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30 Great Sources for Magazine Trends

We aim to be one of the best sources for magazine trends online, but we do it with a whole lot of help from our brothers and sisters in the industry.

Below we’ve compiled a list of the best portals, the best influencers, and the best reports on magazine trends available online. If you have more to add, please share your favorites with us in the comments.

8 Things to Do in Boston When You Join Us at the Intensive This Spring

Learn how to increase your subscription revenues while riding the duck boats, or taking in a show, shopping in Quincy Market, and eating at world-class restaurants in Boston, Massachusetts.
Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the historic city of Boston Massachusetts. It’s after all the snow is gone, and the city is

What All Subscription Website Publishing Experts Should Know

Before hiring subscription website publishing experts, take this advice straight to the bank.

If you’re looking to grow the most beautiful rose garden on the block, would you prefer to go to your local gardening center and rifle through the rose section to see what’s brightest, or would you head straight to specialty rose nursery, with employed experts in growing roses?

So then why is it that so often we hear of publishers who hire web development companies that have no experience developing subscription websites for publishers? A magazine or newsletter website requires an expertise in search engine optimization, conversion architecture, subscription management, and content management, in addition to an array of other specialties.

Alexis Bourkoulas and Julia Elliott Join the Mequoda Hall of Fame

This dynamic duo is turning a regional parenting publication into a booming multiplatform publishing company
The Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame, founded in 2006 to recognize publishing executives at the top of their game, has now expanded to 15 members, with the induction of two new Mequoda Masters at the annual Gold Member Summit last month.

With

8 Things to Do In Boston When You Join Us at the Mequoda Intensive This Fall

Learn how to double and triple your revenues while riding the duck boats, or taking in a show, shopping in Quincy Market, and eating at world-class restaurants in Boston, Massachusetts
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the historic city of Boston. The leaves are changing into a beautiful spread of

Content Marketing, Publishing a Match Made for Growth

When it comes to content marketing, publishing executives know how valuable native advertising can be to their revenue stream. More and more, though, digital magazines are taking matters into their own hands and producing that branded content in house, adding staff and other resources to their operation in order grab a larger slice of the pie and future-proof their properties.

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.

Magazine Publishing Company News: Time Inc., Meredith, B2B

Is there a more historically iconic and currently intriguing magazine publishing company than Time Inc.?

We’ve watched with fascination their efforts to not only stay relevant and viable, but also to compete hard with digital natives and startups. They’re acting like a magazine publishing company who wants to do even bigger things, and thus are setting a great example for Mequoda Members.

So, what’s next for them?

Online Advertising Trends: Ad Blocking Dominating Discussion

Ars Technica, Wall Street Journal, and others making headlines among online advertising trends – and one topic trumps them all
Online advertising trends – or should we say “trend” – are understandably at the forefront of publishing executives’ minds.

Ad blocking is cutting into digital advertising revenue, and with deployment rising among millennial media, it might be

With Ad Blocking, Publishers Divided on Response

Ad blocking. Digital publishers are doing their best to combat it – you might be one of them – but they’re not necessarily in accordance with what the solution is. Good cop, bad cop? Hard ask, soft ask? How to block ad blockers?

MediaPost.com reports on this, as well as other industry trends recently. Let’s start the week with them!

Association Magazines – Not Just for Members Anymore?

Association magazines have potential for B2B publishing success; plus, Facebook Instant Articles, the latest personnel moves, and more
Can association magazines transcend membership readers to engage in some serious audience development? One big name in the business is offering a resounding yes. We have to agree, of course. Legacies, startups, brands, B2Bs, and, yes, professional groups

NatGeo “Shares” Social Publishing Strategy

Social publishing, or preparing and posting content to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and others, is no longer just an option up for discussion. Today, when it comes to distributing your good work and deploying it as a tool in audience development, a social media strategy is an absolute necessity.

The challenge is perfecting that strategy as much as possible. Especially in a business where the ground seems to shift every other week. But one way to stay ahead of the curve is to pay attention to the digital publishers doing it right, the ones who unite great content, great timing, and great discipline, to produce a whole other source of traffic and revenue.

But don’t fall prey to just slapping some articles up on Facebook Instant or Apple News. This just won’t cut it. Publishing social media successfully requires dedicated resources, including staff. But it will be worth it!

Online Publishing News: Trends, Events, Rebrandings, and More

Hey, how about some online publishing news that doesn’t include ad blocking or Facebook Instant Articles? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

What we like best about this batch of online publishing news is that it demonstrates just how proactive digital magazines are being about devising and implementing multiplatform publishing strategy, and how newsstand services beyond the big three of Facebook, Apple, and Google are in it to win it.

FolioMag.com has recent articles on these subjects and several others. Let’s see what direction the business is heading in this week!

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.

Digital Magazine Market News: Website Traffic Statistics, Bauer Xcel, Conde

Bullish 5-year study on digital magazine market shows record growth; plus, Forbes’ focus on events
Monitoring the digital magazine market is a necessity for us to successfully help online publishers establish strong online presences.

But we’re in the trenches, working shoulder to shoulder with publishing executives: Many trends we can anticipate; others we experience in real time.

Google Publishers: Accelerated Mobile Pages a Success So Far

Google publishers are embracing AMP, but some have questions; plus, niche publishing on Facebook and a glimpse at a top-tier social media strategy in action
When it comes to Google, publishers are always ready to devote resources to maximize its promise, as they should be. The search and digital services giant operates with greater transparency than

Magazine Readership Statistics: Conde, Women’s Health, Forbes

Surveying the latest magazine readership statistics and audience development from the top digital publishers; plus, latest personnel moves
Magazine readership statistics are by definition a key in audience development, but they also go hand-in-hand with generating digital advertising revenue. The best sets of stats – which include advanced data, personalization, preferences, and cross-device targeting – go

Ecommerce Publisher News: Vox, PopSugar, and More

Becoming an ecommerce publisher continues to attract publishing executives looking for alternate revenue streams rooted in their content and niche audiences. Selling products isn’t selling out; developing an ecommerce content strategy is an extension of multiplatform publishing.

Digital publishers already sell white papers and tickets to events; a food magazine selling recipe books or a fashion site selling shoes is the natural next step in internet revenue models for magazines, if you can pull off the infrastructure. Seeing how others are achieving just that is a good place to start.

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

Assessing Anti-Ad-Block Efforts From Digital Publishers

Coming up with anti-ad-block tactics is emerging as one of the great causes for magazine publishers who are determined to maintain digital advertising revenue regardless of readers’ own aggressive push for a cleaner experience via third-party software companies.

For digital magazines dependent on ads, this is an issue of basic fairness. For consumers, this is an issue of preference, and with so much content available out there, they would seem to have the pick of the litter. Which is why publishers are trying to forge a concerted deterrent for ad blocking, one that finds everyone on the same page and compromises with readers.

News for Social Media Publishers: Google AMP, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Facebook

If successful social media publishers can count on one thing, it’s that they can count on nothing.

Magazines on social media must have a social media strategy in place, but they must also be flexible enough to experiment, pivot, and periodically rethink efforts. Mequoda Members know to diversify their social portfolios, as it were, and to not get discouraged when returns are sluggish.

After all, social media publishers are investors: of time, staff resources, content distribution strategy, and energy.

Digital Publishing Jobs: Data, Generalists, Additions, Subtractions

If you came here seeking digital publishing jobs to apply for, don’t be disappointed that you don’t see any listings in this post, because we’ve got something better for you: What digital magazine executives are looking for not only in 2016, but in the years to come.

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.

Major Magazine Publishers Making Major News

We do our best work with niche publishers and legacy publishers looking to become digital publishers, but we also like to monitor major magazine publishers’ successes and setbacks, because at the end of the day, they’re still the leaders of the pack and the pace cars for media companies.

They also have the money to experiment heavily, whether with digital content or digital advertising (or both), which can be instructive for smaller or startup publishers looking for best practices and cautionary tales.

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.

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.

B2B Publishers’ Revenue Up in 2015, ABM’s Business Information Network Reports

B2B publishers are some of the most forward-thinking in the magazine media industry. Why? Because you have to be to survive. We count many B2B publishers among our Mequoda Members, and they embrace our multiplatform strategy for the simple reason that it helps them generate more revenue.

Well, it’s official – whatever they’re doing is working: Overall revenues are up significantly in 2015. Our friends at Folio: have that news and much more. Let’s take a look at what they found out!

What Are Native Ads’ Status Among Publishers?

First things first: What are native ads, as we know them today? Native advertising is sponsored content crafted by marketers, often in collaboration with in-house studios at digital magazines, that’s intended to “fit in” with articles and videos on a publisher’s site, without misleading readers.

Sound like a fancy way of saying advertorial? Well, sure, but we’ve come a long since the early days of advertorial. How far, and where does the evolution find us? Well, that’s what Digiday asked several publishing executives. Let’s start there today!

Publishing Executives on the Move: Meredith, Condé, Gawker

October has been a busy month for hires, promotions, dismissals, and more for publishing executives at the New York Times, Fusion, and Slate
Every once in a while, we like to take a peek at the comings and goings of publishing executives and share what we find with you, especially when hiring trends reflect the direction

Publishing Social Media News: Ads, Millennials, Video

The ties that bind publishing, social media are stronger than ever; plus, Condé Nast debuts new video platform
If you own a company in digital publishing, social media is not an optional arm of your strategy – it’s required to help promote your content, of course.

But too often, digital magazines treat social media as a formality,

International Media News: Time Spent, Device Usage, Digital Advertising Trends

When you read about international media news like the kind eMarketer covers below, small and midsize digital magazines have the ability to act on it overnight to start capitalizing on audience potential, a bigger pool of tablet users, and expanded digital ad revenue opportunities.

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.

Nonprofit Publisher Prospers with Mequoda Method

“We’ve used the Mequoda Method to more than double our digital memberships,” says Susan Laden, newest member of the Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame.
Web Editor Robin Ngo accepts the award on behalf of Biblical Archaeology Society

The Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame, founded in 2006 to recognize publishing executives at the

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

Digital Publishing Business News: Economist Value Yields Interesting Lessons

The digital publishing business gets more and more interesting by the week. Time Inc. digital investments and innovations have been relentless; recent personnel changes from Ogden to Bloomberg Businessweek have kept the industry on its toes; and mergers & acquisitions are approaching peak activity. Combine all of this with the daily maneuvering of titles trying to go all-in on multiplatform publishing, and you have a whole lot to pay attention to if you’re running digital magazines.

But recent bombshells about the sale of the Financial Times and the inner-workings of negotiations over the fate of The Economist have captivated our attention today. Fusion has a fascinating article titled “How staying private paid off for the Economist,” and we have to start there!

Mobile Magazines Must Simplify to Solve Problems

Mobile magazines face cascading challenges when it comes to monetization. User behavior, tech headaches, newsstand confusion, and advertising demands can complicate the implementation of a platform that – regardless of any hurdles – simply must figure into your plans in one way or another. At Mequoda, we believe in breaking down that process to ease the transition and maximize your revenue potential. Our Mequoda Method has helped hundreds of mobile magazines not only establish themselves, but also succeed beyond expectations. In a recent article for Publishing Executive, president of PSCS Consulting President Linda Ruth lays out her own plan of attack for mobile magazines … and deploys one of our terms in the process! Let’s start there today.

Bryan Welch, Mequoda Master, Resigns from Ogden to Head Up B the Change Media

Let’s start the week with personnel moves both major and minor, per Folio:, plus a look at how digital ad revenue did in 2014 according to the IAB.

Existing Customers Most Important For Publishers

Existing customers already know your brand, your content, and how you operate. They don’t have as much to learn about you as new customers do.

Bryan Welch, Gail Odeneal Inducted into the Mequoda Hall of Fame

The Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame, founded in 2006 to recognize publishing executives at the top of their game, has now expanded to 11 members, with the induction of two new Mequoda Masters at the annual Gold Member Summit last week.

Proven Organic Audience Development Secrets Revealed in New Free Handbook

March 14, 2014 – BOSTON — A complete, painstakingly documented handbook on audience development for Internet publishers has just been released. The 260-page handbook, Organic Audience Development Strategy: 68 Audience Development Strategies for Building a Robust Audience Development Plan, was written by Don Nicholas, a leading magazine industry consultant and CEO of Mequoda Group.

Complete Guide to Subscription Website Publishing Is Now Available Free

January 31, 2014 – BOSTON — Subscription website publishing is one of the hottest entrepreneurial ventures on the Internet, both for novices and for legacy publishers struggling to make the leap from print in a digital age.

Proven Digital Magazine Publishing Secrets Revealed in New Free Handbook

January 10, 2014 – BOSTON — Following the recent release of his new Multiplatform Publishing Strategy handbook, Don Nicholas, a leading magazine industry consultant and CEO of Mequoda Group, has just published his second free handbook, Digital Magazine Publishing: Digital Publishing Tips for Creating Digital Magazines in a Tablet Magazine Publishing World.

Mequoda Releases New Multiplatform Publishing Strategy Handbook

Don Nicholas, who has spent 30 years as a publisher and consultant in the magazine publishing industry, has released a free 100-page handbook titled Multiplatform Publishing Strategy as a followup to his 10-year-old book, Internet Marketing Strategy for Publishers. “Ten years and one tablet revolution later, my newest professional goal is simple: To help each and every publisher successfully cross the new digital divide,” says Nicholas.

Subscription Website Growth is Rising for The Sun

It’s been interesting to see the successes associated with subscription websites. From digital newspapers to digital magazines, more and more publishers are considering paywall strategies. This even includes tabloids.

Robert Cookson writes, “The Sun has attracted more than 100,000 subscribers to its website and apps in the four months since it became the first tabloid newspaper in the UK to start charging for online content.”

Landing Page Examples: Tips and Landing Page Best Practices that Convert Visitors into Customers

Or, a thousand words are worth a single picture

Google the phrase “landing page examples” and you get 3,300,000 results. It’s enough to make the earnest copywriter throw up her hands in despair.

Of course, when you start digging into those results for actual landing page examples, you find that most of them are critiques based on the design of the page. But I’m going to completely ignore those landing page examples because it’s my blog post, and I’m a writer, not a designer. Please see posts from my colleagues Amanda MacArthur and Aimee Graeber if you want to talk design! There’s nobody here but us writers!

Do You Want a Robust Digital Audience?

Every day digital magazine publishing potential is growing

It’s amazing to be an inside component in a growing industry. It isn’t an experience that happens too often, but ever since mobile devices entered the marketed place and started offering new and exciting functionality, digital magazine publishing potential has grown.

The Mequoda Digital Native Documentary Project

Learn how to adapt so you can accommodate digital natives when you attend the Mequoda Summit East 2011

In yesterday’s Mequoda Daily, I discussed the plight of digital immigrants, and how all media companies need to truly understand the activities of digital natives.

After all, it’s these individuals who buy our products and use technology to share what they’ve grown to love. These digital natives also hold the key to the future, as one day they will be leading organizations through executive positions.

Join Us in London for FIPP’s Digital Publishing Course

A five-day training program for online publishers

Many people have already signed up for the fourth FIPP Digital Publishing Course program that will take place in London, UK, from February 21-25. The five-day training program, taught by Mequoda’s Don Nicholas and Kim Mateus, has been designed to cover the major knowledge and skill areas needed by magazine publishing executives looking to develop lucrative and successful digital publishing models.

14 Seats and Only 5 Days Left to Save at the Mequoda Summit

Pack your brain with online publishing and marketing smarts. 14 seats left. 5 days left to save. Register… now!

Publishing Industry Research Company Announces Date and Location for their next Online Publishing and Internet Marketing Conference

Bristol, RI – June 11, 2009- For the sixth year in a row, the world’s most prestigious publishers and information marketers will come together in Boston for the Mequoda Group’s 2-day Mequoda Summit on October 7-9th, 2009

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