The Newscene

Media membership made simple

The Newscene makes it simple for a media to start its paid membership program.
Front end - We provide simple tools to build a membership program.
Back end - We are working on a robust CMS which works without having to write a single line of code
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Konan Kouassi
Maker
Head of the pack @ Newscene.io
Hey PH People, I am Konan, co-founder of The Newscene and we are thrilled to be here today. As most publishing outlets are pivoting to reader revenues and our daily news consumption is heading towards conversations in small groups with trusted voices, we believe memberships can be the way to fulfill both needs. Publishers need to build a loyal reader base and readers need to feel like they’re part of a community, hearing an intimate, trusted voice. It is The Newscene’s raison d’être to make it simple for media to build its membership program on a robust CMS which works without having to write a single line of code. For inspiration, we looked at publishers who are successfully building a membership-like model, like De Correspondent, The Athletic or Business of Fashion. We want those looking to take a similar path to not need to cobble together an array of tools that weren’t designed for membership. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about this :)
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Lachlan Kirkwood
Helping Makers Look Better 👕
Such a great platform to empower creators! Are there any integrations for analytics across each publishers content?
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Balthazar Aubard
Maker
co-founder at jrnal.co
@lachlankirkwood Hello Lachlan, thank you for the kind words! This is definitely an open discussion between our technical team and our first publications. We want to strike a balance between giving our partners the data to optimise their conversions from reader to member and other funnels, but we are also very protective of our users privacy and data. But to specifically address you question (if I understand correctly) yes we definitely plan to create bridges between the data on The Newscene and other tools that our publications use so they can get the big picture with their other sources of income.
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Lachlan Kirkwood
Helping Makers Look Better 👕
@balthazar Sounds great. I think it'd be important to at least share insights on page sessions and session times with publishers. Looking forward to following the project 👍
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Great product idea! Typo's won't endear you to the press: ... simple for a publisher to start monetize its content through membership ... ... simple for a publisher to start to monetize its content through membership ... Produce conent that look great and load fast on any device Produce content that looks great and loads fast on any device 1000€ €1,000 "Content" is always singular My best wishes for your success - we need this!
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Konan Kouassi
Maker
Head of the pack @ Newscene.io
@alun_hill1 Thank you Alun for the kind words and your help. From now, I will make sure every public document is double checked.
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Lyondhur Picciarelli
T&R Innovation HCI Industrial Designer
Wordpress + plugins = Ø
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Konan Kouassi
Maker
Head of the pack @ Newscene.io
@lyondhur Hi Lyondhur, Thank you for your reply. I am actually not quite sure what you mean here. For what it worth, we are still at larval stage (with a bunch of publishers) and we make sure we get as much feedback as we can. Let us know what's up on your mind. Please feel free! Regarding the tagline, we are building something to address a very specific point for most publishing outlets and content creators. So far this tagline was the easiest I found but will work on it :)
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Roman GaryFrench Author
So, just to make sure I understand - this is wordpress multisite with a paywall option?
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Konan Kouassi
Maker
Head of the pack @ Newscene.io
@realromangary Hi Roman, thank you for your reply. We want to provide an alternative to having to publishers' mix: MailChimp to send the newsletter; WordPress to host the sign-up page and non-newsletter content; a membership plugin or service like Patreon to keep track of subscriptions; a payment portal such as PayPal or Stripe and an application platform like Heroku to link them etc. The New York Times stack is our fav benchmark. So maybe something a bit more than a wordpress multisite with paywall option. Does it sounds more clear?
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