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Tag: selling subscriptions

Make Your Web Magazine Better Today

In the summer of 2014, we launched what we believe to be the first-ever web magazine, I like Crochet. I Like Crochet was Prime Publishing’s first foray into premium content, aimed at readers looking for a higher level of access to unique and exclusive patterns and advice. The web magazine provided this access through fully

Selling Subscriptions While You Sleep

I woke up this morning thinking about all the great ways we’ve discovered to sell subscriptions on the Internet. Yes, these are the things that I dream about. The idea that while I’m deeply asleep, the systems we manage are busily selling subscriptions to magazines and newsletters and premium memberships that include all sorts of benefits to customers who are awake and spending money while I’m sound asleep makes me a happy guy.

Email, Web or Social – Which Should You Focus on Most?

If you think that your website should be the main driver of your revenue, think again. Email subscribers are responsible for between 60 and 80% of all digital revenue generation, while passing website visitors and social followers make up the balance.

Over and over again, we’ve found that passing website visitors don’t immediately turn into buyers. They simply remain

Sell More Magazine Subscriptions Online Using the Mequoda Method

At Mequoda, we’ve crunched the numbers and discovered how beautifully email newsletters work to drive revenue. It’s not the traffic that comes to your site, which is the prevailing view among folks in all industries who jumped on the bandwagon early. Back in those days, it was all about impressions! Eyeballs on your page! After all, if they show up on your website, they’re bound to subscribe to your magazine, right?

Wrong.

How to Turn Samplers into Subscribers

In his book, Free: The Future of Radical Price, Chris Anderson wrote, “People often don’t care as much about things they don’t pay for, and as a result they don’t think as much about how they consume them. Free can encourage gluttony, hoarding, thoughtless consumption, waste, guilt, and greed. We take stuff because it’s there,

8 Online Magazine Design Best Practices

Online magazine design has taken a number of steps forward in recent years, starting with the launch of the first-ever web magazine in 2014 called I Like Crochet. An online magazine, also known as a web magazine, is a premium publication that is read through a magazine subscription website. In our definition, it is not the same as the homepage of a magazine, where content is freely distributed, unless that content is metered by a paywall.

10 Little-Known Subscription Business Model Facts That Can Increase Revenue

These subscription business model facts will help you take a new look at your current approach to subscription marketing.
Most of the subscription business model facts you usually hear likely pertain to percentages and numbers that don’t apply to you and instead reflect someone else’s business. But the ten facts below give you permission to take a step

5 Paid Newsletter Best Practices for the Digital Age

These days, when people talk about newsletter best practices, they’re usually referring to free email newsletters, used as a marketing tool to drive inbound traffic to websites. But because some of us are old-time journalists here at Mequoda, we also think fondly of paid newsletters, a classic journalistic form that survives today in the digital era.

Beyond Paywalls: 3 Ways Magazine Publishers Sell More Subscriptions

Since most magazine publishers are competing for these dollars and losing the battle, the need for revenue from subscriptions increases every day.

How to Choose the Best Subscription Pricing & Single-Copy Pricing Strategy for Your Subscription Websites

While the challenge of choosing the right subscription and single copy pricing strategy is not new to magazine publishers, it’s virgin territory for most subscription website publishers and many publishers exploring the digital newsstand landscape.

Even magazine publishers are faced with new economic realities.

The marginal cost of delivering a digital subscription to your own website is near zero. The cost of delivering digital issues via the Apple, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble digital newsstands is based on remit and the cost of delivering a digital issue paid to your digital publishing software provider (Mag+, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, etc.).

America’s First Web Magazine Gets a “Face Lift”

Back in 2014, we partnered with Prime Publishing to launch America’s first web magazine. Since then we’ve launched more than a dozen and have learned a lot. Prime’s web magazine, I Like Crochet, is a linear, finite edition of a magazine. Readers progress through the magazine the same as they would an app or print magazine, except the pages are built in HTML and read like a webpage.

5 Best Practices in Digital Magazine App Publishing

Now that so many publishers are issuing digital editions, it’s time to take a look around and quantify some best practices that we’ve noted in researching apps and digital magazines.

First, let’s do some definitions. Terminology is changing daily, as it always does with new technology and new products, but for now we should at least attempt to clarify a few things. Some of these definitions come from outside Mequoda, but others are our own preferred definitions that serve to clarify some of the confusion in the industry right now. Your mileage may vary!

The 6 Organizational Teams Multiplatform Publishers Need to Grow Faster

These organizational teams are key components for building a highly effective and efficient multiplatform publishing business

Building a multiplatform publishing business is never easy, but it is practically impossible without the right personnel. Having the right people in the right jobs has been an endless source of thinking and discussion for organizations of all types, and

How a Multiplatform Magazine Revenue Team Boosts Profits

Don’t leave money on the table by skipping over new multiplatform magazine revenue models

You probably know that ad-driven magazines have someone in charge of driving more revenue, usually someone with the title of Publisher or Chief Revenue Officer. This person is charged with overseeing the team that sells ad space in the magazine (and online).

But

The Key Role of Audience Development in Multiplatform Publishing

Multiplatform publishing is the key to publishing success, and audience development is the job that gets you there

Sixteen years later, I can still remember the day a large publishing company, who’d been negotiating with my marketing services firm to revive a struggling magazine it owned, decided to cut its losses and shut the magazine down

What is Relationship Marketing and How Can it Help You Increase Sales?

Take a look at these three case studies to better understand how you can combine content marketing strategy and relationship marketing strategy to sell while you sleep

Digital-Only Magazines: The Latest Publishing Trend

The latest publishing trend isn’t just about magazine publishing in general. It’s a digital publishing trend: Launching digital-only magazines without legacy print publications behind them.

Mequoda has a client who is doing just that. Prime Publishing is a company that began with free websites but no print publications whatsoever. Now the company is launching digital-only magazines such as I Like Crochet and I Like Knitting as premium products to enhance their associated websites, AllFreeCrochet.com and AllFreeKnitting.com.

5 Ways Digital Magazines Generate Additional Publisher Revenue

The digital revolution not only makes content more accessible; it offers additional ways to generate revenue

Have the changes in digital magazine publishing created new revenue generating opportunities for you?

Those opportunities may exist for many digital publishers, even if they don’t realize it due to other focuses.

Creating the Perfect Magazine Website

Ten years ago, most magazine publishers fell into two camps when it came to online magazine publishing. Some buried their heads in the sand and did little or nothing, apparently hoping this crazy fad would pass. We’ll call them “Reluctants.” Others jumped in, investing enormous amounts of time and money with little or no planning and mixed results at best. We’ll call this group the “Eager Beavers.” Of course there were publishers who did have a plan, executed it well, and achieved success, but they were more the exception.

Four Digital Magazine Best Practices from the May 2014 Mequoda Intensive

Digital magazine publishing changes from week to week, but last week, at our quarterly Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive in Boston, we discussed digital magazine publishing opportunities in depth. The publishers we had the honor of sharing a room with – from niche consumer magazines to extremely niche B2B magazines – hailed from all over the country.

Controlled-Circulation Publisher Finds Internet Success

One of Mequoda’s primary reasons for being is to help legacy publishers cross the digital divide.

And when it comes to Farm Progress, we’re talking serious legacy publishing – a company founded in 1819 which publishes, among many others, Prairie Farmer, the oldest known continuously published magazine, launched in 1841.

Hearst Shares a Glimpse Into 2014

The advertising community in New York City saw a preview of Hearst Magazine endeavors for 2014.

This article from MinOnline shares highlights from the Hearst announcement, including this piece of news from Esquire:

The Magazine Subscription Website Business Model

The magazine website is one of nine subscription website models that Mequoda has identified and defined. We do this because designing a website is as much about establishing a business model as it is about “design,” and so many people simply don’t understand how the different models are used, leading to websites that don’t drive revenue the way the publisher expected.

Online Subscription Marketing: A Long Way from Direct Mail Packages

As you may have noticed, Mequoda is a firm believer in the power of email newsletters as a marketing channel – so much so that a Mequoda subscription website is built specifically to give away content and harvest email addresses, rather than sell magazine subscriptions.

The Periodical Subscription Website Business Model

The periodical website archetype is often associated with newspaper brands and other news periodicals that include trade papers like Computerworld and Variety.

Periodical subscription websites may also be called news sites, online newspapers, online magazines, online newsletters, or online journals.

The Economist Turns Email Clicks into Digital Subscriptions

In my recent escapades of combing through the email calendars of publishers large and small, I’ve discovered a few secrets about the brands I’ve been spying on. The biggest secret of all is that rarely do any of them stick to a systematic system of email publishing.

Typically all of our emails are written, edited and scheduled to go out on Friday the week before. We publish at 10am Eastern when we publish editorial emails (Monday – Thursday) and 2pm when we publish promotional emails. Sometimes we switch it up to test out which times work best, but overall it’s fairly consistent.

Learn How to Make Millions with a Content-Driven Website

You may never be Rupert Murdoch.

But you could become Consumer Reports, Morningstar, Meredith or any of the many publishers who are currently making millions from their content on the Internet by attending Mequoda’s Internet Marketing Intensive this January in New York City.

My Top 12 Articles of 2012

I want to usher in 2013 by sharing some of my top articles from this past year. Each of these articles received a favorable amount of social interaction, so in case you missed them, here are my top 12 articles of 2012.

5 Tablet Publishing Trends

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How should I price my digital magazine subscription?

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If your overall economics favor selling subscriptions, consider what many now call “no-brainer pricing”, which sets a ratio of about two-to-one. Assuming we’re still talking about a subscription priced at $19.97, this strategy would dictate a single copy or monthly access price of $9.97. Note: In all the

3 Reasons to Develop a Subscription Website

The subscription website is the ultimate tool for digital publishers

After years of selling subscriptions for print products, digital publishers realized that subscription websites could be the digital counterpart. In today’s world, where tablet publishing is quickly gaining popularity, presenting content in an interactive digital format provides a new opportunity for publishers.

Any media company with frequently added content could benefit from a subscription website.

Week in Review: January 31st, 2011 – February 4th, 2011

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

Apple’s Plan for Selling Subscriptions Through Apps

Specifics for online publishers selling subscriptions via apps

No need to speculate on Apple’s approach to handling subscriptions anymore. A representative from Apple recently told app developer Texterity that publishers could now sell digital subscriptions via apps.

The stipulation is that Apple has to be allowed an equal opportunity to do so.

So You Wanna Be a Mequoda System Editor?

Being a Mequoda System editor means following a regular, formal process that recasts the content of other media products.
As a Mequoda System Editor, or any online editor, you may have responsibility for developing content that is variously combined and disaggregated for four uses: emails, blog posts, free special reports and premium products.

Fundamentally, editors generate email

It’s Free Report Friday! Get Your Twitter Advice For (and From) Content Marketers

In the Twitter Advice For (and From) Content Marketers white paper from the Mequoda Group, you will discover marketing tips you can use to boost ROI by doing business on Twitter.

Variety Headline News: Email Newsletter Review

This daily entertainment news update has a great footer and from line, but it’s first and preview screens aren’t exactly star studded

Publishing 2.0: Seven New Media Objectives for 2008

Expand your brand, audience, and reach with the technology you’ve been pondering since 2007

Forbes Media Network Mequoda Case Study

Creating the World’s Most Popular Website for Entrepreneurial Capitalists

With 2006 revenues estimated at more than $510 million, up from an estimated $460 million for 2005, the newly formed Forbes Media Network is on a roll.

Forbes Media currently includes print, online conferences, radio and TV properties. At this time, an estimated $330 million still comes from the American edition of Forbes Magazine, however, senior executives Steve Forbes and Jim Spanfeller both tell Mequoda that online publishing revenues will pass print in 2008 or 2009—if the current growth rates for both print (up 6% for 2006) and online (up 57% for 2006) hold for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The Wall Street Journal’s Publishing Case Study

The Wall Street Journal’s website, WSJ.com, has achieved incredible success by selling print subscriptions online while simultaneously selling subscriptions to their online product. As a result, they are a great example of how to sell millions of dollars in subscriptions from one website. After perusing their site, we have identified seven marketing lessons to be learned from WSJ.com. If your online publication can manage to follow at least five of the seven lessons well, you should be able to increase print subscription sales from your website.

Three Things Harvard Can Teach You For Free

A Harvard Business School (HBS) education doesn’t come cheap. But if you are willing to do a bit of detective work, and forgo the actual “sheepskin” of a diploma, there are a few lessons you can learn from HBS—absolutely free. We spent the past few weeks wandering the pages of HarvardBusinessOnline.org to see what the finest business minds of the country could teach us about subscription websites. We had testers subscribe to the Harvard Business Review, peruse the general and educator sections of the site, and browse the extensive catalog of books and online courses and this was what we found. While many of Harvard Business School Publishers’ online subscription marketing practices were on par with other successful sites we’ve reviewed, there were three particular areas where HBSP successfully maneuvered challenges often mishandled in other subscription sites. We thought these lessons were important to bring to your attention.

WineSpectator.com Website Design Review

Winespectator.com is a great example of a successful Mequoda Membership Website Publishing Model™. The website, while similar to the print magazine, offers more functionality and added features than their print counterpart. Wine ratings and tasting notes on the website are sortable by score, price and vintage and there is web-exclusive content and commentary. A website user can also create a personal cellar, where they can save the wines reviewed by winespectator.com to a personalized list.