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Are Print Magazines Dead, Alive, or Obsolete? It Depends on Your Business Model

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…

2018 Print Forecast: Paper Prices & Postal Rates Will Rise

Declining demand is supposed to cause lower prices, but the magazine industry’s key suppliers are likely to defy the law of supply of demand in 2018, with both paper companies and the U.S. Postal Service raising prices by a little – and perhaps by a lot. Yes, folks, it’s that most wonderful time of year,…

How Will Universal User ID Impact Publishers' Programmatic Advertising?

Back in May, MediaMath, Acxiom/LiveRamp, Index Exchange, Live Intent, and a few other prominent, non-Google/non-Facebook, ad technology players made an eye-opening statement by announcing their intention to create a “Coalition for Open IDs.” Their goal is to create a single universal ID that connects someone’s identity across all devices and participating providers. Not much has…

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Content & Digital Media

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…

Voice-assisted search came onto the mass market in 2011 with the initial release of Siri. Since then, there have been ongoing

Last week Publishing Executive hosted FUSE Media: The Convergence of Technology & Media, a summit designed to help publishing executives discover and better understand the technologies reshaping the media business. Throughout the 2½ days of the summit, I heard the same line over and over again from attendees: “I’m here because I just don’t have…

Printing & Production

Declining demand is supposed to cause lower prices, but the magazine industry’s key suppliers are likely to defy the law of supply of demand in 2018, with both paper companies and the U.S. Postal Service raising prices by a little – and perhaps by a lot. Yes, folks, it’s that most wonderful time of year,…

Earlier this year Ingrid Jakabcsin of TNG was singled out by the Jim Pattison Group for a Special Achievement Award at the 2017 Partners in Pride event. According to TNG President and CEO David Parry, the award was “in recognition of keeping TNG’s core magazine business viable in a very tough environment”. A tough environment?…

A financial analyst who specializes in the printing industry recently speculated that “the potential to produce personalized magazines at scale is not too far in the future.” He was a bit off: That potential already exists – and is irrelevant to most magazine publishers. Here’s the question we should be asking: Is digital printing --…

Sales & Advertising

Back in May, MediaMath, Acxiom/LiveRamp, Index Exchange, Live Intent, and a few other prominent, non-Google/non-Facebook, ad technology players made an eye-opening statement by announcing their intention to create a “Coalition for Open IDs.” Their goal is to create a single universal ID that connects someone’s identity across all devices and participating providers. Not much has…

Innovation often yields our toughest publishing challenges. Ad fraud, fake news, and ad blocking are three examples that stem from one such disruption: The prevalence of programmatic advertising. Ad fraud is probably the most pernicious culprit. It stems from sites, stuffed with programmatic ads, that attract bot traffic to yield false impressions, generating income that…

Programmatic fraud steals money from publishers’ pockets every minute and if we’re being honest, no one’s really sure what to do about it. Spoofed inventory is one of fraud’s most pervasive formats. With this, impressions on exchanges look like they’re from legitimate publishers but actually represent fake, low-quality inventory. Google recently ran experiments to measure…

Data & Audience

Several years ago, I had a transformative experience surrounding lead generation. At the time, I worked for Edgell Communications and a good portion of our online business was driven by lead-gen programs. We were proud of our programs. We had a new platform. We delivered quality results. Our business was growing. But, as I sat…

What if I said you could make $100 for every $1 you spend on audience development? It’s possible, but to achieve it, you’ll need to change your approach to audience development. For years now, I’ve been encouraging publishers to think more like direct marketers. Modern direct marketing has made a science out of nurturing cold…

There’s nothing new under the Sun. Even that saying is way older that you think, at least 2,000 years’ old, appearing in the Hebrew Tanakh in the book of Ecclesiastes… What has been will be again, What has been done will be done again; There is nothing new under the sun. That’s only slightly older…

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…