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The Future of News Publishing 
A Third Wave Report – April 2013 
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Introduction 
In spring 2013, we conducted a workshop for a large newspaper. They had needed 
an outside perspective on the state of publishing, social media, digital etc. So we 
used that opportunity to put all our favorite cases and insights from the media 
industry into this one deck. It has been fascinating to observe how publishers all 
over the world have started to implement a lot of the ideas, we’ve mentioned here. 
More then one year later, we’re still coming back to this presentation constantly. 
This is why we have decided to release it to the public. 
Enjoy, 
Third Wave 
PS: We have started a podcast (in German) that covers a lot of the topics mentioned 
in this deck. 
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Content 
The Digital Consumer & The Digital Company 
The two key insights for future success in publishing (and beyond) 1 
The State of Digital, Social Media and Mobile Marketing 
Overview, data, challenges, opportunities, etc. 2 
Future Publishing Business Models 
• Not one Big Idea, but a few small ones 
• The Publisher/Agency model 
• Brands as Publisher 
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Hi, we are Third Wave. 
As a consultancy and think tank, we translate technological developments into 
new strategies for the digital context. 
Our Services: 
Business 
Communication 
Product 
More about Third Wave: A profile by German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost 
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Business Models 
Workshops, development, evaluation 
Social Business Design 
Corporate Social Media, Enterprise 2.0 
Competitor Evaluation 
Products, processes, brands 
Change Management 
Team structures, process optimization 
Communication Strategies 
Web, Social Media, mobile, CRM, analytics 
Social Media Strategies 
Platform & content, team setup, KPI 
Evaluation 
Analysis & feedback for ideas & concepts 
Training 
Community- & Social Media Management 
Evaluation 
Analysis, optimization, extension 
Development 
Workshops, concept, integration of Social 
Benchmarking 
Best practices, competitors, markets 
Trend Research 
Overview, scouting, reports
From startups, to Mittelstand companies, to agencies, to non-profits, to big 
corporations. B2C and B2B. In Germany and other European countries. 
Third Wave combine a deep understanding for culture, 
society, the economy and technology with a pragmatic, 
straightforward approach. 
Extremely competent, super straightforward, refreshingly 
pragmatic. Every project should be as much fun. 
Patricia Strehlke, Head of Marketing Communications, 3A Composites 
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Our Clients 
Robert Stulle, Partner, edenspiekermann 
Working with Third Wave always leads to growth. 
Professionally and personally. 
Sven Weisbrich, CEO, Universal McCann Germany
1.1 The Digital Consumer 
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Understanding the digital consumer is 
the first key to the future of publishing. 
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Digital Life: Today & Tomorrow 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG8KaWxr2gs 
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The Paris Café 
“Imagine you are sitting at a street cafe in Paris. You 
have a copy of Sartre's Being and Nothingness, a copy 
of Le Monde, the newspaper, and next to you, as is often 
the case in Paris, is a cute dog. 
You read philosophy, you read the news, you pet the dog. 
You don't become stupid when you are petting the dog, 
you are just being human! 
And when you read the philosophy you are still worldly. 
And when you read the paper you are still intellectual. 
You talk to your friends at the cafe: sometimes about 
the dog, sometimes about philosophy, sometimes about 
the news, and, yes, sometimes about what you are 
eating for breakfast. 
Humans are complex and have emotional needs, 
intellectual needs, social needs...” 
–Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed 
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Mixed Topics 
Paragraph 
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Streams 
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr … 
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Serendipity as our Guide 
Serendipity means a "happy accident" or 
"pleasant surprise"; specifically, the 
accident of finding something good or 
useful while not specifically searching for it. 
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Newspapers used to own this 
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The Problem: Share of Time 
15 Illustration by Jason Lee for Wired 
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Multiple Devices 
We own multiple gadgets with all 
kinds of screen sizes. 
We use them all, sometimes at 
the same time. 
Context is the key. 
Connection, too. 
We need to optimize our content for the context of the consumption. 
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Multiscreen Patterns by precious
1.2 The Digital Company 
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Becoming a digital company is the 
second key to the future of publishing. 
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Starbucks 
Starbucks is a coffee company with 
a Chief Digital Officer. 
They have one of the strongest brands 
in social media. 
They have created their own apps 
ecosystem with payment solutions. 
They keep experimenting and iterating 
to innovate. 
Starbucks is a coffee company 
that is also a tech company. 
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Adam Brotman 
Chief Digital Officer
Technology will touch everything 
Technology has become an integral part of 
our daily lives. 
Whoever will use it better to serve their 
customers will win. 
Technological understanding must not be 
outsourced. It‘s a key asset. 
It‘s not only about having an IT department. 
Hiring the right people is essential. 
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Gartner Research 
“Marketing has always been an art and a 
science, but the growth in underlying 
technology (marketing analytics, for 
example) requires marketers to have 
access to technology talent.” 
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The Guardian 
Webby Awards for Best Newspaper in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Digital Innovation of the 
Year 2008, 2009. Digital Journalist of the Year 2008, 2009. 
Second largest online newspaper with 
51 million uniques per month (2011). 
2006 first profitable year, mostly from 
advertisement and recruiting. 
Explicitly “Digital First” since 2011. 
Known for its engagement with readers. 
Offers an API (with OAuth) to make 
content available to other publishers. 
Failed with their Facebook social sharing. 
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Emily Bell 
Director of Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia J School. 
Former guardian news & media director of digital content. 
“Be of the web, not just on it.” 
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The Technology Trends 
Big Data. Capture everything. 
Cloud. Have everything online. 
Analytics. Evaluate everything. 
Real-time. Everything faster. 
Payment. Everything but cash. 
Mobile. Everything everywhere. 
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Burberry as a digital media-company 
“Burberry is now as much a media-content company 
as we are a design company.” 
–Christopher Bailey, CCO 
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2.1 The State of Digital Marketing 
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2 Ways to look at Digital Marketing 
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Digital Ad Spending 2012 
Online accounted for 19.5% of global 
advertising expenditure in 2012 and is 
predicted to rise to more than 21% this 
year. 
Digital advertising spend reached $99bn 
worldwide in 2012, a 16.2% increase year-on- 
year. 
This figure is predicted to grow by 14.6% 
to $113.5bn in 2013. 
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Source: GroupM study, March 2013
Print Ad Spending 
Investment in print media continues to lose share 
while digital media investment continues to gain. 
Print accounts for 14 percent of the media day, but 
still attracts about 24% of investment, down from 
48 percent when internet advertising investment 
measurement began in 1995. 
The decline of print advertising reflects falling 
circulations in the old world, but its share of the 
world's media day has been surprisingly stable, 
and even increased in 2011, thanks to China. 
Source: GroupM study, March 2013 
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Digital Ad Spending 
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Source: eMarketer, ComScoreDataMine
Digital Ad Spending 
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Source: eMarketer, ComScoreDataMine
Digital Ad Spending 
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Source: eMarketer, ComScoreDataMine
Digital Ad Spending 
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Source: eMarketer, ComScoreDataMine
Überschrift 
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Digital Marketing – Trends 
It‘s all about Analytics. 
Realtime Optimization. 
Prediction Algorithms. 
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The State of Search 
Content farms 
Algorithm changes 
Personalization 
Google+ and the rankings 
Experts vs. Friends – GraphSearch 
Mobile 
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Native Advertising 
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Native ads strong in Mobile 
Overall spending on mobile advertising in the US, including display, search and 
messaging-based ads served to mobile phones and tablets, will rise 180% this year to top 
$4 billion. 
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Digital Marketing – The Big Picture 
Conversations instead of campaigns 
Most effective when integrated 
Less silos – more departments involved 
Getting closer to the core business 
Becoming part of the product (development) 
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Speed 
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2.2 The State of Social Media Marketing 
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Social Media 2013 
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Facebook Statistics 
618 million daily active users on average in 
December 2012. 
2.5 billion content shares a day on Facebook. 2.7 
billion likes a day on Facebook. 
250 million photos are uploaded to Facebook 
every day. 
More than 250 million people are playing games 
on Facebook every month. 
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Facebook Mobile Statistics 
U.S. desktop users spend an average of around 6 
hours every month on Facebook; mobile users spent 
an average of 11 hours. 
The number of mobile monthly active users of 
Facebook has risen by more than 177% over two 
years, hitting 680 million at the end of December 
2012. 
Ad revenue attributed to Facebook mobile products 
rose from 14% in the third quarter of last year to 23% 
in the fourth quarter. 
Mobile ad revenue on Facebook is expected to reach 
$1 billion this year. 
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The State of Facebook 
The new business model: access to fans. 
Quality of Content is King. 
The new Newsstream: more visual. 
Getting stronger on Mobile. 
Facebook Home. 
Facebook Fatigue & Fasting. 
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Twitter Statistics 
Paragraph 
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The State of Twitter 
The Public Conversation. 
Owning the Platform. 
Again, all about Mobile. 
Teens switching from Facebook 
to Twitter. 
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Up & Coming Social Platforms 
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Tumblr 
Over 100 million user blogs 
have been created. 
Over 44.6 billion posts have 
been published. 
82.7 million posts each day. 
Pinterest 
48 million users worldwide. 
83 per cent are women. 
Pinterest generates over 4x as much 
revenue per click (attributable to first 
touch) as Twitter and 27% more 
revenue per click than Facebook.
More than Marketing Platforms 
Customer Service 
Co-Creation, Crowdfunding 
Community 
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Viral/Spreadable Media 
Virality is an effect, not a format. 
Understanding the nature of Memes. 
Adapting to Memes is key. 
Smart Seeding helps but won‘t 
guarantee success. 
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Dark Social 
20% came from Facebook. 
6% came from Twitter. 
69% of social referrals came 
from dark social. 
Sharing is significantly bigger 
outside of “measurable” social 
networks. 
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Alexis Madrigal 
“The only real way to optimize for social spread 
is in the nature of the content itself.” 
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Senior Editor for Technology at The Atlantic
2.3 The State of Mobile Marketing 
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How to think about mobile. 
1 billion smartphones will be shipped 
globally this year. 
Everything is in flux. 
Mobile is at its infancy. 
Whatever the landscape, technical possibilities 
and ad budgets look right now will have little 
resembles with what will happen in 2 years. 
Look at trends, make an advised decision, 
iterate fast. 
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Stats on mobile: User behavior 
12% of all media consumption time is 
being spent on mobile devices. On 
average, that’ 158 minutes per day. 
(USA) 
Most people look at their phone 
about 150 times a day. 
80-85% of the time being spent 
on mobile devices is being spent 
with apps, 20% in browsers – the 
app has won against the mobile 
web. For now. 
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4 types of mobile apps 
1. Time Wasters 
2. Core Utilities 
3. Episodic Utilities 
4. Notification Apps 
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Source: Cdixon
Time Wasters 
Social Networks. 
Games. 
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Core Utilities 
Apps that you have on the home screen. 
1.Camera 
2. Phone / Contacts 
3. Calendar 
It’s very hard to replace core utilities. Apps that succeed – like Instagram – are extremely 
successful. 
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Episodic Utilities 
Very useful applications that are used in a very 
specific context. Often not on the home screen. 
1. Hipmunk / Kayak to look for flights and / or book 
hotels 
2. OpenTable to make a reservation at a restaurant 
3. Uber / Hailo to call a shuttle service / taxi 
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Notification Apps 
Emerging category. Apps here can be from all three 
previously mentioned categories or completely new ones. 
Through clever use of notifications, apps can bring 
themselves back into the users life without being 
intrusive. 
Important: Context. The better an app understands when 
to send the notification, the more likely it is that the user 
will appreciate it. 
Apps that do it well: 
Foursquare, Quora, Timehop, Day One 
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Stats on mobile: Ad spending 
Worldwide Mobile Advertising Revenue to Reach $11.4 Billion in 2013 
59 percent of mobile users are as 
comfortable with mobile advertising 
as they are with TV and online ads. 
(USA) 
Smartphones and Tablets Represent 
Nearly One-Fourth of All Paid Clicks 
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Mobile Monetization – Good News 
Global Mobile Traffic Growing Rapidly to 10% of Internet Traffic 
Mobile Monetization growing rapidly 
Desktop Internet proved Ad $ follow eyeballs, it just takes time 
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Source: Internet Trends by Mary Meeker, KPCB
Mobile Monetization – Bad News 
Mobile’s effective CPMs are 5 times lower than the desktop ($3.50 versus 
$0.75). 
ARPU (Average Revenue per User) 1.7-5x Lower on Mobile than Desktop 
Google: Mobile growth helping boost clicks but reducing cost per click thus 
constraining revenue growth 
Facebook: Mobile growth helping drive users but constraining ARPU thus 
constraining revenue growth. 
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Source: Internet Trends by Mary Meeker, KPCB
Mobile & Social converging 
While Mobile has still a long way to go, it is increasingly 
becoming a bottleneck for social, sharing and the spread of 
information on the web. 
That creates the problem of having to deal with mobile right 
now without it being as monetizable as classic digital & search. 
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Smartphone vs. Tablet 
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Source: Internet Trends by Mary Meeker, KPCB
Notebook vs. Tablet 
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Tablets will outsell 
notebooks in 2013, 
for the first time ever.
Smartphone vs. Tablet 
Smartphones are being used for tasks while Tablets for consuming richer 
content and leisure experiences. 
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Case: Flipboard 
Aggregates social and classic media 
content 
Lets the user explore topics instead of 
specific outlets 
Focused on exploration 
Since Flipboard 2.0 allows users not 
only to be consumers, but also 
publishers through the newly 
introduced collections feature. 
Every user is now a micro-publisher. 
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Case: Quartz News 
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Quartz News, a business publication 
The Atlantic Group 
Digital only. Tablet first. Smartphone 
second. Web third. Email service. 
Content matches the technological 
setup. Fast, quotable, always visual. 
In the 1st month after launch: 
840.000 unique visitors 
Comparison: The Economist had in 
the same month 8.3 million
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What about Paywalls? 
Paywalls work. 
But only if you have a global Brand. 
Make them porous for Social. 
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The most important Insights for the 
Future of Newspaper Publishers 
Stop thinking like 
a Newspaper Publisher! 
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3.1 Future of Publishing Business Models: 
Not one big idea, but a lot of small ones 
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Not one Big Idea but many small ones. 
No single new idea will replace the old business. 
There will never be a single big revenue source again. 
Stop looking for the one Big Idea. 
Start small. Iterate. Grow. 
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Source: Nieman Journalism Lab
Meinolf Ellers 
“What we all see — newspaper publisher or news agency — is that 
the bundle is eroding, losing its power. The more we see the bundle 
losing market share and reaching the end of its lifecycle, the more 
we have to work on smaller, fragmented products that, not each by 
each, but overall, can compensate. That’s the strategy.” 
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Managing Director, dpa-infocom
Small Product: Marketing Services 
Merchants face the same challenge, understanding 
digital marketing activities like search engine 
optimization, social media and content marketing. 
Newspapers have more experience with digital 
content and distribution than most local merchants. 
Make money by helping local merchants with their 
advertising (in addition to any ads those merchants 
buy on publisher websites or in the paper). 
Some publishers in the US already see up to 10 
percent of their overall digital revenue coming from 
marketing services. 
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Small Product: In-sourcing and distribution 
Using the full capacity of printing and 
distribution resources. 
Instead of having printing machines run 
idle, offer them to other publishers or even 
local vendors. 
Morning News in the US makes about 5 
percent of its revenues from in-sourcing 
(with fair margins). 
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Small Product: Events 
“We are taking a ‘push’ approach to content, and that means 
going to people with content where they live.” 
–Even Smith, Chief Editor and CEO, Texas Tribune 
Organizing events for the readership. 
Revenue via sponsorship and admission fees. 
About 20 percent of the revenue at the Texas Tribune 
right now. 
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Small Product: Syndication 
“I knew I needed multiple revenue streams to 
support our business, and syndication of our original 
content — in a world of rapidly diminishing 
international reporting — seemed like a no-brainer to 
me especially given our pricing flexibility.” 
–Phil Balboni, CEO GlobalPost 
GlobalPost now gets about 12 percent of its 
overall revenue from syndication. 
It shares its correspondents’ posts with about 30 
newspaper, broadcast and other news sites in the 
U.S. and worldwide. 
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Ken Doctor 
Leading News Industry Analyst and Author of Newsonomics 
“In the digital world, news companies need to think of themselves as 
creators, aggregators, and syndicators, doing what they do best, 
licensing with zest and linking to the rest.” 
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Small Product: Ebooks 
Digital technology gives the ability to create 
hundreds and thousands of products at 
small incremental costs. 
Like Ebooks. 
Advertisers can take part as sponsors. 
Guardian Shorts. 
The Atlantic Ebooks. 
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Small Product: Data and Material 
The long-tail of unused material. 
German Ganske group is offering unused 
photo material from their travel guide as stock 
photography. 
The material from their travel guides is also 
available as a database for mapping and 
driving apps. 
Other publishers make their calendar and event 
data available via APIs. 
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3.2 Future of Publishing Business Models: 
Publisher / Agency Model 
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The Slash-Publisher 
As in Publisher-Slash-Agency… 
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VICE – Key facts 
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Founded in 1994 
Print ciculation: 900.000 in over 30 markets 
1.6 Mio subscribes on Youtube 
Production of video content generates most of the 
revenue 
One of the first adopters of the publisher / agency 
model 
Commitment: Content is King
Focus: Virtue 
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Founded in 2006 
Purpose: Instead of focusing on campaigns, Virtue 
helps clients build content that people who interact 
with Vice want to see 
800 full-time employees, 3500 contributors, 15 mio 
worldwide viewers monthly 
Early adopter of the “brands as publishers” model 
Clients: Intel, Mini, Warner Brothers, Adidas, 
Vodafone, Red Bull
Focus: Virtue 
“The insight I had seven years ago is that inside every great brand is an 
idea and that idea used to be solely translated to commercials or print 
ads. We take that idea and turn that into content.” 
–Spencer Baim, Chief Strategic Officer at VICE 
The company has about 60 established shows. 
As Publisher, VICE charges high CPM’s. 
As Agency, it creates custom, expensive content. 
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Monocle 
Paragraph 
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3.3 Future of Publishing Business Models: 
Brands as Publishers 
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Brands as Publishers – Content Marketing 
The basic idea: brands need to do something 
valuable to get something valuable in return. 
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Real content instead of advertising. 
Very few brands understand this. 
Probably nobody does it as well as Red Bull. 
The world has shifted. Owned media is the 
focus. Paid media will not disappear, but 
advertisers will shift their budgets away from it.
Brands as Publishers – Red Bull 
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Content Marketing Maturity Model 
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Red Bull 
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Most other brands 
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Brands as Publishers – Content Marketing 
“…only 38% of brands have a content marketing strategy 
at all, even though 55% of clients surveyed are planning 
one, almost 90% said that content marketing would 
become more important over the next 12 months and 
73% agree that "brands are becoming publishers".” 
–eConsultancy 
Instead of doing all the convincing for brands, Paid 
Media will be reduced to point people to long-term, 
Owned Media engagement by the brands themselves. 
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Brands as Publishers – Bad News 
“Publishers aren’t the only ones with the 
opportunity to monetize their content 
through advertising or sponsorships. 
Brands are encroaching upon this 
territory too.” 
–NewsCred, Brands as Publishers Whitepaper 
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Brands as Publishers – Approach 
Advancements in curation technology, semantic 
analysis and NLP (natural language processing) 
are enabling brands to create smarter, faster and 
more targeted content strategies. 
Instead of building up huge editorial teams, some 
brands rely on outsourcing and technology. This 
is both a challenge and opportunity for publishers. 
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Brands as Publishers – Pepsi 
87% growth in traffic in just 1 month! 
In Pepsi Pulse, a multimedia 
entertainment platform hosted at 
Pepsi.com, the company blended new 
technology with a decades-long 
commitment to supporting 
musicians. 
Pepsi partnered with NewsCred to license and curate content. Using 
NewsCred’s semantic technology and API, they were able to customize the 
site to a number of hyperlocal markets and launch it in just 3 weeks. 
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Brands as Publishers – NewsCred 
NewsCred connects publishers and brands 
with the world’s best journalism. 
NewsCred licenses, curates and syndicates full-text news articles, 
images and videos from over 900 of the world’s highest quality sources 
—ranging from original work by award-winning columnists to captivating 
editorials from publishers like The Economist, The Guardian, Forbes, 
Bloomberg and many more. 
Combination of a experienced editorial team and a powerful semantic 
technology that filters and customizes thousands of articles every day. 
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Überschrift 
Brands as Publishers – Rules of Engagement 
Conversation over dictation. 
Platform over distribution. 
Services over product. 
Iteration over perfection. 
Engagement over consumption. 
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Überschrift 
Brands as Publishers – Bad News 
By following those rules and using 
modern technology, brands will soon be 
able to provide enough content that will 
make it hard for classic publishers to 
maintain their superiority in content 
development and audience. 
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3.4 Best Practice in Future of Publishing: 
Buzzfeed 
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Buzzfeed – Key figures 
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Founded in 2006. 
225 employees, 80 Editorial. 
40 Mio. unique visitors per month, 
primarily through social. 
Over 40% through mobile. 
100% of revenue is social content 
marketing – there are no banner ads 
on Buzzfeed.
Buzzfeed – Verticals 
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Launched multiple verticals 
Venturing into serious journalism, 
hired known reports 
Converging humor and serious 
reporting even inside the verticals, not 
only across the platform
Buzzfeed – Insights 
Main target group: Bored-at-Work 
Network which is larger than the audience 
of BBC or CNN. 
Maximization of Content 
Spread = Buzzfeed starves content that 
isn’t getting traction, and fuel the content 
that is taking off. 
BuzzFeed also uses machine learning to predict social hits so they know. 
BuzzFeed uses dashboards to help editors train their intuition of what might 
work. 
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Buzzfeed – Insights 
“Once people reacted, they are much more likely to spread to share.” 
–Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed 
Buzzfeed operates like the Paris Café – 
people are looking at photos of cute 
kittens and scoops in the political 
landscape on Buzzfeed 
Buzzfeed has buttons for emotions – 
make it easier for people to determine 
how they feel about the content that they 
are seeing 
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Buzzfeed – Insights Business 
Editors never touch brand content, but 
brands have to learn how to work as 
publishers / editors. 
Brands are held to a higher bar where they 
must have content that people actually want 
to click on and read. 
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It all works through the same CMS. 
Brands get a dashboard that shows how 
much earned media they are getting.
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10178 Berlin 
Germany 
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The Future of News Publishing

  • 1. 1
  • 2. The Future of News Publishing A Third Wave Report – April 2013 2
  • 3. Introduction In spring 2013, we conducted a workshop for a large newspaper. They had needed an outside perspective on the state of publishing, social media, digital etc. So we used that opportunity to put all our favorite cases and insights from the media industry into this one deck. It has been fascinating to observe how publishers all over the world have started to implement a lot of the ideas, we’ve mentioned here. More then one year later, we’re still coming back to this presentation constantly. This is why we have decided to release it to the public. Enjoy, Third Wave PS: We have started a podcast (in German) that covers a lot of the topics mentioned in this deck. Third Wave GmbH 3 4/2013
  • 4. Content The Digital Consumer & The Digital Company The two key insights for future success in publishing (and beyond) 1 The State of Digital, Social Media and Mobile Marketing Overview, data, challenges, opportunities, etc. 2 Future Publishing Business Models • Not one Big Idea, but a few small ones • The Publisher/Agency model • Brands as Publisher Third Wave GmbH 4 4/2013 3
  • 5. Hi, we are Third Wave. As a consultancy and think tank, we translate technological developments into new strategies for the digital context. Our Services: Business Communication Product More about Third Wave: A profile by German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost 5 Business Models Workshops, development, evaluation Social Business Design Corporate Social Media, Enterprise 2.0 Competitor Evaluation Products, processes, brands Change Management Team structures, process optimization Communication Strategies Web, Social Media, mobile, CRM, analytics Social Media Strategies Platform & content, team setup, KPI Evaluation Analysis & feedback for ideas & concepts Training Community- & Social Media Management Evaluation Analysis, optimization, extension Development Workshops, concept, integration of Social Benchmarking Best practices, competitors, markets Trend Research Overview, scouting, reports
  • 6. From startups, to Mittelstand companies, to agencies, to non-profits, to big corporations. B2C and B2B. In Germany and other European countries. Third Wave combine a deep understanding for culture, society, the economy and technology with a pragmatic, straightforward approach. Extremely competent, super straightforward, refreshingly pragmatic. Every project should be as much fun. Patricia Strehlke, Head of Marketing Communications, 3A Composites 6 Our Clients Robert Stulle, Partner, edenspiekermann Working with Third Wave always leads to growth. Professionally and personally. Sven Weisbrich, CEO, Universal McCann Germany
  • 7. 1.1 The Digital Consumer 7
  • 8. Understanding the digital consumer is the first key to the future of publishing. Third Wave GmbH 8 4/2013
  • 9. Digital Life: Today & Tomorrow Paragraph http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG8KaWxr2gs Third Wave GmbH 9 4/2013
  • 10. The Paris Café “Imagine you are sitting at a street cafe in Paris. You have a copy of Sartre's Being and Nothingness, a copy of Le Monde, the newspaper, and next to you, as is often the case in Paris, is a cute dog. You read philosophy, you read the news, you pet the dog. You don't become stupid when you are petting the dog, you are just being human! And when you read the philosophy you are still worldly. And when you read the paper you are still intellectual. You talk to your friends at the cafe: sometimes about the dog, sometimes about philosophy, sometimes about the news, and, yes, sometimes about what you are eating for breakfast. Humans are complex and have emotional needs, intellectual needs, social needs...” –Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed Third Wave GmbH 10 4/2013
  • 12. Streams Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr … 12
  • 13. Serendipity as our Guide Serendipity means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. Third Wave GmbH 13 4/2013
  • 14. Newspapers used to own this 14
  • 15. The Problem: Share of Time 15 Illustration by Jason Lee for Wired Third Wave GmbH 4/2013
  • 16. Multiple Devices We own multiple gadgets with all kinds of screen sizes. We use them all, sometimes at the same time. Context is the key. Connection, too. We need to optimize our content for the context of the consumption. Third Wave GmbH 16 4/2013 Multiscreen Patterns by precious
  • 17. 1.2 The Digital Company 17
  • 18. Becoming a digital company is the second key to the future of publishing. Third Wave GmbH 18 4/2013
  • 19. Starbucks Starbucks is a coffee company with a Chief Digital Officer. They have one of the strongest brands in social media. They have created their own apps ecosystem with payment solutions. They keep experimenting and iterating to innovate. Starbucks is a coffee company that is also a tech company. Third Wave GmbH 19 4/2013 Adam Brotman Chief Digital Officer
  • 20. Technology will touch everything Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. Whoever will use it better to serve their customers will win. Technological understanding must not be outsourced. It‘s a key asset. It‘s not only about having an IT department. Hiring the right people is essential. Third Wave GmbH 20 4/2013
  • 21. Gartner Research “Marketing has always been an art and a science, but the growth in underlying technology (marketing analytics, for example) requires marketers to have access to technology talent.” Third Wave GmbH 21 4/2013
  • 22. The Guardian Webby Awards for Best Newspaper in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Digital Innovation of the Year 2008, 2009. Digital Journalist of the Year 2008, 2009. Second largest online newspaper with 51 million uniques per month (2011). 2006 first profitable year, mostly from advertisement and recruiting. Explicitly “Digital First” since 2011. Known for its engagement with readers. Offers an API (with OAuth) to make content available to other publishers. Failed with their Facebook social sharing. Third Wave GmbH 22 4/2013
  • 23. Emily Bell Director of Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia J School. Former guardian news & media director of digital content. “Be of the web, not just on it.” Third Wave GmbH 23 4/2013
  • 24. The Technology Trends Big Data. Capture everything. Cloud. Have everything online. Analytics. Evaluate everything. Real-time. Everything faster. Payment. Everything but cash. Mobile. Everything everywhere. Third Wave GmbH 24 4/2013
  • 25. Burberry as a digital media-company “Burberry is now as much a media-content company as we are a design company.” –Christopher Bailey, CCO Third Wave GmbH 25 4/2013
  • 26. 2.1 The State of Digital Marketing 26
  • 27. 2 Ways to look at Digital Marketing Third Wave GmbH 27 4/2013
  • 28. Digital Ad Spending 2012 Online accounted for 19.5% of global advertising expenditure in 2012 and is predicted to rise to more than 21% this year. Digital advertising spend reached $99bn worldwide in 2012, a 16.2% increase year-on- year. This figure is predicted to grow by 14.6% to $113.5bn in 2013. Third Wave GmbH 28 4/2013 Source: GroupM study, March 2013
  • 29. Print Ad Spending Investment in print media continues to lose share while digital media investment continues to gain. Print accounts for 14 percent of the media day, but still attracts about 24% of investment, down from 48 percent when internet advertising investment measurement began in 1995. The decline of print advertising reflects falling circulations in the old world, but its share of the world's media day has been surprisingly stable, and even increased in 2011, thanks to China. Source: GroupM study, March 2013 Third Wave GmbH 29 4/2013
  • 30. Digital Ad Spending Third Wave GmbH 30 4/2013 Source: eMarketer, ComScoreDataMine
  • 31. Digital Ad Spending Third Wave GmbH 31 4/2013 Source: eMarketer, ComScoreDataMine
  • 32. Digital Ad Spending Third Wave GmbH 32 4/2013 Source: eMarketer, ComScoreDataMine
  • 33. Digital Ad Spending Third Wave GmbH 33 4/2013 Source: eMarketer, ComScoreDataMine
  • 34. Überschrift Paragraph Third Wave GmbH 34 4/2013
  • 35. Digital Marketing – Trends It‘s all about Analytics. Realtime Optimization. Prediction Algorithms. Third Wave GmbH 35 4/2013
  • 36. The State of Search Content farms Algorithm changes Personalization Google+ and the rankings Experts vs. Friends – GraphSearch Mobile Third Wave GmbH 36 4/2013
  • 37. Native Advertising Third Wave GmbH 37 4/2013
  • 38. Native ads strong in Mobile Overall spending on mobile advertising in the US, including display, search and messaging-based ads served to mobile phones and tablets, will rise 180% this year to top $4 billion. Third Wave GmbH 38 4/2013
  • 39. Digital Marketing – The Big Picture Conversations instead of campaigns Most effective when integrated Less silos – more departments involved Getting closer to the core business Becoming part of the product (development) Third Wave GmbH 39 4/2013
  • 40. Speed Paragraph Third Wave GmbH 40 4/2013
  • 41. 2.2 The State of Social Media Marketing 41
  • 42. Social Media 2013 Third Wave GmbH 42 4/2013
  • 43. Facebook Statistics 618 million daily active users on average in December 2012. 2.5 billion content shares a day on Facebook. 2.7 billion likes a day on Facebook. 250 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. More than 250 million people are playing games on Facebook every month. Third Wave GmbH 43 4/2013
  • 44. Facebook Mobile Statistics U.S. desktop users spend an average of around 6 hours every month on Facebook; mobile users spent an average of 11 hours. The number of mobile monthly active users of Facebook has risen by more than 177% over two years, hitting 680 million at the end of December 2012. Ad revenue attributed to Facebook mobile products rose from 14% in the third quarter of last year to 23% in the fourth quarter. Mobile ad revenue on Facebook is expected to reach $1 billion this year. Third Wave GmbH 44 4/2013
  • 45. The State of Facebook The new business model: access to fans. Quality of Content is King. The new Newsstream: more visual. Getting stronger on Mobile. Facebook Home. Facebook Fatigue & Fasting. Third Wave GmbH 45 4/2013
  • 46. Twitter Statistics Paragraph Third Wave GmbH 46 4/2013
  • 47. The State of Twitter The Public Conversation. Owning the Platform. Again, all about Mobile. Teens switching from Facebook to Twitter. Third Wave GmbH 47 4/2013
  • 48. Up & Coming Social Platforms Third Wave GmbH 48 4/2013 Tumblr Over 100 million user blogs have been created. Over 44.6 billion posts have been published. 82.7 million posts each day. Pinterest 48 million users worldwide. 83 per cent are women. Pinterest generates over 4x as much revenue per click (attributable to first touch) as Twitter and 27% more revenue per click than Facebook.
  • 49. More than Marketing Platforms Customer Service Co-Creation, Crowdfunding Community Third Wave GmbH 49 4/2013
  • 50. Viral/Spreadable Media Virality is an effect, not a format. Understanding the nature of Memes. Adapting to Memes is key. Smart Seeding helps but won‘t guarantee success. Third Wave GmbH 50 4/2013
  • 51. Dark Social 20% came from Facebook. 6% came from Twitter. 69% of social referrals came from dark social. Sharing is significantly bigger outside of “measurable” social networks. Third Wave GmbH 51 4/2013
  • 52. Alexis Madrigal “The only real way to optimize for social spread is in the nature of the content itself.” Third Wave GmbH 52 4/2013 Senior Editor for Technology at The Atlantic
  • 53. 2.3 The State of Mobile Marketing 53
  • 54. How to think about mobile. 1 billion smartphones will be shipped globally this year. Everything is in flux. Mobile is at its infancy. Whatever the landscape, technical possibilities and ad budgets look right now will have little resembles with what will happen in 2 years. Look at trends, make an advised decision, iterate fast. Third Wave GmbH 54 4/2013
  • 55. Stats on mobile: User behavior 12% of all media consumption time is being spent on mobile devices. On average, that’ 158 minutes per day. (USA) Most people look at their phone about 150 times a day. 80-85% of the time being spent on mobile devices is being spent with apps, 20% in browsers – the app has won against the mobile web. For now. Third Wave GmbH 55 4/2013
  • 56. 4 types of mobile apps 1. Time Wasters 2. Core Utilities 3. Episodic Utilities 4. Notification Apps Third Wave GmbH 56 4/2013 Source: Cdixon
  • 57. Time Wasters Social Networks. Games. Third Wave GmbH 4/2013 57
  • 58. Core Utilities Apps that you have on the home screen. 1.Camera 2. Phone / Contacts 3. Calendar It’s very hard to replace core utilities. Apps that succeed – like Instagram – are extremely successful. Third Wave GmbH 58 4/2013
  • 59. Episodic Utilities Very useful applications that are used in a very specific context. Often not on the home screen. 1. Hipmunk / Kayak to look for flights and / or book hotels 2. OpenTable to make a reservation at a restaurant 3. Uber / Hailo to call a shuttle service / taxi Third Wave GmbH 59 4/2013
  • 60. Notification Apps Emerging category. Apps here can be from all three previously mentioned categories or completely new ones. Through clever use of notifications, apps can bring themselves back into the users life without being intrusive. Important: Context. The better an app understands when to send the notification, the more likely it is that the user will appreciate it. Apps that do it well: Foursquare, Quora, Timehop, Day One Third Wave GmbH 60 4/2013
  • 61. Stats on mobile: Ad spending Worldwide Mobile Advertising Revenue to Reach $11.4 Billion in 2013 59 percent of mobile users are as comfortable with mobile advertising as they are with TV and online ads. (USA) Smartphones and Tablets Represent Nearly One-Fourth of All Paid Clicks Third Wave GmbH 61 4/2013
  • 62. Mobile Monetization – Good News Global Mobile Traffic Growing Rapidly to 10% of Internet Traffic Mobile Monetization growing rapidly Desktop Internet proved Ad $ follow eyeballs, it just takes time Third Wave GmbH 62 4/2013 Source: Internet Trends by Mary Meeker, KPCB
  • 63. Mobile Monetization – Bad News Mobile’s effective CPMs are 5 times lower than the desktop ($3.50 versus $0.75). ARPU (Average Revenue per User) 1.7-5x Lower on Mobile than Desktop Google: Mobile growth helping boost clicks but reducing cost per click thus constraining revenue growth Facebook: Mobile growth helping drive users but constraining ARPU thus constraining revenue growth. Third Wave GmbH 4/2013 63 Source: Internet Trends by Mary Meeker, KPCB
  • 64. Mobile & Social converging While Mobile has still a long way to go, it is increasingly becoming a bottleneck for social, sharing and the spread of information on the web. That creates the problem of having to deal with mobile right now without it being as monetizable as classic digital & search. Third Wave GmbH 64 4/2013
  • 65. Smartphone vs. Tablet Third Wave GmbH 65 4/2013 Source: Internet Trends by Mary Meeker, KPCB
  • 66. Notebook vs. Tablet Third Wave GmbH 66 4/2013 Tablets will outsell notebooks in 2013, for the first time ever.
  • 67. Smartphone vs. Tablet Smartphones are being used for tasks while Tablets for consuming richer content and leisure experiences. Third Wave GmbH 67 4/2013
  • 68. Case: Flipboard Aggregates social and classic media content Lets the user explore topics instead of specific outlets Focused on exploration Since Flipboard 2.0 allows users not only to be consumers, but also publishers through the newly introduced collections feature. Every user is now a micro-publisher. Third Wave GmbH 68 4/2013
  • 69. Case: Quartz News Third Wave GmbH 4/2013 69 Quartz News, a business publication The Atlantic Group Digital only. Tablet first. Smartphone second. Web third. Email service. Content matches the technological setup. Fast, quotable, always visual. In the 1st month after launch: 840.000 unique visitors Comparison: The Economist had in the same month 8.3 million
  • 70. 3 Future Publishing Business Models 70
  • 71. What about Paywalls? Paywalls work. But only if you have a global Brand. Make them porous for Social. Third Wave GmbH 71 4/2013
  • 72. The most important Insights for the Future of Newspaper Publishers Stop thinking like a Newspaper Publisher! Third Wave GmbH 72 4/2013
  • 73. 3.1 Future of Publishing Business Models: Not one big idea, but a lot of small ones 73
  • 74. Not one Big Idea but many small ones. No single new idea will replace the old business. There will never be a single big revenue source again. Stop looking for the one Big Idea. Start small. Iterate. Grow. Third Wave GmbH 74 4/2013 Source: Nieman Journalism Lab
  • 75. Meinolf Ellers “What we all see — newspaper publisher or news agency — is that the bundle is eroding, losing its power. The more we see the bundle losing market share and reaching the end of its lifecycle, the more we have to work on smaller, fragmented products that, not each by each, but overall, can compensate. That’s the strategy.” Third Wave GmbH 75 4/2013 Managing Director, dpa-infocom
  • 76. Small Product: Marketing Services Merchants face the same challenge, understanding digital marketing activities like search engine optimization, social media and content marketing. Newspapers have more experience with digital content and distribution than most local merchants. Make money by helping local merchants with their advertising (in addition to any ads those merchants buy on publisher websites or in the paper). Some publishers in the US already see up to 10 percent of their overall digital revenue coming from marketing services. Third Wave GmbH 76 4/2013
  • 77. Small Product: In-sourcing and distribution Using the full capacity of printing and distribution resources. Instead of having printing machines run idle, offer them to other publishers or even local vendors. Morning News in the US makes about 5 percent of its revenues from in-sourcing (with fair margins). Third Wave GmbH 77 4/2013
  • 78. Small Product: Events “We are taking a ‘push’ approach to content, and that means going to people with content where they live.” –Even Smith, Chief Editor and CEO, Texas Tribune Organizing events for the readership. Revenue via sponsorship and admission fees. About 20 percent of the revenue at the Texas Tribune right now. Third Wave GmbH 78 4/2013
  • 79. Small Product: Syndication “I knew I needed multiple revenue streams to support our business, and syndication of our original content — in a world of rapidly diminishing international reporting — seemed like a no-brainer to me especially given our pricing flexibility.” –Phil Balboni, CEO GlobalPost GlobalPost now gets about 12 percent of its overall revenue from syndication. It shares its correspondents’ posts with about 30 newspaper, broadcast and other news sites in the U.S. and worldwide. Third Wave GmbH 79 4/2013
  • 80. Ken Doctor Leading News Industry Analyst and Author of Newsonomics “In the digital world, news companies need to think of themselves as creators, aggregators, and syndicators, doing what they do best, licensing with zest and linking to the rest.” Third Wave GmbH 80 4/2013
  • 81. Small Product: Ebooks Digital technology gives the ability to create hundreds and thousands of products at small incremental costs. Like Ebooks. Advertisers can take part as sponsors. Guardian Shorts. The Atlantic Ebooks. Third Wave GmbH 81 4/2013
  • 82. Small Product: Data and Material The long-tail of unused material. German Ganske group is offering unused photo material from their travel guide as stock photography. The material from their travel guides is also available as a database for mapping and driving apps. Other publishers make their calendar and event data available via APIs. Third Wave GmbH 82 4/2013
  • 83. 3.2 Future of Publishing Business Models: Publisher / Agency Model 83
  • 84. The Slash-Publisher As in Publisher-Slash-Agency… 84
  • 85. VICE – Key facts Third Wave GmbH 85 4/2013 Founded in 1994 Print ciculation: 900.000 in over 30 markets 1.6 Mio subscribes on Youtube Production of video content generates most of the revenue One of the first adopters of the publisher / agency model Commitment: Content is King
  • 86. Focus: Virtue Third Wave GmbH 86 4/2013 Founded in 2006 Purpose: Instead of focusing on campaigns, Virtue helps clients build content that people who interact with Vice want to see 800 full-time employees, 3500 contributors, 15 mio worldwide viewers monthly Early adopter of the “brands as publishers” model Clients: Intel, Mini, Warner Brothers, Adidas, Vodafone, Red Bull
  • 87. Focus: Virtue “The insight I had seven years ago is that inside every great brand is an idea and that idea used to be solely translated to commercials or print ads. We take that idea and turn that into content.” –Spencer Baim, Chief Strategic Officer at VICE The company has about 60 established shows. As Publisher, VICE charges high CPM’s. As Agency, it creates custom, expensive content. Third Wave GmbH 87 4/2013
  • 88. Monocle Paragraph Third Wave GmbH 88 4/2013
  • 89. 3.3 Future of Publishing Business Models: Brands as Publishers 89
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  • 91. Brands as Publishers – Content Marketing The basic idea: brands need to do something valuable to get something valuable in return. Third Wave GmbH 91 4/2013 Real content instead of advertising. Very few brands understand this. Probably nobody does it as well as Red Bull. The world has shifted. Owned media is the focus. Paid media will not disappear, but advertisers will shift their budgets away from it.
  • 92. Brands as Publishers – Red Bull Third Wave GmbH 92 4/2013
  • 93. Content Marketing Maturity Model Third Wave GmbH 93 4/2013
  • 94. Red Bull Third Wave GmbH 94 4/2013
  • 95. Most other brands Third Wave GmbH 95 4/2013
  • 96. Brands as Publishers – Content Marketing “…only 38% of brands have a content marketing strategy at all, even though 55% of clients surveyed are planning one, almost 90% said that content marketing would become more important over the next 12 months and 73% agree that "brands are becoming publishers".” –eConsultancy Instead of doing all the convincing for brands, Paid Media will be reduced to point people to long-term, Owned Media engagement by the brands themselves. Third Wave GmbH 96 4/2013
  • 97. Brands as Publishers – Bad News “Publishers aren’t the only ones with the opportunity to monetize their content through advertising or sponsorships. Brands are encroaching upon this territory too.” –NewsCred, Brands as Publishers Whitepaper Third Wave GmbH 97 4/2013
  • 98. Brands as Publishers – Approach Advancements in curation technology, semantic analysis and NLP (natural language processing) are enabling brands to create smarter, faster and more targeted content strategies. Instead of building up huge editorial teams, some brands rely on outsourcing and technology. This is both a challenge and opportunity for publishers. Third Wave GmbH 98 4/2013
  • 99. Brands as Publishers – Pepsi 87% growth in traffic in just 1 month! In Pepsi Pulse, a multimedia entertainment platform hosted at Pepsi.com, the company blended new technology with a decades-long commitment to supporting musicians. Pepsi partnered with NewsCred to license and curate content. Using NewsCred’s semantic technology and API, they were able to customize the site to a number of hyperlocal markets and launch it in just 3 weeks. Third Wave GmbH 99 4/2013
  • 100. Brands as Publishers – NewsCred NewsCred connects publishers and brands with the world’s best journalism. NewsCred licenses, curates and syndicates full-text news articles, images and videos from over 900 of the world’s highest quality sources —ranging from original work by award-winning columnists to captivating editorials from publishers like The Economist, The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg and many more. Combination of a experienced editorial team and a powerful semantic technology that filters and customizes thousands of articles every day. Third Wave GmbH 100 4/2013
  • 101. Überschrift Brands as Publishers – Rules of Engagement Conversation over dictation. Platform over distribution. Services over product. Iteration over perfection. Engagement over consumption. Third Wave GmbH 101 4/2013
  • 102. Überschrift Brands as Publishers – Bad News By following those rules and using modern technology, brands will soon be able to provide enough content that will make it hard for classic publishers to maintain their superiority in content development and audience. Third Wave GmbH 102 4/2013
  • 103. 3.4 Best Practice in Future of Publishing: Buzzfeed 103
  • 104. Buzzfeed – Key figures Third Wave GmbH 104 4/2013 Founded in 2006. 225 employees, 80 Editorial. 40 Mio. unique visitors per month, primarily through social. Over 40% through mobile. 100% of revenue is social content marketing – there are no banner ads on Buzzfeed.
  • 105. Buzzfeed – Verticals Third Wave GmbH 105 4/2013 Launched multiple verticals Venturing into serious journalism, hired known reports Converging humor and serious reporting even inside the verticals, not only across the platform
  • 106. Buzzfeed – Insights Main target group: Bored-at-Work Network which is larger than the audience of BBC or CNN. Maximization of Content Spread = Buzzfeed starves content that isn’t getting traction, and fuel the content that is taking off. BuzzFeed also uses machine learning to predict social hits so they know. BuzzFeed uses dashboards to help editors train their intuition of what might work. Third Wave GmbH 106 4/2013
  • 107. Buzzfeed – Insights “Once people reacted, they are much more likely to spread to share.” –Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed Buzzfeed operates like the Paris Café – people are looking at photos of cute kittens and scoops in the political landscape on Buzzfeed Buzzfeed has buttons for emotions – make it easier for people to determine how they feel about the content that they are seeing Third Wave GmbH 107 4/2013
  • 108. Buzzfeed – Insights Business Editors never touch brand content, but brands have to learn how to work as publishers / editors. Brands are held to a higher bar where they must have content that people actually want to click on and read. Third Wave GmbH 108 4/2013 It all works through the same CMS. Brands get a dashboard that shows how much earned media they are getting.
  • 109. Third Wave GmbH Rosenthaler Str. 34/35 10178 Berlin Germany info@thirdwaveberlin.com 109