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The Growing Need for More Efficient Editorial Workflow

“Operational inefficiency is viewed as one of the biggest blockers to income generation,” according to a central conclusion of Publishing Executive’s latest research on technology buying intentions. Publishers want “tools that streamline or even automate content distribution,” according to the report. They want to make “collaboration and content creation in multiple formats easier.” My anecdotal…

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…

5 Ways Publishers Can Take Advantage of Affiliate Commerce

The world of digital marketing is constantly evolving. With advertisers’ increasing skepticism around programmatic and concerns with fraud and transparency, publishers are looking beyond their traditional revenue models. And one framework they’re focusing on is affiliate commerce, which is growing at a rapid pace. In fact, affiliate marketing spend is expected to reach $6.8 billion…

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Content & Digital Media

“Operational inefficiency is viewed as one of the biggest blockers to income generation,” according to a central conclusion of Publishing Executive’s latest research on technology buying intentions. Publishers want “tools that streamline or even automate content distribution,” according to the report. They want to make “collaboration and content creation in multiple formats easier.” My anecdotal…

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…

Whether preparing for a peak season like the December holidays or an industry-defining event like New York Fashion Week, magazines in every sector plan strategic campaigns for various reasons with the aim to generate large volumes of traffic. Case in point: Adobe Analytics reported a record $108.2 billion in online sales alone throughout November and…

Data & Audience

The world of digital marketing is constantly evolving. With advertisers’ increasing skepticism around programmatic and concerns with fraud and transparency, publishers are looking beyond their traditional revenue models. And one framework they’re focusing on is affiliate commerce, which is growing at a rapid pace. In fact, affiliate marketing spend is expected to reach $6.8 billion…

Publishers’ initial response to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was extreme, with some removing programmatic ads from their European audience and others blocking all traffic from Europe to remove the risk of non-compliance. But for sites with meaningful EU traffic, halting programmatic advertising or cutting off access for European users simply isn’t an…

I attended my first FlipMyFunnel conference this month, and picked up some fresh insights into Account Based Marketing (ABM).

News

Every year, FUSE Media Summit asks attendees to vote on some of the best presenters and products they hear about while at this event. Here is a closer look at the people and companies they believe were the most interesting, with the most potential to have a major impact on their businesses in the future.

There is a trend in publishing and media conferences that has been growing for the past few years, and when I tell you what it is, you'll say, “Of course.” It's actually a conversation I've seen at publishing conferences around the world. I've heard it in Berlin at the Digital Innovators’ Summit and at MagNet:…

Last week I attended the 2018 B2B Media Success Conference held by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). The topics of the day ranged from the growing obstacles editors face in accessing public information and officials to the way changing B2B media business models have altered the day-to-day roles and expectations of the…

Business Management

I've been a Senior VP of Digital, Executive VP of Digital, and Chief Digital Officer the bulk of my 25-year career. I've served in this role for B2B, enthusiast, and book publishers ... and in privately-owned, private-equity-backed, and publicly-traded companies. I have always said that the "Chief Digital Officer" is merely a temporary role, so…

It's not surprising that GDPR articles are hot on our site right now. We wanted to surface this post again for those still working on their GDPR game plan. Also check out A Guide to GDPR Compliance for Marketers by our sister publication Target Marketing, as well as How To Prevent a Customer Data Breach…

The GDPR hourglass is running out of sand yet one in four marketers aren’t confident their organization will be compliant by May 25th. With the threat of €24 million fines for failing to comply, offending vendors could be put out of business in a heartbeat. For publishers, it’s critical to vet vendors with whom you…

Printing & Production

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…

In episode 85 of the popular sitcom The Seinfeld Show, Jerry and Elaine have a conversation about ugly babies. In it, they agree that some babies are simply not that attractive, but they also agree that no one ever talks about it. It is an unwritten rule that you don’t point out the ugly babies.…

“Kenneth, what is the frequency?!” In 1994 R.E.M. wrote a song about this non sequitur that was repeated by a disturbed man as he beat TV news anchor Dan Rather on the streets of New York City. The story goes that the man thought television networks were sending signals into his brain and was imploring…

Sales & Advertising

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…