Year in Review: Everything I wrote about media business and revenue models in 2019
The 2 x research reports, 10 articles and 10 monthly media trend + stats round-ups I wrote for What’s New In Publishing this year.
This is the second part of a series bringing together all of my work from the past year. You can see Part One, the four new research reports I dropped in 2019, here.
I’ll share additional updates in the coming days related to my output on changing journalistic practice (including local media,) media trends, digital/tech in the Middle East, as well as the podcasts I hosted.
Revenue Models and Ideas
In charts: Six trends which will define media in 2019
As we enter a new year, it's a great time to stop and take stock of the key trends which shaped the publishing sector…
50 ideas for making media pay: a definitive guide (Part three)
(Ideas 30-40: Events and eCommerce) This is the third in our series outlining different ways publishers are diversifying their revenues.
50 ideas for making media pay: a definitive guide (Part four)
(Part Four, ideas 41-50: Content) This is the fourth and final installment looks at how content is being leveraged to generate revenue, through podcasts, TV partnerships, newsletters, memberships and more.
Digital News Report 2019: The five essential charts for publishers
Damian Radcliffe picks out the key findings, the best charts and the implications for publishers from the latest Digital News Report.
Deeper dives into eCommerce
Following on from my recent report on the subject, which identified 10 key strategic considerations for media companies moving into the eCommerce arena, I also examined how specific organizations are embracing this space.
More than just cat memes: BuzzFeed's major eCommerce expansion
Damian Radcliffe takes a deep dive into BuzzFeed's eCommerce expansion, from establishing a dedicated Commerce division and the launch of a new shoppable ads format.
How POPSUGAR went from gossip blog to eCommerce pioneer
With a rich portfolio of subscription boxes, beauty products, partnerships and more, Damian Radcliffe charts POPSUGAR's journey from early retail efforts to an interconnected eCommerce giant.
As print falters, Marie Claire UK goes all in with eCommerce
As part of our series exploring publishers' eCommerce efforts for our latest report, Damian Radcliffe charts Marie Claire’s journey into salons, stores and more.
How 5 media companies around the world are using eCommerce
Heart Media (Singapore), Dennis Publishing (UK), Associated Media (South Africa), NBC Universal and The Today Show (USA).
Watch your back: 3 major U.S. retailers are rapidly moving into the content business
Amazon, Walmart and Target are all rapidly developing — and expanding — the range of content the media content they offer. By leveraging content with consumer data, they could make further in-roads into ad budgets and our shopping habits.
Platforms hold many of the cards when it comes to eCommerce
Changes at Pinterest, Instagram and TikTok are all making social commerce easier than ever.
I write a monthly column for What’s New in Publishing, highlighting market and research data, and its implications for business and revenue models. Sometimes what this means for media businesses is explicitly spelt out. On other occasions, I leave it so to the reader can determine the implications themselves (especially when it’s pretty obvious!).
10 essential media stats from February 2019
Record numbers for the New York Times, Facebook's 15th Birthday, Spotify's podcasting punt and brands go all in for digital video.
10 essential media stats from March 2019
The Economist's marketing budget, new services from Apple and Google, the impact of Facebook's algorithm change…
10 essential media stats from April 2019
Podcasting's ascendancy, Apple's monthly cloud spend, WPP's Amazon ad spend, a mixed month for social media, UK digital ad spend.
10 essential media stats from May 2019
Gen Z's media preferences, Disney's write-down, BBC's engagement on Facebook, plus a ton of revenue and advertising predictions.
10 essential media stats from June 2019
New advertising projections for podcasting and kids digital media, BuzzFeed's licensing strategy, news avoidance, and algorithm impacts on traffic for the Daily Mail online.
10 essential media stats from July 2019
Facebook's record fine, The Athletic's milestone, the growth of smart speakers, live podcasts and global advertising markets.
10 essential media stats from August 2019
New subscription tools, the GateHouse Gannett merger, top publishers on Facebook, and the continued importance of SMS and income from obituaries for U.S. local newspapers.
10 essential media stats from September 2019
Ad Tech's latest flaws, social media and messaging app usage, podcasting's impact at Slate, the value of evergreen content.
10 essential media stats from October 2019 | What's New in Publishing | Digital Publishing News
Snapchat's resurgence, Global Advertising projections for 2020, Instagram's struggle with disinformation, digital vs traditional media habits, the BBC’s youth problem and social commerce in China.
10 essential media stats from November 2019
TikTok's onward march, podcasting's advertising boom, South East Asia's $100 billion mobile economy, Disney+ launches, content implications of 5G and Spotify’s continued growth.
50 Ways To Make Media Pay
Originally published by What’s New in Publishing (WNiP) and sponsored by Sovrn, this report is divided into six chapters exploring the main revenue drivers for publishers: paywalls, subscriptions, advertising, ad-free models, events, and eCommerce. It finishes with a look at the new emerging methods that publishers are beginning to use and experiment with successfully.
This case study driven report has had over 1,000 registered downloads (email address required) on the WNiP site alone, and it was translated into Spanish by Andres D’Alessandro, the executive director of the national media association of Argentina (newspapers and websites).
The Publisher’s Guide to eCommerce
Selling products related to publisher activities is nothing new. But over recent years, the breadth, range, and scope of eCommerce opportunities available to publishers has expanded greatly.
This report, which was published at the end of October 2019, looks in-depth at those publishers harnessing eCommerce to great effect, including BuzzFeed, POPSUGAR, Marie Claire UK, Dennis Publishing, Future Publishing, Culture Trip, Associated Media Publishing, and more.
Damian Radcliffe is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, a Professor of Practice, and an affiliate of the Department for Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA), at the University of Oregon. Alongside holding the Chambers Chair at the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), he is also a Fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
An experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist, and researcher, Damian has worked in editorial, research, policy, and teaching positions for the past two decades in the UK, Middle East, and USA. This includes roles in all media sectors (commercial, public, government, regulatory, academic, and nonprofit/civil society) and all platforms (print, digital, TV and radio).
Damian continues to be an active journalist, writing monthly columns for ZDNet (CBS Interactive) and What’s New in Publishing, and frequently appearing in journalism.co.uk. He writes about digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media, and the evolution of journalism.
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