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The role of the website in a magazine business – revisiting old truths
Lappeenranta University of Technology.
Queensland University of Technology.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5836-577X
2015 (English)In: Journal of Media Business Studies, ISSN 1652-2354, Vol. 12, no 4, 238-249 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores consumer behavioural patterns on a magazine website. By using a unique dataset of real-life click stream data from 295 magazine website visitors, interesting behavioural patterns are noted: most importantly, 86% of all sessions only visit the blogs hosted by the magazine. This means that the visitors short-circuit the start page and are not exposed to any editorial content at all, and consequently not to any commercial content on those pages. Sessions visiting editorial content, commercial content or social media links actually represent only 1% or less of all sessions recorded. Consequently, the online platform gives very limited support for the business model. Our data questions the general assumption that online platforms are key components of a contemporary magazine’s business model.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Vol. 12, no 4, 238-249 p.
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Magazine, business model, website, clickstream, pattern, consumer behaviour
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30845DOI: 10.1080/16522354.2015.1107334ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84955668967OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-30845DiVA: diva2:942197
Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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