April 25, 2013
Earlier this week, Adobe Digital Index released the State of Mobile Benchmark, an analysis of the latest Internet browsing trends in mobile device OS and manufacturer as well as insights around the transition in the digital publishing industry to mobile apps. We’re excited to report that the data showed that purchases of digital content published by Adobe Digital Publishing Suite have reached an all-time high: 80 percent of content consumed in February was paid for in the form of a subscription or purchase of a single issue. That’s a 15 percent increase in paid-for content over the last 12 months. Further, digital magazine subscriptions now outsell single issues three to one.
What’s more, the number of weekly issues delivered by Digital Publishing Suite has been steadily climbing for the past two years – ninety million issues have been downloaded to-date. There’s no reason to expect this trend to end.
What is the big take away? Consumers are buying digital magazines at an ever-increasing pace. We’re at the point where digital magazines are moving from early adopters to the mainstream, print-reading audience and they have the potential to deliver a massive amount of ad dollars. People who consume digital magazines are proving to be very high value customers given their propensity to pay for content.
Digital magazine growth is also being driven by new devices coming onto the market. According to a February 21, 2013 article in the Economist, with the introduction of the iPad in 2010, “the market had its first electronic device that could replicate and even enhance (with features like video) the curated, tactile experience of a magazine.” The introduction of the iPad Mini last November added more momentum.
Therefore, it is no surprise that The State of Mobile Benchmark report indicates that tablet readership is up dramatically in the last 7 months – a 200% percent average increase in readers of titles published with Adobe DPS. As more devices come in market, readers are voraciously consuming content – from their favorite TV show totheir favorite magazines and newspapers - on devices.
And of course, consumers want their choice of devices. While tablet usage continues to skyrocket, smartphone apps are starting to also contribute to overall readership. The State of Mobile Benchmark report also indicates that 75 percent of the time consumers are reading content on tablets and 25 percent of the time they are reading content on smartphones.
For publishers this means content ought to be available to readers whenever and wherever they are and ready for any device. Even if readers don’t always have their tablet with them, they’ll most likely have a smartphone. We’ve found that reading behavior is dictated by device so publishers need to give readers an opportunity to engage with content regardless of circumstance – at home, at work, on the go. And that’s key
Engagement Drives Revenue
Additionally, smart use of interactivity has been shown to increase reading times and deeper engagement with content. Case in point. Top Gear a leading UK publisher recently switched from a PDF replica publishing platform to DPS and found that engagement times with their content grew dramatically due to increased interactivity built into their issues.
This in turn has driven greater purchase of content with a sixty percent increase in paid download, eighty percent increase in single issue purchase and 165% increase in subscription revenue. Publishers are able to monetize content on devices, unlike the Web. One last point. Ad revenue jumped up 200%.
As the number of digital magazine readers continues to expand, the opportunity for increased ad revenue from interactive ads is real and immediate. Ads in a digital publication are the best of both worlds: they offer immersiveness and bring products to life. They create connection between reader and advertiser, offering creative ways to extend a brand. A recent ad engagement study from Adobe indicated that interactive tablet ads drive greater brand engagement and 2 times greater product recall as compared to static PDF ad replicas on tablets.
To get a feel for how exciting interactive ads can be, check out these examples below. Then take a look at Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. The readership and engagement metrics tell a great story, but don’t take your eye off the creative potential Adobe DPS provides to make awesome digital content and ads.
Read the complete Adobe Digital Index PDF report here: State of Mobile Benchmark
*Updated May 14, 2013
March 13, 2013
The Digital Publishing Suite team is honored to receive the Digiday Publishing Award in the “Most Disruptive Publishing Technology” category, just announced yesterday!
The Digiday Publishing Awards honors “overall excellence and breakthrough achievement in digital publishing, branded content and advertising technology.” The DPAs are presented by Digiday, the host of the Digiday Publishing Summit. Hundreds of leading publishers, brand executives, publishers, journalists, experts, and technology visionaries participated in last night’s event, including representatives from The Huffington Post, Hearst Digital Media, Rodale, and Tumblr.
The “Most Disruptive Publishing Technology” category assesses innovation that has changed the publishing business through new methods of content display, delivery, distribution, discovery or monetization tools. (Last year’s winners in this category included: BuzzFeed Inc., Zinio, and Voices Heard Media / EventBox User Engagement Suite.) It is with great pleasure that we accept this award!
The DPAs include multiple categories that award innovations in the growing business of digital publishing, branded content and advertising technology. The judging committee is comprised of leading media and marketing experts, journalists, industry insiders, marketers, publishers and technology visionaries.
January 16, 2013
January 3, 2013
Join the DPS team at the Folio: MediaNext Show on January 8-10, 2013 in NYC. The MediaNext Show pulls together leading publishers to discuss the future of media through keynotes, microsessions, and workshops.
Nick Bogaty, Director of Business Development for DPS, will be sharing the stage with Bill Mickey, Editor of FOLIO Magazine, in a fireside chat to discuss the role of technology in publishing. They’ll touch on what it takes to transition to digital, and how critical it is to choose a solution that let’s you stay on top of the device explosion, approach your marketing in an entirely new way, capture and use data, and stay connected to your readers.
Tuesday| January 8
Gerald Farro, also from the business development team, will discuss what it takes to build an app using DPS and customize it to meet the specific needs of your publication and reader. Gerald will showcase apps built with Digital Publishing Suite that include features designed to help publishers reach a wide audience, deliver interactive experiences, and monetize content. Join the breakout session:
Wednesday | January 9
Visit the Folio: MediaNext Show website to view the conference schedule.
December 6, 2012
The largest consumer magazine publishers in the world are powered by Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Adobe is excited to announce that Time Inc. is publishing Real Simple to the Apple App store using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). With launch of this app, Adobe now powers mobile and tablet apps to the top five largest consumer magazine publishers in North America who collectively deliver content to over 200 million readers in North America. Time Inc. now joins Meredith, Hearst, Condé Nast, and Reader’s Digest, all of whom are partnering with Adobe to digitally publish magazines as apps for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and other leading Android tablets and devices. With support from Adobe, these leading publishers are demonstrating innovation through stand-out mobile applications that have been lauded for their high quality design and extended consumer engagement.
The publishing industry has undergone considerable transformation in the last three years. With the initial launch of WIRED on the iPad, a cascade of applications have followed Condé Nast in publishing highly regarded magazine and newspaper applications to a variety of tablet and smartphone devices using Adobe DPS.
Reading behavior of magazine and newspaper apps continue to be shaped as we move into 2013. However, Digital Publishing Suite applications are setting the standard for excellence in readership. A recent report from iMonitor shows that the top five apps to achieve a perfect iMonitor app rating were built with DPS. These apps were highly scored because they are “easy to navigate and appropriately leverage the iPad’s capabilities to both fully engage their users and to expand upon the service typically provided by more traditional media forms.”
In the last 12 months, there have been over 50M issues downloaded from applications created with DPS. Additionally, data from these applications indicates that users are willing to pay for digital content with over 60% of readers purchasing an application as a single issue or a digital subscription.
The successes go on. National Geographic recently stated that they are expecting to exceed their goal of 300,000 paid digital readers before the end of the year. Hearst has over 1M digital readers and continues to grow. Rodale recently noted that they predict that Men’s Health will surpass 100,000 paid digital readers this year. While still small compared to print circulations, digital circulation will continue to climb as the number of tablets and smartphones accelerates. Case in point, roughly 1 in every 2 adults in the US is expected to have a tablet by 2013 (117.4MM users). That is a lot of potential magazine and newspaper readers.
Adobe is proud to be working with many of the world’s most renowned publishers. Our goal is to empower publishing companies with innovative tools, technology, workflows and support to ensure their brands can be designed and delivered to readers where and when they want to engage with their content.
November 21, 2012
Join the Adobe Meets MPA series on Thursday, November 27th to learn how to promote and monetize content built with Digital Publishing Suite. Presenter Gerald Farro will share strategies for growing digital audiences, developing incremental revenue streams, and extending brands with in-app stores, social sharing, and geo-targeting.
Gerald Farro has been working with many DPS publishers over the past three years. Prior to Adobe, he worked in the trenches at top media organizations such as Wenner Media, Source Interlink and Bauer Publishing. The Adobe Meets MPA lunch is intended to be an open dialogue with publishers to build creative strategies for monetizing digital content.