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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.

When WordPress and Google team up to launch a new website content management system, all publishers had better sit up and take notice. Newspack is a new content management system (CMS) being developed by Automattic, the developers of WordPress. Google has dedicated $1.2MM to the project with another $1.2MM coming from other investors. The goal…

These days, it seems that nearly every publisher is considering some form of paid subscription model. Companies want to diversify from reliance on advertising. Some want to adapt their print subscription model to the digital realm while others want to launch a new paid subscription offering online. Unfortunately, most publishers aren’t setting themselves up to…

Most publishers are putting a greater emphasis on gathering and analyzing audience data so they can serve well-qualified leads to advertisers. For example, Conde Nast is enabling advertisers to market against audience content engagement analytics, incorporate their own first-party data, and build lookalike audiences through Conde Nast’s Spire data management platform. Conde Nast can tell…

Scan-based trading (SBT)—wherein the wholesaler is paid only for copies that go through the register, and unsold inventory is not recorded as either sold or returned—has been implemented in an estimated 70% of U.S. retailers. It was a long time coming, with many studies and audits and recommended best practices backing it up; and no…

Content recommendation was back in the news recently, for all the wrong reasons. A survey by Arkadium highlighted how much people dislike branded “content recommendation” widgets (the ones that tend to push ad links rather than, you know, recommend real content). More worryingly, that readers predominantly blame publishers for the negative experiences they have with…

In a year where Facebook has pushed publisher content further down the news feed (and further down their list of priorities in general), Apple News has seemed to be a relative bright spot in the ongoing tug-of-war between publisher and platform. Pre-installed on millions of devices, Apple’s news aggregator allows publishers to reach large audiences…

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