Audience Engagement Digital Publishing
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The must-read publishing stories you may have missed this week

The engagement metrics publishers are using to grow, The Information and Bloomberg trial joint subscription, and more…

Measuring what really matters

The importance of reliable engagement metrics is increasing across the industry, as publishers look to prioritise audience experiences on their sites.

This has given rise to a variety of innovative ways of measuring engagement beyond pageviews and dwell time. The Financial Times uses an engagement score based on a mix of recency, frequency and volume, and The Wall Street Journal looks at ‘active days’ as its main measure – the number of days a reader has spent reading content.

Metrics like this are also helping publishers modify their content and weed out underperformers to present a better overall experience for readers. This in turn has led to several publishers reducing the amount of content they produce to focus on a lesser number of in-depth, more valuable pieces.

For these publishers, improving how they analyse user engagement has led to meaningful growth in both subscribers and revenue. Our question for this week: what are the metrics that matter to you?



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