Insights on reader willingness to pay for online news

The funding crisis in journalism has dominated the industry conversations in recent years, whether it be about paywall strategies, diversifying revenues, or generating direct reader revenues. With this in mind, we started our latest research in the “Reinventing Digital Editions” series, in which we surveyed 4,000 news consumers across Europe and the United States. Our[…]

What you can learn from The Times, Mittmedia, and Le Monde

It’s something all publishers are grappling with: how to best optimize your paywall strategy? After all, 47% of new subscribers report that running out of free articles prompted them to subscribe. This week we have lessons from three innovative publishers: The Times & The Sunday Times, Mittmedia, and Le Monde. (Hear the leaders of these[…]

3 outside the box ways newspapers are diversifying revenues

Building an escape room, launching a DPO for direct reader investment, and renting a room on Airbnb: all ways newspapers are thinking outside the box to diversify their revenue stream. These ideas all provide valuable insights into how newspapers must start thinking about their reader revenue strategies, including the need for membership programs, asking your[…]

What your paywall strategy is missing

With ad revenue falling year after year and adblock usage on the rise, many publishers are returning to direct reader revenue strategies. One of the first steps in growing digital subscribers is setting up a paywall. But the paywalls of yesterday are no longer successful, from The New York Times initially offering 20 stories per[…]

3 insights for generating reader revenue

Newspapers are starting to realise it is engagement, not reach, that will help them survive in the digital age. To succeed, newspapers must monetise the engagement of their most loyal readers, whether that is through direct subscriptions, memberships, or something entirely different. A new report from the AP’s Ryan Nakashima and Anne Cai looks at how[…]

Do you know your 7 percenters?

Find your super users to grow your subscriptions business For over a decade, Ken Doctor has been asking media executives “what percentage of your visitors drive 50% of your site’s traffic?” A surprisingly small amount of executives actually know the answer to this question, but across the industry the average is only 7% of monthly[…]

6 insights for your subscription strategy

  If you weren’t able to attend INMA’s sold-out Media Subscriptions Summit last month, you can still benefit from the learnings thanks to the release of their new report, The Media Subscriptions Blueprint. At over 100 pages, the report is a deep dive into best practices and industry leaders in the world of subscriptions, including[…]

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[…]

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