One of the lesser-known facts about magazine apps is that publishers can glean very little information about them and how they are used, unless we have built in the coding for separate analytics. There is much less app data than what we've become accustomed to on websites, where you can tell which pages people are looking at, how much time they are spending, and a host of other information.
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This is a great time of the year to look at the top trends of 2014 and gain insights for 2015. Following are five trends -- some new, some continuing - that will impact app development and usage in the coming year. You might just reconsider what operating system, device to prioritize. Or could the BRIC countries represent new audience growth potential?
Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is one of my s/heroes. In this day and age of branded journalism, she is one of the few women who has solidly branded herself as the Go To Gal for internet trends. She comes out with an annual report packed with excellent analysis, and the world becomes clearer for all of us. Thank you, Ms. Meeker!
A few weeks ago, my firm Next Steps Marketing put out its third bi-annual Digital Magazine Dashboard. Two major titles we've been following since their entrance on the top Digital titles scene had not yet filed Reader's Digest and Taste of Home. Now that they are in, here's 10 take-aways from this year's Dashboard. To see the entire Digital Magazine Dashboard, please click here.
Small Business Trends writer Shawn Hessinger and I have a completely different view of the news that Yahoo was starting its own digital magazine empire. While I gather Hessinger saw Yahoo's move to capture an audience with general information that they curated themselves with luscious pictures and snappy writing as bad, I see it as a leap forward for a cluttered mess of a media company.
As part of my New Year's Resolution, I resolved to review what was going on with digital pricing strategies for magazines. I did not look at Apple or Android devices, only at websites. Look at what I found: