Newsletters

How The Los Angeles Times Used Hit Podcast ‘Dirty John’ to Drive Newsletter Sign-Ups
October 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm

It turns out hit podcasts can help drive newsletter sign-ups. The Los Angeles Times used interest in “Dirty John,” a podcast and editorial series that the Tronc-owned title produced in partnership with Wondery, to get an additional 21,000 email subscribers to Essential California, five times the total it has accumulated in the months leading up…

[Video Q&A] How The New York Times’ Newsletters & App Drive Subscription Revenue
October 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

Engaging readers on the channels they use most is critical to audience development, and increasingly readers are spending more time in their inbox and on their mobile devices. That is one of the reasons The New York Times has significantly ratcheted up its newsletters, targeting 50 different verticals, and redesigned its mobile app. The goal,…

How Publishers Can Convert Unknown Visitors to Known Audience
September 22, 2017 at 9:37 am

The majority of visitors to publishers' websites are unknown to them, with industry estimates suggesting as many as 80-90% of visitors leave behind no actionable first-party data. That is a huge problem and opportunity for publishers. Knowing who an individual is and what their interests are is valuable data that can fuel a number of revenue-driving efforts, from targeted advertising to…

Inside Continues to Bet on Email, the “Largest Social Network”
August 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Email, not Facebook, is the largest social network. That’s the view held by the team behind Inside, a company focused entirely on growing and monetizing its motley collection of newsletters. Closing in on a year, the company founded by serial entrepreneur and investor Jason Calcanis — known for Weblogs Inc. and his early investments in…

Lead Nurturing: How to Launch a New $1 Million Revenue Stream
May 3, 2017 at 2:13 pm

I recently read an article in The Atlantic lamenting the fall of Yahoo. “Today, Facebook and Google alone are slurping up the ad dollars … and Yahoo as we knew it has all but vanished. It won’t be the only web giant to fall.” As many stories about media seem to be these days, it…

Bo Sacks: The Man Behind ‘Heard on the Web’
May 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

For some, Bo Sacks is their guru, consulting on how to affect change in their newsroom. For others, Bo Sacks speaking out may leave them hot under the collar. And for many in the industry, Bo Sacks is an old friend, his newsletter a welcome sight in their inbox every day. Bo runs the world’s…

How The Times Drives Habitual Digital Use With an Editions-Based Approach
April 26, 2017 at 2:54 pm

It’s just over a year since British newspaper The Times abandoned the online breaking news cycle and reverted to three digital deadline-driven editions a day. At the time, industry insiders frowned on the move but now the Murdoch-owned paper is claiming wholesale success. We ask why the ‘editions approach’ to digital publishing seems to be…