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Printcasting Inc 2009


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Printcasting Inc 2009

  1. 1. People-Powered Magazines
  2. 2. The Bakersfield Californian Independently owned for 140 years. 110 years in one family. The only paper of its size in Bakersfield (60,000 daily circ., 277,000 readers weekly). My focus for 5 years. Social networking, user-contributed content and niche products. Before that: Pure-play online community products at AOL &
  3. 3. Knight News Challenge 5-Year, $25 Million grant program for digital open-source projects that support local news and information. Printcasting was one of 17 winners in 2008 with a 2-year, $837,000 grant. Year 3 winners unveiled in June. Learn more at
  4. 4. What is Printcasting? Knight News Challenge project that democratizes print publishing process. Objectives: 1 Let anyone create a printable magazine. No software or design skills required. Use your own content, or remix content from others. 2 Make print advertising easy, fun & affordable. If you can e-mail or post to a blog, you can place ads that appear in printed magazines.
  5. 5. Make a magazine like this …
  6. 6. … or this …
  7. 7. … or this!
  8. 8. Print, Online & Mobile Every Printcast has an automatically generated “Microsite” that’s promoted from the masthead.  Mobile version of microsites is coming soon. Why is this important?  Today’s fragmented media world means you must give people what they want, when they want it, and where they want it.  We can finally give advertisers one, simple way to reach people in the media they prefer. Print, online, mobile are all automagic.
  9. 9. First Partner, & More to Come Starting now, MediaNews Group’s Targeted Publishing Group will use Printcasting as a niche publication creation engine. To support this, now includes city pages that focus on specific markets. SF Bay Area Los Angeles Denver/Boulder Bakersfield Interested? We’ll be partnering with more local content organizations.
  10. 10. How Printcasting Works Content comes from participating bloggers, news sites with RSS feeds. Local businesses create and Choose feeds, layout and Print and distribute publications purchase ads online. Prices frequency. PDF magazines with promise. May be a publisher, are affordable due to niche are created automatically and or a print provider or newspaper. focus. Everyone gets a cut! sent to subscribers by e-mail.
  11. 11. All Participants Share Revenue Every category has a base ad price which publishers can mark up. Revenue will be shared with every participant.  60% to Printcast publishers. Covers printing costs and helps fund their operations.  30% to content contributors. Proportionate to content use.  10% to the network. To cover our costs and ongoing improvements.
  12. 12. Printcasting is Ideal For … Local thought leaders.  Especially local bloggers. If you have an RSS feed, you can make it available to Publishers in 2 minutes. Local community organizations.  Clubs, schools, neighborhood associations, and even the library. Local businesses.  Realtors, home repair businesses, bike shops, etc. that already position themselves as experts in a field. In this case, the Printcast itself is the ad, but it contains valuable content.  Small businesses that can’t afford standard newspaper ads due to the cost of reaching tens or hundreds of thousands. Now they pay only for a niche audience of a few thousand.
  13. 13. Why Print, and Why Now? For one, it’s a natural way to grow audience and revenue together. Social Networks Grow Audience.  On 8 sites, we have 53,000 user profiles (20% of market) with 3,618 blogs.  Added 100,000 individuals to our audience who we didn’t reach before 2004! Remember: Bakersfield’s population is only 300,000. Print ads pay the freight.
  14. 14. Print Still Drives Most Revenue Social nets with print components are effective, but only the print side generates significant revenues to sustain editorial operations. Most revenue comes from print ads in magazines that feature user content.  Online-only brands struggle.
  15. 15. Capture the “Long Tail” In Bakersfield, 65% of  But only 39% of the businesses have annual ad Californian’s current budgets under $10,000. advertisers have ad budgets under $10,000. Bakersfield Businesses TBC Customer Base
  16. 16. Look at the Base! We are mostly here. We need to be here. Self-serve advertising is the only scalable way to reach these businesses. Bakersfield Businesses
  17. 17. Other Reasons Print finds you in physical space  Locals pick up printed products when they’re relevant, even if (and especially if) they also use the Web site. It’s part of your environment. Print can be relevant if you make it relevant  We’ve found that as you increase relevance and choice in print, people continue to read. The Internet excels at this, but so can print if you rethink it from the ground up.  And for people who don’t want print, there’s the microsite and mobile. Print is now efficient, and eco-friendly  Customized niche “printable” content costs less, and is better for the environment. Digital inkjet technology is making Print on Demand more affordable.
  18. 18. Outreach in Bakersfield We hired a part-time marketing evangelist in Bakersfield.  Reaches out to local bloggers and to show them how to use Printcasting for their information needs.  “Blogger brunches,” training sessions, booths at events.  Meets with local clubs at college campuses and high schools.  Thanks participants with T-shirts, mouse pads and pens.  Basically all the local grass-roots stuff that only a newspaper would be crazy enough to do!
  19. 19. Some Early Adopters A local writer is using Printcasts to publicize her poems and short stories.  “Weekly Passion Activator” The Kern County Library  Wants to publish book reviews, event calendars and community information. Downtown Business Association  Will get downtown businesses to blog their event calendars, then pull them into Printcasts that they hand out from trolleys. Political Parties  Interested in using Printcasts for newsletters that share regional clubs’ content.
  20. 20. The Opportunity for Newspapers A newspaper, or any company with content and printing expertise, can participate and reap financial rewards thanks to revenue sharing.  Publish: Create Printcasts that use your own content, and you get to keep most of the ad revenue (60-90%).  Lower costs of content : Want to make a niche magazine, but can’t afford to pay a writer or freelancer? Pull from bloggers’ content, and still keep the majority of the ad revenue.  Monetize existing content: Have great niche content that you can’t monetize with your existing products? If another publisher uses it, you get a portion of other publishers’ ad revenue.
  21. 21. What We Do for Partners We’ll create “city hubs” for partners’ cities  For example: Partner creates Printcasts for those cities to seed the market, and registers its content online  Partner sets ad rates for its own Printcasts (via a markup)  Partner keeps most of the revenue from its Printcasts  If citizen publishers use partner content, some of that goes to the partner -- just like for any citizen publisher. Partner promotes Printcasting locally  By registering its content and encouraging publishing, the partner helps its community while also helping itself. The more publishers that use the partner’s content, the more revenue it gets.
  22. 22. Questions? Let me know if you have any questions, thoughts or feedback! Dan Pacheco Founder 303.465.5560 Try Printcasting yourself:  Join our global community! 
  23. 23. Making a Magazine
  24. 24. Creating and Ad