Digital media pay walls give rise to true engagement ROI

Ongoing debates surrounding the topic of “free news versus digital media pay walls” present an interesting opportunity for web analytics professionals.  If there’s one thing I learned during my stint in new media, it’s that news organizations have historically had a poor grasp on establishing sustainable revenue models to support substantial distribution costs and sizable staff counts.  I say “historically” because savvy media companies are becoming increasingly capable of correlating content consumption to revenue streams and optimizing their advertising models for greater ROI.  The latter have been forced to cut back on content acquisition or workforce, and even now consider the use of pay walls.  But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! For analysts, pay walls introduce a great opportunity to test the efficacy of both models. Continue reading Digital media pay walls give rise to true engagement ROI