BoSacks Speaks Out: IMAG Conference Zeroes in on Credibility & Consumer Revenue
June 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

There is a trend in publishing and media conferences that has been growing for the past few years, and when I tell you what it is, you'll say, “Of course.” It's actually a conversation I've seen at publishing conferences around the world. I've heard it in Berlin at the Digital Innovators’ Summit and at MagNet:…

B2B Media, The Ethics Virus & The Pursuit of Consumer-Grade Experiences
May 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Last week I attended the 2018 B2B Media Success Conference held by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). The topics of the day ranged from the growing obstacles editors face in accessing public information and officials to the way changing B2B media business models have altered the day-to-day roles and expectations of the…

Digital Scale For Sale: How Publishers Can Thrive in an Era of Consolidation
December 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

Scale has been important in the digital publishing business – and industry in general – for as long as I can remember. But, not until Facebook and Google started gobbling up all of the growth in U.S. digital ad spending (63% according to eMarketer estimates) has the need been so acute. Publishers require scale to…

At IMAG, Media Revolutionaries Are Breaking the Rules to Find New Revenue
May 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

I have several media conferences that I relish and greatly look forward to each year, and IMAG-MPA is one of the best of them. Imagine what is like for a long-time publishing enthusiast like me to be in a room filled with like-minded entrepreneurs who happen to be in the magazine business. Intoxicating, yes? Here…

In a Surprise Move, TNG Acquires Ingram Periodicals
May 5, 2017 at 2:19 pm

“At least it isn’t another bankruptcy,” a contact at a key retailer said to me. “There will be some order, some sequence and continuity to the whole transition.” He was speaking, of course, of the acquisition of Ingram Periodicals by TNG, formerly the News Group, earlier this week, a move that came as a surprise…

What Xerox Acquisition of R.R. Donnelley Could Mean for Magazines
July 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Well, this is big news and could have a big impact on the publishing industry. I expect several mergers and/or additional buyouts after this pending Xerox-R.R. Donnelley deal goes through. As I see it, when the dust settles, it will be seen as an opportunity for the printing community to take down some more iron…

Review & Thoughts on the 2016 Digital Innovators' Summit in Berlin
April 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm

I go to a dozen or more media conferences each year. Many I speak at and others I report on as a media analyst and journalist. I always hope to learn something new or hear different perspectives. I have seen the best and the not so great. Having attended the good and the bad, it…

5 Minutes with Joe Ripp, Time Inc. CEO & 2016 American Magazine Media Conference Chair
January 20, 2016 at 11:34 am

BoSacks interviews Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp about his new role as the chair of the American Magazine Media Conference, which the MPA will host in Manhattan on February 1st and 2nd. Ripp discusses why events like the AMMC are important for the health of the magazine industry and previews some of the conference sessions…

Stats on Magazine Launches Are Irrelevant & Misleading
July 2, 2015

My friend Samir Husni has penned a short essay and complaint about "numbers" used in our industry for purposes of industry review and analysis (Click here). He bemoans the way some media reporters publish stats on the number of new titles in each quarter, and he wishes that they reached out to him for his extensive collected number of new launches. I suggest that his collection of data is very large, unique, and probably the most definitive.