Blogs

Will Publisher-Created First-Party Data Platforms Save Ad Tech?

Disclosure: I’m not a fortune-teller nor do I have a crystal ball. What I’ll offer is my 22 years’ experience on the publisher side, as well as on the martech and ad tech side. Here goes. If you haven’t been following recent news, there’s a new marketing push in big media to unite audience data…

Digital Consolidation: Here for the Long Haul or Another Passing Fad?

In the world of digital publishing, mergers and acquisitions have become almost commonplace, with consolidation dominating the 2019 headlines. From Vox Media’s acquisition of New York Media to Bustle Digital Group’s purchase of Inverse, and from Vice Media’s $400 million acquisition of Refinery29 to Group Nine Media’s $300 million acquisition of PopSugar, the digital media…

5 Ways to Gamify Your Website and Increase Reader Engagement

Increasing reader engagement is a top goal among digital publishers for many reasons. Google is known to rely on engagement factors such as time spent on site and bounce/click-through rates for its search result pages, but high engagement helps publishers in plenty of other ways, including: Stronger brand recognition Decreased advertisement costs thanks to high…

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Data & Audience

Disclosure: I’m not a fortune-teller nor do I have a crystal ball. What I’ll offer is my 22 years’ experience on the publisher side, as well as on the martech and ad tech side. Here goes. If you haven’t been following recent news, there’s a new marketing push in big media to unite audience data…

Forecasting the future is a dangerous but irresistible practice for observers like myself. So let me plunge ahead with seven bets on likely new developments in the world of B2B marketing. Just don’t look at my predictions from last year to check my record for accuracy, please. “My crystal ball is on back order,” as…

As publishers, our relationship with Facebook is… complicated. In 2019, Facebook traffic returned for a lot of publishers, and many now consider the platform a reliable source of traffic. However, there hasn’t been much consistency in regards to Facebook’s Ads Manager platform in the last several months, amiright? Facebook Ads Manager Continues to Evolve First,…

Content & Digital Media

In the world of digital publishing, mergers and acquisitions have become almost commonplace, with consolidation dominating the 2019 headlines. From Vox Media’s acquisition of New York Media to Bustle Digital Group’s purchase of Inverse, and from Vice Media’s $400 million acquisition of Refinery29 to Group Nine Media’s $300 million acquisition of PopSugar, the digital media…

Increasing reader engagement is a top goal among digital publishers for many reasons. Google is known to rely on engagement factors such as time spent on site and bounce/click-through rates for its search result pages, but high engagement helps publishers in plenty of other ways, including: Stronger brand recognition Decreased advertisement costs thanks to high…

To stay profitable in the evolving digital landscape, media companies need to continually innovate, which means they need data and content that is easy to access and monetize in new ways. Most are fully aware of this need, yet struggle to unify and structure information due to various factors, including disparate systems and limited human…

Sales & Advertising

We’ve heard all the buzzwords: predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning. But have you done everything you can to wrangle data and find the insights that reliably drive revenue? Unfortunately, when I ask most publishers this question, they answer “no.” And there are even more “no” responses in the B2B world. Why? Because there’s a…

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…

Business Management

It’s no real surprise that spend on data grew $3 billion in the last year alone. For publishers, capturing, organizing, activating, and analyzing data helps them develop deeper relationships with their audiences and create new opportunities for advertisers. For marketers, audience acquisition and engagement are paramount. But as investments in data ramp up, so do…

With the effective date of the next major piece of data protection legislation – the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) – less than a month away, many media owners are overwhelmed. Though 40% of publishers in a July 2019 survey predicted that CCPA would be the legislation that affected their businesses the most for the…

On Jan. 1, publishers will wake up with more than a champagne-induced headache and an unachievable New Year’s resolution – they will have an additional data privacy law to comply with in the form of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). With the regulation still being finalized, and some ambiguous provisions open to interpretation, many…

News

For magazine publishing, 2019 has been a year full of births, deaths, mutants, zombies – and even a resurrection. The glass-half-full crowd will point to the findings of Mr. Magazine (Dr. Samir Husni) that the total number of magazine titles in the U.S. is at a record high. The half-empty folks will note the loss…

Last summer, I picked up a score of great ideas from the FlipMyFunnel conference in Boston. This year, the conference has joined forces with two other B2B niche conferences to form the B2B Sales and Marketing Exchange, held at the opulent Vegas-style Encore Hotel and Casino on Boston’s north side. By pulling three events together,…

The big publisher’s recent trials and triumph shed light on the magazine-media business – and how Time Inc. operated.

Printing & Production

Though the merger of megaprinters Quad and LSC Communications has been called off, publishers may still find it harder to strike a favorable printing deal in the coming months. Calling magazine and catalog printing “a broken part” of LSC, Tom Quinlan, the CEO, indicated earlier this month that LSC would be scaling back that part of…

With its flexibility and its ability to produce small batches, digital printing is transforming book publishing, direct mail, product packaging, and even the garment industry. But it has hardly laid a finger on magazine publishing. The technology enables publishers who have sufficient content and subscriber data to create “a unique magazine for every reader,” fellow…

Software mogul, golf equipment manufacturer, movie-streaming service, mattress maker, actress, social media behemoth: It seems everyone wants to get into the magazine-publishing business these days. Everyone, that is, except for “real” magazine-media publishers. Whenever a well-known digital-native brand comes out with a print magazine, you can count on a wave of rah-rah “print isn’t dead”…