Paywalls & Registration

Identifying and Engaging Your Most Valuable Audience Segments
August 7, 2019 at 9:35 am

Your audience is made up of a series of segments of audiences, all in a different place in their journey with your brand. From one-time visitors to the most loyal readers, each segment requires a different strategy for engagement and something different from your brand experience. To optimize your audience development strategies for 2020, you…

What Publishers Can Learn from Influencer Marketing
July 2, 2019 at 8:44 am

Many legacy publishers are struggling for the same reasons that traditional, non-digitally native retailers did when DTC brands like Bonobos, Casper, and Warby Parker emerged. Look at the old guard of retailers – JCPenney, Macy’s, and Sears – and you’ll notice a similar trend between them and more traditional media brands: a focus on scale,…

Media Pitch: Pico Aims to Help Publishers Shift to Reader Revenue
June 28, 2019 at 10:03 am

Media companies are increasingly turning to subscriptions and membership products to rely more on readers and less on advertising revenue. And with ever-tightening browser privacy controls and data regulation, publishers' first-party data is becoming more valuable than ever. Enter Pico, a platform seeking to equip publishers with the tools to improve user experience, increase email…

Rise of the Super Aggregator and the User-Centric Experience
June 24, 2019 at 8:40 am

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…

Developing a Successful Membership Program: Where to Start
June 17, 2019 at 10:47 am

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…

How Micropayments Can Move Readers Through the Subscription Funnel
April 24, 2019 at 2:20 pm

This year – and perhaps for the first time – the topic of micropayments was front and center at the 2019 INMA Media Subscription Summit, where publishers discussed best practices for growing digital subscriptions. It was a direct reflection of the industry’s shift in focus toward tools and solutions that can extend current business models.…

Lessons from the 2019 Digital Innovators Summit: Diversify & Invest in Quality Content
April 3, 2019 at 11:25 am

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…

5 Ways to Significantly Cut Subscription Renewal Costs
March 7, 2019 at 9:57 am

Whether you run a paid or controlled magazine, growing and maintaining your subscriber base is one of your biggest budget expenses. Finding ways to cut subscription renewal costs has a big impact on your profitability. Assuming you operate at a 20% profit margin, every dollar saved in your circulation efforts is the equivalent of $5…

Medium Buys Bay Area Mag The Bold Italic to Add to its Paywall
February 13, 2019 at 10:48 am

Medium  is seeking to juice up its premium subscription content in its home market with the acquisition of The Bold Italic. The 10-year-old online culture magazine will go behind the $5 per month Medium membership paywall. The deal will keep The Bold Italic afloat when other San Francisco-local publications have struggled, following the shutdown of the The Oakland Tribune an SFist,…