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,…

No Longer Just Purveyors of Ad Space, Publishers Must Learn to Sell Their Content Expertise
December 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

Forrester predicts that 2018 will be the year that the display advertising bubble bursts, and that brands will significantly reduce their ad spend. In a recent report sharing 2018 forecasts, Forrester writes, “CMOs can’t defend underperforming media spend focused on customer acquisition as churn rates escalate or stand idly by as digital platforms threaten to…

Digital Scale For Sale: How Publishers Can Thrive in an Era of Consolidation
December 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

Scale has been important in the digital publishing business – and industry in general – for as long as I can remember. But, not until Facebook and Google started gobbling up all of the growth in U.S. digital ad spending (63% according to eMarketer estimates) has the need been so acute. Publishers require scale to…

What Publishers Need to Do About GDPR
November 29, 2017 at 9:36 am

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect May 25, 2018. That’s only six months away, but I’m surprised by how many publishers don’t know about GDPR, don’t think it affects them, or they think they’re compliant, but they’re not. We’d much rather focus on the fun part of publishing: creating great content,…

Data Leakage Devalues Publishers' Biggest Asset -- Their Audience
November 21, 2017 at 8:00 am

I’ve worked on countless media kits. Every one of them talks about how well the publisher knows its audience. Big Data says they know your audience, too. They tell advertisers not to waste money paying a premium to reach buyers in your magazine or website, because their scary data analytics can pinpoint buyers even better.…

Are Readers the Answer to Publishing’s Revenue Question?
November 9, 2017 at 10:10 am

Print’s a basket case. New online advertising dollars are under pressure from the duopoly. Bots and ad fraud are scaring agencies and brands away from spending what’s left of their budgets on digital display. Not too long ago, video was the answer to any question about the future of publishing revenues. But while the pivot…

What Newsstand Professionals & Rodney Dangerfield Have in Common
November 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

A few weeks ago I was one of 45 other newsstand professionals who broke bread at the 30th Anniversary of the Hudson Retail Group, the largest operator of concessions in the U.S. and Canada. It was an enjoyable night, and with the limited number of uplifting functions in…

It’s Time for Publishers To Build Trading Desks of Their Own
November 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

With social media dominating the way readers find and consume content, digital publishers are faced with daunting challenges. Sponsored posts and native promotions are gaining traction and fewer people are visiting website homepages or responding to organic updates and shares. As costly paid promotions gain traction, the long-term future of digital publishing hangs in the balance.…