First signs of a subscription model for podcasts

In the second article for our “Business of Audio” series, we are taking a look at the changing business model for podcasts. Following in the footsteps of many publishers who are focusing on a “pivot to paid” this year, some podcasts are also offering subscriber-only, or early access, to podcasts. We examine this shift, the[…]

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 half of your new subscribers will churn in the first 3 months

While reading the new WAN-IFRA report “Engaged Readers Don’t Churn—Retention lessons for digital subscriptions“, one key stat stood out: German newspaper Die Welt found that half of their new subscribers were leaving in the first three months, after which the churn rate dropped to 1-2% monthly. So how can newspapers who have already succeeded by[…]

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[…]

Positive industry vibe at INMA, Newscamp, and DME events

This month Twipe was present at WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Europe, Newsfactory’s Newscamp, and INMA’s Subscription Summit.We sensed a genuinely positive vibe, driven by successful premium content strategies from international publishers like The New York Times, or more regional publishers like Dagens Nyheter in Sweden, Russmedia in Austria and BILD in Germany. We summarised our key[…]

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