Content Strategy

Once Focused on Scale, Hearst is Cutting Back on Aggregation and Viral Fluff
April 23, 2018 at 9:53 am

Digital scale used to be the watchword at Hearst Magazines, but it’s now joining the stampede to original reporting. Back in January 2017, only one of the company’s top 50 stories included some research or reporting or both, said Kate Lewis, svp and editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. The vast majority of those…

Move Beyond Church & State to Realize the Full Power of the Publisher-Editor Relationship
April 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm

It’s no secret that the publishing industry is going through a rough patch. Print advertising continues to dry up, digital channels have turned out to be unreliable sources of ad sales, tech giants have inserted themselves between publishers and their readers, revenue is being soaked up by social media platforms and it’s exhausting to keep…

News Sites Take Battle Over Tweet To Appellate Court
April 16, 2018 at 9:49 am

Time, Gannett and other news organizations are asking a federal appellate court to decide whether embedding a tweet in a news article can infringe copyright. The publishers are seeking to immediately appeal an order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest in New York,…

Why Publishers’ Membership Programs Often Include Access to Editorial Staffers
April 13, 2018 at 8:51 am

Among publishers looking for the right consumer revenue recipe, access to editorial staffers is becoming a common ingredient. New York magazine’s membership program, New York by New York, is focusing on exclusive events, which are often hosted or guided by editorial staffers like food critic Adam Platt. The…

Why Publishers Struggle with Subscriptions
April 12, 2018 at 9:58 am

As publishers, we spend a lot of time thinking (lamenting?) about the current publishing environment and if our strategies are correct. When it comes to subscriptions, however, more than the market or strategy, it’s our inability to execute on a basic level that is our biggest problem. It doesn’t matter if our publications are paid…

The Washington Post Offers Exclusive Benefits in Push to Retain Subscribers
April 9, 2018 at 10:35 am

With help from Jeff Bezos’ money, The Washington Post has shown the ability to hit big audience gains and grow digital subscriptions, which passed the 1 million mark last year. Now, it’s facing the harder work of retaining those subscribers. To that end, the Post is working on a few features just for subscribers. One…

Chrome’s Mobile Article Recommendations Up 2,100 Percent in One Year
April 4, 2018 at 9:04 am

If you use Chrome on your phone or tablet, you’re probably familiar with the article suggestions that you see when you open a new tab in your browser. However, if you’re a publishing executive, you may not be thinking of them as a meaningful traffic source. Well, we have news for you: Research by Chartbeat’s data science…

In Quest to Replace Facebook Traffic, Publishers Need to Get Back to SEO
April 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

If Facebook really turns out to be a busted flush for publishers, where’s the traffic going to come from in the future? Should everyone pivot to Pinterest? Leap to LinkedIn? Chassé over to Snapchat? How you decide to move your platform strategy forward is your business, but getting serious again about SEO is critical. There’s…

Do You Have an “Ugly Baby” in Your Magazine Lineup?
March 30, 2018 at 8:00 am

In episode 85 of the popular sitcom The Seinfeld Show, Jerry and Elaine have a conversation about ugly babies. In it, they agree that some babies are simply not that attractive, but they also agree that no one ever talks about it. It is an unwritten rule that you don’t point out the ugly babies.…

Vox Media’s New Structure for Story Packages Gives Readers Context
March 28, 2018 at 10:56 am

Getting someone to click over to an article on your website is one thing. Getting them to click on another story once they get there? That’s harder. As social media has grown more dominant as a content discovery tool, news sites’ bounce rates — one lonely pageview, then right back to Facebook or Twitter or wherever —…