Web Strategy

Digital Consolidation: Here for the Long Haul or Another Passing Fad?
January 27, 2020 at 11:50 am

In the world of digital publishing, mergers and acquisitions have become almost commonplace, with consolidation dominating the 2019 headlines. From Vox Media’s acquisition of New York Media to Bustle Digital Group’s purchase of Inverse, and from Vice Media’s $400 million acquisition of Refinery29 to Group Nine Media’s $300 million acquisition of PopSugar, the digital media…

Become a Publishing Executive Contributor
January 3, 2020 at 2:33 pm

Are you a seasoned media technologist with best practices to share? Specialize in ad sales or audience development? Maybe you’ve leveraged data to create a new membership product, podcast, or event that’s driving revenue for your company? Share your insights with Publishing Executive and become a thought leader in the magazine media industry.

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.

12 Most Popular Media Tech Stories of 2019
December 19, 2019 at 9:58 am

Media organizations doubled down on their efforts to convert readers into paying customers — and they used technology to do so. From online subscriptions and micropayments to digital advertising and user experience, Publishing Executive's media tech coverage in 2019 reflected the range of business priorities among today's publishers.

Digital Publishers Need a Revenue Revolution
December 9, 2019 at 8:30 am

Digital publishers today face an unprecedented challenge. While U.S. digital advertising revenue is forecast to generate more than $116 billion by 2021, publishers aren’t seeing their fair share of that revenue. Ad revenue is being cannibalized by everything from ad blockers to walled gardens and user-generated content platforms, and the media landscape is increasingly fragmented across devices, channels,…

5 WordPress Trends Publishers Should Keep in Mind for 2020
November 25, 2019 at 11:19 am

2020 is just around the corner. After a roller-coaster year of dynamic shifts in social networks and shaky new Google SEO updates, it’s time to take a short break to focus on what the new year will bring to the publishing landscape. While the latest moves in technology are still revolutionizing the space on a…

Publishing Trends to Watch in 2020
October 24, 2019 at 8:50 am

The weather is cooler, the pumpkins are here, and it’s time for people with opinions to start publishing articles announcing what to watch for in the media and publishing industry in the coming year. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. The media industry is experiencing a flood of consolidations. From…

How to Get Credit for the Traffic You Drive to Your Advertisers
October 14, 2019 at 10:27 am

When I work with a publisher on their digital strategy, the first thing we do is look to better monetize the digital assets that they already have. This includes an in-depth analysis of how they’re fulfilling and reporting on digital ad programs. Almost invariably, I discover that the publisher isn’t properly setting up their ad…

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…