10 Keys to Digital Success in 2020 (Part 1)
January 3, 2020 at 8:30 am

For most publishers, digital success in 2020 won’t be about new trends or technology. Instead it will be about focus, prioritization, and finally executing properly on digital media fundamentals. This article covers the first five fundamentals that I believe every publisher must execute on this year.

5 Monetization Tips for Small and Mid-Tier Publishers
October 22, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Small- to mid-tier publishers have faced the same conundrum for years: As print has become increasingly obsolete and juggernauts Google, Amazon, and Facebook now lay claim to nearly 70% of digital advertising revenue, how can they best monetize the online experience? Even large-scale publishers haven’t solved this, with some laying off 10% to 20% of staff…

What the ‘Pivot to Video’ Looks Like at Condé Nast
April 6, 2018 at 12:04 pm

It took three men two hours to shoot a 63-second overhead instructional video of Laura Rege, a recipe developer, making a cake for Bon Appétit — what people in the food-video industry call a “hands and pans.” At the Kitchen Studio, Condé Nast’s new 7,000-square-foot space in Industry City…

Do You Have an “Ugly Baby” in Your Magazine Lineup?
March 30, 2018 at 8:00 am

In episode 85 of the popular sitcom The Seinfeld Show, Jerry and Elaine have a conversation about ugly babies. In it, they agree that some babies are simply not that attractive, but they also agree that no one ever talks about it. It is an unwritten rule that you don’t point out the ugly babies.…

Press Release: MPA Launches Industry-Wide Advertising Campaign Emphasizing Credibility & Trust
October 3, 2017 at 11:23 am

NEW YORK, NY (October 3, 2017) – MPA – The Association of Magazine Media today announced that 123 magazine brands from 30 of its member companies have joined forces in an industry-wide advertising campaign to share the message that magazine media delivers the most credible, trusted, engaging content over any other form of media. Starting…

The Coming Advertising Tsunami of 2018, Pt. 1
September 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Check out Part 2 of this series to learn how publishers can adapt to changes in E.U. data regulations, Google ad filtering, and improve viewability. Are B2B publishers about to get slammed by internet forces beyond our control? If you follow the breadcrumbs of recent news reports and announcements, it looks like there is a…

33 Major Publishers Are Promising Advertisers a New Level of Safety and Transparency
June 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm

The Google-Facebook duopoly has proved to be less than perfect. Google’s video platform, YouTube, has struggled to provide brand safety, and Facebook is still recovering—PR-wise, at least—from its late 2016 measurement woes. TrustX, a programmatic platform announced last September that includes 33 publishers, is looking to capitalize on whatever concerns brand advertisers have with the duopoly. (And, to…

Grappling With Ad Fraud And Its Nuances
June 9, 2017 at 11:17 am

Charles Dickens once penned the now famous line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."  I am going to counter that with a quote from Art Buchwald, "Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." I bring this up while trying…

ACT 7 Conference Report: The Truth About Digital Advertising Lies
May 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Samir Husni, aka Mr. Magazine, held his annual ACT 7 conference at the University of Mississippi in late April. The program was a good round up of what is going on in publishing, what our hopes and fears, challenges and opportunities are, and what the most forward-looking publishers, large and small, are doing to create…

The Ad Fraud Issue May Be Twice As Big As First Thought — Advertisers Stand to Lose $16.4 Billion
March 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm

The global online ad fraud problem could be costing advertisers more than twice as much as first estimated, according to new research released on Tuesday. A study commissioned by WPP ad agencies The&Partnership and conducted by ad verification company Adloox estimates advertisers could be wasting $16.4 billion to fraudulent traffic and clicks manufactured by bots…