What Can We Learn From Publishers’ Pivot to Video?
January 17, 2018 at 3:36 pm

With the hindsight offered by a new year, publishing’s “Pivot to Video” seems like a moment of collective madness best assigned to a less enlightened time (2017). But what ended up as a bad joke, started out as a serious response to shifting market conditions. And working on the premise that those who fail to…

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…

Ahead of AMMC, MPA President Urges Publishers to Remember Their Fundamental Value
January 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Editor's Note: Bob Sacks spoke with The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) president and CEO Linda Thomas Brooks about the upcoming American Magazine Media Conference (AMMC), which will be held on February 6th in New York City, as well as her views on the future of magazine publishing. In this interview, Brooks shares what she…

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.

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…

In 2018, New Challenges for SEO Await
December 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm

In December 2016, I wrote about search trends for 2017. As 2018 is about to begin, it seems appropriate to look back at how accurate my

3 Lessons Publishers Can Learn from the TV and Music Industries
December 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

This is an incredibly hectic, yet exciting, time for publishers. New platforms for distributing content are emerging and users’ behaviors are evolving. Media executives are being tasked with wading through the noise and uncovering solutions that will further meet the needs of today’s modern-day consumer. I am no stranger to this struggle, having co-founded German…

The Rise of Social-First Publishers
December 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm

A new category of publishers has arrived: "social-first" publishers or "distributed" publishers. These content creators, like Tasty, NowThis, and Gamology (a gaming brand under my company Keli Network) are changing the scope of publishing. They create content designed for, and exclusively distributed on, social media. With a mix of creativity and foresight they are reshaping…

Before Publishers Can Unlock Reader Revenue, They Need to Convert Unknowns
December 11, 2017 at 2:46 pm

As publishers move to monetize their audiences directly, audience relationships become more important than ever. While publishers invest in targeting and personalization technology that uses data to build these relationships, the elephant in the room remains: publishers typically only have actionable, first-party data for less than 20% of their audiences. For these relationships to develop,…