Get Free Email Updates | Have an Account?
  • Free email newsletter
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS Feed

Tag: reuters

The Kind of Apps People Want: How to Get a 5-Star Rating on Your Magazine App

As tech industry observers like to note, the world of apps is wild and wacky. There are almost two million apps in the Apple and Google app stores. If you pick up or click to pretty much any tech publication these days, you’re guaranteed to see at least one app review, to help bewildered consumers navigate this crowded field.

Of course when you read those articles, you’re getting a lot of personal opinion, and in tech land, much of that turns out to be excitement over flashy technology – no surprise there. So what kind of apps do people want, really? For magazine publishers, the answers are fairly simple.

Digital Publishers Continuing Acquisitions as Lending Grows

Last week we reported on one of the biggest media acquisitions we’ve seen in awhile as Meredith Corp. bought Time Inc. for $2.8bn including debt. Today we’re visiting some other recent moves by media companies and digital publishers since.

Audience Development & Millennials: Paying for News is Becoming More Popular

The millennial demographic is one publishers often wonder about. Considering millennials into an audience development plan is a great idea for publishers, and we’re now seeing some interesting evolutions in the way millennials are paying for news. Yes, you read that correctly. More millennials are subscribing to news, including print, more than we’ve seen before.

Subscription Websites Testing New Grounds with Targeted Membership, Social Options

Publishers of subscription websites are warriors. They constantly work to improve their standings, even when there are forces working against them. Up until recently, social networks and search engines were problematic areas. However, there may be some changes coming to fruition that will help subscription website publishers.

10 Reasons to Add Video in Magazines Now That You Can

When a magazine goes digital and becomes an app, or a web magazine, it becomes alive. And that’s scary for some publishers. Suddenly, ads become more valuable to advertisers because they can be clicked. Content becomes more rich because it can also be hyperlinked to references and authors on the web. Live content can be embedded with video in magazines so the editorial content doesn’t stop at the final publish date.

And if you’re not ready for that kind of transition or development project, then your magazine has suddenly become ancient.

It used to be that sharing vertical video branded you an amateur, but not anymore. Startups are specializing in it, publishers are pushing it out, and consumers are, well, consuming it, according to TheMediaBriefing.com.

Publishers Using Technology for Audience Development Growth

Audience development growing with faster ads, custom software and more social media usage
Audience development continues to be a wide area for publishers to explore. The best strategies show consistent results in audience growth, and today we’re sharing some of the latest findings from the industry.

We begin with Meredith and the audience growth they’ve found ad

Multiplatform Publishers Making Major Changes for Industry Success

Some multiplatform publishers are expanding their multiplatform strategy to focus more on social and digital, while others are making acquisitions and cutting staff
The world of multiplatform publishers is no stranger to major changes. For instance, remember the launch of the iPad? It was a game-changer for savvy publishers who began using it to enhance their multiplatform publishing

The Many Shades of Publishers Using a Paywall Model

The paywall model comes in many shapes, sizes, and flavors and all can be profitable for publishers when the content is good.

A recent article from Mediapost claims 40% of millennials personally pay for news (print or digital). Pay for news, you say? We think, when looking at the ratio of print to digital, that many of

How TIME Magazine Turned It Around With Multiplatform Publishing

TIME magazine is seeing growth in print and digital due mostly to a strong pursuit of native ads in editorial and video, plus staffing updates and multiplatform publishing

Last year, TIME‘s print revenue went up by 4%, and digital climbed 36%. A few years ago, we wrote a little piece called Saving TIME Magazine: or, the Future of All

Want to Create a Magazine Online? Think Video and Subscriptions.

If you came to this website for help on how to create a magazine online, congratulations: You couldn’t have picked a better place. That’s just one goal the Mequoda System will help you reach, and it’s just the beginning of new growth for your company.

Imagine a world-class chef going through your leftovers and digging through your pantry to make you a dinner. If you threw together a bunch of ingredients with everything else you have going on, chances are that meal leaves a bit to be desired. When the chef does it, what results is a mouthwatering feast you never thought possible.

We are that chef. The ingredients are nearly limitless – they include everything from your portal to your email newsletter to your social media strategy to video and subscriptions. When we say multiplatform strategy, we mean it.

Digital Media Industry Trends: Tablet Magazines, Ad Blocking, Mobile-First Design

The digital media industry trends dominating the headlines at the end of 2015 share some overlap with the digital media industry trends we started the year with — monetizing mobile and video, for instance — but there are some that came out of nowhere and now have the business scrambling around somewhere between casual concern and crisis mode.

You guessed that one, all right … ad blocking.

Meanwhile, multiplatform publishing — our focus since we started Mequoda — has gone from optional strategy to absolute necessity for digital magazines making any sort of serious bid for success.

Three Ways to Block Ad Blockers

Hide in plain sight and make your advertising messaging look like regular content to block ad blockers
Ad-blocking software has been around almost as long as people have had personal computers in their homes, so they’ve always existed at the same time that you’ve been depending on ad sales. But only last month did publishers begin

Niche Strategy + Cross-Device Content Serving Publishers Well

Nobody knows niche strategy like we do, which is why we love to see big-name legacy publishers adopting it and smaller, scrappier sites finding success with it. The same goes for content that can help you cultivate audiences across multiple devices – it’s what we do! Digiday, always a reliable source for the latest industry trends, once again rings in with three stories on these very topics. Let’s take a look.

Programmatic Ads the Focus of New Publishing Alliance

Programmatic ads, which give brands the option for automated buys in place of more traditional human interaction and negotiation, occupy a growing segment when it comes to publishing revenue. But as popular as they are, some publishers are seeking to better capitalize on them in an effort to protect their share of the market.

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.

As a Publisher, Companies Like Coke Keen on Content

Digiday last week profiled five companies – Adobe, Barney’s, Coke, Dell, and Xerox – that are reshaping their websites in the mold of publishers.

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.

Audience Development Flub: Rap Genius Lost 80% of its SEO

Rap Genius is a popular music lyric database site that has grown quite popular in the last year. However, Rap Genius did something incredibly bad for its SEO earlier in the month. Search Engine Land reported about a link building scheme Rap Genius concocted. Rap Genius would trade you a tweet to your article if you included a list of links with anchor texts back to Rap Genius in your article.

People Heads To TV

It looks like Time Inc. CEO, Joe Ripp is at it again. It’s been revealed that People magazine will produce a two-hour special in a joint venture with Dick Clark Productions. New York Post’s Keith J. Kelly writes,

Seventeen’s Big Video Push

AudienceDevelopment.com is reporting that Hearst is teaming up with AwesomenessTV to create a new YouTube channel for Seventeen. Arti Patel writes, “The Hearst Corporation is teaming with AwesomenessTV to co-launch a new freestanding YouTube channel as part of a joint venture meant to target teen girls through a multichannel network.

Publishers Partner With AOL’s Gathr

Audience Development is reporting that publishers have partnered with AOL on a new subscription service. Michael Rondon writes, “The service, Gathr, packages subscriptions to a variety of products and services at a discount. Offerings—there are currently 24 separate options—range from Pandora to Redbox to Norton AntiVirus software,

Paywall Experimentation is a Digital Publishing Trend

Publishers have been experimenting with their paywalls all summer. See why paywall experimentation is a digital publishing trend. Esquire has been up performing all kinds of paywall experiments this summer. FOLIO reports that in July they put “one of its magazine features behind a paywall.

Alerts Increase Open Rates, Tech Blogs = Trade Pubs and Time Inc’s New CEO

MarketingpProfs has new research dedicated to the most effective words in email subject lines. In the study, performed by British marketing firm Adestra, “Emails with the word “alert” in their subject lines have a 38.1% higher than average open rate and 61.8% higher click rate”.

Magazine Publishers to Leverage Print on Demand?

New print on demand opportunities are were presented to magazine publishers at Retail Marketplace 2013 according to IPDA Publishing & Retail news. Ingram Content Group (ICG) presented options to help magazine publishers leverage their print on demand technology.

Karlene Lukovitz reports, “ICG’s core premise: Since POD print (and digital) products are created and fulfilled to match supply with demand (one-offs based on prepaid consumer orders or publisher-determined small numbers of copies)–and the publisher’s cost and profit margin are predetermined–POD capabilities minimize waste copies/costs, while enabling sales to new (including global) markets/customers. ICG also believes there is potential for employing POD in traditional retail channels.”

Digital Publishing Pays Off in Ads, Paywalls, and Digital Issues

Adobe DPS software has distributed over 100 million digital issues since their launch in 2011 reports Adobe’s Digital Publishing Blog. “We are not just seeing a rise in magazine and newspaper readership on mobile devices, but also significant growth in corporate adoption of Digital Publishing Suite” states post author, Teresa Demel. This a quite an achievement for a digital publishing platform and just one more indicator that people are consuming more digital content.

The Atlantic Takes Digital Publishing to a Weekly Frequency

The Atlantic Weekly debuts on Friday and will feature content from the print magazine and website on a weekly basis. Individual weekly copies will go for $1.99 on Apple Newsstand and monthly subscriptions will run for $2.99, while yearly subscriptions will go for $19.99. New issues will be released every Friday.

Rather than create new content, they will pull

Digital Magazine Publishing Growth Through Devices, Strategies

More people paying attention is part of the reason why digital magazine publishing is growing

The second quarter of 2012 has been impressive for tablet sales. Worldwide sales nearly topped 25 million, up 67% since the same time period last year. Apple’s iPad was the main tablet sold, as 17 million devices were sold during the quarter. Now, Apple has 68.3% of the global tablet market share, according to Strategy Analytics. This is the company’s strongest showing since the third quarter of 2010.

SIPA Member Profile: Londesborough Takes World View

Richard Londesborough, CEO, Business Monitor International, London

SIPA: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into this business?
RICHARD: Sports reporter in Tehran for a daily English language newspaper; a fantastic gap year job for an 18 year-old that gave me my first taste for journalism and the written word.

Has there been a defining moment in your career?
It was probably that year. I realized I could write copy that people wanted to read, and had an eye for design. When I left Exeter University, I repeated the exercise by going out to Mexico where I worked for the Mexico City News, and supplemented the meager wages by stringing for Reuters and the Sunday Times. More importantly, while out there, I met and worked alongside Jonathan Feroze, with whom I was to set up Business Monitor International, and share at least four lunches a week for the next 25 years, and more.

What to Know BEFORE Focusing on Technology

Know Your Objectives Before Becoming More ‘Social’

I came across an exceptionally good article the other day on a site called BNET, The CBS Interactive Business Network, titled “Want a Strong Digital Strategy? Stop Focusing on Technology” by David Rogers, a digital marketing strategist. (Yes, this is that CBS, the same entity behind “Two and a Half Men,” “Two Broke Girls” and the never-ending “Survivor.”)

Rogers’ main idea is that you should have your objectives clear before embarking on your Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/blog forays. “Are you trying to reach new customers?” he asks “Drive sales to current customers? Reduce your operating costs? Or introduce a breakthrough product or service? Today’s digital tools can be used for a wide variety of marketing objectives.”

What is Meant by “Quality” Content?

Thoughts from the paidContent Conference

The most recent change to the Google algorithm focused on rewarding high-quality content.

Websites providing low-quality content have lost rank in many instances.

UCG Calls Off Deal to Sell OPIS to Platts

UCG Terminates Agreement to Sell OPIS

The agreement reached two months ago that had UCG selling its wholly-owned subsidiary, Oil Price Information Service, LLC (OPIS), to Platts, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, is no more. UCG announced on Sunday that it has decided to hold onto OPIS, a leading provider of news, pricing and software for buyers and sellers of petroleum products.

“Last year we entered into a strategic review of our business to sort out the best options for OPIS to grow going forward,” OPIS CEO Brian Crotty wrote to us in an email. “That process took many months and resulted in the sale agreement with Platts—and ultimately us terminating that agreement.”

Project Retweet, or, Step One Towards Monetizing Twitter

What will the future hold for the social media giant?

Notes and Quotes from the FOLIO: Growth Summit

Magazine publishers discuss how they’re going to save their brands through online publishing

This week I was in Chicago attending and presenting at the FOLIO: Growth Summit.

“It’s not enough to make drastic cuts and then hunker down,” said Tony Silber, general manager of FOLIO:. “You need to be taking the initiative, looking at doing the things you do better, looking at doing new things. That’s what this year’s FOLIO: Growth Summit is all about.”

And that it was.

WSJ.com Website Design Review

Reviewing WSJ.com, the “largest paid subscription news site on the Web,” feels a little like the being the kid in the children’s story “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” In the story, the proud Emperor had fallen for a sly tailor’s flattery. He was sold imaginary fabric: fabric that was so soft you couldn’t feel it, so fine you couldn’t see it.