Category Archives: Publishers

fake-news

Does Fake News Hurt the Future of Newspapers?

The year 2016 didn’t invent fake news; not even close. It will take a lot more than a firestorm of social media shares to bring down newspapers and writers with integrity. Most people have been taken in by at least one fabricated story. Now that it’s a trending topic and key phrase, it’s also a pervasive defense against every story that doesn’t support a given Read More →

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3 Reasons the Future of Newspapers is Bright

After hearing the same old thing again and again, people start to believe it. But are newspapers dying? No; far from it. They’re only changing. And change, as it goes, can be good. A few positive voices can be heard above the negative din. They’re saying: People still want the news Digital is the right direction Revenue streams are working Innovation is just getting started Read More →

newspaper-industry

4 Big Newspaper Industry Problems That Will be Solved in 2017

The newspaper industry showed incredible disruption in 2016, but it also revealed a wealth of positive momentum. Sometimes, it takes a little disruption to crack the shell and hatch something that’s full of promise. Publishers have begun to grasp the digital-first mentality. More focus is on content, not just branding. Revenue is growing, fake news needs a serious smackdown, and Millennials might just read the Read More →

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How Programmatic Advertising Works for a Local Newspaper Publisher

A local newspaper publisher doesn’t feel small with a programmatic advertising partner. Some national publisher brands built their own programmatic ad exchanges. And they’re proven to work. But local can also enjoy the revenue benefits of ad campaign optimization. In some ways, programmatic is ideally suited for the local market. Ad sales is arguably one of the most difficult jobs in publishing today. Decades ago, Read More →

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How Native Content Can Help Local and Independent Publishers Engage Readers

For small newspaper publishers, native content is like a catch-22 in reverse. It doesn’t look like an advertisement, so readers keep reading. And because readers tend to enjoy it, native ads generate vital revenue. That’s a big departure from the public’s usual ad-blocking nature. It’s part of the reinvention of newspaper revenue in the 21st century, and it works for independent publishers, too. Native ads Read More →

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How Local and Independent Publishers Can Stay Relevant and Generate Revenue

Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, perhaps small local and independent publishers should be designing a brand new type of vehicle for a different kind of road. There’s a certain freedom in the startup mode and energy of a small paper. Just as a new college grad has the whole world ahead, indie and community papers have nothing but options. Use them to your Read More →

Paid advertising

Finding the Next Frontier for Newspapers and Paid Advertising

Paid advertising success is always on the move. It often feels like herding kittens. You can see the possibilities. But the knowledge that revenue is possible doesn’t make it any easier (or less pointy) to catch. The newspaper industry is changing, sometimes in chaotic ways. That’s not exactly a secret. So perhaps it’s time to let go of what’s clearly not working and shift focus Read More →

Mobile

6 Keys to Adapting Your Newspaper for Mobile Success

If you’ve already tried your hand at a mobile news site, you know one fundamental truth: mobile isn’t just smaller, it’s different. And you haven’t, it’s a good idea to commit it to memory now. A mobile site or app that functions poorly frustrates you and your readers. At least while they stick around. But when it’s easy to use, it meets the public’s current Read More →

programmatic-advertising

How Newspapers Can Profit from Programmatic Advertising

Programmatic advertising takes the layers of competition that exist in publishing and makes it work better for everyone involved. Publishers reach a more receptive segment of ad buyers, advertisers target the right customers, and customers get a personalized experience. But for all of the industry buzzwords, there are still a lot of publishers (and buyers) who aren’t quite sure what it all means. In short, Read More →

Newspaper paywall

Managing the Pros and Cons of Newspaper Paywalls

Global Internet access to free information makes it difficult for newspaper paywall strategies to stick. They were a great idea, and they do actually work. Problem is, people who were born into Generation X and everyone who is younger had spent most or all of their lives with a very different Internet experience from the one that newspapers wanted to impose. It’s the imposition, not Read More →