3 Tips for Building Social Influencers into Your Editorial Strategy
April 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

A few years ago, I had the chance to hear Social Media Research Foundation talk about the impact of influencers on consumer goods and hotel brands. In two separate industry events, speakers explored the importance of identifying influencers and then leveraging those influencers to drive engagement with a brand. A few months back, I had…

Why Publishers Struggle with Subscriptions
April 12, 2018 at 9:58 am

As publishers, we spend a lot of time thinking (lamenting?) about the current publishing environment and if our strategies are correct. When it comes to subscriptions, however, more than the market or strategy, it’s our inability to execute on a basic level that is our biggest problem. It doesn’t matter if our publications are paid…

10 SEO Tools to Help Publishers Maximize Organic Search Performance
April 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Between its well-publicized News Feed changes and increased public scrutiny, Facebook isn’t the dominant traffic source it once was. As a result Google is overtaking the social network to reclaim its place as the top traffic source for many publishers, and with that comes renewed interested in SEO. That’s not to say media organizations ever…

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…

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…

To Thrive At Audience Development, Publishers Need to Master Content Marketing
February 27, 2018 at 11:48 am

Despite an entire career spent in publishing, I took a brief detour into the agency world, specifically a content marketing agency. That time proved to be valuable as it confirmed what I had already been practicing and preaching in the audience development side of the business. Audience development professionals and publishers are constantly on the…

Q&A With Anna Robertson, Strategic Consultant for Disney/ABC & Former Head of Yahoo Video
February 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm

In May of 2000 The Washington Post published a feature on two standout seniors soon to graduate from The University of Virginia. Anna Robertson was one of the “Campus Jewels” profiled. Little did she know how prescient her comment from the article would be: While aspiring to make a mark in TV news, Robertson believes…

The Race is on For Media Brands to Own Voice-Assistant “Skills”
February 22, 2018 at 11:10 am

In January, we took a journey to understand the opportunity for media brands with voice-enabled devices like Amazon’s Echo Dot (aka Alexa) and the Google Home device. But there’s a big learning curve and a new language that you have to learn when you make the decision to target these platforms and actually have your…

People Are Finally Paying for Content. Here’s How Publishers Are Capitalizing.
February 21, 2018 at 2:34 pm

It’s tough sometimes to find the good news stories in the publishing business; more often than not, the pros are outweighed by the cons. But one shining point of light on a dark horizon is the increasing contributions readers make to the bottom line. This month The New York Times reported subscription revenue at more…