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Mobile, desktop and journalism: The digital economy in 2013


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Short take on some of the key stats on usage and consumption on the global and UK markets.

Short take on some of the key stats on usage and consumption on the global and UK markets.

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  • 1. Digital economy Changing audience and monetisation trends Patrick Smith - 4 July 2013
  • 2. About ● Media analysis and news ● Founded 2010 as a digital startup ● Editorial team of two ● 10,000 newsletters sent each week ● Site relaunch in 2013 ● Three media conferences: ○ Mobile Media Strategies, 26/27 Sept 2013 ○ Media Marketing Strategies, 19 Nov 2013 ○ Digital Media Strategies, 4/5 March 2014
  • 3. The market right now UK consumers spend 34 hours online every month... ...But they spend 43 minutes on newspaper websites One third of EU consumers own a smartphone... ... But 56 percent of them have never paid for content UK tablet ownership doubled in 2012 to c16% ... But 80% of tablet owners still watch TV and 40% radio
  • 4. Who reads newspapers?
  • 5. Who reads newspapers?
  • 6. Who reads newspapers?
  • 7. Who reads newspapers?
  • 8. What's happening to print? From: http://www.themediabriefing. com/article/abcs-newspapers- circulation-decline 22.5% drop from 2007 to 2012. Projected 2007 to 2017 fall is 45%. Note: this is national not regional
  • 9. What's happening to advertising? Source: WARC/ Advertising Assoc
  • 10. What's happening to advertising?
  • 11. What's happening to advertising? Note: UK classified market is far more challenged: Johnston Press went from £407m in 2007 to £202m in 2012
  • 12. Who uses the internet? Almost 100% of 16 to 24-year-olds have used internet in last 3 months ... compared to 30% of 75+ And 60% of 65-74s. Worth remembering: 14% of UK adults have never used the internet, ever. (Source: ONS, Q1 2013)
  • 13. Who uses the internet?
  • 14. How important is mobile? "Mobile has been overhyped in the short term and underhyped in the medium-to-long term" Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP - 2009
  • 15. How important is mobile?
  • 16. What do people normally use smartphones for? Big challenge to be noticed among all these activities
  • 17. Daily consumption cycle head of analytics Tom Betts on mobile: "We're not seeing a substitutional effect (on PC stats)"
  • 18. Daily consumption cycle
  • 19. Mobile phone market share
  • 20. Emerging media business models Free Guardian, Mirror, MailOnline, regional/local, Facebook Freemium, Wall Street Journal, Telegraph, New York Times Premium Times/Sunday Times, The Sun (from August), some B2B titles, academic/scientific content
  • 21. Emerging media business models The Times / Sunday Times -- Launched bold paywall project July 2010 -- 99% content restricted to subscribers, all platforms -- July 2013: 140,000 paying subscribers -- c.500,000 daily "sales" including print + online -- ARPU estimated at £12 means c.£1.6m gross -- (not including churn, marketing costs etc etc) -- Company claims 40m average reading time on iPad -- Overall lost £28.7m in 2011/2012
  • 22. Emerging media business models Times digital sales have grown the overall customer base. But how much of it is substitution of traditional print audience?
  • 23. Emerging media business models Guardian News & Media -- 83m unique monthly browsers (ABC, May) -- 4.6m daily browsers -- 2012 digital revenue £45.7m (about 1/3 of total) -- From an audience of c60m a month, Guardian made £14.6m in 2012 from online ads -- Big push into America - huge international audience -- Free on web, paid on smartphone + tablet -- Overall lost £44.2m (partly due to capital investments)
  • 24. Emerging media business models Daily Mail / MailOnline -- Huge online growth due to split print +online operations -- Different content, focus, audience to the newspaper -- MailOnline gets 8m browsers per day / 130m per month -- Rise of the "dark social network" -- Customer data = crucial and growing -- Digital revenue £134m (+34%) -- Print revenue £655m (-1%) -- MailOnline contributes £45m in sales (+ small profit)
  • 25. Importance of user data ● From anonymous to known ● Usage patterns and consumption trends ● More valuable to advertisers ● Better, more targeted content ● What works? What doesn't?
  • 26. Importance of user data
  • 27. Digital publishing best practice ● Know the medium: print vs web vs online ○ "See picture left" on a web page ● Quality does matter - the audience knows the difference ● But no need for "TV on the internet" ● Sharing matters - is it as easy as possible? ● No shortcuts to traffic/sharing ● Track the metrics that matter (not just PV/UUs) ○ Don't always compare audience to print circulation
  • 28. Digital publishing best practice Editors + journalists = crucial Technology changes but the craft doesn't
  • 29. Thanks for listening @psmith