News Podcasts and the Opportunities for Publishers

There’s no better way to wrap up our “Business of Audio” series for 2019 than digging into the latest report from Retuers on news podcasts and the opportunities for publishers. This report looks at the 15 year old phenomenon that is suddenly a ‘hot topic’ in the publishing industry, addressing two areas that we think[…]

Learnings from 2019’s best news industry conferences

As you work on your plans for 2020, we have gathered our top learnings from this year’s industry events (and key working areas for us at Twipe) to help inform your strategy.  #1. Growing subscriptions at #DigtalSubsParis (March, Paris) Matthew Skibinski, consultant from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, confirmed the importance of emails and registered users for likelihood to subscribe, and he[…]

Defining news habits in the digital age

At the “Digital Growth Summit” we learned that succeeding with habit formation requires organisational change, a deeper understanding of readers, and continuous experimentation. To elaborate on these learnings we have spent the past few months interviewing leaders of newspapers with strong habit formation strategies which we will share in an upcoming research report. Subscribe now[…]

How local news organisations can fight for their slice of the subscription pie

The subscription economy has grown more than 300 percent since 2012, but it is tech giants such as Netflix and Spotify that have mainly benefited from this. Even among the growth in news media subscriptions, national titles have dominated: The New York Times and The Washington Post account for more than half of all US[…]

Why publishers are creating vertical subscription products

This year Reuters found that 52% of media executives will focus more on reader revenues, and we expect this to grow more in 2020. Publishers can either focus on how to better convert and retain subscribers for their main news product or add additional revenue streams. Recently we are seeing more and more news organisations experiment with[…]

Where US publishers see potential for innovation

Recently Google announced the funding recipients of its first-ever “North American Innovation Challenge“. 34 projects were chosen across the US and Canada, with funding totaling $5.8 million. We’re no strangers to Google’s Innovation Challenge here in Europe (or as it was previously called the DNI fund). At Twipe we’ve been fortunate enough to have a[…]

Young people and the news

One of the many challenges publishers today are trying to tackle is how to reach a younger audience. As news consumers are feared to be only getting older and older, exactly how to reach this new audience is becoming crucial. That’s why we have gathered the latest research on young people and the news here,[…]

Unexpected ways publishers engage readers

When news publishers today think about their digital strategy, it’s clear they need to focus on apps, newsletters, and social. But some innovative publishers have found success with other platforms, such as conference calls, calendars, and WhatsApp. While the best practices for these platforms all differ, they succeed because they tap into basic desires of[…]

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