Subscriptions

Concerned about Amazon's Growing Digital Ad Business? Turn to Email
July 29, 2019 at 11:26 am

For quite some time the digital advertising world has been described as a duopoly between Google and Facebook with every other online ad platform picking up the scraps. That state of affairs has been changing over the last few years, with Amazon’s advertising business catching up and becoming the third largest ad platform in the…

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 to Sell $38K of Subscriptions in 10 Days
June 13, 2019 at 3:36 pm

If you run a paid circulation magazine, you know that selling subscriptions online can be a challenge. However, I’d like to share an example of one publication that recently sold over $38K of subscriptions in just 10 days – and the strategy used to do it. The magazine we’re talking about isn’t a huge, national…

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.…

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…

The Logic Behind Apple’s Give-Us-Half-Your-Revenue Pitch to News Publishers
February 15, 2019 at 10:21 am

Apple says it wants to help save journalism. All it wants in return is half of all the revenue journalists make when they sell their stuff through a forthcoming new Apple subscription service. Cue internet outrage. The argument, made by everyone from my colleague Casey Newton to Apple blogger John Gruber: 50 percent is way, way too high…