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Joe Wikert is Publishing President at Our Sunday Visitor (www.osv.com). Before joining OSV Joe was Director of Strategy and Business Development at Olive Software. Prior to Olive Software he was General Manager, Publisher, & Chair of the Tools of Change (TOC) conference at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he managed each of the editorial groups at O’Reilly as well as the Microsoft Press team and the retail sales organization. Before joining O’Reilly Joe was Vice President and Executive Publisher at John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in their P/T division.

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…

Audience developers, especially in publishing, often look to each other to for inspiration and opportunities for imitation. We look to The New York Times and their success in growing digital subscribers or admire Netflix’s tremendous audience growth. But I’ve recently become enamored with an entirely different audience development opportunity -- politics. Yes, that pool has…

Ecommerce has emerged as a hot topic for 2018. Just last month Hearst Magazines acquired a minority stake in Gear Patrol (a men’s brand focused on enthusiast products and content) to bolster it’s ecommerce strategy, while Future (parent company of TechRadar and PC Gamer), acquired NewBay Media, (which is heavy on enthusiast and product-based verticals…

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,…

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