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Be radical, be disruptive by James Evelegh

In March, the AOP held one of its regular forum events, this one entitled: ‘The Content Creator & The User’. One of the keynotes was given by Christian Broughton, editor of the Independent, who advised the audience to embrace all things digital. James Evelegh was taking notes.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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Seven smart digital strategies by Carolyn Morgan

It feels like the companies that used to be known as publishers are morphing rapidly – to become retailers, agencies and providers of data and intelligence. Carolyn Morgan surveys the rapidly changing publishing landscape.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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How Data & Intelligence Products can transform B2B media by Carolyn Morgan

For B2B publishers, the big money is increasingly to be found in the provision of high value data products and services. The approach and skills required are very different to the traditional publishing model, but, writes Carolyn Morgan, the potential rewards are great.

Posted on: 28 March 2017

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Time for grown up thinking by Ray Snoddy

On 1st March, Newsworks held its annual Shift conference in London. One of the messages Ray Snoddy came away with was the need for the advertising industry to shed its obsession with the shiny and the new and get to grips with what is a seriously deficient digital advertising supply chain.

Posted on: 28 March 2017

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Customer First! by James Evelegh

At the end of November, the PPA held its annual Customer Direct Conference in London. The theme of the day was the customer journey. James Evelegh was there.

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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Why events are good, and tips for doing them well by James Evelegh

The PPA held its annual Independent Publisher Conference in early December at the Park Plaza Riverbank in London. One of the most interesting sessions of the morning was a panel discussion that explored ‘Strategies To Deliver Engaging And Profitable Events’. James Evelegh was taking notes…

Posted on: 20 December 2016

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Monetising Media by Carolyn Morgan

In September, The Media Briefing held its annual Monetising Media conference in London. Carolyn Morgan moderated a couple of the sessions and here reviews some of the main talking points from the event.

Posted on: 27 November 2016

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SoE Conference 2016 – spooks, police, robots et al by Ray Snoddy

In October, in Carlisle, the Society of Editors held its annual conference. Press regulation and freedom were once again hot topics. Also touched upon was the growing democratic deficit caused by the mass shedding of journalists by local papers. Ray Snoddy was there.

Posted on: 27 November 2016

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How to succeed in mobile publishing – lessons from FIPP by Carolyn Morgan

Forget digital first, publishers now have to think mobile first, with smartphones and tablets accounting for over 60% of traffic for many media brands. Carolyn Morgan looks at how publishers’ mobile strategies are evolving.

Posted on: 27 July 2016

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Don’t employ bores – and other pearls of wisdom by James Evelegh

On 12 May, the PPA held its annual festival in London. The Marcus Morris Lecture, now an annual fixture at the event, was given by Condé Nast MD Nicholas Coleridge, who listed his ‘seven deadly sins of magazine publishing’ and his ‘seven golden rules for survival’. James Evelegh listened intently.

Posted on: 03 June 2016

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A new dawn? by Liz Gerard

Launched on 29 February, does The New Day have a bright future? Liz Gerard casts her eye over Trinity Mirror’s new national paper…

Posted on: 01 April 2016

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Shift 2016 - review by Ray Snoddy

On 1st March, at the British Library, Newsworks held its fourth annual Shift conference, at which the great and the good of the national newspaper world discussed the opportunities and threats facing their sector. Ray Snoddy was there.

Posted on: 01 April 2016

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Small is beautiful by James Evelegh

The PPA held its annual Independent Publisher Conference on 9th December at the Brewery, in London. Put on for the benefit of publishers with under £10 million turnover, InPublishing’s James Evelegh felt right at home.

Posted on: 17 December 2015

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My PPA Business Media Summit takeaways by James Evelegh

The PPA held its annual B2B shindig at the Intercontinental Park Lane hotel in London on the 24 November. James Evelegh went along, in search of the secrets of B2B success.

Posted on: 02 December 2015

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SoE Conference 2015 – the main talking points by Ray Snoddy

In October, the Society of Editors held its annual conference at Stationers’ Hall in London. The big issues discussed included press regulation (again), freedom of information, the BBC and paywalls. Ray Snoddy was taking notes.

Posted on: 26 November 2015

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Change is the new stability by James Evelegh

Last Thursday, the European Information Industry Network Conference took place at the Emirates Stadium in London. The theme of the day was ‘digital growth, speed and agility’. James Evelegh was there taking notes.

Posted on: 29 October 2015

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I was there and you’re a liar by James Evelegh

At last week’s AOP conference, BBC journalist Kate Adie gave an impassioned defence of good old fashioned eyewitness reporting and it’s continuing relevance in the digital age. Forget being first to publish, urged Kate, concentrate on getting it right. James Evelegh listened to her fascinating keynote address.

Posted on: 08 October 2015

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Managing Change – the Immediate Way by James Evelegh

At the PPA Festival in May, in a panel session entitled ‘Culture and Change’, Immediate Media CEO Tom Bureau gave us his insights into how best to drive through change.

Posted on: 03 June 2015

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Society’s loss… by James Evelegh

At the PPA Festival last Thursday, four leading CEOs were asked what job they would be doing if they hadn’t gone into publishing…

Posted on: 26 May 2015

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Shift 2015 – Context is Queen by Ray Snoddy

Newsworks’ Shift 2015 event, held in February at the British Library, focused on ‘context’ – an area where traditional newsbrands score highly, but one which is perhaps undervalued by automated trading algorithms. Ray Snoddy reviews the day’s discussions.

Posted on: 25 March 2015

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SoE Conference – the main talking points by Ray Snoddy

In November, the Society of Editors held its annual conference in Southampton. Two of the main themes, writes Ray Snoddy, were the ongoing debate over press regulation and the deteriorating relationship between press and police.

Posted on: 27 January 2015

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Independent Publisher Conference – Review by James Evelegh

The PPA held its annual Independent Publisher Conference at the Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch in London last Friday. James Evelegh was there, taking notes.

Posted on: 11 December 2014

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AOP Autumn Conference – the main talking points by James Evelegh

The AOP held its annual autumn conference in London on 9th October. James Evelegh listened as keynotes and panelists spelt out the main opportunities and challenges facing digital publishers today.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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Breaking and remaking business media by Carolyn Morgan

On 22 October, at One Wimpole Street in London, the Information Industry Network held its Business Media Insights conference. Carolyn Morgan heard first-hand how the leading lights in the B2B world were successfully reimagining their businesses.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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Personalisation, Personalisation, Personalisation… by Martin Maynard

If the attendees who gathered for the start of this year’s PPA Customer Direct conference were in any doubt about where they should be focusing their efforts – it would soon be made abundantly clear, writes Martin Maynard. For the direct and digital marketers assembled in the Grand Ballroom at the Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch, the day would quickly unfold to embrace one watchword: personalisation.

Posted on: 13 November 2014

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Journalism that matters by Jon Slattery

The Regional Press Awards, held on 16 May at the Lancaster Hotel in London, celebrated the best of regional journalism. Jon Slattery applauds the many examples of strong serious journalism that made a real difference to the communities they serve.

Posted on: 14 July 2014

PPA Re_Invented – the way ahead for consumer publishers by James Evelegh

On 22 May, the PPA held its annual conference in the open plan basement setting of B1, Location House in London. The theme of the day was ‘reinvention’ and what consumer publishers needed to do to create a profitable future. James Evelegh was there.

Posted on: 14 July 2014

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10 ideas for innovating in your media business by Carolyn Morgan

The winners of the 2014 Media Innovation Awards were announced on 8 April at the Digital Media Innovation Conference, organised by the Information Industry Network. Carolyn Morgan trawls through the shortlist to see what lessons the rest of us can learn from these innovative publishers.

Posted on: 19 May 2014

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Digital Innovators’ Summit by Peter Houston

‘Innovate or die’ has become something of a mantra for our industry. I know, writes Peter Houston, … it’s easier said than done. But at the Digital Innovators’ Summit in Berlin at the end of March there were plenty of media people ready to give it a go.

Posted on: 19 May 2014

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How to innovate by James Evelegh

The Digital Media Innovation Conference 2014, organised by the SIIA’s Information Industry Network took place on 8 April at One Wimpole Street, London. The theme of the day was innovation and a range of excellent speakers looked at the importance of innovation and how media companies could themselves become more innovative. James Evelegh was there.

Posted on: 19 May 2014

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SoE Regional Conference 2014 by Steve Dyson

Editors are busy shaping the skills needed for digitally-led newsrooms in the belief that online publishing will become profitable. Steve Dyson reports from the Society of Editors Regional Conference.

Posted on: 19 May 2014

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What is the Telegraph up to? by Ray Snoddy

At Shift 2014, Newsworks’ second annual conference, held at the British Library on 10 April, all eyes were on new Telegraph boss, Jason Seiken. What surprises would he spring and what clues would he give as to the Telegraph’s digital future? Ray Snoddy was in the audience.

Posted on: 19 May 2014

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Why media businesses must innovate to survive by Carolyn Morgan

With circulations on traditional publications falling, and increasing competition for advertising, writes Carolyn Morgan, media owners need to think laterally about how to create more value from their content, expand to new markets, sell more services to their best customers and nurture their audience if they are to see revenue growth.

Posted on: 19 March 2014

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Lead 2014 – Review by James Evelegh

On Thursday 30 January, the Advertising Association held its annual summit, Lead 2014, at Kings Place in London. There was an impressive line-up of speakers and James Evelegh came away mulling over two clear opportunities for publishers.

Posted on: 07 February 2014

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Next generation digital magazines – insights from the 2013 DMAs by Carolyn Morgan

In November, the winners of the 2013 Digital Magazine Awards were announced. With entries from 41 countries, the awards are a good place to track the global trends in digital magazine publishing, writes Carolyn Morgan, one of the lead judges.

Posted on: 25 January 2014

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Sell, Sell, Sell: EMAP’s sales culture by James Evelegh

At last autumn’s PPA Digital Publishing Conference, writes James Evelegh, one of the best presentations came from Tracey Davies, managing director – retail, live events & recruitment at EMAP. Her talk was entitled ‘Making success inevitable: innovative approaches to growth’.

Posted on: 25 January 2014

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Society of Editors Conference 2013 by Ray Snoddy

The SoE held its annual conference on 11/12 November at the Tower Hotel in London. The conference theme was ‘Freedom to Inform’ and an impressive line-up of speakers debated the issues facing the press today. Ray Snoddy was there.

Posted on: 25 January 2014

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Photography Week – the pillars of our success by James Evelegh

At the recent PPA Independent Publisher Conference, Paul Newman, Group Editor of Future’s Photography Portfolio gave a presentation on the success of their digital-only title. James Evelegh was there.

Posted on: 13 December 2013

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SIIA Digital Content & Media Summit by James Evelegh

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) held its inaugural London summit at One Wimpole Street, at the end of September. A fine line-up of speakers debated the issues facing the digital content and information industry. James Evelegh was taking notes, and here are his sixteen takeaways from the day.

Posted on: 30 November 2013

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Every Brand is a Publishing Brand by Sabilah Eboo Alwani

On 14 November, Raconteur Media and NewsCred held a forum at the London’s Savoy Hotel, entitled ‘The Value of Journalism in Content Marketing’. Sabilah Eboo Alwani summarises the main talking points from the event.

Posted on: 22 November 2013

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Less is More by James Evelegh

Flying the flag for print and paper can be a lonely job in this increasingly digital world, but Peter Sommerville of Denmaur Independent Papers made a pretty good stab at it, at a seminar during the recent Cross Media event. James Evelegh was in the audience.

Posted on: 08 November 2013

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AOP Autumn Conference – My Top Ten Takeaways by James Evelegh

On the 3rd October, the great and the good of the digital world gathered for the AOP Autumn Conference at Etc Venues, St Paul’s in London. James Evelegh went along too.

Posted on: 11 October 2013

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Publishing insights from across the pond by Carolyn Morgan

Looking outside your own market is always a smart way to get new ideas, as the chances are another publisher has already grappled with the same problem as you. Carolyn Morgan attended SIPA’s recent conference in Washington DC and flew back with lots of valuable insights.

Posted on: 22 September 2013

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Round Table: The Future of Subs Bureaux by James Evelegh

Subs bureaux come in all shapes and sizes. Their outlook and experiences are as varied as the publishing industry they serve. Around the table at the end of July sat the MDs of some of the UK’s leading bureaux, invited by iSUBSCRiBE to mull over the challenges they face. James Evelegh took notes…

Posted on: 22 September 2013

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RBI – then and now by James Evelegh

The PPA held its annual Digital Publishing Conference and Awards at The Brewery in London on Wednesday. One of the highlights of the days was Barry McIlheney’s interview with RBI Chief Operating Officer, Dominic Feltham. James Evelegh listened in.

Posted on: 20 September 2013

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10 digital media trends you can’t ignore by Carolyn Morgan

As traditional publishing transitions to digital content, whether web, mobile, social, video, data, events or communities, so the rules of the game are changing, writes Carolyn Morgan.

Posted on: 13 September 2013

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Grow your live events - 21 ideas for publishers by Carolyn Morgan

SIIA UK brought together a group of event organisers on 4 September to listen to the experiences of Optimus Education and Newtrade Publishing, and swap their tips on developing profitable live events. Carolyn Morgan was taking notes.

Posted on: 06 September 2013

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Society of Editors’ Regional Conference by Steve Dyson

Top speakers drew a decent turnout at the Society of Editors’ regional conference in April. But the most interesting story was unexpected – when one of Britain’s oldest independent publishers announced that online paywalls were coming. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 23 July 2013

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Shift 2013 by Ray Snoddy

In April, Newsworks held its first ever conference, entitled Shift 2013. The purpose of the event was to highlight how newspapers are effective and influential platforms in the multiplatform age. Ray Snoddy was in the audience.

Posted on: 19 May 2013

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Specialist Media Conference 2013 by James Evelegh

The Specialist Media Conference was held in April at the British Library; a fascinating day of panel discussions, presentations and round tables, attended by some of the leading lights of the specialist media world. James Evelegh was there too.

Posted on: 19 May 2013

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