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How a Web-based Kiosk Can Help Expand Your Magazine’s Reach Online

When it comes to traditional publishing, the number of places where you physically distribute or advertise your magazine results directly in reach. Even though the possibilities are limited, the rule is simple: the more points, the better. As for digital publishing, it’s quite the opposite. One great optimized web-based kiosk is enough to open up endless possibilities in terms of online reach.

It is all about how many people have access to – or are exposed to – your publications. In this context, the differences between the capabilities of traditional and digital publishing models are huge, both in terms of the possibilities of increasing the reach and the ways of measuring it. 

Taking these two aspects into account, web-based kiosks win, and you will see why in a moment.

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How to Leverage Social Media to Promote Your Digital Publication?

Social media ranks incredibly high when it comes to the effective promotion of digital publications. Thanks to them you can actively engage your fans or get constructive feedback from followers, as well as vividly increase the number of readers and subscribers. And the best part is, you have got everything at your fingertips.

It doesn’t mean the only task required is to set up accounts on the most popular social media channels and the rest will fall into place. It never worked this way. Achieving significant and measurable results requires three elements: strategy, engagement, and regularity. 

Sticking up to them along with using tips included in this article is a recipe for effective promotion.

The Benefits of Having a Mobile App for Your Magazine

Do you run a magazine? If your answer is “yes”, you should look deeper into this article. Why? Because it presents a new, efficient form of distribution, promotion, and sales you might be interested in due to the long list of its benefits.

There is no need to beat about the bush, it is about a mobile app for a magazine, or we should rather clarify, an interactive mobile app for your PDF-based magazine. In a moment, you will find out what is behind this phrase, how it looks like, how it works, and what advantages it can bring to your enterprise.  

If you want to get a solid dose of knowledge about a mobile app for magazines, read about titbits from the publishing world, and be surprised with facts about them, click the “Continue reading” button. Enjoy!

The Importance of Optimizing Your Digital Magazine for SEO

Distributing a magazine online is the first step to success in today’s publishing industry. Letting yourself be found effectively by potential readers is the second one. How do you increase your web visibility and make people come across your resources on their own? There is a way to achieve that and it is called SEO.

Millions of people search for millions of queries every day, trying to find an answer to their questions typed into Google. Including you. How many pages of Google search results do you usually visit? One, two, three? If you chose the last two answers, you belong to a definite minority. The statistics on this topic are stunning. The research shows that only 0.63% of people click on the second page. Knowing that, ask yourself a question – what are the chances your content will be found by people who haven’t met your brand yet?

Whether you are a small local magazine or a bigger national publication, you have to provide your business constant visibility in search results – the higher, the better – to be found by people who are looking for something. And we will tell you how to achieve that.

Digital Marketing Strategies for Middle-Size Magazine Publishers

Until recently, television has been the most effective advertising channel for almost every industry. As well as the most expensive, which resulted in the fact that many small or medium-sized companies could not afford it. Today, such firms face a huge opportunity to effectively increase recognizability and sales through online campaigns. Thanks to the Internet, a well-executed digital marketing strategy can give much better results than the few-second television spot in prime time. For a shorter time, less money, and with a higher rate of return.

One principle unites all businesses of the world – no marketing, no sales. Having a great product is the one thing. The ability to introduce it to the world is another. Building a brand, developing product recognition, and thus increasing sales are long-term processes that require appropriate marketing activities. Fortunately, the Internet has made them available to literally everyone, on the same terms without skyrocketing costs. It would be a shame not to take advantage of this, wouldn’t it?

We have prepared this article to make effective use of these advertisement opportunities for mid-size publishers. By defining this group in such a way, we imply those who are not part of large publishing concerns or multinational corporations as well as those who are not beginners in this business or hobbyists spending their free time in that way. The following set of specific tips is aimed at middle-sized companies, which we understand as an enterprise offering a magazine aimed at a specific audience; a company that employs people, makes a profit, and, most importantly, wants to grow.

If you feel like you are one, click “continue reading” without hesitation and use our proven and based on years of experience pieces of advice. You will not regret it.

ChatGPT and Magazine Publishers — New Friendship in the Business World

The artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot called ChatGPT, which has taken the world by storm, increasingly boldly enters the publishing business. Although it’s not perfect and still needs a lot of improvement, we can already say that it has significant potential to drive the next revolution of the digital magazine world.

Along with announcing the release of the free version of ChatGPT, the public went on reconnaissance — to be more specific, 100 million users in just over two months since launch. People logged in to get answers to the most diverse questions that could pop into their heads. The Internet has been flooded with screenshots of these (sometimes ridiculous) dialogues. The result? Some said there was nothing to be fascinated with, others, on the contrary, that there is unlimited potential in this tool.

So, who is right?

Basically, both. The ChatGPT needs a lot of improvement and at this point, it is not able to fully replace full-time employees. However, it can help them a lot, especially if we are talking about magazine publishers.

The Importance of Digital Transformation for Magazine Publishers in 2023

We live in an incredible age, an age of digital transformation. We witness enormous yet fascinating changes touching almost every industry in the world. It is no different from the publishing business. Magazine publications are right in the middle of the process of the digital revolution and this year seems to be a crucial moment for them.

What we are observing right now is no more no less a digital transformation spilling over to every aspect of publishing. This process is compared by many to a breakthrough on the scale of the invention of the printing movable type. If we want to understand the details of this development and its consequences fully, we must go far beyond turning a paper page into a screen view.

How far? That is the question you’ll find the answer in the following article.

Why Converting Your Print Magazine to a Digital Publication is a Must-Have in 2023

Stop for a moment. Look carefully at people around you: bored in the crowded commute, exasperated in long queues at shops, relaxed on benches in parks on sunny days. Is anybody reading a paper publication? If so, how many people are doing it? To compare – how many are staring at their smartphones or laptops? No matter where you are, we will bet the answers and proportions between these numbers will be similar.

This is because the on-screen reading trend is global. Nowadays, we all hear about large publishing houses, newspaper and magazine corporations which rebrand their strategies, limit some parts of their print titles, and move their efforts to the Internet. It doesn’t happen without a reason. On the contrary, there are a number of arguments why converting a print magazine to a digital publication is a must-have in 2023. 

In this article, you will see the most important ones.

Get a Publisher or Publish Your Magazine Yourself

Have you ever thought about the process of creating a book or a magazine? What does it look like step by step? What path does the publication go through from being the new idea to becoming the complete issue? The goal is always the same to win readers’ hearts, yet to get a publisher is a way to achieve it. At least, that’s how it’s been so far. Publishing’s changed and today, no matter what kind of publication you want to publish – book or magazine – you have two options to do it successfully. What are they?

Well, we put them into the title of this article instead of keeping you on tenterhooks. 

The first one – “get a publisher” – is as old as books, so let’s call it more traditional. It’s descending from paper and print publishing practice, based on giving the power to others which is engaging an external subject to publish a book with sharing profits policy. In return, the author has one duty which is to provide written content on time. 

The second one – “publish yourself” – is relatively new, mostly related to the digital world, and the possibilities of widespread export without any boundaries. Self-publishing is based on giving many roles and deciding power to one man, what’s equal to freedom of decision-making, and what’s related to this, lack of sharing costs. 

At first glance they are totally different, aren’t they?

The biggest differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing apply to the length and costs of the whole process, as well as the way of distribution, the range of creative control man has, and profits.

But they also have something in common – the goal, which is reaching readers interested in having or buying the publication.

In the following article, we’ll take a closer look at both ways, analyze how they evolved, (what’s closely related to changing magazines’ roles), point out the pros and cons, and finally, we’ll help you answer the question – which way is better for me?

Layout of a Magazine is More Important Than You Think – See Why

While the magazine cover is like the house door inviting you to come inside, the layout of a magazine is like the interior that makes you want to stay inside.

Do you know the rule of cleaning the house saying that there are three types of things you need to keep: useful, pretty, and those you have an emotional bond with? It is similar to magazines. People buy and read regularly only those publications which are useful, pretty, and have emotional meaning for them.

Each of these three issues – utility, prettiness, emotions – is the responsibility of a different team of people preparing magazines: writers, designers, and marketers. ​​Only their cooperation can lead to success. In this article, we take a look at one of the components of prettiness success – the layout of a magazine.

Why do we focus on this particular part?

As old birds in the publishing business, we think that a layout of a magazine is much more important than everybody thinks.

How Has ECommerce Conquered the Digital Publishing World and What Has Come from It?

The experienced publishers, running their business for years, have well-structured and great working sales funnels. So they diversify content adjusted to defined target groups accordingly to the different purchase stages. As a result, their sale is growing. What if they want to develop their digital publishing company even more? There’s a way; something that goes beyond content sales. After all, no one has said that this is the only product publishers can sell.

Let’s play with the words for a while – a digital publishing business is a company reaching not readers but customers by offering them not content but products. Everything seems to be correct, but there is a subtle difference, isn’t it?

Talking about the publisher as an entrepreneur broadens the perspective and gives more earning possibilities.

For most publishers, the main sources of revenue are advertising and subscribing. Both methods are strictly related to content. What about monetization as an entrepreneur, a business owner? Well, it is more about the sales of goods.

Content is a core publishers’ product but it doesn’t have to be the only one they offer.

As an entrepreneur, you can sell different things, even more so you have a bunch of loyal fans, a ton of data, and business experience. Why can’t you offer backpacks and mugs if you publish a travel magazine?

Maybe it’s time to take a step further in your digital publishing venture and think seriously about eCommerce as a way to diversify income.