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Intention, Authenticity & Value: 3 Key Commerce Strategies for Publishers
March 20, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Publishers are aware of the need to diversify revenues, and increasingly, commerce is the key strategy–with 31% stating it will be an important focus in 2019. There’s a good reason that’s the case. Monetizing embedded links that direct readers to products allows publishers to generate meaningful revenue from their content. Simultaneously, advertisers get the opportunity…

8 Ways Media Sales Reps Can Increase Print’s Value in an RFP
March 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Remember back in the good old days, say, about 2015, when ad agencies had separate media-buying teams for print and digital? That made it easy for the sales team to specialize. The old codgers sold print, while the “kids” sold digital. But the world is no longer so simple. From what I see, based especially…

5 Ways to Significantly Cut Subscription Renewal Costs
March 7, 2019 at 9:57 am

Whether you run a paid or controlled magazine, growing and maintaining your subscriber base is one of your biggest budget expenses. Finding ways to cut subscription renewal costs has a big impact on your profitability. Assuming you operate at a 20% profit margin, every dollar saved in your circulation efforts is the equivalent of $5…

What's Your Event DNA? The Creation of Rapid Growth, Non-Cloneable Programs
March 6, 2019 at 5:37 pm

DNA is the molecular-level instructions that guide the development and expression of a living thing. How that thing will engage. How it will respond. How it will interact with others. DNA guides how a unique life will unfold. Meaningful, growing, sustainable events must also begin with the creation of their unique DNA, which is developed…

New Privacy Regulations Coming Your Way: California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
March 4, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Have you recovered from last spring’s GDPR adrenaline rush yet? Everybody in publishing was nervous about finding the right way to comply with new European privacy regulations. It did not seem like there was one clear path to compliance. As much anxiety as GDPR regulations provoked, that may soon look like the good old days.…

Want to Build Trust with Readers? Try Adding a Box that Explains the Story Process
February 27, 2019 at 11:07 am

Providing readers with supplementary information on how a journalist approached a story seems to be effective in building reader trust of the news organization, according to a study out Tuesday from the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas, Austin. But tests of a second intervention — the addition of a “‘demonstrating balance’ box that directed readers…

Google Says it’s Fighting Misinformation, but How Hard?
February 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Google recently presented a white paper at a digital-security conference in Germany, in which the search giant detailed all the steps it is taking across its various divisions—YouTube, Google News and Google Search—to fight misinformation and disinformation. The company said it is working hard in a number of areas including using…

‘Hard to Back Out’: Publishers Grow Frustrated by the Lack of Revenue From Apple News
February 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Last year, Apple News brimmed with promise for publishers, offering an engaged, high-quality audience that seemed to do nothing but grow. Ad revenue wasn’t great, but at the start of 2018, most publishers assumed that would come around. One year later, most publishers are still waiting. Monetization on Apple News remains a slog, according to seven…

Here are the Kinds of Content Platform Users Seek (or Avoid)
February 22, 2019 at 9:13 am

Maybe it’s because I spend a lot of time around audience engagement teams, but after publishing the first part of my analysis on platform growth, my favorite part was the feedback I got from readers. Before we dive into my next analysis, I wanted to clarify something…

4 Print-Centric Assumptions Publishers Should Avoid Online
February 20, 2019 at 10:30 am

In the early years of television, news broadcasts were virtually identical to their radio counterparts, except you could see the guy who was reading the headlines. It took a few years for the networks to rethink how to present news using the new capabilities that TV offered. In many ways, online publishing has been even…

Hearst Appoints Mike Smith As Chief Data Officer
February 18, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Hearst Magazines named Mike Smith as its first chief data officer Thursday. When Smith joined Hearst in 2013, he introduced programmatic to its sites and oversaw programmatic buying. As chief data officer, Smith will oversee data use in programmatic campaigns, branded content, direct sold campaigns, sales operations and editorial. “When Troy [Young] became president of…