Who pays for news and how to convert them

The Media Insight Project recently released the findings from the second phase of their research project to better understand what motivates news subscriptions. The biggest finding from this phase of the research project is the discovery of three news subscriber personas, each with their own distinctive mindset towards paying for news and strategy for converting to[…]

Trends in Digital Publishing Winter Edition

Out now, the latest edition of Trends in Digital Publishing has all the top stories, plus best practices from industry leaders and the newest developments at Twipe, including: Twipe CEO Danny Lein on the ‘artificial bubble‘ Digital transformation expert Steffen Damborg on artificial intelligence and reader engagement State of Digital Publishing founder Vahe Arabian on[…]

How The Guardian plans to reach one million paying members

One million paying members by April 2019–that’s the ambitious plan from The Guardian. The perennial question of how to fund quality journalism has seen a few new answers in recent memory, with membership programs as one potentially successful solution.The Guardian hopes to tap into this, with their membership plan as a core component of their[…]

How digital innovation has paid off for top European media companies

Two important reports were released recently: Hackers.Media’s list of the biggest media companies in Europe, and Reuters’s report on developing digital news projects. There’s some significant overlap between the two lists, so it’s interesting to see how a focus on digital innovation has led to success for some of the top European media companies.This week[…]

Who pays for online news?

This week, a report looking at what motivates people to pay for news online and in which ways they are willing to pay was released. Commissioned by Reuters, undertaken by Kantar Media, and funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative, this report synthesises the results of discussion groups in Finland, Spain, the UK, and the US. With vivid[…]

Ad-blocking in 2018: what will change

  At the beginning of August, Google revealed the findings of its first ad-quality evaluation campaign. The Mountain View firm reviewed over 100 000 websites and assessed much their ads impacted the reading experience. This is a first step towards an early-2018 rollout of a new Chrome version, which will most likely include native ad-blocking.[…]

Members only: how news organizations can use membership programs

The Atlantic was in the news this week with its announcement that it would be introducing a membership program, so we decided it’s time to take a deeper look at what this could entail. We’ll look at what’s happening in the world of membership programs, what their benefits are, and what could be coming in[…]

How games can increase reader engagement

Last March, Norwegian newspaper NRK introduced a new feature to its commenting system, aimed at improving the quality and relevance of its comments section. The idea was simple: before submitting a comment, a reader would have to take a short quiz relating to the article’s content. By doing so, NRK hoped its readers would provide[…]