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Media Pitch: OutVoice Is Streamlining the Freelancer Invoicing Process

If you follow any freelance journalists on Twitter, you’ve heard what a headache invoicing processes can be – and how frustrating it is not to be paid for your work in a timely manner. As publishers rely more on freelancers and less on in-house content creators, it’s increasingly important to have a seamless system in…

Getting More from Google Analytics: 3 Tips for Editors

Over the last year or so, I’ve had the chance to run several editorial training sessions with B2B media players. In these sessions, the number-one question I get from content teams is how to best judge success for their site content, video, podcasts, and other efforts. The good news is the questions are being asked,…

5 Common Misconceptions about WordPress Elasticity

Scalability is an initial, often uncompromisable goal for growing businesses, which is why seasoned entrepreneurs spend plenty of time refining their business plans before launching new layouts or viral initiatives for their media outlets. This includes everything from legal and accounting through marketing channels to the underlying technology stack. Launching a new business on an…

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Business Management

If you follow any freelance journalists on Twitter, you’ve heard what a headache invoicing processes can be – and how frustrating it is not to be paid for your work in a timely manner. As publishers rely more on freelancers and less on in-house content creators, it’s increasingly important to have a seamless system in…

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.…

You don’t have to work in ad tech (or even advertising at all) to know that there’s a growing sense of distrust around how people’s personal information is being collected, used, or misused by the various content, commerce, and online service providers they interact with every day. But publishers have a front-row seat to the…

Content & Digital Media

Over the last year or so, I’ve had the chance to run several editorial training sessions with B2B media players. In these sessions, the number-one question I get from content teams is how to best judge success for their site content, video, podcasts, and other efforts. The good news is the questions are being asked,…

Scalability is an initial, often uncompromisable goal for growing businesses, which is why seasoned entrepreneurs spend plenty of time refining their business plans before launching new layouts or viral initiatives for their media outlets. This includes everything from legal and accounting through marketing channels to the underlying technology stack. Launching a new business on an…

Consumers don’t like display ads. To drive performance, publishers must consider new ad formats consumers actually want to engage with.

Data & Audience

The big publisher’s recent trials and triumph shed light on the magazine-media business – and how Time Inc. operated.

As a data and analytics consultant, I often get called in when things do not work out as planned or expected. I guess my professional existence is justified by someone else’s problems. If everyone follows the right path from the beginning and everything goes smoothly all of the time, I would not have much to…

Now that over-the-top video is mainstream – with 52% of US adults using OTT services – marketers are rapidly shifting dollars to reach eyeballs on connected TV screens. As demand for inventory in the OTT advertising ecosystem increases, so does the rate of ad fraud. MadHive, an…

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”…

Sales & Advertising

The hype around creating data businesses is at an all-time high in the B2B media sector. With display ad revenue falling off a cliff and lead-gen business models becoming more challenged, there is a clear focus to diversify digital revenue further, and data models are a clear player in that picture. But, as I talk…

I recently received a fantastic email from a single title B2B publication that I work with: “As of today, we are on track for $452,380 in digital revenue alone. This is a 66% increase over last year's digital revenues of $271,798!” How did they do it? We took a serious look at how the team…

News

It’s been nearly six years since I took on the very meta role of directing a publication about publishing. It’s been a period of great uncertainty, innovation, and disruption, all of which create a lot of noise, so I always took the job of editor-in-chief of Publishing Executive and Book Business to be one of…

William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. It was Gibson who coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story Burning Chrome. He is also responsible for one of my favorite quotes, which I often used to open my lectures in the…

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