Jammed Printers, First-Party Data Hiccups & More Publishing Predictions for 2020
January 15, 2020 at 10:00 am

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that 2020 will see more magazine closures and more experiments with reader paywalls. Here are eight, or maybe nine, not quite so obvious publishing predictions that will help you prepare for the year ahead: Paper Shortage A glut of magazine-quality paper has recently pushed prices down a…

Branded Content: Possibilities, Pitfalls, and Predictions
January 14, 2020 at 9:54 am

A seismic shift happened in the 2010s: Platforms took control of audiences away from publishers and brands. The result is the need to pay-to-play, which comes with a host of challenges. Brands need to find ways to efficiently expand their reach, while publishers need to create sustainable revenue streams that don’t fully rely on volatile…

Where Is B2B Marketing Headed in 2020? 7 Predictions
January 13, 2020 at 9:31 am

Forecasting the future is a dangerous but irresistible practice for observers like myself. So let me plunge ahead with seven bets on likely new developments in the world of B2B marketing. Just don’t look at my predictions from last year to check my record for accuracy, please. “My crystal ball is on back order,” as…

How to Not Waste Money on Facebook and Instagram Ads
January 9, 2020 at 8:15 am

As publishers, our relationship with Facebook is… complicated. In 2019, Facebook traffic returned for a lot of publishers, and many now consider the platform a reliable source of traffic. However, there hasn’t been much consistency in regards to Facebook’s Ads Manager platform in the last several months, amiright? Facebook Ads Manager Continues to Evolve First,…

3 Ways B2B Publishers Can Turn Data into Dollars
January 7, 2020 at 8:45 am

We’ve heard all the buzzwords: predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning. But have you done everything you can to wrangle data and find the insights that reliably drive revenue? Unfortunately, when I ask most publishers this question, they answer “no.” And there are even more “no” responses in the B2B world. Why? Because there’s a…

Offer, Don’t Ask: The Mindset That Earns Audience Trust
December 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Publishers and advertisers have an inherently intertwined relationship. So much so, they sometimes mirror each other. But publishers need to remember that although they rely on and have shared goals with advertisers, they are not advertisers. If publishers lose sight of this, they also lose (or never develop) the trust of the audiences they need…

The Top 12 Publishing Executive Stories of 2019
December 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm

In 2019, publishers fought shrinking ad revenue with diversified business models. Many focused on digital subscriptions, while others ramped up events, ecommerce, and other lines of revenue. And of course, user privacy moves impacted everyone and put an even greater premium on publishers' first-party data. Some notable changes and continued trends: Browsers cracked down on…

2020 Data Predictions for Publishers
December 16, 2019 at 8:50 am

It’s no real surprise that spend on data grew $3 billion in the last year alone. For publishers, capturing, organizing, activating, and analyzing data helps them develop deeper relationships with their audiences and create new opportunities for advertisers. For marketers, audience acquisition and engagement are paramount. But as investments in data ramp up, so do…