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Media Companies Make Acquisitions for Greater Audience Expansion

We report on the acquisitions of media companies when they happen because they can mean significant changes for the industry. Today we have three recent acquisitions to share.

A Major Possible Merger, Launches, and Acquisitions for Multiplatform Publishers

Multiplatform publishers Meredith Corp. and Time Inc. talk merger; Variety launches content studio
We’re seeing movement with some major multiplatform publishers recently.

We begin by looking at a possible merger between Meredith Corp. and Time Inc.. MediaPost is reporting on this story. “After dating a few years ago, then taking some time off and seeing other companies, publishers

Multiplatform Media News: Niche, Social, Measurement

The companies behind the latest multiplatform media headlines include Time Inc., NatGeo, and Facebook
The beautiful thing about multiplatform media is that the possibilities for a digital publishing strategy are endless. The permutations, tactics, the experiments, the social media strategy, the products, services, vendors, successes, failures. Taken together, it makes this industry a fun way to

From Time to … Coca-Cola (!), the Latest News From Publishing Sites

What Coke has soaked up from publishing sites; plus, Joe Ripp steps down, and The Daily Beast drives website traffic
In digital publishing, sites are where it all starts. But they can’t be where the consumer experience and audience development end. Far from it. As multiplatform magazines, Mequoda Members know that the homepage is a portal.

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.

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

Digital Publishing Market News: Time Inc., Harris, Bisnow, and More

Recent headlines reflect the highs and lows of the digital publishing market; plus skepticism on whether Facebook Instant Articles is using its powers for good
The digital publishing market moves fast, and it’s not always the smoothest ride. There are successes, failures, and floating questions; good decisions, bad ones, and others on which the jury’s still

Major Magazine Publishers Making Major News

We do our best work with niche publishers and legacy publishers looking to become digital publishers, but we also like to monitor major magazine publishers’ successes and setbacks, because at the end of the day, they’re still the leaders of the pack and the pace cars for media companies.

They also have the money to experiment heavily, whether with digital content or digital advertising (or both), which can be instructive for smaller or startup publishers looking for best practices and cautionary tales.

Digital Magazine News: Time Inc., Wired.com, New Republic

Digital magazine news about multiplatform strategy, increasing website traffic, mergers & acquisitions, and white papers and freemiums is what we love to share with our Mequoda Members and visitors to our website.

Luckily, we have sources like FishbowlNY to draw from. Let’s take a look at some recent articles on industry goings-on, starting with one of our favorite, most fascinating topics of 2015 — the Time Inc. digital renaissance.

Digital Media Industry Trends: Tablet Magazines, Ad Blocking, Mobile-First Design

The digital media industry trends dominating the headlines at the end of 2015 share some overlap with the digital media industry trends we started the year with — monetizing mobile and video, for instance — but there are some that came out of nowhere and now have the business scrambling around somewhere between casual concern and crisis mode.

You guessed that one, all right … ad blocking.

Meanwhile, multiplatform publishing — our focus since we started Mequoda — has gone from optional strategy to absolute necessity for digital magazines making any sort of serious bid for success.

Online Ad Revenue Experiences Unprecedented Growth

For some digital magazines, the effort to generate online ad revenue can evoke a verse from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink.”

Here’s the thing: The money is there to be had. Marketers are ready to spend — are spending as we speak — across desktop and mobile. On sites, apps, and social media channels.

But if you don’t have the right infrastructure, content distribution strategy, audience development, and magazine business model in place, it’s like stepping inside one of those old game-show cash chambers with your hands tied behind your back.

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.

Publishing Technologies: Best Practices From Top Digital Magazines

Are you making the best use of publishing technologies? Do you ever wonder how other digital magazines are doing it? Digiday recently took a look at how six big publishers are handling the tech challenge. In addition, they examine how Time Inc. digital has evolved since spinning off from Time Warner last year. Plus, an article on what impact video is having on the line between editorial and advertising. Let’s get right to it this week with some high-quality coverage!

Email Marketing Tips: 10 Email Feedback Loop Lists

Mitigate spam complaints by finding out who’s putting you in the junkbox

An email feedback loop (FBL) is a service that many ISPs will provide to companies who send bulk mailings. On their end, it’s beneficial because it identifies pro-active companies and reduces the amount of spam sent to their users.

Whenever someone hits the “junk” button, they’re basically sending a complaint. Too many of these complaints will blacklist you from certain ISPs.

Digital Publishing News: MSLO, Real Simple, PMC, Fortune Mag, and More

We’re starting the week off with a healthy dose of digital publishing news from both sides of the Atlantic: mergers & acquisitions, platform considerations, and personnel moves. We monitor industry trends from the best sources so that you can track them in your periphery and inform your approach while focusing on the most important thing: your product.

Digital Advertising Trends: Data, B2B, and the Two-Horse Race

Knowing the latest digital advertising trends can translate into dollar signs for publishers. In this roundup, drawing on a handful of articles from MediaPost’s Media Daily News, make note of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s new data initiative, as well as the indicators present in the recent B2b ad revenue jump.

Online Publishing Companies Responding to Latest Trends

Finding an edge is always at the forefront of online publishing companies’ efforts. Today, we look at how Time Inc. is taking its operations to the next level, how digital magazines are dealing with the limitations of the once enchanting infinite scroll, and how Jeff Bezos has brought a little Amazon strategy with him to The Washington Post.

Time Inc. Digital Adds DIY Social Platform

With the launch of The Snug, a mobile-first aggregator site aimed at Millennials, Time Inc. digital continues its scramble to reestablish itself as a dominant publisher since it split with Time Warner in mid-2014.

5 Digital Publishing Trends to Look Out for in 2015

Dorian Benkoil via Twitter
‘Media Shift’ tackles this year’s digital publishing trends with its latest predictions
While forecasting a renewed focus on content and metrics in 2015 would hardly qualify as going out on a great limb, Dorian Benkoil’s roundup of digital publishing trends to watch this year contains some noteworthy nuggets.

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New Branding Campaign Coming For Time Inc.

Time Inc., a major publisher or popular magazines like Time and Sports Illustrated, will be working on a new branding campaign come 2015.

Time Reporters, Writers Ranked by Value to Advertisers

The recent revelation that Time Inc. is ranking its writers based in part on their work’s value to advertisers is causing a stir in publishing. Gawker received a spreadsheet from the Newspaper Guild – which had been provided with it as rationale for layoffs at Sports Illustrated – that includes criteria for Time reporters like “Quality of Writing,” “Impact of Stories/Newsworthiness,” and “Produces content that[‘s] beneficial to advertiser relationship.”

Time Inc. Digital Ad Revenue Sees 12% Jump

In its first fiscal quarter since breaking from Time Warner, Time Inc.’s overall ad revenue spiked 3% year-over-year, helped by a 12% jump in digital sales. Ad Age reports that overall ad revenue for the second quarter totaled $461 million.

M. Scott Havens: Time Inc. ‘Not a Magazine Company’

The Guardian recently ran a revealing interview with Time Inc.’s senior VP of digital in the wake of the publisher’s split from Time-Warner.

Time Inc. Spinoff Will Mean Challenges

With its split from Time Warner official as of last Friday, Time Inc. now faces an uncertain future as the largest magazine publisher on the planet, with 95 brands to nurture and grow.

Fortune Mag, Money Mag Launch New Sites

Time Inc.’s Fortune and Money have officially split from CNNMoney.com, and each is publishing a new website, according to TechCrunch.

Colin Bodell Leads Time Corporate Site Redesign

As it prepares to detach from Time Warner, Time Inc. is remaking its corporate website, and the move could signal a trend in the publishing industry.

The New TIME.com Design: Same As the Old TIME.com?

It’s all good until you see that money still lying on the table.

That’s how we think of TIME.com here at Mequoda. Last week it unveiled its new website design, to the general praise and adulation of the industry.

UpWorthy Wants to Solve the Native Advertising Problem

UpWorthy has been receiving a lot of attention lately. Fast Company has dubbed them as a “soulful BuzzFeed.” Instead of posting links to funny cat videos they are posting links to meaningful topics like human rights, and social issues.

New York Times Mobile Tightens Its Paywall

Nieman Journalism Lab is reporting that the New York Times has made some changes to its mobile paywall.

Time’s New Digital Publishing Strategy

Time Inc.’s split from parent company Time Warner isn’t the only big move the company is making. They are also tearing down the wall between editorial and the business side of publishing. Christine Haughney writes, “The newsroom staffs at Time Inc.’s magazines will report to the business executives. Such a structure, once verboten at journalistic institutions, is seen as necessary to create revenue opportunities and stem the tide of declining subscription and advertising sales.” This is a substantial move to embrace native advertising and other marketing services that can generate revenue.

More Magazines Are Betting on E-Commerce

A few years ago we were wondering what magazines would do in the digital age. We expected subscription websites to grow in popularity, but we weren’t sure what prices would be associated with digital subscriptions or which ancillary products would develop.

InStyle Goes Retail With Nine West

Another savvy publishing partnership to report. USA Today reports that InStyle Magazine and Nine West are collaborating on a new shoe line. According to Olivia Barker, “The flippable fashion fixture is going off the page and offline, collaborating with Nine West on a collection of pumps, flats and booties priced from $79 to $149.

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.

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.

Alerts Increase Open Rates, Tech Blogs = Trade Pubs and Time Inc’s New CEO

MarketingpProfs has new research dedicated to the most effective words in email subject lines. In the study, performed by British marketing firm Adestra, “Emails with the word “alert” in their subject lines have a 38.1% higher than average open rate and 61.8% higher click rate”.

Businessweek Mixes up Infographics and Storytelling

Bloomberg Businessweek has been trying their hand at building loyalty lately through a few different personas (including an insulting shot at millennials). Their newest attempt at storytelling includes Cover Trails. According to Media Bistro, “Cover Trails are the mini-story behind how each week’s cover was made. It features thoughts from Businessweek’s editor-in-chief Josh Tyrangiel and creative director Richard Turley, ideas that were canned, and much more.” Paper trail … cover trail … get it?

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.

Why Are Smart Publishers Selling Off Some of Their Books, Newsletters and Magazines?

Do you have the online publishing resources to go “multiplatform” in all your markets?
There’s a realignment happening in the publishing world. Even the largest publishers, with the deepest pockets, realize they must focus, consolidate and specialize.

Four Website Design Tips from TMZ.com

On December 8, 2005, AOL’s expected press release announcing the launch of the new entertainment site, TMZ.com, hit the buzz-makers.

The commentary? Only that AOL needed a massive influx of traffic, and that even in the crowded online entertainment space the subsidiary of Time Warner should be able to put up enough interesting new tidbits to draw in the ever-celeb-hungry masses.

TMZ.com, which stands for the “Thirty Mile Zone” around Hollywood (apparently in people know these sorts of things), claims to be a “new, first-of-its-kind 24/7 on-demand entertainment news network.” The interesting word choices here are “on-demand” and “network.” TMZ.com does lives up to these claims, if falling a bit short on others.

TMZ.com Website Design Review

AOL’s New Entertainment Site, TMZ.com Has Everything Going For It. In Addition to Having a Great Background, the Excellent Website Design Scores for TMZ.com Make it Easy to Predict a Shining Future

On December 8, 2005, AOL’s expected press release announcing the launch of the new entertainment site, TMZ.com, hit the buzz-makers. The commentary? Only that AOL needed a massive influx of traffic, and that even in the crowded online entertainment space the subsidiary of Time Warner should be able to put up enough interesting new tidbits to draw in the ever-celeb-hungry masses.

Website Design Tips and a Lesson in Online Publishing from DailyCandy.com

Sharply focused on a niche market of hip, young, women shoppers who reside in major cities, Daily Candy proves that publishers can make money selling online advertising.

In a recent website design review of DailyCandy.com, Mequoda Editor-at-Large Peter A. Schaible outlines the site’s business model and shares a few website design tips and suggestions he pulled from reviewing the site.

Ohannualrecipes.com Landing Page Review

Can a person (moi) who has never had a weight problem review a landing page that markets healthy recipes which enable someone to lose unwanted pounds? “Yes!” he emphatically says with a mouth full of rich, calorie-filled cheesecake. Ohannualrecipes.com is the name of this landing page, which belongs to Oxmoor House, a Time Warner Company.

Interview: Dan McCormick of photographytips.com

Interview with Dan McCormick, publisher of a subscription website for photographers. A Canadian with a diversified business background, Dan McCormick has taken his love for photography and turned it into a popular membership website for both amateurs and professionals.