Free Lunch: The Power of Segmentation by Rob Ristagno, founder and CEO of the Sterling Woods Group

I remember a business school professor proclaiming, “diversification is the only free lunch.” He meant that diversification is the only technique in finance that simultaneously lowers risk and increases returns (click here if you don’t believe me). I’d argue that there’s another free lunch in the business world: segmentation. Segmentation allows companies to simultaneously lower marketing costs and increase sales. […]

Does Your Print Magazine Earn Its Keep? (Part Two)

Many niche publishers are assessing their print magazines as media budgets and ad dollars shrink this year. But you may be missing out on revenue opportunities by cutting issues or closing up entirely. Read on for five evaluation tactics from Erin Peterson, owner at Capstone Communications. This article was first published in Pages magazine, published by Lane Press. See Part One here. – […]

Does Your Print Magazine Earn Its Keep? (Part One)

Many niche publishers are assessing their print magazines as media budgets and ad dollars shrink this year. But you may be missing out on revenue opportunities by cutting issues or closing up entirely. Read on for five evaluation tactics from Erin Peterson, owner at Capstone Communications. This article was first published in Pages magazine, published by Lane Press. – Editors ***** […]

Are Customer Needs Assessments Dead? Part One

As we navigate the changes in our world right now, I think it’s important to focus on the Customer Needs Assessment (CNA.) We’re living in a world where people are limited in cash, limited on funds, and certainly limited on patience. So how do we expect someone we’re selling to to actually understand what they need vs. what they want? Think about your […]

The Lowdown on Programmatic Ad Revenue

Publishers are always looking for ways to increase advertising revenue – especially in digital channels. Programmatic comes up often as an ad-revenue driver, but there still seems to be some mystery around what Programmatic really is and if it’s only for the “big guys” in magazine publishing. Let’s take a look! (Hint: it’s perfect for smaller niche publishers too.) We brought […]