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Media Pitch: How Copyright Clearance Center Helps Publishers Improve Data Integration & Sharing

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…

Jammed Printers, First-Party Data Hiccups & More Publishing Predictions for 2020

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that 2020 will see more magazine closures and more experiments with reader paywalls. Here are eight, or maybe nine, not quite so obvious publishing predictions that will help you prepare for the year ahead: Paper Shortage A glut of magazine-quality paper has recently pushed prices down a…

Branded Content: Possibilities, Pitfalls, and Predictions

A seismic shift happened in the 2010s: Platforms took control of audiences away from publishers and brands. The result is the need to pay-to-play, which comes with a host of challenges. Brands need to find ways to efficiently expand their reach, while publishers need to create sustainable revenue streams that don’t fully rely on volatile…

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Content & Digital Media

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…

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that 2020 will see more magazine closures and more experiments with reader paywalls. Here are eight, or maybe nine, not quite so obvious publishing predictions that will help you prepare for the year ahead: Paper Shortage A glut of magazine-quality paper has recently pushed prices down a…

A seismic shift happened in the 2010s: Platforms took control of audiences away from publishers and brands. The result is the need to pay-to-play, which comes with a host of challenges. Brands need to find ways to efficiently expand their reach, while publishers need to create sustainable revenue streams that don’t fully rely on volatile…

Data & Audience

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,…

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…

Sales & Advertising

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…

In programmatic, the advertising industry has lost the value of direct relationships. The rapid expansion of the ecosystem resulted in a chaotic web of platforms and providers, with countless intermediaries between the brands who buy ad space and the publishers who sell it. This paved the way for inefficiency, a lack of transparency, and the…

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

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.

It was 1999 and the Internet was about to flip publishing on its head. The media called for the end of print with the debate being mostly about what month and not what year – a fait accompli. One of the top strategic M&A questions was, “Who’s your head of digital?” Fast forward 20 years.…

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”…