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Tag: print publishers

The 6 Most Important Email Analytics for Magazine Publishers

How to turn six email analytics metrics into a big picture about the performance and plans for digitally marketing your publication

8 Ways to Sell Digital Magazine Subscriptions

It’s amazing to look back to just a year or so ago, when digital magazines were still something of a novelty. Today, it’s a given that print publishers will soon create a digital version of their product if they haven’t already.

How to Build Email Marketing Lists Using 3 Hidden Assets

You may be sitting on three significant hidden assets that you can use to build your email marketing lists quickly
Do you realize that you might be sitting on a few opportunities to increase your email marketing lists? In the investments world, hidden assets are considered those that don’t show up on a balance sheet. Real

10 Digital Publishing Tips and Strategies for Multiplatform Magazine Publishers

Only five years after the advent of the tablet, strategies for successful digital magazine publishing are starting to sort themselves out and deliver measurable results. Of course at Mequoda, we’re all about documenting these things so digital publishers don’t have to re-invent the wheel.

Here are 10 things you must do if you want to join the ranks of millionaire publishers … a goal we think is worthy of all digital publishers today.

The Benefits of Online Advertising in a Nutshell

Once upon a time, online advertising had a shady reputation.

Luckily for publishers, that’s all in the past. The online advertising industry has improved its reputation, and consumers have become more accustomed to seeing these ads. Even the once-dreaded popup ad has become routine, especially when it’s carefully aligned with your content, which is a Mequoda Best Practice.

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How Much Should You Invest in Your Subscription Website?

Few things fascinate subscription website publishers more than the relationship between cost and revenue for the various operational centers inside their business. We have long known for instance, that editorial or product costs are typically 8 to 12% of revenue for a niche media business. The number can run higher for very small operations and lower for very large operations.

10 Most-Read Digital Magazine Publishing Posts of 2017

Our top-read digital magazine publishing posts of last year showcase ways you can start a digital magazine from scratch and how to ensure it’s success
We’ve studied digital magazine publishing efforts and found what works. These reader-favorite posts from the past year help publishers approach the business with confidence. There is advice on starting your magazine

The Latest Audience Development Strategies Consider Chatbots, Video

Video has been a tool for audience development and a medium for premium content for years. However, the popularity of this medium continues to grow and new insights are discovered from it. Chatbots are a new tool being used by publishers to connect with audiences differently.

How to Increase Your Viral Email Capture Rate: 3 Alternate List-Building Strategies

When building email circulation, by most accounts, email capture rate is a proxy metric. You’d be mistaken to say that it’s an exact metric because when we talk about email capture rate, we’re usually talking about the number of people who came to your site from search and social and hit the email capture conversion architecture.

But in reality, that’s only about half of the people who sign up for your email list.

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How to Track and Increase Email Revenue

Increase email revenue by determining your ideal revenue per subscriber, and then using service journalism to keep them on a path toward monetization

A Mequoda online publishing and marketing system measures revenue produced by email newsletter subscribers differently from the way that print publishers have traditionally measured the lifetime value of a subscriber.

The revenue per email

Do You Have a Solid Business Plan for Success in Multiplatform Publishing?

Do you have a solid business plan for success in multiplatform publishing?

Unless you answered “You better believe it, pal!” to that question, I have another question for you.
How do you expect to succeed without a plan to get you there?
Of course, it’s not easy to navigate this brave new world of multiplatform publishing – at

Apple’s App Store Subscription Revenue Rises 74%

Why is subscription revenue falling for print publishers and rising for app store subscriptions?
While publishers are all fighting for their subscription lives, Apple’s over here seeing subscription revenue up 74%. While much of this revenue applies to app subscriptions for video subscriptions, games and software products, it does also include magazine apps. The top apps

Mequoda’s Top Digital Magazine Publishing Posts of 2016

Our top-read digital magazine publishing posts of last year show an interest in creating, marketing, and monetizing digital magazines and newsletters

In 2016, publishers couldn’t stop talking about the possibilities of digital magazines. After learning that digital magazines are a profitable content business model they’re actively seeking new ways to create new magazines, market them, and

How and Why to Evolve from a Solo Magazine to Multiplatform

In publishing, there’s no room for growth with a solo magazine that stands alone.
One of our favorite stories is that of The American Ceramic Society. The organization turned to the Mequoda Method in 2005 to address the stagnant growth of its two print publications, Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, whose audience is both ceramics professionals and dedicated amateurs.

The

What is a Mequoda Multiplatform Media Matrix?

Get your ducks in a row and plan your multiplatform publishing future
If you’ve considered selling your publication, the market is saying they will not value a publication at all if they are not at least on the road to multiplatform publishing – so if your organization is not on this path, then there may be

Magazine Expansion: Launches, Audience Metrics, Niche Engagement

Magazine expansion is a key to magazine survival and success. Building on your product is a key tenet of multiplatform publishing strategy. The question is, how do you pull it off? Well, there are many possibilities, as recent coverage from FolioMag.com shows.

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.

What to Consider Before Setting up a Subscription Website

Setting up a subscription website could be a costly test if you don’t think about these three things first
The answers are not always obvious, even to a seasoned print or electronic publisher. Setting up a subscription website from scratch is very different from running an existing enterprise. Our understanding of website publishing is rooted in

A Step-by-Step Roadmap for Making the Digital Conversion

If you’ve been reading here about the journey from legacy print publishing to digital magazine publishing, it may sound almost too confusing to contemplate
The journey involves everything from creating a magazine edition you may never even have heard of before – the web edition – to pricing to marketing on social media to upgrading print

Digital Magazine Circulation Data: To Report or Not to Report?

Circulation reporting and auditing has been a meticulous science for more than a century. Then digital magazine publishing came along to shake it up for the first time in decades.

In fact, if you haven’t read our recent look into AAM’s reporting methods. The short story is that AAM doesn’t count subscription numbers, they count subscriber numbers. If someone is subscribed to your digital edition and your print edition, you only get to count it once. Most publishers choose to tally subscribers under their print editions, so their number of digital subscribers look small compared to the reality of that last, and regardless of whether a subscriber paid more to get the digital edition as part of a combo package.

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,

The Five Magazine Editions You Should Consider

There’s no such thing as publishing a magazine.

The fact is, if you want to transition your business from the traditional print model to 21st-century publishing – and the profits it promises – you may have to publish up to five different magazine editions of every title in your portfolio, with three of the five being table stakes.

Mequoda has learned from decades of experience that having multiple platform editions is crucial to successful digital publishing. And many traditional print publishers have learned, to their sorrow, that digital publishing is crucial to their very survival in the modern age. We’ll tell you all about it at our Digital Magazine Publishing Workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in Boston.

If that sounds alarming, we can assure you it’s completely achievable – more on that below. But first, let’s consider all five of those editions that we’ve identified as the very heart of our Gold Members’ publishing empires.

We’re Hiring a Chief Strategy Advisor

Mequoda Systems has an immediate opening for a Chief Strategy Advisor to join our high octane executive team

Ideal Candidate:

10+ Years managing a multiplatform media business with full top line and bottom line responsibilities

Strong expertise in subscription marketing, sponsorship development and organizational management

Undergraduate degree in Journalism, Communication Studies, or Marketing

Graduate degree in Business Management, or Entrepreneurship

Consulting

The Best Digital Magazine Examples and Why We Love Them

These four exemplary digital magazine examples demonstrate best practices in design, business models and pricing
With 20% of tablet users reading digital magazines every day, it’s instructive to take a closer look at the variety of digital magazine formats and subscription choices that are available to them five years after the iPad blasted onto the scene.

When

You’re Not Multi-Platform Marketing Successfully without Multi-Platform Publishing

Your multi-platform marketing automatically improves when you plan, build and optimize a successful multi-platform publishing business – the Mequoda way
Over the years I’ve personally worked with hundreds of media brands who have gone on to build multi-platform marketing and publishing systems. Many of them started with a single title and had revenues of just a

10 Top Digital Magazine Publishing Posts of 2015

Our most-read digital magazine publishing posts of 2015 reveal a desire for better understanding of creating, publishing, pricing and selling magazines
This year in our Digital Magazine Publishing articles we’ve tackled everything from choosing the right magazine software, to identifying pricing strategies that get buyers to pick your highest package, and how to design a digital magazine

How to Transform Your Magazine Rate Card into a Multiplatform Rate Card and Grow Your Publishing Revenue

When your magazine rate card focuses on custom content, everyone wins
Print advertising rates have always been robust. After all, magazine ads have always been superior to broadcast ads in several ways: They offer a targeted environment, they offer adjacency, and they’re self-paced, giving readers as much time as they want, not just 15 or 30

Reasons Why Digital Magazine Publishing is a Smart Move for Publishers

A growth in digital medium usage portrays the increasing value of digital magazine publishing
In 2015, our Digital Magazine Market Study study showed that people read an average of 2.37 digital issues and an average of 2.91 print issues every month, which puts digital magazine consumption at 43% of print magazine consumption and climbing rapidly.

Going digital means that you’ll attract a

Creating an Online Magazine Team That Turns Dusty Archives into Dollars

The four key roles you need when creating an online magazine team that’s effective
If you’re a frequent reader of Mequoda Daily, you’ve probably noticed we are big on helping print publications adapt to today’s digital environment. There are quite a few ways to bring your brand online these days, but the future of publishing is

The Email Analytics You Forgot to Measure

When you think of the term “email analytics” there are two metrics you probably think of first: open rate and click rate.
If those are the only two you can think of off the top of your head, it’s probably because most email service providers use these primary metrics in most of their dashboards.

The Multiplatform Publishing Strategy Handbook

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10 Digital Magazine Publishing Lessons for More Sales in 2015

Even though digital magazines are hardly new, they certainly have blossomed in 2014. In our very recent Mequoda Digital Magazine Market Study, we surveyed more than a thousand digital magazine readers and subscribers to find out what they want in a digital magazine. The results weren’t totally shocking to us, however what was shocking is how few digital magazines out there know what their susbcribers want. And, who haven’t tailored their marketing messages to take advantage of the number one reason people subscribe to digital magazines.

Interesting Information on Cross-Device Targeting

How do you successful drive sales and build your audience online? Different strategies are needed than many traditional print publishers recognize.

Hearst Diversifies For Success

There is a lot of interest surrounding Hearst. Beyond the magazine brands we all recognize so well from the corporation (like Cosmopolitan), there are many other entities that make Hearst special. Some look at its presence in television to see this, while others look towards health care and financial services.

This Digital Publisher Has Gone Mobile-First

We’ve seen some print publishers go to the concept of digital-first, meaning that they switched their focus from print to digital. The changing times of publishing often dictating those efforts.

E-Commerce Brand Publishes Second Print Magazine Edition

Multiplatform publishing is about harnessing the power of many viable channels. Although the trend over the last few years has been about print publishers turning into digital publishers, some digital lifestyle brands are going the opposite direction by launching print products.

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.

How to Make Your Content Shareable Like BuzzFeed

If you’re trying to make your content shareable, you may want to check out The Media Briefing’s new post about BuzzFeed’s five rules of creating sharable content. We’ll dive into the first one: lists.

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

Last Chance to Register for Audience Development Summit

Reserve your place at the Audience Development Summit now or miss out on two days of best practices, case studies and successful strategies for online publishing and audience development

As some watch digital strategies emerge and print publishers continue to struggle, we’ve designed a strategy for a new outcome.

The Audience Development Summit addresses the new publishing environment by showing publishers how to develop audiences online – an area where direct communication and sales can thrive.

Digital Publishing Turns to Metrics

Being on top of consumer metrics wasn’t always a strong point for print publishers. Sales and reviews have been used to gauge interest, but metrics are now being used in new ways throughout the digital publishing landscape.

The foray into digital provides the chance to look at engagement numbers that publishers never had at their disposals before. Ideally, this data will help publishers plan future activities while allowing them to focus on the most popular content.

3 Tips for Digital Magazine Publishing

Insight from the OPA spurs tips on digital magazine publishing

If you think about all the types of digital content that exists, would you expect tablet owners to be buying digital magazines more than eBooks, digital newspapers, movies or TV shows? If not, you should. According to OPA’s new survey, magazines are the top form of content being purchased on tablets. (Poynter has a nice graphic of this stat.)

Since digital magazines are clearly of interest to consumers, here are three tips for digital magazine publishing.

Digital Magazine Publishing Firsts

3 stories about digital publishing that are bound to get publishers’ attention

Every week we write about the digital publishing industry for a few main reasons.

First, it is our mission to help print publishers transition into the digital age. As an unfamiliar ground to many, we share strategies for utilizing their legacy content to build new audiences and develop their place as a reputable authority on the subjects they cover.

Online Publisher to Launch Print Magazine

Vida y Salud announces the launch of its quarterly print magazine

In a time when many print publishers are looking to make the transformation to digital, some online publishers are doing the opposite.

Carl Kravetz, publisher of VidaySalud.com, recently discussed the upcoming launch of Vida y Salud, a new quarterly print magazine for the Hispanic community.

Digital Product Development

Turning traditional print media into multimedia products

Traditional print publishers often have massive archives of content from back issues at their disposal. It would be a shame to let this content get filed away; instead, it can be used to enter the digital landscape or add more to your current arsenal of digital products.

What is the best format for your content? Does your audience prefer video or audio content? How will you be able to market these digital products and what type of price point is appropriate? These are a few of the questions you will need to ask yourself before working on the project of turning your print products into digital products.

Training Your Staff for the Digital Future

The publishing environment has changed…have you?

Successful print publishers and editors possess knowledge, expertise and experiences that have helped their publications. However, the expansion of digital publishing – including the inception of digital magazines – requires a new skill set for continued success.

Traditional print editors and publishers need to revolutionize the way they approach their jobs just as magazines need to revolutionize the way they present content to their audiences. The rise in digital affects us all, and fortunately, can be understood and addressed with the proper coaching.

How to Choose Your Content Management System

Publishers, learn to make one of the most important decisions associated with bringing your content online

Choosing a content management system can be a daunting process, especially for traditional print publishers who are unfamiliar with the terrain.

It’s this exact reason that we incorporate a section on choosing your content management system in our Mequoda Bootcamp.

Online Publishing Tip: Inventory Your Magazine Assets

5 magazine assets online publishers need to utilize for growing your online business

Magazine publishers have an advantage when they turn to the Internet.

Unlike most online self-starters, print magazine publishers who realize that the Internet is a key to surviving and thriving in the digital landscape can leverage magazine assets.