July 26, 2013
By Teresa Demel
During Esquire’s May 2013 presentation at the Adobe Digital Publishing Summit, Mark Mikin, Mobile Editions Editor, announced Esquire Weekly, a first-of-its-kind weekly tablet edition of a monthly magazine. It features original stories by Esquire’s best writers and it’s free to digital subscribers.
David Granger, Esquire’s Editor in Chief, had this to say about the launch of the weekly:
“The Weekly will be a mix of all the things we do in all of Esquire’s various forms of expression. We’ve got Esquire’s editor at large A.J. Jacobs contributing an advice column of a type none of us has ever seen. We’ll tap our best contributors to Esquire.com—like Charlie Pierce and Josh Ozersky and Stephen Marche and the rest—each issue. Esquire magazine’s writers and editors will opine on and celebrate the things we get enthusiastic about. There’ll be some funny stuff. And we’ll toss a piece of ambitious writing into the mix each issue.”
I chose this as an app of the week because I wanted to share how a leading publisher is using DPS to deliver supplemental content in between monthly issues to keep subscribers connected to their brand.
In this app of the week video, I show:
- The segmented custom storefront that allows readers to easily find weekly issues
- The way in which the magazine is organized with one article per section, making the content easily digestible.
- How Editor A.J. Jacobs crowdsources content from readers through social media, and uses a web overlay to integrate his Twitter account with the article
July 25, 2013
Publication uses Free Article Preview to pique reader interest before purchase
Last week, Time Inc. launched Entertainment Weekly on the iPad, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the publications’ new interactive tablet format. Using Digital Publishing Suite, the title engages readers with interactivity – through video, animations, slideshows and more – allowing the brand to bring to life the celebrities, TV shows, movies, music and books it covers.
In order to drive reach, readership and revenue for its content, Entertainment Weekly uses the Free Article Preview feature from Release 26 of Digital Publishing Suite. Upon opening the app, readers are greeted with a designed custom storefront that displays issues for browsing and purchase – all merchandised in the look-and-feel of the Entertainment Weekly brand. Readers can then download specific articles that the publisher marks as “free” in order to preview and sample selected content before purchasing. Free Article Preview allows Entertainment Weekly to pique reader interest with free content, and then when a reader swipes to a non-free (“protected”) article, he or she is presented with a prompt that encourages purchase or subscription. This way, readers can “try before they buy”, and Entertainment Weekly can drive greater readership and revenue.
Learn more about the Entertainment Weekly iPad app through the links below.
July 24, 2013
With the new Oakland Museum of California app – produced with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and available for iPad, Android and Kindle Fire –members and museum guests can keep up-to-date with museum news, as well as the stories behind the museum’s gallery exhibits. Serving as an enhancement to the institution’s print magazine publication, the OMCA app includes videos, slideshows, and interactive components that help bring the Golden State’s culture and history to life.
The app enables visitors to get a taste—in a fun and sophisticated way—for what’s new in the museum after a recent transformation. “Producing the magazine tablet app was one of the many aspects of the Oakland Museum of California’s promotional campaign supporting the re-opening of our Gallery of California Natural Sciences and the culmination of the Museum’s multi-year, $63 million transformation,” notes Kelly Koski, Associate Director, Communications and Audience Development, Oakland Museum of California. “Members and visitors alike have expressed excitement about the app.”
Utilizing videos and galleries, OMCA shares recent updates in the app using an interactive format, and also highlights upcoming exhibitions. The added value of audio, video, and photographic elements, distinguishes the tablet app from the print edition with added engagement.
In addition, positive feedback from members and visitors about the app has helped guide the strategic direction that the Oakland Museum of California has planned for their digital edition. With new folios in the app planned for three times a year, OMCA is planning to time these updates with new issues of the print magazine. Green Members—members who receive only digital correspondence from the museum—have expressed special enthusiasm for the tablet edition. With this feedback and success as a foundation, the museum is also exploring additional opportunities to bring its publication to smartphones.
Built by Diablo Custom Publishing, in the most recent Oakland Museum of California app, you will find:
- Exclusive photo galleries of behind-the-scenes content
- Interactive and custom illustrated maps around the Lake Merritt neighborhood
- Upcoming exhibitions and a preview of what’s to come at OMCA
July 19, 2013
By Teresa Demel
Digital Publishing Suite is not just for big publishers. This week, we are featuring The Washingtonian, a monthly magazine that serves the Washington D.C. area. This magazine covers arts & culture, entertainment, business and politics for the D.C. area. According to an interview with David Van Voorhees, Digital Development Manager, DPS allowed the small publishing company to go digital in a short amount of time, provide fun content for its readership, and drive new revenue.
Watch the app of the week video to see DPS interactivity in action:
- An audio overlay allows readers to simultaneously read about local musician Wale as well as hear a sample song from his latest album
- Photo slideshows of food flesh out restaurant reviews
- Slideshows of award-winning architecture bolster the story on notable homes
- Watch App of the Week – The Washingtonian on Adobe TV
- Download The Washingtonian from the iTunes store
- Hear the story from The Washingtonian. Watch DC’s City Magazine – The Washingtonian – Embraces DPS on Adobe TV
Adobe deploys Digital Publishing Suite across a variety of use cases—from inspiring customers to communicating with creative professionals, as well as enabling internal sales teams. At the recent Digital Publishing Summit, a panel of Adobe employees explored how Adobe uses Digital Publishing Suite.
Julie Campagna, Senior Media Producer at Adobe, discussed Adobe Inspire Magazine, Adobe’s flagship publication for creative professionals. The magazine, with almost 1.3 million subscribers for the Web edition, now also has over 1 million downloads for the iPad app, which launched in summer 2012. Created to inform, enlighten and inspire creative professionals, the magazine serves as a retention tool for already existing customers. Expanding beyond the Web edition, the iPad app uses interactivity made possible with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite—including scrolling navigation, overlays, in-depth interviews, videos, audio, and more. Check out this video clip to learn more about the Adobe Inspire iPad app.
In addition, Kimberley Talbot, Director of Campaign, Adobe Marketing Cloud, explained more about the creation of the Adobe & Digital Publishing app for the purpose of B2B sales. The Adobe & Digital Publishing app features not only excellent uses of DPS, but also educates senior level executives at publishing houses about the platform. Diving deep into how customers can make the leap to mobile, the app takes advantage of retina, video, and interactive customer examples. Metrics confirm that 70% of users went past the first screen and explored the content within the app, enhancing lead generation efforts. In all, the app explores how brands can grow their reach and expand their digital audience.
Finally, Marc Eaman, Marketing Cloud Evangelist at Adobe demonstrated how the sales team within Adobe has been able to enhance sales with the Adobe Marketing Cloud sales tool app. The app explores major solutions within the Adobe Marketing Cloud, helps employees learn more about the products, contains customer testimonials and also serves as a presentation tool for the sales team. Repurposing content that was already created, the app is now used 200-300 times per week, worldwide.
July 18, 2013
What’s making the biggest impact on Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s digital publishing business? According to Rich Fontaine, Sr. Vice President, Consumer Marketing, it’s increases in renewal rates among print subscribers who sample the publisher’s digital editions. Rich discusses why print subscribers who have taken advantage of free access to the digital edition are renewing at a 20% higher rate than those who haven’t, and how 80% of those who renew are migrating from print-only to print/digital bundle and are paying more for it. Learn more about MSLO’s digital business and how new digital publishing strategies are creating higher margins and lower customer acquisition costs.
July 17, 2013
Bridget Roman and Colin Fleming from the DPS team recently presented a one-hour seminar to members of the ABM, the Association of Business Information & Media Companies, that focused on reducing production costs and generating revenue with digital magazines. If you are a business publisher who is considering moving from a PDF version of your magazine to a highly engaging, interactive reading experience, but are worried about the added staff, budget and training that might be involved, watch this webinar to learn how you and your existing team can seamlessly get up and running with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. You’ll learn how DPS delivers highly efficient workflows, ensures streamlined production that keeps costs in check and offers extensive in-app marketing tools that will help generate meaningful revenue. Inspirational real-life examples from other business publishers are shared.
Watch the video recap here:
July 16, 2013
Last chance to be showcased as a 2013 DPS Awards, presented by Adobe and Adweek candidate and the chance to be featured in Adweek and on www.adobe.com! You could also win a trip to New York City for Advertising Week, and many more prizes.
All entries for the DPS Awards are posted on the Talent Gallery, here.
Learn more about the DPS Awards at www.dpsawards.com and don’t miss this last chance to be a candidate. The deadline for posting is July 22, 2013.
Check out the competition, appreciate your peers’ work and get appreciated. We’re seeing more than 150 registrations—including entries from E! Entertainment News, OTL Magazine and Levi’s.
July 15, 2013
New Features include Pinterest, GPS, and Free Article Preview with Metering
By Teresa Demel
Today, we’re pleased to announce the latest release of Digital Publishing Suite – Release 27 – is now available. With support for Pinterest, device GPS integration and Free Article Preview with Metering, the latest features in Digital Publishing Suite are designed to help you drive awareness of, interest in, and revenue from your publications. In addition, we have refined Folio Producer Service so that you can streamline and accelerate production.
New features that are now available, in release 27, among others:
- Social Sharing through Pinterest
- Device GPS Integration
- Free Article Preview with Metered Content
- Copy Folio
For a full list of features available in release 27, visit Bob Bringhurst’s Help Site, What’s New in this Release.
Pinterest Added to Social Sharing
Socially sharing images has become mainstream, and DPS apps lend themselves to this medium since they are often well designed with striking visuals. In addition to existing social sharing functionality, you can now allow readers to share the image of an article page on their Pinterest boards. Their followers can be hooked in by great visuals and subsequently experience the interactive and informational content in your app, such as recipes, infographics, fashion, and home improvement techniques. The goal with this feature is to increase the reach of your content through your readers’ social networks. With this capability, corporate publishers can drive brand awareness and magazine and newspaper publishers can develop new readership. Available for iPad and iPhone.
The following visuals illustrate the flow of the Pinterest reading experience in DPS.
- A reader shares the image of an article page from the app and posts it on her Pinterest page.
- Her follower clicks on the Pinterest image.
- Once the image is open, she clicks on “Visit Website.”
- After clicking, readers can experience interactive article content on device or in the Web Viewer.
- Read the updated article on the DPS DevNet: Integrated Social Sharing with Digital Publishing Suite
- Watch Colin Fleming’s video of Pinterest social sharing on Adobe TV.
Device GPS Integration
Mobile readers are exactly that: mobile. Your consumers are reading content on the bus, at home, and at work, in different geographies and locations. You may need to deliver different types of content to people based on location. GPS integration allows you to deliver targeted content through integration with GPS location data from the device. Available for iPad and iPhone.
Consider the following use cases:
- Promotional Entitlement Banner Enterprise customers can place a geo-specific promotional banner in the custom store or library. For example, if you’re sponsoring an event in Los Angeles, you can promote a free folio to each attendee in LA by showing a targeted banner. When users click on the banner, they can enter login credentials and be entitled to the folio. This allows you to connect with the audience and capture data from attendees. Once attendees download the folio, they remain entitled to it after they leave Los Angeles. The geolocation does not change the content that they are entitled to, but only changes the banner that they see in the custom store or library.
- Region-specific folios If you have a sales enablement app, you may want to entitle sales team members to region-specific content, such as lists of pricing, regional distributors, and retail locations. For example, your U.S. sales team will see a different set of folios in their library from the Latin America sales team. As in the use case above, if a rep downloads a folio from the U.S. and then travels to Latin America, the folios downloaded in the U.S. will still be available on her device. Requires custom store or library.
- Region specific article or ad The first two use cases cover GPS integration with the custom store or library. In this use case, you can change content within the article based on geography. For example, you may have an article on farmers markets, and want to provide HTML content on local markets. In the case of an advertisement, GPS integration allows you feature local vendors to help drive regional sales. In the image below, the advertiser is a European railroad company that has different travel agents in each U.S. city.
- Read the DPS DevNet Article: Getting Started with the Geolocation API
- Watch Colin Fleming’s video on GPS Device Integration.
Free Article Preview with Metered Content
In our last release, we enabled Free Article Preview, allowing publishers to pique reader interest by providing selected free articles in a folio, and offering upsell or subscription prompts once consumers click on a protected article. Previously, articles were either designated as “free” or “protected” in the Folio Producer Service. As promised in Colin Fleming’s Release 26 video on Free Article Preview, you can now set up an additional content type — “metered” — and define a certain number of articles available for free to engage readers before encouraging them to purchase premium content. Once readers encounter the paywall, convert them into buyers with subscription and upsell prompts.
The following images show samples of metered content and upsell prompts.
- Read the updated article on Adobe DPS DevNet: Free Article Preview
In release 27, production staff can also streamline the production process and improve collaboration with new Copy Folio functionality. With this feature, you can copy an entire folio to your account using one-click access from the Folio Producer Service, eliminating the need to copy and rebuild a folio article-by-article. Production staff can insert content, including editorial and advertising, from content contributors and agencies more easily with this streamlined Copy Folio workflow. In addition, you can automate folio copying with access to the Copy Folio API. Watch the Copy Folio video from Colin Fleming on Adobe TV.
July 10, 2013
Independent Publishers: join us for a complementary, one-hour webinar introduction to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite! We invite small to midsize publishers interested in learning more about creating digital magazines to come learn how to grow readership, drive engagement, and create revenue, all while ensuring an efficient workflow and positive ROI.
This webinar will explore case studies from titles including The New Republic, Interweave, Cook’s Illustrated, and more. Additionally, you will learn to:
- Create and publish apps to leading devices with your existing staff and skills
- Draw print subscribers to digital editions
- Deliver custom notifications to your readers
- Leverage marketing tools to create and deliver a custom experience
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET
Get the webinar details and registration information here:
DPS for the Independent Publisher
July 9, 2013
By Sonia Sawhney
In higher education, DPS helps institutions increase engagement with prospective students, faculty, staff and alumni. In fact, institutions are finding great use cases for tablet publishing across the four A’s of education – in Athletics, with Alumni, in the Admissions office and, of course, in Academics.
One leading educational institutions using DPS to connect with alumni is the UCLA Anderson School of Management. The new iPad publication Assets Digital showcases stories from the alumni, faculty, and current students, along with forward-looking ideas from school’s community.
Before taking the publication digital, the printed version of the alumni magazine was distributed to 38,000 recipients. Surveys revealed that readers were primarily interested in articles focus on alumni and industry relevant topics. With the help of the Joe Zeff Design team and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, UCLA launched the digital alumni magazine: Assets Digital.
The Reinvention Issue, one of the two available issues thus far, leverages interactive technology to engage readers and tell the school’s story. Taking Risks Together, a video embedded in the app, is an engaging short clip that showcases how preparing for the rigors of business school starts outside of the classroom, where successful problem solving delivers immediate thrill. The compelling video clips, stunning photography, content rich articles, and clickable features within the app make the content consumption an enjoyable and entertaining experience.
With three primary groups of focus: prospective students, alumni, and prospective employers, the app provides opportunities to get creative and think outside of the box. Working with Joe Zeff, the UCLA team was able to create a “Stay Connected” page. Complete with a live feed from the Dean’s new Twitter account, social network shortcuts, and more, the page serves as a great way for the alumni community to stay connected. The digital format of the Alumni Hub allows the community to immediately connect with the school, making all contacts and resources available at the fingertip.
In this video clip from Adobe MAX, Engaging Your Customers and Employees with Mobile Apps, Daniel Riley, Director of external affairs at UCLA Anderson School of Business, showcases the Assets Digital Magazine for iPad. (You’ll find the UCLA panelist presentation at: 15:40 – 23:25).
Download UCLA Anderson Assets Magazine for iPad on the iTunes App Store.
July 8, 2013
By Sonia Sawhney
Brands are taking advantage of tablets to drive revenue through mobile commerce, as well as deepen the consumer experience through lifestyle content. The Knot Weddings Magazine App from XO Group comes complete with “shoppable pages” with “tap to buy” buttons, deeply integrated social capabilities, advertising embedded as content, plus slideshows, tutorials, and audience specific content. In the video clip below, Rebecca Dolgin, Editor-In-Chief, XO Group/The Knot and Carrie S. Reynolds, VP Sales and Custom Marketing Solutions, XO Group/The Knot share how The Knot is jumpstarting the consumer shopping experience through this immersive Wedding Magazine app.
With quickly approaching wedding dates and deadlines, brides reading this magazine share a sense of urgency to purchase immediately. To address these buying needs, The Knot has successfully embedded “tap to buy” features throughout the magazine to make items like dresses, cakes, favors, and more readily available at the click of a button to the readers. The interactivity of the app enables readers to envision products within the context of a wedding. By bringing each item to life within this larger story, brides are drawn to purchase, and thus more likely to leverage the “tap to buy” buttons.
The Knot is unique in the industry because it is not just a technology publishing company, but also has an arm in e-commerce. With a built in store in the company, the team is able to supply targeted products based on demand and interest. A key focus at The Knot is to take readers through the funnel from inspiration to purchase. Since they are not solely an e-commerce business, they also heavily priozitize the inspiration piece of the story- helping brides decide what look and feel they want at their wedding.
Check out the highlights video from Rebecca and Carrie’s presentation at the DPS Summit in NYC to hear more about The Knot Wedding Magazine App:
Download The Knot Weddings Magazine App from iTunes.
July 2, 2013
So far, my Ad of the Week videos have covered some bigger brand names: Lexus, REI, Microsoft Surface… But this week I’m sharing an ad from a brand you may never have heard of: Blind Barber. Blind Barber has two shops: one in New York City and one in Los Angeles. By featuring itself in the same issue of Bullett as Levi’s Made & Crafted and Coco Chanel, it is positioning its brand next to some big players.
I love this ad because it is highly creative. So creative that I, a woman who has never even noticed facial hair, ended up playing with this ad and figuring out my look if I were a gentleman headed to a tonsorial parlor. (Women’s magazines, take note! Imagine the possibilities for women’s hair and makeup.)
This ad uses DPS for the following:
- Buttons and a multistate object/slideshow allow readers to tap on different mustaches and hairstyles to change the look of a generic looking face.
- Using the scratch off feature (built with HTML), readers can whittle an enormous beard down to chops, a goatee, etc.
Watch the Blind Barber Ad of the Week video on Adobe TV.
July 1, 2013
By Sonia Sawhney
2013 is the year that brands and companies are accelerating their mobile strategies! Join Danny Winokur, VP and General Manager for Digital Media at Adobe, to learn how to accelerate mobile marketing, including insight into critical mobile marketing trends, the momentum of Digital Publishing Suite, and how to take advantage of the rapidly changing mobile landscape.
In the video clip below, explore mobile’s role in the marketing mix. Moving beyond broadened awareness with a mobile site, a mobile app further drives brand engagement and product purchase by adding utility. Often, websites serve as a front door to information, value propositions, and mobile apps. Once downloaded, these apps can enhance purchase, retention and loyalty with deep engagement.
In the longer video clip from Digital Publishing Summit, Danny Winokur shares more about mobile marketing trends, where the industry is heading, and how Digital Publishing Suite can play a major role in this. Additionally, you will learn more about:
- Growth of Digital Publishing Suite apps delivered – (Learn more in our recent blog: Over 100 Million Digital Issues Served)
- Metrics on paid content, media, and increasing digital subscriptions
- Tactics to increase readership and convert to paying customers
- Content consumption and methods to retain readers