Magazine publishers and their online strategies
Ellonen, Hanna-Kaisa; Kuivalainen, Olli (2005)
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It seems as if magazine publishers have only haphazardly listed multiple goals for their websites, and have not carefully reflectedon how to achieve them. We present a framework for defining a magazine's onlinestrategy based on previous studies and on secondary data from the industry. We identify three steps in the strategy process. The first is to determine whether the magazine would actually benefit from online presence: although most magazines will never make money from their websites, a web presence may still be justified. The second step is to choose an optimal online strategy that matches the magazine's competitive strategy. Finally, we argue that magazine publishers should carefully consider to what extent they should allow their readers to be involvedin the web pages. This interactivity could be seen as a key factor in exploiting the unique nature of the Internet. It is our understanding that virtual communities could, at best, be a way of creating more value for a magazine's readers, advertisers and editors, alike. We formulate a typology of five different onlinebusiness concepts for magazines based on these three strategic steps.