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Online Ad Revenue Up, but Bots Are Stealing Some of It

Have you noticed an uptick in your online ad revenue?

If so, take pride in keeping pace with the rest of the industry. 2015 has seen a jump, from several sources.

If not, don’t despair: 2015 has also seen a jump in the spread of bot activity, leeching online ad revenue from publishers and other brands.

MediaPost has articles on those digital publishing trends and more. Let’s see what they have for us to start the week!

The Future of Digital Magazines: Mobile, Social, Mergers & Acquisitions, and … Virtual Reality?

The future of digital magazines gets brighter with every passing fiscal quarter, but it’s a slow and steady progress as traditional revenue generators try to keep pace with advancing technologies, evolving device usage, and the gradual migration of ad dollars from print to the mobile web.

Publishing Social Media News: Ads, Millennials, Video

The ties that bind publishing, social media are stronger than ever; plus, Condé Nast debuts new video platform
If you own a company in digital publishing, social media is not an optional arm of your strategy – it’s required to help promote your content, of course.

But too often, digital magazines treat social media as a formality,

Publisher Acquisition News: Condé Gets Hip With Pitchfork Purchase

Publisher acquisition news is often pretty predictable and ho-hum, but sometimes a deal comes along that not only captures the imagination, but also truly crystallizes the state of the industry.

Niche Content: How One Major Publisher Is Playing It

There’s no doubt that niche content is the name of the game, at least if you’re playing the game using the Mequoda Method. But digital magazines can’t expect to slap a few enthusiast articles up on a homepage and wait for the money roll in. Rather, online publishers must stay vigilant in repurposing content, developing a content distribution strategy, and cultivating audience via social media and other platforms.

How to Reach More People on Facebook with 7 Tests

Use these content tests and learn how to reach more people on Facebook with your posts
There’s nothing more frustrating than looking at your Facebook page, with 20,000, 30,000, 40,000 or more fans, and seeing that your posts are only being seen by 100 people. 500 people. 900 people.

The days of posting whatever you want and

5 Keys to Starting an Online Magazine Business

Starting an online magazine business brings one platform that offers advertisers the visibility and tracking accountability they desire

Nonprofit Publisher Prospers with Mequoda Method

“We’ve used the Mequoda Method to more than double our digital memberships,” says Susan Laden, newest member of the Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame.
Web Editor Robin Ngo accepts the award on behalf of Biblical Archaeology Society

The Mequoda Multiplatform Publishing Hall of Fame, founded in 2006 to recognize publishing executives at the

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

Media and Publishing Updates: Branded Content, Facebook, and Big Moves

There aren’t many industries as exciting these days as media and publishing, which rivals even the tech sector for growth opportunity.

Each week brings with it a new advancement, revenue stream, and shakeup. For every failure, there are that many more successes – or at least startups. The revolving door has never swung around faster or more frequently. As brands strive to become publishers and social media platforms strive to become everything to everyone, content is not only king, it’s ascending to emperor of the galaxy. The industry news can be hard to keep up with!

Luckily, we have sites like MediaPost to make sense of it all. Let’s take a look at some of their recent coverage on hiring trends, Facebook’s appeal for at least one legacy publisher, and the latest mergers & acquisitions.

Video Publishers: Monetization, Production, Social, Practices

If you’re considering joining the ranks of video publishers, the time to jump in is now.

How Publishers Are Creating Free Digital Magazine Ads on Facebook to Sell Subscriptions

Publishers are getting creative with digital magazine ads on Facebook, and they don’t even need to leverage the ad platform to do it.
Before you read on, if you’ve ever subscribed to a magazine from a Facebook ad, or if you’ve seen a big response to your magazine marketing techniques on Facebook, please leave a comment

Social Media Standards Released by MRC

With so many digital magazines and brands deploying multiplatform content on the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, devising social media standards for measuring data for advertising purposes was only a matter of time. Now, the Media Rating Council has done just that. Keep in mind, of course, that no matter how these guidelines shake out, you must maintain a regimen of your own when it comes maximizing the potential of social platforms. Minding your own store with best practices on social media will make it a lot easier to generate digital ad revenue down the line.

MediaPost reports on this development and several other interesting ones in recent articles.

Advice for Digital Media Publishers: Top Stories, Tags, and News From DMSUSA15

Digital media publishers and executives move at a pace months ahead of others in many professions.

Whether it’s on a practical level with editorial calendars planned months in advance or with efforts to continually anticipate industry trends, digital magazines must be vigilant. The reward for reacting and responding? If you play your cards right, increased audience. And if you convert that audience, increased revenue.

But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. We have to first recognize the trends to react and respond to. The Media Briefing helps us all out in that regard. Let’s take a look at some of their recent coverage to start out the week!

3 Email Subject Line Best Practices: New Study Sheds Light

Is there still anyone out there maligning email as a has-been component of publishing? We sure hope not. Newsletters are hotter than ever, for starters, and emails operate as a another strong delivery mechanism for content like video. They build loyalty with existing consumers, create relationships with new consumers, and give you the opportunity to sell products. But none of this can happen if recipients don’t click open your emails, which itself can’t happen without email subject line best practices.

UK-based email marketing firm Adestra knows this as well as anyone, and their first study since a blockbuster 2013 analysis provides plenty of takeaways. This new edition ran the numbers on 3 billion attempted sends and more than 400 million opens. Let’s take a look at what they learned.

The Mequoda Retail Website Business Model

Discover how ConsumerReports.org and Lynda.com are utilizing the reference subscription website model

A reference subscription website archetype allows paid subscribers continued access to a library of content that is updated constantly with new information.

What Are the Colors of Online Marketing Success?

If you take a close look at the most visited sites on the Internet, you’ll see an interesting phenomenon. They all seem to use the same four colors.

It’s true. Many websites use the same basic color scheme with slight variations. Usually those four colors include two shades of blue, a shade of gray, and a shade of yellow or ochre.

White is the predominant background color, with a pale blue coming in second.

Ad Blocking Programs Continue to Vex Marketers, Publishers

How are entities like Vox Media, Quartz, the IAB, and the ANA combating ad blocking programs?
As ad blocking programs proliferate and become more popular with consumers – especially younger consumers like Millennials – marketers and publishers are feeling the heat in trying to confront what they consider a common enemy.

Recent news about Google’s efforts to

The 8 Characteristics of a Subscription Website

Each subscription website business model we write about has a distinct combination of characteristics
When Mequoda writes about subscription website business models, we always include a chart that outlines eight different characteristics of the different models. As far as we know, we’re the only ones writing at length about publishers’ website architecture, much less going into

Publisher Revenue: Video, Programmatic, Targeting

If there’s one thing all digital magazine executives can agree on, it’s that there are never enough publisher revenue opportunities.

Settling on just one is out of the question, and even once you’ve established several, they’re continually changing. Digital advertising, for instance, is currently facing ad blocking and ad viewability issues. And audience development isn’t just about successful content anymore; it’s about successful cross-device targeting. And video? Wow – just try to keep up with the advances, both in terms of technology and monetization.

These are just a few examples – today’s publishers have to stay on their toes. Luckily, we have industry monitors like Publishing Executive to help us out. Let’s take a look at what they’ve been covering in recent weeks.

How You Could and Should Use Video Email Marketing

How video email marketing can drastically increase your CTR
One main advantage of multi-platform publishing is recycling content into videos.
Think about it: what entices a website viewer more than a video sample of exclusive, paid-for conferences? These events are the single biggest revenue channel for many publishers, where extra care is put into providing ticket purchasers

1 Secret + 7 Best Email Subject Line Examples

What copywriters don’t want you to know about writing the best email subject lines

Be a thief.

If you need to write professional email subject lines that deliver high open rates, one of the best ways to do it – and one that’s shared by almost all copywriters – is to steal ideas. And unless you live under a rock, you get some of the best email subject line examples in your own inbox every single day.

Mobile Spending to Make for Half of Digital Ad Sales in 2015

It was only a matter of time until mobile spending overtook desktop, but that moment is rapidly upon us; plus, personalization, video, and more
Mobile spending is a rolling freight train spilling over with cash at this point, and it’s arriving at the station a little sooner than expected. This year, mobile ad sales will pass

The State of Publishing on LinkedIn

Publishing on LinkedIn is a practice we believe in: As a social networking service aimed at professionals, what better way to share content with digital magazine executives and digital marketers? Article shares to LinkedIn have surged 600% in the past year and a half, according to ShareThis, but that pales in comparison to Facebook, Digiday reports.
And, more to the point, LinkedIn’s platform has changed drastically in recent months.

But this isn’t the most paradigm-shifting news for publishers. Imagine a world in which Conde Nast is considered behind the times with its digital publishing strategy. Well, that’s where we find ourselves, according to Digiday. Let’s start there this week!

Use the Mequoda SEO Scorecard to Measure and Optimize Your Posts

Use an SEO scorecard based on the results of more than a dozen publishers who are already nailing high quality content
I’m going to let you in on a secret. This is the scorecard that we use at Mequoda, and the SEO scorecard we use to train our clients on writing SEO’d website content.

It’s a very simple

Data-Driven Publishing Steers Time Inc. Digital Course

Big data is a big term, but there’s not a lot behind the concept itself, and no need to complicate it – collect the information that consumers provide and use the information that consumers provide. It’s that simple. Brands can take this mandate in cynical directions, but they can also improve user experience by personalizing products and tailoring content for enthusiast audiences. Data-driven publishing puts digital magazines in a prime position to do just that, and Time Inc. digital is making a push to become the best in the business, especially after hiring Chief Data Officer JT Kostman.

MinOnline recently ran a fascinating interview with Kostman – let’s start there today!

More Newsletter Open Rates: Taking a Look at the Times’ Numbers

Yesterday, we relayed MediaPost’s news about the Movable Ink study finding that mobile email marketing has eclipsed desktop open rates, which is great news for multiplatform publishers who have Email Marketing Systems. As email shrugs off the greatly exaggerated reports of its demise and re-establishes itself as a strong audience development tool, newsletter open rates have become a more important area of focus for digital magazines and other brands.

The Mequoda Method has long emphasized newsletter open rates as a key strategic point of multiplatform publishing, but even we were taken aback by The New York Times’ success when it comes to the art of email. So, we were interested to learn more in Digiday’s recent article about the Old Gray Lady’s staggering 70% yield.

The Mequoda Lead Generation Website Business Model

Portals are seen most often because not only are they a profitable model on their own, they’re also intended to build and feed an audience for affiliated premium subscription websites. They are specifically designed for SEO, email marketing, list building, lead generation and building engagement and loyalty. It’s a Mequoda best practice to build a portal for every subscription website we create.

Mobile Email Marketing: Open Rates Eclipse Desktop for First Time

Mastering mobile email marketing might sound like it’s low on the list of priorities for digital magazines, but, in reality, it’s rapidly emerging as one of the most pressing skills for multiplatform publishers looking to improve their content distribution strategy.

For starters, consider the level of control you have when it comes to your message and branding: Provided you’re using best practices to get your correspondence white-listed, images seen, and subject lines clicked, then you’re in prime position to get your emails read. And if your emails are getting read, then you’re also getting an audience for your website, because you’re giving subscribers a reason to visit.

All of this used to happen primarily on desktop, but not anymore. MediaPost relays news that mobile email marketing has surpassed desktop for the first time. Let ‘s start there this week!

Is It Worth It? An Informative LinkedIn Ads Review for Publishers

The good, the bad, and the ugly (but mostly good) wrapped up in a semi-formal LinkedIn ads review
Advertising your business on social media, particularly one like LinkedIn, is a tricky process. What inspired me to dig into LinkedIn ads, is that so many of our clients are now surfing the social media ad game, and

Are PPC Publishing, Visual Search, and Long-Form Video the Future for Digital Magazines?

PPC publishing takes the pay-per-click model for advertisers to a compensatory one for platform contributors, and it’s gaining steam. The shift acknowledges the realities of digital publishing: With so much content available on the web, there needs to be some quantitative measurement of the impact of articles and posts, and the bottom line is a good place to start for digital magazines that depend on digital ad revenue. Slant News is one of those digital magazines, and Digiday covers their embrace of PPC publishing in a recent story. Let’s start there today!

Music Mags Making a Multi-Platform Production Out of their Digital Efforts

Multi-platform production doesn’t have to be a mystery. Here are three examples of musically-inclined niche publishers who use digital platforms to expand their reach.

Efficiency is key to successful publishing. There are projects and processes that take time, and there is no way around that. Researching your articles, writing, editing, planning – this all takes time.

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.

Magazine Audience Grows on Mobile Web

Magazine audience is the most valuable commodity publishers can acquire. All revenue efforts hinge on it. For legacy media, going about this acquisition was a fairly straightforward task, historically speaking. Today, it’s a sophisticated, demanding, and occasionally chaotic one. Readers change tastes and preferences on a whim; their consumption habits understandably vary with the overwhelming options put in front of them online.

Mobile Video Trends: Spending, Vertical, Social

The phrase mobile video trends combines two challenges for publishers into one mega-challenge: conquering cross-device advertising and mastering multimedia with strong production and distribution platforms. More and more, the two go hand in hand: If digital magazines are going to succeed on tablets, smartphones, and phablets, the thinking goes, they’re going to need more than just strong content and good design. They’re going to need mobile savvy and video chops.

Niche Magazines: The Future of Publishing Is Now

The power of traditional media companies is diluted these days, as legacy publishers struggle to keep up with the proliferation of content across the World Wide Web. Print is an endangered species, and audiences are in control with countless options available to them. A select few digital magazines can command massive traffic by sheer reputation, resources, and reach. But what about the rest of us? What can small or midsized digital magazines do, those regional titles that make up the vast majority? They can become multiplatform niche magazines – the model that is revitalizing the industry.

The Reality of Current Tablet Statistics

The upsides and downsides to the tablet statistics floating around
Tablets have no doubt shaped the future of reading. From digital magazines to eBooks, publishers have embraced the technology almost as much as readers have.

From bottomless reflowed pages to video advertising to text scrolling seamlessly past stationary images – and all the other tablet magazine best

Video Publishing Sites Gaining Steam With Latest Moves

How do you define video publishing sites? Must digital magazines host their own video? Can they distribute via social media? Are platforms like YouTube and Vimeo fair game? We say all of the above. Like any other content built for multi-platform publishing, video produced by digital magazines will help develop audiences and generate revenue. Currently, monetizing video content means making digital advertising a priority, but there are other advantages, as well: the chance to go viral, or to at least to get some meaningful engagement via Facebook and Snapchat, as you’ll see below in recent coverage from Digiday.

7 Great B2B Magazines Gone Digital

As MediaShift puts it, “what advertisers want from B2B media is solid leads on potential customers for their products and services.”

Not so long ago, web and digital magazines were considered adjunct media—the consensus among publishers was that almost like ads, they would drive prospective subscribers to their print editions. In fact as readers struggled with flat, inflexible pdfs that served as copy, many did go running back to print.

Today, magazines are going digital at a gallop, keeping pace with legions of increasingly sophisticated web and mobile device users whose facility with the digital landscape is driving sales of iOS devices and tablets into the stratosphere. Digital media consumption on mobile devices has climbed from 18 minutes a day in 2008 to about 3 hours in 2015.

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

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.

Born Again: What Digital Magazine Advertising Rates Look Like

“Mad Men” may have died, but in the digital age, advertising’s been born again. In fact with a 21st century propensity for growing new tentacles, the conventional ad is evolving into a new lifeform of Star Ship Enterprise proportions, boldly going where no man (or woman) has gone before.

First, no matter how platforms change, ad-driven media has been around at least since the French newspaper La Presse figured out that advertising allowed it to lower its price, extend its readership and increase profitability. That was in 1836, and so it continues in the digital age.

Is Digital Advertising a Bust? 6 Ways to Fight Conventional Wisdom

Over the past few years, publishers have been wringing their hands over the failure of digital advertising to come to their rescue as print advertising revenues continued to evaporate. You had to look hard to find the occasional glimmer of hope.

How Multi-Platform Media is Created from Dusty Archives

Recycling is associated with cutting costs, but is cutting costs a surefire sign of downward sales? Not when it comes to publishing and the smart publishers who have succeeded their competitors by embracing it. When publishers think of multi-platform media, they think of digital magazines, but even then, many are only offering carbon copies of their prints. Year after year, piles of back issues are thrown into the stock room, never to be seen again, until they become digital replicas.

This is a fatal mistake, especially in today’s digital landscape. The most successful magazines have adopted multi-platform publishing to grow their businesses and they’re doing it on a budget.

Tips for Launching the Best Digital Magazines

Given that we’ve already revised our thinking since I started regularly reviewing digital magazines back in March, I concede that anything we name as a Best Practice in digital magazines is purely temporary.

But I’m going to bravely list our current Best Practices for the mobile magazine that I know you’re all going to publish, if you’re haven’t already. Tomorrow someone might invent something new that blows away a previous Best Practice, so this is obviously an evolving list.

Readers of Digital Magazines Split on Most Important Format

Tablet, print, or web? The data shows that magazine consumers are split on their magazine format preference. The web edition showed a tiny edge over print and tablet editions, but at this stage of the game, digital magazine consumers seem relatively equal on their preference for tablet editions versus print editions versus web editions.

Readers of Digital Magazines Demand Readable, Scrollable Text

Readable text, scrollable text, links to websites, embedded video, back issue archive, vertical swipe, copy and paste capability, content bookmarking, relevant advertising, general advertising, and companion print magazine. Which functions rank most highly on your wish list for digital magazines? More importantly, which ones do you think might rank most highly for your readers?

The Best Email Newsletters Stack Content: 3 Publishers Show How

For a long time we and all our clients saw a large click-rate and revenue increase when each daily email newsletter featured just one product on the right-hand side of the email, in its own column. We’ve always stuck with the belief that the featured product should be aligned with the content of the email, like the one to the right.

Publisher Monetization: Video, Display Ads, Facebook

Popular industry opinion says publisher monetization of video, digital advertising, and social media is a 21st-century challenge. The thinking goes that previous generations of magazines – read: print – were blessed with a much more straightforward task than we have: Produce quality content and distribute it effectively via subscriptions and newsstand.

But popular industry opinion is wrong.

The aforementioned 21st-century challenge is actually age-old; it’s simply the same song, different verse. Or, put another way, the straightforward task that our predecessors faced is still the one we face today: Produce quality content and distribute it effectively.

If anything, you have more options than ever. Readers, do, too, of course, which means you have to step up your game – but the reward is full-throttle revenue streams when you find the right formula. Mequoda can help you with that part. And Digiday – one of the foremost monitors of digital publishing news – can help you track the trends that will shape your strategy. Let’s take a look at quartet of their recent articles.

Publishing Acquisitions on the Rise in Event and Mobile Sectors

Publishing acquisitions provide a barometer for the robustness of the digital magazine business, and a recent report highlights how emerging areas are gaining ground on more traditional media M&A activity – areas that will appeal to Mequoda Members. One of our favorite industry sources, Folio:, has it all covered. Let’s take a look!