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Vendor List - Paywall and Subscription Management Solutions

[Last updated January 25, 2023] Full disclosure: Our company, Sabramedia, develops the Pigeon Paywall solution listed below. We created this list because our solution may not fit your needs. It's...
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Apple “Blocks” Facebook, Google Surrenders - Paywall Subscription Economy Looks Better

Well, it's finally happened. Last week TechCrunch's exposé on Facebook's bad acting sent social media into a frenzy. The veritable data collection dam has broken; years and years of private data...
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Announcing Pigeon V4

Introducing Version 4 of our Pigeon admin area! Version 3 of our platform has been with us since 2009. It was time for a renovation. Over the past year, we have rebuilt much of the...
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Local Journalism Saves Taxpayers Money #NewsMatters

The value of local journalism and news reporting sources is becoming more apparent. Bloomberg recently reported on a study done by the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at...
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Paywall Tech: Does the Publisher Own the Customer?

Do content publishers that work with third party SaaS companies (paywall, CMS, etc) own the rights to their customers? Or does the tech company have final say?
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Another Paywall Merger in the works? Piano courts TinyPass

The paywall and subscription management service choices may be narrowing again. What could a possible merger between the two paywall tech giants mean?
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Announcing Pigeon Archive - Newspaper Archival and Paywall Service

Pigeon Archive makes it possible for newspapers, magazines, county offices, lawyers to turn their print archive into a searchable digital archive. Restrict and monetize with the built-in Pigeon Paywall.
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Digital Publishing - Load the Ads Up! How much is too much?

Three principles for balancing the content-to-ad ratio in order to increase your revenues and to provide the most value to your customers.
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Newspaper Ad Revenues Drop, Subscription Revenues Grow

The most important revenue source is growing again. Subscriptions. A large contributor to this growth is digital access and paywall strategies.
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Print News Should Embrace Digital, Not Surrender

John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media, recently gave a pep talk to his employees. One of the hardest things for humanity to embrace is change. Admittedly, not all change is good. But when the...
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What To Look For In A Paywall Software Vendor [Part 2]

Part 2 in a series, How To Setup Paid Subscriptions For Media Organizations, explains what to look for in a third-party paywall and subscription management vendor. In-house Versus Third Party...
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A Peek Behind The Wall - How Paywalls Work [Part 1]

It is important to understand how paywalls work before you pick one for your online newspaper or digital content website.
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Series Intro: How To Setup Paid Subscriptions For Media Organizations

Paywalls, paid content, and subscription management are getting a lot of attention. This series shares how you can navigate the technology and best practices for setting up a paywall and subscription management.
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Dubois County Herald Talks about Sabramedia Newsroom

[VIDEO] John and Justin Rumbach share their thoughts about Sabramedia Newsroom paid content management system and subscription management software.
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HSPA Annual Meeting - It's About Content and Workflow

Nick Johnson shares his experience at the Hoosier State Press Association annual meeting. A lot was shared about content and workflow, but there needs to be more about beauty of presentation.
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Introducing Pigeon Paywall

Newspaper publishers commonly ask if we can offer just our paywall and subscriber management software as a plugin to their current Content Mangement System (CMS). Due to growing demand we now offer our Paywall service as a plugin that can be installed on any other CMS.
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Stop Writing Project Proposals

Do you have a love-hate relationship with writing proposals? You want to put the time in doing the research and providing a great proposal, but are torn by the uncertainty that you will even get the project. Frustrating to say the least. Learn more in an article published by my partner, Jonathan Wold, at Smashing Magazine.
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Newspaper ad layout: The good and bad

Set a high standard for journalism. Principles for ad layouts on newspaper websites. A comparison of what is good and what is bad.
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How To Add Custom Fields To Custom Taxonomies

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to add an additional custom field to your WordPress custom taxonomies and then make use of those fields within your theme template. Adding A Custom...
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How Local Newspapers Can Help High School Journalism

An idea for advancing high school journalism in the local community through the community newspaper and how Sabramedia's Newsroom can help.
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What Goes Behind The Newspaper Paywall?

This article gives a balanced paywall strategy for newspapers to identify what is best as paid content versus free content.
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What Online Newspapers Can Learn From Social Networks

Before the emergence of social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, newspapers drove the social scene of the past. What lessons can online newspapers learn from today's social giants?
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James Harding Encouraged By Times Paywall Results

James Harding of the Times embraced a Paywall in July of 2010. Four months later and "hugely" encouraged, he weighs in on the initial results.
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Newspapers Battle Between Paywall and Advertising

Newspapers are adding paywalls to online content and those holding out are afraid to take the plunge. Read about an approach that emphasizes the value of premium content without neglecting the potential of advertising - done right.
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