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Audience Development Strategies for Instagram Stories and Chatbots

Facebook and Twitter were once major focuses of audience development strategies. Some digital publishers still receive favorable traffic from these social sources, but we’re also seeing other social networks and strategies gain popularity. Today we’re looking deeper into this news to see how it’s impacting publishers.

Digital Magazine Publishers Experimenting with Better User Experiences

Digital magazine publishers stay competitive and relevant to their audiences by presenting the best experiences possible. We watch constantly as experiments are made in the digital publishing industry to reach and connect with audiences. Today we’re reporting on the latest attempts at providing better user experiences.

Audience Development Strategy Connects Closely with Monetizing Users

Savvy multiplatform publishers keep an eye out for ways to optimize their audience development strategy when new opportunities arise. Today we’re sharing news on publishers who are adding new elements to their audience development strategies for greater success in the digital publishing landscape.

Website Redesigns and Product Launches for Subscription Publishers

We constantly pay attention to the changes subscription publishers are making to gain ground in the digital landscape. Today we’re sharing stories of three publishers and their methods for expanding and evolving content streams.

Subscription Websites Increase Renewal Rates and Product Offerings

Subscription websites offer publishers the opportunity to generate renewable revenue consistently. That’s why we are big supporters of digital subscription models. Today we’re looking at some additional subscription and content offerings by major content purveyors.

Multiplatform Publishers Growing Through Strategy and Acquisitions

FT Weekend has a new brand identity; Condé Nast buys Pop2Life and Ribyt; Multiplatform publishers at Quartz become profitable
There are a multitude of ways multiplatform publishers can evolve and succeed through digital publishing.

Today we’re looking at multiplatform publishers that are evolving. We begin with The Financial Times and a story from Design Week. Design Week reports,

Content Publishers Experimenting with New Subscription Website Services

TripAdvisor offers subscriptions; Facebook attempting to appeal to subscription website publishers; Apple looks at original content
Subscription website services develop out of necessity and a desire to develop new revenue streams. In today’s digital world, the opportunity to make more from these streams continue to grow as devices and accessibility grow as well.

First, we’re seeing TripAdvisor

A Digital Magazine Publishing Platform Is All Platforms

You don’t have to pick a primary or favorite digital magazine publishing platform – as we see from leading media companies, multiplatform strategy leaves it wide open, and the more the merrier
When we say digital magazine publishing platform, the image that forms in our mind’s eye is one a jumping-off point, a launching pad, even

Magazine Publishing News: Portals, Native, Video, Email

The digital media companies making magazine publishing news include GQ, Slate, Meredith, and more
We monitor magazine publishing news on your behalf because every day brings new big things in the industry, and because it helps us do a better job helping media companies like yours do a better job of producing more high-quality content.

And, hey,

Monetizing Digital Content: Native, Ecommerce, Niche, and More

The publishers making news when it comes to monetizing digital content include Quartz, Fortean Times, and Dennis
Is there anything more important than monetizing digital content for magazines looking to embrace multiplatform publishing strategy? The answer is an obvious no, but the less obvious answer is to the follow-up question “How do you get there?”

The answer

10 Productivity Tools for Agile Digital Magazine Teams

Create digital magazine teams using agile principles and progressive technology to build more collaborative processes

Magazine teams have historically all been in one building, maybe in New York City, or Washington, D.C. They might occupy more than 20 floors in the World Trade Center, like Condé Nast, or a more humble space, like many of the niche

Email Newsletter Publishing: User-First Approach + Attention to Detail = Success

Quartz’s take on email newsletter publishing makes it a pivotal part of operation; plus, events key resurgence for B2B magazines
Email newsletter publishing might seem like an antiquated part of multiplatform publishing, but as we’ve shown – and told – time and time again, that notion could not be farther from the truth. Emails give you

Video Monetization: Tips to Help Make It Happen

For regional magazines and niche publishers, video monetization is even more of a priority
Video monetization represents one of the great opportunities of the next five years for digital publishers, but success isn’t going to come easily, as the industry is still wrapping its head around it. As with many aspects of business for media companies,

Online Video Publishing: Pluses and Minuses for Digital Magazines

Online video publishing, especially when taken in tandem with mobile advertising, is arguably the most alluring revenue opportunity to come along for digital magazines in a long time.

But, like any other opportunity, it must be seized and maximized, not squandered with poor practices and a lack of strategy. Coincidentally, establishing best practices and tactical standards is exactly the sort of thing we do here at Mequoda, so if you have any questions about implementing a system and creating robust but flexible content, give us a call.

But in the meantime, check out MediaPost’s coverage of online video publishing and more. We’ll start there on this Monday!

Publishing Video: Platforms, Monetization, Vertical, and More

The push behind publishing video or perishing is reaching a fever pitch now, and we must admit – it is in your best interests to start doing it. But do not fear: It’s not nearly as daunting a task as it might seem, and there are many ways to accomplish it.

Are you going to start producing slick, NYT-style slices of life overnight? No, probably not. But you can repurpose content with quick-hitting films, make behind-the-scenes features about producing stories, and share videos from other sources to start ginning up views and conversions.

You can also see what other digital magazines are doing. Digiday helps us out in that department today. Let’s get started!

Mobile Ad Blocking: The Dominant Trend of 2015 … and 2016?

On desktop or mobile, ad blocking has emerged as the defining issue of digital publishing in 2015. This presents good news and bad news for online magazines looking to compete in a crowded marketplace.

The good news? There’s a real opportunity for digital magazines to find out what users want and reshape the way they do business with marketers. With higher-quality digital advertising paired with stronger content the rule and not the exception, revenues will rise and subscription websites will gain and hold more value.

In addition, the worst web magazines — exploitative, trashy, inferior ones — will fall by the wayside because clickbait will lost its effectiveness in the wake of tougher mobile ad blocking.

The bad news? Well, the bad news is that it’s always darkest before the dawn, and making money via an advertising revenue model is going to be tough for a while if the industry continues on its current trajectory.

But will it? Digiday takes a look in a handful of recent articles. Let’s wrap up 2015 with one of our favorite sources of news!

What is Sponsored Content?

These six publishers are nailing sponsored content, but all in very different ways
Last week we talked about the guidelines for writing native content advertising, also known as sponsored content. Now let’s take a look at some great examples of publishers who create this sponsored content for their advertising clients.

These particular examples of sponsored content were

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!

Ad Blocking Programs Continue to Vex Marketers, Publishers

How are entities like Vox Media, Quartz, the IAB, and the ANA combating ad blocking programs?
As ad blocking programs proliferate and become more popular with consumers – especially younger consumers like Millennials – marketers and publishers are feeling the heat in trying to confront what they consider a common enemy.

Recent news about Google’s efforts to

Digital Magazine Design Features: Progress Bars, ‘Read More’ Buttons, Ad Blocking

Digital magazine design is evolving nearly as fast as digital magazines themselves, because digital magazine design plays a huge part in defining digital magazines. Publishers continually implement new features to enhance reader experience, increase viewability for advertisers, and stay current with the shifting demands of the industry.

7 Great B2B Magazines Gone Digital

As MediaShift puts it, “what advertisers want from B2B media is solid leads on potential customers for their products and services.”

Not so long ago, web and digital magazines were considered adjunct media—the consensus among publishers was that almost like ads, they would drive prospective subscribers to their print editions. In fact as readers struggled with flat, inflexible pdfs that served as copy, many did go running back to print.

Today, magazines are going digital at a gallop, keeping pace with legions of increasingly sophisticated web and mobile device users whose facility with the digital landscape is driving sales of iOS devices and tablets into the stratosphere. Digital media consumption on mobile devices has climbed from 18 minutes a day in 2008 to about 3 hours in 2015.

Podcast Publishing: Another Strong Link in the Multiplatform Strategy Chain?

With the explosive success of Serial and Slate’s Panoply, podcast publishing has emerged as a viable – and, more to the point, profitable – option for digital magazines. Audio content is inexpensive, not difficult to produce, and popular with consumers. What’s more, it fits in neatly with the Mequoda Method for multi-platform publishing, which emphasizes repurposing content with products aimed at converting mobile and desktop visitors. Sounds like a win-win, right? Well, our friends at Publishing Executive recently took a closer look at the phenomenon from an industry standpoint. Let’s see what they found out!

Ad, Publisher Dynamic Gets Complicated With Blocking Software

If you’re an ad publisher and rely solely on that revenue for your company’s future, blocking software is a disturbing development indeed. While it’s not yet at crisis levels, it’s worrisome enough to demand some action, which is why vendors with antidotes are popping up here and there, while publishers and marketers devise responsive strategies. Ad Age did a great job of covering this story and a couple of more recently. Let’s take a look!

Cross-Media Publishing News: Apple Newsstand, Tablets, and Time Spent

Perhaps it was inevitable, but the end of Apple Newsstand – long involved in a love-hate relationship with cross-device publishing – was still an occasion for reflection and wondering what lies ahead for digital magazines. This is the kind of story the Nieman Lab was built for. Below, we look at its coverage on this topic and two others relevant to cross-device publishing.

Multiplatform, Mobile Setting the Pace for Publishers

Ask any publisher about the industry’s top trends, and it’s likely the majority of their responses will start with the letter “M.” Multiplatform, mobile, and metrics, to name a few. These are a few of our favorite things, as it happens, so we’re excited to share several recent Digiday articles that address these emerging issues.

Bloomberg Digital Ambitions Built on Multiplatform Approach

After turning Atlantic Media into a global force to be reckoned with, Justin Smith now has his sights set on Bloomberg digital reigning supreme more than one year into his tenure and months into a radical redesign.

Best Digital Publishing Strategies Mix the Old and the New

Ken Doctor writes in a recent Nieman Lab post that the resurgence of email newsletters, among other trends often associated with the digital era, are actually longstanding practices that have been reshaped for multiplatform publishing. More to the point, Doctor says, digital publishers must find the right combination of tactics to succeed in the 21st century.

Publishers Redesign Websites for Modern Appeal

Three major publishers have made website design changes. Quartz, Fortune, and Bloomberg have all updated their websites to grab more attention and keep users more engaged.

Magazine Logos Are Trending Smaller

While digital publishers experiment with website design features like “sticky” navigation menus and infinite scrolling, one element is being overlooked or overplayed, depending on your perspective: logos.

Atlantic Digital Magazine Defense One Riding High

After just a year in existence, Atlantic Media’s Defense One will expand on both the business and editorial sides in response to its more than 600,000 unique visitors per month, 63,000 subscribers, and 22 ad clients.

Atlantic Events a Boon for Business

Atlantic Media has seen its live events arm account for upward of 20% of its revenue. AtlanticLive started in 2006 and now produces an average of 125 gatherings annually – including the Aspen Ideas Festival – doubling its own revenue during the past four years and bringing in as much as $10 million, Digiday reports.

Time Magazine Website Sees Success With Continuous Scrolling

Time.com’s bounce rate is down 15% since adopting continuous scrolling for its content, the Poynter Institute reports. In addition, after its March redesign, the site saw a 21% jump in visitors reading a second piece of content.

Audio Articles a Trend for Publishers

Such publishers as Forbes and Time are focusing on the implementation of audio for both editorial content and site advertising, Digiday reports.

Content Deployment Tactics to Keep Readers Engaged

Publishers are trying new tricks and refining old ones to get visitors to stay on their sites for a while.

Digiday recently homed in on four creative examples of content deployment piquing readers’ interest.

Publisher Reputation Key to Execs Paying for News

Almost 40% of business executives worldwide pay for digital news, and nearly half of them make their choices based on brand reputation, according to a study conducted by Quartz.

Email Executives’ Choice When It Comes to News

Business executives report getting 56% of their industry-specific news from email newsletters, while 61% of them get their news via mobile, according to a survey administered by Quartz.

Hamburger Menu a Hot Topic for Web Publishers

Once a bold innovation, the “hamburger menu” style of site navigation is now a standard ingredient for publishers on the web, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still a subject for debate.

Quartz Reveals the “Secret” to the Social Web

If Quartz has anything to say about social and digital publishing, it’s that we’re all slowly but surely getting better at it. Well, at least they are. Following the trends of the web, less is more, and where an image will do, use it. “We try to tell stories with images and pictures and avoid two extra paragraphs or 70 extra words where a chart or graph would do. Over 50 percent of the Quartz content has a chart or graph. It’s our version of cat videos,” says Jay Lauf, publisher of Quartz.

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Blog Replaced by “The Upshot”

The New York Times had to replace Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog with something, right?. It looks like they’ve finally settled on The Upshot.

Digital Magazine Replicas Are Way Up in Canada

Marketing Mag Canada is reporting that new AAM numbers on digital replicas have tripled in the last year. In December 2012, the digital replica circulation was 42,000.

The National Journal Gets Responsive, Ditches App

The National Journal is moving its website to a more responsive design and ditching its app. AdWeek’s Lucia Moses writes, “For National Journal, its iPhone app is relatively new (introduced in April as a subscriber benefit) and hasn’t been a significant source of revenue. Meanwhile, its Web traffic from mobile devices has doubled over the past 18 months, so it needed a site that would provide a uniform experience across devices.”

Bezos Signals the Changing of the Guard?

The Washington Post Company has agreed to sell its namesake newspaper and affiliated publications to Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com for 250 million in cash. Bezos will be the sole owner of The Washington Post and it will go back to being a privately held company once the deal goes through.

Keeping Comments Civil via Social Media

Publications have always battled to tame the comment sections of their websites. Social media has emerged as a solution that provides authenticity and civility to heated online discussions. Poynter just released a detailed report on how media outlets have made the transition to socially gating their comment sections.

ESPN.com made such a transition yesterday, says Poynter: “Patrick Stiegman, editor-in-chief of ESPN.com, said by phone that three factors drove the company’s decision to switch to Facebook for commenting: ‘a tremendously smooth transition for fans,’ many of whom already have Facebook accounts; increased visibility for ESPN content beyond the walls of ESPN.com; and a desire to ’emphasize quality of comments over the quantity of comments.'”