Today In Publishing

Death of the CDO, Rise of the CPO
July 16, 2019 at 12:48 pm

It was 1999 and the Internet was about to flip publishing on its head. The media called for the end of print with the debate being mostly about what month and not what year – a fait accompli. One of the top strategic M&A questions was, “Who’s your head of digital?” Fast forward 20 years.…

Publishing Insiders React to Sale of National Distributor Curtis Circulation
July 15, 2019 at 9:59 am

It’s the dawn of a new era: The last remaining national distributor, the ANC-owned Comag Marketing Group, has bought the second-to-last remaining one, Curtis Circulation Company; and if I’m doing my math right, that puts us down to one. One company to interact with publishers, do their billing, manage their distribution, handle their marketing. One…

Publishers Should Expect More Data from Programmatic Demand Partners
July 11, 2019 at 9:52 am

Programmatic demand has become an essential part of many publishers’ revenue strategy. Sell-side platform (SSP) companies have seen amazing growth — the top 10 alone account for over $84 billion in revenue. However, when it comes to analyzing critical data in order to optimize their programmatic business, publishers are left to fend for themselves. On…

Are Fully Personalized Magazines in Our Future? It’s Complicated.
July 10, 2019 at 9:28 am

With its flexibility and its ability to produce small batches, digital printing is transforming book publishing, direct mail, product packaging, and even the garment industry. But it has hardly laid a finger on magazine publishing. The technology enables publishers who have sufficient content and subscriber data to create “a unique magazine for every reader,” fellow…

How ALM Is Connecting with Young Professionals & Fostering Industry Talent
July 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Before you can monetize an audience, you need to learn what motivates the people in it. The same holds true for retaining talent in a competitive industry like publishing – leaders must listen to employees and create environments where they feel comfortable bringing forth ideas, says Molly Miller, chief content officer at ALM. This approach to both audience and employee engagement led the B2B publisher to launch the ALM Young Professionals Network last month.

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,…

Using MarTech to Create a 'Netflix-like' Omnichannel Stack
July 1, 2019 at 11:01 am

Marketers' most frequent martech stack aspiration is, "We want to create a Netflix-like experience." That certainly sounds good, but what does "Netflix-like" actually mean, and what does it take to get there?

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…