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Legitimate Interest vs. Publisher Consent: Two Routes to GDPR Compliance

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…

Keeping Up With ABM: 14 Tips From the FlipMyFunnel Conference

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

How More Nuanced Subscription Management Yields Customer Growth

In pursuit of revenue growth, the move to a subscription model has been inevitable for media businesses. For many publishers, the first inclination is to adopt a paywall strategy that gives readers access to a limited number of articles for free, after which they are charged a fee per article. In its simplest form, the…

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Data & Audience

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).

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 & Digital Media

In pursuit of revenue growth, the move to a subscription model has been inevitable for media businesses. For many publishers, the first inclination is to adopt a paywall strategy that gives readers access to a limited number of articles for free, after which they are charged a fee per article. In its simplest form, the…

Mobile conversions should be happening all day. It’s not a stretch to say that we are slaves to those little rectangular pieces of tech

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Printing & Production

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…

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.…