5 Trends Publishers Should Embrace This Year

One of my greatest lessons at Flipboard has been that no two publishers are the same. While our business discussions typically revolve around two key areas—growth and monetization—there are so many paths to achieving both. In my role as Flipboard’s head of paid content partnerships, I have spoken with over 100 publishers around the world about their challenges and the need to diversify their distribution strategies. It’s given me a deeper appreciation for the uniqueness of each publisher while also allowing me to spot similarities and trends. Here are five major areas in which we see publishers sharpening their focus in 2020: 1. Fighting a reliance on the duopoly Long gone are the days of typing your favorite website into a browser to catch up on the latest news or gossip. Today is all about SEO, algorithmic distribution and virality. Publishers are so reliant on just a couple of key external traffic drivers that a simple algorithmic or ad rate change can cause momentous swings to their organic and paid traffic, putting their sustainability in a precarious state. Thus, many publishers are keen to diversify their referral traffic mix and build a portfolio of partnerships with multiple social, SEO, referral and paid distribution platforms. 2. Owning their audiences As fickle as those algorithms are, it's scary to think about how a majority of any publisher’s traffic is dependent on referral sources that could drastically decline or disappear entirely from one day to the... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

[ Folio Magazine | 2020-03-02 19:29:48 UTC ]
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