STUDENTBRIDGE GROWS TEEN AUDIENCE WITH TEENINK ACQUISITION
Newly Established StudentBridge Media Cultivates Digital Community for Teens by Teens
ATLANTA, GA, November 11, 2020 -- Founded in 1989, TeenInk is the leading publication for teens that was created to give teens a safe place to share their thoughts and ideas with other teens. The original founders, John and Stephanie Meyer of Newton, MA, said they founded TeenInk because they believed teenagers had important things to say but few places to express their views on issues that really matter.
At its peak, TeenInk reached over 12M readers a year and boasted 1M active users on teenink.com. TeenInk increased readership to over 100K a month with 200K newsletter subscribers and 24K print subscribers, predominantly high schools and libraries. Jonathan Clues, Founder and CEO of StudentBridge, recognized the immense potential of cultivating this audience and completed a purchase of teenink.com and the magazine in October 2020.
“While there are many channels for teens to share entertaining photos and videos such as Snapchat and TikTok,” said Clues, “TeenInk is the only destination for teens to share meaningful and thought-provoking content. Leveraging our 20 years of digital media experience, we are dedicated to creating and growing a digital community where teens have a credible voice.”
Students aged 13-19 from across the country are invited to submit articles, writings, poetry, opinion pieces, reviews, photographs and videos for publication on the TeenInk website. Of the 5,000 submissions received each month, the best are selected for publication in the magazine giving students an opportunity to be recognized and celebrated as published authors.
“No other year has driven the absolute need to embrace digital transformation like 2020,” continued Clues, “We’ve seen five years of progress and adoption in the education space within the span of one month. The education industry in particular, which heavily utilizes a century-old, in-person recruitment strategy, was shut down overnight. StudentBridge’s technology has long been well-positioned to convert a school’s existing web traffic, but we have never helped drive traffic. That is about to change.”
TeenInk is the foundation of a new specialty division, StudentBridge Media, which has been established to identify, build and partner with teenage-centric assets and media properties with the goal of becoming the leading channel to connect and engage with future college students.
TeenInk is an international teen website and magazine devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos, and video. For over 25 years, TeenInk has offered teens the opportunity to publish their creative work, insights and opinions on meaningful and thought-provoking issues that affect their lives. Since 1989, TeenInk has received over 500,000 submissions from students across the country and has published the works of more than 55,000 students. Learn more at www.teenink.com.
Founded in 2015, StudentBridge’s virtual experience specialists have created award-winning digital solutions that have helped over 250 colleges and universities achieve their enrollment goals. With over 20 years of experience in rich media, StudentBridge works collaboratively with each institution to develop unique and completely customized digital solutions to engage with students and drive conversion at every stage of the recruitment funnel. StudentBridge aspires for every student to find the perfect fit and for every school to fill every seat. Learn more at www.studentbridge.com.
For additional information, please contact Katrin Ades, TeenInk Editor in Chief, at 617-964-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.