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B2B Media, The Ethics Virus & The Pursuit of Consumer-Grade Experiences

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…

3 Tips for Evaluating Paywall Solutions

The move to paid subscription models has been the talk of the media industry for the past few years. And in 2018 we’ve seen more and more media brands actively evaluating or rolling out paid digital content models. Over the past few months, I’ve worked with a number of media companies on the evaluation and…

Why Adobe Believes Digital Experiences Will Reshape Marketing

In a post-Cambridge Analytica world, Adobe is encouraging businesses to build relationships, trust and deliver meaningful experiences.

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Content & Digital Media

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…

The move to paid subscription models has been the talk of the media industry for the past few years. And in 2018 we’ve seen more and more media brands actively evaluating or rolling out paid digital content models. Over the past few months, I’ve worked with a number of media companies on the evaluation and…

In a post-Cambridge Analytica world, Adobe is encouraging businesses to build relationships, trust and deliver meaningful experiences.

Data & Audience

Recently I sat down with Thorin McGee, editor-in-chief of sister publication Target Marketing, to discuss the technologies publishers are adopting – and in some cases have mastered – to consider how this impacts the marketing ecosystem. In many cases, publishers are now leading the way in terms of innovating with digital media and marketing technology,…

In just over a month, on May 25, 2018, more than 500 million citizens of the European Union will come under the protection of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But you’re a North American publisher, so why should you care what they get up to on the other side of the pond? Mainly because…

A few years ago, I had the chance to hear Social Media Research Foundation talk about the impact of influencers on consumer goods and hotel brands. In two separate industry events, speakers explored the importance of identifying influencers and then leveraging those influencers to drive engagement with a brand. A few months back, I had…

Sales & Advertising

Facebook has been under serious scrutiny lately as more is revealed about Cambridge Analytica’s use of the social networks’ user information.  Cambridge Analytica, a third party data brokerage firm, and Facebook are now the subjects of multiple investigations for the improper use of user data to target political advertising on Facebook. Since the revelation, Facebook…

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.…

There are countless free newsletters in B2B publishing, as well there should be. Newsletters do great things. They are the number one traffic builder for most niche verticals, since social media and search only go so far in bringing hydrocarbon experts or facility managers to your site repeatedly. Sending daily - or at least weekly…

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…

Business Management

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…

I have several media conferences that I relish and greatly look forward to each year, and IMAG-MPA is one of the best of them. Imagine what is like for a long-time publishing enthusiast like me to be in a room filled with like-minded entrepreneurs who happen to be in the magazine business. Intoxicating, yes? Here…

News

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…

Identifying “adjacent possibilities” in your organization’s products and services, without chasing shiny object with questionable ROI.