Paywalls & Registration

The Impact of Chrome 76: Why a Freemium Model Is the Future
November 11, 2019 at 11:06 am

It is often said “when one door closes, another opens.” And that is the scenario many subscription-dependent publishers find themselves in today. Publishers have long deployed metered paywalls allowing them to track and cap the number of articles read unless a reader subscribes. Savvy internet users have learned to browse in Incognito or Private mode,…

Subscriber Yield Management Grows Long-Term Consumer Revenue
November 4, 2019 at 11:43 am

Companies with subscribers can apply different pricing across customers to a degree not possible in many industries because they have one-to-one relationships with each customer. This one-to-one communication enables personalization and customization of the relationship between customer and company across many dimensions, pricing included. Other industries, such as consumer packaged goods, have prices that are…

Publishers Are Missing the Point: Private Browsing Isn’t a Roadblock, It’s a Road Map
October 31, 2019 at 12:47 pm

The publishing industry was up in arms over the summer when Google officially closed the loophole in its Chrome browser that allows website owners to detect whether a visitor has enabled Incognito mode to view their site. The complaint? It effectively undermined publishers’ efforts to prevent readers from circumventing their paywalls as they could no…

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…

Why Audience Ownership Helps You Control Your Margins
October 8, 2019 at 10:32 am

The dawn of digital publishing brought about a tumultuous shift within the media landscape. Publishers have had to adapt to many emerging realities – but the latest challenge still hasn’t been fully overcome. Even if you found your place in the sun and now put all your efforts into creating top-notch content, it’s likely that…

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…