Gmail’s Message to Newsletter Publishers: Get Rid of Inactive Subscribers
February 18, 2020 at 9:26 am

As a result of recent changes in Google’s popular Gmail product, newsletter publishers need to take a close look at slimming down their subscriber lists to prevent readership from plummeting. Email services have long tended to punish newsletters that are sent to large numbers of “spam traps” – AKA abandoned email addresses – sometimes shunting…

Guess Who's Going to Buy You? That's Right...Your Advertiser
February 14, 2020 at 2:59 pm

Barstool Sports launched as a print publication in 2003. Since then, they’ve become a multi-million dollar diversified sports and pop culture media company. Barstool recently sold to one of their advertisers, Penn National Gaming (owner of the Tropicana), for $450 million. A few years ago something like this would be considered an anomaly. Today, odds…

10 Keys to Digital Success in 2020 (Part 2)
February 12, 2020 at 12:16 pm

There are 10 key fundamentals that I believe every publisher must execute on this year to take their digital business to the next level. I covered the first five keys in my previous article, 10 Keys to Digital Success in 2020 (Part 1). In this second part, I cover the remaining five – including what…

Will Publisher-Created First-Party Data Platforms Save Ad Tech?
January 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Disclosure: I’m not a fortune-teller nor do I have a crystal ball. What I’ll offer is my 22 years’ experience on the publisher side, as well as on the martech and ad tech side. Here goes. If you haven’t been following recent news, there’s a new marketing push in big media to unite audience data…

5 Ways to Gamify Your Website and Increase Reader Engagement
January 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm

Increasing reader engagement is a top goal among digital publishers for many reasons. Google is known to rely on engagement factors such as time spent on site and bounce/click-through rates for its search result pages, but high engagement helps publishers in plenty of other ways, including: Stronger brand recognition Decreased advertisement costs thanks to high…

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…