50 ideas for making media pay (Part two), why Buzzfeed’s new pessimism is important, and more …
What is Buzzfeed thinking?
The interview Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti gave to the New York Times last week raised industry eyebrows around the world. He floated the idea of a mega-merger between several of the biggest digitally native news
Peretti has also changed his tune dramatically on the benefits of social media, coming to the same conclusion many of us worked out a while ago, that if Google and Facebook take all the revenue but don’t want to pay for the work behind the journalism, something needs fixing.
This week’s feature from Simon Owens picks apart the motivations behind Peretti’s mega-merger suggestion, exploring why its attempts to scale native advertising failed and how its approach to platform agnosticism has changed. What will happen now Buzzfeed has
This is the second in our series outlining ways publishers are looking to raise revenue. This article (ideas 13-29) explores advertising models, events and newsletters.
What’s new this week
|Condé Nast merges |
“To realize the full potential of Conde Nast – for our audiences and our business partners – the time is right for the US and International companies to truly function as one company.”
|BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti’s increasing pessimism and why it matters|
For much of BuzzFeed’s existence, Peretti thought he was operating above the industry trends that have worried so many of his publishing colleagues.
|What do publishers do when only 16% of consumers are willing to pay?|
During the pre-internet days, news publishers had a captive audience. While some of them still do, most others are facing fast dwindling numbers.
|How Smithsonian magazine leverages live events across platforms|
For a magazine brand that is published by the world’s largest museum and research complex, Smithsonian magazine isn’t what one would expect.
|Publishers may have reasons to celebrate as Amazon challenges the duopoly|
About half of online shoppers start their customer searches on Amazon, and, by 2021, half of the online sales are predicted to be with the business.
|A beginner’s guide to audio storytelling: what you need to know|
Always be listening for your next story with a sense of genuine
|Three internet privacy acts every publisher should know|
We’ve rounded up some information privacy laws and personal information-handling practices that you should keep in mind.
|70% of UK publishers look at video content as |
Video content is among the more effective tactics for getting exposure to a brand, as well as generating revenue.
|The battle for ad revenues: Could a publishers’ combine take on the duopoly?|
Digital media firms are struggling, many have missed their revenue targets, reduced their workforces and have been trying to generate revenue from e-commerce.
|Half of |
Edition readers look less for free content and are more loyal to one news brand. Newsflow readers check the news more frequently, read in shorter sessions, and access more sources.
|NYT’s chief technology officer on how the newspaper harnesses technology to innovate|
It has been a fascinating decade for The New York Times, a newspaper that has done perhaps more than any of its rivals to recalibrate online news media business models.
|8 key statistics from the Media Moments 2018 report|
90% of Amazon searches end with a purchase, 44% of
|How readers find articles: Not just search and social|
According to a study from Parse.ly, search engines
Download WNIP’s new Media Moments 2018 report, which dives deeper into this year’s developments in publishing, and looks at what opportunities 2019 could usher in. The report is free and can be downloaded here.