Piano Media

The great newspaper paywall debate continues

For many newspapers, the decision to erect a paywall has been a decision of last resort.

And for a seemingly good reason: despite the obvious need to generate the type of revenue that advertising often can’t provide alone, asking the consumers of your content to pay for the privilege can be a difficult undertaking.

Q&A: Tomas Bella of Piano Media on the paywall that’s working

While many publishers in the West struggle to build profitable paywalls, I recently reported that a paywall in the East may provide a blueprint for success.

That paywall was erected in Slovakia by a company called Piano Media. It brought together nine of Slovakia’s largest news publishers, and the early results are impressive given the size and characteristics of the Slovakian market.

Does Slovakia hold the secret to paywall success?

Here’s a question most publishers would love to have an answer to: what’s the secret to building a successful pay wall?

Although one might expect major publishers like the New York Times to eventually provide the answer, newspapers in Slovakia may have beat their Western counterparts to the task.