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Digital Publishing Platforms: Launches, Acquisitions, Reorgs

Deft use of digital publishing platforms is a must for magazines looking to solidify their place in the industry. Thanks to astute observers like Talking New Media, we can monitor trends as they’re taking shape. Here are five headlines from one of our favorite sources of information.

Mobile Publishers: Advertising + Video Trends

eMarketer is full of new data for mobile publishers and multiplatform media companies this week. Here are five stories of interest for digital magazines and other brands:

10 Types of Web Videos that Work for Publishers

Today’s new media landscape can be utilized to better serve your business

Have you embraced new technologies and trends within the online publishing environment?

By now we’ve all heard about the benefits of online components like social media; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ are all utilized to build closer relationships and portray a sense of transparency. Yet, the technology that can be used and shared on these social platforms is often overlooked.

Is Niche Publishing the Secret of Atlantic Media’s Success?

Another week, another new social platform! Plus more video models and one of our favorite topics: niche publishing.

Let’s take a look at three articles tackling these trends from the always timely Digiday.

Magazine App Publishing: Success Stories and Cautionary Tales

Magazine app publishing can be a volatile enterprise if you don’t have the right plan in place. Mequoda Members know that you can’t just throw a replica product up on Apple Newsstand and wait for the money to roll in. Each component of your strategy – from conception to execution – must be carefully considered.

With our Digital Publishing Trends posts, we monitor and share the most recent news, lessons, and implications for multiplatform companies like yours. Today, we’re relaying relevant articles from Talking New Media, which casts its net on the latest legacy circulation data, app launches, and niche indicators.

Digital Magazine Business News: A Noteworthy Redesign + Ad Considerations

In the digital magazine business, today’s trendiest practices could be taboo tomorrow, and vice-versa. That’s why it’s so important to build a durable core product that’s solid enough to withstand industry trade winds yet dynamic enough to adapt to them, too.

It’s also good to know what’s happening across the field. In addition to our consulting services and free advice, we also filter out the most relevant digital magazine business news from around the web. Today’s trending stories come from Digiday.

Digital Publishing Companies Making News, Moves

The year 2015 has seen a positive net gain so far for digital publishing companies, with sustained good news offsetting any bad. Overall, the industry has become more nimble in adapting to trends, technology, and unexpected developments. A sense of aggressiveness and anticipation has defined the year so far, as publishers have been more proactive.

Mequoda Members know how important it is to stay abreast of digital publishing trends when planning out a multiplatform strategy. Toward that end, we scan the industry headlines every day to find the news that impacts digital publishing companies. Today’s roundup comes from one of our favorite and most dependable sources, Talking New Media.

Digital Media Evolution Charted by JEGI

The Jordan Edmiston Group Inc. hosted its 11th annual Media & Technology Conference for upward of 400 executives in January, focusing programs on the “The Convergence of Data, Marketing & Commerce.” Speakers covered the digital media evolution, from multiplatform strategy to thinking like a marketer, mobile trends to legal trends.

Digital Magazine Publishing Update: Adobe, Marriott, & Magzter

The news we look at in this roundup reflects the digital magazine publishing trends shaping the industry. You’ve got your mobile-focused advance from the arsenal of a longtime ally of publishers, your legacy brand jumping feet first into the publishing business, and your buffet subscription services battling back against the perception that consumers aren’t buying what they’re selling.

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.

Digital Publishing News: Audience Records, More Aggregation, Viewability

Rounding up the latest digital publishing news reveals that several trends are sustaining themselves in the early months of the new year. Multiplatform audiences, driven by mobile, continue to grow. Repurposing content is keying expansions and launches. Ad viewability – video ad viewability, especially – is at the forefront of both brands and publishers.

Metered Paywall at New Yorker Working Wonders

For publishers, integrating a metered paywall into your subscription strategy has been on the table since at least 2011, when The New York Times took the plunge and not only lived to tell the tale, but also took the model to another level. Now, it’s all about theme and variation – who can deploy the tactic with the most skill and upside?

Mobile Publishing Trends to Keep Tabs On

Mobile publishing trends come and go, but multiplatform publishers have at least one huge advantage over those who shy away from seizing on the many digital opportunities for building and converting audiences: Your product is future-proofed because you’ve covered your bases and can adapt to anything that comes your way.

Digital Publishing News: MPA Releases 6-Month Numbers

The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) released its most current industry numbers, building onto its monthly report with an accumulated six months’ worth of audience data from August of 2014 to January of 2015. The digital publishing news is good for magazines and multiplatform publishers.

Digital Publishing Strategy Evolving for Companies

Here’s the thing about digital publishing strategy: It never stands still – especially during this exciting time for the industry – and companies like yours are continually adapting. We’re here to help!

Publishing Industry Trends This Week: Video, Tablets, Access

Expanded tablet use in China, growing consumer desire for quicker mobile access, and an increase in video ad viewability are among the publishing industry trends addressed by eMarketer in its latest batch of reports.

For Digital Publishing Companies: 5 Recent Stories to Check Out

With our blog, we aim to achieve a nice balance of posts that comprise the “Free Advice” we promise in our navigation bar. This combination includes best practices, case studies, and thought leadership to help digital publishing companies learn from each other. Another big component, though, is our effort to monitor digital trends from across the web. We’re consuming media around the clock, and love to get the day started with some industry news.

Folio: Multiplatform Publishing Tops MPA Agenda

The MPA’s annual American Magazine Media 360 Conference (in the past called the American Magazine Conference) took place last week in New York City with an estimated attendance of 500, and the program discussions signaled a unified commitment to multiplatform publishing.

Best Digital Publishing Strategies Mix the Old and the New

Ken Doctor writes in a recent Nieman Lab post that the resurgence of email newsletters, among other trends often associated with the digital era, are actually longstanding practices that have been reshaped for multiplatform publishing. More to the point, Doctor says, digital publishers must find the right combination of tactics to succeed in the 21st century.

Six 2015 Marketing Trends From The Economist

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently released “The Rise of the Marketer: Driving Engagement, Experience and Revenue,” a new report that hones in on 2015 marketing trends for companies hoping to make some changes or adapt to the latest developments.

What Consumers Want from Digital Magazines

Stay current with new digital magazine trends and you’ll stay ahead of the competition. That’s the idea, right? Those may be words to consider every day you step into the office and plan the day, or better yet, your next business move.

Wouldn’t it be great if the future could be perfectly detailed and explained to you prior to it happening? Of course it would. You’d have the ability to know what moves to make, when to release products, what publication platforms to focus on, and what is going to be “the next big thing” so you can get there before anyone else. Sounds perfect, huh?

Digital Magazine Archives: How the Legacies Monetize Theirs

Mequoda Members have fully grasped for a while now that digital magazine archives can do wonders for your multiplatform publishing and audience development efforts. Others, like Rolling Stone, are just catching on!

5 Digital Publishing Trends to Look Out for in 2015

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‘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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Apple Newsstand Publishing Saw Growth in 2014

As of January 1, the total number of paid and free Apple Newsstand publishing titles had jumped to 14,536, up from 11,000 at the beginning of 2014. In spite of an at times frustrating lack of management and maintenance of the Newsstand on Apple’s part, the number of apps continues to grow.

Yahoo Launches Digital Magazine

A new DIY digital magazine is hitting the web and it comes straight from Yahoo. TheWrap has the story.

Brand Hubs Result In More Website Traffic

The more content you publish typically has an effect on the amount of website traffic you garner, right? We’ve seen website traffic grow with the more optimized content published, and now we’re seeing other publishers experience this kind of growth, too.

How ‘Washington Post’ Approaches Mobile Advertising

There is a lot that goes into mobile advertising. There are different ad types and different devices to cater to. What works for some audiences may not work for all, but glimpses of what works within the publishing arena is helpful to recognize.

B2B Content Marketing is Huge and Brands Are Becoming Publishers

Content marketing has caught on in many industries and disciplines, including B2B and B2C companies and publishers. According to Ad Age, 86 percent of B2B marketers are using content marketing, although only a little over one third have a dedicated strategy for their content marketing efforts.

New Facebook Study Shows Digital Marketers Average Time Spent

New data from eMarketer shows that the average time spent on Facebook by the average adult is 21 minutes per day.

Mobile Usage is Still Growing

A recent article from Media Life Magazine discusses the Global Web Index’s new report on worldwide media consumption, which shares that mobile is growing faster than any other form of media.

5 Digital Magazine Advertising Strategies at Bonnier, Economist

Competition for those precious tablet advertising dollars – to replace declining print dollars – is heating up.

And here’s a secret: Niche publishers have a hidden advantage in competing for digital advertising.

Fire up your niche magazine digital magazine advertising strategies: You have a tightly-focused audience that advertisers want to reach and impress, and with often lower prices, they’re willing to dip their toes into the new technology with you.

Audio Articles a Trend for Publishers

Such publishers as Forbes and Time are focusing on the implementation of audio for both editorial content and site advertising, Digiday reports.

Tablet Statistics Show that Mobile Magazines Are Here to Stay – and Getting Stronger [+Video]

Digital apps are driving readership, traffic and profits: In the three years since the introduction of the iPad, it’s become clear that the tablet has rescued the magazine industry from the brink of destruction. Mequoda noted as early as 2011 that digital magazines had already become solidly profitable, led by Hearst Magazines and other forward-thinking publications such as The Economist.

Site Redesigns Steering Away From Overhauls

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

Digital Dollars Increasing for Media Advertisers

Digital advertising spending is set to increase faster in the media and entertainment industries than in any others, according to eMarketer’s “The US Media and Entertainment Industries 2014: Digital Ad Spending Forecast and Trends.”

Zinio Magazines to Get Audience Media Treatment

Zinio, the mobile app platform for 5,000 digital magazines, has acquired Audience Media with the aim to become the first content aggregator to produce “white label, branded apps for consumers,” according to Digital Trends.

Increase Email Open Rates by 125% – Produce Phenomenal Content

If you think email is dying, you’re just doing it wrong.

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Mollie Makes to Debut Print & Digital Magazine in the U.S.

In a crafty move, media group Future will launch an American edition of Mollie Makes, its digital and print publication focusing on handmade and DIY projects that has already found tremendous transatlantic success.

Quartz Reveals the “Secret” to the Social Web

If Quartz has anything to say about social and digital publishing, it’s that we’re all slowly but surely getting better at it. Well, at least they are. Following the trends of the web, less is more, and where an image will do, use it. “We try to tell stories with images and pictures and avoid two extra paragraphs or 70 extra words where a chart or graph would do. Over 50 percent of the Quartz content has a chart or graph. It’s our version of cat videos,” says Jay Lauf, publisher of Quartz.

The State of Digital Publishing: Digital Natives Still Struggling

Digital publishing is booming for both digital natives and digital retreads (as Don calls legacy publishers). But there’s still work to do, and thank goodness for that because Mequoda still has much to teach!

Better Homes & Gardens Use Photo Contests on Instagram to Drive Engagment

It’s fun to see publishers do fun things on social media. Better Homes & Gardens has been using photo contests on Instagram. They’ve found that they get the best engagement from their Instagram followers when they run these photo contests.

Twitter Advertisers Beta Test Click-To-Call Button

Twitter Advertisers have recently been beta testing a new direct response ad unit in their Twitter Ads. It’s a “Click To Call” button that allows mobile users to respond to a Twitter Ad by calling an advertiser directly.

Content Marketing for Digital Publishing Consultants

“So what exactly does Mequoda Group do for a living?” people ask us.

I have been involved in Internet marketing and publishing since 1995, when I was running an agency called Blue Dolphin Direct—primarily a print direct marketing and editorial consulting firm for a variety of magazine and newsletter clients. It was during that time when the folks at ComputerWorld had the revolutionary idea that we could sell subscriptions to their print magazine via the Internet. The program took about eight months to develop and was successful, in that we were able to sell print subs at a cost per order of about $65—a little below their average cost per order via direct mail. And that was the beginning of our journey.

Introducing: The NEW Mequoda Pro

If you’ve ever contemplated attending one of our Subscription Website Publishing Intensives, but the time – and budget – just haven’t been right, I have a new way for you to learn the proven, profitable Mequoda Method right now.

Introducing, the new Mequoda Pro. If you’re a member, you can log in right now. If you’re not, keep reading.

HeraldScotland Maintains Growth Despite Paywall

HeraldScotland is reporting that it has been maintaining audience growth despite its tight paywall. A staff reporter writes, “HeraldScotland – the only platform in the ABC list to operate a subscription paywall – recorded 66.1% growth for July-December 2013, compared to the same period in 2012.”

How to Publish a Book on Amazon with a Custom Imprint

Every publisher we work with and will work with has an archive of free, downloadable products. They are sometimes tools, recipes or knitting patterns, but they also include hundreds of white papers, ebooks and free reports. Some publishers also have printed editions of their downloads, or at least Amazon Kindle editions.

Say It With Less Jargon: Adjusting Website Reading Level to Your True Audience

If you want to know one of the reasons why print has been uprooted by the web, blame readability.

Ever since we’ve been publishing magazines, newspapers and newsletters, the jargon and over-complication of simple sentences for artistic value has been out of hand.

Case in point. That sentence was written at a 16th grade level, when I could have said, “Publishers have been over-complicating simple sentences for a long time.” And that sentence was written at a 10th grade level. “Publishers have been writing too many words to explain simple problems for too long” brings it down to an 8.

Regional Magazine Publisher Redefines the Concept of Local Publishing

From augmented reality to trends in nontraditional gift-giving, Bayou City magazine’s subscription website publishing adventures epitomize the 21st century.

Bayoucitynetwork.com launched in early November, exactly one year after it was born in the minds of Becky Davis and Mark Standridge, Houstonites who had until then been publishing a traditional, “hyper” local neighborhood magazine as part of a franchise.

Taunton Press’ Editorial Strategy Says No to One Offs

“We can’t afford to pay for content if it’s going to be a one-time use,” stated Jay Annis, VP of The Taunton Press speaking at the Act 4 Publishing Event at the Magazine Innovation Center at Ole Miss.

Publishing Executive has the full report on Jay Annis talk on content optimization and recycling. Linda Ruth writes, “Annis was there to articulate Taunton’s proactive approach to content in a time when the costs and monetization of content are proving challenging to many publishers. Taunton’s solution: To optimize the content through all the products that will serve its audience.”

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.