WWE Reports Net Income of $21.8 Million for Q3 2017

WWE delivers another 'smackdown' with solid Q3 financials. Last week WWE [NYSE: WWE] delivered another strong quarter, reporting total revenue of $186.4 million, a 14 percent increase year-over-year. The company attributes its success largely to the performance of its media, licensing and event businesses. WWE reports net income of $21.8 million for the third quarter, or $0.28 per diluted share, compared to $11.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the same period last year. The company also increased total paid subscribers for the quarter to 1.58 million, compared to 1.49 million as of September 30, 2016.

Digital Magazine Latterly to Rely Solely on Subscription Revenue and Donations

"No ads. No clutter. Just stories." That's the promise of new subscription start-up Latterly, an organization devoted to quality, long-form journalism. With plans to launch in November 2014, Latterly says it will offer four journalistic, long-form narratives monthly about people who are either facing change or pushing for it with a focus on social justice, diversity and progress. The website says its stories will be case studies on the state of our world. "Because of our…

The Internet of Things: New Ways to Build Subscription Relationships

The market for devices that connect to the Internet is huge and growing. Someday soon, car tires will text when they are wearing out, refrigerators will announce the last yogurt, and pacemakers will call an ambulance. And consumers will sign up to pay monthly for all this to work.
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Amazon Acquires ART19, a Podcast Hosting and Monetization Platform

Amazon Acquires ART19, a Podcast Hosting and Monetization Platform

In its latest acquisition, Amazon is buying ART19, a podcast hosting and monetization platform.

TuneIn Launches TuneIn Live for Live Sports on Amazon Alexa

Alexa, play the Red Sox game,' or 'Alexa, turn on ESPN' will soon be familiar choices for sports fans who are TuneIn Live subscribers. The company launched TuneIn Live, a premium radio subscription service available only for Amazon Alexa. With TuneIn Live, subscribers can play live broadcasts of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL games, including play-by-play broadcasts, premium news stations, sports talk stations and more.

Case Study Lessons: Use Google ‘Standout’ Tag to Highlight Featured Content in Search Rankings

Oftentimes, publishers have original reporting, investigative pieces, or simply in-depth content that they want to feature as special to readers and audiences. But often this content is tagged and SEO-ed much like every other piece of content. But while interviewing John Waller from Structured Credit Investor for this week's Case Study on Subscription Site Insider, he had a great and simple trick for highlighting featured content: using Google's "standout" HTML tag. This one line of code can…

Structured Credit Investor’s Subscription Revenue Helps It Survive 2008 Crash

Structured Credit Investor (SCI) launched just two years before the global financial meltdown shrunk their industry by 75%. Managing Director John-Owen Waller tells us how subscriptions made it possible for the site to continue to thrive despite their reduced growth. Plus, discover the site's seven conversion tactics, its two methods for acquiring group subscriptions, and one great SEO trick to make featured content stand out in search results.
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Using Public Data (and Great SEO) to Sell Prospecting Services

If you've checked out our Case Study on Equilar Insight, you'll see that the company is incredibly savvy at taking public data and selling it as a subscription service simply by cleaning it up and using savvy Web coders to make it crunch-able, malleable and presentable for professionals looking for benchmarking data. But Equilar Insights has a sister site -- Equilar Atlas -- that uses the same technique (i.e., cleaning up publicly available data) to sell…

WIRED to Ad Blockers: Whitelist Us or Pay Up

Last week WIRED announced a bold plan to block ad blockers and to hopefully convert WIRED.com readers into paying customers. WIRED will offer ad blocker users two options: 1) whitelist the website so ads can be shown, or 2) subscribe to an ad-free version of WIRED.com for $3.99 a month, or $1 a week. For those who choose the whitelist option, WIRED promises to keep the ads "polite" and will only present standard display ads.

Hulu Predicts a Breakout Year in 2015

Yesterday Hulu, the TV-streaming site, revealed its stellar success in 2014, and predicted that 2015 will be its breakout year, according to CNET. Here are the highlights: Paid subscriptions are up to nearly 9 million, a 50% increase over last year. Compare that to Netflix who has 60 million global subscribers, including 40 million from the U.S. 9 million subscribers x $7.99/month = $71.9 million in revenue Video streams for the first quarter of 2015 are up 77%. Viewers…

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