NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when trust in the media is at an all-time low, a new year-over-year trend report confirms that publishers must focus on delivering relevant, personalized content to subscribers in order to differentiate themselves as trustworthy amid a sea of suspect content sources. In fact, delivering personalized content is critical for bolstering trust in the publisher, driving higher audience engagement and ad revenue, which makes having the ability to send automated, personalized messages a key factor for business growth.
The data is part of PowerInbox's new 2021 Digital Publishing Industry Report: 4 Audience Trends Publishers Can't Ignore. The year-over-year comparison looks at the role of personalization and trust in driving subscriptions and engagement over digital channels like email, push notifications and messaging platforms, and it confirms that consistently delivering relevant content is critical for revenue growth.
"After three years of gathering this audience data, it's clear that publishers have an opportunity to engage audiences more, but it has to be done in a way that serves subscribers' needs," said PowerInbox CEO Jeff Kupietzky. "That means precise personalization is absolutely critical, and publishers must implement automated tools to deliver exactly the content subscribers want at scale in order to maintain trust and engagement."
The report compares three years' worth of audience data and uncovers key trends publishers can leverage to drive higher engagement and revenue:
- Trust in the publisher has shot up 8% as the #1 reason people read and engage with email newsletters.
- Once that trust is established, audiences are more likely to also subscribe to publisher messages sent via other channels like push notifications.
- Twice as many consumers want to receive push notifications, now up to 53% compared to just 27% a year ago.
- Audiences increasingly expect to see ads across all channels, recognizing that quality content isn't free and seeing ads is a price they're willing to pay.
- Trust drives revenue, with more consumers than ever who say they're willing to click on ads when they trust the publisher.
Kupietzy says that since social media is the least trusted source of information, publishers must focus on connecting with subscribers over channels they own and control—namely email and push notifications.
"With trust playing such a huge role in the audience relationship, publishers have to reduce their reliance on third-parties like social and search in order to build and maintain credibility with subscribers and avoid losing money to referral traffic sources," he said. "This data proves that engaging subscribers with personalized content over owned, trusted channels like email and push is the key to revenue growth."
To read the full insights and download the complete The Digital Publishing Industry Report, visit: https://go.powerinbox.com/2021-digital-publishing-industry-report
The trend report is just a preview of some of the data PowerInbox uncovered in its most recent survey aimed at surfacing insights publishers can use to increase audience engagement and revenue. Stay tuned to 2021 Digital Publishing Industry Report for more updates and new analysis to help publishers make smart decisions in 2021. The research was conducted by Mantis Research, polling 1,000 U.S. consumers in November 2020.
For more information about PowerInbox's personalized, automated messaging platform for publishers, visit www.powerinbox.com.
PowerInbox provides personalized, automated and multichannel messaging solutions allowing publishers to drive new revenue with personalized audience engagement. With PowerInbox, publishers can better own and optimize their audiences – focusing on automated, cross-channel messaging tailored to audience interest, easily managed and supported by a dynamic messaging platform. Venture backed, PowerInbox supports 150 million unique users a month from over 650 leading publishers including VICE Media, The Atlantic, Bonnier, Salem Web Network, Crain's, HarperCollins and Vox Media. For more information about PowerInbox, visit www.powerinbox.com.