Exciting Things We’ve Been Working On – Paywall Podcast

Working Together Building new tools and functionalities is a collaborative process at ZEEN101. Sometimes the ideas arise internally: trends we see in the industry, weather-proofing the software for changes in technology, and so on. But often, we build new tools because a publisher had a wild idea and wanted to see if it was possible. […]

February 2021 Monthly Update: New Tips For Existing Tools

New Uses For Old Things We’re well into the new year and it’s time to take a look at the things we have and think: How could that be better? The result is a host of new ideas for using tools you already have in new and exciting ways. Now you can do AB testing on […]

January 2021 Monthly Update: New Tools For A New Year

Happy New Year! It’s a new year for the world and for your publication. We’ve got some great new tips and tools for boosting your revenue and optimizing your publication. Now you can easily create a paid newsletter or charge individually for premium content. You can track your revenue on the dashboard and find new […]

Create meaningful revenue and content with paying advertisers

A Different Kind of Content Strategy Wouldn’t it be nice if someone else generated some of your content for you? Wouldn’t it be even nicer if they paid you for the privilege? The richness of your content is what draws and retains your readers. Valuable content that caters to the needs and interests of your […]

December 2020 Monthly Update: Gifts For The Season

Gifts That Keep On Giving The holidays are right around the corner and to help you spruce up your publication for the season, we’ve got a few new tips and tools. Add a flipbook, run some promotions, reduce your stress with simplified processes or new information, find some inspiration in the journeys other publications have taken: […]

November 2020 Monthly Update: Leveling Up

Fine-Tuning For Fall You already have a fully-stocked tool kit for the success of your publication. But are you using every feature and function to its full potential? With a handful of updates, small and large, new integrations, and a whole bunch of tips on optimizing what you already have, it’s time to take your publication to the […]

September 2020 Monthly Update: Big Changes For The Changing Season

There’s Something About MailChimp… Your email marketing isn’t just a sales funnel, it’s a sales vortex. It doesn’t just direct your readers to a paid subscription, it sucks them in. A reader on your email list is 10x more likely to purchase a subscription. Which is why, this month, we’re all about MailChimp and its […]

Being A Newspaper In The Digital Era: Lessons From the 2019 NYPA Conference

A Rough Season Newspapers are caught between a rock and a hard place. That’s the takeaway from this year’s New York Press Association Spring Conference. We had the honor of attending the Albany gathering on April 5th & 6th and between the speakers and our conversations on the showroom floor, we got a clear picture […]

Don’t Get Stuck In The Banner Ad Suck

A Tricky Battle The verdict is in: digital advertising is a bit of a disaster. Most online ads are irritating to the reader and only mildly profitable for everyone else. Fortunately, ZEEN101’s LiveMarket presents an alternative – a digital advertising option that is a win-win-win situation for advertisers, publishers, and readers alike. Let’s Talk About […]

Sell gift subscriptions for the holidays

Join the festivities The holidays are coming and with them comes a slew of decorating, wassailing, and gift-giving. For every business also comes the dilemma of how best to become part of that gift-giving. Fortunately, for web-based publications, there’s an easy solution. Gift Subscriptions to the rescue! We recently discussed the importance of building your […]

Focus On The Users: Technology Lessons From ‘WordCamp For Publishers’

What’s Good For the Tech… WordCamp for Publishers was a treasure trove of information for the publishing space, both on the marketing and technical side. In terms of marketing, ZEEN101 learned a lot about the value of subscriptions over ads as a revenue source. The technical lessons were, well, technical but they had some broader […]

Subscriptions, Not Ads: Lessons Learned At ‘WordCamp for Publishers’

A Learning Experience This August, WordPress held the first ever WordCamp for Publishers in Denver, Colorado. Hosted at the Denver Post building and attended by publishers of every size and shape – including such giants as Condé Nast, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Chicago Sun-Times – it was hardly an event that ZEEN101 […]

Meet us at Denver’s WordCamp for Publishers!

Twenty years ago, I was a publishing student in Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing program. I loved books and print, but—truth be told—I attended the program’s print publishing classes begrudgingly—solely for employ-ability reasons. (Because who wouldn’t want a $25,000/year job with no benefits in New York City…?) The print world didn’t thrill me. After […]

Introducing Anvil…

We’ve got exciting news. For the past few years, the ZEEN101 team has been hard at work in our super-secret underground laboratory planning, sketching, building, and refining the first all-in-one digital publishing platform built expressly for publishers. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Anvil: The First All-In-One Digital Platform for Publishers. It is content management. It […]