View From The Tree

D. Eadward Tree is a pseudonymous magazine-industry insider who provides insights on publishing, postal issues and print media on his blog, Dead Tree Edition.

“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…

OK, my digital friends, you can stop snickering now. My post last month about how some of my fellow print dinosaurs are marketing their magazines set some tongues wagging on the digital side of Magazine Media Land. But in the Stupid Marketing Olympics, direct-mail pieces that look like something out of the Pleistocene Era can’t…

This year's American Magazine Media Conference was all about “media” with hardly any attention paid to the actual “magazines,” but I did come across two revealing quotes: “We carry higher CPMs for our brands that are first in print and then go to digital versus those that are only digital,” said David Carey, president of…

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…

I promise you that the following three seemingly disconnected observations are related to each other and relevant to publishing. Bear with me, please: Donald Trump’s campaign provides a valuable lesson in 21st Century marketing. And the lesson is not, as some of the pundits claim, that marketing no longer works. After rapid declines early in…

Emboldened by recent tightness in supply, several suppliers announced last week the first round of price increases on magazine-quality paper in more than a year. But what should really concern publishers is not so much the ebbs and flows of the paper markets but rather the possible gyrations of the currency markets. With demand for…

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