishing platform – as we see from leading media companies, multiplatform strategy leaves it wide open, and the more the merrier
When we say digital magazine publishing platform, the image that forms in our mind’s eye is one a jumping-off point, a launching pad, even

Online Publishing Strategies: Video, Events, and More

Online publishing strategies have grown exponentially since digital magazines have transformed the industry. It is, after all multiplatform strategy, and media companies are wise to maximize as many channels as they can, from video to white papers to podcasts to events to the online magazine library.

From Time to … Coca-Cola (!), the Latest News From Publishing Sites

What Coke has soaked up from publishing sites; plus, Joe Ripp steps down, and The Daily Beast drives website traffic
In digital publishing, sites are where it all starts. But they can’t be where the consumer experience and audience development end. Far from it. As multiplatform magazines, Mequoda Members know that the homepage is a portal.

AMI: More People Read Magazines Online in FY 2016

Our mission in life is to get more people to read magazines online, so this round of recent news is well received
Your goal and our goal? Make it irresistible for people to read magazines online … specifically the one you’re producing, pivoting, or redesigning right now. Simple on paper – er, make that on screen

Successful Magazines Are Multiplatform Magazines

We make it our business to help you publish successful magazines. How do we do it? Well, it’s not a big secret, and we certainly don’t keep it from our clients. Create quality content and distribute it well with a multiplatform strategy. That’s about all there is to it.

Premium Publishing News: Magazine Expansion, Monetizing Content, and More

What is premium publishing? Premium publishing is what happens when media companies prioritize high-quality content – and then produce the infrastructure to support it. Premium publishing means monetization. Paywalls, subscriptions, audience loyalty, among other components, comprise a big part of premium publishing.

Report: Mobile Media Consumption Dominating Desktop

The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) released its Top 10 magazine brands for the first half of 2016 on July 28, along with its most current audience data taken from those six months. The findings, compiled by MPA metrics arm Magazine Media 360°, continue to show strong growth while also marking major shifts in mobile media consumption.

Magazine VR: Is Our Industry Ready for Yet Another Innovation?

If you’re running a digital magazine, VR, or virtual reality, is not at the forefront of your mind right now. You’ve got daily content concerns, tech to catch up with, and a multi-front battle against ad blocking and other viewability issues to contend with.

But at the same time, you’re also always looking for more ways to get your content in front of more eyes, and VR can literally make that happen. The question is, how to acquire, integrate, and master the technology? Well, we’re starting to see some precedent established with major multiplatform publishers, and they’re setting some examples for digital magazines with virtual reality aspirations.

News for Print Publishers: Newsstand, Xerox, Customization

While it’s true we’ve made our reputation with digital publishers, remember that many of them started as print publishers, and we helped them make the transition by instilling multiplatform strategy and philosophy. Also keep in mind that some of us have a background in print magazines going way back, most notably our founder and chairman Don Nicholas himself.

The Publisher Portal: What Your Website Really Means

By now, you must have read us go on and on about the Mequoda Portal, an integral part of our multiplatform strategy for digital magazines. Fact is, the publisher portal is an oft-overlooked and even neglected part of media companies’ approach. But it’s of paramount importance if only because a solid home base for your brand frees you up to do so many other things.

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.

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

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.

Ad-Free Magazines: Prevention Takes the Plunge

Among publishing executives, is there anyone more admirable than Maria Rodale? Of course, we all have our favorites, but for us, Rodale’s new media innovation, multiplatform strategy instincts, niche content bona fides, and other qualities make her a true titan of the industry. And now, as stalwart Rodale property Prevention joins a small number of ad-free magazines, you see a leading title take a big step in the battle against ad blocking, viewability, and other challenges of a traditional revenue model by becoming essentially a members’ only club supported by subscribers and perhaps ecommerce content strategy.

ABC to Track and Measure Digital Magazine Distribution, Readership

Digital magazine distribution and consumption will receive the Audit Bureau of Circulations treatment; plus, Google follows Apple’s lead and Time Inc.’s vision
Digital magazine distribution, readership, ad views, and more are all sliced and diced in some way, shape, or form, but the question these days is accuracy, veracity, and reliability. The future of digital advertising

Ad Blocking Impact Will Reach Unprecedented Levels in Coming Years

What we know: Ad blocking is on the rise. What we don’t know: whether the effort to block ad blockers will prove effective. What’s starting to become apparent: The ad blocking impact will be significant.

For online publishers who don’t rely solely on digital advertising for revenue, this is not crushing news. Hopefully, you’re one of them, because you have a multiplatform strategy in place. For online publishers who do, rely solely on digital advertising, read on for MediaPost’s coverage. And don’t panic!

Online Ad Targeting … for Print Magazines?

Hearst says yes, begins providing online ad targeting for readers of print magazines; plus, the Independent, True Ink, and time-based selling
Believe it or not, a big part of multiplatform strategy is your print product. After all, if you have a robust one, chances are you can make the transition to digital publishing and succeed. And,

Publishing Economics: Facebook, European Expansion, Ad Blocking

The volatility of publishing economics will be mitigated with a multiplatform strategy built on repeatable best practices. That is one of our core principles, and a big part of what the Mequoda Method is built on.

Still, it’s worth it to monitor the trends priming the pump of publishing economics, and Digiday certainly has us covered in that department this week. Let’s take a look at a few of their latest articles!

Online Media Industry News: Mobile, Advertising, Data

While there’s a lot to be excited and optimistic about, the online media industry is also full of pitfalls, mirages, and false leads that run into dead ends. We try to tell you about both ends of the divide!

The fundamentals of digital publishing include multiplatform strategy, subscription strategy, and advertising. But the proliferation of mobile video and audience data, while definitely serving their purpose, can sidetrack magazines.

TheMediaBriefing.com does a nice job of covering these realities and other online media industry news with some recent articles. Let’s take a look!

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.

Digital Content Publishing News: Regional Magazines, Event Production, Online Advertising

Understanding the new model for digital content publishing via niche and multiplatform principles 

Digital content publishing is greater than the sum of its parts; grasping this concept makes a successful multiplatform strategy possible.

While you’ll definitely have strengths and weaknesses as an online magazine, on balance, you must gain some traction on at least a few tracks

Digital Publishing Innovation Conference Boasts Impressive Lineup

The sphere of publishing events is expanding every week, and we’re happy to see it, since they’re a crucial component of the Mequoda Method for multiplatform strategy. But few events can compare to the one happening next week in Berlin when it comes to digital publishing innovation.

Among the organizers of the Digital Innovators’ Summit are our friends at FIPP, the Worldwide Magazine Media Association, so you know it’s the real deal.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry: The Digital Innovators’ Summit blog continues to be generous when it comes to sharing interviews with publishing executives who are attending, and so we’re able to present this preview, full of wisdom from some of the best minds in the new media industry.

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!

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.

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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

Top Magazine Publishers Busy in First Month of 2016

While most of us are still ramping up, the early days of 2016 haven’t seen much of a break in the action when it comes to the top magazine publishers’ business moves.

The Online Magazine Revenue Streams That Grew in 2015

As any compromised comment section can tell us, there are a whole lot of ways to make money on the Internet! Online magazine revenue streams comprise some solid volume in that pool (in the legitimate end, that is). In fact, helping digital publishers generate online magazine revenue is how we generate revenue ourselves.

Digital Magazine News: Time Inc., Wired.com, New Republic

Digital magazine news about multiplatform strategy, increasing website traffic, mergers & acquisitions, and white papers and freemiums is what we love to share with our Mequoda Members and visitors to our website.

Luckily, we have sources like FishbowlNY to draw from. Let’s take a look at some recent articles on industry goings-on, starting with one of our favorite, most fascinating topics of 2015 — the Time Inc. digital renaissance.

Publisher-Advertiser Alignment Crucial for 2016

The publisher-advertiser dynamic has always been a fragile one, but it needn’t be a fractious one. After all, it’s a symbiotic relationship, and the success of each, in theory, depends upon the success of the other.

And the more things change, the more they stay the same.

3 Digital Magazine Publishing Predictions for 2016

Publishers will reinvent their digital magazines across platforms and newsstands in 2016
This year print magazines saw a sharp downturn in newsstand sales, with a 10.3% drop year-over-year in single issue retail and a 9.8% drop in dollar value during that same time period, MediaPost reports. Time Inc., Hearst, and Meredith all saw plunges. Meanwhile, The New Yorker,

How Modern Publishers Are Making Money — and How They’ll Make More in 2016

We’ve rolled out our year-end retrospectives and looks ahead, which we believe provide a blueprint for modern publishers looking to improve on audience development and conversion via sound but also experimental multiplatform strategy.

But we also like taking a look around to see what other industry observers are saying about the state of digital magazines, especially industry observers with a strong track record.

Publishing Executive is the leader of the pack in that department. Let’s see what they gathered up from their 2015 articles as well as what they’re predicting for 2016.

Digital Media Ads: Cross-Device Targeting, 2016 Predictions, Ad Blocking

Digital media ads are only one part of a multiplatform strategy amid subscriptions, events, white papers, and other products, of course, but they sure can serve as an important 0ne, depending on your magazine business model.

For all but the biggest, most established publishers (and even sometimes they themselves) generating Internet advertising revenue can be tricky and erratic. While the ad dollars are there, wringing them out with the right online content management and audience development is the key.

IAC Joins Ranks of Publisher Networks With New Venture

For some companies with multiple properties, publisher networks just make sense as a way to centralize operations and standardize content across all platforms for the purposes of more attractive options for digital advertisers.

Now, of course, we realize that not all digital magazines are in this position, but publisher networks are an industry-wide phenomenon that bears watching in the context of potential mergers & acquisitions, niche strategy, the future of web advertising, and the direction of multiplatform strategy.

News From Legacy Publishers: Condé Nast Editorial, Executives Undergoing Big Changes

Did you know that while many Mequoda Members are niche publishers and regional publications, many others have been legacy publishers looking to transition to creating digital magazines that can compete in an industry that finds niche publishers and regional magazines succeeding at unprecedented rates?

That’s why we have a soft spot for legacy publishers, and why we keep a close eye on magazine industry news, activity from top publishing companies, and mergers & acquisitions.

Apple Publishing for Digital Magazines: Is “News” Working?

Apple publishing opportunities have long served as a component of digital magazines’ plans, but toward the end of Apple Newsstand’s run, it became clear that the service was not actually serving publishers as well as they might have hoped for.

Now, enter Apple News, an aggregator app that offers publishers some attractive features when it comes to traffic and digital ad revenue. But is the promise panning out?

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!

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.

What Modern Multiplatform Magazines Look Like

Why do modern multiplatform magazines make so much money?
At Mequoda we talk about publishers that have multiplatform magazines on a regular basis, but what we don’t always mention is that those who are the most niche, see the greatest gains. General interest publishers are having a heck of a time figuring out a content strategy,

Internet Advertising Revenue Drives Local Ad Boom

Internet advertising revenue isn’t all the way there quite yet as the sole source of profit for the majority of publishers, but it continues to grow at a rate that makes it more and more attractive to digital magazines, on both the local and national level. As publishers get closer to cracking the code on mobile advertising trends and perfect the art of sponsored content – not to mention they’re able to fully realize the benefits of online advertising as part of a multiplatform strategy.

MediaPost covers the growth of Internet advertising revenue from all angles – let’s take a look at what they have for us this week.

Niche Content: How One Major Publisher Is Playing It

There’s no doubt that niche content is the name of the game, at least if you’re playing the game using the Mequoda Method. But digital magazines can’t expect to slap a few enthusiast articles up on a homepage and wait for the money roll in. Rather, online publishers must stay vigilant in repurposing content, developing a content distribution strategy, and cultivating audience via social media and other platforms.

Digital Audience Development: How the Times Hit 1 Million Digital Subscribers

Digital audience development is the endgame for magazine publishing companies making the transition from traditional channels to a multiplatform strategy that will them in a position to compete in the coming decades. But getting to the endgame is a work in progress: Digital magazines are continually experimenting with new channels, refining best practices, and measuring social media efforts in the digital media evolution. It’s never easy.

Unless you’re The New York Times, of course.

Digital Industry News: Meredith Deal, Business Insider, Reader’s Digest

Media General and Meredith made major digital industry news recently when they announced a mega-deal was in the works that would see the former acquire the latter to form a publishing and broadcast monster, taking multiplatform strategy to a whole other level. The terms were reported as a 65% stake for $2.4 billion.

But Nexstar has trumped that digital industry news with a bombshell of its own.

Read on below for the full scoop from Folio:, plus the official announcement of yet another big purchase and the rebranding of a legendary legacy magazine.

Meet the the Moment’s Hottest New Digital Magazine Platform

One of the most significant advantages of a multiplatform strategy is that new digital magazine platform options pop up frequently: They make for a renewable resource that will likely never run out. If you’re willing to put in the work and climb the learning curve as quickly as possible, you can integrate new Internet revenue models at your own pace!

The latest digital magazine platform to gain momentum in the publishing industry is ecommerce content strategy.

Tons of Publishers’ News: Time Inc. Digital, Rodale, Niche Media, and More

Latest publishers’ news includes personnel moves, mergers & acquisitions, and multiplatform advances
For publishers, news from across the industry is nonstop these days, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Keeping tabs on the activity of other digital magazines and media companies makes for an instructive exercise in both inspiring stories and cautionary tales for

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