June 11, 2014
We live in a digital world. Consumers today expect more from companies than ever before, and having a comprehensive mobile strategy is essential. So where do you begin? With your apps. Working alongside Forbes, we’ve created a four-part Forbes Insights white paper to guide you through all of the necessary steps in creating a strong app strategy. In the research, Forbes surveyed 300+ marketing and digital executives – backed by in-depth interviews – to measure recent trends in app development, deployment, and app usage in the purchasing lifecycle. See how other companies have overcome difficulties in designing and developing their own apps – both external and internal-facing apps. Identify your strategy’s strengths and learn a few tricks-of-the-trade on the way. And take your mobile presence to the next level.
Read the Forbes Insights four-part series here:
June 13, 2013
During Independent Publisher Week, Adobe and Adweek are searching for those indie publishers who have created a digital version of their magazine or run amazing ads within those digital magazines to be considered for the Digital Publishing Awards. We’ve seen a couple, including entries from Artribune, an app for the iPad from Italy, and TLQ, a debutante iPad app targeted at global thought leaders. Check out these amazing apps.
We know there are more out there!
Don’t be shy to upload your entries to Behance and be awarded for the most innovative ad that has run in an Adobe Digital Publishing Suite app and the most innovative app, developed with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. All entries are due July 22, 2013 and the two winners will be showcased in Adweek’s iPad edition and on Adobe.com. The winners will also be flown to New York and honored during Advertising Week. Learn more at www.dpsawards.com.
Submit your entry today. Or “appreciate” (That’s a “like” on the Behance site) the entries that you think deserve to win. The entries with the most appreciations will be considered as a finalist – so appreciate now! All entries should be tagged with “Adobe DPS” and posted on the Adweek Talent Gallery at talent.adweek.com.
We look forward to seeing your best ads and apps!
May 17, 2013
With more than 100,000 weekly downloads and 90,000 digital subscribers, the tablet edition of Sweden’s daily newspaper, Bonnier/Dagens Nyheter, has the largest circulation of morning newspapers in Sweden. We’re excited to announce that the tablet edition, built with Digital Publishing Suite, took home first place in the Tablet Publishing Category at the 2013 Digital Media Awards presented at the Digital Media Europe Conference.
Dagens Nyheter for tablets, like the printed version of the newspaper, features sections like Sports, News, Weather, etc. With slideshows, video, audio clips, and graphics, the tablet publication leveraged Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to captivate readers with fresh and engaging daily content. As a leader in the digital space and early DPS adopter, Dagens Nyheter is the only DPS based morning newspaper distributed to readers across the country.
Exclusive to the tablet edition, the daily newspaper features special issues and stories. Focusing on interactivity to capture readers and allow them to truly experience the story, Dagens Nyheter is able to provide an experience beyond just text on a page. Divided into chapters, they were able to retain the authentic feeling of reading a newspaper, but presented in a digital format.
Congratulations to Bonnier/Dagens Nyheter for first place at the 2013 European Digital Media Awards! Experience the daily stories on your tablet and learn more:
May 15, 2013
By Teresa Demel
Yesterday, leaders in the digital publication of magazines and newspapers converged at 82 Mercer in New York City to share successes, best practices, and challenges with their peers. Adobe shared some metrics on digital publishing, announced the launch of the Digital Publishing Awards, and then opened the stage so our customers could share their stories with the audience.
Declan Moore, National Geographic
Our customers, including independent and global publishers, discussed marketing, advertising, analytics, and content strategies with one another. While the conversation was varied and broad, I noticed a few key takeaways:
- Successes: It is obvious that publishers are seeing many forms of success in mobile publishing. At the same time, the industry is in its nascent stages. The victories that publishers are experiencing are hints at what is to come.
- Marketing: DPS has provided a framework to help publishers drive in-app marketing, and publishers are using the tools in varied and creative ways to drive readership.
- Advertising: Because interactive advertising in DPS publications is still young, publishers are defining the pricing model and how it differentiates from other types of ad placement.
- Analytics: Now flooded with data about their publications, each publisher needs to carefully select the metrics about the publication that reflect its goals
Digital Publishing: Defining Success
Our publishers shared their successes along many metrics: revenue, readership, retention, and cost savings.
- Top Gear readers spend more time reading the interactive DPS publication than they did with the PDF replica.
- National Geographic sees a higher renewal rate (74% – 78%) and a younger demographic in digital than in print, indicating a growing audience from its digital offerings.
- Martha Stewart also has a younger audience, and it is also more affluent and more satisfied with the platform.
- Interweave Publishing is able to publish Sockupied, its digital-only publication for a mere $7,000 per issue, providing lucrative margins in digital.
Marketing Techniques: Driving Digital Readership
Several publishers shared techniques and opportunities for pulling more readers through the purchasing funnel. They are gaining new readers with teaser content using First Issue Free and Free Article Preview. They use the custom storefront to promote content to new readers. For example, Martha Stewart not only promotes issues of the downloaded title, but also uses the custom storefront to promote other MSLO titles and Martha Stewart apps, such as Martha Stewart CraftStudio.
While gaining new readership is important, several publishers stressed the importance of retaining existing readers. According to National Geographic’s Declan Moore and Hearst’s Sharon Bailey Romano, today’s readers expect to see new content constantly streamed into the app, rather than a monthly cadence. Romano reminded publishers to inform subscribers about next month’s issue to entice them to return. In addition, existing readers love back issues of content.
Advertising: What is Next?
The brands and advertisers that have experimented with interactive ads in digital publications have proven that they can reach new creative heights and captivate readers.
- Adobe VP of Digital Media Danny Winokur showed ads that I have featured in the ad of the week video series, including Jaguar, REI, and Levi’s Made & Crafted. Each ad allows readers to play with the ad, learn about the product, and shop.
- Wolters Kluwer medical journals allow medical companies to tell a richer story through advertising. In Chantal Kolber’s example, an ad for multiple sclerosis therapy included a before and after video of a woman who had undergone treatment – illustrating the effectiveness of the drug through a compelling story.
In the Advertising panel, Bullett Magazine’s Jack Becht argued that DPS ads are playing in a new space – differentiated from print and online ads. They can easily function as a digital storefront that allows readers to shop, as in the Levi’s Made & Crafted ad.
While publishers are happy to embrace digital advertisements, the pricing models are still being defined.
- Wired charges extra fees based on levels of interactivity.
- Bullett only accepts interactive advertising in its publication, and the Bullett team operates as a creative studio for brands.
- Wolters Kluwer bundles all print and digital advertising, and charges more for the standard advertising package.
Analytics: The Data that Matters
As Sean Bumgarner, Design Director for Platforms and Devices at Condé Nast stated, “We have troves of data. The question for editors is what do you want to know, and how do you measure success?” Condé Nast has discovered through its Site Catalyst account that analytics can be used to understand reader behavior and define content and layout strategy. They learned that readers read a publication from front to back, and that audience accumulation closely mirrors print. This indicates that the way readers experience DPS publications is more similar to the print experience, rather than the online experience.
Regarding content strategy, Golf Digest uses analytics to identify the most popular content and focus its strategy on that content. The “Swing Series” in Golf Digest uses the image sequence feature in DPS to allow readers to view and control a professional golfer’s swing. When Golf Digest realized the popularity of this feature, the publisher spent more time focusing on and highlighting the feature.
This stimulating conversation shows that publishers are thinking creatively about how to use DPS to maintain a progressive business. While there are still debates about advertising rates, measurement tools, and best practices in marketing, all of our customers agreed that it is important to be active in the mobile space to stay on the cutting edge of publishing.
Stay tuned! We will post videos of the Digital Publishing Summit over the next few weeks. In addition, you will soon be able to download the Digital Publishing Summit app from the iTunes store.
May 14, 2013
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.
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.
May 3, 2013
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.
April 17, 2013
Digital Publishing Suite Enterprise and Professional customers: your DPS Getting Started Guide is here! If your company just purchased a Digital Publishing Suite license, this comprehensive, step-by-step guide will help your team learn to plan, create, and distribute apps.
Similar to the step-by-step guide available for Single Edition customers, this PDF will explore basic concepts and setup, folio creation, interactivity, distribution, workflows and more! This guide pulls together content from the many resources available online into a simple, straight forward, and linear format. Serving as a central hub of instructional content, it illuminates the process of building apps with Digital Publishing Suite.
Before the publishing process begins, it’s important to put a strategic plan in place. Plan your app deployment carefully by getting clarity on supported platforms and devices. Explore single vs. multi folio app creation, subscription models, and multiple ways to distribute apps created with DPS. Your team can control the production and publishing workflow from the DPS dashboard, complete with analytics capabilities and more. From basic terminology to setup, this guide will serve as your business’ tour guide to initiate the app building process.
We have worked closely with first time users and designed this guide to simplify the onboarding process as much as possible. Catering to Enterprise and Pro users just getting started, we dive deep into two complex concepts:
- Account administration: You will explore the distinctions between administrator, application, and DPS app builder roles.
- Agency-client workflow: When agencies build digital publications for clients, both companies need to come to an agreement about license purchase and account administration. This guide walks through several agency-client scenarios so that your team can decide how to structure the relationship.
Enterprise and Pro licensed users: your guide is here! We welcome your comments and feedback so we best help you get acquainted with the DPS workflow. Read the complete PDF here: DPS Getting Started Guide.
April 15, 2013
If you’re an arts and crafts enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Interweave’s publications, which include high-quality arts and crafts magazines, online education, books, TV shows, ePatterns, and eProjects. What you might not know, is that many are now available on the iPad. To broaden its audience reach and enable people to consume content in new digital formats, Interweave successfully augmented its print-based publishing workflow, transforming into a multichannel, multiplatform media company. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition is a critical part of the company’s strategy.
Offering digital editions of its popular magazines opens up a new revenue channel and the opportunity to attract a new demographic of subscribers. Interweave chose Digital Publishing Suite because it offered a lower total cost of ownership and ease of use. With 70 to 80 editors and designers with roots in print publishing, Interweave’s staff was already well versed in Adobe InDesign software, and quickly embraced the digital publishing workflow.
Interweave now has 10 magazines on iOS Newsstand, and the same how-to content that has traditionally appeared in print magazines is available through interactive tutorials and video workshops included in the digital edition as interactive overlays. All editors and designers have been trained on Digital Publishing Suite, so that they can design interactive experiences for multiple devices, expanding their repertoires beyond print.
Jamie Bogner, vice president and group publisher at Interweave states, “By having our existing staff learn Adobe Digital Publishing Suite we’ve been able to lay the essential groundwork for our digital future.” Read more here: http://adobe.ly/12T4XPa
April 3, 2013
By Teresa Demel
The Art Directors Club (ADC) has embraced Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for its 91st edition of the Art Directors Annual. The Annual, historically delivered in print, showcases work by ADC Annual Awards recipients, featuring top-notch work in design and advertising worldwide. The Art Directors Annual 91 is released on the iPad, allowing Art Directors and Creative Directors to experience 2011’s most creative work through video, scrolling frames, and slideshows. The app was built by the DPS expert agency goodfellas, the designers of Billboard Brasil and Forbes Brasil.
Today, the Art Directors Club announced the app at their 92nd Annual Awards + Festival of Art and Craft in Advertising and Design. Conference attendees can download the app on their iPad and explore 2011 winners. Tomorrow, 2012 winners will be announced at the 92nd Annual Awards ceremony in Miami Beach. The competition has grown significantly since its inception in 1920, when it had three categories. Now there are winners from 220 categories including publication design, packaging, photography, and interactive media.
Download the Art Directors Annual iPad app to experience the truly impressive work performed by innovative teams and individuals. You will laugh. You will cry. Make sure to check out “The Exorcist” in the Student category, and “The Invisible Drive” in the Advertising category.
February 15, 2013
As you probably know, Adobe is obsessed with Big Data. As the Big Data revolution sweeps all facets of daily life, humans today are presented with real-time visualization of data streaming in endless formats. This enables new ways to sense, explore, experience, and measure all components of our world. The Human Face of Big Data is a globally crowdsourced media project focusing on humanity’s new ability to collect, analyze, triangulate and visualize these vast amounts of data in real time.
Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, cofounders of Against All Odds Productions, have partnered with digital designer/photographer, Dan Marcolina, to introduce a new iPad app: The Human Face of Big Data. With photography and design experience at Time, Life, National Geographic and Day in the Life, this power team has successfully orchestrated visual excellence with enhanced storytelling.
The pioneering app is a seamless blend of interactive elements and groundbreaking ideas that complement the print book sharing the same title. With the tools and services in Digital Publishing Suite, the creators have been able to encapsulate the concept of Big Data into a ferociously exciting journey.
What’s so “Big” About “Big Data?”
In Smolan’s own words:
“Big Data is an extraordinary knowledge revolution sweeping, almost invisibly, through business, academia, government, healthcare, and everyday life.” It is “enabling us to provide a healthier life for our children. To provide our seniors with independence while keeping them safe. To help us conserve precious resources like water and energy. To alert us to tiny changes in our health, weeks or years before we develop a life-threatening illness. To peer into our own individual genetic makeup. To create new forms of life. And soon, as many predict, to reengineer our own species. And we’ve barely scratched the surface…“
As Smolan said in an AppleInsider interview about the book and app, “What we’re trying to do is start global conversation.” Encouraging humanity to think about how Big Data leaves a lasting footprint in our world is just the beginning. The efforts continue to evolve and we are thrilled to see how Digital Publishing Suite played a role in the production of this app.
The Big Data app takes on a big challenge: helping readers understand and extract meaning from the ocean of information in which we live. Did you know that by 2040, 75 percent of all cars on the road will be self-driving, reports the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. You’ll find a plethora of fascinating facts such as this dispersed throughout the app. With 60-plus pages of interactive articles, impressive infographics and stunning photography, this app brings to life a brilliant experience.
Curious what else this app has to offer? Come explore the ocean of data and feel the massive impact social networking plays in stirring mass movements with an interactive 24-hour timeline of protest tweets. Reflect in your digital mirror with powerful graphics and articles that decode genetic makeup and DNA tests. Quantify yourself and the world you live in as you experience gigabytes of data that unfold in one second in Major League Baseball by gliding a baseball across the screen of your iPad. This stimulating blend of interactive features with premiere content is just a taste of what this app has to offer.
The journey continues with refreshingly simple yet effective infographics, embedded video clips, animated images, and delicious design.
And if you needed just one more reason to download- here it is! 100% of proceeds from the app will be donated to charity: water, a nonprofit organization that brings safe, clean drinking water to people in developing nations.
Experience Big Data
January 28, 2013
On January 30, join Adobe at the Mobile Marketing Association San Francisco Forum for a look at how mobile trends are shaping marketing on tablet and smartphone devices. Together with the Notre Dame Athletics department, we’ll be showcasing how Fighting Irish Digital Media engaged fans and stakeholders through their 2012 Season Review and BCS Championship Game app. Showcasing season highlights, player bios and the rich traditions of the university, Notre Dame was able to actively engage its fan base, easily convert existing content to digital, and speed time-to-market for their app. Join us for this glimpse into the future of mobile marketing, and the mobile strategy of one of the nation’s most storied athletic programs.
January 25, 2013
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.
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.
January 17, 2013
Rolling Stone has just been added to the prestigious list of apps launched on the Apple Newsstand using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Designed and optimized exclusively for the iPad, the app features the same content as the print version in a vibrant and user-friendly way. Rolling Stone has also artfully integrated ways to engage the reader by providing links to listen to music samples from within all of the album and song reviews. Readers can then purchase that music from iTunes directly from within the app.
Joseph Hutchinson, Rolling Stone Design Director, stated:
“We’re excited to give our readers a digital version of the magazine that is designed specifically for the iPad. Each page and photograph of the magazine is optimized to enhance readability and allow readers to easily navigate through the issue, along with the added feature of being able to listen to music samples.”
Download this lexicon of American music, politics and culture on the iPad or iPad mini. Rock on.
January 2, 2013
by Natalie Kessler, Adobe Employment Branding Manager
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.
December 24, 2012
Wouldn’t you like to give a little more this Christmas, without waiting in line, battling for parking spots, and did we mention- no waiting in line? John Lewis, UK’s largest department store retailer with 39 shops and a growing online business, has released a beautiful Christmas Annual app created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Included in the app, you’ll even find the iconic tv advertisement featuring the heart wrenching snowman journey and tagline: “Give a little more this Christmas.” With the John Lewis Christmas Annual app, giving just got easier!
The free digital Christmas Annual, available on iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Kindle Fire, comes to life with enticing features, topical interviews, helpful tips and elegant photography. The intuitive design makes it easy to explore products and make purchases from the website with just a few clicks and swipes.
John Lewis understands that it’s not just about the product; it’s also about the experience. Interactive elements further enhance the app with creative highlights made possible with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite capabilities. The alluring video of the Victorinox Night Vision Swiss Army watch, the dancing Dune Bo Glitter heels, and the 360 degree rotating view of the KitchenAid 6.9L Artisan Stand Mixer, are just a few little surprises you’ll find wrapped up in this edition.
This app features not just the best John Lewis products, but also a Christmas gift guide, feature article, and gorgeous photography to whisk you away to wonderland. Whether you’re looking to purchase some new twinkle for tabletops, brush up your beauty knowledge with makeup tips, or just window shop while on the go, this app has it all.
Shopping elves worldwide, it’s time to stuff those stockings! Download the 5-star John Lewis digital Christmas Annual to give a little more this holiday season.