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The 3 Hard Truths Publishers Must Face in 2018
January 16, 2018 at 8:00 am

With monetization pressures mounting, publishers find themselves at an industry-wide crossroads, and the endless predictions about what next year holds reflect as much. Everyone agrees 2018 will be a year of significant change, but few agree on the best strategy and direction. Is 2018 to be the year of last-ditch battles for survival, or will…

If You're Planning to Launch an Event, Don't Approach It Like a Publisher
January 8, 2018 at 8:00 am

Events have become a profitable revenue stream for publishers, particularly for those serving B2B audiences. But if events are mismanaged, or don't have the right talent behind them, they can quickly become a revenue drain. Media expert and consultant John French explains how to run an event business right and why media companies shouldn't approach…

The Facebook Apocalypse Just Hit, But Don't Freak Out
January 12, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Facebook just reduced the organic reach of your page to 0%. The good news, however, is that there is a way for publishers to still use Facebook to grow their business. You've probably read the news from yesterday of big changes at Facebook. The news feed is going to further prioritize posts from people over…

How Hanley Wood Diversifies Revenue With Database-as-a-Service
January 11, 2018 at 8:00 am

How publishers earn revenue is changing dramatically, says Paul Tourbaf, president of the residential construction group at Hanley Wood. Today, publishers need to diversify beyond merely ad- and subscription-supported models, he adds. One of the new revenue models Hanley Wood has pursued is database-as-a-service, which entails helping clients leverage Hanley Wood audience data to meet…

6 Growth Opportunities for Publishers in 2018
January 9, 2018 at 8:00 am

Plummeting print advertising, continued newsstand decline, slow digital growth, and the loss of some leading titles. Let’s face it, 2017 wasn’t the greatest year for magazine media. But amidst the wreckage are some favorable trends and promising opportunities. Here are six that publishers should be looking to exploit in 2018: 1. Brand safety A year…

Amazon Tips Its Hand on Alexa Ads
January 8, 2018 at 8:00 am

Although Amazon says no plans to put ads on its Alexa voice assistant, but they’ve started asking advertisers what they might pay for.

What Happened to Creative Subscription Marketing for Magazines?
January 5, 2018 at 9:29 am

As an outspoken advocate of newsstand sales and someone with experience in circulation marketing, I find there is a correlation between the loss of newsstand sales and the reduction in creative direct response subscription marketing. Sure, today there is a heavy reliance on internet sales … whether it is going through online subscription agents including…

How Publishers Can Prepare for Voice, the Next Frontier in Media
January 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Several months ago, I purchased an Amazon Echo Dot. Since then, all I’ve heard my kids say is: “Alexa, tell me the score of this game…” “Alexa, let me know this…” “Alexa, play this song…” “Alexa, add this item to my shopping list…” The list of commands goes on and on and on. What’s amazing…

A Practical Guide to Artificial Intelligence for Publishers
June 29, 2017 at 10:46 am

Raab Associates recently took an informal census of vendors using artificial intelligence for marketing or customer management. The list, which is nowhere near complete, included more than 120 vendors offering 58 distinct capabilities within nineteen categories. Exactly one of the nineteen categories (biometrics) had no obvious application to publishing (and even biometrics has some non-obvious…