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How to Get More Comments On Your Articles

Over the last five to seven years, a big gripe of many publishers is that they want to get more comments on their digital articles, but they’re getting fewer than ever before. Getting more comments might seem like a vanity metric, but we see comments as important indicators in search engine optimization. The more comments a post has, the higher it tends to rank. Because of this, we take the number of comments on a post to heart. And that big fat 0 staring at us never feels good.

Hires and Promotions for Digital Publishers at New Yorker and Others

Today we’re reporting on digital publishers bringing in new talent to strengthen their organizations.

We begin with New Yorker, which has brought in a superstar from BuzzFeed to be the director of newsletters. AdWeek reports, “The New Yorker has snagged BuzzFeed’s director of newsletters to lead its own newsletter efforts. Dan Oshinsky will join the publication from BuzzFeed on Aug. 7 to serve in the same role there. It’s a new position at the New Yorker, and one that will see Oshinsky working with a wide array of New Yorker staff, from editors to designers to product team members, as he takes charge of New Yorker’s current slate of newsletters, including its million-subscriber-strong the Daily, and works on creating new ones.”

Subscription Publishers Evolving Products and Offerings

Subscription publishers New York Times and others make changes to their subscription products; “Trump bump” subscriptions leveling out for publishers
Subscription publishers will make changes to products or evolve their subscription offerings as ways to determine the most effective ways to meet audience members where they are shopping.

Our first story today looks at Mashable and how the

Audience Development Strategy: Snapchat and Facebook in the Spotlight for Social

Condé Nast hiring team dedicated to Snapchat as part of audience development strategy; Facebook garners likes but major publishers fleeing Instant Articles
Many publishers are utilizing social platforms as part of their audience development strategy. Today we’re looking primarily at Snapchat and Facebook, as these two platforms have been receiving a lot of attention recently.

We begin today

The 10 Best Content Marketing Podcasts for Editors and Magazine Marketers

How to become a better content marketer, editor, and writer by listening to these content marketing podcasts

The first time I knew people listened to podcasts in their free time was back in 2007-ish when I went to an event called PodCamp, and while it wasn’t solely focused on podcasting, there was an abundance of fans

Multiplatform Publishing Changes: A Promotion, Acquisition, and a Lay Off

Multiplatform publishing expands for Condé Nast; Slate lays off editors and writers; Vox Media names first COO
We begin this multiplatform publishing news by looking at an acquisition for Condé Nast, which involves a social data and marketing platform named CitizenNet. WWD reports, “The deal is meant to deepen Condé’s data-science talent and expertise, in order to enrich

New Advertising Initiatives for Subscription Publishers in 2017

Subscription publishers are now looking at app buttons, branded podcasting, and intrusive marketing workarounds 
Subscription publishers have a lot of options when it comes to how they market their content online. We already know that content marketing provides high-quality content with value, so that’s already part of the process. But options for delivering and marketing that

How to Create Multi-Platform Content Quickly and Cheaply

When we talk about multiplatform publishing, some publishers think we’re talking about the difference between laptops, desktops and tablets. But those are simply the devices we deliver content through.

We’re talking about content repurposing, on many platforms.

Repurposing content is a core tenet of the Mequoda Method, but we can’t take credit for inventing the tactic. Rather, any publishers worth their salt – whether print or digital – have always run some variation on this theme. Why? Because it rewards your best work, saves you from excess work, gives you a ton of versatility, and will make you money while you sleep.

Expansion for Subscription Websites Focuses on Tight Paywalls, Strong Relationships, and More Content

Building relationships and high-quality content serve subscription websites like Scribd, The Telegraph, and Food52
Do you remember when subscription websites started using paywalls to add a new revenue stream to their publication? There was much debate about the process, including the rate to charge customers for access.

The question of price is still a hot topic by

Conde Nast Increases Multiplatform Publishing Appeal with Memberships

Print enthusiasts turn to tech properties to build multiplatform publishing empires through memberships and events
As Lucia Moses at Digiday put it, “In the quest for new sources of revenue, publishers have been launching subscription programs and events series.”

Moses reports, “Condé Nast’s Wired Media Group, consisting of Wired, Ars Technica and Backchannel, is going a step

Programmatic Native Advertising: Will Digital Magazines Buy In?

As programmatic native advertising makes its rise, publishers are cautious; plus, is time spent with media next big thing in digital advertising?
Programmatic native advertising … it’s quite a mouthful, right? Well, as it stands, digital publishers are worried they might be biting off a little more than they can chew when it comes to this

Facebook Publisher News: Doomsday Algorithm Not So Damaging After All?

Parse.ly releases report on friends and family algorithm that’s worth sharing to your favorite Facebook publisher; plus, metrics and Messenger
If you’re a Facebook publisher, you know as well as anyone what havoc the whims of Zuckerberg can wreak on your social media strategy.

That’s why some digital publishers – particularly those who had invested the most

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,

Publishing on Facebook: The Latest on Instant Articles + Video

For magazines publishing on Facebook Instant Articles, a primer on how media companies are using it, how the social media giant is tweaking it, and how holdouts are responding; plus, getting serious about video
Publishing on Facebook Instant Articles isn’t quite as polarizing a prospect as initially thought, but it will still be a major decision

Publishing Podcasts Could Give Digital Magazines an Edge

Are you publishing podcasts? If so, then you’re leaps and bounds ahead of much of your digital magazine business competition.

But the better question is, are you publishing podcasts and actually making some money off of them? Are your readers actually listening?

5 Signs of Bad Website Design & How to Fix

Websites are not magazines (most of the time). However, magazine content can be the basis of a successful periodical website that follows the basic rules of periodical website design and content management.

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

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!

Mobile Advertising Trends: Instagram, Marketers, Programmatic

Monitoring mobile advertising trends is a must for publishers aiming to monetize a platform that promises riches but has thus far eluded a precise formula for success. Digital magazines face technological, viewability, and audience development questions when it comes to generating steady revenue. We can’t say we’ve got all of the answers, but, then again, neither can anyone else … with the possible exception of Instagram, of course. MediaPost covers the latest news out of the massively popular image-sharing social network; plus, a new programmatic tool and mobile advertising from buyers’ perspective.

Monetizing Social Media: Bloomberg’s Strategy

Monetizing social media by converting side-door traffic into subscribers is one of the most important challenges publishers currently face. Convincing curious visitors to sign on as customers via quality content that’s skillfully distributed and diversely packaged requires patience, experimentation, and diligence, but it’s well worth the effort when those additional revenues start rolling in. Remember: It’s not the number of likes that define social media strategies; it’s the the level of audience development that will drive true reader engagement. Easier said than done, of course, but let’s take a look at how a legacy publisher like Bloomberg pulls it off, via Digiday, along with some other relevant recent articles.

Digital Magazine Subscriptions: Slate Reflects on One Year of ‘Plus’

Last week, we came across a cool, candid essay from Slate Editor-in-Chief Julia Turner on the occasion of Slate Plus’s first birthday. From the beginning, Slate has emphasized that Plus is not a paywall, but rather a membership predicated on premium content. This model is gaining in popularity among digital magazine subscriptions – The New York Times, Ars Technica, and The National Journal launched similar products in recent years – but Slate does a great service for both its readers and its fellow publishers by providing us with a progress report.

Multiplatform Media a Priority for Publishers

Multiplatform media is the answer for publishers: If we didn’t believe that, we wouldn’t be in business – because we wouldn’t have any client success stories! The best part about a multiplatform strategy is that it can be integrated into both a legacy and niche business model.

Below, you’ll see some stories of big-name magazine brands capitalizing on the promise of diversified content distribution – all three articles are from our friends at AdWeek.

Facebook, Publishers Nearing Faustian Bargain?

The late, great David Carr might have said it best in October of 2014: “For publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping toward you in the park. More often than not, it’s hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you.” But does this week’s news of The New York Times, National Geographic, and BuzzFeed potentially signing on as Facebook publishers mean they’re puppy chow or smart players with friends in high places?

Digital Advertising Trends: Avalanche, TNR, Conversions

Any and all recent discussions about digital advertising trends – including this one – make mention of native advertising. Some publishers have embraced it, while others are wrestling with the ethics, implications, and logistics. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at a potential solution for the latter group of publishers, as well as another example of the former. In between, we’ll check in on what advertisers themselves are looking for from publishers and platforms when it comes to metrics. All three updates come from WSJ.com’s excellent CMO Today blog.

Will Vox Media Cash In On Native Ads?

Vox Media has just received more funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $107.6 million.

How Digital Publishers Approach Time Spent

Have you noticed that time spent is becoming a more significant metric to digital publishers and digital advertisers alike? It’s understandable that this is happening because time spent on web pages and within websites shows the level of engagement from users.

How Digital Publishers Approach Native Ads

Native advertising can be problematic for some, but other publishers are devising strategies to deal with native, reports Digiday.

The Huffington Post has dealt with native advertising by developing sections for brands, including Johnson & Johnson, Chipotle, and NRG Energy.

Audience Development Strategy Needs Fuel Staffing Decisions

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Publishers are more and more hiring audience development specialists to put their search and social efforts over the top, Digiday reports. The latest to dedicate a position to audience development, months after its own Innovation Report recommended it, is The New York Times, which has hired Alex MacCallum as assistant managing editor.

Site Redesigns Steering Away From Overhauls

Publishers are ditching full-fledged redesigns in favor of periodic tweaks and phased-in changes, Digiday reports.

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.

The Rise of Magazine Memberships

Today, Digiday studied the premium subscription plans of heavyweight publishers upon the debut of Slate’s membership program.

Is Amazon Giving Away Money? No, the Five Largest Book Publishers Are Settling a Lawsuit

Anyone who bought an ebook on Amazon between April 1st, 2010 and May 21, 2012 just got an email with a credit usable on Amazon. Slate reports the backstory: “In 2012 state attorneys general led a class action lawsuit against the five largest book publishers in the U.S. for e-book price-fixing. In a related case, they sued Apple for conspiring with the publishers.”

Slate Plus is a Membership, Not a Paywall

Slate is launching a new membership tomorrow and they ask that you please not call it a paywall. OK maybe they didn’t ask, but they don’t want us to report it as one.

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.

America’s Test Kitchen Unifies its Subscription Website Model

America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) is now offering access to all three of its subscription websites for 69.99/year. Gigaom reports, “ATK is offering bundled access to all three of its websites, plus a selection of 1,000 recipes from its cookbooks, for $69.95 per year. That’s a good deal because previously a subscription to just one website was $34.95 a year, and if you wanted access to the “Cookbook Collection” recipes you had to pay an additional $15 a year.”

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.

Publishers Add Sponsored Tweets into Ad Packages

Publishers are jumping on board the sponsored Tweet bandwagon, reports Digiday. “In addition to the AP, publishers as diverse as People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Women’s Wear Daily and Slate have given sponsored social content a whirl in the interest of scratching up new revenue. It makes sense. With millions of followers, Twitter is a powerful distribution platform for them. Every little bit helps. The risk, of course, is user backlash.”

Landing Pages that Rock your Customers’ World

For successful landing pages, best practices are mandatory

At Mequoda, we never guess. Over many years of testing, we’ve developed proven best practices for just about everything. In fact, when it comes to landing pages, we have 12 of them. You can test these elements over and over, removing some or adding others, but in the end this even dozen will help you create landing pages that consistently deliver the desired results, whether it’s a sale or a conversion of some kind to gain an email address.

5 Quick Tips for Better Video Storytelling

A video can tell customers more about your business than any words can represent. While a storybook written in words offers room for imagination, a video without any words can tell a more accurate, yet imaginative story as well. Video storytelling in business refers to the art of telling your story, or instructing your customers, through a series of shots and sound. If you want to tell a good story through video, whether it’s about your company or about a product, keep reading.

Week in Review: February 13th, 2012 – February 17th, 2012

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

Google+ Sets Bad Example for Listening to Users

Deaf Ears Put Google+ at Back of Line

I received an email last week from Google informing me that a SIPA member had added me “to his circles” and invited me to join Google+. The email had a picture of what looked like an old manual dial-telephone with faces inserted where the numbers should be. The message below “Circles” read: “An easy way to share some things with uni friends, others with your parents and almost nothing with your boss. Just like in real life.” Huh? Below that was “Hangouts” with pictures of very young people and on the bottom there was “mobile.” “We built Google+ with mobile in mind,” it read. Okay. I appreciated the gesture but what would I be getting into?

4 Ways to Get Email Subscribers from Inbox to Sale

Email copywriting is only a small ingredient in the grand scheme of email marketing

Why do you send email promotions? Why do you send email newsletters? The answer is that you want the user to complete a task. Maybe the task is for them to click on an ad, or to click through to an article on your website. At the end of the day, you hope that your email newsletter will elicit some type of transaction.

How to Write a Better Email Call-to-Action

Four tips for getting more people to read your email and buy your product

Back in the day, you’d get an elaborate direct mail piece that may have lasted three to five pages. With the luck of a talented copywriter, you might even get people to read the entire letter, but they might at least skip to the end after reading through.

This method doesn’t work in email because people don’t like to scroll. They want to know right away, what you’re offering so that they can determine if they want to read the rest of your copy.

How WikiLeaks is Changing the Online Publishing Industry

WikiLeaks creates an uproar in the online publishing world by questioning “free speech”

In case you’ve been under a rock, a website (and plethora of mirror sites) called WikiLeaks is under attack for leaking private government and company documents. The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange has been bullied by the government into shutting the site down even coercing hosting provider after hosting provider to flip the kill switch.

This has caused an uproar in the hacker community. Hackers have been attacking sites that have refused service to WikiLeaks. According to NYDailyNews.com, “The hackers, who call themselves “Anonymous,” went on Twitter to declare war on the credit card companies for blocking payments to WikiLeaks. This included both Mastercard and Visa.

Why Everyone Wants to Be a Publisher on the iPad

New media trend reports were wrong – people like flipping pages!

When the iPad was first released, Jacob Weisberg, an editor for Slate.com wrote in an article that:

“Exorbitantly priced first-gen iPad apps offered by magazines like Vanity Fair ($4.99 a month) and Time ($4.95 a week!) are attempts to revive the anachronism of … turning pages. They’re claustrophobic walled gardens within Apple’s walled garden, lacking the basic functionality we now expect with electronic journalism: the opportunity to comment, the integration of social media, the ability to select text and paste it elsewhere, and finally the most basic function of all: links to other sources.”

Magazines 24/7 Coverage: Print Vs. Web – The Editorial Challenge

Editors gather for a candid discussion about what’s working online and what isn’t

Jacob Weisberg, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group, opened this session by asking: Why aren’t magazines better online? And how can we turn it around?

Internet Publishing Strategy 2006

How’s your Internet Publishing Strategy doing? Fifteen years after Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, most publishers are still struggling to cope with a permission marketing world where consumers have all the power.

If you’ve made the shift, congratulations and welcome to the brave new world of niche media empires, media agnostic publishing and user-centric product design. If not, you may have noticed that your old vertical media dynasty may be losing value at an increasingly rapid pace. Time to wake up and smell the electrons.

BLR.com Website Design Review

With a final score of B, BLR.com is a site, or a “network” of sites, that is already far better than average, but could be truly outstanding if only they implemented a few simple changes. Creating an editorial hub alone would be enough to spiral more opportunities for traffic, revenues and happier users.