Innovations in Local News celebrated at the INMA Global Media Awards – Part One

Local news is still relevant. Despite the challenges faced by local news outlets, the desire for local journalism remains. In fact, these local newspapers are some of the most trustworthy news sources according to readers. They help to fill the gaps of the national news and discuss what really matters in a reader’s life. To[…]

Key Takeaways from the Mather Economics Symposium 2021

In the 3 day symposium, Mather Economics tackled the topic of “Subscriber Lifecycle Management”. This is a further endorsement to the growth in importance of subscribers for publishers. We selected some of the most noteworthy cases from McClatchy, Mediahuis, Gannett, and The Economist looking at the topics of culture, customer centricity, technology, and subscription strategy.[…]

The Puzzling Case of Puzzles

Puzzles have long been a fascination for many working in the newspaper industry. Extremely loved by some readers, they have been the subject of experiments by newspaper publishers across the globe. We know that puzzles are important for habit formation, but how to transfer their success to the digital world is an area yet to[…]

GEN Summit 2019: monetising audio, building direct relationships, and emerging tech

Over three days in sunny Athens, the Global Editors Network gathered a large group of innovators in the media industry, coming from the commercial, editorial, and technology spheres. With this diverse group at GEN Summit, three main conversations emerged: determining how we can monetise audio efforts, the importance of building direct relationships with readers, and[…]

Building a long-term relationship with your readers

A recent survey from Reuters found that 52% of media executives will focus on reader revenues this year, and we know that leading publishers invest more in engagement than acquisition. So how do you build a long-term relationship with your readers? Today as a Valentine’s Day’s special, we take a look at what has worked[…]

Frequency is the highest predictor for retention

The latest release from the Medill Local News Initiative at Northwestern is another strong indicator of a changing perspective among many leading publishers. In a study of over 13 terabytes of subscriber data from the Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, and San Francisco Chronicle, they found that regular reading habits were the most strongly correlated with subscriber[…]

Why leading publishers invest more in engagement than acquisition

A recent survey from INMA found that 59% of publishers spend less on engagement than they do on acquisition. This is a staggering number when we see that the most successful publishers are the ones investing more in their engagement strategies—for example Financial Times now spends 3x more on engagement than acquisition. This week we’re[…]

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