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Leading Publishing Executive’s Take on Transitioning From Print to Digital

Migrating your publishing operations and editions from print to digital might at first feel daunting, but don’t fret: It’s a manageable move – just ask any Mequoda Member – and one that’s more and more becoming a must.

The same principles of publishing apply, but going from print to digital gives you the opportunity to maximize your content’s potential by multiplying its impact across platforms and channels, from articles to online archives to events to video to white papers to podcasts and much more.

It doesn’t take more work or more staff to succeed on desktop and mobile, only different work and more dynamic staff hired and trained to handle tech, social media strategy, and how to sell online advertising.

But you don’t need us to tell you all of this. Sometimes, you need to hear it from peers who have pulled it off. MinOnline has just such a story in a recent interview.

News for Social Media Publishers: Google AMP, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Facebook

If successful social media publishers can count on one thing, it’s that they can count on nothing.

Magazines on social media must have a social media strategy in place, but they must also be flexible enough to experiment, pivot, and periodically rethink efforts. Mequoda Members know to diversify their social portfolios, as it were, and to not get discouraged when returns are sluggish.

After all, social media publishers are investors: of time, staff resources, content distribution strategy, and energy.

How An Internet Marketing Services Agency Could Catapult Your Multiplatform Publishing Capacity

Whether you’re outsourcing your Internet marketing services or building an internal Internet marketing services department, these 11 content marketing job functions are key

I’ve been running marketing services departments and companies for the better part of 30 years. Mequoda Group is an independent co-operative Internet marketing services company that currently supports 20+ client organizations. The most common marketing system configuration we’re supporting is a daily portal or blog at the core with one or more subscription websites, and an online store that sells books and videos. Our organization doesn’t produce any of the original premium content, but we do produce a lot of the affinity content that is used for audience development including white papers, blog posts, and social media. We also produce and analyze the email newsletters, email promotions, and landing pages that are used to generate revenue.

Creating Digital Magazines: From Press to Plate Faster Than Ever

Publishers aren’t just going digital anymore, they’re creating digital magazines that are evolving as quickly as the technology that hosts them
In 1967, an eight-page issue of Computerworld was published for the first time, deemed “the newsweekly for the computer community.”
The goal with Computerworld: provide its readers with insight into the world of technology and how to generate

Regional Magazines Make for a Model That Works for Digital Publishers

Regional magazines can cover several states or be hyperlocal, but regardless of their geographical reach, they operate with a hardwired niche strategy no matter what the topic, based purely on the readers who live in the area.

We like this model. We have many Mequoda Members who are very successful with it. And we love when the model layers in another niche on top of it, which is the case with Crain’s, with its business focus, and Modern Luxury, with its high-end lifestyle appeal. Both are doing well; both are branching out to other cities.

Email Upgrade: 5 Responsive Newsletter Design Tips

To be a responsive website designer, you must know how to design a website to be viewed effectively on any platform. For example, a responsive website design would never include flash, because around 30% of the smartphone market is carrying a flash-unfriendly phone. Additionally, you find new ways to deliver pop-up ads that don’t slide off-screen, making them un-closeable on mobile devices. Or you remove them altogether when the browser detects they’re on a mobile website.

What Magazine Publishers Are Reading to Get Their Magazine Industry News

Ever wondered where Kim and her team find all of their magazine industry news for our daily Digital Publishing Trends posts?

Well, I have, so I asked them for their top 5 sources – their “go-to” sites for discovering the latest and most useful news and analysis for magazine publishers. Of course, they had a hard time narrowing down their pool, so I happily let them get away with 7, which itself even proved tough given all of the high-quality coverage out there. Maybe we’ll do a part two down the road!

In the meantime, here’s a list of not only our favorites, but favorites of magazine publishers and digital marketers always on the lookout for relevant articles best practices, cautionary tales, revolving door gossip, mergers & acquisitions updates, and more. These are the sites that drive discussion and inform the decisions of executives – and help us keep the Mequoda Method fresh while continuing to offer free advice throughout the week.

Website Masthead, Nameplate or Header?

No matter what you call your website masthead, the top of your website is a strategic website design challenge
A funny thing happened on the way to today’s post. While doing keyword research to discover what you, our audience, call the top of your website, I found some disagreement. Various posts at other websites, from Wikipedia

8 Elements of a Proper Website Traffic Report

Do you know what to monitor in your website traffic report?
We’re constantly reading and writing about how to drive website traffic, but how often do we discuss the website traffic report that all of us should be pouring over to see whether or not our hard work is going anywhere?

Anyone who has installed monitoring and

7 Characteristics of an Email Newsletter That Makes Subscribers Happy

Design email newsletters that are easy to read, share and use by identifying these characteristics of an email newsletter that people stay subscribed to.

Your email subscribers aren’t cash machines, they’re humans. How often do you feel good after opening an email newsletter that tries to sell you every step of the way? Probably never, because

The Mequoda Classroom Website Business Model

The classroom website is one of 10 website business models that Mequoda currently supports. There are six premium (paid) archetypes, including the classroom model, and four affinity (free) archetypes.

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

Magazine Pricing: The 7 Immutable Laws of Economic Behaviorism

We’ve been writing about the pricing of website and digital and print magazine subscriptions a lot lately, which has lead us to dig up some intriguing themes. Of course, the word “intriguing” tends to mean different things to different people: In discussing our best practice of decoy pricing with a client who is a psychotherapist as well as a publisher, the client gasped, “But you’re manipulating the consumer!”

Our enthusiastic response: Absolutely!

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.

Multiplatform, Mobile Setting the Pace for Publishers

Ask any publisher about the industry’s top trends, and it’s likely the majority of their responses will start with the letter “M.” Multiplatform, mobile, and metrics, to name a few. These are a few of our favorite things, as it happens, so we’re excited to share several recent Digiday articles that address these emerging issues.

News From Online Magazine Publishers: App Updates, Launches + Push for Archives

Online magazine publishers are focusing on tightening up their apps and archives in the evolving effort to bolster digital product. In the midst of all of this activity, Talking New Media’s D.B. Hebbard both offers excellent coverage while at the same time proposing that media companies mimic some aspects of print business models in order to succeed.

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.

What is a White Paper?

Online Publishing 101: Creating and selling blockbuster digital white papers, special reports and handbooks is a core skill for many successful online publishing companies. With low production costs, no inventory and higher price points, these digital downloads are a key product strategy.

Digital Video Consumption Of US Internet Users

The growth of digital video is palpable for many digital publishers. Video can be a desirable addition to content offerings, as digital video is being consumed on a variety of devices.

Forbes Moves To Data Analytics

Major publishers have an opportunity to supply other businesses with services. This is a great way to develop a new revenue stream and Forbes is the latest publisher to offer a new service to business clients.

Native Advertising Popular With Media Companies

Whether you call it content marketing, native advertising or sponsored content, media companies are utilizing unobtrusive advertising to their benefits.

Interstitial Ads For Digital Publishers

As mobile advertising continues to boom, some data is popping up on the effectiveness of interstitial ads — the units you may have seen taking over your entire screen from time to time.

The Best Digital Ads For Clicks

The internet hosts a variety of internet ads, from standard banners to video banners and rich media. Since there is a variety, it’s best to get an idea of which digital ads work the best for things like click throughs and engagement.

MPA Releases New Study On Digital Magazines

The MPA’s new edition of the Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report came out recently, and Talking New Media is reporting on the story.

Who Uses Facebook Ads?

Setting up a Facebook page for any business is done by a majority of businesses since it costs nothing and it can be used for a variety of interactions within the biggest social network on the planet. But social media and promotions are a bit trickier, based on the fact that social media is about digitally socializing with friends and families — not about buying things.

More Promoted Tweet Options From Twitter

Twitter continues to make moves that will help the company fair better as a publicly-traded entity. The social platform has toyed with a variety of enhancements, including its “Buy” button, and an array of advertising options. Now, its releasing an upgrade to its Promote Tweet options, reports Ad Week.

Bauer Media U.S. Focuses on Digital Publishing

Bauer Media U.S. has created a new division that focuses intently on digital publishing assets, reports MedaPost.

The new division, being called Bauer Xcel Media, is headed by present Christian Baesler.

‘NY Times’ Branching Out with Digital Offerings

The New York Times has brought a variety of options to its digital offerings, including smartphone and tablet apps, plus apps like NYT Now and NYT Opinion.

Now, New York Times is getting a bit more creative.

Your MPI is a Key Predictor of Multiplatform Success

If your website doesn’t attract at least 5x more free visitors than paid subscribers – your publication is probably in trouble
Marketing expert Seth Godin recently spoke at the HOW magazine conference and said, “I can reach 10 times more people writing a blog post than writing a book.” I’ve always liked that guy.

If you apply

Great Media Brands Continue to Sell for Rock Bottom Prices

Condé Nast’s latest in a long line of recent deals includes the sale of Women’s Wear Daily, as Penske Media has acquired Fairchild Fashion Media for $100 million. The New York Times reports that the purchase will be completed in September, and that Condé will keep consumer site Style.com and blog network NowManifest.

The New Mequoda Pyramid

The Mequoda Pyramid supports the notion that products have a natural hierarchy
Publishers implementing a vertically integrated strategy use outside media to acquire new customers, leveraging “free media” first. They use content to build a permission database. They create many products in many formats and recycle, reuse, and republish content. Finally, they are able to pull customers

Five Keys to a Profitable Sales Letter Landing Page

Make sure your landing pages answer this question for your users: “what’s in it for me?”

Publishers’ Archives Ripe for Repurposing

ublishers – particularly of the legacy variety – are passing up a big opportunity when they neglect their archives. This is a reality that Mequoda members have grasped for quite some time, as we’re big believers in repurposing content.

Proven Organic Audience Development Secrets Revealed in New Free Handbook

March 14, 2014 – BOSTON — A complete, painstakingly documented handbook on audience development for Internet publishers has just been released. The 260-page handbook, Organic Audience Development Strategy: 68 Audience Development Strategies for Building a Robust Audience Development Plan, was written by Don Nicholas, a leading magazine industry consultant and CEO of Mequoda Group.

From 15 to 80,000 Likes in One Year: Why Facebook Loves Biblical Archaeology Review

The audience development story of consistently great content, loyal fans and a Facebook algorithm change that appreciates all the above

Over the past few months, several of our clients have seen tremendous growth in social media. While some businesses are complaining that their visibility has gone down since Facebook tinkered with their algorithm, these publishers have seen just the opposite.

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.

Flipboard Buys a Mobile Magazine

Flipboard has bought social mobile reading magazine Zite from CNN.

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.

New Platform Turns Your Content Into Native Ads

Turn your content into a native ad with the click of a button? It sounds like a magic trick

Controlled-Circulation Publisher Finds Internet Success

One of Mequoda’s primary reasons for being is to help legacy publishers cross the digital divide.

And when it comes to Farm Progress, we’re talking serious legacy publishing – a company founded in 1819 which publishes, among many others, Prairie Farmer, the oldest known continuously published magazine, launched in 1841.

Subscription Website Portals are the Key to Success in Every Niche

When the Internet burst on the scene and magazine publishers decided to get on the bandwagon, a lot of people simply shoveled their content up to the Web and called it a day. After all, there wasn’t a lot of guidance available in this brave new world.

What Can Prison Teach You About Audience Development

Recruitment Advisor has posted a fun article about the audience development campaign that’s underway for the newspaper at the San Quentin correctional facility.

Yahoo Introduces News Digest & Magazines At CES

Yahoo made some big announcements at CES that you might be interested in. David Pouge debuted the new digital magazine Yahoo Tech. Variety’s Marc Graser writes, “His new digital magazine that presents technology stories to general readers in a tile-like format without banner ads. Magazine launched Tuesday as an app. Yahoo Tech is one of many new digital magazines the company is launching to offer up news and articles to its users in a new format.”

Video Enhances Digital Content, Not Just on Subscription Websites

The digital landscape gives publishers the opportunity to provide a variety of content on different devices. This versatility is expanding the idea of what a digital magazine can be.

Panna, for instance, is a new digital cooking magazine that relies on showing videos of recipes on the iPhone and iPad. Naakai Addy writes, “Panna’s videos not only guide you through individual meals; the Chefs give you tips and tricks to help you become a savvier cook in general. You can pause when you need to, rewind when you missed a detail, and see exactly how each step is supposed to look as you’re working on it.”

SEO Campaign Management: How to Create and Promote a Freemium from Scratch

Search is the most fundamental element of content marketing. If you thought social media was the silver bullet, you were wrong. It’s at least a bronze bullet, but social media is just one stepping stone towards search optimization. More likes and tweets equal better rank. Better rank means you’ll keep getting website traffic to articles without even promoting them.

Social Media for Audience Development: Twitter to Allow Tweet Editing

Wouldn’t it be great if you could edit your tweets after they’ve been published? Fortunately, this may become a reality as Twitter works on a new editing feature, which would allow original tweets and retweets to get changed instantaneously.

Allrecipes Magazine Launches

While many publishers are taking most of their content online, Meredith is doing the opposite. Ad Week is reporting that Meredith has launched Allrecipes magazine. Lucia Moses writes, “With ad revenue shifting online, publishers generally aren’t launching big magazines these days; an exception is Hearst Magazines,

Print Design Changes Lead to Increased Web Traffic

There’s a clear connection between print and digital these days. Altercations in print design can lead to more website traffic, as we see in this example of DiscoverMagazine.com. Steve Smith writes, “DiscoverMagazine.com enjoyed a nice traffic increase during an August that saw most sites decline, per min’s exclusive digital boxscores.

Sports Illustrated’s New Paywall

This is a paywall experiment you should watch. Adweek is reporting that Sports Illustrated is testing a new pay wall system. Lucia Moses writes.

Publishers Partner With AOL’s Gathr

Audience Development is reporting that publishers have partnered with AOL on a new subscription service. Michael Rondon writes, “The service, Gathr, packages subscriptions to a variety of products and services at a discount. Offerings—there are currently 24 separate options—range from Pandora to Redbox to Norton AntiVirus software,