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Satisfaction with publishers’ subscription products is growing

More consumers are satisfied with the value for money they get from publishers’ digital subscription products now than in 2022, according to new research.


The rest of this newsletter is pretty much a bonfire so here’s a good news story to buoy your spirits on this murky Friday morning. More consumers are satisfied with the value for money they get from publishers’ digital subscription products now than in 2022, according to new research conducted by Toolkits and National Research Group.

In a study of 1,007 U.S. consumers who subscribe to digital publications, 85% reported being “completely” or “mostly” satisfied with the value for money they receive from their subscriptions, up from 75% in August 2022.

You might be wondering if the increase is due to people cutting subscriptions they don’t engage with. Well, yes and no. We know from wider industry trends that subscribers continue to grow for many publishers, so although some may be pruning publications they find less valuable, overall it looks like publishers are actually doing a better job of engaging and delivering value to the majority. Cheers to that.


First-gen social media users have nowhere to go

The collective erosion of X, Instagram, and Facebook marks a turning point for millennials, who are outgrowing a constant need to be plugged in.

I thought my growing boredom with social media (and reluctance to sign up to anything new) was down to an increasingly demanding family, so it’s actually really interesting to hear that it’s much wider than that. It’s something many other millennials are experiencing too. An excellent essay, and I’d love to hear if this reflects your experiences too, millennial or not!


In Canada’s battle with Big Tech, smaller publishers are caught in the crossfire

Independent outlets explain how traffic and engagement have plummeted overnight after Meta blocked news from its platforms

Predictably, the biggest casualties of the Meta (and soon Google) vs. Canada debacle are smaller publishers. Gretel Kahn spoke with three leaders of small Canadian publications impacted by the Meta blackout to find out how the law is impacting them. One expert estimates 20-30% of audiences for these organisations that rely heavily on Facebook have disappeared overnight.


Jezebel, the pioneering women’s site, is “suspended” by G/O Media

The site’s seven editorial staffers have been laid off, along with 16 other staffers across G/O.

Very sad news, although not entirely unexpected. I did enjoy the commentary in here from lyzlenz though, who said, “It was a place where women could unabashedly write about culture, politics, and everything with voice humor and the full range of human emotions. The fact it was killed by inept men is truly a metaphor.”

We’re looking to move away from Google Forms for our Publisher Podcast and Publisher Newsletter Awards and onto something easier for entrants and judges to navigate. If you’ve got any recommendations of good awards software (or software to avoid), I’d appreciate a recommendation, especially if it’s SME budget friendly.

More from Media Voices


Motor Sport Magazine’s Zamir Walimohamed on making subscriptions work

Zamir tells us about how Motor Sport Magazine has managed bringing print subscribers into its digital ecosystem, and more.


Platforms don’t owe publishers a living, but they do owe them compensation

The Public Interest News Foundation’s Jonathan Heawood explains why the tech giants should be compensating publishers, and which models would work.


Google’s Head of News Ecosystem Development Madhav Chinnappa on supporting journalism

Google’s Head of News Ecosystem Development Madhav Chinnappa takes us through his views on the often-fraught relationship between publishers and platforms.

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