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The Danger of Zero-Sum Publishing - For Me to Win, You Have to Lose

TL;DR: Users already spend their media budget on multiple subscriptions, including streaming services like Netflix, Spotify etc., as well as some news publications. But they don’t want more of the latter.  The industry now runs the risk of embracing a zero-sum game where, for one publisher to win, every other publisher must lose. Rather than rely solely on subscriptions, the revenues of which ...

You’ve Built an Audience, Now What?

It’s no small feat to consistently produce content that people want to consume and to generate a base of readers among millions of content sources. If you’ve gotten this far, congratulations, it’s a huge accomplishment!  It’s also an accomplishment that you should be compensated for.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at some options you might consider when thinking about your content ...

David & Goliath: Publishers Must Compete with Music & Film Platforms

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2019 was officially presented at year’s GEN Summit, making it top of mind for panelists and audiences alike. Two of the key takeaways that everyone focused on were:

Geofencing as a New Tool to Monetize Content - Part 2: National Publishers

In the first part of this blog series, we discussed how “Geofencing” - the process of building a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area - could benefit local publishers who were looking to monetize audiences outside their immediate geography. Now let’s take a look at a second example - a much larger national publication.

Reader Revenues Made Easy  —  Like The Guardian, You Too Can Profit from Contributions

At the beginning of May, The Guardian announced that it recorded its first operating profit since 1998 — £800,000 for the 2018–19 fiscal year, compared with a £57m loss over the course of the three previous years. This is, of course, all the more significant because the publication does not have a paywall of any kind, instead relying on a combination of premium experience subscriptions, ...

Elevating the Sales Funnel with LaterPay

Why has the way we consume content flipped, moving from a ‘push’ model to what can now be considered as ‘pull’? Why must publishers focus on a business model that is user-centric - one where they accept that they are no longer in control of the consumer? And what does it mean to say that there is a world of opportunity between ad-supported content and subscriptions - a world that micropayments ...

Publishers Are Generating Incremental Revenue - Without Cannibalizing Subscriptions

Paid digital content is becoming more common, with the decline in publisher ad revenues and shifts in tech trends working against publishers. Asking readers to pay for a subscription to access content was the natural first step in content monetization as a means to sustain the digital publishing business. We now know that only a very small portion of an audience will commit to a subscription and ...

Learning from the International Publisher Community at INMA

In addition to providing an overview of key trends and takeaways from the INMA Media Subscription Summit, the LaterPay team also had the opportunity to attend multiple keynote addresses and industry discussions, pulling together a highlight reel of the top moments below:

Key Takeaways From the INMA Media Subscription Summit

The LaterPay team was in Stockholm in March to attend the INMA Media Subscription Summit. Over the course of two days, we heard from a diverse range of international speakers discussing three core industry questions:

Leveraging the power of communities: How local journalism is ahead of the game

Here we explore what local publishers are doing to understand and reach their audience, the opportunities community trust offers them, and how they can translate this into various paid-for models to better suit their readers.