A quick story (please bear with me here friends…)
Imagine it is 1997
Back in 1997 I was running a small marketing team for a global B2B publishing company.
We were developing online versions of our print publications & starting to experiment further with e-mail marketing.
Web sites were very unsophisticated – tending to be little more than facsimile versions of our magazines. There was very little interaction with readers and we really treated the Internet just as a distribution channel rather than a great disruptor of business models.
We had little idea of the emerging advertising/sponsorship models. Pricing decisions were agreed without any science or bundled in with physical products. User data was rarely gathered or intelligently used.
Remind you of anything?
Let’s fast-forward to today. We have a new and fast growing development in media consumption. The mobile web.
With the increasing penetration of smartphones, tablets, eReaders, apps and mobile enabled websites, all the rules are changing again.
Media companies are facing the same challenges that they faced in the 90’s and I know from personal experience that many are going to be taken by surprise by the speed at which things are moving.
All too often significant decisions about mobile are being left to tech teams or rushed into as part of a ‘me too’ stampede to get a press release out about ‘our latest app’.
STOP. You need to spend some proper time setting your mobile strategy..
Rob Grimshaw, the Managing Director of the FT’s digital operations said recently that he expected 50% of the FT’s digital readers to access content via a mobile device within the next 2 years.
That’s a fundamental shift in consumption habits and really shows that the mobile web has arrived.
The commercial realities associated with this shift in consumption mean that everyone in media needs to be involved in mobile product development – tech; marketing; sales and content creators.
Set the right strategy. Right now.
On June 14th The Media Briefing will be holding our second major conference.
Mobile Media Strategies takes place at The King’s Fund in London’s West End and will hear from some of the most innovative companies in the mobile field.
Companies including: Thomson Reuters * BBC Magazines * Guardian News & Media * The Economist * Incisive Media * Telegraph Media Group * Screen Digest * comScore * Microsoft * YUDU Media * Bonnier * DK Books * BSkyB * ImpulsePay & MobileTech.
There’s a fantastic line up of attendees already confirmed (here’s a link to our advance delegate list) & we have limited places still available.
The mobile media marketplace is developing so quickly. There are huge opportunities for the companies that can stay ahead of the curve. Register for Mobile Media Strategies today and we’ll help you on your way.