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Andy Kowl is a journalist and entrepreneurial publisher with more than 30 years developing, marketing andgrowing publishing companies. He is senior vice president of publishing strategy for ePublishing Inc., the leading enterprise publishing system (EPS) provider which manages content, audience data, workflow, newsletters and e-commerce for more than 600 B2B publications. He helps publishers increasereader engagement and response by integrating behavioral data with contextual content, and shows them direct ways to monetize the results. Andy’s background in B2B includes publishing, editing and/or owning magazines and informationproducts covering specialty retail, horse breeding, real estate, credit unions, Wall Street compliance and wireless technology. He organized dozens of publishers to form the 'B2B Audience Network,' now part of ePublishing, to fill excess ad inventory.

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It was late, we’d just had dinner with half a dozen publishers, and I was talking over drinks with Brett Keirstead about data and B2B media. Sounds boring, I know; and with most people this topic would have been a waste of perfectly good after-hours time. “Are we being idiots?” we wondered. Keirstead is SVP…

The following is Part 2 of Andy Kowl’s report on data-driven sales. He caught up with several B2B publishers at the Niche Digital Conference in September to discover how they are using audience data to drive revenue and sell new products. Here Kowl shares how ALM is utilizing “deep” data, not big data, to offer…

What is the formula for B2B media success? “Use content to attract and qualify an audience you can reach anywhere,” advocates Prescott Shibles. He says reader data is more important to your business than ad inventory, and suggests there is no time to lose in figuring out how to use it as a growth engine.…

Concerns about freedom of the press in B2B media in the U.S. revolve around whether we should be free of advertiser influence in the form of native advertising. That makes us pretty lucky. Imagine if you covered an industry in Russia, Egypt, or Venezuela. Criticizing a large company with government ties or reporting on a…

Most of the publishing world says Content is King. The publishers at SIPA say Content is Money.

The annual conference of the Specialized Information Publishers Association is a celebration of the value of content. Last week here in Washington at the Capital Hilton more than 250 publishing professionals came together, the majority of whom sell content far more than they do advertising. They sell reports, education and training, up-to-the-minute data, webinars, databases, market studies, site licenses, loose-leaf reference volumes, CEUs and even subscriptions.

The first trade magazine I launched, Paraphernalia & Accessories Digest, served the headshop industry. I had cofounded High Times four years earlier, by then a resoundingly successful consumer magazine. The market the Digest covered included record stores and boutiques which sold lifestyle items like incense, blacklight posters, and underground comix in addition to their primary lines of goods. The main focus of my magazine for those retailers, and others more exclusively positioned as headshops, were rolling papers, pipes and other accoutrements which were used by people to consume recreational drugs, primarily marijuana.

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