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3 Ways Publishers Can Take Action Against Fraud

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…

5 Ways Publishers Can Use Digital Printing to Get Personal & Drive Revenue

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 --…

The Newsstand Needs a Business Model That Welcomes Innovation

A small publisher called me a few weeks ago because he wanted his magazine to be distributed across the country. His editorial focus has an appeal that would attract buyers; the sample copies he sent me indicated that the package had potential for sale and could sell anywhere in North America and possibly the international…

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Sales & Advertising

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…

Like so much in the programmatic ecosystem, header bidding continues to evolve. Today publishers are beginning to explore server-side header bidding, which promises to reduce page latency while optimizing programmatic revenue. This post will discuss this new form of header bidding, how it differs from older programmatic methods, and how this approach might evolve in…

For traditional publishers, developing and implementing a programmatic approach to ad sales can feel complex and challenging. There is good news though. If a robust digital ad sales practice is already in place many of the key tools needed are already part of your ad infrastructure; you’ll need to layer programmatic technologies into the ad…

Printing & Production

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 --…

“Told you so. Now don’t try to slap us with a Stupidity Tax.” That, in essence, is the magazine industry’s response to the U.S. Postal Service’s latest attempt to jack up postal rates for publishers. For the past decade, changes in publishers’ average postal rates have been limited to the rate of inflation. But a…

More than seven years after it began rolling out, the billion-dollar system that was supposed to revolutionize how publications and other flat mail are handled is still making the U.S. Postal Service less, not more, efficient. In fact, the Flats Sequencing System’s performance, already well below plan, declined even further last year, according to a…

Content & Digital Media

A small publisher called me a few weeks ago because he wanted his magazine to be distributed across the country. His editorial focus has an appeal that would attract buyers; the sample copies he sent me indicated that the package had potential for sale and could sell anywhere in North America and possibly the international…

I had the pleasure of attending the first two days of the Yale Publishing Course for magazine professionals last week. The course, hosted for the first time at the Yale School of Management, arms attendees with insights and strategies that will help them manage change and lead effective teams. Several media executives returned to speak…

Let's be honest, although many attempt to do so, there is no way to find a positive spin to the data in this industry-wide report showing magazine ads down another 16%. As an industry, we have seen negative numbers every year for a decade. Were you expecting a change? Newsstand sales of magazines have plummeted…

Data & Audience

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…

Bob Bly once asked, “Can a Computer Write Better Copy Than You?” Well, InspiroBot can definitely write a weirder motivational poster!

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…