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Tag: publishing teams

Using the MBTI to Build Better Multiplatform Publishing Teams: Working Within Personality Types

While the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) began as a tool for self-discovery, it has become a widely used tool for building high performance teams in organizations. It provides users with a valuable self-diagnostic tool for seeing ourselves as others see us. It also gives us a shared context for understanding how others are different – not better or worse – just different from those around us.

7 Ways to Create a Freemium That Attracts New Email Subscribers

Create a freemium by developing free content with free content – or write it yourself. Either way, make it good.
We’re all about the mighty freemium around here. Create content and give it away for free so that people know how good your premium content is – and they’ll buy it later. And they do.

We’re in

Gain SEO Control Back with 7 Sitemap Tools to Use Before a Magazine Website Redesign

There are ways to control how Google reads your website with sitemap tools. While we assume most of our publishing friends are creating kosher content and abiding by the rules, if Google has considered you a black sheep in the past, you can reinvent yourself by cleaning up your sitemap. If you’ve been good, you can always improve how well your website is indexed, and often the updates are pretty easy!

Digital Magazines in the Time of Branded Content

Study shows trust in branded content; Bloomberg proves value of branded content; Digital magazines aided by branded content from major publisher
Content marketers, digital magazines and publishers are turning towards branded content to build better partnerships and audiences. We look at three stories for a glimpse at branded content’s influence currently.

Let’s begin today with some recent data on

7 Golden Steps to Planning Successful Digital Magazine Editions

Ask yourself these seven questions before starting your journey towards digital magazine transformation
I’m going to go ahead and assume if you’re reading this, you have a print publication who is asking for siblings. You’re at the magazine store and it’s eying the “big brother” t-shirts and wondering when it’s getting playmates.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive

New Hires for Publishers with a Focus on Digital Initiatives

Digital publishers Hearst and Condé Nast add important pieces

We’re seeing some digital-focused personnel changes from major digital publishers.

We begin today with a story on Hearst’s new VP/Global Chief licensing director. Deadline reports, “Steve Ross, a top licensing exec who held positions at Fox Networks Group, News Corp, 20th Century Fox Film Corp and Mattel, has just been hired at Hearst Magazines as VP/Global Chief licensing director. He starts immediately and is responsible for the licensing of new consumer products initiatives, retail merchandising and e-commerce; brand migration including location-based and live events; and franchise development for Hearst’s portfolio.”

Multiplatform Publisher Changes: Adding, Departing, and Returning in the Digital Age

While the biggest news of the last week might be Ryan Seacrest joining Kelly Ripa on the new Kelly & Ryan morning talk show, there have been many adjustments in the publishing world as well worth talking about!

Multiplatform Publishing Personnel on the Move at Dwell, Time and Rodale

Today we begin with Dwell and its recent executive change. Folio: reports, “Michela O’Connor Abrams — who spent the past 15 years as CEO of home design magazine-turned-technology platform Dwell — has left the company, Folio: has learned. Re-taking the reins is Lara Deam, who has served as chair of Dwell Media’s board since founding the magazine in 2000.”

Using the MBTI to Build Better Multiplatform Publishing Teams: Hiring To Lead Revenue

In previous weeks, we’ve talked about how using the MBTI can impact the development of your multiplatform publishing team. We’ve also discussed how different personality types can work better together in the workplace.

We’ve established that every effective multiplatform publishing company should have eight executive positions. If you’re a small niche publishing company with revenues less than $1 million per year and you’re the only employee, then you’re doing the job of all eight.

How to Update a Magazine Editor Job Description for Multiplatform Publishing

Write an online magazine editor job description like a product description for a Swiss Army knife

Can you remember life before the internet, when a personal computer was another name for a hand-held calculator? When publishing was a process that required a printing press?

If you’re old enough to remember hot type, the pica stick, and manual

A Digital Marketing Plan for Daily Content That Reduces Stress and Increases Productivity

One major benefit niche publishers have, and how to leverage it to create a more effective digital marketing plan for all of your articles.

Have you ever felt like a really great article, or podcast, or email newsletter didn’t perform as well as you thought it would? The thing about a large editorial team is that

3 Multiplatform Publishing Predictions for 2016

Publishers will grow quickly when they embrace an integrated multiplatform publishing system for audience, content and teams
Most multiplatform publishing companies didn’t start out as multiplatform, unless you consider the web their one and only secondary platform. However publishers are finding new ways to produce content for themselves and advertisers across, print, digital, and in-person (event)

10 Top Multiplatform Publishing Posts of 2015

Our most-read multiplatform publishing posts of 2015 reveal a desire for better understanding of sponsorships, organization and cross-platform development
This year we’ve tackled everything from online advertising models, content recycling and building better multiplatform publishing teams in our Multiplatform Publishing Strategy articles. However, there are a few that have consistently been our highest read, commented on,

4 Interview Questions for Discovering Who a Potential Candidate Really Is

A few years ago we co-hosted a webinar with Bruce Elder, when he was the Principal at ghSMART & Company. Bruce gave our readers a ton of advice during this time about the costliness of mis-hiring, and how to hire better.

Have you ever hired an employee that wasn’t the right fit for your company? 50% of all hiring decisions are mistakes. When it comes to hiring a multiplatform publishing team, that percentage may be even higher.

Bruce recommended using The A Method to hire. It’s a detailed methodology developed by ghSMART & Company that objectively collects data from a potential candidate by using specific, tested criteria to help managers decipher if the person will fit within their organization.

3 Huge Digital Publishing Mistakes Legacy Publishers Make

With regularity, we have no trouble shouting the benefits of digital publishing from the rooftops. You can save money by recyling content, you can boost profits bycreating content on multiple platforms, you can serve your customers on their favorite devices with digital magazines. Rarely do we talk about what goes wrong in digital publishing.

With each new Mequoda System I agree to guide, I ask myself about the odds for success. I am old enough to know now that their success does not revolve around me. After all, I have worked on many successes and many failures. Other circumstances and behaviors will overwhelm my contribution to the enterprise. So why do some digital publishing teams succeed and why do others fail? I think about this a lot.

10 Reasons Why Mequoda Recommends Hootsuite for Publishers

HootSuite is a (mostly free) online web service and app that helps manage all of your social media accounts from one place. I say “mostly free” because they offer free accounts, which many people can do everything they want with. Businesses may find their (still affordable) Pro version to be more of what they need.

If you manage social media for a publishing business, then you’re more than likely using a social media dashboard already. Using a tool that’s meant to manage a business account is the first step toward building a more effective social media strategy.

Three Multiplatform Publishing Best Practices From the May 2014 Mequoda Intensive

At the fundamental level of multiplatform publishing, and as a basic principle of the Mequoda Method, we say that you can use your content to create other products. Live events are the best high-fidelity user experience, with the highest price point. However, most publishers will be very comfortable producing downloadable media, like books, special reports,

Increasing Website Traffic with Search Engine Optimization

Online publishing faces new challenges with the latest major Google update

If you’re older than 50 and can actually remember adult life before the personal computer, you may still be filled with a sense of awe and wonder about our new, “always on, always connected” digital world. I know I am.

And although I relentlessly research and report on the very latest technology and techniques that affect online publishing, content marketing and search engine optimization, I’m still as wide-eyed as a kid at a magic show.

For instance, have you ever wondered, as I have, whether Google could possibly be any faster? It wasn’t so long ago when we would do our keyword research, engage our best editorial management strategy, employ our finest SEO copywriting skills, and post a page of website content. Then we would sit back, and within a few weeks, that page would eventually and inevitably show up in the Google search engine results.

Here’s a Quick Way to Train Your Team in One Day

One method for training your entire online publishing team in one sitting (plus maybe a lunch break if they’re good)

Last Week to Save 50% on the Mequoda Summit!

Come to Mequoda’s Online Publishing and Content Marketing Summit to discover the possibilities of an effective online publishing system when you model after publishers who are doing it right
If you’ve been thinking about the Mequoda Summit, or looking for the one conference you should attend this year that will ultimately prepare you for 2010, this is the last week to register for the Mequoda Summit at our most discounted rate.

Who Belongs On Your Digital Publishing Team?

An immature industry requires some mature professionals. If you are running an online media operation, don’t underestimate the value of diversity of age, opinions, experience and skills.

Job Descriptions for Managers – 6 Online Publishing Jobs

How your print publishing team translates online

Making Money Online

Seven Strategies that Successful Publishers are Using to Turn their Traditional Publishing Brands into Internet-Centric Media Companies

Seven Online Publishing Secrets – Updated for July 2008!

Download ourcomplimentary report today and learn how to compete with today’s toppublishers by using the most profitable seven online publishing secrets.

Are You an Online Publisher, Online Retailer, or Both?

Make more money online by being content-driven, Google-friendly and profit-minded

Profiting in the New Publishing Environment

Join Don and Kim at the SiPA conference in DC and learn all the latest trends and best practices in this new publishing environment

Setting Up a Mequoda Marketing System – Phase 1

The Internet Hub is a one of seven Mequoda Website Archetypes discovered by reviewing more then 2000 media websites. Like all Mequoda Website Archetypes, it has a limited set of core functions that make it efficient for completing a limited group of user tasks that are key to the success of an online publishing operation or Mequoda Marketing System.

Magazines, Google, Yahoo! and Online Publishing in 2007

I’ve been attending the annual American Magazine Conference since 1985, back when the conference was about magazines and brand extensions that created “ancillary revenues.”In 2006, things have become much more complicated.Historically, only a handful of magazines have ever created non-magazine revenue from television, books, events or other brand extensions that exceeded the magazines’ core circulation and advertising revenue. There are, of course, some very notable exceptions.

Using Job Analysis to Increase Website Productivity

How many people does it take to run a publishing website? The answer varies widely from none to 75 across the several dozen website publishers I’ve spoken with over the past three weeks.

None is the answer given by publishers who treat their website as something their team can do in their “spare time.”One savvy editor told me this week that her publisher thinks that once at story is done for print, it should take no “real”additional time to put it online.