Publishers Sharpen Their Approach to Paywalls

Visitors to Fortune.com noticed something new over the past few weeks: a requirement to enter an email address in order to access content. “You’re paying for it with your email address in a sense,” says Fortune's chief marketing officer, Michael Joseloff. “We have done a lot of research into what will be most valuable for our audiences, and this is a chance to test some of that in advance of our official paywall, which we will put up in early March.” While the site will still offer some content for free, it will also create three tiers of paid content, priced at $5 per month (or $49 per year), $11 per month (or $99 per year) and $22 per month (or $199 per year). The paywall is a new initiative at the now-independent magazine, which was sold by Meredith Corp. to Thai-based businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon for $150 million late in 2018. (Time Inc., which had published Fortune for decades, was itself acquired by Meredith earlier that year.) “We’ve always been part of larger-scaled media organizations,” Joseloff says. “This gave us a chance to think about what’s truly the best model to serve our customers and deliver the right value to them.” Fortune isn’t the only publisher to see paywalls as one way to continue moving away from an over-reliance on advertising and embrace the subscription business model. Just this month, Texas Monthly and The New Republic launched metered paywalls of their own. Achieving the necessary scale The industry has had a love-hate relationship... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

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