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Ad blockers can also prevent publishers from collecting reader data

You might have heard: Driven by younger generations, ad blockers are growing in popularity, and the next version of Safari will allow iPhone and iPad users to block ads as well But did you know: The common concern with the rise of ad blockers is the hit it can serve to advertising revenue, but it […]

Why publishers are failing to monetize digital subscription data

The customer data publishers get from launching paywalls is potentially valuable to advertisers, but that’s something many publishers haven’t taken advantage of. Digital subscription data could be used to pinpoint select audiences within users, something Time Inc. is experimenting with in its new digital subscription strategy. However, The Washington Post has replaced user registration data […]

For weather news, nearly a quarter of people use the default weather app on their phones

When Verizon FiOS dropped The Weather Channel from its lineup because customers use online sources for weather, Walt Hickey began researching how people actually get their weather forecasts. Their phone’s default weather app was the most popular with 23.2 percent, but local TV news came in second with 20.6 percent. The Weather Channel came in […]

Why offering an API can help you gain a competitive advantage

APIs are a technology that allows you to grant outsiders automated access to request certain types of your data or information, commonly used by digital companies such as Airbnb and Uber. The Guardian and New York Times each offer APIs for looking up articles. Rather than keeping information internal, APIs allow third parties to build […]

How do you best prompt readers to volunteer personal data useful for segmenting and personalization?

As the idea of collecting and analyzing more audience data to aid in editorial or business decisions grows in popularity, best practices and solutions for soliciting helpful data from readers are needed. This report on Sweden’s Aftonbladet seeking to maximize audience, based on data, touches on the struggle. “Considerable development efforts” are necessary when designing […]

FT will move data scientists into its newsroom

You might have heard: Metered pioneer Financial Times will switch to discounted trial model But did you know: The Financial Times tested its move to a 1-month discounted trial (to widen the potential subscriber funnel) in certain markets and calculated the percentage increase it would have in subscriber base. In this analysis of the FT’s financials […]

Encourage adoption of analytics and other tools by applying game dynamics

Opening up data and analytics tools to employees doesn’t mean they will use it. Lori Sherer writes that management can encourage doubtful or anxious employees through structured processes that teach a tool and its benefits, with lessons from gamification. For data tools specifically, leaders can design challenges that encourage teams to explore what they can […]

‘Design like you’re right. Read the data like you’re wrong.’

Before digital, designing was more of a blind process. In this essay on new White House chief data scientist DJ Patil’s previous role at Greylock, John Lilly discusses how better understanding data improves the design process. Teams used to spend “a lot of time on ethnography, need finding, doing paper prototypes and then doing basic […]

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