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The Netflix of Magazine Subscriptions Now Has 100ish Titles

Next Issue, basically a Netflix for magazines subscriptions, now has over 100 titles. For $14.99 a month people get access to about 93 different publications and growing quickly. Bloomberg Businessweek, People and The New Yorker are just few of the publications available on the service. Their platform works on tablets and PCs. StackSocial, an eCommerce platform for tech publishers, is offering a two-month subscription to Next Issue Premium for free.

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.”

Publishers Must Disclose Sponsored Content – Google Says So

Google recently let publishers know that they’ll be scrutinizing advertorial content more closely in the future. Publishers need to make it abundantly clear to readers as to which pieces of content are sponsored. So how are other publishers handling this?

Digiday investigated how four digital publishers are disclosing sponsored content to their readers. One publisher they looked at was MIT Technology Review. “Technology Review has a devoted URL to its sponsored content guidelines and in clear language explains that material from advertisers is always unambiguously labeled, and the sponsor is always clearly identified,” writes Digiday.

NYTimes Introduces Metered System to Mobile Users This Week

On June 27th, The New York Times will implement the same metered system it uses on the web to its mobile users. The metered system allows non-subscribers access to three articles per day, but if the reader wishes to read more than three, they will be asked to subscribe. For now, video will remain free, but content will be limited.

More Digital Magazines Hit the Newsstand as Tablet Ownership Rises

According to Pew Internet & American Life Project’s May survey, tablet ownership is on the rise and looks like a trend that’s going to continue. In the month of May, out of the people surveyed, 34% owned a tablet.

The largest increase was seen with people between the ages of 30 and 49, with almost 50% of people in this age group reporting tablet ownership. All age groups from 18-65 regardless of race or income have seen significant growth in tablet ownership from November 2010 to May 2013 at a pretty high rate. The iPad still takes the cake with 53% of the tablet market, while Amazon’s Kindle Fire makes up for 31% and the Samsung Galaxy making up for 19%.

Newspapers Decline as Magazines Rise

According to PwC, as reported by Subscription Site Central, “The US newspaper industry is expected to decline by 2.5% over the next five years, while the music and consumer magazine industries are holding steady, and the business-to-business information market is expected to grow by 2.5%.”

Specifically, the 2% adoption rate of digital magazines will soar to 12% by 2017. We said a little something like that in our Tablet Study, just saying.

Black Belt Magazine: 9,600 Digital Subscriptions in 12 Months

Debate rages in magazine land about the future of the industry, and especially the role that digital magazine publishing will play in that future. But at least at Active Interest Media, there’s little doubt about what’s keeping Black Belt magazine in fighting trim, and there’s plenty of earned optimism about the digital future.

Black Belt sold 9,600 digital subscriptions since debuting its app in April 2012. That volume puts it in the top third of AIM’s 42 magazine products, all of which have digital editions. “We’re excited about the consistent growth month over month,” says Andrew Clurman, AIM President & COO.

Mequoda Week in Review for June 10-14th, 2013

It was just a couple weeks ago that Matt Cutts announced Penguin 2.0 and made content publishers fear for their long-tail lives, as he often does, usually without so much of a warning.

In the days immediately before and following the release of Penguin 2.0, many of our Gold Members clients expressed concern about what exactly …

News Flash, Magazines Are Not Failing!

In a recent article over on Magazine.org by Mary Berner, she states that Becky Lang is dead wrong about the future of magazines with a multitude of statistics that say the complete opposite. Print magazines audiences are up by 1.3 percent and tablet magazine audiences are up by a whopping 47.5 percent. She sites that 50 percent of readers ages 18 to 34 are following some sort of writer, whether it be a specific brand or writer/editor on Twitter.

$3 Billion: Get Yourself a Piece of the Digital Magazine Action

The Internet is swimming in articles and blogs in which pundits opine that the tablet revolution isn’t that big a deal for the magazine industry. Nothing to see here, they say. Move along. One blogger even cites one of our very own tablet study statistics – that only 26% of tablet users prefer digital to print magazines – as proof that the tablet is merely a flash in the pan.

Website News: Is a Hybrid Website Your Next Move?

A hybrid website can be many things to a large online audience

Publishers have good reason to create a hybrid website. On one had, the hybrid allows them to operate a subscription website that meets the expectations of their audience members. On the other hand, a hybrid website is a place where content can be optimized and products have be sold through e-commerce methods.

Any good hybrid website should have content and e-commerce, optimized landing pages, and subscription access, while being set up for data collection through analytics programs.

Magazine News: Publishers are Focusing on More than Digital Magazine Software

Digital magazine publishing success considers tablet growth and mobile sites too

Digital magazine software initially focused on the app. Although this is still a prominent part of digital magazine publishing, many publishers are starting to look at the bigger picture by considering the value of mobile websites, the tablet market, and even print content.

Email News: Email Marketing Statistics & Lessons from Non-Publishers

Would you like to see an increase of 700% in your monthly email marketing statistics?

Email is an interesting medium that’s used differently by an array of businesses. I’ve worked with email marketing and newsletter creation for publishers and non-publishers, for-profit companies and non-profits. Although there is certain overlap, many companies do it differently and still find success. The key is to focus on your email marketing statistics, listen to your audience, and provide the best email marketing pieces and email newsletters.

Content News: Branded Content Takes New Form

Are you surprised content marketing and social media are legitimate Internet business models?

Content marketing was poised to be one of the top Internet business models because it isn’t gimmicky like other forms of online advertising. Most true forms of content marketing allow users to sample content before making a purchase. Perhaps that’s the way marketing should always be.

Mequoda Weekly: May 27, 2013 – May 31, 2013

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The Tablet: Key to Your Online Empire, Not Just Your Digital Magazine

With all the talk about tablets and digital magazines these days, it’s tempting to think of the desktop or laptop, and the website you worked so hard to establish back when those were your only options for publishing on the Internet, as buggy whips – soon to be obsolete.

After all, our 2013 Mequoda Tablet Study found that a full 55% of respondents own or have access to a tablet. Yes, that means you’d better be building a digital edition of your publication.

Website News: Subscription Business Model Tips for Modern Content Publishers

Subscription content goes everywhere. It’s displayed on smart phones, tablets, desktops and laptops.

It involves words, images and sounds.

The digital subscription has become a model media companies cannot afford to ignore. If you create or publish content and don’t utilize the subscription business model, you may want to reconsider.

Magazine News: The Evolution of Magazine Publishing Software

What began with devices has now turned to software.

Digital magazine publishing software is evolving to focus on a better user experience. In turn, online publishers are partnering with platforms that afford more freedoms to their users.

Mequoda Weekly: May 20, 2013 – May 24, 2013

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Tablet Study Shows 62% Read Email Daily on Their Tablets

Everybody checks their email daily. I’m one of those millennials that stereotypically uses my phone as an alarm clock and checks my email before I even roll back the blankets and crawl out of bed in the morning. Personally, I find urgent morning emails a great incentive to wake up!

Mequoda’s 2013 Tablet Study Predicts Internet Users Will Prefer Digital Magazines to Print by 2020

23% of tablet users currently prefer to read digital magazines on their tablets as opposed to print — by 2020, 65% of all U.S. Adult Internet users will feel the same way

Digital Magazines Dominate by 2020

Did you ever think that consumers would prefer digital magazines over print magazines? We do, and we think it’ll happen within the next seven years.

And that judgement isn’t even based on speculation.

We just completed our first annual 2013 Mequoda Tablet Study, which revealed that in 2013, 55% of internet users own or have access to a tablet.

Mequoda Weekly: May 6, 2013 – May 10, 2013

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Mequoda Weekly: April 29nd, 2013 – May 3, 2013

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How the iPad is Saving the Publishing Industry

Anyone who doubts that the iPad is the most important media-related technological innovation in all of human history should re-read those dates. And the exciting thing for those of us who live and breathe magazines is that we get to live through it!

Subscription Website Publishing Proves Its Worth

The New Yorker shows that it’s not only the wave of the future, but can also remedy the sins of the past. Take a trip with me today to the Big Apple, home of The New Yorker magazine. This venerable publication, like everyone else in the industry, has struggled in the Internet era with declining ad sales and even more recently, with consumer disdain for print media.

WatchTime Publisher Spearheads World Bicycle Relief

I got a note earlier this week from Dominik Grau, publisher of WatchTime USA. Dominic is a very busy guy. With his finger in publishing operations on three continents and participation in graduate studies programs at Harvard and Stanford, you’d think that would pretty much take up all his time. Apparently not. He’s also part of the volunteer group that is raising money to send bicycles to Africa. I asked him to send me information about the program and a quick bio on his publishing background which I think is fascinating.

Saving TIME Magazine: or, the Future of All of Us

Digital magazines can thrive, but they can’t be Yahoo

On March 3, 1923, TIME magazine was born. It was what most publications were in that era: an aggregator, dedicated to rewriting the news from around the world in pithy, pointed nuggets. To their prospective financiers, founders Henry Luce and Briton Hadden boasted that the average reader could get through an entire issue in 30 minutes.

The Email Copywriter of the Future will Write for Readers on the Run

Now’s the time to plan for tablet and smartphone email platforms

Just when you thought you’d mastered all the new copywriting techniques demanded by the 21st century … mobile devices are about to shake up your world.

When I have my email copywriter hat on, I enjoy the opportunity to flex my marketing writing muscles without the constraints of SEO copywriting. And like any good email copywriter, I’ve learned to focus on specific best practices, including …

Mequoda Weekly: March 11th, 2013 – March 15th, 2013

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Digital Magazine Publishing Software for Distribution

Three issues on the functionality and design of digital magazines

There’s been a tremendous amount of speculation on what the perfect digital magazine might be and where the future of digital publishing is headed.

While others pontificate, we have projects brewing. The focus is not to produce a digital magazine itself, but to produce the digital magazine subscription website where we believe the digital magazine will be ultimately housed. It will be the nexus between client and server relationships.

The Best Digital Magazine Subscription Website Offer

While many magazine publishers struggle to find the right subscription marketing strategy, The Economist demonstrates its regard for long-term subscriber relationships.

The simplest subscription website pricing strategy is Universal Access and The Economist uses it well.

I’ve spent hours, and several hundred dollars, buying digital magazines. I’ve bounced around between my iPad, Kindle Fire, and the World Wide Web. I purchased from Condé Nast, Hearst, Rodale, and The Economist.

Mequoda Weekly: February 11th, 2013 – February 15th, 2013

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9 Membership Website Mistakes

Membership websites are hot for 2013

All the sudden in 2013 I found myself hip-deep in subscription and membership websites.

Perhaps it’s the tablet market evolving, the publishing market maturing, the continuing problems of advertising models or the renewed interest in the renewable revenue of continuity websites.

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.

How to Make a Membership Website

Six membership site ideas all digital publishers must follow

How to make a membership website is a topic many publishers struggle with. Membership and subscription websites can be hugely successful in generating revenue for publishers with evergreen and updated content.

However, understanding how to make a membership website is often overlooked during the planning process. Let’s take a look at six tips publishers must adhere to while making a membership website.

Digital Content Marketing Trends for 2013

Digital content marketing drives surge in digital product sales for publishers

While many organizations have discovered the power of digital content marketing to sell products and services, perhaps no organizations are being impacted like the publishers of books, magazines, newsletters and videos.

Ecommerce Website Design: Top Components of Your Online Store

What your ecommerce website design should look like from the first page to the thank-you page

Publishers sometimes forget that they are retailers; publishers do sell subscriptions, memberships, books, ancillary products, events, etc.

It’s smart for a publisher to think like a retailer: Get people into your store, where they can become your customers. And when they become your customers, get them to come back for more.

A Dozen Options for Generating Revenue

Successful publishers always utilize multiple revenue streams. Doing so offers the best opportunity for growth as brand recognition can develop through multiple platforms.

Throughout the years we’ve identified 12 ways publishers can generate revenue online. Of course, not every publisher utilizes all the available opportunities. But mixing and matching the correct revenue streams with your brand’s expertise can lead to favorable results.

Digital Native Survey – Print Reading Habits [Video]

Through statistics and careful observation, it’s clear to see that the tablet industry is growing. Hundreds of millions of tablets are predicted to sell in the coming years, and because of this growth, magazine publishers have more of an opportunity to create digital products that appeal to tablet users.

Digital natives are certainly an important demographic in this scenario. They have grown up with technology and turn to it in many aspects of their lives, from interacting with their friends and family to consuming media.

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 Options for Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

Which Adobe DPS Edition is right for you?

Digital magazine publishing evolution has been helped by the use of Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite. According to recent reports, 600 publishers worldwide are using Adobe DPS successfully, and 68% of digital content buyers are purchasing content that was created with the aid of DPS.

Adobe DPS is “a complete solution for individual designers, traditional media publishers, ad agencies, and companies of all sizes that want to create, distribute, monetize, and optimize engaging content and publications for tablet devices.”

Internet marketing genius now available — Mequoda Summit only!

Mequoda’s Audience Development Summit 2012 is more than just talking heads. Not only do you learn the secrets and strategies of the leaders in Internet marketing in six eye-opening sessions, you get to pick their brains, too!

Take home proven strategies for successful digital publishing, niche marketing, content strategy, marketing digital subscriptions and more. Then ask our speakers anything you want at our Audience Development Roundtable AND the Audience Development Power Panel!

How to be a Leader in Digital Magazine Publishing

5 tips for succeeding with digital magazine publishing

The digital magazine publishing industry relies heavily on existing tablet devices. This truth means digital magazine publishers have to consider how content is consumed on tablets.

Digital magazine content is typically divided into two product types: interactive replicas and interactive tablet editions. The interactive replica is formatted the same as its print counterpart, while interactive tablet editions designed specifically for tablets.

3 Tips on Digital Advertising

New technology brings advertising opportunities for digital magazine publishers

Along with digital magazine publishing, digital advertising has experienced changes over the past few years. Publishers and marketers have the opportunity to create ads capable of interacting and engaging users through an array of mediums.

Below I’ve listed three tips for creating digital advertisements that will help you get on the same page with consumers and marketers.

Week in Review: August 6th, 2012 – August 10th, 2012

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Three Expectations From Tablet Users

Do your websites and digital products meet the expectations of tablet users?

Understanding what your audience members expect from their tablet experience is important to digital publishers. It’s even more important to take these expectations to heart and find a strategy that meets both your needs, and the needs of your audience.

Listed below are three expectations tablet users have for their tablet experience.

Updates Relevant in the Digital Magazine Publishing Market

New information on tablet usage and satisfaction can help lead to success in the digital magazine publishing market

Tablet owners are happy with their devices, regardless of the brand. This insight comes from a recent survey from TabLens, which reports the overall device satisfaction at 8.6 out of 10.

Interestingly enough, the satisfaction of the iPad reached 8.8, while the satisfaction of the Kindle Fire hit 8.7. Although the iPad has the largest chunk of the market, it seems that Kindle Fire users are nearly as satisfied as iPad users. Perhaps if these statistics get in front of potential tablet customers, there may be a more attention paid to the Kindle Fire, which is priced lower than the iPad.

5 Tablet Publishing Trends

In 90-minutes, discover what’s important to publishers in an evolutionary market…

Digital Subscriptions Growing for Some Publishers

Digital subscriptions are helping publishers succeed in times when advertising is high enough

With the economic problems of recent years, digital magazine publishers have had multiple issues to address.

First, they have taken to the digital frontier by creating subscription websites, audience development strategies, and digital one-off products that can be purchased on-site or through retail and affiliate partners. Many digital magazine publishers are currently in different states of this change.