Sales Strategy

Time's Editor-CEO Shares His Vision For a Magazine Under New Ownership
December 7, 2018 at 10:27 am

When Meredith Corp. put Time magazine on the block following its purchase of Time Inc. in Nov. 2017, it tapped editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal to spearhead the process. Perhaps an unorthodox role for a career journalist, selling the magazine turned out to be a great calling for Felsenthal, who joined the publication six years ago following…

How is Scan-Based Trading Working Out for You?
November 28, 2018 at 10:39 am

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…

BuzzFeed Will Tell You What Millennials Want, for a Fee
November 19, 2018 at 11:35 am

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., the plant-care giant, had a problem: Millennials weren’t gardening enough. So the company turned to one of the most renowned experts on millennial behavior, BuzzFeed Inc. But Scotts didn’t just advertise on the site, known for its viral quizzes and lists. Scotts worked with a more obscure part of BuzzFeed focused on inventing new…

Google is Advertising in Print Magazines and You Can’t Tell
November 12, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Perhaps you would buy a smartphone for its camera if you knew it was used to photograph the rapper Cardi B on the cover of W magazine. Or actress Angela Bassett on the cover of Allure. Or Ryan Gosling on the cover of GQ. If so, you…

The Transformation of Bloomberg Media
November 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

Bloomberg Media remains a relatively unique industry player, in the sense that it is a very large media company sitting inside an even larger financial and technology brand. Owned by the largest shareholder and the man behind the name, Michael Bloomberg, the media division began as an extension of the core business before being transformed into…

The New York Times is on Pace to Earn More Than $600 Million in Digital this Year
November 2, 2018 at 9:39 am

The Failing New York Times released its third-quarter numbers this morning and, well, if the rest of the news industry was doing this well, we could shut down Nieman Lab and grab some worry-free beach time in warmer climes. Its ongoing transition from print to digital revenue has been managed without the staffing disruption just about everyone…

How Publishers Can Achieve an Ideal Revenue Mix
October 29, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Some alternative revenue plays are unlikely to get traction outside their own, very specific, audience. But others are becoming staples of the modern publishing portfolio and should be considered by every publisher looking to establish a healthy revenue mix.

What Is the Easy Path to Publishing Riches Overnight? A Delusion
October 26, 2018 at 12:12 pm

When I started this blog a decade ago this month, the Get Rich By Blogging Hype Machine was just getting revved up. Within a few years, pundits declared that blogging is dead, just as they had declared that “Print is dead” a few years earlier. (Both media have shown…