2020 Print Forecast: The Quad-LSC Merger Is Off, but Competition Might Still Suffer
August 19, 2019 at 8:30 am

Though the merger of megaprinters Quad and LSC Communications has been called off, publishers may still find it harder to strike a favorable printing deal in the coming months. Calling magazine and catalog printing “a broken part” of LSC, Tom Quinlan, the CEO, indicated earlier this month that LSC would be scaling back that part of…

Are Fully Personalized Magazines in Our Future? It’s Complicated.
July 10, 2019 at 9:28 am

With its flexibility and its ability to produce small batches, digital printing is transforming book publishing, direct mail, product packaging, and even the garment industry. But it has hardly laid a finger on magazine publishing. The technology enables publishers who have sufficient content and subscriber data to create “a unique magazine for every reader,” fellow…

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”…

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…

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…

MediaPitch: Indigo Trigger Aims to Streamline Operations for Media Companies
January 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

Workflow inefficiency has emerged as a clear hurdle for media companies as product portfolios have become more diversified and content platforms have multiplied, complicating sales, ad, and production operations. These operations inefficiencies become a tax on publishers’ resources and revenue, and strip bandwidth from other value-creating efforts. Indigo Trigger aims to tackle the problems caused…

6 Phrases that Sum Up 2018 in Publishing
December 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm

What a crazy, up-and-down year this has been in publishing! One minute, the president of the United States is calling us the enemy of the people, and then the next minute we learn that a major magazine publisher was paying to prevent embarrassing stories about the President from being published. Some publishers were so busy…

How is Scan-Based Trading Working Out for You?
November 28, 2018 at 10:39 am

Scan-based trading (SBT)—wherein the wholesaler is paid only for copies that go through the register, and unsold inventory is not recorded as either sold or returned—has been implemented in an estimated 70% of U.S. retailers. It was a long time coming, with many studies and audits and recommended best practices backing it up; and no…