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#mms12: Apple Newsstand advice from Future Publishing and Dennis Publishing

September 25th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Events, Magazines, Mobile

It is almost a year since the launch of Apple’s Newsstand. After success stories for Future Publishing, which reported 6 million downloads in the first six weeks, and talk of it “revolutionising” the publishing industry, the question Mike Goldsmith, editor-in-chief, digital editions at Future Publishing, now gets asked is “how do I get on the Apple carousel?”

After Future’s success in regularly being featured in the carousel, publishers are keen to find out from Goldsmith how they too get in the ‘featured app list. Goldsmith shared his advice with delegates of today’s Mobile Media Strategies conference.

Another conference case study came from The Week, Dennis Publishing’s title which launched in 1995 and had an average monthly circulation of more than 190,000 in the first six months of 2012, according to recent Audit Bureau of Circulation results.

The Week’s iPad app has also been positioned by Apple in the ‘featured’ slot, and Alex Watson, head of apps at Dennis Publishing, also talked through lessons from the title which he said is reporting that digital subscriptions are growing by 10 per cent per month.

Lessons from Future Publishing

Mike Goldsmith’s main piece of advice is to “publish a good product”.

“Make something amazing,” he said. “This is the factor that will get your magazine featured in Apple’s carousel”. He pointed out that the ‘featured apps’ slot is not the reserve of large brands and smaller publishers can take the slots.

He also advised publishers to “get your support sorted out before launch”, explaining that they could expect to receive thousands of emails from readers so to put systems in place to respond to the customers who will contact them.

He also urged publishers to “know your customers” and study the analytics. And “remember you are selling a product”, he said, and therefore work on the cover of your app.

Goldsmith also advocated “telling manufacturers about your app”. He advised building a relationship with Apple (and Amazon and Google).

Lesson from The Week

Building relationships is something Dennis Publishing did when designing and building The Week’s app, showing Apple the product and listening to feedback, Alex Watson explained.

Watson said that they decided not to opt for a PDF-type replica of the magazine.

The app is “native in terms of way the user gets it” from the App Store, Watson explained, and uses HTML5 technologies to help focus on the user experience.

The technology keeps the file size of the app down to just 15 to 20Mb, giving the user experience of a fast download speed.

The Week also built in another feature, as the publisher knew its readers would opt for iPad app bedtime reading, which was a “night-mode” option with the bright back lighting dulled.

For more from Watson listen to the following interview:

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The Week magazine gets a ‘companion site’ to the print edition

October 27th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Magazines, Online Journalism

The Week now has a “companion site” to its weekly magazine, which carries a round-up of news, comment and analysis, with the re-branding of the First Post, a news site already owned by the the magazine’s publisher, Dennis Publishing Ltd.

The re-branded site has a “golden rule” that copy published in the print edition will not appear on the Week’s website, Nigel Horne, editor of the First Post and now of the Week online told Journalism.co.uk

We provide a daily news service that is not unlike the stuff we used to do at the First Post but nuanced and massaged into the Week daily.

The re-branded site, which launched yesterday (26 October), plans to publish around 25 stories a day and aims to provide readers of the weekly title a chance to “dip in during the week” to read their style of content and “original reporting”.

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NYTimes.com: The Week guarantees readers will remember ads

November 9th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Advertising, Editors' pick

A bold promise from The Week to advertisers buying at least 12 pages a year – the magazine will guarantee readers remember their ads.

The title will use a research service, Vista from firm Affinity, to measure ‘recall’ amongst consumer focus groups.

“The Week’s guarantee says it will be in the top one-third of magazines where an ad has run, or The Week will to run free ad pages for the marketer until it gets to that benchmark,” reports the New York Times.

Full story at this link…

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Telegraph.co.uk: Felix Dennis to launch The Week in Australia, India and Canada

July 23rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Magazines

Felix Dennis, the man behind Dennis Publishing and magazines Stuff and The Week, is planning to launch an Australian edition of The Week in October.

Future plans also involve editions for India and Canada.

“I don’t care if I’m investing in a so-called sunset industry. The sun is setting very, very slowly. And there are only two types of businesses: the well run and the badly run. The well run will survive a recession,” he said.

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