Today In Publishing

Moving On From Publishing Executive: The Song Remains the Same
May 31, 2019 at 3:37 pm

It’s been nearly six years since I took on the very meta role of directing a publication about publishing. It’s been a period of great uncertainty, innovation, and disruption, all of which create a lot of noise, so I always took the job of editor-in-chief of Publishing Executive and Book Business to be one of…

What Google’s Switch to First-Price Auctions Means for Publishers
May 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

The second-price auction played a starring role in making programmatic a $48 billion industry, but Google’s first-price switch means the model could be facing its final curtain call. After years of issues caused by header bidding and sequential auctions, Google has moved away from second-price auctions to increase transparency. Here is what publishers need to…

B2B Media Is Leading with First-Party Data – and Unlocking New Revenue
May 28, 2019 at 2:58 pm

For the longest time I resisted calling website visitors anything but readers. After decades as an editor and publisher, I pushed back on calling them “users.” I still don’t like the sound of it, but resistance is futile. Individuals you have a relationship with – be they core customers, newsletter subscribers, or occasional visitors –…

Meredith’s Executive Director of Video Programming & Analytics on IGTV & OTT Strategy
May 23, 2019 at 1:10 pm

While many publishers remain hesitant to produce videos for Instagram’s IGTV without a formal monetization system in place, Meredith Corporation is rolling out a slate of 20 original series for the long-form, vertical video app. The media company has launched 18 series across its brands to date, generating more than 20 million views on Instagram.…

How Publishers Can Start Monetizing Smart Speakers
May 22, 2019 at 8:59 am

If you ask an Amazon Echo how to monetize a voice assistant or smart speaker, it will tell you, “Sorry, I don’t know that one.” Many publishers are in the same boat. Already with enough on their plate, publishers are looking at voice similarly to how they viewed mobile a decade ago. It’s interesting, but…

Why Paper Prices Are Likely to Remain High for Publishers
May 15, 2019 at 8:37 am

Decades of historical precedent suggest that, now that the shortages and price increases of 2018 have ended, publishers should soon benefit from lower paper costs. But don’t hold your breath waiting for history to repeat itself. Prices for publication papers have stabilized since late last year, and the usual post-peak glut and price slashing don’t…

How Google's Cookie Restrictions Could Benefit Advertisers and Publishers
May 13, 2019 at 11:18 am

Google is always working to ensure as many consumer eyeballs as possible remain on its platforms. This truism holds the first obvious benefit for advertisers — a captive audience. And that audience is the major thing to remember for marketers who are upset about losing third-party tracking capabilities on Chrome later this year. Pushing Google…

Parse.ly Data Highlights Key Drivers of Reader Retention
May 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm

A major priority for publishers is not just audience growth, but audience retention and ultimately conversions. But do we really know what the driving factors are behind this level of reader loyalty? Recent analysis by content analytics company Parse.ly found that habitual readers, measured as returning visitors, is the most important metric for driving conversions.…

Why Your Ad Campaigns Aren’t Working & How to Fix Them (Part 2): Effective Ad Design
May 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Is your website underperforming for your advertisers? Are they pulling dollars from you to run more with your competitors or to spend on inbound marketing and programmatic ads? In my previous article, we talked about how your biggest ad challenges aren’t necessarily because of you. They’re often due to a misalignment in the advertiser’s campaign…