Digital—readers, advertising, revenue—is growing, but publishers are managing that growth in different ways depending on where their value propositions lie.For a news-driven operation, that could mean emphasizing speed and developing paid products in niche verticals. It could be offering extensions like e-commerce and education for service-oriented publications.Other elements are universal. Content is consumed differently on mobile devices; data collection makes targeted advertising possible. Publishers from different pockets of the industry discussed where they’re finding value in digital at the DeSilva+Phillips Dealmakers Summit on Thursday. Rob Grimshaw, managing director of the Financial Times website, FT.com, Inbar Barak, SVP of digital programming and strategy at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, John Brown, Chief Digital Officer for Taunton Press, and Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines Digital, were on the panel moderated by Miriam Gottfried, Heard on the Street columnist at The Wall Street Journal.—On adapting your content for mobile: “People consume content on mobile in fundamentally different ways from how they do on desktops,” Grimshaw says. “It really is a revolution. The device is always with you and you use it habitually—people pick up their mobile device, I think, 150 times a day—and every time you expect a quick, bite-sized update.”They’re not the only ones, but Grimshaw’s team has developed a product, fastFT, specifically for that purpose. It’s staffed 24-hours-a-day, providing a continuously-updated stream of condensed news summaries.Taunton has approached the problem by going responsive, Brown says. They’re looking at what kind of experiences can be adapted to mobile, but for now, none of it is mobile-specific.”Mobile has forced a simplification of the reading experience,” Young says. “In addition to shorter, bite-sized [content], we’re seeing the death of the right rail.”On adding talent through acquisitions: As publishing and technology continue to merge, finding the right technical expertise has become a challenge, Young says, calling many SaaS companies potential targets for publishers.”It’s a New York problem and it’s a media problem,” he says. How much mobile traffic do you get?Grimshaw, FT: “We’re seeing an enormous shift toward mobile consumption and tablets,” he says, putting it at about 40 percent of total traffic. It’ll be more than half by the middle of this year though. It’s already crossed that threshold (58 percent) for core subscribers only.Young, Hearst: Mobile audiences account for as much as three-quarters of the total readership for Hearst, Young says.Brown, Taunton: Brown says Taunton gets about 38 percent of its traffic from devices at the moment. They’re not a news-driven business though, so it hasn’t been imperative to this point.Barak, MSLO: Mobile readership is close to 50 percent right now for MSLO, and is projected to cross that mark by midyear. Right now the focus is on figuring out new ways to reach the user: “We have this tremendous opportunity to figure out how else to embed this in your life.”On paywalls: “Doing a paywall well is hard, but deciding to do it is an easy decision,” Brown says. “It solves itself from a business-model standpoint.”One of Taunton’s properties, Fine Cooking, just took its paywall down because the epicurean space is crowded right now, he says. Meanwhile, paywalls are thriving for most of the company’s other brands.Paywalls aren’t the solution for Hearst, Young says—the markets they occupy are too competitive. While that takes the paywall solution off the table, it’s forced them to look into other revenue streams like e-commerce.”Paywalls aren’t the solution for every media out there,” Grimshaw says. “But the big thing for publishers is diversifying their businesses.”On e-commerce: It’s been growing rapidly for MSLO, Barak says. Paywalls won’t work for them—”You don’t really want to read about organizing,” she says—but they’re in the solutions business. They give you the information you need to buy and then the option to purchase.On education: Taunton is focusing on real-time interaction with its consumers. They’ve been in the digital learning space for years through video and how-to guides, but now they’re making instructors available on-demand. The project is in beta, Brown says.On developing niche verticals: With digital distribution costing so much less than print, if you can occupy a number of niches, you can build a business with scale, Grimshaw says. Marketing those verticals is easier when you’re building them off of an already-established core though. The FT’s regional intelligence vertical for China, for example, is marketed to people spending a lot of time on FT.com’s unpaid China pages.More on this topic Rob Grimshaw Paywalls Versus Advertising? Why Not Both? 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Core processesJaguar Land Rover: Virtual road load dataTata Motors and Tata Steel: Indigenous development of advanced high strength steelTitan Company: Smart fusion – in-house laser welding automation Awards in the other three categories were given as under:In the piloted technologies category, the award went to:Tata Consultancy Services: Microbiome-based diagnostics: Preterm birth and CRCIn the dare to try category, the award went to:Tata Steel (Europe): Superhydrophobic bacterial coatingsThe design honour category award went to:Jaguar Land Rover: Push lock-pull open door latch for interior paintTata Consultancy Services: Next gen customer experience in industrial serviceTata Steel: Dual discharge wagons – debottlenecking logistics. A name board is pictured at the entrance of Bombay House, headquarters of Tata Group, in Mumbai, India October 27, 2016.Reuters fileTata companies have showcased over 3,300 implemented innovations in its annual Innovista programme, representing a growth of 110 percent in two years. A significant number of these innovations incorporate digital technologies, particularly in the areas of industrial automation, customer experience enhancement and advanced engineering simulations, the Tata group said on Thursday.Commenting on the rate of innovation in Tata companies, Dr Gopichand Katragadda, group chief technology officer, Tata Sons, said, “Our industries are in in the midst of tectonic shifts driven by the democratisation of digital, automation of decisions, and a focus on the environment. The Tata group has continued to lead in intellectual property generation from artificial intelligence to microbiomics and from driver assist technologies to new 2D materials. I am happy to see the Tata group companies leverage digital extensively in their innovations, while also pushing the limits of adopting emerging science and materials.”The implemented innovations include new products, new services, core processes, support processes and design.Examples in industrial automation, incorporating digital, include TCS’s embedded security for internet of things (IoT) devices, Tata Steel’s smart desulphurisation utilising infrared thermal imaging camera and image processing algorithms, and Tata Motors tyre life extension that leveraged real-world road usage data to incorporate realistic wear patterns into the design process, utilising digital approaches.Indian Hotels showcased the Taj VR experience and Taj.Live, both of which employ digital tools to enhance customer service processes through immersive experiences and social listening. TCS demonstrated Access Infinity, incorporating digital workflow and functionality to enable accessible media for the print disabled.Digital innovations in the engineering simulation were well showcased by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which used 3D simulations of automotive components’ performance under virtual road conditions to significantly improve design timelines. JLR also presented pedestrian automatic braking system using a stereo camera and algorithms for driver assist.Companies also showcased advanced R&D at the intersection of biology, computing and materials. Superhydrophobic material coatings by Tata Steel Europe attempted a coating technology using proteins produced by bacteria to prevent corrosion for organic coated steel. TCS presented potentially revolutionary microbiome-based bio-markers to flag those at a high risk for preterm birth and those at high risk for colorectal cancer.These innovations were showcased through the multi-stage and multi-country Tata Innovista 2017, a group-wide programme held annually by the Tata Innovation Forum (TIF). The TIF is tasked with encouraging the culture of innovation in Tata companies, and Tata Innovista is the platform which recognises outstanding innovations by Tata companies under four broad categories: implemented innovations, piloted technologies, dare to try, and design honour.Implemented innovations are those that have been successfully implemented and have accrued benefits to the businesses. Piloted technologies are at various stages of development and promise to deliver significant benefits after implementation. The dare to try category comprises courageous attempts that did not achieve the desired results but have potential for success. The design honour category comprises innovations focusing on design thinking.Tata Innovista 2017 AwardsFrom 52 Tata companies from across 22 countries who submitted their projects in Tata Innovista 2017, 36 Tata companies reached the second round. The projects in the second round, held in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, London, Novi (USA), and Bangkok, were judged by eminent external experts, and 51 teams from 18 Tata companies were shortlisted for the final global round that took place in Mumbai.The awards for the implemented innovations category, including its sub-categories, were given to:New productsTata Chemicals: Low oil absorb besan: A simple path towards healthTata Global Beverages: Eight O’clock coffee infusionsTata Steel: Smart raking system for DS in steel making shop New servicesTata Consultancy Services: Access infinity – accessible content ecosystemTata Consultancy Services: Embedded secure element – digital transformation Support processesTata Power Delhi Distribution: Leaders from learners
UN logoThe UN Security Council has been given green lights for visits this month to Myanmar and Bangladesh, where it expects to focus on the beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority, as well as to Iraq.Peru’s UN ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra is the council president for April. He told reporters Monday that details and timing of the separate visits are being worked out.He said council members hope to visit Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingyas lived before fleeing to Bangladesh to escape a brutal military counterinsurgency campaign – and thousands still remain.Meza-Cuadra said Iraq needs international support “for rebuilding the country and to ensure reconciliation” following “significant progress” in fighting terrorism, including the Islamic State extremist group. He also noted that Iraqi elections are scheduled in May.
Share Former President George H.W. Bush is complimenting the medical workers helping him recover from an infection at Houston Methodist Hospital. But he said that once doctors give him the OK to leave, “I’m outta here.”Quite moved by this announcement by @MethodistHosp. The atrium is beautiful, but recent developments notwithstanding I have not taken up residence here. The doctors, nurses and support staff are so nice, but the second I get the green light I’m outta here. https://t.co/VkWHmxzI6c— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) May 3, 2018The 93-year-old Bush was admitted to the Methodist on April 22, the day after attending the funeral for his wife, Barbara. The pair were married for 73 years.Bush tweeted on Thursday that everyone at the hospital has been “so nice,” and that he was especially moved when a three-story atrium at the hospital was named to honor him and his late wife.But he jokes that he doesn’t want people to think he’s “taken up residence” at the hospital.Family spokesman Jim McGrath has said the nation’s 41st president has been regaining his strength.