Email Marketing Benchmark Report

Overlays are #1 Opt-In Tactic for Growing Email Lists, Report Says

Home-grown email lists are far more valuable to marketers than lists bought from third parties. But what’s the best way to grow your email list organically? According to the executives surveyed for our Email Marketing Benchmark Report, lightbox overlays are the #1 tactic for gaining opt-in email addresses. In fact, 90% of respondents said overlays were

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HBO Go May Finally Allow Online Subscriptions while Encyclopaedia Britannica Considers Going Free

After three years, HBO may finally listen to its users and make it possible for consumers to subscriber directly to the cable channel’s online video streaming platform, HBO Go. Meanwhile, Encyclopaedia Britannica is adopting an ad-supported model for its digital encyclopedia, even though subscriptions account for 75% of’s revenue. First the HBO Go development… Atthe 23rd

The Guardian Launches B2C Membership Site and Service

Oh, how I love the Guardian. Despite years of selling digital subscriptions – and despite Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger’s equivocal posturing – the liberal bastion has been able to promote an anti-payment persona. Even though it made £1.4 million from subscriptions to its iPad app, alone. To its credit, the Guardian has adopted a smart model for breaking news site.

CellarTracker Partners with Vinous to Integrate Wine Reviews with Tracking Services

In May, we published a Case Study on CellarTracker, an interactive database for wine enthusiasts that lets users track their wine inventory with a “voluntary payment” for memberships. At the time, CellarTracker had more than 300,000 registered users, 20,000-25,000 of which were paying subscribers, leading to an 8% conversion rate. In addition to cataloguing a wine collection, users could upload

How Going Smaller Can Increase Print + Digital Revenues

There’s a theme to a few recent stories hitting the Internet this week: go small to earn big. This is apparent in a new study by comScore that found that U.S. audiences are now spending the majority of their time consuming digital media within mobile apps versus mobile web browsing or desktop usage. Facebook is the #1 app, and

Microsoft Adds Monthly Subscription Plan to Office for iPad

A number of software developers have begun adopting subscription payment models, from Adobe to Microsoft. And since the previous one-time payment models acclimated consumers to doling out hundreds of dollars in one chunk, many SaaS providers assumed an annual subscription rate would be preferable. But it turns out that many SaaS providers have had to adjust that idea

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