5 graphs you need to see from Reuters Digital News Report 2019

Every year, we look forward to the release of the Reuters Digital News Report because it’s one of the most comprehensive reviews of news consumption globally. Based on a survey of 75,000 people in 38 markets, the 156 pages of this just released report are full of actionable insights. We’ve boiled down the findings to the[…]

Should publishers be investing in news content for smart speakers today?

In our business of audio series this year, we’re exploring how publishers can monetise their audio content, whether it be longform podcasts, news briefs for smart speakers, or something in between. Often this conversation on audio for news has been dominated by podcasts however, with the revenue model for smart speakers ignored. Inspired by a[…]

“Never stop challenging yourself”: Lessons from Scandinavian Publishers

“We owe it to ourselves and our communities to grow our digital revenues, in order to sustain quality journalism in our societies,” says Lena Samuelsson, Publisher and CEO of Aftonbladet. This Swedish tabloid, owned by Schibsted, was one of the very first newspapers in the world to introduce a paywall in 2003. Since that launch,[…]

Are you developing your paywall strategy for acquisition or retention?

We know that more and more publishers are focusing on reader revenue strategies this year (52% of news executives state subscriptions will be their main revenue focus in 2019). That means paywall strategies are often being rethought, from The New York Times ending the incognito loophole with its paywall or Neue Zürcher Zeitung tweaking its[…]

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[…]

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