B2B Beat

Andy Kowl is a journalist and entrepreneurial publisher with more than 30 years developing, marketing and growing publishing companies. He is senior vice president of publishing strategy for ePublishing Inc., the leading enterprise publishing system (EPS) provider which manages content, audience data, workflow, newsletters and e-commerce for hundreds B2B online publications. He helps publishers increase reader engagement and response by integrating behavioral data with contextual content, and shows them direct ways to monetize the results. Andy writes the B2B Beat blog for Publishing Executive magazine. His background in B2B includes publishing, editing and/or owning magazines and information products covering specialty retail, horse breeding, real estate, credit unions, Wall Street compliance and wireless technology. 

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For the longest time I resisted calling website visitors anything but readers. After decades as an editor and publisher, I pushed back on calling them “users.” I still don’t like the sound of it, but resistance is futile. Individuals you have a relationship with – be they core customers, newsletter subscribers, or occasional visitors –…

Have you recovered from last spring’s GDPR adrenaline rush yet? Everybody in publishing was nervous about finding the right way to comply with new European privacy regulations. It did not seem like there was one clear path to compliance. As much anxiety as GDPR regulations provoked, that may soon look like the good old days.…

Programmatic advertising accounts for more than 80% of digital advertising sales today, and rising, according to all reports. Yet only a virtual handful of B2B publishers have been making or accepting programmatic sales. Is this a giant missed opportunity hiding in plain sight? Programmatic is an inevitability, whether or not an unqualified opportunity. The overwhelming…

“Operational inefficiency is viewed as one of the biggest blockers to income generation,” according to a central conclusion of Publishing Executive’s latest research on technology buying intentions. Publishers want “tools that streamline or even automate content distribution,” according to the report. They want to make “collaboration and content creation in multiple formats easier.” My anecdotal…

Could there be a better way to approach writing your content and curating the content previously written? If your goal is to get the maximum market value out of each story, there just might be. “Editors look for what is new and write about it,” says Gerrit Klein, CEO of special interest and B2B media…

It broke my heart when I read the recent blog post “B2B Media, The Ethics Virus & The Pursuit of Consumer-Grade Experiences,” which argued the majority of B2B/trade publishers have a problem of selling out editorial integrity to advertisers. In the piece, Publishing Executive editor-in-chief Denis Wilson wrote, “If you think your organization is immune…

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