A/B testing and optimization are key ways in which Media and Publishing companies are growing their audiences and revenue online. Read case studies and best practices of how Media companies are using optimization to drive more clicks, get more views, and increase ad viewability.

Headline A/B Testing to Boost Ad Impressions: A Case Study from Ringier


Blick, the leading online and print tabloid in Switzerland, has boldly ventured into unchartered territory for most in the media industry: editorial A/B testing. By experimenting with headlines and teaser images, Blick’s editorial team is able to better understand what readers are most interested in, in real time.

How Discovery Increased Ad Viewability & CTR Through A/B Testing


Discovery Communications is a global mass media and entertainment company with an astonishing portfolio of television networks, including the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and Science Channel. It has 2.9 billion global subscribers, a reach that totals 2 in 5 people on the planet.

The product team at Discovery Communications is driven by testing; they’re constantly iterating on their user experience to improve both content engagement and their display ad metrics.

How The Next Web Scaled Their A/B Testing Output 100x


About two years ago we started intensifying our A/B testing program here at The Next Web, one of the world’s largest online publications for news about Internet technology, business, and culture. We’ve found A/B testing to be a very powerful way to increase reader engagement — our primary website goal.

In this blog post I’d like to dive into some aspects of the testing program at The Next Web to provide you with some ideas to incorporate into your own testing program.

How Flipboard Can Keep Users from Flipping Out


You only have one chance to make a first impression. This saying could not be more true when it comes to mobile apps. The first time someone launches an app is often the first interaction that he or she has with the brand and with the company. This is especially true for mobile-first companies that before the app, had no online presence.

A great example is Flipboard. Let’s take a look at how Flipboard can experiment with the new user experience to optimize the first impression and ultimately increase loyalty and usage.

Upworthy’s Jaw-Dropping A/B Test (That Will Restore Your Faith In Recommended Content)

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Website optimization is a huge part of what has made Upworthy so successful. From day one, Co-founder Peter Koechley has focused on A/B testing to increase social shares and engagement around the site’s viral video content– testing headlines, content, and other modules to see what performs best. One recent test yielded surprising results (and a huge win).

The Ultimate Guide to Website Optimization for Media Companies [Ebook]


For media companies (or anyone with a digital business), getting past the reader’s (aka your) short attention span is a major challenge. By employing website optimization as a methodology, media companies have unparalleled opportunities to grow and engage their audience—and their bottom line.

Our Ultimate Guide to Website Optimization for Media Companies provides the most in-depth and thorough crash course that you’ll find.

How USA Today Can Increase Pageviews on Free Content with A/B Testing


For media sites like USA Today that don’t require a paying subscription, the challenge is to find ways to make it as easy and compelling as possible to spend more time on the site because engagement (e.g. pageviews) is the key to driving higher revenue. Increased site engagement is the key to driving higher revenue through ad impressions.
There are a few key places publishers with free content, such as, can test to increase pageviews. Let’s dive in.

25 Ways A/B Testing Can Optimize The Wall Street Journal’s Paywall


The Wall Street Journal is a well-known example of an online publisher who uses the pay-for-content approach—one of the business models publishers use today to drive revenue online. If you go to and quickly scan the top half of the homepage, you’ll see that substantially more than half of their primary articles require a paid subscription to read (as indicated by the key symbol). Here are 25 ideas for A/B tests they can run across two pages to increase subscriptions.