How Do The NY Times Paywall Results Compare To Its Last Paywall?
from the looking-similar dept
One of the oddities in the NY Times introducing its recent emperor’s new paywall is the fact that the NYT already played this game and failed a few years ago. Back in 2006, over a year before the NYT finally realized this was a dumb idea, we had pointed out that it appeared its subscriber numbers had totally plateaued, foreshadowing the end of the paywall. I was reminded of that after some were saying that the NYT’s recent announcement of 100,000 subscribers to its (still discounted) paywall shows that it’s on a path to success.
With that in mind, it’s fascinating to see Joshua Benton, over at the Nieman Lab, compare the results of the TimesSelect paywall with this new paywall, and suggest that the initial results aren’t really that impressive in that they track the results from last time. After scouring reports to find out how many people signed up for TimesSelect, he put together this chart that shows the clear plateau: