Monthly Archives: November 2016

Pugpig wins at the Digital Magazine Awards 2016!



Last night the Pugpig team attended the annual Digital Magazine Awards at Proud Camden Gallery and came home with a shiny new award to add to the collection. In a brand new and hotly contested category, Pugpig was named the DMA Platform of the Year, 2016.


And as if that wasn’t enough, our customers also had a fantastic night, with Porter Magazine picking up Lifestyle Magazine of the Year, The Edit winning Innovation of the Year and Motor Sport bering Highly Commended in the Motoring category.


As 2016 begins to come to a close we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this year our best yet. With our exciting new product launch just a couple of weeks away, we fully expect to come back next year powering even more awards for our customers!


Watch this space for more news in the coming weeks…


Pugpig Customer Day 2016


‘judging by the speaker line up not everyone is purely here for the post panel drinks’ – @romneywhitehead

On Wednesday 19th October we hosted our third annual Pugpig Customer Day, bringing together customers, guests and friends of Kaldor for a series of talks, good quality beer and a bundle of excited chatter. The Seven Dials Club on Earlham St provided an ideal space for the occasion: after checking in (and checking out the bar), we all eagerly took our seats.

Jonny kicked off the day with a company update: customer announcements were made in relation to world-class brands, including Metro, IBM, Independent and Arsenal. That’s not to mention the fact that Hearst and Conde Nast both have new titles moving to Pugpig. Oh, and The Economist will be rolled out globally on our platform! As if things couldn’t get more exciting, guests were treated to a sneak peek of our brand new Pugpig product – to be revealed at our launch-stroke-Christmas party in December. (Watch this space).

Next up, Liam Keating from Conde Nast took to the floor to discuss the company’s transition to Pugpig. Conde Nast selected Pugpig Connect as one framework for all of its brands, providing a solution to out-of-control creative challenges and a lack of in-house editorial resources. Pugpig is easy for Conde Nast to maintain, allowing the company to react to the industry quicker whilst relieving worries related to new devices and screen sizes. As well as this, Conde Nast can seamlessly share content and retain creative control. We think that’s pretty important.

Appboy’s Gareth Ballard shared some handy app engagement pointers, including the essentialism of onboarding in order to create a positive first impression, as well as the importance of maximising channels to increase conversions. Our very own CTO, Jon, contributed a bit of beer-in-hand light relief in the form of a Dylan-themed presentation. ‘Blood on the streets’ gave us a tech-focused year in review and explored some of the threats facing publishers and tech providers beneath the unpredictable sky of changing consumer behaviour.

Moving on from 60s songwriters and after a short break we returned to possibly the coolest event of the day (sorry Jon!): a Q&A panel in the form of speakers from LADbible, The Economist, Motorsport and The Independent. We had the pleasure of delving into their thoughts on the greatest industry challenges and threats, revenue predictions, digital journeys and more. Keep your eyes peeled for further Customer Day posts to find out what they had to say…

After a peek into the world of app monetisation from Trinity Mirror’s Matt Colebourne, and a Pugpig product update from Zoe, visions of exploiting the open bar were close to becoming a reality. However, as with every Customer Day line-up, we had one last trick up our sleeve in the form of Alex Watson (Head of Product at none other than BBC News), discussing the Future of Journalism and Journalism as a ‘Product’. What a finale! Alex ended the day on a high in the form of intelligent, unguarded opinion served with a large pinch of dry wit. He had us laughing ourselves off our seats and heading for the end-of-day drinks in the best possible spirits.

Overall, the Customer Day was a huge success and we’d like to thank everyone who attended – we hope you had as much fun as we did!


Pugpig now powers all of Hearst Magazines UK titles!

elleKaldor is celebrating the migration of all Hearst Magazines UK mobile apps from Adobe DPS on to the Pugpig platform. This momentous migration, completed in less that two months, features some of the country’s most prestigious magazine titles.

Having worked with Kaldor since the digital launch of Reveal in 2013, Hearst decided earlier this year to migrate its entire portfolio of digital publications to Pugpig. This decision came as part of a broader programme of change aimed at streamlining its editorial systems and processes.

Since November, household titles such as Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Esquire, Elle, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Harpers Bazaar, and Jamie Magazine are all available on iOS, Android and web, powered by Pugpig.

After having worked with Hearst for a number of years, it is a great privilege to take on the entire Hearst Magazines portfolio. With Pugpig, we’re committed to helping forge the future of mobile publishing, and we’re excited to work hand-in-hand with Hearst to evolve these amazing brands into something really special over the coming years – watch this space!


Pugpig Pointers: Background Downloads

Pugpig Pointers is a series of weekly tips, tricks and tutorials on how to get the most value from your apps, delivered straight to your inbox and to the Pugpig Post.

Last week we covered how to add interactive elements to your apps with puzzle integrations. In this final week of our Discovery and Engagement series, we are covering the ways you can make the most of your app’s publishing model to engage readers with your new content through background download and push.

Different modes of publishing:

Depending on your publishing frequency and style, you can decide to post periodic editions, have a continuous feed to keep readers up to date with news as it breaks or bring the two together through a mixed-mode app. You can read more about our mixed publishing mode here. Whatever publishing model you follow, there are plenty of ways to ensure that users know when you’ve posted new and exciting content and can access it seamlessly. You can start by enabling background downloads to ensure that all your new content (editions and articles) have loaded by the time users receive a push notification driving them to your material.

What are background downloads and how do you use them?

By sending a  silent push notification, which contains no message or sound, you can deliver new content to the app without users having to manually update your feed or download new editions. You can schedule these pushes to happen at optimum times for background downloads to carry through, for example in the early hours of the morning and when a phone is connected to Wifi, to ensure that your app carries out background updates without disturbing your users. You might then post a local notification when you’ve finished downloading or processing the new content. This means that all your new data will have refreshed by the time the app is opened, creating a seamless journey for your users straight into your new content, meaning that it can be ready to enjoy for offline reading on a morning commute.

As a content owner, you have the ability to schedule your background push directly through push providers, but we’ve made sure to enable scheduling directly through Pugpig Distribution Service too for Urban Airship users, and customers using Firebase can send message or background pushes straight from our dashboard. If you want more information, feel free to email us.

In order for this to work users need to have opted-in to push, and we’ve covered how you can ensure users accept push notifications in our previous pointers.

What your users should know:

First step is to ensure your users are aware of their Background App Refresh settings and this additional benefit of opting-in to push notifications. Consider adding it to your welcome screens or your push permissions pop-up.

You should also let your readers know that they don’t have to compromise available memory on their devices by enabling the automatic downloads. With the new 1.9.0/1.10.0 update, users have the ability archive an edition directly from the store front by long holding on the cover. Another piece of information you might want to include in your welcome screens.

They should also know about the new automatic archive settings we have added in Settings > General where users can choose for editions to be auto deleted if they have not been read for certain amount of time and the time periods are configurable. We have also given users the option to receive background downloads only when connected to WiFi through their Automatic Download settings.

Do you want to know more?

To learn more about deep links, and all other topics covered within our Distribution and Engagement Series, register for our Pugpig Pointers Workshop taking place in London from 2 – 5pm on Thursday 10th November. 

If you want to stay ahead of the game, download the Pugpig Post app to access all of our weekly top tips throughout the series.

So far in Pugpig Pointers Series 1:
Part 1: Increase your apps visibility across stores through App Store Optimisation 
Part 2: Create effective welcome screens for your new users
Part 3: How to use deep linking in your direct mail
Part 4: Use social media seeding to reach brand new audiences.
Part 5: Push notifications and background download
Part 6: User sharing
Part 7: Puzzles



Pugpig Pointers: Puzzles

Pugpig Pointers is a series of weekly tips, tricks and tutorials on how to get the most value from your apps, delivered straight to your inbox and to the Pugpig Post.

Last time on Pointers we covered how user sharing can help spread your content and increase chances of converting users into subscribers. 

How can puzzles add value to your digital editions?

Adding interactive elements like crosswords, sudoku, code words and word searches can help you to create a compelling app that can generate a deeper level of engagement with users.

Compared to any other pages, ones with puzzles have the longest dwell time. This increases the overall session duration and contributes to more in-app activity. Offering puzzles is a great way to hook readers, they are enjoyable to play, giving the reader a reason to form habits and return to your app more regularly.

You can also use puzzles as part of your marketing campaigns and integrate them into any competitions you run. Over a million people take part in competitions every year, 34% via digital. With the use of push notifications, you can alert users when new puzzles have been posted and ensure that they interact with your app in return for great rewards.

We have a webinar! Watch ‘Delivering puzzles to apps for deeper user engagement – in association with Puzzler Media’ by following the link.


Well, we have clients who choose to build their own HTML puzzles, some examples being The WeekFirst News and Chemistry World. Alternatively you can integrate with our partner Puzzler, like the Telegraph and Metro apps.

Puzzler is the UK’s largest puzzle supplier, delivering bespoke puzzles to national and regional newspapers and consumer magazines. They have a fantastic offering across print and digital platforms. We offer an integration with the Puzzler SDK through our Distribution system which makes it easy to include digital puzzles with minimal work required from your editorial teams.


  • * Crosswords, Wordsearch, Sudoku, Slider, Jigsaw puzzle options
  • * Fully responsive puzzles that have been optimised for mobile play
  • * Local storage, which means users can return to continue playing your puzzle/game where they left off
  • * Extras like puzzle hints, progress indicators and reward messages


Make sure to contact and we’ll tell you  a bit more about how puzzles can work and can put you in touch with the right people at Puzzler.

So far in Pugpig Pointers Series 1:
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NOTION latest glossy mag to launch using Pugpig

notion-blogWe’ve got another exciting magazine app to add to our ‘powered by Pugpig’ list. NOTION, where music meets fashion, is a quarterly magazine with over 250 pages of the best in music, fashion & culture and they have just launched their digital edition!

Packed with stunning imagery and in-depth tutorials, the new NOTION app dives into the lives of exciting new designers and artists and their digital-only content ranges from gorgeous fashion editorials to exclusive interviews.

The fully responsive app looks great across mobile devices, and is a great addition to their print edition with exclusive video content and bonus imagery in each issue. Expect their sleek and vivid aesthetic mirrored in the design of their app as they make great use of features such as in-app image galleries and video content using Pugpig’s edition based publishing model.

NOTION is available to download now on iOS, Android from Google Play and web!