Growing your subscribers with newsletters

Few publishers have recognised how important newsletters can be to their digital strategy. Newsletter subscribers are more likely to become paid subscribers—something internal research has shown to be true at many publishers. The New Yorker found that the top sign a reader will become a paid subscriber is if they are a newsletter subscriber, while[…]

Loyalty, engagement, and AI: Predictions for digital media in 2018

As always, Nieman Lab released a list of predictions for the world of journalism and digital media in 2018. Here are 7 of the top predictions, focusing on loyalty, engagement, and artificial intelligence. Scooped by AI John Keefe makes the strong claim that “in 2018, you will be scooped by a reporter using artificial intelligence”.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]