Mag Bag: MAZ Gives Publishers Usage Data

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Magazine publishers that use the MAZ digital publishing platform are gaining access to more detailed usage data for their apps, including time spent per page, tap-through rates of links and multimedia and aggregate metrics, like total number of app and content sessions.
 
The new usage data are being offered as part of MAZ 3.0, a new version of the platform, which incorporates the analytics and reporting tool, Maz Stats, into its digital dashboard. Maz Stats is specifically designed for publishers creating content for tablets and mobile devices. 

It includes the five main tablet metrics recommended by the MPA – The Association of Magazine Media. It also allows publishers to break out sharing data by social media channel and see which actual pieces of content are being shared socially using MAZ’s Clippings feature.
 
MAZ Founder and CEO Paul Canetti stated: “The insights MAZ now provides will inspire more experimentation and eventually will generate new revenue streams as advertisers demand more granular metrics for digital content. Instead of shooting in the dark, publishers can actually know what is working and what is not.”
 
MAZ also announced that it is expanding to other platforms with MAZ 3.0, including products for iPhone, Android smartphones and tablets, as well as the Amazon Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.
 
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