D. Eadward Tree

D. Eadward Tree

D. Eadward Tree is a pseudonymous magazine-industry insider who provides insights on publishing, postal issues and print media on his blog, Dead Tree Edition.

8 Ways Media Sales Reps Can Increase Print’s Value in an RFP

Remember back in the good old days, say, about 2015, when ad agencies had separate media-buying teams for print and digital? That made it easy for the sales team to specialize. The old codgers sold print, while the “kids” sold digital. But the world is no longer so simple. From what I see, based especially…

4 Print-Centric Assumptions Publishers Should Avoid Online

In the early years of television, news broadcasts were virtually identical to their radio counterparts, except you could see the guy who was reading the headlines. It took a few years for the networks to rethink how to present news using the new capabilities that TV offered. In many ways, online publishing has been even…

5 Things Publishers Should Do Before Erecting a Paywall

This is the year, the pundits tell us, when digital publishing will pivot to paywalls. Good luck with that. Getting people to pay for online content is already hard enough. With more publishers in the game, it will become even harder. How many digital subscriptions do you think people will pay for? Tread carefully, or…

6 Phrases that Sum Up 2018 in Publishing

What a crazy, up-and-down year this has been in publishing! One minute, the president of the United States is calling us the enemy of the people, and then the next minute we learn that a major magazine publisher was paying to prevent embarrassing stories about the President from being published. Some publishers were so busy…

A Decade of Delusions: 10 Things We Got Wrong About Publishing in the Digital Age

A decade ago this month, despite not knowing my RSS from a hole in the ground, I created a blog called Dead Tree Edition out of desperation. As a “print guy” in a magazine industry undergoing digital disruption, I knew I would soon be obsolete if I didn’t become more versed in web publishing. So…

6 Ways to Adjust to Google’s Emphasis on Authors in Revised Search Guidelines

OK, fellow publishers, Google is on to us. And that probably means readers are on to us as well. As I’ve noted before, Google has generally been kind to magazine media publishers, tweaking its search engine to favor results from respected web sites, especially those with storied print brands. But the latest version of Google’s…

2019 Print Forecast: Tight Paper Market Will Continue Squeezing Publishers

At the beginning of next year, magazine publishers will be paying about 25% more for paper than they did just 18 months earlier -- assuming they can find any paper to buy. There are no signs that the scarce supply and rising prices afflicting all U.S. buyers of publication papers will abate in 2019. Magazine-quality…

To Grow Print Revenue, Give Advertisers What They Want: Data-Driven Targeting

There’s an old saying that, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I goofed. I’ve been advocating the use of a “hammer” to help magazines reverse a decade-long advertising slump. I should have been talking about what we need to build. What the magazine industry needs to focus…

Once Considered Mortal Enemies, Print & Digital Are Living Happily Together

Both sides were wrong. “In three years, none of this will be in print,” a senior publishing executive told me, six years ago, about two magazines that are still profitable and still in print. Mr. Print Is Dead thought magazine publishing would soon be all about apps and the web. (You see, kids, back then…

With New Online Marketplace, Print Ads May Have Finally Entered the Programmatic Age

A leading publishing association, BPA Worldwide, announced a partnership today that could be a catalyst for boosting magazine advertising sales across the industry, even for BPA non-members. Four months ago, I asked this question in a Publishing Executive article: “Why is placing a national ad in multiple magazines still such an arduous, manual process? When…

Is It Time to Put Your Magazine Out of Its Misery?

Many U.S. magazines are barely keeping their heads above water. And with further advertising declines, more paper price increases, a newsstand system that’s circling the drain and the prospect of huge postal increases, it’s likely to get uglier in Magazine Land. No doubt we’ll see more titles give up on their magazines and go digital-only.…

4 Church-and-State Scenarios Publishers Must Consider in the Digital Age

Some pundits have claimed that publishing’s so-called “separation of Church and State” is a relic of the Golden Age of Print. But given recent trends in marketing and digital publishing, plus the need to consider WWGD (What Would Google Do?), not letting our commercial interests taint our editorial coverage may be more important than ever.…