Developing a Successful Membership Program: Where to Start
June 17, 2019 at 10:47 am

Memberships are hot. And not just in publishing. According to an analysis of Google Trends data, memberships are 33% more popular today than they were just two years ago. From Burger King to CVS, from Charles Schwab to the Minnesota Twins, brands across industries are launching memberships. As publishers, we want to diversify our revenues…

Pay Attention, Publishers: Outsiders Are Redefining What a Magazine Can Be
June 11, 2019 at 11:31 am

Software mogul, golf equipment manufacturer, movie-streaming service, mattress maker, actress, social media behemoth: It seems everyone wants to get into the magazine-publishing business these days. Everyone, that is, except for “real” magazine-media publishers. Whenever a well-known digital-native brand comes out with a print magazine, you can count on a wave of rah-rah “print isn’t dead”…

What Is RPS & How Can It Drive Digital Growth for Publishers?
June 10, 2019 at 4:26 pm

If you strip everything down to the core, a publisher’s business model is the acquisition and monetization of audience at price differentials. If the average cost of acquiring a reader is lower than the publication’s ability to monetize a reader, the publisher achieves profitability. On the face of it, what I’m saying is simple, but…

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…

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 –…

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 Micropayments Can Move Readers Through the Subscription Funnel
April 24, 2019 at 2:20 pm

This year – and perhaps for the first time – the topic of micropayments was front and center at the 2019 INMA Media Subscription Summit, where publishers discussed best practices for growing digital subscriptions. It was a direct reflection of the industry’s shift in focus toward tools and solutions that can extend current business models.…

It’s Time for Publishers to Create Experiences, Not Destinations
April 18, 2019 at 1:05 pm

For those of you that don’t know me personally, I’m a huge football fan. So, in 2017, when Tony Romo was getting replaced by Zak Prescott, I was watching closely if Romo would land on a team that would go head to head against my New York Giants. That search, and an article posted on…