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Posts tagged with The Sun

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Happy Black Friday to you all - undoubtedly the most sanctified and unanimously-loved day of them all.

It's not been the busiest week of digital news, but there's plenty a discerning reader like you needs to keep abreast of.

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Stats: how social media brought down The Sun paywall

On 30th November 2015 The Sun paywall will come crumbling down.

It's fairly obvious why Rebekah Brooks made the decision; publishers are nothing without the reach of social media and this U-turn perhaps proves that subscription models need to be flexible, balanced carefully with (increasingly native) advertising revenue.

Pageviews are the oxygen that keeps every revenue flame burning. But rather than me harping on about advertising and social media, I thought I'd tell the story of The Sun paywall in statistics alone. Here we go...

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Do publishers' paywalls kill sociability?

If one of the things we’ve learnt so far within digital marketing is that becoming more social is a key ways to succeed, does the installing of a paywall on newspaper run websites effectively mean ‘killing’ their shareability?

The most topical example of this is The Sun’s recent introduction of its subscription service. Named Sun+, this has attracted 117,000 subscribers to its £2 a week service in approximately three months.

With The Times, The Telegraph, Financial Times all having already installed paywalls at various points in their online existences, with varying degrees of success, has this made a difference to how their material is shared?

Do they even care? If they are making enough money from subscribers, then perhaps the volume of traffic is unimportant to them.

Within your own social circles, will followers of your channel be annoyed that you’re posting a link to something they need to pay for? This obviously introduces a whole new argument about the value of content, and whether it should be free or otherwise.

Our editor-in-chief Graham Charlton (pictured above) took an in-depth look at The Telegraph's metered paywall in his article earlier in the year, so let’s take a look at the other newspaper paywalls and attempt to shed some light on the questions raised.

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