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Before Publishers Can Unlock Reader Revenue, They Need to Convert Unknowns

As publishers move to monetize their audiences directly, audience relationships become more important than ever. While publishers invest in targeting and personalization technology that uses data to build these relationships, the elephant in the room remains: publishers typically only have actionable, first-party data for less than 20% of their audiences. For these relationships to develop,…

No Longer Just Purveyors of Ad Space, Publishers Must Learn to Sell Their Content Expertise

Forrester predicts that 2018 will be the year that the display advertising bubble bursts, and that brands will significantly reduce their ad spend. In a recent report sharing 2018 forecasts, Forrester writes, “CMOs can’t defend underperforming media spend focused on customer acquisition as churn rates escalate or stand idly by as digital platforms threaten to…

Digital Scale For Sale: How Publishers Can Thrive in an Era of Consolidation

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…

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Content & Digital Media

As publishers move to monetize their audiences directly, audience relationships become more important than ever. While publishers invest in targeting and personalization technology that uses data to build these relationships, the elephant in the room remains: publishers typically only have actionable, first-party data for less than 20% of their audiences. For these relationships to develop,…

Forrester predicts that 2018 will be the year that the display advertising bubble bursts, and that brands will significantly reduce their ad spend. In a recent report sharing 2018 forecasts, Forrester writes, “CMOs can’t defend underperforming media spend focused on customer acquisition as churn rates escalate or stand idly by as digital platforms threaten to…

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…

Sales & Advertising

Digital ad spending through programmatic channels continues to grow at a rapid pace. According to eMarketer, digital spending through programmatic channels will account for 78% of all digital revenue in 2017 from just 9% in 2011. Programmatic direct or private marketplace (PMP) transactions will account for 56% of that revenue this year. While programmatic advertising…

Admiral is helping publishers reclaim billions of dollars lost in advertising revenue by taking a personalized approach to ad block prevention. The startup measures ad block rates as well as revenue lost to ad block users and provides publishers with the tools to reengage those users. The startup empowers readers to choose which ad experience…

With social media dominating the way readers find and consume content, digital publishers are faced with daunting challenges. Sponsored posts and native promotions are gaining traction and fewer people are visiting website homepages or responding to organic updates and shares. As costly paid promotions gain traction, the long-term future of digital publishing hangs in the balance.…

Data & Audience

I’ve worked on countless media kits. Every one of them talks about how well the publisher knows its audience. Big Data says they know your audience, too. They tell advertisers not to waste money paying a premium to reach buyers in your magazine or website, because their scary data analytics can pinpoint buyers even better.…

Print’s a basket case. New online advertising dollars are under pressure from the duopoly. Bots and ad fraud are scaring agencies and brands away from spending what’s left of their budgets on digital display. Not too long ago, video was the answer to any question about the future of publishing revenues. But while the pivot…

Printing & Production

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…

“My name is Eadward, and I work in magazine publishing.” Welcome to Magazine Publishers Anonymous, a new 12-step program for people trying to overcome their addiction to the same old way of publishing magazines. I thought we’d get an influx of members a couple of weeks ago when The New York Times published “The Not-So-Glossy…

Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "There are no facts, only interpretations." That comes mighty close to our understanding of the magazine industry today, at least when it comes to the various reports we constantly read on the subject. How many headlines have you seen that report that "Print is dead" or "Print is alive" or "Print…

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…

News

“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.

Well, this is big news and could have a big impact on the publishing industry. I expect several mergers and/or additional buyouts after this pending Xerox-R.R. Donnelley deal goes through. As I see it, when the dust settles, it will be seen as an opportunity for the printing community to take down some more iron…