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Tag: OFIN

Similar in concept to OFIEs, an OFIN is an "Order Form in Navigation". While they are usually smaller in size than OFIEs, their strategic intent is the same: to quickly capture your visitor's name and email address in order to grant them access to a free special report or a free copy of your magazine or newsletter. The ultimate goal for you as the website publisher is to quickly and easily add your unknown site visitors to your email database.

How to Capture and Convert Web Visitors

ACEM doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but if you’ve been following along for awhile, you know this acronym is baked into everything we do here at Mequoda.

How Can You Improve Engagement as a Publisher?

This week we’re focusing on engagement, in How Can Engagement (E) Be Improved? The ‘E’ in the Mequoda Method’s ACEM, is really about retention, and the idea that if you’re a subscription-based publisher, that the link with relationship with your customer is key.

How Does Your Email Capture Rate Compare to Other Publishers?

Your email capture rate (ECR) is calculated by dividing the number of new email subscribers your website captures each month, by the number of unique new visitors passing through your website in a 30 day period. Your goal is to capture email contact permission from your website visitors by making generous offers that include free incentives.

Strategy Spotlight with Don: 7 Ways to Increase Magazine Circulation

If you’re running or managing a publishing company, your time is often spent figuring out how to build a bigger audience, boost revenues, and increase your profitability on those numbers.

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains seven ways to tackle the audience portion, which will lead to increasing your magazine

10 Email Call To Action Ideas For Your Magazine Website

Most publishers are only using one or two of these email call to action ideas for building an email list to sell more magazines

Did you know that by pairing unproductive employees with productive employees, you can actually improve productivity overall?

Cornerstone OnDemand conducted a study of more than 2,000 tech company employees with a dataset of

36 Ways to Boost Magazine Circulation

36 ways to build your Internet audience, revenue and profits while building your magazine circulation
There are five different ways to build a magazine audience. You can use free subscription offers, use efficient call to action placements, use time-tested brand-building techniques, email-building techniques and other types of traffic drivers.
Consider the offer
The offer is the most important

12 Ways to Convert Website Visitors into Email Subscribers

The very successful publishers that we always turn to when evaluating our best practices have used some or all of the following strategies to convert website visitors into email subscribers. Not to say that they don’t also use ample space on their website to sell new magazine subscribers, they’ve just also spent the time to build their website appropriately so that web to email conversion is a cinch.

Website Architecture vs. Web Design – Which Comes First?

Website architecture refers to the funnel that leads your customers from a page, to a point of interest, like a “buy now” button, or an email subscription form. It refers to the function of your website and its webpages. It does not refer to the colors on your website or your CSS stylesheet, but the actual structure of your website and its purpose.

Every page of your website should have intent. For example, before you “design” a page, create its structure. An article page includes a page title, URL, headline, subhead, body copy, and sometimes a photograph. Additional SEO elements include a meta title, a meta description and tags. These elements all contribute to the architecture of an article page.

Increase Magazine Subscriptions With One Simple Trick

For the first many years as a publisher, you had one goal and only one goal: increase magazine subscriptions.

10 Content Marketing Mistakes That Get Mequoda Editors Fired

To put this post together, we banged together the heads of everyone on the Mequoda team to consolidate some of the mishaps that have occurred with our clients. There have been some truly talented print editors that were either let go, or left by themselves because they couldn’t weather the print to digital transitions. Ones that refused to SEO their content and wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars in content that had to be re-optimized later.

41 Ways to Build Email Circulation Forever [+ Video]

You can build email circulation over forty different ways, and we’ve got all the case studies to prove it! If you’re subscribed to our email newsletter, then you’re living proof that the tips I’m about to share actually work. One of them even worked on you

5 Offers for Building Email Circulation

These methods will help you add more registered members to your email lists

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.

The Real Relationship Between Inbound Links and Audience Development

The popularity contest of inbound links

Inbound links tell search engines that you’re popular. When another site of high authority links to you, it tells Google that someone whom they respect, also respects you.

In turn, Google now respects you too! It’s like a highschool clique; you can make fun of the popular kids behind their backs, but you’re still going to be an “outcast”, and you’re still going to go unnoticed until they want to hang out with you.

Luckily, in search engine land, the rules are in your favor. You can be pretty and flashy, but Google won’t take you out on a date if you have no depth.

Google, Friend or Foe?

If you’re an online publisher, Google should be driving over 50% of your traffic

It’s a love hate relationship with Google. On one hand, you need Google to like your website to drive traffic. On the other hand, it seems no matter how hard you try your website is not moving to page one What’s an online publisher to do?

The number one challenge we see is impatience. Google, like any healthy relationship, takes time to develop and nurture.

The Mequoda Group has coached dozens of publishers using the Mequoda Method. It requires 12-18 months to get everything in place and to begin to see results. However, once established, even small tweaks can make an impact in a short period of time.

Want to Increase Sign-ups for Your Membership Website?

How to use paid and earned media to build your membership website

Most publishers continue to rely on paid media to generate traffic for their membership website. For good reason – paid media works. And it’s often easier to buy website traffic than to rely on earned media.

Basic paid media sources for building your membership website:

Strategic Intent for Subscription Websites

This free report from Mequoda Group discusses 14 guidelines for subscription website design

(Nationwide)—A website that meets the goals of both the users and the publisher is said to have a strong strategic intent. Users typically have one goal: to answer a question they have or fulfill a need of theirs. Information or products can usually help them achieve the goal.

For publishers, there is usually a combination of three goals: generating ad revenue, selling products and building an email marketing lists.

Understand the Language of Landing Pages for Free from Mequoda Group

This free report from Mequoda Group will teach you necessary components and the lingo behind successful landing pages

(Nationwide)—Every page of your website is a landing page, especially in modern times when search engine optimization plays a big part in how websites get ranked. Since visitors may enter your website from any page, you should include conversion architecture throughout your entire site if you plan on converting website visitors into free email newsletter subscribers.

The following components of landing pages should be considered and utilized to their fullest if you want to have the power to convert website visitors into email subscribers. These include:

Landing Page Optimization Book Review: Landing Page Handbook by MarketingSherpa

Due to limited time or budget, the landing page is often given the least priority in a marketing campaign.

Some marketers feel that a great external campaign is more important than a good landing page. Our research has found the opposite to be true. Even a great campaign needs the correct conversion architecture, landing page design is key.

Notes & Quotes from Mequoda Summit Boston 2009: Website Conversion Architecture

One take-away from this in-depth session on landing pages and website conversion architecture, were all the different types of ads and placements that publishers can place on their site
“Email Conversion Rate (ECR) is a direct driver of email circulation,” said Don Nicholas, explaining the importance of collecting email addresses from multiple places on your website.

Organic Landing Pages: The Article Landing Page

Article landing pages are search engine superstars

Article landing pages are most often associated with search engine optimization (SEO), but are also used for attracting any type of organic traffic. This would include any text link given by a webmaster or editor who is referencing one of your webpages as a source of good information on a topic.

Article landing pages are organic landing pages and contain narrative content, with the objective of being picked up by search engines, capturing the users’ interest and leading them to browse more content.

Organic Landing Pages: The Home Landing Page

The Home landing page is your first opportunity to make a good impression

Organic landing pages are full of content that is designed to be attractive to both users and search engines. Essentially, an organic landing page is trying to be found by search engines.

Home landing pages are the first page someone sees when they type in your website address. The home landing page should tell your user exactly what you want them to do and how it will benefit them.

If your main goal is to get them to sign up for an email newsletter, the most important graphic, button or section of your homepage should be dedicated to collecting it. A floater can be a quick and easy way add unknown site visitors to your email database.

What’s the Value of an Inbound Link?

You know the drill: put on your link-building hat and drive website traffic! But why?

Everyone’s telling you to increase audience development by getting on social networks, PR sites and blogs to build relationships where others will link to you (and to link to yourself from those sites). Work, work, work for all those inbound links and watch your traffic soar, they say.

OFIN

Similar in concept to OFIEs, an OFIN is an “Order Form in Navigation”. While they are usually smaller in size than OFIEs, their strategic intent is the same: to quickly capture your visitor’s name and email address in order to grant them access to a free special report or a free copy of your magazine or newsletter. The ultimate goal for you as the website publisher is to quickly and easily add your unknown site visitors to your email database.

Homepage Design: When Scrolling is Better than Clicking

Should your homepage design offer full-length articles to increase conversions, or use snippets to increase clicks?

How to Calculate Your Site-wide Conversion Rates

How to build top level conversion architecture that will increase conversion rates and boost sales

6 Ways to Improve your Website Conversion Rates

Convert more website visitors into buyers or subscribers from any page on your site by using these 6 methods

Creating sales letter landing pages that do double and triple duty

The same high quality copywriting and design elements can be used for online, email and postal mail sales pitches.

Multiplatform publishing in the 21st century means offering users many products on many platforms, and using the Internet to recycle, reuse and republish information in many different formats.

This involves taking the same information and turning it into any format a user could possibly want—from e-books to streaming video to email newsletters. Publishers not only save on material costs, but the same information is being cheaply repackaged and sold in a multitude of formats to maximize customer satisfaction and revenue.

How sales letters convert visitors into buyers

Sales letter landing pages pre-date the Internet in that they resemble traditional direct response sales letters.

A sales letter landing page is a conversion landing page. Its objective is to convert the casual visitor into a paid customer.

Sales letter landing pages are traditional direct response sales letters designed to maximize the conversion rate for a paid product. Often, the very same sales letter landing page, with minor but significant modifications, can be used in both email and postal direct marketing programs.