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- If you have en existing subscriber list with another service, you can import it directly into MailChimp and then sync the subscribers in our system, with the list you import into MailChimp.
- Professional templates. MailChimp is the premier email marketing and mailing list services in the industry with the ability to create your own or use one of their pre-designed email templates.
- No limit to the number of subscribers you want to send emails to or the number of emails you send. They have a package for you.
- Detailed analytics of email campaigns. MailChimp has a powerful tracking system to monitor your campaigns.
- Instant opt-out for your subscribers from your email campaigns. This is an important spam control measure.
- Better system health. Because we will no longer be handling emails on our system, we will no longer be prone to problems associated with spammers on our servers and network. We will do what we do best and MailChimp will do what they do best.
- If you want to use this service, you will first need to register for an account with MailChimp.
- Once you have an account set up, you will need to create at least one list and at least one template in MailChimp.
- In MailChimp, you will need to create a Valid API Key. Go to Account > API Keys & Info
- Click the “add a key” link.
- Copy the API Key (it will look like a really long string of numbers and letters). This needs to be copied and pasted under the Settings page in the Press Publisher CMS.
- Once you have inserted and Saved the Valid API Key, you can go back under the Settings > MailChimp and select the list you created previously. If you have multiple lists, choose the list you want to use for your newsletter mailings. Please note: you can change this from mailing to mailing if you want.
- You are ready to start creating your email newsletters under the Newsletters tab in the CMS.
We are pleased to announce the release of the much-anticipated “Coupon” component of Press Publisher. This feature is custom-built for users who set subscription fees for their publications, providing a variety of adjustments that override the default subscription settings. The system allows multiple “Coupon Codes” for maximum flexibility.
The new functionality is also useful for any user, because it can track your web site’s registrations without setting a price. Clever manipulation of the Coupon Codes can even help you track the source of those subscribers.
The settings available for Coupons are virtually identical to those for a “PayPal Subscribe Button” inside PayPal. Since both our system and the subscription feature are linked to PayPal, these settings include:
- A First Introductory Period, Duration and Price
- A Second Introductory Period, Duration and Price
- The final ongoing subscription price – either Monthly or Yearly fees
As noted above, the coupon settings override anything you already have set up in your normal PayPal subscription. (You can check those values in your “Settings” section.)
The new Coupons feature is located under the “Magazine” tab of the CMS. The subscriber sees a new coupon field on the main subscribe page, the resulting subscribe success page, and on the profile page.
We hope you find the new feature useful and, as always, look forward to your feedback.
As publishers, we are all familiar with the importance of advertising: traditionally, the companies who paid to put their name in a periodical were the main way to cover publication costs. The Internet’s changed that by reducing the costs and increasing relative revenue. But do online publishers still need to do the leg-work to find advertisers? And is it worth it?
In the last blog entry, we mentioned that online advertising expenditure has overtaken its television equivalent. This isn’t a passing trend – it was reported by Spiegel-Online for the United States in 2008 and this year by the IAB for the United Kingdom (along with several other, smaller economies in the interim). Those figures have yet to surpass the spending on print advertising, which means that – as an online publisher – you benefit from the best of both worlds.
That answers the second of our opening questions: is it worth it? The figures show there’s an enormous amount of money circulating in the virtual world – and some of it could be headed to your bank account if you include ads on your site.
But what about the leg-work? Thankfully, the big advertisers make it very easy to place banners or ad blocks on the published page. Systems like Google’s Ad Manager – which not only links to AdSense, as one would expect, but to other providers as well – give you the tools to simply decide where you would like the ads to appear, and leave the rest to them.
The advantage of this is that the provider will find appropriate clients and feed their adverts to your site. Their systems analyze your page content and figure out what subjects you cover, then match those with keywords the advertisers use. Only those ads that match will be sent to your site and, for every click, some extra revenue comes your way.
Combine this with PressPublisher’s built-in support and it couldn’t be easier. If you’d like to start including some advertising on your publications, we suggest starting with the three video tutorials available from the home page (or follow these links to Part 1 and Part 2 for banners, and Part 3 for blocks).
Magazines and periodicals have been hit by the recession, in much the same way as most other businesses. However, the falling newsstand sales figures published by some of the bigger players don’t show the whole picture. For example, Bauer Media – publishers of FHM, Empire and other huge titles – revealed very positive sales on the majority of their brands from January to June, despite the general downturn.
What the news reports and commentary also don’t show is that long-term sales are still rising. A survey of 81 leading titles published last month by MediaPost showed that readership has increased by 8% since 2000 – and that specific men’s and women’s interest magazines have seen over 13% growth.
Surprisingly, very few of these figures take online readership and subscriptions into account. Given that the world becomes more connected every day, this would seem to be a massive oversight, but many publishers consider online readership less indicative of overall trends. Their belief is that too many of the site hits reported are one-off visitors and not regular readers.
In truth, this shows a lack of understanding more than anything else. With careful analysis, the one-off visits can be filtered out of the overall picture in much the same way as customers browsing the magazine stand, but not buying, are excluded from paper sales data. Unique, repeat visits can be identified. With RSS feed and online subscription data providing similar detail to real-world subscriptions, the information collected is comparable in quality with newsstand statistics.
Unfortunately, tracking those figures is not an easy task as there is little centralized reporting. The Audit Bureau releases paper sales figures regularly in the US, from over 500 participating publishers, but online data is not included. In the UK, ABC reports independently on the media industry and has recently been pressured – by the industry itself – to include Internet figures as part of ABCe, the electronic media division. How many publishers will be included remains unknown.
The important message in all this is that online publishing is still seen as being of secondary importance. While many of the smarter periodicals have already made the leap to the Internet and are receiving regular attention from a devoted readership, much of the industry remains stuck in the mud of paper publishing and concerns over falling newsstand receipts.
Spending on online advertising is now bigger than television advertising expenditure: surely that should be enough to convince even the biggest publisher that online readership is just as important.
When we make this migration, here is the process we will be following: 1. We will be turning off the CMS so you will NOT be able to edit your magazine website on the old system. We will make every attempt to keep this timeframe as short as possible. 2. YOUR LIVE WEBSITE WILL NOT GO DOWN! You just won’t be able to change it until the migration is complete. 3. We will migrate the content to the new system. 4. You will be provided with a staging area to see the your site on the new system. You CAN edit your new site here and those changes will be live when we flip the switch. 5. IF YOU HAVE MADE CHANGES to your templates, things may not look quite right. 6. If things DO NOT look right, you should contact us IMMEDIATELY via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will modify your new templates so they match the old one’s. 7. If you have only modified your CSS Styles, you will be good to go and will likely not need to do anything.
So What’s New? That is a loaded question because there is a lot of elements that we have changed fundamentally in the system. With this new release, we will start the process of providing a wide array of Video Tutorials. Some items of note:
- Multiple Publication Management
- Shopping Cart System With Digital Downloads
- Article Comments
- Directory System (with optional Paid Basic or Free Listings)
- Greatly Enhanced Calendar System (with optional Paid Basic or Free Listings)
- Various Member Submissions (Events, Directory and Articles).
- One Window Magazine Management
- Unlimited Sections (previously we only had Departments, Columns and News)
- Unlimited Pages & Subpages (CMS)
- More Flexible Advertisement Management
- Better/Comprehensive User Controls
- More Flexible/Expansive Templates
- Multiple Article Levels (Public, Private and Premium)