Today In Publishing

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…

What Facebook’s Ban of 3rd Party Data Means for Media Companies
April 2, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Over the past few days, Facebook announced two significant changes positioned as privacy enhancing moves.  One of those changes went under the radar, but the other change has some people steaming mad, some stock prices plunging and most people asking the question “what does this mean for me?”  For media and publishing companies, this shift…

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.…

How Money-Media Converted Free Subscriptions to Paid Newsletters
March 28, 2018 at 8:00 am

There are countless free newsletters in B2B publishing, as well there should be. Newsletters do great things. They are the number one traffic builder for most niche verticals, since social media and search only go so far in bringing hydrocarbon experts or facility managers to your site repeatedly. Sending daily - or at least weekly…

How D Magazine’s “Game of Tacos” Converted Unknown Users to Known Audience
March 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

Detroit-based magazine, D Magazine, wanted to capture more email addresses from regular site visitors and identify new audiences in the Detroit area. Melissa Chowning, then director of D Magazine audience development and currently a media consultant, and her team decided to launch a food competition dubbed "The Game of Tacos," to garner interest from foodies…

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Postal Service Reform Bill; Would Minimize Rate Increases for Now
March 26, 2018 at 9:08 am

"The Postal Reform Act of 2018: Improving Postal Operations, Service, and Transparency" was introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday as a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). If passed, the legislation would make sweeping changes to current rules and regulations that have led, in…

Less Is More: How Fewer Ads Can Make You More Money
March 22, 2018 at 8:00 am

When a site has too many ads, websites become slower, content becomes obscured and readers become frustrated. But too few ads and publishers won’t be able to fund the content they work so hard to produce. In conversations I have with publishers, I see this reconciliation of user experience and ad revenue is one of…

How Publishers Should Tailor Their Marketing to Generational Preferences
March 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

I was recently at the Ricoh Marketing Innovator Symposium in Boulder, Colo., which attracted a range of attendees from the print, brand and agency worlds. One of the key takeaways from the event centered around the generational divide — different age demographics don’t just want different messages, they want different messaging platforms and different forms…