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How Newspack, A New CMS from WordPress & Google, Will Impact Publishers

When WordPress and Google team up to launch a new website content management system, all publishers had better sit up and take notice. Newspack is a new content management system (CMS) being developed by Automattic, the developers of WordPress. Google has dedicated $1.2MM to the project with another $1.2MM coming from other investors. The goal…

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…

Factors for Marketers to Consider in Attribution Rules

After each campaign effort, a good database marketer is supposed to study “what worked, and what didn’t,” using attribution rules.

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Content & Digital Media

When WordPress and Google team up to launch a new website content management system, all publishers had better sit up and take notice. Newspack is a new content management system (CMS) being developed by Automattic, the developers of WordPress. Google has dedicated $1.2MM to the project with another $1.2MM coming from other investors. The goal…

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…

These days, it seems that nearly every publisher is considering some form of paid subscription model. Companies want to diversify from reliance on advertising. Some want to adapt their print subscription model to the digital realm while others want to launch a new paid subscription offering online. Unfortunately, most publishers aren’t setting themselves up to…

Data & Audience

After each campaign effort, a good database marketer is supposed to study “what worked, and what didn’t,” using attribution rules.

From examining the tools needed to capitalize on the subscription boon to exploring how publishers might adapt to voice-driven web experiences, we covered digital media technology from a lot of angles in 2018. Below is a rundown of the top technology posts we published in 2018 from the standpoint of what saw the most audience…

Last week I wrote a piece on how first-party data is growing in value to marketers and how publishers should respond. As a follow-up I wanted to highlight one of the presentations made during a webinar we hosted earlier this week on How Publishers Are Using CDPs to Better Engage & Monetize Audiences. Many publishers…

Sales & Advertising

Workflow inefficiency has emerged as a clear hurdle for media companies as product portfolios have become more diversified and content platforms have multiplied, complicating sales, ad, and production operations. These operations inefficiencies become a tax on publishers’ resources and revenue, and strip bandwidth from other value-creating efforts. Indigo Trigger aims to tackle the problems caused…

Programmatic advertising accounts for more than 80% of digital advertising sales today, and rising, according to all reports. Yet only a virtual handful of B2B publishers have been making or accepting programmatic sales. Is this a giant missed opportunity hiding in plain sight? Programmatic is an inevitability, whether or not an unqualified opportunity. The overwhelming…

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…

Printing & Production

Wall Street analysts hate Quad’s proposed purchase of LSC because they don’t understand the deal; publishers hate it because they do.

Major U.S. publishers got a big surprise last week when they learned there might be only one printer able to produce their magazines and catalogs.

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…

Business Management

Some alternative revenue plays are unlikely to get traction outside their own, very specific, audience. But others are becoming staples of the modern publishing portfolio and should be considered by every publisher looking to establish a healthy revenue mix.

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…

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.

One of my favorite interviews during my time at Publishing Executive was with the then VP of Data for Hearst Corporation Rick McFarland. McFarland likened the work he was doing at Hearst to integrate systems and data throughout the organization to the construction of the US Interstate Highway System, which accelerated speed of communication, connectivity,…

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:…