March 6, 2014
Join Adobe as they host a free, one-hour webinar in partnership with the ABM that will introduce B2B publishers to the large variety of apps that can be created using Adobe DPS.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get inspired by the many examples the DPS team will present that go beyond the digital magazines you’re familiar with. You’ll see real-life examples of other types of content-centric apps being created by publishers and brands like event and program guides, brochures, sales collateral and presentations, white papers and more and learn how you can make the most of your investment in DPS.
Register now: Webinar: More Than Just Digital Magazines: The Many Uses of Adobe DPS for Your Business
Wednesday, March 12 at 2:00pm EDT
Free to members and non-members.
March 4, 2014
Money management firms know a thing or two about ROI. So when Lord Abbett chose to expand its publishing efforts and adopt a more versatile web content management system, achieving a rapid return on investment was also a goal. After evaluating solutions, Lord Abbett chose Adobe Experience Manager for content creation and distribution and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for creating digital publications that engage customers on tablet devices.
Integration between DPS and Experience Manager enables the firm to streamline asset creation and content management and easily repurpose content for mobile devices. Lord Abbett replaced its quarterly publication, The Lord Abbett Review, with Perspectives, a digital app created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite that supports faster delivery of more relevant content.
With the combined Adobe solution, Lord Abbett could deliver compelling experiences wherever customers are, taking the wealth of content already created for print and web to mobile apps—faster, easier, and at a lower cost.
Lord Abbett previously relied heavily on third-party agencies to create the quarterly Lord Abbett Review—a process that would slow time to market and increase publishing costs. Now, with Perspectives being created using a combination of Adobe Experience Manager and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, creation and delivery time has decreased dramatically. Most production has been brought in-house, reducing costs and enabling the firm to deliver the publication on a more frequent basis.
In addition, the Lord Abbett team has the flexibility to pivot quickly and update content if economic trends change. Previously, changing content at the last minute required that the quarterly print issue be pulled from the printer and reworked. With Adobe Experience Manager, the team at Lord Abbett can efficiently create content using predesigned, preapproved templates and house that content—along with associated assets—in a central repository. The assets are then transferred to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite – even when content changes – and prepared for delivery to devices.
“We’ve accelerated time to market by at least two weeks compared to working with agencies—that’s a 50% improvement,” says Stephen Reilly, Director of Digital Communications for Lord Abbett. “From a financial standpoint, we anticipate fast and significant savings in terms of both cost and effort.”
For Lord Abbett, the ability to accelerate publishing processes is opening many new possibilities to become more relevant and engaging to customers.
Read the Lord Abbett case study
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February 26, 2014
New integration of DPS and Experience Manager drives consistency across rich-content mobile apps and web
Today, we’re excited to announce a new solution that enables brands to create and deliver consistent experiences for customers across content-rich apps and the Web using one set of assets. The combination of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and the market-leading Web experience management solution, Adobe Experience Manager, helps organizations streamline the production of interactive, content-centric apps.
With the integration of Digital Publishing Suite and Experience Manager, organizations have a solution that allows them to:
- Author compelling app content faster—using the intuitive, drag-and-drop interface of Adobe Experience Manager, creative assets can now be seamlessly added to responsive HTML templates, which are then synced with DPS.
- Decrease publishing costs across channels—contributors across the organization – creative teams, production staff and business managers – can now leverage approved creative assets for delivery into content-centric apps, reducing dependence on Web production and design staff. They can ensure more timely delivery of content with greater control over mobile brand experiences as well as the ability to quickly update content as needed.
- Maintain a consistent brand and user experience—production staff can ensure brand consistency across Web and content-centric apps by using approved, versioned assets that are centrally located and managed through Experience Manager’s Digital Asset Management.
“DPS and Adobe Experience Manager make it significantly easier for publishers and brands to produce consistent, rich content for customers on mobile and the Web. Delivering interactive magazines for mobile devices and content for the Web used to require separate assets, teams and time,” says Nick Bogaty, head of digital publishing, Adobe. “That’s now a thing of the past. The combination of our tools will arm savvy CMOs with a tremendous advantage.”
Lord Abbett, a U.S.-based money management firm, is using DPS and Experience Manager to create a thought leadership app distributed to customers, delivering information about market trends and analysis and keeping them engaged with the firm. With the DPS and Experience Manager workflow, the firm accelerated its time-to-market for the Lord Abbett Perspectives app by 50 percent.
“At Lord Abbett, we continually look for ways to connect with our customers and employees, no matter what mobile device they’re using. By leveraging DPS and Adobe Experience Manager, anyone on our content creation team can now develop and deploy content across all of our properties,” says Steve Reilly, director of digital communications, Lord Abbett. “What’s more, we are able to manage our digital assets seamlessly—ensuring a unified look and feel, while simplifying workflow and gaining production efficiencies.”
Additionally, Condé Nast is using the combination of Adobe technologies to accelerate production of its iconic Vanity Fair title for the iPhone. “Adobe DPS is the go-to solution for publishing our magazine apps on mobile devices,” says Emily Smith, director of operations for corporate editorial, Condé Nast. “The integration of Adobe Experience Manager not only enables us deliver a consistent Vanity Fair experience on multiple platforms, we have advanced our on-sale date by five days.”
Finally, CMO.com by Adobe—a website offering news, expertise and insights for senior marketing executives—is using DPS and Experience Manager to develop special editions of its content for tablets and smartphones, extending the reach of its content to a wider audience.
In addition to the new integration with Experience Manager, DPS also offers full app measurement capabilities from Adobe Analytics, part of Adobe Marketing Cloud. The combination of DPS and Adobe Marketing Cloud allows publishers and businesses to create, deliver and measure rich-content mobile apps, ensuring the most impactful content reaches the right audience.
February 7, 2014
Association professionals turn to AM&P (the Association Media & Publishing) for insight, information and connections to the association media community.
Adobe is excited to partner with the AM&P to offer two events in February that are essential for leaders from associations who are looking to advance their digital strategies.
Executive Think Tank: Defining Your Association’s Mobile Strategy
Association executives will join digital publishing luminaries at an Executive Think Tank dinner, Thursday, February 20 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm ET at Vidalia in Washington, DC. It’s an ideal forum for association leaders who oversee e-media, publications and marketing and want to explore how other associations and non-profits have developed and executed on successful digital strategies. Special guests include:
- Declan Moore, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Society and President, National Geographic Publishing and Travel
- John Falcioni, Editor-in-Chief, Mechanical Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Mike Lee, Senior Advisor, Digital Strategy and Operations, AARP
- Scott Davis, Design Director, AARP
To reserve your seat, please contact Sarah Patterson at (703) 234-4107.
Webinar: Introduction to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Adobe’s Bridget Roman, Sr. Product Marketing Manager and Colin Fleming, Digital Publishing Evangelist, will guide you through what it takes to seamlessly transition from a PDF version of your magazine to a highly interactive reading experience with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.
This one-hour webinar touches on topics that assocations new to DPS will care about most, including:
- Ways that DPS ensures efficient and affordable production costs for your organization
- How to use the robust feature set in DPS to create strong adoption of your digital publications across your member base
- Real-life success stories from other assocations and non-profits who are using DPS to achieve their digital publishing strategies
Don’t miss this information-packed webinar Thursday, February 27 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET.
Sign up for the webinar:
Webinar: Introduction to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS)
December 4, 2013
It’s become the norm for some retailers to decorate for the holidays before consumers even have their Halloween decorations put away. As people browse through stores and catalogs, they’re looking for the perfect gifts and also hoping to find the best prices. Earlier we released the Adobe Digital Index 2013 Online Shopping Forecast, which predicts that in store price checking, commonly referred to as showrooming, will become the norm this holiday season.
The report found that 35% of 18 to 34-year-olds already leverage mobile devices to compare prices while in stores, well above the 22% average. So how can retailers turn these browsers into buyers? One way is by using mobile app experiences to drive increased brand loyalty.
“Mobile apps are almost twice as engaging for consumers than mobile web experiences, so many forward-looking companies are using mobile app experiences to embrace and enhance the showrooming experience,” says Brad Rencher, senior vice president, Digital Marketing Business, Adobe.
With the Adobe Digital Index 2013 Online Shopping Forecast predicting that mobile optimized retailers will transact more than 20% of their sales via smartphones and tablets, a 47% increase YoY, retailers with mobile apps are in a good position this holiday season. Here are a few examples of retailers poised for success:
Lakeland—A well-established retailer in the U.K., Lakeland offers a digital app with seasonal editorial content that features products in the context of the recipes, tips, and projects for that issue. The brand affinity created by offering customers more than just products increase the likelihood that they will purchase, and return in the future.
Bass Pro—Within the outdoor/sporting goods category, Bass Pro delivers inspirational, lifestyle-focused content. The retailer’s digital app includes aspirational articles and sensory information for adventurous consumers, and features products in the context of a particular lifestyle. Activities that once seemed out of reach are now possible with the advice and equipment from Bass Pro.
Boden—This fashion retailer uses its digital edition to take consumers on a journey through different locations and themes. Each section has its own style and focuses on complete looks, rather than individual items. Shoppers are immersed in each cohesive theme, and can easily shop for complete outfits already styled by Boden.
EXPRESS—The EXPSTYLE catalog from EXPRESS takes a fun, storytelling approach. A campaign video in each issue sets the tone, and the chapters appeal to individual style preferences and looks with seasonal items that shoppers are seeking.
Sears—The Sears Outdoor Living catalog is a visually rich app with tabs that enable consumers to easily navigate through categories. They can browse collections by style, watch videos, and expand sections for additional detail. Interactivity is used to create the catalog’s immersive, lifestyle-focused experiences.
Lowe’s—The Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Home and Garden magazine offers a library of creative ideas, themed for the season. As consumers scroll through the sections they can tap items for more information, easily bookmark their favorite ideas, or tap a “Shop this story” link to learn more about the products featured.
These brands understand that it is their expertise and compelling content that engages and inspires consumers, not pages and pages of products. Consumers can browse the digital apps from home, or use them to better understand products when they’re in the physical stores. Adding value to each interaction with consumers builds loyalty and increases the likelihood that when it comes time to make a purchase, for themselves or for someone on their list, they won’t bother to shop around.
November 27, 2013
Digital Publishing Suite Evangelist Bob Levine is a graphic designer and digital publishing services consultant with a primary focus on serving small to medium size businesses.
Know the Difference between Supported and Unsupported InDesign Features
You don’t have to go back too far into the past to a time when Adobe InDesign was used to produce printed output and all features were geared toward print workflows. Fast forward to today and InDesign is being used for output to multiple digital platforms (Epub, Interactive PDF, DPS, SWF) as well as print. Because of that, not every feature works with every publishing intent.
As an example, native animations, some button actions, and blend modes between interactive and static content are not supported in Digital Publishing Suite.
Understand the Concept of Overlays
All interactivity for DPS is added as an overlay which sits on top of static content no matter what the stacking order is in your InDesign document. Because of that I’ve found myself pointing out “they’re called overlays for a reason.”
In other words, you can’t put static content on top of interactivity. There are of course workarounds – either include the static content in your interactive content or convert it to interactive content.
Dual Orientation is All or Nothing at All
While it may look like magic on an iPad, having two orientations for your folio is not magic. It involves creating two layouts for every article. Think carefully about whether it adds anything to the experience for the reader since not only does it involve extra work, it also can double the file size of your folio.
You Must Have Access to a Mac
While the production of a folio can be done on either Mac or Windows, the actual process of building and submitting the app must be done on a Mac. This is an Apple requirement, not Adobe’s so be prepared. And finally, speaking of needing a Mac…
Apple iTunes App Store Requirements
This can’t be emphasized enough. It’s their ball and their bat so they make the rules for the game. The biggest thing to be aware of is that glorified PDFs, that is apps that have little or no interactivity in them, will be rejected for being too book-like. Things to include to minimize rejection risk:
- Scrolling Content
- Audio and video
In short, keep it engaging for the user. Also, when submitting your app, avoid the book category and don’t use book terms such as table of contents, page, PDF, and of course, book.
November 25, 2013
On November 21st, Adobe hosted a webinar on the powerful consumer marketing tools available within Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to accelerate readership and purchase – and drive revenue for your publications. Join us for a replay of the webinar below for a look at key things you can do to deepen engagement and accelerate revenue from your customers.
In the webinar, Bridget Roman, product marketing at Adobe, and Colin Fleming, Adobe digital publishing evangelist, explored the DPS consumer marketing tools being used by innovative publishers to drive engagement, circulation and revenue. These tools enable publishers to:
- Offer freemium content with tools for converting readers into subscribers
- Harness the power of your readers’ social networks to increase content reach
- Monetize your web traffic by embedding a high-fidelity version of your magazine
- Keep your readers coming back for more with custom push notifications
The webinar also looked at industry metrics highlighting successes seen in digital circulation and reader engagement, in addition to case studies of titles that have integrated consumer marketing tools into their digital strategies with excellent results—including The Washingtonian and People.
The webinar received an “excellent” rating by over 50 percent of attendees; be sure to access the webinar recording below for a look at how to use these tools to drive your business forward.
Watch the webinar recording:
Accelerate Revenue with DPS Consumer Marketing Tools
Read the white paper:
Best practices for driving readership with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Visit the Driving Readership section of DPS Developer Connection site:
November 14, 2013
Ready to accelerate your readership and revenue? Attend our webinar and read the Driving Digital Readership white paper
You’ve created your immersive and beautiful digital magazine and delivered it to the Newsstand, but now what? If you’re ready to take your digital magazine strategy to the next level, be sure to check out our jam-packed white paper that focuses on all of the consumer marketing tools available within Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. You’ll learn how to:
* Offer freemium content with tools for converting readers into subscribers
* Leverage the power of your readers social networks
* Monetize your web traffic by embedding a high-fidelity version of your magazine
* Keep your readers coming back from more with custom push notifications
* And much more
Read the PDF here:
Best practices for driving readership with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Plus, don’t miss the free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, November 21 at 9am PST where all of these topics—and more—will be covered! You’ll learn firsthand how and why to use these features and see terrific examples of how publishers are using them today.
September 17, 2013
By Sonia Sawhney
The judging is complete and winners have been announced for Adobe & Adweek Digital Publishing Awards! Congratulations to Dan Marcolina of Marcolina Design, Inc. for receiving the Best Mobile App award and Fernando Carreira of the goodfellas for the Best Mobile Ad award. The winning entries used Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to develop ingenious, inventive, and effective apps and ads for tablets.
The Adobe & Adweek Digital Publishing Award recognizes the most innovative mobile ads and apps that reflect imaginative thinking, awesome creativity, and design acumen. This year’s winners truly harnessed the power of Digital Publishing Suite to create compelling experiences for consumers.
Entries were judged on originality of concept, execution of creative elements, and inventive use of interactive components to enhance understanding and engagement with content. The four judges on this year’s panel were:
- Joe Zeff, President, Joe Zeff Design
- Josh Klenert, Director of User Experience and Design, The Huffington Post
- Nick Mrozowski, Executive Creative Director, Adweek
- Carol Wells, Design Director, Adweek
Best Mobile App Award
Dan Marcolina of Marcolina Design, Inc. snagged the Best Mobile App Award, partnering with Rick Smolan of Big Data book. The winning app, The Human Face of Big Data, is an innovative app with enhanced stories bringing the Human Face of Big Data to life. Exploring the world from a new lens, this pioneering app is a seamless blend of interactive elements and groundbreaking ideas encapsulated into a digital journey. As we shared in the past, it’s no question that this is an award-worthy app. The Human Face of Big Data app transcends expectations with thought provoking concepts and extraordinary imagery woven into a truly seamless tablet experience.
Check out The Human Face of Big Data in the DPS Showcase Gallery to learn more.
Best Mobile Ad Award
Fernando Carreira of the goodfellas partnered with ALmapBBDO to bring home the Best Mobile Ad award. Fake Ad, the iPad ad for Bradesco Seguros, used Digital Publishing Suite to bring advertising to life on the tablet. As readers swipe across the screen, the advertisement’s car follows the direction leading to a crash. The interactivity embedded in this ad revolutionizes the way advertisers connect with readers by telling the story: “unexpected events happen without warning. Make a Bradesco car insurance plan.” The unexpected yet remarkably effective advertising racked up votes with this year’s judges to take home the Best Mobile Ad Award.
Experience Fake Ad in the DPS Showcase Gallery to learn more.
This year’s winners receive prize packages including:
- Trip to NY for Advertising Week + guest
- One Super Delegate conference pass to Advertising Week (Sept 23-27, 2013)
- Honored at Reception during Advertising Week (Monday, September 23)
- Winning entry featured as an insert in Adweek iPad edition digital publication
- One year Adobe Creative Cloud membership (estimated value $600)
- One year subscription to the Adweek iPad edition digital publication
- A ticket to 2014 CLIOS Awards
Explore the Adobe & Adweek Digital Publishing Awards:
- Best Mobile Ap Award Winner: The Human Face of Big Data – Dan Marcolina of Marcolina Design, Inc.
- Best Mobile Ad Award Winner: Bradesco Seguros Ad – Fernando Carreira of the goodfellas
September 15, 2013
Adobe is excited to announce that four standard audience metrics—as defined by the magazine industry—are now available directly from within Digital Publishing Suite.
Adobe has been actively participating in the DESI project—the Digital Editions Standardization Initiative—led by the MPA (the Association of Magazine Media) and supported by a task force made up of leading publishers, the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) and other technology providers. This group has come together with the common goal of creating accurate and consistent industry-wide benchmarking of digital editions for publishers and the advertising community. These metrics will allow publishers to establish even greater value inherent to their digital content and major brands to factor digital editions into their advertising strategies with accelerated confidence.
The first challenge the task force faced was determining definitions for and a common way of calculating the initial set of recommended metrics established by the MPA last year. The result–mission accomplished.
Now, four new metrics, sanctioned by the DESI task force and certified by AAM (Alliance for Audited Media), have been added to an already rich set of analytics data included in DPS Professional and Enterprise editions.
Publishers now have access to:
- Total number of tablet readers per issue
- Total number of sessions per issue
- Average amount of time spent per reader per issue
- Average number of sessions per reader per issue
Publishers have the option to provide these audience metrics to AAM and give visibility to agencies and advertisers.
To further support DESI, Adobe has created a methodology document that explains how the metrics in DPS are being calculated and presented. It will help publishers—big and small—navigate the standard audience reports within DPS and provide insights to other digital publishing platform providers who would like to integrate these metrics into their platform. Read it now.
Adobe’s customers are excited about this advancement.
“Adobe’s announcement marks a welcome first step towards an industry standard for measuring digital magazine issues,” said Rory O’Flynn, executive director of digital research at Time Inc. “It’s critical for the industry to speak about consumer behavior in a common language, so we can have more constructive conversations about the value of our digital content.”
The DESI project is still going strong and Adobe is looking forward to providing additional standardized audience and engagement metrics for the publishing industry in the future. The MPA’s Ethan Grey, SVP of Digital Strategy and Initiatives, talks about next steps for the task force:
“We are continuing the task force process. One of the things that has been fruitful is that all industries are represented–the agencies and brands, all major publishers, and tech providers. The task force serves the purpose of prioritizing and surfacing what is coming up day-to-day and the feedback flows directly into this task force. We’ll continue to determine what the ‘biggest bang’ things are that we can deliver on.”
Learn more about the standardized audience metrics in DPS.
- Read the press release
- Watch digital publishing evangelist, Colin Fleming, overview the new audience standard metrics
- Read the DevNet article to learn more about implementing these features and how to use the methodology document
September 12, 2013
The Daily Mail, one of Britain’s most popular national newspapers, with a 1.8 million daily circulation, and its sister title The Mail on Sunday, has been reimagined for the tablet. Its website Mail Online, with 119 million unique browsers a month, makes it the largest newspaper website in the world.
Recognising that Mail readers clearly have an appetite for digital content, dmg media, owner of the Daily Mail, has made it available as a design and feature-rich, interactive iPad edition called Mail Plus. Created using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition (DPS) it includes videos, slideshows, 30 new games a day and more.
Swiping from one page to the next inside Mail Plus is like turning the pages of the Mail newspaper, but with every page specially designed for the iPad – with exciting additional content that brings every story to life. Readers can easily find and enjoy all their favourite sections of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday – news, sports, TV listings, puzzles and more – all made possible through the use of sections, a DPS feature developed specifically for newspaper publishers.
Additional highlights, making the most of the Adobe DPS tools, include 360-degree photography, interactive graphics created using Adobe Edge, and features with an almost cinematic quality thanks to the Mail’s use of Adobe After Effects.
There are also bonus fashion, beauty and health sections, as well and shopping pages with tap-to-buy features to drive e-commerce opportunities.
And every day, Mail Plus features TV Plus, an interactive listings guide with more than 200 channels that readers can turn into their own personal TV and radio planner – with a social TV experience powered by cool TV app Zeebox.
Because there are no limits to space like the printed paper, Mail Plus delivers more to read, more pictures and more puzzles.
Sharing from within the Mail Plus app using Facebook, Twitter and email is available allowing readers to share articles, pictures and puzzles with their friends and family and can be enjoyed offline.
The Mail Plus production team is using the full capabilities of DPS to create Mail Plus for iPad and deliver a daily edition to readers via Apple’s Newsstand. The decision to move to digital publishing using Adobe DPS was seamless as dmg media already uses Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe InDesign for the print edition of the paper.
Dmg media is also taking advantage of the various subscription models that DPS supports, including direct entitlement, which allows print subscribers to access the digital newspaper by simply logging into the app on their iPad. In partnership with UK-based MPP Global Solutions, they are able to offer their massive print subscriber based seamless access to Mail Plus.
The launch was led by Mail executive Paul Field, who is also editor of Mail Plus. Commenting on the launch, he said:
‘Adobe Digital Publishing Suite has enabled us to take the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday to the iPad in a surprising and dazzling way.
‘Our readers love the Mail, but many of them also now love their tablets. We wanted to give those readers – and many others from our rivals – the very best service and meet the high expectations they now have from using a tablet. This is why Mail Plus gives them the design-rich experience they love from print and the immersive interactive experience they expect from an iPad or similar device.
‘Mail Plus allows us to take our print workflow and expand it for the tablet world, ensuring our brand is consistent across both platforms.
‘Thanks to an amazing team of very talented and dedicated journalists and technologists at Mail Plus we’re confident we’re giving our valued customers a very compelling experience.’
Hear more from Paul Field on how he delivers Daily Mail Plus in the video below:
Mail Plus for iPad has already had some great reviews in the App Store: ‘Best newspaper app on the market’; ‘Get this app for the puzzles alone’; ‘Great depth of content’; ‘Really interactive, love the 360s’; ‘Arrives on my iPad every morning… Soooooo easy to use’; ‘Really unique and intuitive interactivity, not seen this in other publications’; ‘Well designed, beautiful images… This is how a digital newspaper should be done’.
You can get enjoy a free 30-day trial of Mail Plus for iPad from the Apple Newsstand now. We’d love for you to hear what you think of the app by sharing your thoughts with us on Twitter, using #dailymailplus.
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
What a fantastic second day at Adobe Digital Publishing Summit! Today we heard from Corporate Publishers including:
- Sotheby’s International Realty
- JPMorgan Chase
- Stryker Orthopaedics
- J. Walter Thompson/Casa
- Forrester Research
- And many more…
In case you missed out on yesterday’s Traditional Publishing session, get your updates here:
Below is the Storify recap of social media conversation from today’s Corporate Publishing Summit. Check back soon to see more highlights and recaps from the event.
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
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!