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What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? Reconsidering Newsstand Cadence

“Kenneth, what is the frequency?!” In 1994 R.E.M. wrote a song about this non sequitur that was repeated by a disturbed man as he beat TV news anchor Dan Rather on the streets of New York City. The story goes that the man thought television networks were sending signals into his brain and was imploring…

How Publishers Should be Using Google’s PageSpeed Insights Tool

It’s official: page speed will be a ranking factor on mobile as of July 2018. This important news arrived one week after Google released version 4 of its PageSpeed Insights API tool, cementing it as a critical instrument in the publisher mobile optimization toolbox. This piece will explain why Google is prioritizing speed and how…

The 5 Words on the Minds of Magazine Media CEOs

Once again, the top execs of the largest consumer magazine companies took the stage at the annual American Magazine Media Conference. (Here’s what they had to say last year.) There was a lot of optimism shared despite some of the obvious pains in the industry, namely, the continued elusiveness of a sustainable digital advertising model,…

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Content & Digital Media

“Kenneth, what is the frequency?!” In 1994 R.E.M. wrote a song about this non sequitur that was repeated by a disturbed man as he beat TV news anchor Dan Rather on the streets of New York City. The story goes that the man thought television networks were sending signals into his brain and was imploring…

It’s official: page speed will be a ranking factor on mobile as of July 2018. This important news arrived one week after Google released version 4 of its PageSpeed Insights API tool, cementing it as a critical instrument in the publisher mobile optimization toolbox. This piece will explain why Google is prioritizing speed and how…

Once again, the top execs of the largest consumer magazine companies took the stage at the annual American Magazine Media Conference. (Here’s what they had to say last year.) There was a lot of optimism shared despite some of the obvious pains in the industry, namely, the continued elusiveness of a sustainable digital advertising model,…

Data & Audience

The GDPR hourglass is running out of sand yet one in four marketers aren’t confident their organization will be compliant by May 25th. With the threat of €24 million fines for failing to comply, offending vendors could be put out of business in a heartbeat. For publishers, it’s critical to vet vendors with whom you…

With 2017 now behind us, it’s time for publishers and advertisers to look ahead. Data -- and the insights they provide -- will continue to play a role for marketing campaign success in 2018. However, instead of data volume, advertisers are becoming increasingly focused on how to get their hands on only the best-quality insights…

With monetization pressures mounting, publishers find themselves at an industry-wide crossroads, and the endless predictions about what next year holds reflect as much. Everyone agrees 2018 will be a year of significant change, but few agree on the best strategy and direction. Is 2018 to be the year of last-ditch battles for survival, or will…

Sales & Advertising

Just in time for the holidays, Google delivered a huge gift to business owners who haven’t been gathering email addresses from customer

Despite the fact that change can be hard, Google’s retirement of DoubleClick Sales Manager (DSM) is a blessing in disguise for publishers. The internet advertising powerhouse is focused on their profitable products such as DoubleClick for Publishers, AdX, AdWords, etc. DSM’s sales management and booking workflow tools were simply not generating enough profit, so Google’s…

News

Scale has been important in the digital publishing business – and industry in general – for as long as I can remember. But, not until Facebook and Google started gobbling up all of the growth in U.S. digital ad spending (63% according to eMarketer estimates) has the need been so acute. Publishers require scale to…

“At least it isn’t another bankruptcy,” a contact at a key retailer said to me. “There will be some order, some sequence and continuity to the whole transition.” He was speaking, of course, of the acquisition of Ingram Periodicals by TNG, formerly the News Group, earlier this week, a move that came as a surprise…

Identifying “adjacent possibilities” in your organization’s products and services, without chasing shiny object with questionable ROI.

Printing & Production

The Postal Regulatory Commission is proposing that publishers’ postal rates increase by an estimated average of 34% to 41% over the next five years. The postage increases would be lower than average for magazines that use co-mail and higher than average for less efficient mailers. The PRC announced its proposal to bail out the U.S.…

Last week I went to a NAPCO conference in New York City called DigiPub. Its advertised mission statement was "Harnessing the Power of Data-Driven Print." The overarching question after a decade or more of collecting digital data was, can the information we have gathered be intelligently and successfully applied to a printed product? To be…

Magazine publishers typically develop informal rules of thumb to help speed decision making and proposal writing: Don’t go back to press with an issue unless you can justify printing at least 10,000 copies. You have to charge overseas subscribers at least three times the domestic rate because of the additional shipping and mailing costs. Never…

Business Management

Sometimes the potential talent to join our team is right in front of us and then what? We freeze. It’s like the dog that catches the ice cream truck… now what? What do I say? What do I ask? In what setting should I hold the interview? How do I really know if they will…

I have several media conferences that I relish and greatly look forward to each year, and IMAG-MPA is one of the best of them. Imagine what is like for a long-time publishing enthusiast like me to be in a room filled with like-minded entrepreneurs who happen to be in the magazine business. Intoxicating, yes? Here…

People say good talent is hard to find. I say there is plenty of great talent out there, but understanding how to go about finding them is the tricky part. The key is to first identify what your specific needs are – not just in the role itself, but from an organizational perspective – and…