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Publishing Website Strategy for Advertising Presents Changes

Advertising and website strategy evolves as publishers find the best channels, advertisements, and processes to follow. Today we’re looking at some new elements to online advertising.

A Digital-First Website Strategy Led to Growth for ‘HBR’

Many publishers have taken to a website strategy that highlights the components of the digital landscape. When done properly, digital publishers are able to drive more traffic and develop larger audiences.

Fast Loading Websites Favored by Search Engines, Facebook

It’s no surprise that fast loading websites are necessary components to a strong online presence. We’re seeing search engines and social media sites respond to users’ desire to engage with websites that load quickly. Unfortunately, not all digital publishers have a site that loads quickly for computers or mobile and that can be a problem for audience retention.

Our first story today looks at Facebook’s new priority in supplying fast loading websites in its News Feed section. The Facebook News Room reports, “During the coming months we’re making an update to News Feed to show people more stories that will load quickly on mobile and fewer stories that might take longer to load, so they can spend more time reading the stories they find relevant.”

Content Strategy Looks at Ads and Newsletter-Only Content

New report looks at the efficacy of ads on websites versus social; Huffington Post tries newsletter-only content strategy; Condé Nast rethinks digital website strategy
Which content strategy works best, ads on a publisher’s website or ads on social media? We begin by looking at a story from AdWeek, which is reporting on a study from Neuro-Insight that

Magazine Expansion: Launches, Audience Metrics, Niche Engagement

Magazine expansion is a key to magazine survival and success. Building on your product is a key tenet of multiplatform publishing strategy. The question is, how do you pull it off? Well, there are many possibilities, as recent coverage from FolioMag.com shows.

Ad Agencies Turn to Publishing

The publishing business is being adopted by brands and advertising agencies alike. Now, with the help of a solid website strategy and good content, the opportunities to build communities are present.

Digiday reports that ad agencies are getting into the publishing business for marketing purposes. Others are using the content internally to inform employees.

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.

The Tablet: Key to Your Online Empire, Not Just Your Digital Magazine

With all the talk about tablets and digital magazines these days, it’s tempting to think of the desktop or laptop, and the website you worked so hard to establish back when those were your only options for publishing on the Internet, as buggy whips – soon to be obsolete.

After all, our 2013 Mequoda Tablet Study found that a full 55% of respondents own or have access to a tablet. Yes, that means you’d better be building a digital edition of your publication.

9 Membership Website Mistakes

Membership websites are hot for 2013

All the sudden in 2013 I found myself hip-deep in subscription and membership websites.

Perhaps it’s the tablet market evolving, the publishing market maturing, the continuing problems of advertising models or the renewed interest in the renewable revenue of continuity websites.

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?

Building a Better Website for Less

The demands of digital publishing websites today is much different than five years ago

Do you like the way your website looks? If so, don’t get too attached to it. Your website will continuously change to meet your customers needs, and functionality needs of your business.

In order to grow online, digital publishers need their website to do a few specific jobs. First, it has to be well optimized so it can drive website traffic. Next, it was to include subscription opportunities, so visitors can convert into email, RSS or email subscribers. Finally, the website has to have an ecommerce aspect, which for most digital publishers, includes the ability to sell single products or subscriptions.

12 Ways Publishers Generate Revenue on Facebook

Let’s start with a little breakdown of why Facebook just became the #1 place to generate revenue in social media.

Facebook accounts for 52.1% percent of all sharing on the web. When someone wants to share something, they share it on Facebook—and this includes your promotions and sales. In fact, 93% of Facebook users have posted or read some kind of shopping recommendation this 2011 holiday season and 66% percent of those people ended up making a purchase on Black Friday/Cyber Monday “as a direct result of social media interactions with brands and family”.

Membership Website Content Models

Discover the membership website content model that fits your content best

In our new Membership Website Strategy free report, you will discover the nine deadly membership website mistakes and the nine membership website content models, including six premium and three affinity models. Premium membership website content models require registration and payment to access all of the content. Affinity membership website content models require only registration to access all the content. These membership website content models include:

Week in Review: November 7th, 2011 – November 11th, 2011

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

Membership Website Strategy Released

Discover the nine deadly membership website mistakes when you download this new free report from Mequoda Group

Download your free copy of Membership Website Strategy: 9 Deadly Membership Website Mistakes & How to Avoid Them now

The membership website can be a lucrative addition to online publishers’ arsenal if they have the ability to create a premium product that meets the expectations of their audience.

Email Whitelisting Addressed at Mequoda Bootcamp

The Mequoda Bootcamp is designed to teach publishers, managers and CEOs how to launch and run an online business through tested and proven strategies.

As email has become a trusted, habitual activity for the vast majority of Internet users, it’s necessary to address the process of email whitelisting.

Open Content Dominates Top 1,000 Websites

A new study from the Mequoda Research Team sheds light on the use of open content

Open content has been around since the inception of the web. Since that time, it’s been debated if top branded content suppliers should be using an open content model to drive online business, in particular, website traffic.

To supply the industry with pertinent data, the Mequoda Research Team conducted a new study we’re calling the 2011 Mequoda 500. This study determined the content and business models for the top 1,000 websites according to Compete’s traffic numbers and focused on the top 500 that operated an open content model.

3 Reasons Why You’re Not Converting Visitors To Your Website

Without conversions, your online business will suffer… these three tips might help you fix the problem

A consistent stream of website traffic is great, as is engagement with audience members through social media.

Unfortunately, in many scenarios, traffic isn’t enough to keep online publishers functioning. Conversions need to take place in the form of direct sales or registered members.

Discover How Online Business Launches Begin with a Strategy

Every online business we’ve launched, and will launch, has been forged under our 41 step content marketing strategy

As I sit down and look at the number of online businesses we’ve launched over the past couple of years, I think about how many were total overhauls.

Even for brands that had existing magazines, seven out of ten times we were involved in launching something that was flying a new brand.

Designing or Redesigning a “Website”?

Content Marketing – Content, Community and Commerce: 5 documents special- interest online media businesses need to consider before launching or relaunching a “website”

Over the past 15 years, I’ve helped start more than 100 successful online businesses. Without exception, all of them have properly addressed three principles that were laid out in the mid 90s as strategic components needed in launching a website. They include content, community and commerce.

It’s amazing how undeveloped the vocabulary is around this process. People tell me they are launching or re-launching a website, but if you are a media company – which is exclusively who we work with – when you say you’re launching a website, you’re really saying, “I’m launching an online business.”

The Non-Scientific Approach to “Giving Away” Paid Content

The conundrum continues: How much should you give away on your membership websites?

There’s no scientific methodology behind subscription websites. Publishers with excellent conversion architecture can get away with giving away a lot of free content and still converting a large percentage of those free users into paid users.

Others still, have such a good reputation and and worth-while free trial that it doesn’t require giving anything away (other than the free trial) in order to get people in the door.

Last Chance to Learn Analytics from a Knowledgeable Director of Marketing

Discover what all of those numbers really mean

Register now for our 90-minute Actionable Analytics webinar, which takes place on Tuesday, December 16

The ability to track and analyze statistical data has transformed the way Internet marketing is done.

There is no longer the need to guess at the success of campaigns; online analytics programs help prove the success with an array of numerical statistics and visual graphs.

Week in Review: October 4th, 2010 – October 8th, 2010

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

Are You Annoying Your Readers?

First impressions are important; use this information to adjust your website strategy

We have all experienced websites that make you cringe. They can do so in a number of ways, but the outcome is typically the same: the user leaves the site as fast as possible.

Is your website sending the wrong signals and scaring away users before they can get a grasp on what it is you provide? If so, you will need to examine your tactics and take a look into some reasons as to why users leave websites and don’t bother to come back.

Learn How to Develop a Content Marketing Strategy

Successful publishers evolve and so does their content marketing strategy

Smart publishers will tell you that once they started optimizing articles and landing pages for Google, search engines have become their biggest source of incoming traffic and email subscriptions. Social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin have become the second largest source of incoming traffic.

We feel the key to making money online, as a publisher, is giving away lots of free content with a clear path to at least one source of revenue. Stop the in-your-face approach of screaming at consumers to “buy my product”. You now have the opportunity to interact with them and create a meaningful relationship.

More Free Content: Classic Mequoda Case Studies

These classic case studies are Mequoda best practice examples

Mequoda unlocks more free content. That’s right, now everyone has access to all forty of our Publishing Case Studies formerly part of the members only Mequoda Library.

What are they and what can you learn from them?

Content Marketing Strategy – Website Component

How to convert visitors into email subscribers

Content Marketing 2010

In 90 minutes, you’ll discover how to use content to sell books, apps, subscriptions and live events

Making Money As A Content Marketer

7 strategies for content marketers

Website strategy questions for online advertising agency?

Can you give us any advice on the website strategy for an online advertising agency?

The website we are constructing is intended to convert leads for our digital marketing services. Have you reviewed an ad agency site?

We are planning on having two main calls-to-action:

(1) Free digital performance analysis of their business, which will send users to a sales force CRM capture page. Our response will be to call them and to set up an exploratory meeting.

(2) Free report and free newsletter to build relationships. Again our response will be to call them to set up an exploratory meeting based on their interest in our free report.

Membership Websites

Learn what every magazine, newsletter and book publisher needs to know before launching a membership website when you download our FREE Membership Website Strategy white paper today.

Making Money Online

Seven Strategies that Successful Publishers are Using to Turn their Traditional Publishing Brands into Internet-Centric Media Companies

Seven Online Publishing Secrets – Updated for July 2008!

Download ourcomplimentary report today and learn how to compete with today’s toppublishers by using the most profitable seven online publishing secrets.

Are You an Online Publisher, Online Retailer, or Both?

Make more money online by being content-driven, Google-friendly and profit-minded

Live Coverage: Mequoda Summit Session 1 – Making Money Online

Day one at the Mequoda Summit defines online publishing and delivers the seven strategies for online publishing success

It’s day one at the Mequoda Summit in beautiful Napa Valley. The conference room is full to maximum capacity with an even mix of online publishers ranging from magazine and newsletter publishers to primarily digital publishers.

Relentless Innovation is Coming Online

Rupert Murdoch’s newest newspaper will likely be more risky and experimental

Publishers around the country should keep an eye on The Wall Street Journal. It may be radically pursuing a new online publishing strategy in the very near future.

After four months of haggling, Rupert Murdoch convinced enough members of the Bancroft family to sell him Dow Jones & Company for $5 billion last night, essentially merging the company with his enormous News Corporation.

The Mequoda SEO Process

Every good wordsmith approaches the task of writing a little differently. Some writers start with an outline or by making copious notes. Others write numerous disparate paragraphs at non-stop speed and then revisit their first draft, cutting and pasting to arrange them in a “logical” order. Still others agonize over the lead or headline and feel compelled to get them perfect before they can write a single second sentence.

America’s Test Kitchen Mequoda Case Study

How America’s Test Kitchen’s Revenues have Grown from About $15 million to an Estimated $46 million in Just Five Years… Shouldn’t you be Using the Same Strategy for Selling your Information Products on the Internet? Doesn’t your Job Depend on it?

Chris Kimball, CEO of Boston Common Press, is master of what we now call multiplatform publishing. Chris has gone from a publishing a single cooking magazine, Cook’s Illustrated to a growing media empire that spans books, another print magazine, books, membership websites, a TV Show on PBS, email newsletters and DVDs.

Forbes Media Network Mequoda Case Study

Creating the World’s Most Popular Website for Entrepreneurial Capitalists

With 2006 revenues estimated at more than $510 million, up from an estimated $460 million for 2005, the newly formed Forbes Media Network is on a roll.

Forbes Media currently includes print, online conferences, radio and TV properties. At this time, an estimated $330 million still comes from the American edition of Forbes Magazine, however, senior executives Steve Forbes and Jim Spanfeller both tell Mequoda that online publishing revenues will pass print in 2008 or 2009—if the current growth rates for both print (up 6% for 2006) and online (up 57% for 2006) hold for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

ConsumerReports.org Website Design Review

With A’s in Strategic Intent, Relationship Building and Brand Preference, it’s Hardly Surprising that this Non-Profit is an Online Leader in the Paid Membership Website Category.

Consumer Reports’ successful membership website strategy has earned them over two million online subscribers (as of November, 2005). Averaging well over 20,000 new online subscribers per month, it’s obvious this site is doing something right.

Computerworld Mequoda Case Study

Online Revenues for Computerworld US Now Account for Over 35 Percent of their Total US Publishing Revenue

This Computerworld Mequoda Case Study is derived from one-on-one interviews with Pat McGovern, IDG’s founder and Robert Carrigan, the CEO of US Operations. It outlines Computerworld’s story from the beginning, and explores how they’re making such a successful shift into the digital world of publishing.

As a way to introduce where IDG and Computerworld stands today, we thought we’d share excerpts from a recent blog post by Colin Crawford, IDG’s Senior Vice President, Online.

FDAnews Mequoda Case Study

By refocusing on its core business, this special interest B-to-B publisher has increased revenues four fold since 2000, deriving 80 percent of its new business from online marketing.

FDAnews is the premier provider of domestic and international regulatory, legislative and business news and information for executives in industries regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

There are numerous “80/20 rules” that business people quote to explain the relationship between effort and results. One 80/20 rule says that 80 percent of your sales are derived from 20 percent of your customers. Another says that 80 percent of your revenue is derived from 20 percent of your products.

Fodors Travel Mequoda Case Study

Venerable guidebook publisher, an early adopter of the Web, continues to refine its Internet strategy. Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, Inc., has been recognized as the premier guidebook publisher for more than 70 years. Today, the Fodor’s Travel brand exists firmly in print, online, and on mobile devices. Fodor’s target audience is what Publisher Tim Jarrell calls “age 25-plus travelers who are interested in attainable luxury.” The huge array of print guidebooks and the Fodors.com website are resources that the Fodor’s audience uses to discover the best places within their budget to stay, eat, shop, and explore.

The Mequoda System: A Seven-Habit Website Management System

Successful website publishing in 2005 means creating happy users and healthy profits. Without both, no website will exist for long. All of the successful website publishers we’ve studied have one thing in common: a consistent management system for achieving success that includes a number of key behaviors that are repeated over and over to become organizational habits.

Internet Media Review Launches Redesigned Site, Hires Seven Contributing Editors

Bristol, RI – January 26, 2005 – Internet Media Review announced today that they have launched a revised version of their site and hired seven new contributing editors.