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Multiplatform Publishing Organizations Reel In New Talent

Hearst, Vanity Fair, and Porter Magazine are multiplatform publishing organizations bringing in new employees for focused change
One of the most consistent changes we’ve seen throughout the digital landscape is the presence of multiplatform publishing organizations hiring new talent for greater expansion and success. Today we’re reporting on some of the latest industry personnel changes.

Our first

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.

Good Digital Magazine Design Requires Readability & Scrolling Text as a First Priority

Readability and scrolling text should come first in tablet and native edition digital magazine design

Since we started our annual Digital Magazine Survey to help publishers home in on digital magazine design, the number one feature desired by digital magazine readers is readability, followed by scrollable text. This is text that you don’t need to pinch and zoom

3 Ways to Win Back Lost Magazine Subscribers

Second-time magazine subscribers may turn out to be even more profitable than they were their first time around

Peter Drucker wrote, “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”

When you’re talking to someone face to face, there are signs you might notice. Someone who starts fidgeting might be socially anxious, while

Options for Publishing on Social Media Keep Expanding

If you’re publishing on social media – and if you’re not, contact us immediately for a free 30-minute conversation, things just got real! – you know that the goal posts keep getting moved, albeit in a (mostly) good way. Just when you think you have things figured out, somebody comes up with another networking and sharing concept that could add another layer to your content distribution strategy.

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

ABC to Track and Measure Digital Magazine Distribution, Readership

Digital magazine distribution and consumption will receive the Audit Bureau of Circulations treatment; plus, Google follows Apple’s lead and Time Inc.’s vision
Digital magazine distribution, readership, ad views, and more are all sliced and diced in some way, shape, or form, but the question these days is accuracy, veracity, and reliability. The future of digital advertising

12 Features of Great Magazine Subscription Websites

TIME almost hits the mark with their magazine subscription website, but niche publishers hit the bullseye
One of the most profitable subscription websites is a magazine subscription website.

It’s not because it’s cheaper to build, or brings in substantially more revenue than other business models, it’s more profitable because once your platform is up and running, you

Tons of Publishers’ News: Time Inc. Digital, Rodale, Niche Media, and More

Latest publishers’ news includes personnel moves, mergers & acquisitions, and multiplatform advances
For publishers, news from across the industry is nonstop these days, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Keeping tabs on the activity of other digital magazines and media companies makes for an instructive exercise in both inspiring stories and cautionary tales for

How the Multi-Platform Mobile Development Challenge Was Accepted By These Savvy Publishers

App-less in Seattle: the next frontier of multi-platform mobile development doesn’t involve apps
Appearing erudite and august themselves, the August 3 cover of Time magazine features Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

At TIME.com, a photo caption explains the two former leaders of the free world recently attended ceremonies at the Bush Presidential Center for the

What Bad Reviews Reveal About the “Best” Digital Magazines

Have you ever spent time poking around on your iPad, just to see how customers feel about the digital magazines they buy and subscribe to? We make this a habit of ours, picking out some of the common themes (typically, bad usability and type size complaints) and also purchasing habits.

Video, Ad Viewability Define Recent Digital Efforts

Video ad viewability continues to be a crucial part of multiplatform publishers’ plans, particularly if you’re working under an advertising-reliant revenue model, of course. But even if you’re not, solid video viewability can help keep visitors on your site, secure subscriptions, and sell other products. Here’s a sample of recent articles from industry magazine Min that touch on the topic of video ad viewability and others.

What are Digital Magazines?

Digital magazines comprise the whole ecosystem of paperless magazines.

If a story can be read digitally, it’s a digital magazine. It doesn’t matter if it’s read on the web, or a tablet, or a smartphone – if you can’t flip a physical page, then it’s a digital magazines.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking specifially about online magazines—magazines that live on the web, and are often sold and browsed through a subscription website, but this is just one type of digital magazine.

Early 2015 Brings Staff Changes at Top Publishing Companies

The early days of 2015 have seen a streak of staff changes at top publishing companies, from big-time executive positions to digital and event slots getting filled almost daily.

Digital Archives For Publishers

Digital archives are a great friend to digital publishers. Releasing archives digitally allows for publishers to create a new revenue stream while audience members bask in the glory of so much content.

Time Magazine Website Sees Success With Continuous Scrolling

Time.com’s bounce rate is down 15% since adopting continuous scrolling for its content, the Poynter Institute reports. In addition, after its March redesign, the site saw a 21% jump in visitors reading a second piece of content.

Time Magazine Facebook Strategy Intensifies

Time.com is playing Facebook like a fiddle, growing its Likes by 44% to 5.4 million during the past three months – in the process outpacing the likes of BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, and NPR.

Magazine Values Increase Over Time

Unlike other platforms’, magazines’ worth rise as the years go by. Think about it: Your first DVD player is a piece of junk these days, but the first issue of Playboy has gone from 50 cents to $4,000.

How The Top Five Magazines on Twitter Got So Popular [+ Video]

How the top five magazines on Twitter got so popular — not to say that this is definite list of every publisher, but according to our research, these publishers are an impressive bunch to analyze. They also have brand advantage so it’s true that they don’t have to try as hard, but just remember that an annoying, boring, or useless feed will drive followers away no matter who you are. We were happy to see that all of the top publishers on Twitter didn’t resort to auto-tweets but actually talked back to followers sometimes too.

Top 10 Digital Magazine Publishing Posts of 2013

We often hear about predictions for digital magazines; how they will grow, the revenue generation expected throughout the industry and the time frames associated with these numbers. These predictions are important, as they help publishers better prepare for the future. What’s more interesting, however, is discovering how people who are already consuming digital magazines are enjoying their experiences.

TIME Enters The Modern World of Digital Magazine Publishing

At last.

We’ve noted here that it seemed simply astounding that a publisher with the vast resources of Time Inc. was putting out a blurry product. TIME magazine – granddaddy of all American news publications, 90 years young, and one of the few major players with a healthy OMI, was, until its Nov. 4 issue, publishing non-retina display enabled issues.

TIME Goes Retina, NYT Gets New Website

Talking New Media is reporting that TIME finally releases a retina edition of their iPad App. It’s the first update to the app in a year. I wonder if we’ll see more updates to the app in 2014?

Wine Enthusiast Launches New App & Website

Wine Enthusiast has launched a new app called the Tasting Guide which is available on the Apple App store and will be available on Google Play in September 25th.

NFL Finds New Audience in Marie Claire Readers

The NFL has a creative ad campaign in store for female magazine readers. AdAge reports that the NFL will be running a 16-page insert called “The Savvy Girl’s Guide to Football” in Marie Claire’s September issue. Michael Sebastian reporting for AdAge says, “The NFL is working with seven other women’s magazines, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Us Weekly. But the Marie Claire effort is the centerpiece of the NFL’s print campaign this year … they declined to disclose the spending involved.”

TIME Doesn’t Know What to Do With All This Traffic

Back on April 1 Don wrote a post entitled Saving TIME Magazine: or, the Future of All of Us. Don’s vision of the future, even for faltering weekly news magazines, focuses on creating a niche product like any of our clients or followers who implement the Mequoda Method, even if the scale is a bit different.

Mequoda Weekly: May 13, 2013 – May 17, 2013

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

In Subscription Website Publishing, Queen Martha Rules … For Now

How big is the Martha Stewart brand? The formal name, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, pretty much says it all. And Googling the name for news of the company in the media world delivers stunning results.

Page 1 of Google results delivered nine listings from the website itself, and the usual listing from Wikipedia. One the second page, I found several news articles about its decision to fold two of its four magazines into the flagship product. More on that later … but more interestingly, I couldn’t find a single other search result that wasn’t from the website itself or from subscription retailers like Amazon … and I finally gave up on Page 9.

In short, Martha Stewart Living owns its own name in Google search, which is to say, on the Internet. I’ve never seen that kind of result when Googling any other publication. If there are any other references to the company on the Internet, they can’t compete with the company’s optimization of every single page for organic search and every magazine outlet that sells the magazine!

Mequoda Weekly: April 1st, 2013 – April 5th, 2013

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

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.

How to Increase Online Publishing Revenues … Exponentially

Gutenberg is dead. And you will be, too, if you don’t make the transition now to meet the public’s growing demand for digital information.

Fortunately, there is one resource, one unique program that can change the way you, your staff and your entire organization think of the Internet and help you catch up to the future. Mequoda’s Internet Marketing Intensive has guided some of the oldest and most respected publishing companies in the world including Meredith, Rodale, Interweave and more, in growing a single-digit percentage of their revenue from online sources to earning 20%, 30%, 40% of their revenues digitally. And because the demand for digital products is growing exponentially, so will their revenues.

Will yours?

Tips to do Your Best Writing and Editing

Tips from a Leading Author

“Work on a computer that is disconnected from the Internet.” This is number seven on much-honored English author Zadie Smith’s 10 rules for writers. (Time magazine included her wonderful novel, White Teeth, in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.) I don’t think she wants us harking back to the days of typewriters to capture that magic of yesteryear. I think she is referring more to keeping distractions to a minimum, something we discussed here last month. So if you have writing to do, you may want to do it on something other than your primary, linked-to-the-world machine.

Week in Review: December 12th, 2011 – December 16th, 2011

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

Niche Magazine Conference

The Niche Magazine Conference will take place in Nashville, TN this coming February. Don Nicholas, Mequoda Group’s CEO, attended a Niche Media conference earlier this year, was impressed and offered to be one of the event’s sponsors.

To prepare for the conference, I interviewed Carl Landau, the Niche Magazine Conference’s Host. The questions about niche and digital publishing, and his answers, are listed below.

Three Reasons Time Magazine Should be Free

As magazines quickly transform themselves from atoms to bits, their basic business strategies are likely to gain greater economic clarity

It is both a difficult and exciting time to be a magazine executive. The nascent tablet revolution has finally given magazine publishers a platform that will allow them to convert their products from atoms to bits. When I first entered the magazine publishing industry in the late 1970s, magazine economics were an odd mix of circulation and advertising revenues. It was considered normal for consumer magazines to generate half their revenue from users and the other half from advertisers. Compare this with the book publishing industry where consumers are the sole source of publisher revenue. Or think about the television industry, where advertising foots the bill.

Embracing Content Marketing to Sell Fiction, or Anything Else Online

A brief Q&A with John Locke

Every principle that best-selling author John Locke has used to sell over one million eBooks through the Kindle applies to all online publishers, whether you are the publisher of the Dark Daily website or Time Magazine.

In Locke’s case, he didn’t become a best-selling author solely on the strength of his content…he has a marketing system in place and a successful strategy for it.

Amazon’s Kindle, a wireless reading device, is sure to catch fire with early adopters.

But how will Kindle arouse long-term consumer interest when the Sony Reader hasn’t? The answer is in the online publishing strategy of the major news media.

On Monday (Nov. 19, 2007) Amazon.com introduced Amazon Kindle, a portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.