Leah Wynalek

Leah Wynalek

Leah Wynalek is the senior editor for Publishing Executive and Book Business. She has worked at national magazine publishing companies including Trusted Media Brands and Rodale, where she assisted in digital content creation and strategy for Prevention.com. More recently, she used her multimedia skillset on behalf of clients as a content specialist for Philadelphia-based marketing agency En Route.

Confronting COVID-19: How Bobit Business Media Brands Are Supporting Salon Professionals

While many professionals are gradually observing the impact of COVID-19 on their industries, others felt it the moment their businesses shut doors to the public. The latter is true for the salon owners and hairstylists who engage with Bobit Business Media’s Beauty, Health & Wellness division brands. Here’s how these media brands are supporting salon professionals via webinars, downloadable resources, and other timely content.

Minute Media’s Rich Routman on Brand Acquisition & Homegrown Technology Strategy

In this episode, Minute Media's President and CRO discusses the company’s evolution into a global sports media business. We chat about Minute Media's strategic expansion into the US sports media market, how an investment in video is paying off, plus why Routman believes a homegrown tech stack enabled growth during a tumultuous decade in publishing.

Publishers Are Reinvesting in the ‘Lean-Back’ Experience of Print Magazines

Despite flipping the “digital-only” switch on many titles, major publishers continue to launch new publications – and reinvest in existing ones – with a heightened focus on paper quality, editorial value, and the luxuries of print. Execs from Meredith, Hearst Autos, and Bonnier Media discuss how they’re redesigning the magazine model and reading experience.

Integrated Data Success Requires Cross-Organizational Support

"Content is still king, but data is going to make you rich," says Ronda Hughes, a B2B media veteran who has led audience data strategy at companies including EnsembleIQ and UBM Americas. The caveat: “Every team within your organization has to buy in to the importance of data collection, audience segmentation, quality over quantity, and a content strategy that drives engagement."

Why Newsletter Business Is Booming for Morning Brew

Business newsletter company Morning Brew grew revenue by 333% last year, from $3 million in 2018 to $13 million in 2019. Co-founder and COO Austin Rief shares a closer look at how the company has expanded to reach nearly 2 million subscribers – and why it will continue to bank on email.

3 Publishers on Data Regulation, Cookie Blocking & the New Age of Consumer Privacy

Data protection laws and privacy-minded browser updates are forcing publishers to rethink their digital business strategies. At Publishing Executive’s FUSE Media Summit in November, media execs from Northstar Travel Group, Annex Business Media, and Granite Media discussed how their organizations are adapting for success.

Meredith CDO Discusses Acquisition of ‘SwearBy’ Product Recommendation Platform

Meredith Corporation recently announced its acquisition of SwearBy, a digital platform that crowdsources product recommendations from shoppers. In this Q&A, Meredith President and Chief Digital Officer Catherine Levene explains motivations behind the acquisition and how it will benefit both readers and marketers.

Media Pitch: Beachfront Simplifies Cross-Screen Video Advertising

Advertisers are banking on digital video to target their desired audiences. In 2019, nearly 60% increased their ad spend on advanced TV – including video on demand (VOD) and connected TV (OTT) – according to an IAB Video Advertising Spend Report. As media companies fight for ad dollars in the so-called Streaming Wars, however, they…

12 Most Popular Media Tech Stories of 2019

Media organizations doubled down on their efforts to convert readers into paying customers — and they used technology to do so. From online subscriptions and micropayments to digital advertising and user experience, Publishing Executive's media tech coverage in 2019 reflected the range of business priorities among today's publishers.

The Top 12 Publishing Executive Stories of 2019

In 2019, publishers fought shrinking ad revenue with diversified business models. Many focused on digital subscriptions, while others ramped up events, ecommerce, and other lines of revenue. And of course, user privacy moves impacted everyone and put an even greater premium on publishers' first-party data. Some notable changes and continued trends: Browsers cracked down on…