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A Great Example of a Premium Content Subscription

A couple of years ago, Don outlined the attributes of a premium content subscription: not a website itself, but the thing that customers buy – the content subscription.

In updating this post (as we often do with our website content – a Mequoda best practice), we decided to give you an actual example of the perfect premium content subscription, and we settled on CooksIllustrated.com, the companion website to Cook’s Illustrated magazine from America’s Test Kitchen.

Deconstructing the phrase “premium content subscription” is a helpful exercise for getting this discussion onto the right track. Let’s take a look at each of the three words individually.

The Perfect Digital Magazine Template

Magazines are designed to be read from front to back. They have covers and a table of contents. Magazines are arranged in a series of articles. Compare that with other media, where the articles are arranged with taxonomies and hyperlinks, and are not linear.

Hyperlinking is not linear. Any medium that enables or encourages the reader to bounce around among hundreds or thousands of articles is not a linear medium. What’s more, humans desire closure, which magazines provide. A reader can say “I have read the April issue of Vanity Fair. I finished it on Sunday.”

5 Pubs Who Abandoned Print For Digital-Only Magazines

Varying experiences from publishers that made the switch to digital-only magazines and portals (and came back to tell the tale)
Digital-only magazines have had their ups, downs, and (in some cases) its “in-betweens.” While some digital magazines have remained powerful and influential after going digital, others have since been discontinued. And some of them end up seeing

Magazine Subscription Websites: 4 Huge Mistakes You Might Be Making

“Do your job.”

Those are the famous words of New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, and the mantra of the whole team, who I imagine you already know just won their fifth Super Bowl in the greatest game of all time (no New England bias here, nope!)
If you have a magazine, you have a magazine subscription website. Most publishers don’t use the same definition as we do, because I don’t think most magazine subscription websites do their job. They exist, and they process payments, but they do very little to attract (provocative pricing), entice (great copy and packages), and keep subscribers happy (digital archives and access).

What Are Online Magazines? 5 Magazine Archetypes Every Publisher Should Know

Do you run or contribute to an online magazine?

Most of our readers would consider themselves in the magazine publishing industry, that is true. But do you think you run an online magazine, or a digital magazine, a print magazine or a magazine website? You might have chosen two or three of those, or you might think they mean similar things. However, to us, these all have very different meanings and very different business models.

Expansion for Subscription Websites Focuses on Tight Paywalls, Strong Relationships, and More Content

Building relationships and high-quality content serve subscription websites like Scribd, The Telegraph, and Food52
Do you remember when subscription websites started using paywalls to add a new revenue stream to their publication? There was much debate about the process, including the rate to charge customers for access.

The question of price is still a hot topic by

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.

Magazine Industry Trends: Audience, Digital Ads, Paywalls for Online Content

Making sense of the latest magazine industry trends via top digital publishers: Rodale, Time Inc., Conde Nast, Hearst, IBT
So much news about magazine industry trends during the past month, in large part because of the MPA’s annual gathering in New York City. This news centers on audience development, digital advertising, and monetization strategies that funnel

Online Ad Revenue Experiences Unprecedented Growth

For some digital magazines, the effort to generate online ad revenue can evoke a verse from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink.”

Here’s the thing: The money is there to be had. Marketers are ready to spend — are spending as we speak — across desktop and mobile. On sites, apps, and social media channels.

But if you don’t have the right infrastructure, content distribution strategy, audience development, and magazine business model in place, it’s like stepping inside one of those old game-show cash chambers with your hands tied behind your back.

What Bad Reviews Reveal About the “Best” Digital Magazines

Have you ever spent time poking around on your iPad, just to see how customers feel about the digital magazines they buy and subscribe to? We make this a habit of ours, picking out some of the common themes (typically, bad usability and type size complaints) and also purchasing habits.

Paywalls for Online Content: More Publishers Signing On

Paywalls for online content are a work in progress, as publishers perfect the strategy with tiers, bundles, memberships, and other tactics. But there’s no question that they have a place at the table when it comes to generating revenue. Recently, Publishing Executive covered the most recent digital magazine to opt in to using paywalls for online content: Pando, née PandoDaily.

3 Top Online Video Platforms Used by Publishers with Premium Video Content

Uploading your videos to YouTube has its benefits. Your videos get indexed on the world’s second largest search engine, it’s free and life is good. But what if you have premium video content on your website? You know, the video content that took you hours, days, and months to produce? This video content is secure behind a paid firewall for your most valued customers and subscribers. YouTube is no place for premium content. YouTube is great for promotional and free teaser content. Same goes for Vimeo.

Magazine Publishing Industry March Update: Mergers, Staff Moves, and More

Every month, we check in with Folio:’s sister magazine, min, to monitor big comings, goings, and doings in the magazine publishing industry. This roundup features plenty of executive personnel changes, plus a couple of major purchases and one major redesign.

Digital Magazine Publishers Making Moves, News

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

What are Digital Magazines?

Digital magazines comprise the whole ecosystem of paperless magazines.

If a story can be read digitally, it’s a digital magazine. It doesn’t matter if it’s read on the web, or a tablet, or a smartphone – if you can’t flip a physical page, then it’s a digital magazines.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking specifially about online magazines—magazines that live on the web, and are often sold and browsed through a subscription website, but this is just one type of digital magazine.

Good News for ‘Newsweek’

Capital New York is reporting that Newsweek, owned by IBT Media, is profitable once again.

Is Facebook Driving More Referral Traffic Than Google?

Some publishers have found Facebook to be a significant form of referral traffic, especially since Facebook has taken efforts to highlight publisher content.

Newsweek Digital Tactics Take Shape

With its print reincarnation established, Newsweek 2.0 is setting its sights on its original mission: a robust digital presence. Capital New York reports that Editor-in-Chief Jim Impoco is devoting considerably more resources to Newsweek’s multiplatform operations.

Publisher Emails Hitting Their Targets

As Mequoda members know, email newsletters, despite pronouncements about their demise, are still strong performers for publishers, David Carr writes in his New York Times Media Equation column.

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.

Who’s Winning the Tablet Magazine Wars?

It’s not who you might think

Now that AAM is allowing publishers to report their tablet magazine circulation separately, it’s become possible to track those who are leading the way in this small but growing segment.

And the news is startling.

We compiled the Mequoda 25 Top Tablet Magazines drawing on those magazines reporting their digital circulation to

Time Magazine Expands, Reorganizes Staff

The dust has settled after Time’s personnel changes during the first week of April, and Tom Weber has found himself near the top of the heap.

An assistant managing editor at the magazine for two years, Weber is now executive editor, according to MinOnline.com. He “distinguished himself [by] his shrewd news judgment, great story sense, and ability to work with writers to frame and form their stories into surprising, high-impact features,” Time said in a statement.

Newsweek Pricing Makes a Splash, But Not in a Good Way

Today we bring you another installment in our ongoing magazine pricing series, What Big Publishers Are Doing Wrong.

OK, it’s not really a series. But lately we’ve been taking up the latest hot stories from the publishing industry, applying a hard Mequoda look at those publications, and finding something utterly different from the breathless coverage that other observers deliver.

Knight Kiplinger Talks About the Future of Kiplinger Magazine

What do you do when your the head of a well-known financial publishing brand and none of your heirs have gone into the family business? Well, for starters you start talking about the future now so things wouldn’t seem so drastic down the road. That is what Knight Kiplinger did when he talked to Thomas Heath of The Washington Post about his family-owned publication, Kiplinger.

Newsweek’s Digital Magazine Subscription Gamble

via Newsweek

Will Newsweek’s digital magazine subscription pricing work? Ken Doctor from Nieman Labs has all the details about Newsweek’s relaunch. We found the part about their digital magazine subscription pricing to be a bit startling. Doctor writes, “The paywall isn’t unusual; the pricing is. Charging $39.99 for digital-only access is high,

Audience Development Flub: Rap Genius Lost 80% of its SEO

Rap Genius is a popular music lyric database site that has grown quite popular in the last year. However, Rap Genius did something incredibly bad for its SEO earlier in the month. Search Engine Land reported about a link building scheme Rap Genius concocted. Rap Genius would trade you a tweet to your article if you included a list of links with anchor texts back to Rap Genius in your article.

Allrecipes Expands Digital Publishing Strategy

Meredith’s print magazine Allrecipes is only a month old but expansion is already in the game plan. Bill Mickey writes, “After just one month in print, Allrecipes, the print extension of Meredith’s Allrecipes.com, plans to boost its rate base another 30 percent from 500,000 copies to 650,000 copies. The increase will take effect with the April 2014 issue.”

Even in the new digital landscape we’re seeing that print has a place and can be successful. It will be interesting to see what other publishers decide to invest more into print publications in the future.

Will BitWall be the New Paywall for Subscription Websites?

Paywalls have been big for publishers by bringing in subscription website money. The Daily Dish is going at paywalls in another way; by accepting tweets or bitcoins in exchange for premium content.

Kit Eaton writes, “Called BitWall, the paywall is intended to boost revenue by promoting content. Users can also choose to see an ad if they don’t wish to tweet.”

Meredith Goes Big With Video In 2014

The New York Times is reporting that Meredith will be creating five new video web series in 2014. They’ll debut under a new division called Meredith Originals. Stuart Elliot writes, “Each Web series will run for 12 or 24 episodes, based on sponsorship levels, and will be distributed through the Meredith Digital Network of sites.”

Apps Are This Week’s Digital Publishing Trend

Publishers have been creating apps but recently they’ve turned it up a notch and that’s why apps are this week’s digital publishing trend.

Bloomberg’s Digital First Video Strategy

Does this work on TV or the web? That is the question Bloomberg TV producers are asking themselves now. Digiday has a full report on how this digital first strategy is paying off for Bloomberg. Josh Sternberg writes,”Bloomberg has production teams in New York, London and Asia, which together create an eye-popping 200 pieces of video content every day, both streaming video and video on demand.”

Wait, Who Bought Newsweek?

Even though Jeff Bezos’ purchase this week knocked them out of the spotlight, a relatively unknown company, IBT, publisher of IBTimes.com bought Newsweek. What nobody is failing to mention in their news reports is that when they Tweeted about the acquisition, they only got one re-tweet and it was from someone else at IBT. So, if you measure popularity by Twitter influence, these guys are relatively unknown even though their company does have a cool 19k followers.

Newsweek and Boston Globe Sold

Newsweek was sold over the weekend to IBT Media, reports Capital New York. “IAC/InterActive reached a deal to sell Newsweek, which has been publishing since January as a digital-only version of the old magazine, to the owners of the International Business Times.” IBT Media has stated that Newsweek will remain a digital-only publication.

Comments Get an Upgrade at the NY Times

The New York Times has started experimenting with its placement of comments, reports Journalism.co.uk.

Marc Lavallee, a deputy editor of interactive news at the New York Times said, “the comments were elevated from below the line, placed alongside the story in a similar style to how New York Times’ much-discussed Snowfall presentation uses pull quotes and and visual pointers alongside the main narrative.”

Apple, Newsweek and Rupert Murdock Are Having a Bad Week

TabTimes is reporting that Apple has been found guilty of “conspiring with publishers to fix the price of electronic books, dating far back as 2009”.

“The five publishers charged in the case – Hachette, HarperCollins, Holtzbrinck, Simon & Schuster and the Penguin Group – have since reached settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice, but Apple will now be forced to wait until a new hearing determines what damages it must pay,” TT reports. The current pricing model lets publishers set the price and then gives them a 30% cut of the sales while Apple takes 70%. Apple plans to fight the verdict.

Magazine Publishers to Leverage Print on Demand?

New print on demand opportunities are were presented to magazine publishers at Retail Marketplace 2013 according to IPDA Publishing & Retail news. Ingram Content Group (ICG) presented options to help magazine publishers leverage their print on demand technology.

Karlene Lukovitz reports, “ICG’s core premise: Since POD print (and digital) products are created and fulfilled to match supply with demand (one-offs based on prepaid consumer orders or publisher-determined small numbers of copies)–and the publisher’s cost and profit margin are predetermined–POD capabilities minimize waste copies/costs, while enabling sales to new (including global) markets/customers. ICG also believes there is potential for employing POD in traditional retail channels.”

Salon Media Group Makes Cuts, Boosts Web Traffic + Revenues

Digital publishing news for July 1, 2013
Salon Media Group saw increased revenue Q1 due to a nice boost in Web traffic reports Folio: “Salon is up 21 percent in net revenue from continuing operations when comparing Q1 2013 to Q1 2012, which totals about $900,000.” Due to the web traffic increase, their ad revenues and third-party ad revenues soared 10% and 23% respectively. Salon also made strategic cuts in both video production and their subscription model which also bolstered their financials.

Apple Newsstand on the Rise

Apple Newsstand is making it easier and more efficient for magazine and newspaper lovers worldwide to gain access to their favorite reads.

Simon Wainwright conducted research on how consumers are adapting to the digital age and what it means for the future. While the US still dominates the market with around 42 percent of purchases in Newsstand, that still leaves 58 percent of the market to the rest of the world, with 17 percent coming from the UK. The search function is one of the biggest problems users have with the Newsstand claims Wainwright, saying “it can be a struggle for users to find exactly what they want.”

The biggest pro the Newsstand has going for it is the fact that content is updated faster. Instead of one magazine per month, there might be new content available weekly or even daily. Instead of going to the store, you can just tap “download”.

Week in Review: December 10th, 2012 – December 14th, 2012

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

Week in Review: November 19th, 2012 – November 23rd, 2012

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

Is Business Failure an Option?

Publishing is at a crossroads. Are you ready?

No one is in business to fail. But with demand for digital content off the charts, no one can afford to put off making the transition to online publishing. Why, in just a few weeks, Newsweek will publish its last print edition ever. Are you ready to make Internet publishing your main – or only – revenue source?

If you or anyone in your organization needs to catch up to online publishing … if you have new team members or want to promote staff to online publishing positions … if you have the slightest doubt about your organization’s readiness to tackle the digital world, the Mequoda Internet Marketing Intensive is mandatory.

Internet marketing genius now available — Mequoda Summit only!

Mequoda’s Audience Development Summit 2012 is more than just talking heads. Not only do you learn the secrets and strategies of the leaders in Internet marketing in six eye-opening sessions, you get to pick their brains, too!

Take home proven strategies for successful digital publishing, niche marketing, content strategy, marketing digital subscriptions and more. Then ask our speakers anything you want at our Audience Development Roundtable AND the Audience Development Power Panel!

Digital Magazine Sales Showing Promise

While digital magazines are still just a tiny piece of the revenue pie for most publishers, there is some growth to report on the number of readers buying digital editions. There is also an increasing number of media companies committing to a digital-first mentality.

10 Magazines Who Talk Back on Twitter

It’s the “social” in social media that makes it so effective. Consider how the always sassy and witty @ColonelTribune has built a following of more than 807k followers as compared to its more corporate counterpart @ChicagoTribune with just 83k followers. While both accounts are run by The Chicago Tribune, the Colonel plays the role of community facilitator by encouraging feedback and responding to their readers.

12 Ways Publishers Generate Revenue on Facebook

Let’s start with a little breakdown of why Facebook just became the #1 place to generate revenue in social media.

Facebook accounts for 52.1% percent of all sharing on the web. When someone wants to share something, they share it on Facebook—and this includes your promotions and sales. In fact, 93% of Facebook users have posted or read some kind of shopping recommendation this 2011 holiday season and 66% percent of those people ended up making a purchase on Black Friday/Cyber Monday “as a direct result of social media interactions with brands and family”.

The 2009 Mequoda Hotlist

The 2009 Mequoda Hotlist is our annual listing of the fastest growing Mequoda System Publishers in America. The multi-media publishers in the Mequoda Hotlist are used by the Mequoda Research Team to maintain the Mequoda System Best Practices for Successful Online Publishing & Marketing and are the base line for virtually all the content produced for Mequoda Daily, Mequoda Webinars, Mequoda Pro Seminars on Demand and all live Mequoda Summits and Workshops.

What Kindle Users Buy

The Kindle Wireless Reader has forever changed online publishing, for the better?

Ever wonder how many Kindles has Amazon sold to date? Apparently, that is the million dollar question. The general consensus is this: over 250,000 units sold in 2007, modest estimates of 500,000-750,000 units sold in 2008 and there was a quick sell out the new DX model in 2009. By our calculations, there are at least 1 million Kindles out there. Compare this to the Sony Reader which has sold just over 300,000 devices since the debut of the original Reader in 2006.

Magazines 24/7 Coverage: Print Vs. Web – The Editorial Challenge

Editors gather for a candid discussion about what’s working online and what isn’t

Jacob Weisberg, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group, opened this session by asking: Why aren’t magazines better online? And how can we turn it around?

Magazines 24/7 Coverage: Rethinking Decision-Making in a 2.0 World

Google’s Analytics Evangelist, Avinash Kaushik, tells magazine publishers why some of their sites “suck” and what kind of thinking is required to fix them

Facebook and YouTube Searching for Magazine Partnerships – But How Can Publishers Make Money?

Two keynote addresses at the MPA’s 4th magazines 24/7 conference focused on getting publishers to let go of their content and partner with the social networking and video sharing giants

At the Magazine Publishers of America’s 4th Magazines 24/7 digital conference last week in NYC, the message was loud and clear: let go of your content, produce lots of video (but don’t try to be TV), build widgets and bring your content to where the users are – YouTube and Facebook. Oh… and don’t forget the power of being a magazine publisher.

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