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The Kind of Apps People Want: How to Get a 5-Star Rating on Your Magazine App

As tech industry observers like to note, the world of apps is wild and wacky. There are almost two million apps in the Apple and Google app stores. If you pick up or click to pretty much any tech publication these days, you’re guaranteed to see at least one app review, to help bewildered consumers navigate this crowded field.

Of course when you read those articles, you’re getting a lot of personal opinion, and in tech land, much of that turns out to be excitement over flashy technology – no surprise there. So what kind of apps do people want, really? For magazine publishers, the answers are fairly simple.

Should You Put Subscription Revenue First?

Headlines have been brimming lately with news publishers like The New York Times, The Guardian and Wired taking back their profits with paywalls and paid content. The New York Times made 60% of last year’s revenue from subscription sales, The Guardian’s 800,000 subscribers are now accounting for more revenue than advertisers, and Wired has followed their lead by instituting a new $20 annual subscription. It’s clear that publishers are no longer afraid to charge for content, and subscription revenue goals are at the forefront. And I think there are three reasons for it.

Publishing Websites Make Changes on Audience and Content Needs

Publishing websites have experienced significant changes over the years as subscription websites have evolved along with technology. Digital publishers making strides to provide the best website to their audience keep their eyes to what’s working and the opportunities that become available.

More Subscription Website Growth Leads to More Model Offerings

Growth in subscription website publishing continues in the digital landscape because of its success as a revenue stream. Today we’re looking at the evolution of subscription offerings and how digital publishers are being impacted by their decisions to provide subscriptions.

Some Digital Publishers Growing as Others Experience Decline

Digital publishers shuttering Gothamist, DNAinfo; Condé Nast closes print side of Teen Vogue; BHG experiences new growth
Movement can happen quickly for digital publishers, especially in a space where evolutions in technology are constant. Today’s news highlights stories from publishers who have closed or lessened their content offerings. We’ll also visit the opposite side of the spectrum by

The 9 Ultimate Digital Magazine Features

How do your digital magazine features stack up to users’ expectations?
Contrary to what you’ve probably been thinking, the ultimate digital magazine is built in a browser, not an app. That’s why web magazines are skyrocketing to success, because users are quickly figuring out that they’d rather use a web magazine than an app magazine.

Users are

The Rate of Change in Multiplatform Publishing is Accelerating

There’s a quote out there from Jonathan MacDonald I heard recently at an IMAG event that says, the rate of change you’re experiencing now represents the slowest rate of technological and societal change you are likely to experience in the rest of your life. So if you’re thinking that change in multiplatform publishing has been fast so far, you haven’t seen anything yet. It’s accelerating!

7 Golden Steps to Planning Successful Digital Magazine Editions

Ask yourself these seven questions before starting your journey towards digital magazine transformation
I’m going to go ahead and assume if you’re reading this, you have a print publication who is asking for siblings. You’re at the magazine store and it’s eying the “big brother” t-shirts and wondering when it’s getting playmates.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive

Audience Development Strategy: Snapchat and Facebook in the Spotlight for Social

Condé Nast hiring team dedicated to Snapchat as part of audience development strategy; Facebook garners likes but major publishers fleeing Instant Articles
Many publishers are utilizing social platforms as part of their audience development strategy. Today we’re looking primarily at Snapchat and Facebook, as these two platforms have been receiving a lot of attention recently.

We begin today

SEO News: Organic, Paid, and Voice

Facebook’s mobile ad network reaches the top; Organic SEO news looks at 2016 data; The future of voice search
For the first time, Facebook’s mobile ad network has topped Google. MediaPost is reporting on this story, saying “Facebook’s mobile ad network emerged as the top-performing advertising network during the second part of 2016, giving marketers running campaigns

Should You Use Google AMP Pages? If You’re a News Publisher, the Time is Now

Publishers are seeing mixed results from Google AMP pages, but it just got even more important for news publications
According to Rank Ranger, who has been tracking the presence of Google AMP pages in mobile search results, only a quarter of pages that ranked in Google’s Top Pages were AMP pages at this time last year. It

Creating a Magazine Layout: Interactive Digital Magazine Elements Users Love

Creating a magazine layout that includes interactivity is one more key toward selling more digital magazine subscriptions
It’s true that users prefer familiarity in digital magazines. As soon as you begin creating digital magazine apps that require an instruction manual to learn, many users tend to get frustrated. That’s why we think when designing a reflowed

Multiplatform Publishers Reorganize and Hire New Talent

Multiplatform publishers Condé Nast and The Atlantic reorganize; Esquire names Buzzfeed editor to head website
The shuffling of talent among multiplatform publishers continues in places like Condé Nast, Esquire, and The Atlantic.

First, we begin by taking a look at Condé Nast’s reorganization, and WWD has the story. “The business side reorganization comes after the New York-based publisher

Multiplatform Publishers Experimenting with New Product Initiatives

Multiplatform publishers succeed because of the innovation they bring through their organizations
We like the term “multiplatform publishers” because it implies that numerous activities are at play, allowing a publication to experiment, meet their audience members where they want to be met, and expanding their brand throughout various channels.

We’re seeing some publishers doing just that, and

New Digital Subscriptions Offered by WIRED, School Zone, and The Telegraph

These new digital subscriptions are focused on building engagement with readers through different strategies
We continue to see new digital subscriptions arise among subscription websites. Some of these new subscriptions are focuses on changes made by existing publications, while others are completely new ventures being offered to audiences.

The Telegraph, for instance, is one digital subscription getting

How to Boost the Value of a Subscription Website

The more you can give a member of your subscription website, the better.
And it appears we’re not the only ones who think so.

Earlier in the week we talked about Condé Nast’s Wired Media Group who is launching a membership program for executives. According to Lucia Moses at Digiday, “for $4,000 a year, members of the Emerging Technology

Conde Nast Increases Multiplatform Publishing Appeal with Memberships

Print enthusiasts turn to tech properties to build multiplatform publishing empires through memberships and events
As Lucia Moses at Digiday put it, “In the quest for new sources of revenue, publishers have been launching subscription programs and events series.”

Moses reports, “Condé Nast’s Wired Media Group, consisting of Wired, Ars Technica and Backchannel, is going a step

Digital Magazine Sales Up, According to Study

Digital magazine sales surveyed among 14 of the top magazine publishers are skyrocketing on a single-copy level, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Year-over-year website traffic is on the rise, as well, SubscriptionInsider.com reports.

Mobile Best Practices: A Modest Proposal

Getting a grasp of mobile best practices is like trying to catch a fish bare-handed. Unless you’re a bear, they’re really tough to pin down. If you are a bear, you probably don’t even have a smart phone, let alone a digital magazine property. And how are you even reading this?

Creative Video Ideas Publishers Are Using That You Can Too

We’re surrounded by a goldmine of creative video ideas in magazine publishing – which one will inspire you?
I sit here writing this as I just finished watching six videos in a row on Vogue’s site, all 73-questions long, about celebrities I don’t have an interest in, in a format that felt heavily scripted.

I don’t know

Digital Ad News: Blocking Still a Stubborn Issue

You don’t need us to tell you that the digital ad news when it comes to anti-ad-block efforts is not necessarily good. The efforts of digital publishers to block ad blockers are being undermined by a prevalence of viewability problems, chief among them software that grows ever more sophisticated in its ability to shield readers from digital advertising.

What Publishers Are Doing to Stop Ad Blockers – or at Least Deal With Them

To stop ad blockers, you have to think like consumers using ad blockers, and that process is pretty simple: If you clutter up their user experience with thoughtless auto-play and clumsily deployed displays, then they’re going to avoid your content – even if it’s quality content.

So, you can block ad blockers with impunity or let them run rampant across your site … or, you can find some middle ground.

Digiday has a little bit of everything with recent coverage. Let’s get right to it!

How to Use Multi-Screen Advertising Psychology to Improve Ad Sales

Three years ago, Nielsen published an article that predicted “multi-screen [advertising] campaigns will be very important in three years.” Multi-screen advertising, which a more common term in television advertising, refers to delivering the same, or a similar ad, on many devices around the same time.

Native Advertising News: Mistakes, Best Practices, and More

Looking for the latest in native advertising news? PubExec.com has been a bonanza lately for industry activity when it comes to sponsored content, not least because of its recent Native Advertising Summit.

Let’s dig right in today – there’s a lot to share.

Magazine Publishing Online: Ad Block Solutions, Snapchat, Interviews

The latest news on magazine publishing online from Hearst, News Republic, and more
We read trade sites about magazine publishing online for fun. We also read them to stay sharp. And to share what we find out with you.

When it comes to Digital Content Next, formerly known as the Online Publishers Association, that’s quite a lot

The Best Digital Magazine Examples and Why We Love Them

These four exemplary digital magazine examples demonstrate best practices in design, business models and pricing
With 20% of tablet users reading digital magazines every day, it’s instructive to take a closer look at the variety of digital magazine formats and subscription choices that are available to them five years after the iPad blasted onto the scene.

When

The Online Magazine Revenue Streams That Grew in 2015

As any compromised comment section can tell us, there are a whole lot of ways to make money on the Internet! Online magazine revenue streams comprise some solid volume in that pool (in the legitimate end, that is). In fact, helping digital publishers generate online magazine revenue is how we generate revenue ourselves.

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.

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

Native Advertising Trends: FTC, HuffPo, Scripps, and More

Native advertising trends will shape the digital publishing industry in 2016. For one, they represent a more elegant and modernized option for online magazines looking to generate revenue the old-fashioned way — that is, via marketing dollars — while flying relatively under the radar of those big, bad ad blocking defense systems.

Branded content has been gaining steam for a while, even if it just has a fancier name for advertorial. We’ve been watching closely, and so, too, has the Federal Trade Commission, of course. Now, finally, we have official guidelines from the FTC, just as the demand for native ad campaigns is reaching unprecedented levels.

AdAge covers that development and much more in several recent articles about native advertising trends.

What is Sponsored Content?

These six publishers are nailing sponsored content, but all in very different ways
Last week we talked about the guidelines for writing native content advertising, also known as sponsored content. Now let’s take a look at some great examples of publishers who create this sponsored content for their advertising clients.

These particular examples of sponsored content were

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.

28 Creative Ideas for Blog Posts [+ Video]

If you find the concept of blogging several times a day exhausting, join the club. However the one thing that publishers have over any other type of content-creators is an endless supply of content that can be re-mixed and re-purposed into new, evergreen blog posts. These 28 ideas for blog posts should get your motor running!

Top 25 Magazines on Social Media: The MPA’s Latest Report

Which magazines on social media are performing especially well as of the third quarter of 2015? Well, the Association of Magazine Media 360° is glad we asked – they recently released their latest Social Media Report, which covers the top 25 magazines across all social networks in terms of likes and followers, as well as the top on each channel.

13 Best Free Event Listing Websites

13 event websites that can get you listed in Google and extend your reach to the conference-going community
In-person, live events are a preferred platform in a multiplatform publishing company. When passionate users are committed to a topic, they want to go to the source; the author, the guru, the expert who really knows the content.

Is Good Digital Magazine Design About Bells and Whistles?

Is gamification the next step in digital magazine design? The medium is certainly calling for it.
Design – its theory and execution – has always been important for publications, and now that importance ranks right up there with technology itself. Major redesigns have taken a back seat to periodic tweaks and refreshers that make digital magazines more nimble

Esquire Shows Value of Investing in Online Magazine Archive

Dedicating resources to an online magazine archive is a best practice for multiplatform publishers that we highly recommend, and a big key to success in the Mequoda Method.

Our favorite part about digital magazine archives? You don’t actually have to dedicate too many resources to make them work. Aside from some general maintenance, most of the work is on the front end, building onto searchable infrastructure that you’ll already have in place. The content, by definition, is already in place! You don’t have to optimize it, because as a product of your digital subscriptions, it will be behind a wall uncrawlable by Google. At the same time, however, you can recycle content from your online magazine library with updates and improvements, and treat it like an inexhaustible well for promotional purposes.

Adweek recently covered the latest player in the online magazine archive movement, and this one might be the biggest one yet!

Will Apple News Serve as Solid Content Distribution Platform for Publishers?

There’s no such thing as an excess of content distribution platform outlets – the more the merrier, as far as Mequoda Members are concerned. But Apple Newsstand certainly had its fair share of detractors despite the visibility and content monetization it could provide digital publishers during its better moments. Now phased out, it gives way to the highly anticipated Apple News – which officially goes live today – a publisher app that will operate much differently and comes with its own criticisms … as well as upside.

What are publishers doing to maximize that potential? Digiday, always on top of it, reports on the plans of several legacies and digital natives, while also covering some concerns.

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.

What Bad Reviews Reveal About the “Best” Digital Magazines

Have you ever spent time poking around on your iPad, just to see how customers feel about the digital magazines they buy and subscribe to? We make this a habit of ours, picking out some of the common themes (typically, bad usability and type size complaints) and also purchasing habits.

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!

The Growth of Multi-Platform Advertising

“Imagine a world in which advertisers can seamlessly serve data-driven ads to the right user at the right time across channels and devices,” writes LiveRail Head of Client Services, Vijay Balan.

“Publishers, partnering with third-party data partners, layer extra data over their unique viewer profiles and get a clear look at who their audiences actually are, allowing their advertisers to get the targeted results of their dreams. … Now wake up. Look around. Is that how it really works? We didn’t think so.”

Cross-Device Advertising + Other Mobile Challenges

If you’ve solved cross-device advertising, you probably don’t need to be visiting the Mequoda website for free advice. If you’re still experimenting and developing solutions, join the club: Even the most successful publishers don’t have all of the answers when it comes to mobile metrics and ad revenue. We found a few recent articles in Digiday that touch on this topic and more. Let’s take a look.

Online Magazine Publishing Audiences Are on the Rise, MPA Says

The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) released its first-quarter 2015 Magazine Media 360° report, and the year-over-year data is encouraging for online magazine publishing companies.

Social Media for Publishers: The MPA’s Latest Report

The shifting landscape of social media for publishers stood still for at least moment this week, as the the Association of Magazine Media’s 360° report on the first quarter of 2015 homed in on performance across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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.

Digital Publishing Strategy: 3 Keys From Wired, Meredith, & EW

Three of the biggest names in the business recently gave us a glimpse insider their digital publishing strategy via interviews with top trade magazine min.

Let’s take a look at how Wired lengthens its audience reach with a multiplatform approach; how Meredith matches its readers up with advertisers by way of events; and how Entertainment Weekly breaks through the social noise to achieve engagement.

February Magazine Publishing Industry Report From MPA

The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) released its latest Magazine Media 360° report – tabbing year-over-year numbers for February, along with the top performers in the magazine publishing industry – on March 24.

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.

Magazine Publishing Industry March Update: Mergers, Staff Moves, and More

Every month, we check in with Folio:’s sister magazine, min, to monitor big comings, goings, and doings in the magazine publishing industry. This roundup features plenty of executive personnel changes, plus a couple of major purchases and one major redesign.