50 episodes

A Media Operator is a community for entrepreneurs and operators in the digital media space. This podcast is a natural extension of the newsletter (www.amediaoperator.com) and community that has already been built. Each week, I will interview entrepreneurs and operators that are building these media companies. Over the course of approximately an hour, we'll discuss their businesses, their success and failures, and, ultimately, what they learned about building media companies.

This podcast will provide actionable insights for current and prospective media operators. That means we're not only talking strategies in media, but also the tactics. We'll be diving into business models, audience development, subscription, commerce, advertising, audio, video—you name it, we'll be discussing it.

A Media Operator is also very much about niche media. That doesn't mean small. To me, niche media means depth. We should celebrate these stories and there are plenty of them. On this podcast, you'll finally hear them.

Wherever you listen to podcasts, hit that subscribe button so you know when I release an episode. As the show starts, considering rating it and leaving a comment so I know how I'm doing. I view A Media Operator as a tool for you; if I'm failing, I want to know.

Thanks for tuning in today and I'll be talking with you soon.

A Media Operator Jacob Cohen Donnelly

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

A Media Operator is a community for entrepreneurs and operators in the digital media space. This podcast is a natural extension of the newsletter (www.amediaoperator.com) and community that has already been built. Each week, I will interview entrepreneurs and operators that are building these media companies. Over the course of approximately an hour, we'll discuss their businesses, their success and failures, and, ultimately, what they learned about building media companies.

This podcast will provide actionable insights for current and prospective media operators. That means we're not only talking strategies in media, but also the tactics. We'll be diving into business models, audience development, subscription, commerce, advertising, audio, video—you name it, we'll be discussing it.

A Media Operator is also very much about niche media. That doesn't mean small. To me, niche media means depth. We should celebrate these stories and there are plenty of them. On this podcast, you'll finally hear them.

Wherever you listen to podcasts, hit that subscribe button so you know when I release an episode. As the show starts, considering rating it and leaving a comment so I know how I'm doing. I view A Media Operator as a tool for you; if I'm failing, I want to know.

Thanks for tuning in today and I'll be talking with you soon.

    Tagg Henderson on BNP Media's 90 Day Pivot From Print to Digital (and more)

    Tagg Henderson on BNP Media's 90 Day Pivot From Print to Digital (and more)

    My guest this week is Tagg Henderson, co-CEO of BNP Media, a b2b media company operating in a variety of different niches. In this 40 minute conversation, we talked about how the business got its start, the 90 day pivot from print to digital that happened during 2020, the various revenue streams including advertising, events, research, and continuing education, the new agency that they brought on about a year ago and how that helps the business, and where he sees the business going from here. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

    • 43 min
    Phillip Jackson Talks About the Money Business Models at Future Commerce

    Phillip Jackson Talks About the Money Business Models at Future Commerce

    My guest this week is Phillip Jackson, co-founder and CEO of Future Commerce. In this hour long conversation, we talked about how the brand got its start, the various revenue streams across advertising, subscriptions, learning, insights, and events, why they can accomplish all of this with a very lean team, and where he sees the brand going from here. Future Commerce is doing things differently than other b2b media companies, but I think that is to their advantage. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

    • 1 hr
    Curtis Cord on Delivering Value With Olive Oil Times

    Curtis Cord on Delivering Value With Olive Oil Times

    My guest this week is Curtis Cord, the founder and editor in chief of Olive Oil Times. In this 35 minute conversation, we talked about how the business got its start, its expansion into launching the NY World Olive Oil Competition, its education business where it holds sommelier courses in New York and London, and why he feels so passionately about making sure his various websites load as quickly as possible. This episode was a reminder to me that there are possible media niches in all places. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

    • 36 min
    Eric Hoffman on Growth of Hoffman Media Up and Down the Funnel

    Eric Hoffman on Growth of Hoffman Media Up and Down the Funnel

    My guest this week is Eric Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Media, a publisher that publishes a number of publications targeting women and southern living. We talked about how the business first got its start, why they charge what they do for subscriptions, the five figure experiences business they have, and so much more.

    • 51 min
    Kat Craddock on Acquiring Saveur and Building the Brand

    Kat Craddock on Acquiring Saveur and Building the Brand

    My guest this week is Kat Craddock, the editor-in-chief and CEO of Saveur, a publication that she acquired from Recurrent Ventures a little over one year ago. In this episode, we dove into how the deal happened, how she financed it, why they reintroduced a print product, and so much more.

    • 38 min
    Richard Lander on 25 Years of Building Citywire

    Richard Lander on 25 Years of Building Citywire

    My guest this week is Richard Lander, Director at Citywire, a UK-based media company that serves the asset management and wealth industries. In this 40 minute conversation, we talked about the various parts of the business, why the pandemic ultimately killed the print business, their events model, the various ways they generate revenue from licensing, and an interesting intent-based product they call Goldmine. I hope you enjoy this discussion.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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Please make more!

Love this podcast, learning a lot, and I hope you make more episodes!

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Five Stars for Jacob

I’ve recommended this podcast already to many people. Not only is Jacob one of the most well researched hosts but he’s also picking the best guests which show his subject matter expertise. By best I mean most adored niche B2B media companies. Highly recommend.

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A Media Operator is a Must Listen

Jay is a crusher. If you are in the media business, you need to listen to his podcast. If you aren’t, you will be fired because you are missing knowledge bombs from Jay.

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