Publishing industry

Monkey Media makes AFR Fast 100 for 2018

Hybrid publisher and marketing agency Monkey Media has featured on the Australian Financial Review’s Fast 100 2018 List. Monkey Media joined a number of other digital agencies on the list, but appears to be the only company with a traditional publishing arm to feature. Based in Melbourne, Monkey Media was founded in 2012 and has [...]

Did Facebook just kill the internet with a print magazine?

In what at first glance looks like a sign that the world has gone mad, Facebook recently released a print magazine called Grow. Facebook tells us it’s a logical step that stemmed from business executive events it has been holding in the UK. We already knew that sometimes a screen just doesn’t cut it. The [...]

Flushed with excitement

The staff at Monkey Media are united by the desire to write the best articles possible, whether about the state of the pump industry or an exciting new town planning tool. At some point in time, many of our journalists have worked across all four magazines: Utility, Pump Industry, Infrastructure and Energy. With this sort [...]

Comparing apples and oranges: readers vs subscribers explained

When comparing magazines you might get offered conflicting figures on readers and subscribers. These are two very different things, so it’s important to understand the difference and make sure you’re comparing apples with apples, and oranges with oranges. This is because readers and subscribers are two different ways of looking at a publication’s circulation. Much [...]

Catching clients in a funnel

As a business, the world of marketing can be daunting, with numerous channels and limited time and budgets. And if you’re not a marketing expert, it’s more confusing trying to understand how to best market a company for optimum results. The other day I was searching the internet for a specific business on Google and [...]

How to catch a magazine lying about circulation

In a hopelessly comma-heavy, coma-inducing and tediously legalistic way, numerous Australian laws state that it is illegal for a publication (or any company) to lie about the size of its audience (or anything, really) to get advertisers (or any kind of investment). But does that stop some of these publications? Nope. Suppose my friend, Kevin, [...]

Publishers need to stop whingeing and start adapting

If a new competitor enters the market and succeeds where other businesses are failing, they have two options: either close up shop or compete. The Victorian Government is considering a third option for taxi drivers who have been losing money to uber, placing a $2 levy on all rides to compensate taxi drivers for the [...]

You get what you pay for with free media

When people ask me whether using PR firms and press releases is effective, I generally tell them with free media you really get what you pay for. Which is to say: nothing. Say you’re throwing a 1st birthday for your daughter, and you want as many people as possible to attend and bring gifts. Rather [...]

Should you sell ads on the front cover?

I’m going through my mail, I have a nice pile of new magazines, wrapped in poly bags (being in the industry, I get quite a few).  I’m noticing a trend with more and more trade magazines selling ads on the front cover. Is it a good idea? Should we try it? Definitely not! The most [...]

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