Expanding Readers’ Choice Polls: Using Digital to Increase Revenue


Shweiki teams up with Matt Coen and Julie Foley of Second Street Promotions Lab—a site that works with over 3,000 media partners, consulting on topics such as email marketing, contests, and online promotions—to present a must-watch  webinar on how digital is expanding opportunities for readers’ choice polls and ballots more than ever before.

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Magazines have relied on readers’ choice polls or ballots for a number of years now for special issues and stories (such as the “Best of College” feature in Study Breaks magazine or Austin Monthly’s “Best of the City” survey), and digital advancements have made them more valuable—and easy to use—than ever.


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Julie Foley, Matt’s partner at Second Street elaborates on how new tools are allowing magazines to work their magazines more efficiently.


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The example above allows for a combination of both a seeded-in entry form and a write-in option. Once the user has chosen their preferred form of entry, the program connects the data with like matches, eliminating the huge hassle of manually counting and calculating vote

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Revenue Opportunities

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There’s long been an empty space with digital in relation to how to make money online with a ballot or promotion. It turns out that now—between upgraded listings, category sponsors, online ads, live events, the print issue itself and more—there are a lot more opportunities for digital revenue, a few of which are outlined below…


Upgrading Listings

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An upgraded listing is a revenue option for digital ballots that allow a user to click on an inputed entry and have that business’s digital logo (including links to one’s online pages) featured on a drop button.


Online Ads

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Another revenue service for a readers’ choice promotion is a digital special print issue. An issue that sells well in print often sells well in digital, especially when a ballot option is involved (as audience involvement increases issue loyalty). Creating special options online for both consumers and advertisers allows one to increase revenue on a value-based decision.

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Matt Coen

Matt Coen is the Co-founder and President of Second Street, the leading provider of online promotions platforms and partner success services for the media industry. Coen also teaches entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2006, Coen Co-Wrote and Produced the award winning documentary Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? Coen began his career in media technology at Pulitzer Technologies as Director of New Business and Product Development. Coen is a native of Rhode Island who loves spending time with his family, sports, politics, travel, and serving on a number of community boards.
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