Apple News is beginning to pay off for some European publishers

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Even without Apple News+ being available in the region yet, publishers across Europe are reporting notable increases in revenues from Apple News.

Apple News as seen in the UK where Apple News+ has yet to launch
Apple News as seen in the UK where Apple News+ has yet to launch


According to media and marketing publication Digiday, publishers in Europe are starting to see increased revenues from being on the basic Apple News service. While Apple News+ has not yet launched outside the US and Canada, readership there is on the rise and so is advertising.

Stylist magazine, for instance, says that ad impressions for April to June have tripled and revenue has increased 100%. The company won't reveal its previous figures, but does say that it expects to earn $12,000 per month by the end of this year.

Publishers are reporting that while revenue is not large -- "We wouldn't have a salesperson to sell this tiny piece of traffic," said one -- the financial figures are starting to become more in line with readership numbers.

"We're seeing quite good traffic from Apple News," said an unnamed publishing executive, "but the revenue is not show-stopping."

He or she told Digiday that their site gets around 9 million page views on Apple News on a good day, with occasional spikes to 20 million when Apple features them in the app's Top News section. This publisher is typically getting low thousands of dollars per month from Apple News.

Similarly, an unnamed other publisher told Digiday that its revenues were up 145% over June to July. Another refused to reveal revenues, but said that in July it had reached over one million page views on per week for the first time on Apple News.

Digiday reports that one perceived reason for the increased revenues comes from how advertisers are searching for what are called cookieless-advertising environments or contextual targeting. In general, ads relying on cookies are declining because of increased use of blocks on ad tracking such as in Safari.

Apple News doesn't provide personal information about users, but it does provide the facility for advertisers to target certain topics.

Previously, publishers in the US have complained about "atrocious" revenues from Apple News.

The expanded Apple News+ service has also been heavily criticized by US publications who claim Apple "plays favorites" and also that the service is unfinished.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,367member
    Purely anecdotal I know but my wife who was an avid reader of the likes of 'The Skim' seems to be won over and reading notifications from Apple News (not +).  
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Nice to see some good news about News. The next step is to get the News app to stop crashing on iOS multiple times per day. And fix some of the dozen other usability issues.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    Nice to see some good news about News. The next step is to get the News app to stop crashing on iOS multiple times per day. And fix some of the dozen other usability issues.
    I haven't seen a crash at all and I read on an iPhone multiple times a day and iPad at least once a day. I wonder if anyone else is experiencing the crashes. Your comments about usability issues are a little vague. Are you just talking about opinions/preferences?
    lolliver
  • Reply 4 of 6
    FolioFolio Posts: 634member
    I signed up days ago for Readley, a Swedish based app that has a staggering international magazine collection, including US UK India Singapore. (Enjoyed a limited trial for a year, now they offered a 99 cent teaser rate, perhaps due to Apple News+) Hope both apps reinvigorate the field of well-considered words.
    Wgkruegerlolliver
  • Reply 5 of 6
    djsherlydjsherly Posts: 1,022member
    Selling words is hard. The internet has introduced the general entitlement mentality that news and information in general is not only free as in speech but free as in beer. 

    I’d like to see where revenue models take news but I am concerned that if I place my money where my mouth is and subscribe to a news source, my perspective on the world will narrow. 

    I appreciate something like news+ Could solve that particular problem for me but I am loath for the information provider to have to share significant revenue with an aggregator when the market is already clearly marginal for those information providers.

    in fact, I would suggest that unless you’re a big player in any market, if you get into bed with Apple in general, things that happen in bed will happen. 
  • Reply 6 of 6
    crowleycrowley Posts: 6,017member
    Nice to see some good news about News. The next step is to get the News app to stop crashing on iOS multiple times per day. And fix some of the dozen other usability issues.
    I tend to have bad luck with these things, but I've never seen a single crash of News app.  Maybe try deleting and reinstalling, if you haven't already?
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