Aug. 12th Time for publishers to make tablet advertising “the project”
Reporting from Oslo, Norway this week
TAKEAWAY: Let’s hear it for The Guardian’s execs, who are more keen on getting advertising for their tablet edition than counting subscribers; a good model to follow. AND: The new eJournals screen at Frankfurt’s Lufthansa lounges
At first,this story about The Guardian and iPad edition subscribers could be just that: another rendering of the success and/or failure of publishing companies establishing economic models to see revenue coming out of their tablet edition efforts.
However, what caught my eye out of this one is an important idea: the highlight of this article is that only a sliver of people who have tried out The Guardian’s iPad edition for free end up subscribing after their trial.
But , asks the author of the piece: “Does that small percentage matter? Other publishers also see low premium take-up, The Guardian is more interested in selling ads than subscriptions.”
Refreshing to read this, as I am a strong believer that publishers are still too centered on subscription models, and, in my experience, not many are contemplating more aggressive ways of attracting advertising.
The catch 22 of the tablet and advertising revenue story, however, is a little more complicated than just deciding to go for the ads.
A majority of the newspaper tablet apps out there are still using advertising in a primitive way: either an imitation of how ads are presented online, or, worse, as they would be presented in a printed edition.
Until we at media houses begin to make Tablet Advertising “the project”, we will not turn the corner. Let’s get our own ad departments create tablet specific ads, that we can take to specific advertising clients and say: This is how your ad could look if designed for the tablet. We have done it. Here you are. How would you like to appear in our tablet edition?
The ads you are showing will be anything but static. There will be action, pop up moments, and storytelling.
As a publisher of a major European daily told me recently:
Indeed, we understand that this is the way to go, Mario, but we just don’t have the resources to do what you are proposing.
Every publishing house MUST find those resources, and learn from The Guardian’s story: subscriptions to our tablet editions are nice, and they will trickle in, one at a time, but the bigger revenue potential is in the ads.
The writing of this tablet advertising chapter has not even started. Ironically, this is the one way publishers will hear their cash registers ringing.
eJournals at the Lufthansa lounge in Frankfurt
Large touch screen displays entire edition of today’s Handelsblatt, the German financial daily
It is the first of its kind I have seen, but at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal lounge in Frankfurt, there is another “platform” on which to read the newspaper: it is a stand up touch screen, at the entrance of the lounge, on which pages of the newspaper appear, one can make the type larger or smaller. For those who may have forgotten their tablets or laptops, another way to catch up. See short video clip of me using it today.
Of special interest today
The Chinese love affair with the iPad…..
Apple is Feeling the LOVE in China
The iPad has had its fair share of controversies in China, but the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) device is clearly unaffected by any bad publicity and is in a position of unrivaled domination in the country’s tablet market. According to a new survey from market research firm Analysys International, the iPad contributed to 72.6 percent of total tablet shipments in China.
The iPad Design Lab: Storytelling in the Age of the Tablet
Video walkthrough of the iPad prototype of iPad Design Lab
Mario Garcia’s upcoming speaking engagements:
WAN-IFRA World Editors Forum, Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 2-5
Cumbre Mundial de Diseño en Prensa 2012: Mexico City; September 24-26
SND (Society of News Design) Cleveland; Oct. 11-13
TheMarioBlog post #1074
Posted by Dr. Mario R. Garcia on August 12, 2012
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