To Grow Consumer Revenue, Publishers Tap Into Communities Within Communities

Innovative paid content programs and direct-to-consumer strategies are reshaping sustainable revenue models. What can publishers learn from marketers of personalized dog food, Merino wool sneakers or vegan meal subscriptions? The lesson is clear: find niche passions, eliminate middlemen and get closer to the consumer. When the formula is right, consumers have shown they are willing to spend a good chunk of change with publishers. And across the industry, media brands such as Esquire, Road & Track, Allure and McClatchy are taking advantage. McClatchy’s laser focus on election nerds Trying to create a subscription product around the highly commoditized category of election coverage seems risky on the surface. But McClatchy’s Impact2020 package ($50 for the first year, $125 thereafter) not only offers political nerds a different take on this election journey, but that it has the tools to entice likely customers.  “The interest is at an all-time high with this cycle,” says Grant Belaire, VP of digital audience development. By aggregating coverage from its newsrooms in over a dozen local markets and keeping the focus on key voting blocs, Impact2020 aspires to break through the copy-and-paste nature of online political news. It takes its lead from a paid Sports Pass product that has already proven successful. “Our data has always suggested there are people who want every bit of content,” Belaire continues. In fact, part of the model is using data to identify newspaper... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

[ Folio Magazine | 2019-12-10 21:05:05 UTC ]
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