Publishers Have a Problem: Their Outdated Approach to Magazine Ads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 Our out-of-date, out-of-synch approaches to magazine advertising proposals are holding us back from taking advantage of this new opportunity.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…

Will Publishers Pay for the USPS’s FSS Fiasco?
January 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

More than seven years after it began rolling out, the billion-dollar system that was supposed to revolutionize how publications and other flat mail are handled is still making the U.S. Postal Service less, not more, efficient. In fact, the Flats Sequencing System’s performance, already well below plan, declined even further last year, according to a…

Media Pitch: StoryPorts Wants to Take the Grunt Work Out of Email Production
November 10, 2016 at 11:32 am

Email is an increasingly important channel for publishers, and for many it is a major driver of website traffic and revenue. But email takes time and resources that can put a strain on publishers already stretched budgets. Technology startup StoryPorts hopes to alleviate that strain with its automated email creation platform and workflow management tools.…

Paper Money: A Hidden Threat Facing Magazine Publishers
October 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Emboldened by recent tightness in supply, several suppliers announced last week the first round of price increases on magazine-quality paper in more than a year. But what should really concern publishers is not so much the ebbs and flows of the paper markets but rather the possible gyrations of the currency markets. With demand for…