Blogs

Rise of the Super Aggregator and the User-Centric Experience

How do people really get their news today? They do a Google search. They go directly to the site of a publisher they know. They use a news aggregator and browse stories there. Reviewing data from Parse.ly, Nieman Labs suggests that in 2018 about 20% of traffic to the average site came from search, with…

Eliminating Vendor Risk Is a Critical Step to Win Back Consumer Trust

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…

Developing a Successful Membership Program: Where to Start

Memberships are hot. And not just in publishing. According to an analysis of Google Trends data, memberships are 33% more popular today than they were just two years ago. From Burger King to CVS, from Charles Schwab to the Minnesota Twins, brands across industries are launching memberships. As publishers, we want to diversify our revenues…

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Content & Digital Media

How do people really get their news today? They do a Google search. They go directly to the site of a publisher they know. They use a news aggregator and browse stories there. Reviewing data from Parse.ly, Nieman Labs suggests that in 2018 about 20% of traffic to the average site came from search, with…

Memberships are hot. And not just in publishing. According to an analysis of Google Trends data, memberships are 33% more popular today than they were just two years ago. From Burger King to CVS, from Charles Schwab to the Minnesota Twins, brands across industries are launching memberships. As publishers, we want to diversify our revenues…

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”…

Data & Audience

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…

If you run a paid circulation magazine, you know that selling subscriptions online can be a challenge. However, I’d like to share an example of one publication that recently sold over $38K of subscriptions in just 10 days – and the strategy used to do it. The magazine we’re talking about isn’t a huge, national…

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laid the foundation for privacy legislation in 2018. One of its key aims was to give consumers more control over their personal information and make users understand they have a choice when it comes to providing consent to data collection and processing. In the US, initial responses to…

Sales & Advertising

The second-price auction played a starring role in making programmatic a $48 billion industry, but Google’s first-price switch means the model could be facing its final curtain call. After years of issues caused by header bidding and sequential auctions, Google has moved away from second-price auctions to increase transparency. Here is what publishers need to…

Is your website underperforming for your advertisers? Are they pulling dollars from you to run more with your competitors or to spend on inbound marketing and programmatic ads? In my previous article, we talked about how your biggest ad challenges aren’t necessarily because of you. They’re often due to a misalignment in the advertiser’s campaign…

For the past decade, or more, we have listened to so many media executives say, “I can’t afford to trade print dollars for digital dimes.” And that sentiment, my friends, is why traditional media companies are going out of business.

Printing & Production

Decades of historical precedent suggest that, now that the shortages and price increases of 2018 have ended, publishers should soon benefit from lower paper costs. But don’t hold your breath waiting for history to repeat itself. Prices for publication papers have stabilized since late last year, and the usual post-peak glut and price slashing don’t…

Remember back in the good old days, say, about 2015, when ad agencies had separate media-buying teams for print and digital? That made it easy for the sales team to specialize. The old codgers sold print, while the “kids” sold digital. But the world is no longer so simple. From what I see, based especially…

All magazines once ran on cookie cutter business plans. Now most publishers create a media model as different as fingerprints.

News

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.

Major U.S. publishers got a big surprise last week when they learned there might be only one printer able to produce their magazines and catalogs.

Business Management

Some alternative revenue plays are unlikely to get traction outside their own, very specific, audience. But others are becoming staples of the modern publishing portfolio and should be considered by every publisher looking to establish a healthy revenue mix.

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…