USPS Bail Out Could Hike Postal Rates 41% in Next Five Years
December 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm

The Postal Regulatory Commission is proposing that publishers’ postal rates increase by an estimated average of 34% to 41% over the next five years. The postage increases would be lower than average for magazines that use co-mail and higher than average for less efficient mailers. The PRC announced its proposal to bail out the U.S.…

At DigiPub, MPA Offered a New Message & Printers Showcased Innovative Digital Print
November 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Last week I went to a NAPCO conference in New York City called DigiPub. Its advertised mission statement was "Harnessing the Power of Data-Driven Print." The overarching question after a decade or more of collecting digital data was, can the information we have gathered be intelligently and successfully applied to a printed product? To be…

6 Ways to Grow Revenue With Digitally-Printed Magazines
November 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

Magazine publishers typically develop informal rules of thumb to help speed decision making and proposal writing: Don’t go back to press with an issue unless you can justify printing at least 10,000 copies. You have to charge overseas subscribers at least three times the domestic rate because of the additional shipping and mailing costs. Never…

Publishers Have a Problem: Their Outdated Approach to Magazine Ads
October 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

“My name is Eadward, and I work in magazine publishing.” Welcome to Magazine Publishers Anonymous, a new 12-step program for people trying to overcome their addiction to the same old way of publishing magazines. I thought we’d get an influx of members a couple of weeks ago when The New York Times published “The Not-So-Glossy…

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…

2018 Print Forecast: Paper Prices & Postal Rates Will Rise
September 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Declining demand is supposed to cause lower prices, but the magazine industry’s key suppliers are likely to defy the law of supply of demand in 2018, with both paper companies and the U.S. Postal Service raising prices by a little – and perhaps by a lot. Yes, folks, it’s that most wonderful time of year,…

5 Ways Publishers Can Use Digital Printing to Get Personal & Drive Revenue
August 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm

A financial analyst who specializes in the printing industry recently speculated that “the potential to produce personalized magazines at scale is not too far in the future.” He was a bit off: That potential already exists – and is irrelevant to most magazine publishers. Here’s the question we should be asking: Is digital printing --…

5 Ways Publishers Can Hyper-Target Print Like Digital Marketers
July 18, 2017 at 9:39 am

Marketers’ disgust with online ad fraud has created an opening for our industry, but we’re not ready to take advantage of it. Our out-of-date, out-of-synch approaches to magazine advertising proposals are holding us back from taking advantage of this new opportunity. Judging from my interactions with advertising sales reps, they’re seeing fewer digital-only RFPs these…

Postal Rate Fight Continues as Publishers Battle USPS "Stupidity Tax"
April 11, 2017 at 9:48 am

“Told you so. Now don’t try to slap us with a Stupidity Tax.” That, in essence, is the magazine industry’s response to the U.S. Postal Service’s latest attempt to jack up postal rates for publishers. For the past decade, changes in publishers’ average postal rates have been limited to the rate of inflation. But a…