Home  › Media › Publishing

Why Mobile Matters to Digital Publishers

  |  June 8, 2012   |  Comments

If your company doesn't have a mobile magazine sales and reading strategy, it should.

While doing research on mobile statistics for this week's column, I came across a very data-rich site you might be interested in following. It's called mobiThinking. The site is focused on providing brands the data and information needed to market their brands in a mobile world. This page will provide you with more stats, updates, populations, and graphs than you could image. The company did a great job of capturing key insights.

Since I shared the link to the data I won't use this column to regurgitate much of it. But I will say that with over 6,500 different types of web-capable devices, and over 25 percent of all mobile phone owners using smartphones, your brand needs to have a very strong mobile strategy.

Mobile matters to digital publishers. Not just for the web property, but for the reading experience too. In fact, over 10 percent of all Zinio subscribers (where I work) are registered on all three types of reading platforms: computers, tablets, and smartphones. What we have found is that the magazine reader of today chooses to read (and purchase) their magazines on the device most easily accessible at key points through the day.

A typical day for a digital magazine reader (and most likely you fit into this as well) looks like this:

Early a.m.: Wake up, check email (most likely on a smartphone/BlackBerry), download interesting content (including magazines) to computer or tablet. Leave for work.

Commute: Read interesting content (not much buying happening now) - on the largest convenient device you have access to (first choice is a tablet, e-reader is second, third choice is a PC/Mac, last is the smartphone/BlackBerry).

Arrive at work: Put personal devices down (in many cases, this means the tablet goes away for a bit) and access company computer. Purchasing of content happens here, but the intent to read will be fulfilled on other devices when there is downtime.

Lunch, break, or other downtime: Reading is happening on the company computer or personal device. Some impulse buying happens at this point.

Afternoon: Out at meetings, or on the road, many people are using this time of the day to take quick snack reading moments on smartphones. They are out, and this is the only device with them at the time. The key is, they choose to read your digital magazine as a way to pass the time over playing a game. The small screen is key here because it's often the only connection point for accessing your content easily. Impulse buying can drive good revenue here if the user experience is simple enough.

Evening commute: More reading on tablets, e-readers, and PCs.

Evening at home: The tablet becomes a household device for entertainment. The computer becomes the e-commerce vehicle for a few hours until…

Late evening/weekends: The tablet takes over for entertaining digital reading. This means lots of reading and buying on the tablet as the primary vehicle.

As you can see, with a full 24 hours of activity, all three types of digital devices play a key role in facilitating readership, engagement, and purchase. Mobile matters here. If your company doesn't have a mobile magazine sales and reading strategy, it should. It could help to keep your brand top of mind and keep revenue rolling in.

Tags:

ClickZ Live Toronto On the heels of a fantastic event in New York City, ClickZ Live is taking the fun and learning to Toronto, June 23-25. With over 15 years' experience delivering industry-leading events, ClickZ Live offers an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Register today!

ClickZ Live San Francisco Want to learn more? Join us at ClickZ Live San Francisco, Aug 10-12!
Educating marketers for over 15 years, ClickZ Live brings together industry thought leaders from the largest brands and agencies to deliver the most advanced, educational digital marketing agenda. Register today and save $500!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeanniey Mullen

Jeanniey Mullen is the vice president of marketing at NOOK by Barnes and Noble, focused on business growth and customer acquisition.

Prior to her role at NOOKTM Jeanniey launched a wearables fashion technology company called Ringblingz. Before getting into the wearables business, Jeanniey was the chief marketing officer (CMO) of Zinio, where she grew the business by more than 427 percent, into one of the largest global digital newsstands. Other notable roles in her career include her involvement as the executive director and senior partner at OgilvyOne, where she led the digital Dialogue business and worked with Fortune 50 brands including IBM, Unilever, and American Express, and being a general manager at Grey Direct. At Grey Direct Jeanniey launched the first email marketing division of a global advertising agency. Prior to her time in advertising, Jeanniey spent seven years in retail leading a variety of groups from Consumer Relations and Operations, to Collections and Digital at JCPenney.

One of Jeanniey's favorite times in her career was when she founded the Email Experience Council (which was acquired by the Direct Marketing Association). Jeanniey is a recognized "Women in Business," a frequent keynote speaker, and has authored three books and launched a number of companies ranging from entertainment to technology and fashion.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

Get ClickZ Media newsletters delivered right to your inbox. Subscribe today!

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING TRAINING

Featured White Papers

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce
This Magic Quadrant examines leading digital commerce platforms that enable organizations to build digital commerce sites. These commerce platforms facilitate purchasing transactions over the Web, and support the creation and continuing development of an online relationship with a consumer.

Paid Search in the Mobile Era

Paid Search in the Mobile Era
Google reports that paid search ads are currently driving 40+ million calls per month. Cost per click is increasing, paid search budgets are growing, and mobile continues to dominate. It's time to revamp old search strategies, reimagine stale best practices, and add new layers data to your analytics.

WEBINARS

    Information currently unavailable

Resources

Jobs

    • Copywriting & SEO Specialist
      Copywriting & SEO Specialist (HeBS Digital) - NEW YORKJOB DESCRIPTION     JOB TITLE:         ...
    • SEO Specialist
      SEO Specialist (NJM Insurance Group) - West TrentonNew Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company is an industry leader among its peers and the largest...