Newsletters

4 Ways to Thrive in a Changing Publishing Ecosystem
March 2, 2020 at 10:24 am

Last year saw what seemed like endless consolidation, layoffs, and closures in the publishing space, and this year is poised to be no different. 2019 ended with Family Circle issuing its last edition and, while 2020 has brought some magazine launches, we’ve also seen McClatchy's file for bankruptcy and the layoff of the entire Men’s…

Are You Missing the Email Opportunity?
February 24, 2020 at 4:16 pm

The Skimm reached seven million subscribers in seven years. The Hustle hit half a million subscribers, growing by 5X in just 12 months. Morning Brew announced their one millionth subscriber last February and grew revenue by $10 million in one year. The media industry is no stranger to this email product wunderkind. Publishers have seen the…

Gmail’s Message to Newsletter Publishers: Get Rid of Inactive Subscribers
February 18, 2020 at 9:26 am

As a result of recent changes in Google’s popular Gmail product, newsletter publishers need to take a close look at slimming down their subscriber lists to prevent readership from plummeting. Email services have long tended to punish newsletters that are sent to large numbers of “spam traps” – AKA abandoned email addresses – sometimes shunting…

10 Keys to Digital Success in 2020 (Part 2)
February 12, 2020 at 12:16 pm

There are 10 key fundamentals that I believe every publisher must execute on this year to take their digital business to the next level. I covered the first five keys in my previous article, 10 Keys to Digital Success in 2020 (Part 1). In this second part, I cover the remaining five – including what…

Why Newsletter Business Is Booming for Morning Brew
February 10, 2020 at 11:03 am

Business newsletter company Morning Brew grew revenue by 333% last year, from $3 million in 2018 to $13 million in 2019. Co-founder and COO Austin Rief shares a closer look at how the company has expanded to reach nearly 2 million subscribers – and why it will continue to bank on email.

Digital Publishers Need a Revenue Revolution
December 9, 2019 at 8:30 am

Digital publishers today face an unprecedented challenge. While U.S. digital advertising revenue is forecast to generate more than $116 billion by 2021, publishers aren’t seeing their fair share of that revenue. Ad revenue is being cannibalized by everything from ad blockers to walled gardens and user-generated content platforms, and the media landscape is increasingly fragmented across devices, channels,…

Field & Stream Packages Existing Content into Seasonal Venison Newsletter
November 26, 2019 at 3:20 pm

In the great shift to consumer revenue, publishers are experimenting with newsletter products that provide content and services specific to reader interests. Keeping with this trend, outdoor publication Field & Stream launched a seasonal newsletter called The Venison Course, which delivers venison recipes and kitchen gear recommendations to subscribers at the peak of deer-hunting season.

3 Ways Publishers Are Using AI to Meet Reader Expectations
October 28, 2019 at 8:30 am

Companies like Netflix, Amazon, and Spotify are raising the bar on consumer expectations for personalized experiences. These companies are using technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) to provide customized recommendations to subscribers and customers in real-time. Consumers have come to appreciate this approach and now expect other brands — including publishers — to cater to their individual…

Publishing Trends to Watch in 2020
October 24, 2019 at 8:50 am

The weather is cooler, the pumpkins are here, and it’s time for people with opinions to start publishing articles announcing what to watch for in the media and publishing industry in the coming year. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. The media industry is experiencing a flood of consolidations. From…