January 31, 2014
With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, there’s nothing that football fans love more than the excitement of game day. This past season, Buffalo Bills fans who couldn’t make it to Ralph Wilson Stadium in-person had an app that kept them connected to the action. The Buffalo Bills Touch app, created with DPS, offered a new edition of the Buffalo Bills Fan Playbook each week. Each issue was packed with features that appeal to readers’ interests and imaginations with embedded audio, video, and editorial content, touch-enabled game day photo slideshows, social networking integration, and much more.
Fans were able to preview the upcoming weekend’s matchup each Wednesday with a new issue of the Buffalo Bills Fan Playbook. The team promoted the release on Facebook, Twitter, and buffalobills.com, and pushed notifications to the app as well. The app was also publicized via email blasts and the team’s message boards.
One aspect about Digital Publishing Suite that especially appealed to the Buffalo Bills was the control the platform offered their creative team. Because the team used its own in-house design staff to create interactive content for the app, it was able to deliver content quickly and give a high-impact experience for fans.
In describing the timely content available through the app, Marc Honan, senior vice president of marketing and broadcasting for the Buffalo Bills, said, “On game day, we push additional content, so fans can enjoy something new when they first wake up and throughout the day, whether they are watching the game on television or heading to the stadium.”
Response to the Buffalo Bills Fan Playbook has been overwhelmingly positive. Fans love the animated 3D depth charts and the video content, including an in-app edition of the Bills All Access Live pregame show featuring BuffaloBills.com lead journalist Chris Brown and the team’s play-by-play announcer, John Murphy. Best of all, app users generally rate the app “good” and “very good,”— a clear touchdown for the Buffalo Bills’ in-house creative team.
January 20, 2014
Stay up to date on the latest publishing news with Adobe’s Connection Newsletter.
Each month, the Connection Newsletter provides the rundown on topics and events that drive your digital publishing business.
Topics in the January issue include:
- Adobe to offer .folio file format for Digital Publishing Suite
- Learn strategies for measuring your app’s ROI
- View best practices for driving more downloads
January 13, 2014
The theme for this release is consumer marketing! With this latest version, marketing teams can drive even greater brand and editorial engagement. There is a lot in this version for marketers to like and learn about. Let’s quickly cover the highlights.
The new HTML Welcome Screen is a great tool for savvy marketers who are looking for new and compelling ways to promote content and gather data within their application. For example, consumer marketing teams at magazine publishers could use the Welcome Screen to promote a free issue, support log-in to digital content or encourage subscription purchase by promoting special offers. Enterprises could make use of the welcome screen to orient users to their app, encourage account creation or capture data such as an email address. Because the Welcome Screen is custom built using HTML, it can take on the look and feel of the brand and display any content the market team deems important to their marketing, sales and editorial strategies.
Before we move on, a few more details about the Welcome Screen important to know. First, the Welcome Screen is only available for iOS apps on iPhone or iPad. Second, it only displays on first launch of an application (after download or re-installation).
Need more information? Check out the video on Adobe TV.
Now, on to the next feature: Targeted Push Notifications
In-app push notification has been a consistent, high performing marketing tool within DPS for quite a while. Whenever a publisher or brand makes use of an in-app push notification, there is usually a corresponding increase in the number of issues downloaded.
Ultimately, what makes a push notification work even harder is its ability to target a specific communication to a specific “segment”. With DPS version 29 you can now send a unique communication to a pre-configured segment, without a lot of backend work or support from your analytics team. Want to send an in-app notification to all users who have iOS devices? Now you can. Want to communicate with only iPad or iPhone users? Send a push notification specifically to users by device. Want to encourage laggard users to open your app? Now you can send a push notification to any user who has not engaged with your content in the last thirty days.
For more information on enhancements to targeted push notification, check out the video on Adobe TV.
Streaming Audio and Video
Another new feature that allows readers to get to your content even faster is support for streaming audio and video. It is no longer necessary to embedded multimedia files in your folio. This in turn reduces file size and improves download times.
Plus, if you don’t have to embed your multimedia content in the app you have more flexibility to keep your video and audio content fresh and your app highly engaging.
For more information, check out the video on Adobe TV:
There are many other new features and enhancements within version 29, including App Builder improvements, new sharing behaviors and Web Viewer improvements. For full details, check out the DPS R29 release notes.
January 8, 2014
Forbes Insights Report reveals apps strengthen connections with customers and are driving internal efficiencies
Increasingly, consumers expect the ability to retrieve information on-the-go with tablet and mobile devices. To further explore these trends in mobile marketing, we’re releasing today a new report about apps that examines how marketers are integrating them as a key part of the marketing mix. Produced in conjunction with Forbes, the new report The Connected Marketer: How Apps are Engaging Customers, Partners and Employees, surveyed top-level decision makers in large organizations and found:
- Apps are on the rise. Of companies with customer-facing apps, 78%, report increases in their mobile app audiences over the past year.
- Use of customer-facing mobile apps is seen as a post-sale loyalty strategy. 31% of respondents say that customer-facing apps have the greatest impact when maintaining loyalty post-purchase.
- Internal apps are driving efficiencies. More than two-thirds of executives report the number of end-users of their internal apps has grown over the past year; they see apps playing greater roles in facilitating sales, communication and training processes.
- In-app analytics represent opportunity. 44% of respondents attempt to measure metrics within the app such as content views and number of downloads. However, marketers are not yet focusing on user-interface metrics such as analysis of navigation through the app, pathing or length of time spent with the app in large numbers yet –an area that represents opportunity for marketers to gain further insight into their customers.
As marketers seek to create stronger connections with their customers and employees they should:
- Have marketing step up to the task. In a majority of cases, both external and internal apps are developed within the organizations—mainly with the assistance of IT, and internal designers/developers. Because IT plays mainly a supporting role – and given marketers’ focus on the customer – app publishing is a role that marketers are uniquely qualified to step up to.
- Implement unique content to attract users. Apps require more than simply scaling down a website to fit a smaller screen. Sixty-eight percent of all the respondents say they are offering exclusive content that cannot be found elsewhere. A majority of those who have seen the number of mobile app users increase, 60%, attribute that to the fact that they are making more exclusive content available through the apps.
- Analyze metrics to create a compelling experience. According to the report, the ability to design user-friendly interfaces and to keep end-users interested and returning to the app was seen as the biggest challenge for marketing executives. Since only 44% of marketing executives look at metrics from their app, they should use a data-driven approach to gain further insight into their customers and optimize the user experience.
- Get the word out across channels. Use both your own and third-party marketing channels to drive downloads of your app. Sixty-nine percent of companies rely on their company’s website to get the word out to customers about their apps. Another 58% employ email as another means of advertising availability of apps (58%). Other strategies include search engine marketing (36%), Facebook notifications (35%) and app store marketing (35%).
Two Adobe customers are mentioned in the report as case studies of successful companies using app marketing.
For nine years, Raymond James Financial has published Worthwhile, a quarterly aimed at high net worth clients and the most popular of all its client communication pieces. In 2013, the firm decided to use Digital Publishing Suite to supplement the printed quarterly with a digital edition, expanding its reach and allowing financial advisors to custom-brand it for their clients. Clients can email their advisor or go directly to their website from the Worthwhile app. The result has been a deeper engagement with clients and increased customer loyalty. “The digital edition brings financial advisors and clients closer together,” says Cameron Diehl manager of advisor productivity and marketing strategy at Raymond James. “It keeps advisors’ names in front of their contacts who can then email the advisor or go to their website directly from within the WorthWhile app.”
Another example is Sotheby’s International Realty, the global luxury real estate network whose Anthology app has replaced the printed brochures it used to distribute to its nearly 700 sales affiliates around the world, and which were often out of date as soon as they were printed. In contrast, its iPad sales enablement app provides up-to-date information to its affiliates and includes interactive features such as slideshows and videos. Best of all, the ﬁrm has seen direct ROI as a result of the app—in addition to the $1 million a year it saves by using a tablet app instead of print collateral.
January 7, 2014
Senior Marketing Leaders Across Geographies and Industries Select Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to Engage Stakeholders with Apps
After making great strides in the publishing industry over the past few years, Adobe is proud to announce that Digital Publishing Suite is now also powering mobile app production for some of the world’s best-known brands. Given its rapid uptake, DPS has become the professional standard for quickly and cost-effectively creating tablet and smartphone apps to help companies engage customers, employees, and other stakeholders through digital channels.
“If you’re a senior marketing leader looking to engage audiences on tablets and smartphones, Digital Publishing Suite offers your team the opportunity to create apps that look amazing for much less than native app development,” says Nick Bogaty, Head of Digital Publishing, Adobe. “It’s exciting to see the many ways brands and organizations are using Digital Publishing Suite to produce apps that quickly engage their customers and employees with compelling content on popular mobile devices.”
Industry leaders producing public-facing apps to drive brand engagement, launch products, and strengthen relationships with consumers include Arsenal FC, Audi of America, Bass Pro Shops, Ball State University, Buffalo Bills/NFL, Casa/JWT (a WPP company), Celebrity Cruises, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Lowe’s, Raymond James Financial, Syracuse University, UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of Notre Dame, and more.
“With Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, we very quickly created a high-quality app that showcases our cruising destinations with rich images and interactivity,” said Lisa Z. Kauffman, vice president of marketing at Celebrity Cruises. “The app makes it fun and easy for customers to interact with our brand and explore our cruise ships and destinations, resulting in more engaged customers and an increase in bookings. Best of all, because we rely on Adobe for the app and technology infrastructure, we can focus our attention on creating compelling travel marketing content.”
In addition to public facing apps available through mobile marketplaces, many global brands are also creating and updating sales enablement and internal communications apps using DPS. These apps are made available internally through a corporate intranet or mobile device management solution or through restricted distribution capabilities to specific external audiences. Customers engaging their employees and affiliates through these private apps include Remy Cointreau, Sotheby’s International Realty, and Specialized Bicycle Components.
“Using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, we produced a sales enablement app and made it available to our reps through private publishing,” said Alexandre Page-Relo, global chief technology officer for Remy Cointreau. “Now, our sales reps always have up-to-date sales sheets, product information, and sales calculators in an interactive format, right at their fingertips. The return on investment of not having to print materials that are quickly outdated has been phenomenal.”