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Why consumers really quit magazine subscriptions: The Media Roundup

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TIME and Mather Economics on optimising subscription pricing analytics for the magazine industry

Do you know what – amid all the chaos of the past few weeks in media I’d forgotten what it was like to read a really good, solid strategy article! I’d highly recommended reading this one, particularly for the explanations of what actually makes consumers quit a subscription package. As we head into a cost of living crisis, retention is at the forefront of all our minds.

Luke Magerko, head of data science for Mather Economics, says: “Consumers are actively reducing the amount of subscriptions, but what we are finding is that it’s not based on price. You can still have a very solid relationship with your customer while simultaneously increasing their lifetime value without having much concern about the effect it is going to have on the overall churn rate.“

That’s welcome news for the magazine and newspaper industry, who are facing historic price rises for materials and need to pass that on to the consumer. That said, part of the article also acknowledges that consumers now see media subscriptions as being in competition with all subscription products for their money, so it’s more vital than ever that we don’t take them for granted.

Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch interview: remaking a magazine empire

Condé’s been a mainstay of the magazine world for over a century at this point. But longevity is no proof of future success. Since taking over as CEO in 2019, Lynch has been attempting to futureproof the business, as explained in this interview.

Why Meta’s latest large language model only survived three days online

“Galactica was supposed to help scientists. Instead, it mindlessly spat out biased and incorrect nonsense.” That’s how you get me to read an article. For all our reliance on Big Tech, this is a great reminder that they miss as often as they hit.

11 (and counting) things journalism loses if Elon Musk destroys Twitter

Yeah, Trump’s back on the platform, its head of ad sales is out less than a week after Musk asked her to stay, Mastodon just hit 2m users and it’s looking likely that some critical piece of infrastructure will fail in the near future. But it’s worth reflecting on what journalism will lose if the bird app disappears.

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