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Search Data Voids and Evil Unicorns

Not all search queries are alike — there are “search data voids.” That is, there are many search terms where there is little quality or

Media Pitch: Centiment Aims to Remove Marketing's Emotional Blindspot

Perhaps the most sought after yet elusive component of marketing is understanding the emotional impact that a brand’s messaging has on its audience. Yet emotion is a fundamental factor for driving brand engagement. Centiment, a neuro-powered marketing and advertising technology, aims to remove the emotional blind spot for businesses. By collecting data about how people…

As Publishers Eye Subscriptions, Don’t Overlook Institutional Sales

Content producers and publishers have a new appetite for digital subscriber revenue. Of course, there is the striking success of subscription platforms for streaming music and video content: as we see with iTunes, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon and others. But newspapers in their transition to fully digital platforms are also showing that digital subscriptions from a…

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Content & Digital Media

Not all search queries are alike — there are “search data voids.” That is, there are many search terms where there is little quality or

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…

Google announced the redesign of Google News at Google I/O in May of this year. The main changes include embedding its AI-powered technology that encourages news personalization for all types of search results, and, the amalgamation of Google Newsstand, Google News and Google Weather into a single destination across all devices. As reported on their…

Data & Audience

Perhaps the most sought after yet elusive component of marketing is understanding the emotional impact that a brand’s messaging has on its audience. Yet emotion is a fundamental factor for driving brand engagement. Centiment, a neuro-powered marketing and advertising technology, aims to remove the emotional blind spot for businesses. By collecting data about how people…

Content producers and publishers have a new appetite for digital subscriber revenue. Of course, there is the striking success of subscription platforms for streaming music and video content: as we see with iTunes, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon and others. But newspapers in their transition to fully digital platforms are also showing that digital subscriptions from a…

You would never invite a friend over to your home, open your door, and walk away once they walked in, would you? They’re your friend, after all. You’d say hello, thank them for coming, and ask them about their day. We live in a time where some of the most successful brands are aching to…

Sales & Advertising

As media professionals, we’re used to measuring our impact by our reach. More print subscribers are good as long as it makes financial sense. And of course, the more social media followers, website traffic, and email subscribers the better. Or so we think … but more isn’t always better. An email that is unopened doesn’t…

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…

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…

News

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:…

Scale has been important in the digital publishing business – and industry in general – for as long as I can remember. But, not until Facebook and Google started gobbling up all of the growth in U.S. digital ad spending (63% according to eMarketer estimates) has the need been so acute. Publishers require scale to…

“At least it isn’t another bankruptcy,” a contact at a key retailer said to me. “There will be some order, some sequence and continuity to the whole transition.” He was speaking, of course, of the acquisition of Ingram Periodicals by TNG, formerly the News Group, earlier this week, a move that came as a surprise…

Business Management

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…

Sometimes the potential talent to join our team is right in front of us and then what? We freeze. It’s like the dog that catches the ice cream truck… now what? What do I say? What do I ask? In what setting should I hold the interview? How do I really know if they will…

Printing & Production

“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…

The Postal Regulatory Commission is proposing that publishers’ postal rates increase by an estimated average of 34% to 41% over the next five years. The postage increases would be lower than average for magazines that use co-mail and higher than average for less efficient mailers. The PRC announced its proposal to bail out the U.S.…

Last week I went to a NAPCO conference in New York City called DigiPub. Its advertised mission statement was "Harnessing the Power of Data-Driven Print." The overarching question after a decade or more of collecting digital data was, can the information we have gathered be intelligently and successfully applied to a printed product? To be…