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Write Better Subscription Marketing Copy By Learning From the Greats

In 1926, a long-form print ad for the U.S. School of Music was written by John Caples, and the headline read, “They Laughed When I Sat Down At the Piano, But When I Started to Play!” It’s been noted as one of the most perfect headlines ever written.

Multiplatform Marketing: The Value in “Free” for Publishers

In multiplatform marketing and social media, do you ever feel like the content you produce is making more money for other people, than for you? Think about it. 100 years ago, American songwriter, Victor Herbert sued a restaurant for playing his song on a piano without paying royalties for the song and formed a society, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers to keep this from happening to other artists and publishers. Sure, plagiarism is one angle of what multiplatform publishers encounter when someone uses your content without permission, but what about the content you give away for free on other platforms?

Subscription Marketing: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

As long as you’re selling to humans, you can’t go wrong with classic strategies. The more I read and write about the future of magazines and subscription marketing, the more I realize that the Internet continues to create a sea change for the magazine industry. When I learned the trade, I was learning what the publishing generation before me had learned, and the generation before that.

Mastering Subscription Marketing Language with a Story

So you’ve launched your subscription website. You’ve determined the right price, and how you want to offer your subscription to customers, and you’re ready to think about ways to entice, persuade and convince them, whether it’s copy on a landing page, or an outbound email. Few subscribers ever make a decision to buy from you based solely on your price or offer!

Online Circulation Is Up, but So Is Meredith’s Print Performance

We’re not digital-and-damn-the-torpedoes here at Mequoda, believe it or not. While digital magazines are our focus, we believe there’s room for print in multi-platform publishing; while Mequoda Members approach us to help them transition to a mobile and desktop existence, many retain their print properties and find success in doing so. But what about those rare breeds who go from digital to print? Allrecipes, a Meredith title, is one such example, and they’re flourishing with an increased rate base. Other publishers are focusing on online circulation with recent news from audit houses.

World’s Largest Paywall Providers Teaming Up

Press+, a major supplier of paid content paywalls for U.S. sites, has been purchased by 3TS Capital Partners and will be joined with its paywall property Piano Media, reports Folio.

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

Mark Twain, An Old Rock Critic and a Young Marketer

Ages of Enlightenment at SIPA and Beyond

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
—Mark Twain

On page 5 of the SIPA July Hotline newsletter just posted yesterday afternoon—and also shown on the left—there’s a picture of Collin Berglund of Inside Mortgage Finance holding up his new iPad from randomly winning the Tweet Wall Contest at SIPA 2011 last month. Guy Cecala, CEO and publisher of IMF and SIPA’s past president, stands beside Collin.

SIPA Member Profile: Lawson Gets ‘Credit’ for Success

Rob Lawson, Credit Today, LLC, Roanoke, Va.

SIPA: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into this business?
LAWSON: Swim team coach at the Wooster, Ohio, YMCA. First “real” job: credit manager at The J.M. Smucker Company. I decided to start a newsletter after being a white collar fraud investigator for 13 years. I’d accomplished all of my original goals in that field and didn’t want to get stale or “fight the dark side” my entire career. I also had a burning desire to start something on my own.