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New Avenues for Growth with Bates Creative

By Sonia Sawhney

It’s Agency Spotlight Week on the Digital Publishing Suite blog! This week, we are highlighting how advertising and creative agencies use DPS to strategically position clients in the mobile space. We will share case studies, a guest blog, and an opinion paper on digital advertising. DPS allows agencies to quickly deliver and flexibly adapt mobile content for their clients, running full speed ahead of the competition. In addition, they are building advertisements in digital publications that merge the best of print and digital, with targeted placement, cutting edge interactivity, and integration with e-commerce.

Bates Creative

At Bates Creative, a marketing agency specializing in design and branding, their team works to create an Experience Under Glass for clients using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Investing heavily in a strategic decision to develop web and interactive skills, the agency chose to work with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to create dynamic digital publications for clients. As a member of the DPS Agency Partner Program, the team at Bates Creative is able to claim a leadership position in the industry while rapidly and affordably expanding communications to tablet devices for clients.

Marines    World Ark

 

Delivering value and expanding opportunities with Digital Publishing Suite services has put Bates Creative in a more strategic position with clients. The agency has worked with DPS Enterprise Level clients, the U.S. Marine Corps and Heifer International to help them move their publications and brands into more interactive, digital realms.

Continuing a legacy of award winning apps, Bates Creative clients have been recognized for excellence:

  • US Marine Corps, Marines Magazine App: 2011 Association Media & Publishing Gold EXCEL Award, Media Innovation in Mobile Apps
  • US Marine Corps, Marines Magazine App: 2012 Association Media & Publishing Gold EXCEL Award, Media Innovation in Mobile Apps
  • Heifer International, World Ark Magazine App: Min’s Best of the Web 2013, Honorable Mention, Digital Magazine
  • Heifer International, World Ark Magazine App: 2013 Association Media and Publishing Gold EXCEL Award, Media Innovation in Mobile Apps
  • Heifer International, World Ark Magazine App: 2013 Art Director’s Club of Metropolitan Washington, Gold Award

Heather Shelton, director of business development for Bates Creative says, “Adobe Digital Publishing Suite has enabled us to change our client conversations and puts us in a leadership position in our industry. There are so many more ways we can now help our clients achieve their goals.”

Bates Creative is excited about the opportunity this technology opens up to clients to leverage the private publishing and restricted distribution capabilities within Digital Publishing Suite. This enables clients to deliver timely and relevant sales tools and other internal communications. The power of Digital Publishing Suite enables Bates Creative to bring content to life and transform the way their clients engage with audiences.

The analytical tools in DPS illuminate audience behavior and preferences, allowing Bates Creative the opportunity to provide clients additional insight. The limitless business opportunities this creates is just one way in which the agency is able to establish itself as a strategic partner delivering measurable results.

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Small Teams Deliver Huge Creativity—Bullett, Wallpaper, Domus

This week we’re excited to highlight independent publishers on the Digital Publishing Suite blog. Highly prized by their readers for expertise and in depth knowledge on key topics, independent magazines have a vital voice in American society. Over the next five days, you’ll hear how publishers of top independent titles have integrated DPS into their workflows to drive innovative business models, new revenue streams and critically engaging content for leading tablets and smartphones.

In the world of digital magazine publishing, publishers are laser focused on optimizing and driving their businesses, but the three publishers we are highlighting today remind us that you can build a strong business without losing sight of inspiring, limit-pushing creative and the value behind it. The subject matter of these titles already borders on avant garde, but when you add features like video, music, interactive illustrations, interactive ads and iPad exclusive content—all delivered in exciting new ways–the creativity reaches new heights.

Be sure to check them out:

BULLET

BULLET

BULLETT speaks to an independent, trendsetting audience with a refined aesthetic and global perspective, seeking to curate bold and engaging fashion, art, film and music for young, international tastemakers. Through cinematic visuals, deeply personal interviews and story lines often co-created by the subjects, BULLETT transcends and redefines mainstream media.

BULLETT’s digital magazine gives you exclusive print, photo, video, and a user experience that is unique to tablet devices. The advertising in BULLETT is 100% interactive.

And for a preview, check out these videos:

 

Wallpaper*

Wallpaper*
Wallpaper* is the world’s leading design magazine, championing the best in architecture, interiors, fashion, art and contemporary lifestyle from across the globe.

 

Domus

Domus
Domus features all the contents of the printed edition of one of the most authoritative architecture and design magazine, founded by Gio Ponti in 1928. The digital magazine offers a wide selection of multimedia and interactive content in a simple and elegant graphic design with amazingly crisp and detailed pictures and razor-sharp visualization of plans, sections and construction details.

If you’d like to find out more about Digital Publishing Suite, contact Jeff James.

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The Washingtonian and Other City and Regional Magazines Deliver Local Flavor

This week we’re excited to highlight independent publishers on the Digital Publishing Suite blog. Highly prized by their readers for expertise and in depth knowledge on key topics, independent magazines have a vital voice in American society. Over the next five days, you’ll hear how publishers of top independent titles have integrated DPS into their workflows to drive innovative business models, new revenue streams and critically engaging content for leading tablets and smartphones.

City and regional magazines are known for delivering highly targeted local content that builds community, promotes neighborhood businesses and events, and shines a spotlight on interesting people and places. Publishers of these magazines are embracing DPS because they recognize that the benefits it delivers align with some of their overall goals–to expand their reach to wider audiences, deliver engaging editorial content that makes their city come to life and provide advertisers with a platform to reach their target audience with compelling messages.

The Washingtonian

The Washingtonian–DC, Maryland and Viriginia’s #1 lifestyle magazine–has produced their past three digital issues using DPS and has found it to be a very cost effective solution that gives them total control over the content, the quality and time to market. Watch this video to hear directly from David VanVoorhees, Digital Development Manager, how DPS has invigorated The Washingtonian team. It has made it easy to get up and running with an interactive publication, and leverage the skills that the team already possessed enabling them to create “iPad extras” like slideshows, videos, and even daily menus served up from ads placed by local restaurants.

Phoenix Home & Garden   Texas Monthly

Be sure to check out Phoenix Home & Garden and Texas Monthly, too.  Phoenix Home & Garden has integrated an audio introduction from the editor and  interactive overlays that help the reader do things like choose your gardening region to learn what to plant and how to water and maintain your garden. The June issue of Texas Monthly has a cover story entitled “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World” with a terrific time-lapsed video that illustrates how the cover art was created.

Welcome to the neighborhood to all of our city and regional publishers.

 

(Or, watch the Washingtonian video here)

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JP Morgan Chase launches Annual Letters to Shareholders app

By: Dave Dickson

It’s Corporate Publishing week on the Digital Publishing Suite blog! This week, we are featuring presentations, stories, and an app of the week video on how brands and corporations are using Digital Publishing Suite to accelerate their mobile marketing.  From sales tools and training materials to brand engagement and customer communications publications, businesses are using mobile apps to engage their constituents with immersive, interactive publications that drive consideration, purchase and loyalty.

Financial services institutions are turning to tablet apps to engage their stakeholders and communicate critical information.  JP Morgan Chase, the global financial services firm, recently used Digital Publishing Suite to produce its Annual Letters to Shareholders app.  The app allows the firm’s private banking division to communicate key strategies, market trends, and corporate initiatives to its clients and stakeholders.

With content written by the firm’s senior executives, the Annual Letters app gives insight into the firm’s performance over the last year, as well as its vision for the future. With the launch of the app, the company is following a “print-plus” strategy for its Annual Letters content – augmenting the content with interactivity and informs and engages readers. Commentary in the app is augmented by animated graphs, etchings that animate to photographs, and a video culled from JP Morgan’s existing asset library that highlights the global nature of the firm’s operations.

Before producing the app, JP Morgan Chase distributed the Annual Letters content in printed format, delivering 53,000 copies of the printed booklet in nine languages to clients and employees worldwide.  The app now complements that printed piece with digital content. Launched earlier this year in ten languages, Annual Letters went live two days from when the company’s Annual Report was made available. Produced by Joe Zeff Design, the app went from concept to reality in only nine weeks – a significant time reduction when compared to hiring custom developers.

Learn more about the JP Morgan Chase Annual Letters to Shareholders app below.

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Storify Recap from Day 1 at Adobe Digital Publishing Summit

That’s a wrap for Day 1 at Adobe Digital Publishing Summit! Today we heard from National Geographic, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Wolters Kluwer, Hearst Magazines, Daily Mail, The New Republic, and many more speakers from companies & brands. Everyone in the room was pushing the boundaries of Digital Publishing Suite to engage with their customers through apps on tablet & smartphone devices.

To highlight some social media conversation and highlights from today’s traditional publishing session, explore our Storify recap below. Stay tuned throughout the week as we continue to bring you more!

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Digital Publishing Awards

AdWeek

Today, at the Digital Publishing Suite Summit, Adobe and Adweek launched the Digital Publishing Awards. The partnership between Adobe and Adweek reflects shared values in creativity, innovation, and technology. Since 2010, Adweek has honored winners of the Talent 100 in its Adweek Talent Gallery, and this year has expanded its site to showcase creative work built with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. The Digital Publishing Awards will recognize and honor original mobile apps and ads that harness the power of Digital Publishing Suite to create compelling experiences for consumers.

From now until July 22, 2013, submissions will be accepted through the Adweek Talent Gallery, powered by Behance. Any mobile app or ad built with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (or built with Creative Cloud, Creative Suite and/or HTML and published via an app built with Adobe DPS) can be uploaded as a Behance project into the Adweek Talent Gallery. Any project tagged with “Adobe DPS” will appear in the “Adobe Digital Publishing” section of the Adweek Talent Gallery. See the DPSAwards.com landing page for instructions on uploading and tagging submissions.

AdWeek Talent Gallery

Submissions to the DPS Innovation Awards will appear in the “Adobe Digital Publishing” section of the Adweek Talent Gallery

 

Awards

Submissions to the Adweek Talent Gallery will be judged by creativity experts in advertising and publishing. Semifinalists will be determined based on the number of “appreciations” on Adweek’s Talent Gallery. Two winners will be chosen – one for the Mobile Ad category, and one from the Mobile App category. Each winner will receive a trip to New York City, hotel accommodations in New York for three nights, a delegate pass to Advertising Week, passes to Adweek’s Clio Awards, and a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

Post your creative and innovative work on the Adweek Talent Gallery to enter. Send your friends and supporters to the site to “appreciate” your project. May the best creative win!

For more information on submission, judging criteria, awards, and terms and conditions, visit the Digital Publishing Awards site at http://www.dpsawards.com.

We know you have seen plenty of great apps built with Digital Publishing Suite. Want to get inspired by some great ads built with DPS? Watch our Ad of the Week – Mashup Video on Adobe TV.

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National Geographic Named Best Tablet Magazine of 2013

National Geographic

A hearty congratulations to Declan Moore and the team at National Geographic for taking home the award for Best Tablet Magazine of 2013 at last night’s ASME awards. According to ASME judges, Nat Geo won because of its in-depth reporting, world-class photography, beautiful design, smooth navigation, immersive interactivity, social media integration, plus engaging extras like a cheetah darting across a cover. They have gone to great lengths to integrate some of the most powerful features of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) into their award winning app. Their hard work has paid off–Nat Geo has one of the highest global paid digital circulation of any magazine (330,000), and, according to Declan Moore, is seeing about 10% of their publishing revenue come from digital content.

If you’d like to hear firsthand how National Geographic transformed into a digital publishing powerhouse don’t miss Adobe’s Digital Publishing Summit on May 14 in NYC where Declan Moore will share this riveting story. Registration is open, RSVP here.

We’re also proud to report that of the five nominees in this category–National Geographic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bon Appétit, Esquire and Money–three of them use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to publish their digital issues. Congrats to Bon Appétit and Esquire for their nominations.

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DPS Agency Spotlight at MAX

Just announced! We have a new Digital Publishing Suite session at Adobe MAX 2013 that highlights the creative work being performed by agencies.  This is your chance to learn about DPS from the experts – people who have pushed the boundaries of DPS and built a wide variety of apps for their clients. Join us on Monday, May 6th at 2pm for the DPS Agency Spotlight to learn how creative agencies are using DPS for customer engagement, sales, storytelling, and more.

Each representative will give a quick presentation on how they use Digital Publishing Suite to expand their clients’ mobile portfolios and more effectively reach stakeholders. They will display work performed for Tomb Raider, Notre Dame, UCLA, Heifer International, Stratford Festival, the Marines, and more.

DETAILS

Digital Publishing Suite Agency Spotlight
Monday, May 6, 2013
2pm
Join creative agencies as they share examples of their most innovative mobile apps built with Digital Publishing Suite technology. From ‘tomb raiding’ to fundraising, see how creative leaders build a wide variety of apps to reach and connect with diverse audiences.

Participants:

Joe Zeff, President, Joe Zeff Design
Alex Berger, Group Director, Technology at The Designory
Debbie Bates-Schrott, President, Bates Creative
Ellie DeSilva, Studio Director, TBWA\Chiat\Day
Nicholas Brendan, Digital Designer, TBWA\Chiat\Day
Jason Porath, Vice President of Digital Publishing, Storycode
Katherine Topaz, Creative Director, Storycode
Jake Hamann, President & CEO, OneFire, Inc.

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Ad of the Week – Levi’s in Bullett

By Teresa Demel

Levi's in Bullett

If you want to find a plethora of innovative and interactive advertisements built with Digital Publishing Suite, download Bullett Magazine for iPad. In fact, Bullett will be speaking in partnership with Levi’s about advertising in digital publications at the upcoming Digital Publishing Summit. (Register here.) This week, I’m featuring two Levi’s ads from their Future issue. One of the ads is for women, and one is for men. The ads educate Bullett’s hip audience about the Levi’s brand its latest designs.

Let me dig a little deeper into why I love a well-designed DPS ad. When executed properly, the ad hits the sweet spot of print and digital:

  • The ad has the beautiful and thoughtful layout of print. It owns a full page of real estate (at least) and doesn’t try to distract from editorial content. Rather, it fits in as I’m flipping through the publication.
  • It has the interaction and control made available in digital. If I’m interested, I can choose to drill deeper and deeper to learn more about the product. In this case, I can buy it right away. As a wise professor said to me, “People hate advertising, but they love shopping.”

In this ad of the week video, the opening page describes background about the Levi’s brand, fabrics, and construction. Scrolling down, I can learn more about the product. In the women’s ad, it uses a nested overlay – with buttons and slideshows embedded in a scrolling frame, so that I can flip through thumbnails of their clothing, and when I tap on a thumbnail that intrigues me, I can see a larger image of the product… and then buy it. The men’s ad has a similar format, allowing readers to zoom in on product details and ultimately purchase Levi’s clothing.

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App of the Week: MaraMedia Educational Manuals

By Teresa Demel

MaraMedia

MaraMedia uses Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to build educational digital manuals for students in grades 7-9. With a goal of supporting active participation in students’ education, MaraMedia provides opportunities for interaction with learning material, from acquiring new information to ultimately applying that information to the real world.

My past career was in education, and I have been curious to see how educational institutions and publishers will embrace Digital Publishing Suite. Printed textbooks appeal to one learning style, but interactivity in a publication allows kinesthetic and auditory learners to consume and apply new information with ease. As an added bonus, having all textbooks on one iPad certainly lightens the backpack.

Some great Digital Publishing techniques employed by MaraMedia:

  • Students can actively break down the steps of a process by tapping on buttons and viewing slideshows of instructions.
  • Readers tap on thumbnails of artwork to zoom into a larger image and learn more.
  • Navigating among modules is intuitive with a clear organizational hierarchy. Nav-to buttons allow students to identify and jump to the next relevant module.

Download MaraMedia digital manuals from the iTunes store.

Watch the MaraMedia App of the Week video:

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Sotheby’s International Realty® launches internal sales enablement app for member firms

For companies and brands looking to deliver visually engaging, interactive materials to their internal teams, Digital Publishing Suite provides a rapid way to make sure sales reps and employees are up-to-date, all the time.  One company that is using DPS to engage its sales professionals is Sotheby’s International Realty, the global luxury real estate network.  With its new app that launched today, Sotheby’s International Realty is able to help its member firms articulate to clients the benefits of listing properties with the company.

Through its iPad app, the company’s real estate Professionals can showcase to clients the firm’s unique media relationships (with The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, the BBC and others), social media footprint, branded Web site and more.  Combined with slideshows, videos and gorgeous photography, the app helps bring the brand’s content to life.  What’s more, DPS helps Sotheby’s International Realty reduce printing and distribution costs by producing its materials digitally.

Sothebys

One of the reasons Sotheby’s International Realty decided to enable its affiliates with an iPad app was to keep the content updated and fresh all the time.  When the company adds or updated additional information, it can simply push new content to users without requiring them to redownload the entire app.

Additionally, one feature of Digital Publishing Suite that is core to the Sotheby’s International Realty app experience is private distribution.  Because the app is designed to facilitate the interaction between a real estate agent and client, Sotheby’s International Realty distributes the app only to its member firms, making the app available through the company intranet.

Sotheby’s International Realty is excited to see how its iPad app facilitates the sales interaction of its network.  Wendy Purvey, Chief Marketing Officer of Sotheby’s International Realty notes, “Our unique collaboration with Adobe ties our entire marketing program together, allowing us to speak to the consumer in a new and interactive way that has traditionally been utilized by the world’s publishing powerhouses to promote their products.”

View the app-of-the-week video exploring the Sotheby’s International Realty app

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App of the Week: Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone was released using Digital Publishing Suite on January 16, 2013. This week, I’m sharing a few highlights in the app of the week video.

Rolling Stone

Back in the day, my brother and I used to pore over issues of Rolling Stone. We read through the music reviews, and when the authors described an album in a compelling way, we would head to the record store and grab a copy. Often, we liked what we heard. But not always. Music preferences are subjective, after all.

As you might expect, Rolling Stone on the tablet is a much improved experience over the print version because readers can listen to the music. They used the audio overlay in DPS to reveal a 30-second snippet of a song. If readers like it, they can head straight to the iTunes store and purchase the album.

Rolling Stone doesn’t limit its editorial to music. In fact, I used to cut out the photos of actors from the issue and tack them to my bedroom wall. (Okay, so that’s where print has its advantage.)  This issue features a collection of great photography of the 30 Rock cast. Using the slideshow feature in Digital Publishing Suite, I can explore a plethora of photos that would not likely fit in the print version.

 

 

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Heifer International: Gift giving goes digital

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If you were one of the many people scrambling to make your charitable contributions in the final days of 2012, you may be pleased to know that charitable organizations are working to make it easier for you to donate any time, from your preferred device. For example, the first digital edition of Heifer International’s World Ark magazine includes original material on the issues of poverty and agriculture, along with an embedded catalog with a range of gifts that can help people in the developing world become self-reliant.

Heifer International believes the compelling stories in its editorial portion of the magazine are a perfect fit with the catalog. Upon reading the editorial content, people who are inspired can take action—all within one connected user experience. The tablet edition’s embedded catalog includes links directly to the donation portal on the Heifer website. Once the transaction is complete, donors are returned seamlessly back to the app.

Donna Stokes, managing editor of World Ark, says, “Publishing World Ark and our catalog on the iPad and Android tablets using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition gives us the opportunity to reach younger, tech-savvy donors interested in helping end hunger and poverty.”

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite was chosen as part of a holistic effort to reach new, younger donors and to engage them through the latest digital channels. For Heifer International, offering a digital edition is the perfect way to augment what to date has been a largely print-based donation initiative. Already, the app has been downloaded by users in 20 different countries, allowing the organization to reach a global subscriber base that is unattainable with its traditional, print publication.

Heifer International is also looking into the use of built-in analytics in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to gauge what’s working best to continually improve its content and interactivity. The organization’s efforts have already had a major impact on families around the world.

Read the PDF case study here: http://adobe.ly/11d9xpv

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Adobe Life an Open Book

by Natalie Kessler, Adobe Employment Branding Manager

Adobe Life

The inspiring stories of our employees and the amazing culture that we have at Adobe should not be kept a secret. For that very reason, we decided to publish the Adobe Life digital magazine, a complimentary annual publication that captures what life is all about at Adobe throughout the world.

As an Employment Branding team, our goal is to show the world what a cool company Adobe is as an employer and to inspire readers to consider exploring a career with us. In addition, we want our current employees to be able to share in the experiences of their co-workers that they may not directly interact with. Digital Publishing Suite allows us to tell that story through rich videos, photographs and articles. The Adobe Life magazine features more than 35 employees covering career paths, community outreach, and the many benefits that we all love. The interactivity enabled through our Digital Publishing technology truly brings these stories to life in an impactful way.

This Adobe Life magazine was created for anyone who’s interested in understanding our culture, for those who are considering building a career with Adobe, and for all our employees who are proud of where they work.

Why Use Digital Publishing Suite?
Telling our story through the web is a given. We wanted something different and we know that audiences are increasingly using mobile devices to consume content. We decided to use DPS because we’re a rich-media company and we wanted to tell our story using the tools that reflect Adobe, the value of our products and our brand. We chose to publish to the iPad for our initial launch because of its popularity and market reach, and we plan to publish on more devices as we build up our skills in DPS.

This time around, Adobe Life is available on the iTunes store and a web-viewer version is also available for non-iPad users. Next year, we aim to make the magazine available on a wider variety of tablet devices. Enjoy the magazine and let us know what you think.

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