The Big Picture – May 2013 The Big Picture – May 2013

The Big Picture – May 2013

“Bifocal Management.” “Bifocal management” is a neat phrase which captures the current need to keep a long-term strategy in view at the same time as still trying to do the basics of the “day job” That double perspective is a theme which runs through the PPA’s Publishing Futures 2013 report where magazine publishers are trying [...]

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Wessenden Briefing: Latest Issue Wessenden Briefing: Latest Issue

Wessenden Briefing: Latest Issue

Issue 166 (May 2013) News Review: the month’s key events in focus Key indicators Publishing Middlemen Retailing Direct + digital Finance round-up ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Magazine Shrink in the USA A major project assessing the scale and causes of magazine shrink in the US supply chain is the backdrop to a bigger debate about Scan Based Trading.  [...]

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Business Models for a Digital World Business Models for a Digital World

Business Models for a Digital World

How do they make money from doing that? The PPA recently commissioned Wessenden Marketing to conduct a study into how media companies make money in the digital age, entitled, “Business Models for a Digital World.”   Did you know that Amazon loses $3 on every Kindle Fire that it sells in the USA while Apple [...]

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Publishing Futures 2013 Overview Publishing Futures 2013 Overview

Publishing Futures 2013 Overview

Rising profitability & confidence. The “Publishing Futures 2013″ survey revealed an increase in the number of companies showing growth in both turnover and profit as the industry moves from a position of cost-cutting to cost control, and from a more internal focus on reorganisation to a more external focus on income generation. A total of [...]

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The Big Picture

The Big Picture – May 2013

The Big Picture – May 2013

“Bifocal Management.” “Bifocal management” is a neat phrase which captures the current need to keep a long-term strategy in view at the same time as still trying to do the basics of the “day job” That double perspective is a theme which runs through the PPA’s Publishing Futures 2013 report where magazine publishers are trying [...]

Jun 3, 2013 18:13

Direct & Digital

Mapping a Multi-Channel World

Mapping a Multi-Channel World

Print might still be the platform of choice for a majority of magazine subscribers, but the trend towards digital is gathering pace. Take a look at the current ereader hardware sales figures; in fact just look at the latest iPad sales figures. The clear picture is that the UK consumer is becoming very digital, very [...]

Jul 16, 2012 20:59

Subscriptions

Joining up the Customer Service Dots

Joining up the Customer Service Dots

The latest Dovetail Subscriber Service Survey was the biggest yet, with over 125,000 active magazine subscribers taking part, making it one of the largest customer service surveys in any industry.   “Multi-channel” is the phrase on everyone’s lips, whether you are a publisher, a retailer or an FMCG manufacturer. Delivering a service via all the [...]

Jul 16, 2012 21:56

Retail

Convenience outstrips total retail sales

Convenience outstrips total retail sales

IGD’s ShopperVista research project is predicting an average annual retail sales growth rate of +5% for convenience stores compared to +3.5% for the total grocery market. Consumers are making more frequent, but smaller-basket shopping trips and click-and-collect services are also growing in importance. These two factors are important demand-side factors, while on the supply-side the [...]

Aug 20, 2012 21:19

Recent Articles

The Big Picture – May 2013

The Big Picture – May 2013

“Bifocal Management.” “Bifocal management” is a neat phrase which captures the current need to keep a long-term strategy in view at the same time as still trying to do the basics of the “day job” That double perspective is a theme which runs through the PPA’s Publishing Futures 2013 report where magazine publishers are trying [...]

The Big Picture – March 2013

The Big Picture – March 2013

“A nice, long, slow transition.” “A nice, long, slow transition into digital.”  That is the forecast for magazines from the person at Amazon who looks after content for the Kindle – Russ Grandinetti.  While the transition – if that is what it actually is – may not feel as though it is nice, long and [...]

The Big Picture – October 2012

The Big Picture – October 2012

“Doing a thousand things one percent better.” That is Tesco’s summary of their recovery plan.  It also captures the current mood of the whole supply chain from publisher through to retailer.  While there are some very small signs that the UK may be starting to edge out of recession, ongoing cost control and the headache [...]

The Big Picture – December 2012

The Big Picture – December 2012

A turbulent year ends in uncertainty. A turbulent year ends with great uncertainty about what lies ahead in the New Year as all the key indicators continue to wobble.  Yet there are still some recurring themes running through the activities this month….. Consolidation is clearly seen in the launch of Local World and the merger [...]

Wessenden Briefing: Latest Issue

Wessenden Briefing: Latest Issue

Issue 166 (May 2013) News Review: the month’s key events in focus Key indicators Publishing Middlemen Retailing Direct + digital Finance round-up ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Magazine Shrink in the USA A major project assessing the scale and causes of magazine shrink in the US supply chain is the backdrop to a bigger debate about Scan Based Trading.  [...]

Convenience outstrips total retail sales

Convenience outstrips total retail sales

IGD’s ShopperVista research project is predicting an average annual retail sales growth rate of +5% for convenience stores compared to +3.5% for the total grocery market. Consumers are making more frequent, but smaller-basket shopping trips and click-and-collect services are also growing in importance. These two factors are important demand-side factors, while on the supply-side the [...]

The Big Picture – August 2012

The Big Picture – August 2012

Disruptive technology is hitting more than just publishers. “Disruptive technology” is how digital media are often described. Yet they are disrupting much more than publishers’ businesses. As the analyses in this issue of “Wessenden Briefing” demonstrate, digital is also rippling across Royal Mail, helping to drive up its prices to publishers, wholesalers, forcing them to [...]

WHSmith faces more competition in travel

WHSmith faces more competition in travel

The travel format which has provided real growth for WHSmith – it has plans to open another 95 travel stores this year – is also fuelling potential growth for a number of its international competitors…. *  Fnac, the French-based music, books, magazines and electronics retailer, has developed a small format store (1,130 sq ft) for [...]

Joining up the Customer Service Dots

Joining up the Customer Service Dots

The latest Dovetail Subscriber Service Survey was the biggest yet, with over 125,000 active magazine subscribers taking part, making it one of the largest customer service surveys in any industry.   “Multi-channel” is the phrase on everyone’s lips, whether you are a publisher, a retailer or an FMCG manufacturer. Delivering a service via all the [...]

Mapping a Multi-Channel World

Mapping a Multi-Channel World

Print might still be the platform of choice for a majority of magazine subscribers, but the trend towards digital is gathering pace. Take a look at the current ereader hardware sales figures; in fact just look at the latest iPad sales figures. The clear picture is that the UK consumer is becoming very digital, very [...]