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Association Magazine Best Practices: Don’t Bury Your Content

We’re not sure why most association magazine websites bury free and magazine content, but we’ll try to help them see the light.
If you’re an association website, do you spin off your magazine on its own, or do you keep your organization and the content you publish under the same roof? In other words, do you

Strategy Spotlight with Don: How Pricing Affects Sales

Pricing is no doubt one of the single clearest ways to either generate more revenue, or less. But the trick is rarely the price itself, and more how it’s positioned. Humans are naturally inclined to make choices based on the relative value of things compared and contrasted to other similar things. If you can play

Multiplatform Marketing: The Value in “Free” for Publishers

In multiplatform marketing and social media, do you ever feel like the content you produce is making more money for other people, than for you? Think about it. 100 years ago, American songwriter, Victor Herbert sued a restaurant for playing his song on a piano without paying royalties for the song and formed a society, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers to keep this from happening to other artists and publishers. Sure, plagiarism is one angle of what multiplatform publishers encounter when someone uses your content without permission, but what about the content you give away for free on other platforms?

Strategy Spotlight with Don: 7 Ways to Increase Magazine Circulation

If you’re running or managing a publishing company, your time is often spent figuring out how to build a bigger audience, boost revenues, and increase your profitability on those numbers.

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains seven ways to tackle the audience portion, which will lead to increasing your magazine

What Is Audience Development?

Imagine you own a landscaping company. You cut lawns, trim shrubs, design landscapes and you even shovel in the winter.

Now imagine you throw a dinner party where your brother brings home his new girlfriend. This is the tenth girl in 10 years who has sat at your dinner table, so you assume that you may never see the lovely woman again who we’ll call Sarah.

After dinner, Sarah mentions that she just bought a house and the yard is just awful.

So there you are, with a potential customer in your house. What do you do?

What Is a Mequoda Subscription Website Portal?

A Mequoda subscription website Portal generates value from both users and sponsors
Mequoda has guided the development of more than a 300 successful niche media websites on a wide variety of niche media topics. Our best practice is to pair a free subscription website Portal with any premium subscription business model like a magazine or newsletter.

When you charge

Magazine Subscription Websites: 4 Huge Mistakes You Might Be Making

“Do your job.”

Those are the famous words of New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, and the mantra of the whole team, who I imagine you already know just won their fifth Super Bowl in the greatest game of all time (no New England bias here, nope!)
If you have a magazine, you have a magazine subscription website. Most publishers don’t use the same definition as we do, because I don’t think most magazine subscription websites do their job. They exist, and they process payments, but they do very little to attract (provocative pricing), entice (great copy and packages), and keep subscribers happy (digital archives and access).

Magazine Marketing Tip: Your Alignment is Off

If you’re not writing contextual email text ads, your magazine marketing and paid products aren’t selling as well as they could be.
Have you ever thrown a birthday party for your kid that was totally themed? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—you got this. There was pizza and ice cream (the Turtles’ favorite food combo). All the kids

Subscription Websites are Expanding and Growing

Subscription websites LinkedIn and New York Times expand; WSJ closes Google loophole
Subscription websites can be a profitable endeavor for content publishers.

We begin by looking at The New York Times, which is experiencing growth in regards to its digital audience. Subscription Insider reports, “Last Thursday The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) posted its fourth quarter

Magazine Marketing 101: Selling More Digital Subscriptions

Digital magazine marketing will give you an afterlife

There are times in business when we feel like we’ve created something great, and we don’t understand why it’s not selling.

Back in 1967, a successful New York ballerina by the name of Marta Becket stumbled upon an old social hall in Death Valley Junction, California, population: 6. After

New Digital Content Initiatives Are Key for Subscription Publishers

Subscription publishers WSJ try ad-free digital; Huffington Post tries story format; NYT shares subscription lessons
A lot can be learned by trying new initiatives, especially when they are undertaken with some foresight. We’re watching as subscription publishers report on their initiatives, and attempt new ones.

We begin today with The New York Times, which is sharing information

The 3 Truths of Building a Magazine Audience

How to build a magazine audience by giving away more than you receive

The foundational principles of Buddhism teach you that life is suffering, and that to live a better life, you must learn how to be content with that. No sugar-coating, just “yes, you’re right, life is hard, now let’s get on with it, shall we?” By

How Niche Websites Perform in Alexa’s Top 500

You might be surprised by the niche websites that top Alexa’s list of the highest ranking websites in the U.S.

A niche website is one that centers around a specific topic or area of interest. This doesn’t usually include general interest topics like news and politics, which everyone has a stake in, but more on the

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Magazines in Digital: The New Yorker’s “Digital Renaissance”

It’s not every day you get to see the path of magazines in digital. Here’s an inside look at how The New Yorker has been evolving.
Poynter recently published a great article  by Benjamin Mullin about how The New Yorker has changed to evolve for a digital atmosphere over the last decade.  Here are a few major adjustments

Creating a Magazine Layout: Interactive Digital Magazine Elements Users Love

Creating a magazine layout that includes interactivity is one more key toward selling more digital magazine subscriptions
It’s true that users prefer familiarity in digital magazines. As soon as you begin creating digital magazine apps that require an instruction manual to learn, many users tend to get frustrated. That’s why we think when designing a reflowed

How Publishing Magazines on Kindle Will Boost Digital Circulation

Want to know how publishing magazines on Kindles will boost your digital circulation? The simple answer is math: you can only sell more digital issues, not less, by adding your magazine to a new platform.

And we consider Amazon’s Kindle Newsstand to be one of the three juggernauts of digital magazine publishing channels, alongside Google Play and Apple Newsstand. In fact, it’s in second place and I’ll tell you why a little later.

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

Apple’s App Store Subscription Revenue Rises 74%

Why is subscription revenue falling for print publishers and rising for app store subscriptions?
While publishers are all fighting for their subscription lives, Apple’s over here seeing subscription revenue up 74%. While much of this revenue applies to app subscriptions for video subscriptions, games and software products, it does also include magazine apps. The top apps

How to Promote a Digital Magazine: 10 Strategies & 1 Major Must-Do

How to promote a digital magazine online, offline, and everywhere in between
How do you usually promote a magazine? Afterall, subscription and newsstand sales are the keys to driving advertiser interest, so what are you doing to promote your print magazine?

Blow-in cards. Social Media. Newsstands. Direct mail and email renewal series. Subscription agents. The list goes on.

Now what

Are Magazine Events Your Next Multiplatform Publishing Opportunity?

Magazine events bring in user and sponsor revenue, and many publishers have made a profitable business model out of them.

When we talk about multiplatform publishing, it’s easy to jump right into the obvious choices: the ones with words, like books and portals and ebooks. But some of the biggest publishers I know have incorporated live

A 2017 Resolution for Subscription Website Publishers

Resolve to investigate the possibility of added revenue with a club-style business model in 2017

Every publisher and subscription marketer should recommit in 2017 to customer relationship building and asset leveraging—after all, these are two things that you already have, customers and content! And one of the hottest new trends for capitalizing on your content and

Get the Mequoda CXMS and watch your profits grow…

Will you prioritize upgrading the tools that will save you time, money, and your future?

“You live and die by your ability to prioritize. You must focus on the most important, mission-critical tasks each day and night, and then share, delegate, delay or skip the rest.” Those are the wise words of Jessica Jackley, co-founder of

Reduce Subscriber Churn: How to Keep Subscribers Entertained & Engaged

How to reduce subscriber churn by providing new opportunities to engage with your content on a regular basis

People love subscriptions these days. Beyond magazine subscriptions, there are now box-of-the-month subscriptions. You can subscribe to a monthly box of beauty products like BirchBox, dog toys and treats like BarkBox, nuts and healthy snacks like NatureBox, or

Subscription Website News: Redesigns, Revenue and Artificial Intelligence

This week’s subscription website news shines a light on new marketing initiatives and revenue generated by successful subscription services 
We’re seeing that subscription website news takes on some interesting dimensions early on in 2017.

The first story, filled with some intriguing insight for subscription and digital marketers, features Aiden — a digital marketer created with artificial intelligence.

How to Sell the Benefits of Digital Magazines and Multiplatform Bundles

Master the art of marketing digital magazines and bundles by learning about why readers subscribe to digital magazines
Several years ago we ran a study that showed us the majority of magazine consumers were subscribing to digital magazines because they felt paper magazines were wasteful and they wanted to “go green.” A full 52% of respondents said

The Top 10 Mobile-Trafficked Magazine Websites

Magazines with the most mobile traffic have great mobile magazine websites and social-friendly content
The Association of Magazine Media recently stated that on average, magazine websites are getting 26% of their traffic from mobile. According to AdWeek, “The MPA’s monthly Magazine Media 360° report dissected publishers’ online traffic in July and compared it with traffic from a

These Subscription Publishers Are Seeing Increases in Audiences

Subscription publishers love to see surges, and that’s what’s happening at Washington Post, New York Times, and LA Times
We love to report on successes in the publishing world, and what better to report than subscription publishers seeing increases in the sizes of their audiences.

The Columbia Journalism Review is reporting on two publishers that have increased

Mequoda’s Top Digital Magazine Publishing Posts of 2016

Our top-read digital magazine publishing posts of last year show an interest in creating, marketing, and monetizing digital magazines and newsletters

In 2016, publishers couldn’t stop talking about the possibilities of digital magazines. After learning that digital magazines are a profitable content business model they’re actively seeking new ways to create new magazines, market them, and

Does a Digital Replica of Your Magazine Cut it?

As the mobile publishing revolution has matured, I’ve been blogging about a lot of large, fancy digital magazines. Publications like New York, Forbes and The Atlantic have become leaders in what I consider the second phase of mobile publishing development – the technology is dependable, early jumpers are releasing their all-new versions upgraded from their 2010 efforts, and standards for what consumers are willing to pay for are establishing themselves.

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.

The Cost of Digital Newsstand Publishing

Can you assign dollars and dimes to a free digital newsstand?
There’s no doubt that publishing your digital magazine on a tablet, so that it can be downloaded in some of the world’s largest newsstands, is a good idea. 20% of your subscriptions will come directly from this huge marketplace.

It benefits your content too. Most people read back to front in print magazines. But in a digital magazine, 95% will read front to back. They’ll see more pages (and ads for that matter). Or, they’ll pick an article are start there. With a web magazine, the reading dynamics are similar but different. It’s a fascinating thing to master if you’re a magazine editor in the 21st century. The web magazine is significantly different, and both are very different from the print magazine.

The Lifecycle of Recycling Magazine Articles

If you publish a monthly magazine and each issue includes 50 articles, you have content for 600 blog posts. That’s almost two years worth of blog content, or a twice daily publishing schedule if you only post five days per week.

Although your magazine content could sit in a member-only editorial archive with past issues of your print content, we suggest recycling magazine articles by releasing that content into your portal to help build circulation.

Nail Down Your Magazine Experience and Combat the Publishing Recession

By all means, launch many content business models and diversify your publishing portfolio. But start with your magazine experience through your magazine subscription website.
We’re in a recession. Maybe you’re feeling pretty good right now personally, but publishers are in a recession. Big time. Last year was a recession especially for newspapers, according to Pew Research Center’s

The Best Email Management System for Publishers

What to look for in an email management system from Haven Nexus, to MailChimp to Constant Contact
Managing email marketing has become an increasingly critical issue for every type of business. Publishers, like everyone else, use email to communicate with customers and prospective customers, on a regular basis. But like all powerful tools, email can be mismanaged

How Amazon Is Helping Publishers Make Money with Video

How to make money with video on your own subscription website and beyond
Many multiplatform publishers have turned to e-learning platforms to make money with video and help subscribers either increase their skills or improve their lives. Publishers, along with many other organizations, such as universities and corporations, have found that text-heavy explanations of complex subject matter can

Understanding the Mequoda Method for Multiplatform Publishing

We recently started working with a publisher who came to us looking to sell more magazine subscriptions. When we started talking about the importance of building their email circulation, the publisher looked at us as if we hadn’t heard his question. After this conversation, it came to me that there are still lots of people out there who don’t understand what we do.

A ‘Big Jump’ in Digital Newspaper Subscriptions Post Election and New AdWords Improvements Come for Black Friday

An uptick in digital newspaper subscriptions seen by major publications since the U.S. presidential election 
Major newspapers approached the U.S. presidential election in an interesting way. Some of these newspapers, like The New York Times and The Washington Post, took their paywalls down. Others, like The Wall Street Journal, decided to keep its paywall up, and

How Publishers Inflate & Deflate Numbers for Ad Sales

How to boost ad sales by building more benefit into your ad packages, rather than inflating single-platform circulation numbers

Maybe you’ve never lied on a resume, but according to CareerBuilder, 56% of hiring managers have caught applicants in lies. Maybe you’ve never cheated on a test, but according to U.S. News and World Report, 80% of “high-achieving” high

How to Start a Magazine and Publish it Profitably

How to start a magazine and publish it profitably, without requiring a large team to start.
In her book How Not to Start a Magazine, B. Ann Bell says the number one way new magazines fail is through poor budget planning. Poor planning for printing, postage, and marketing are among the top expenses in her book, originally published

Why Paying Apple 30% Is One of the Greatest Bargains of All Time

Even the lowest digital newsstand remit is better than the olden days. Just a few short years ago, magazine publishers were thrilled down to their toes to keep 18-40% of sales from news agencies.

When Don ran an online newsstand, 18% was the average new remit order for the 1,400 titles there. And some publishers earned absolutely nothing from sales from the agencies they dealt with.

New Digital Subscriptions Offered by WIRED, School Zone, and The Telegraph

These new digital subscriptions are focused on building engagement with readers through different strategies
We continue to see new digital subscriptions arise among subscription websites. Some of these new subscriptions are focuses on changes made by existing publications, while others are completely new ventures being offered to audiences.

The Telegraph, for instance, is one digital subscription getting

Specialization Comes to Multiplatform Publishers & Brands

Multiplatform publishers like Coursera are offering specializations for their audience; McDonald’s brings a multiplatform approach to app marketing; WPP and Spotify form partnership
Multiplatform publishers can do amazing things by adding to a variety of offerings. Some of these publishers are experienced in the digital world, while others are starting to get their feet wet with

The Best Marketing Automation System for Publishers

Publishers require a marketing automation system that works in tandem with a highly efficient content management system

In the last decade, marketing automation has become a hot topic for niche publishers. The term really refers to any software platform designed to automate repetitive marketing tasks to increase efficiency and reduce labor. Although this sounds simple enough,

OFIE

Affectionately called OFIEs, “Order Forms in Editorial” are embedded subscription forms that appear on webpages and, indeed, are very much entitled to the respect, consideration, and perhaps even affection of circulators. They are fairly large, coupon-style ads, usually placed in unused space at the bottom of webpages and simply require a user to supply his or her name and address and click “submit”.

Magazine Pricing Even for the Best Digital Magazines Still an Improvement Opportunity

Magazine pricing strategy has certainly evolved quickly over the past year. In 2013, we still believed that universal pricing was the best way to handle print, website and tablet products. Today, we’ve evolved our own thinking and our new Best Practice is decoy pricing, which requires different prices for different products.

Economist Decides Which Social Platforms Work for Them

Economist tests social platforms and axes Pinterest and Tumblr, hones Twitter, and dives in LinkedIn.
According to Digiday, The Economist recently “axed its ailing Pinterest and Tumblr accounts while ramping up its commitment to LinkedIn.” We’ve all been there right. For a lot of publishers, especially those in B2B, it’s Facebook that they’re questioning. Beyond limited reach to

How to Boost the Value of a Subscription Website

The more you can give a member of your subscription website, the better.
And it appears we’re not the only ones who think so.

Earlier in the week we talked about Condé Nast’s Wired Media Group who is launching a membership program for executives. According to Lucia Moses at Digiday, “for $4,000 a year, members of the Emerging Technology

Digital Magazine Publishing 101: Free Apps Need Some “There” There

As the first wave of digital magazine apps has passed, we’ve discovered one thing: People hate apps with nothing in them.

And yet, the vast majority of digital magazine apps available today are nothing more than a retail outlet for single copies and subscriptions!

They are labeled as free, but have nothing to offer unless a purchase is made within the app. This practice is the reason why so many magazine apps have low ratings, as can be witnessed by reading the reviews.

Using Metered Paywalls and Even Paid Whitelisting Against Adblockers

Can metered paywalls be the solution to voluntary whitelisting of adblockers?
As they say, if you’re not paying for a product, then you’re the product. And in publishing, when you’re giving away content on your site for free, users don’t seem to understand that you need ads to keep the free content flowing. Adblockers are obviously