Author: Kevin Lund

Kevin Lund is President and Founder of T3 Publishing, a financial content strategy and publishing firm, specializing in bridging the marketing needs of businesses with the information needs of their customers. T3 Publishing is a leader in the content revolution taking place, and Kevin is passionate about helping companies use conversation —written or verbal—as a means for driving behavior. You can follow him on Twitter @optionjockey.

By kevin-lund published November 12, 2010

How a Print Strategy Could Save the World: A Case Study

Recently, I finished reading the book Let My People Go Surfing, by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. It’s a fascinating story by an inspirational business leader. He not only grew a successful company while being beloved by his employees and revered by his peers, but he also intends to continue doing so without destroying the planet—a tall order for a clothing manufacturer that outsources to factories in emerging markets.

I can relate to Chouinard’s paradox. I’m a print guy. That’s how I started in this business and how I plan to sustain it. As a print publisher, I too have a responsibility to seek out ways to make sure that sustaining our business doesn’t compromise the earth’s business—which isn’t always easy.Continue Reading

By kevin-lund published July 19, 2010

Three Ways to Screw Up a Good Article

In the world of custom publishing, there are no second chances. If you’re publishing an article online, you have fewer than five seconds to make an impression; with a print or digital magazine, you may have a bit more time, but not much.

Considering the amount of time you have to capture someone’s attention, you need to make the article “sticky.” For instance, with a magazine, there are really only three things you can control that make for a sticky article—the words, the pictures, and the design. People expect more than words on a page, but for the moment, I’ll spare you the diatribe about the need for thoughtful pictures and design, and focus (sigh) only on the words.

So if you’re looking to screw up your next article, here are three sure-fire ways to do it.Continue Reading

By kevin-lund published June 15, 2010

How to Create a Custom Magazine Cover that Rocks

Though it’s said you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can decide if you want to read it – especially if the book we’re talking about is a magazine. Think about it. Given the choice, if you’re waiting at the doctor’s office with nothing to do, and you see two health magazines on the table in front of you, neither of which you know anything about, are you more likely to open the one with pretty pictures on it, or the one that looks like a medical journal?

While there are plenty of other things a cover accomplishes, when it comes to the reader, a good magazine cover should drive two behaviors: First, it gets you to pick up the magazine and second, it gets you to look inside its pages.Continue Reading