Boulder, Colorado (June 2, 2015) - Active Interest Media, Inc. (AIM,www.aimmedia.com) announced today that it has acquired a core industry trade brand from Catalyst Communication (www.catacom.com), adding to its growing portfolio of enthusiast magazines, events, websites, digital and social media platforms and trade properties. The assets include Outdoor Guide, a leading outdoor and ski industry direct mail service with over three decades of custom solutions for successful retailers. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Yesterday Active Interest Media announced its acquisition of Cabin Life magazine from fellow niche, enthusiast publisher Kalmbach Publishing. The magazine will be combined with AIM's Country's Best Cabins and published under the newly created Cabin Living, now the largest cabin enthusiast brand in the market. It has a combined audience of 150,000.
Time Inc. Chairman and CEO, Joe Ripp said, "Our results and financial performance reflect progress in the fundamental re-engineering of our business, and in re-positioning the company for its return to growth. At the center of that transformation are Time Inc.'s extraordinary portfolio of media brands, engaged audiences and powerful story-telling.
Spin Media Group eliminated 19 positions on Tuesday, C.E.O. Stephen Blackwell told Capital in a phone interview.
Blackwell told Capital that Tuesday's "reduction in force" affected about 14 percent of the company's 127 staff members-mostly in the video, photo, and sales departments.
Some of the layoffs, he added, were due to the decision to end the print edition of Vibe, which the company acquired last year.
Last week, as Capital first reported, Stephen Blackwell was named the new C.E.O. of Spin Media Group-a collection of more than a dozen online music and lifestyle publications that together bring in about 30 million monthly uniques. The company owns the two longstanding brands SPIN and VIBE, as well as digital properties of more recent vintage like Celebuzz, The Frisky, and Stereogum, among other brands.
Blackwell is a relative newcomer to the company, which has spun through countless C.E.O.s, layoffs, pivots, acquisitions, and new names over the past few years.
Vibe magazine is celebrating its 20th birthday by announcing it plans to live to see 21. Despite numerous reports this year that the magazine's new owner SpinMedia, the network of pop-culture blogs, had decided to shut down the print edition, executives now say they will keep printing the magazine on a regular basis. Frequency will be reduced to four times a year from six.
SpinMedia is also considering reviving Spin's print edition as a quarterly.
Slowly but surely, publisher sites are getting better. Last week, the New York Post ditched its messy, haphazard attempt at an online presence in favor of a visually appealing, fully responsive offering instead. It's not the only major publisher doing so. The growth of mobile devices and the widespread adoption of responsive design is pushing media owners to move away from a "more is more" approach in favor a cleaner, streamlined, more minimalist one. At last, user experience is starting to feel like more than an afterthought.
Parse.ly, the web-publishing analytics startup that launched in early 2012, has released the first edition of what's expected to be a monthly look into the top sources driving traffic to publishers' sites. The first edition of the Authority Report, as Parse.ly has dubbed it, covers July 2013 and shows - among other insights - Feedly crushing other RSS readers in the first month sans Google Reader.
Interweave, an imprint of F+W Media, Inc., the nation’s number one craft media company, enriches crafters worldwide with the launch of a new website, CraftDaily.com. An experience unlike any before, the subscription video website features more than 100 hours of full-length, high-quality, fully-vetted instructional videos taught by renowned instructors including:
It ain’t easy being in the media business these days, or so they say. There are in fact lots of people allegedly, or actually, raking in digital dollars, according to this article from Fortune. They’re all content producers with a journalistic twist. They are all different in their own ways, but you can parse out some ingredients for financial success in the industry.
Not surprisingly the top, profitable companies are: The Huffington Post, Gawker Media, The Awl, Business Insider, SAY Media, Vox Media, and BuzzFeed.
So what sets them apart?