In nearly every conference room across the business landscape it's inevitable that at some point the phrase "social media" enters the discussion. Marketers, PR and salespeople are among the first to engage in the discussions, trying to figure how networks can be leveraged to sell more stuff. But I'd like to propose another way to approach the topic. What if we looked at "social media" as a design problem? If you take a trip over to Wikipedia and enter the word "design" you'll see this at the very beginning of the entry:
All this talk of rate cases and postal reform is a reminder that budgeting is just around the corner. To make that task easier, you should have a budget model ready so that you can input the data as soon as it is available. Another advantage is to be able to input new rates if necessary and even compare the old and the new.
As a new publication, there are several things you will want to do in order to establish your magazine in the marketplace. Managing your clients (subscribers) and tracking your circulation revenue and expenses are certainly already part of your business objectives.
Recording your progress diligently will get you everywhere when preparing for circulation auditing, while at the same time maximizing your profitability. As you read through the following basic requirements for a successful audit, you should recognize that circulation auditing is little more than an extra set of practiced, verifying eyes upon the foundation question which you already want to establish as true:
Is my house in order?
If you plan to start a magazine or newspaper or have already started one and do not have periodical status you should weigh the benefits of lower cost and better service against the difficulty in obtaining it and the regulations you will have to follow once you are approved...
Circulation Management is an important component to be covered when creating a magazine business plan. The following information provides resources to publishers for circulation management software, services, and resources.
How-To: Web Publishers Catch On to Free RSS Feeds by Charles Pickett - Publish.com
Several organizations offer free tools for setting up RSS, which is an increasingly popular choice for the delivery of site updates. Here are some tips on how to best use RSS feeds effectively.
Consolidation of newsstand distributors and the rapid decline in the number of independent bookstores have put added pressure on independent publishers. Markets are smaller and their accessibility is shrinking, leaving publishers searching for a way to get more from less on the newsstand.
Without the right readers, your editors are writing stories that no one will read. Your advertisers are promoting products that no one will buy. And you are publishing a magazine that is doomed to failure.
Magazine Distributors for Wholesale Magazine Distribution. See Circulation Management in the Resource Directory for a listing of magazine distributors.
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