InPublishing Podcasts

The InPublishing Podcast is published fortnightly, on Wednesday mornings, throughout the year. You can subscribe via your preferred podcast app, or listen to the episodes below.

Season 4

Episode 42: Helen Fish

James Evelegh talks to Helen Fish, group chief executive of Executive Grapevine, about: • their transition from traditional publisher to marketing services company focused on lead generation • the importance of research and understanding your readers: "you've got to walk the steps with your readers". • how GDPR was the biggest opportunity to take market share • why 'time on page' is the key metric • why the future is in personalised content (though the audience might not be ready for it yet) • delivering an outstanding experience to all stakeholders through putting people first • the constant search for improvement: "I don't believe in relaunches; change happens daily". • why she has no intention of going back to being an office based business • her thoughts on the future of events - virtual vs in-person • the critical importance of having unique, sticky content: "invest in your journalists and you will reap the rewards". • and much more… (This interview was recorded on 12th August.)

Thank you to Air Business for sponsoring this podcast. Air Business is a market-leader in distribution and subscription management services for the publishing industry.

Episode 41: Alex Kersten

James Evelegh talks to Alex Kersten, editor-in-chief of Car Throttle, about: • passing the 3m subscriber mark on YouTube and becoming desensitised to the numbers • how they specialise in “relatable content”, videos their millennial audience can “watch on a Friday and replicate on a Saturday” • why the secret of successful branded content is “knowing your audience and not alienating them with branded content they’re not going to be interested in, no matter what the monetary reward” • what other journalists thinking of stepping in front of the camera need to do: “know your audience and speak to them on their level, and… research the hell out of the subject” (and “be you, but on a really good day”) • why you need to be ruthless when editing and cut the waffle. If you think something’s funny, listen back to it three times to make sure. • his new responsibilities as editor-in-chief, that include better aligning the three pillars of the brand: YouTube / web / social • Car Throttle’s plans for the future: “there’s no limit to how big it can get” • the secrets of success on social media, including posting consistently to ensure you remain top of people’s feeds, showing a personality that people can relate to, and collaboration – “caring is sharing, especially online” • and much more… (This interview was recorded on 5th August.)

Thank you to Air Business for sponsoring this podcast. Air Business is a market-leader in distribution and subscription management services for the publishing industry.

Season 3

Episode 40: Marie Davies

James Evelegh talks to Marie Davies, managing director at Immediate Media Co, about: • why subs and recurring revenues are the key to success and the bedrock of their business • why affiliates offer an exciting new revenue stream with the challenge being to create a seamless user experience • how their craft titles have helped alleviate mental health issues during lockdown • how the subs file on their craft titles has grown 45% in the last twelve months, partly on the back of new millennial crafters • the strategic thinking behind the merging (digitally speaking) of all their craft brands into their new site, gathered.how • their new weekly newsletter strategy • how, for a specialist title, readers have a sense of ownership. The titles "belong to them". • the importance of setting clear objectives and KPIs for social media activity • why video will play an increasingly important role in the future of their craft titles • why she's excited about the future: "I think the entire business is a really exciting place to be; there's always something new to learn". • and much more... (This interview was recorded on 1st July.)

Thank you to AdvantageCS for sponsoring this podcast. AdvantageCS is a specialist provider of subscription and membership management software.

Episode 39: Jim Bilton

James Evelegh talks to Jim Bilton, creator of the recent mediaONmedia survey, about: • how rewatching Citizen Kane during lockdown got him looking into what other media films were out there • how what started out as a bit of "lockdown fun" has thrown up fascinating insights into the present state of the media sector • why a film from the 1970s encapsulates what journalism is all about • which recent news media events might make good material for a future film • why the newsroom provides such fertile ground for TV gold • why former Sunday Times editor Harold Evans dominates the book lists • the enduring appeal of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop • why he added a supplementary question about the "most influential people in the media" and the interesting people it threw up • how someone described by one survey respondent as "clueless and conscious-free" dominates world media today • the prospect of Trump, the media mogul • and much more... (This interview was recorded on 10th June.)

Thank you to AdvantageCS for sponsoring this podcast. AdvantageCS is a specialist provider of subscription and membership management software.

Episode 38: Sharon Cooper

James Evelegh talks to Sharon Cooper, chief digital officer at The Economist Intelligence Unit, about: • the nature of organisational change: people want change until they actually have to make the change • why she sees her role as not automating people out of a job, but automating them into a better job • how EIU's new Viewpoint product focuses on the user experience, allowing for both 'deep dive' and 'horizon scan' usage • how expectations of website design have changed: users now expect everything to be as simple as the best B2C experience • why business information providers should avoid getting "too fancy" • how, with clients increasingly being able to access the data themselves, business information providers need to remain laser focused on where they add value • the rise of real-time data and how to avoid data overload • how to embed yourself into a client's workflow without getting in the way • why there's nothing necessarily wrong with legacy tech, just legacy tech that's not looked after • why clients and users are both the biggest threat and the biggest opportunity to business information providers • and much more... (This interview was recorded on 27th May.)

Thank you to AdvantageCS for sponsoring this podcast. AdvantageCS is a specialist provider of subscription and membership management software.

Episode 37: Ed Walker

James Evelegh talks to Ed Walker, audience and content director (regionals) and editor-in-chief of InYourArea.co.uk, at Reach PLC, about: • what he learned working in some of Reach's regional newsrooms • quickly growing a digital audience in Birmingham • how InYourArea grew exponentially during lockdown • why local journalists shouldn’t always stand back and observe, but offer solutions too • Reach's plans for every county to have a 'Live' site by the end of next year • why we should never stop experimenting; the day we do, we're in trouble • why the best bit about being a journalist is seeing the difference you make • why we should never be complacent; as in Formula 1, we can always make another tweak to enhance performance • why a sustainable future lies through getting closer to your readers and by being relevant • and much more... (This interview was recorded on 13th May.)

Thank you to AdvantageCS for sponsoring this podcast. AdvantageCS is a specialist provider of subscription and membership management software.

Episode 36: Mike Sewell

James Evelegh talks to Mike Sewell, managing director of CPL, about: • the thinking behind their recent MBO and his plans for the future • the transition from contract publisher to content marketing agency • why storytelling skills, words and pictures are still fundamental • why membership organisations need to work out what their message is before worrying about the channels • why print still has a vital role to play in the content mix • why the hero / hub / hygiene model still applies • how Covid has accelerated pre-existing trends but also given organisations the opportunity to go back to first principles • the challenges of onboarding new staff during a pandemic (10% of CPL's staff have started during lockdown) • the important role the office has to play in the future • and much more... (This interview was recorded on 6th May.)

Thank you to AdvantageCS for sponsoring this podcast. AdvantageCS is a specialist provider of subscription and membership management software.

Episode 35: Georgina Rushworth

James Evelegh talks to Georgina Rushworth, head of marketing at Pharmaceutical Press, about: • the challenges of setting up a new team • how the world of subs marketing has changed since she first started ("nothing but everything") • how marketing technology underpins everything they do and her hopes for their new soon-to-go-live marketing automation software • how you should never rest on your laurels and never stop looking for better ways of doing things • her approach to management ("articulate a vision and empower the team") • the differences in marketing an academic brand as opposed to a mainstream B2B one • how job satisfaction is found in the numbers, the joy of seeing the impact your idea has had • and more…

Thank you to AdvantageCS for sponsoring this podcast. AdvantageCS is a specialist provider of subscription and membership management software.

Episode 34: Daniel Pearce

James Evelegh talks to Daniel Pearce, CEO of TTG Media, an independent publisher specialising in the travel sector, about: • how what started as a “big news story on the other side of the world” turned their business upside down, but also led to positive change • their #savetravel and #onetravelindustry campaigning on behalf of the badly hit travel industry • embracing Stoicism and quoting Winston Churchill • switching print frequency from weekly to monthly but why he remains a passionate advocate of print • the thinking behind TTG’s new membership offering and where to position the paywall • how the new subs model has changed everyone’s mindset across the business • the power and freedom of being an independent publisher and able to take risks • why the best businesses are the most diverse businesses • the power of ‘why’ and the importance of having a clear purpose • and much more…

Thank you to AdvantageCS for sponsoring this podcast. AdvantageCS is a specialist provider of subscription and membership management software.

Episode 33: Marcus Fairs

James Evelegh talks to Marcus Fairs, founder and editor-in-chief of architecture and design magazine Dezeen about: • how getting fired led to launching Dezeen • his global aspirations and $20 initial investment • how Kanye West gave him his first big break • why it's important to have a moral compass • why journalism is undervalued but is something worth standing up for • how they coped with Covid when their business model was collapsing all around them • why he had to mend fences with the Italians • why a design-led website has kept essentially the same design for the last 14 years • why, despite predictions, advertising is still their biggest revenue stream • their MVP approach to NPD • why new owners JP/Politikens are such a good fit • what the future holds for Dezeen • and much more…

Thank you to AdvantageCS for sponsoring this podcast. AdvantageCS is a specialist provider of subscription and membership management software.