Media Pitch: Engage Social's Rich User Data May Help Publishers Challenge the Duopoly
October 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

Publishers continue to surrender audience and valuable data to third-party platforms like Facebook, Google, and Snapchat. These platforms have become the primary mode of content discovery, and increasingly, consumers are engaging with content on platforms rather than on publishers’ websites. At the same time, social engagement is a powerful tool that can help spread awareness…

Why Publishers Have the Upper Hand in the Growing Podcast Market
October 4, 2017 at 12:56 pm

You know podcasts are really a thing when the former Vice President of the United States has one. If you’re interested to find out what ‘Joe wants you to know’, you can listen in to his five to 10 minute episodes on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Home or just shout out, “Alexa, enable Biden's Briefing.”…

Media Pitch: Apex Decisions Crunches Big Data to Identify the Best Ways to Monetize Readers
October 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Publishers have embraced data as invaluable decision-making tool that guides content strategy and audience development. Still, many publishers are slow to act on their data, often testing a certain strategy for months, analyzing results, and eventually changing tactics if those results are not promising. What if publishers could use the data they already have about…

Publishers Say Email is #1 Revenue-Driving Technology
September 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

When we talk about technology in the publishing industry, we often discuss what’s new and groundbreaking, like how publishers are using chatbots to deliver personalized newsfeeds or dipping their toes into voice assistant platforms like Alexa and Google Home. Although new technologies are exciting and certainly worth exploring, many publishers have a more pressing question:…

Whether Print Magazines Are Dead Or Alive Depends on Your Business Model
September 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "There are no facts, only interpretations." That comes mighty close to our understanding of the magazine industry today, at least when it comes to the various reports we constantly read on the subject. How many headlines have you seen that report that "Print is dead" or "Print is alive" or "Print…

58% of Publishers Say Lack of Time Is Biggest Tech Buying Obstacle
September 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm

Last week Publishing Executive hosted FUSE Media: The Convergence of Technology & Media, a summit designed to help publishing executives discover and better understand the technologies reshaping the media business. Throughout the 2½ days of the summit, I heard the same line over and over again from attendees: “I’m here because I just don’t have…

Lead Gen: Where Do Publishers Go from Here?
August 24, 2017 at 11:18 am

Several years ago, I had a transformative experience surrounding lead generation. At the time, I worked for Edgell Communications and a good portion of our online business was driven by lead-gen programs. We were proud of our programs. We had a new platform. We delivered quality results. Our business was growing. But, as I sat…

The Newsstand Needs a Business Model That Welcomes Innovation
August 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm

A small publisher called me a few weeks ago because he wanted his magazine to be distributed across the country. His editorial focus has an appeal that would attract buyers; the sample copies he sent me indicated that the package had potential for sale and could sell anywhere in North America and possibly the international…

Takeaways from the Yale Publishing Course: Publishers Embrace the "Flight to Quality"
August 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

I had the pleasure of attending the first two days of the Yale Publishing Course for magazine professionals last week. The course, hosted for the first time at the Yale School of Management, arms attendees with insights and strategies that will help them manage change and lead effective teams. Several media executives returned to speak…

How to Turn Audience Development into a Profit Machine
August 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm

What if I said you could make $100 for every $1 you spend on audience development? It’s possible, but to achieve it, you’ll need to change your approach to audience development. For years now, I’ve been encouraging publishers to think more like direct marketers. Modern direct marketing has made a science out of nurturing cold…