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Andy Kowl

B2B Beat

By Andy Kowl

About Andy

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.

www.ePublishing.com

akowl@ePublishing.com

 

Media Vent

Bob Sacks
Thought’s on the IMAG-MPA Conference And a Love Letter From Samir Husni
May 22, 2015

Professor Samir Husni and I both love the magazine industry, yet we come to that affection from completely different directions....



Industry Insiders

The Insiders
The Unintended Consequences of Data Targeting
May 8, 2015

Every brand is attempting to deliver a unique experience for every single person it engages with. This is not a...



Publishers' Dojo

Linda Ruth
How To "Onboard" Your Audience
May 12, 2015

Publisher should act as "mentor" or "guide" to new audience members that arrive at their sites. Whether or not you...



The Digital Market

Thea Selby
Top 5 Trends Affecting App Publishing
Mar 9, 2015

This is a great time of the year to look at the top trends of 2014 and gain insights for...



Pub Talk

Denis Wilson
Resurgence of Vinyl Should Remind Publishers of Their Core Fans
Feb 3, 2015

Last week this article from The Media Briefing about the "resurgence" of vinyl circulated in our offices. Resurgence is in quotes there...



The Growth of Marijuana Business Media

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...  Read More >>

Earned Media vs. Native Advertising: Smart Publishers Find a Path for Advertiser Content

An insidious term has started to be widely used these past couple of years. As publishers, we must stamp out the term "earned media" before it becomes chiseled in stone -- if we're not already too late -- because it devalues what we do. If you have seen it as a line item in marketing plans while advertisers explained they couldn't spend on your publication, you've been burned by earned.  Read More >>

Private Equity Firms Taking Over B2B Media

Private Equity firms are now the dominant players in B2B publishing. They probably own less than half of all B2B media properties, but we've passed the tipping point.

M&A deal value in B2B media increased more than 600% from 2013 to 2014 -- from $452 million to $3.2 billion -- according to the Jordan Edmiston Group, an investment bank specializing in such deals. Not all of the money involved was from private equity (PE) firms, but that has been the driver.

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The Impact of LinkedIn Buying Bizo

If B2B publishing was a different industry, the prospect of LinkedIn buying Bizowould invite anti-trust scrutiny. Just think about what might happen in the world of consumer advertising if Facebook was buying AdSense. The regulators would be all over it. But with the possible exception of those of us in the business, we are looked at as a subset of the larger publishing and advertising business -- assuming anybody pays attention to us at all. Since the initial announcement of this sale I've...  Read More >>

How to Create Online Content Readers Will Pay For

Pity the poor consumer publishers getting millions of website visitors each month. The flipside of those universal topics generating huge traffic is content which can never be sold. Will anyone pay even a buck to read about Hillary Clinton's latest book signing or another article on Orange is the New Black?  Read More >>

ABM Conference Report: Data-Driven Lead-Gen A Priority for 2014

In a survey to be released this summer, Bizo will reveal 70% of the 400-plus B2B marketers polled are making new investments in marketing automation. "The main driver of new business is moving from the sales team to the marketing team," CEO Russ Glass told B2B publishers at the annual American Business Media conference in Phoenix last week.

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What Bloggers Can Teach B2B

Blogs were pronounced dead in Fast Company in December of 2012 and in New Republic in April of 2013. And just before the New Year, a Forbes article declared the blog dead once again.

But from what I'm seeing blogs are leading the way when it comes reader response and are worth learning from. Don't you get jealous when you read a blog and it has been tweeted 288 times, shared on LinkedIn 142 times, and so on? I do. Those sure are not numbers many B2B publishers see when it comes to their

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3 Website Mistakes You’re Probably Making

I have an informal list of more than 30 potential website red flags to look for that I'll be sharing at the SIPA conference. Here are three you should consider now.


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