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© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

 

Good Question:
What is the Real Value of Communication?

 

This good question is easy to answer:

The Real Value of Communication is creating Value via Communication!

  • But what does it mean?
    Talk to each other!
    Listen to each other.
    Understand each other.
    Like each other.
    Even if you don’t, respect each other.

 

The dilemma:

  • Most of us fail.
    Most of us are not able to listen.
    Most of us are not able and willing to understand!
    We don’t care.
    We just talk. We just act. We just want to… (something, which seams to be good for us.)

 

My advice to access the value of communication:

If you want to create Value, just stop your stupid talk and behaviour. 
 Just listen and learn. Learn how to learn.
Respect the Value of Communication. Respect other Human Beings, the Nature, the Animals. Everything which is different, but valuable.

It’s that easy.

 

Think about it:

  • Learn how to like yourself. (Don’t be selfish.)
    Learn to listen.
    Learn (in the right way) how to use media and technologies.
    Learn to understand the Value of Art, Culture and Communication.
    Learn and practice — And re-learn every day, every minute, every second.

Become a very smart communicator to create the 
 Value of Communication by valuable communication.

It’s that easy!

 

 

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Watch the video as well!

 

 

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ABOUT THE VALUE ART & COM PROJECT:

We value the value of Mainz as a centre for the culture of communication.

 

Who we are:

As a global research & publishing company Value Communication AG was founded in 2007 by its CEO Andreas Weber based in Mainz/Germany, the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg.

 

The Aim of Our Project:

Our Value Art & Com ( i.e. Communication) project came up as an idea after Sükran Ceren Salali who came to Mainz from Istanbul as an Erasmus intern in Value Communication AG, inspired by the rich cultural and artistic environment of the city of Mainz and decided to experience it in order to find out the interaction between the rich culture of the city of Johannes Gutenberg and the real value of communication. The project includes photographs and movies taken with a different perspective in various points of Mainz, interviews with people from different countries and professions who live in Mainz and also ValueCheck! surveys as a valuable resource to experience the effectiveness of communication.

 

Why You Should Participate:

In the age of digital transformation, the importance of communication reached its high levels and also transformed into various platforms and tools. In order to become more successful in the market, businesses should adapt their strategies based on this new face of communication process. Moreover, the satisfaction of customers become more and more as the center of business process. For this reason, Value Communication AG guides companies on track of achieving the effectiveness of communication and acquiring right strategies so as to satisfy their customers and having more profits.

After participating our project and as an option applying our ValueCheck! approach, companies have the chance to see on which areas they have deficiencies and how they can strengthen their business processes via having the support of Germany´s leading business communication analyst and innovation expert, Andreas Weber.

 

The Interview Project:

Ten years ago from now, Andreas Weber and Guido Ludes prepared the book „Mainz — Stadtlandschaften 2″ including various artworks of Ludes, texts related with Mainz and short comments by people from different professions from the owner of a bakery to the minister-president of Mainz. — BTW: It happened exactly in the same year, 2104, when Marc Zuckerberg founded Facebook!

Even though it was a great resource and a stylish book, so many things are changed in Mainz last 10 years, as is with many other phases of life. Therefore, we think that it would be very useful to repeat a similar project with new candidates and a new content.

The interview project includes a question: What is the real value of communication?

We have already interviewed around 20 people; almost half of them from business experts of the Rheinland-Pfalz region, most of the with an international background. Finally we talked already to the governor of Rheinland-Pfalz region, Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer.

 

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@ValueCommAG

 

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ValueLearnings!

  • Smart Communication enables relatedness
  • Smart Communication is seamless and integrated
  • Social Media is not the end, but the start of Smart Communication

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow

Almost seven years before now, in 2007, CEO and the brain of Value Communication AG, Andreas Weber, wrote a “smart communication white paper” in order to create a thought-provoking guideline that is named Smart Communication: Reaching Engaging Communication Beyond Ourselves. In fact, since that time, he shared his POV with more than 50k executives around the globe. My take: The white paper not only shows how foreseeing analyst and the expert of communication Andreas Weber is, but also draws readers attention to various important facts about the effectiveness of communication in the Social Media Era.

In the text, in order to show the effectiveness of communication the term smart communication is used. Applications that belong to smart communication are characterized as completely seamless and integrated.

What is still very relevant for today in the age of digital transformation, the growing gap between technology-weak corporations and technology-smart consumers, has already been mentioned by Andreas Weber seven years ago in a time when via Facebook, Twitter & others the communication world changed in an irreversible way. The important thing is, this growing gap causes services to fail and then immediately the dissatisfaction of the customer occurs. On that moment, smart communication techniques should step in so as to abolish the dissatisfaction and to strategize the whole business process.

 

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The secrets of smart communication

The components of communication should take into consideration first in order to understand the real meaning of smart communication. These components are communicators (senders&receivers of messages), message (the content), medium (the particular means of conveying the message), channel (connector of communicators and accommodates to the medium), code (a system of meaning shared by a group), noise (any interference distorting or degrading the meaning of the message), and context (where all communication takes place). Those components built a symbiosis to create the real value of communication.

If you re-think what has changed through Social Media, you will see that beside existence and growth relatedness is a key issue. So its not about connectivity anymore, which is already given. Its about building relations as the foundation of the real value of communication.

Dialogue as the core of a relationship is very crucial to orientate the relatedness. A smart dialogue increases brand image, loyalty and sales. Also, a smart dialogue constitutes a smart relationship that reunites produces and customer which are also named as sender and receiver. In the past, before web 2.0 and Social Media, brand dialogue was a monologue with advertising rather than a smart dialogue. It used to be slow and tedious.

 

 

Our Take:

What smart communication provides us is a win-win effect for both the consumer and the brand. So, if when it comes to defining smart, smart is fun and easy, useful, understandable, personal, simple… Smart is communication… or let´s call it in the way Andreas Weber defines it: Smart communication is a breath of fresh air!

 

 

ValueTip:
Learn more about our Value Art&Com Project by Şükran Ceren Salalı

 

 

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By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow
Interview: Andreas Weber, CEO, Value Communication AG

 

In one of the previous blogs regarding with the success of Elanders AB, we explained several facts about Elanders´ ongoing achievement based on useful data and the interview that took place in 2012 between Value Communication AG and the CEO of Elanders AB, Magnus Nilsson. In the end, I mentioned about my curiosity towards whether Magnus Nilsson have the same spirit and the optimistic approach for 2014 and for the future of Elanders. 

 

Magnus Nilsson responses showed that Elanders gives importance on best-in-class communication and customer satisfaction. They care about what customers expect such as quality, reliability, enhanced services and a good knowledge beyond printing. Also, they use their Twitter accounts properly and frequently for their business. And last but not least Elanders AB reached a milestone in its history because they acquired a leading supply-chain service provider, Mentor Media, in Asia at the beginning of the year 2014. Beside great synergy effects the deal just doubled the price for Elanders’ stocks.

When it comes to the data of quarterly report of 2014, it seems that Elanders still keeps its ongoing success. The Elanders Group is growing much faster than the market. For instance, in the first six months, net sales increased by 75% to MSEK 1,761 (1,005), the operating result increased to MSEK 77 (51), which is an improvement of 51% over the same period last year, the new issue was oversubscribed and generated MSEK 121 after issue costs and, a considerable improvement in profit compared to 2013 continues to be forecasted for 2014. In the second quarter, net sales increased by 78% to MSEK 910 (512). — See Elanders Q2 Report for more details.

 

Is Elanders ready for print innovation leadership?

Based on the comments made by Nilsson on quarterly report of 2014, Mentor Media’s offer is now being integrated into Elanders’ existing operations which will lead to both higher print volumes and more supply chain customers in the long run. He states that their Supply Chain and e-Commerce organizations have begun working together to produce joint and improve already existing platforms for ordering over the Internet. They are planning to offer current and new supply chain customers the best alternative on the market for this.

Elanders´global presence has a definite competitive advantage compared to most of their competitors. For instance, Elanders is winning market shares on several markets while other markets are more challenging and Elanders continues to consolidate and streamline functions and operations on those. Moreover, as in the year 2012, Elanders continues to coordinate operations in myphotobook with d|o|m / fotokasten in e-Commerce and they plan to continue this full effect as of 2015. As planned, printing volumes from myphotobook have been moved to Elanders’ production units during the second quarter.

 

Exclusive Interview

 

Value Communication’s CEO Andreas Weber was able for an exclusive interview with Magnus Nilsson on July 17th., 2014. It was about if Elanders Group is ready to become the leading and most innovative print communication service provider.

 

 

„Our new business areas which combines supply chain, 

commercial and packaging printing and e-commerce are 

compatible to all kinds of social business trends.“

 

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Magnus Nilsson, CEO of Elanders AB

 

Andreas Weber: Magnus, you stated, that printing trade shows, which always have been important for printers’s market approach and strategy, have not too much affect on Elanders´s strategy any more. You said, it was good to see them, however. So do you think that technology is not solely enough for success?

Magnus Nilsson: Elanders’ target is to make it as easy as possible for a customer to get the best benefit out of our offering and solutions. So we act as a global service company which could manufacture and deliver high print volumes for customers. The combination of supply chain, packaging, e-commerce to create solutions is very important for Elanders. The best way to develop our strategy comes from our business insights and what we learn from our customers.

 

Andreas Weber: On a global scale, which are the most relevant markets for you?

Magnus Nilsson: Our presents in markets like China, USA, and new ones in Europe made Elanders very strong. But we see that even innovative applications like Photo books are not growing so fast anymore in our established market areas. So it is more in the consideration process on a high and solide level. We are planning to invest in new markets such as Asia and South America as well. And in new application areas wherever they are needed.

 

Andreas Weber: Regarding Elanders go-to-market approach, what is special or unique?

Magnus Nilsson: The important thing is for Elanders to reach the client in an easiest way. Crucial is if people want to get their print products in a smart way and it cannot take too much time to order and get it. And therefore they don´t need too much investment. We have really great optimized tools for business and consumer markets. And our solutions are accompanied by our Solutions Expert. We made sure by new global business management operation structure that we act with one face to the customers.

 

Andreas Weber: How is Elanders success in the packaging solutions business?

Magnus Nilsson: It works very well. Specially Elanders Germany is very successful for new solutions for packaging customers. Therefore we installed last year in Waiblingen/Germany our Elanders Packaging Innovation Centre. For sure our huge digital printing capacities have a great impact to convince major brands to innovate the packaging of there products on a high quality level.

 

Andreas Weber: 2014 is more than ever the year of Social Media, driven by Facebook, founded only 10 years ago. Do you think that Social Media and Social Business will influence your business?

Magnus Nilsson: It already does in a positive way. Social Media is very important for e-commerce, our team is working for it quite successful. Till now it has more impact on consumers behavior than in the B2B sector. But for sure: Business innovation is happening via the internet. Gaining more real time insights via social media and social media communication became crucial for success. We observe that exactly. But nevertheless we are still very optimistic about the future of Elanders like before. Because our new business areas which combines supply chain, print & packaging and e-commerce solutions are compatible to all kinds of social business trends.

 

Our Take: Elanders AB creates its leadership by …

  • a unique combination of a clear business and management focus on customer needs  in valuable market segments,
  • a deep understanding of the right usage of relevant technologies
    (IT, Digital print, E-Commerce),
  • clever acquisitions (with almost a seamless integration into the group),
  • a smart communication approach to keep investors and share holders up-to-date and highly motivated,
  • and at least by a permanent approach to justify and optimize it’s go-to-market approach dedicated to customer satisfaction.
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© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

 

VALUE ART & COM PROJECT:

The value of Mainz as a centre for the culture of communication

 

Who we are:

As a global research & publishing company Value Communication AG was founded in 2007 by its CEO Andreas Weber based in Mainz/Germany, the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg.

 

The Aim of Our Project:

Our Value Art & Com ( i.e. Communication) project came up as an idea after Sükran Ceren Salali who came to Mainz from Istanbul as an Erasmus intern in Value Communication AG, inspired by the rich cultural and artistic environment of the city of Mainz and decided to experience it in order to find out the interaction between the rich culture of the city of Johannes Gutenberg and the real value of communication. The project includes photographs and movies taken with a different perspective in various points of Mainz, interviews with people from different countries and professions who live in Mainz and also ValueCheck! surveys as a valuable resource to experience the effectiveness of communication.

 

Why You Should Participate:

In the age of digital transformation, the importance of communication reached its high levels and also transformed into various platforms and tools. In order to become more successful in the market, businesses should adapt their strategies based on this new face of communication process. Moreover, the satisfaction of customers become more and more as the center of business process. For this reason, Value Communication AG guides companies on track of achieving the effectiveness of communication and acquiring right strategies so as to satisfy their customers and having more profits.

After participating our project and as an option applying our ValueCheck! approach, companies have the chance to see on which areas they have deficiencies and how they can strengthen their business processes via having the support of Germany´s leading business communication analyst and innovation expert, Andreas Weber.

 

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@ 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 Watch our ValueTalk! Video on YouTube as well!

 

The Interview Project:

Ten years ago from now, Andreas Weber and Guido Ludes prepared the book „Mainz — Stadtlandschaften 2“ including various artworks of Ludes, texts related with Mainz and short comments by people from different professions from the owner of a bakery to the minister-president of Mainz. — BTW: It happened exactly in the same year, 2004, when Marc Zuckerberg founded Facebook!

Even though it was a great resource and a stylish book, so many things are changed in Mainz last 10 years, as is with many other phases of life. Therefore, we think that it would be very useful to repeat a similar project with new candidates and a new content.

The interview project includes a question:

 

What is the real value of communication?

We have already interviewed around 20 experts; almost half of them are business executives from Rheinland-Pfalz region, with different business backgrounds, some of them international students, and finally we talked in Mainz to the governor of Rheinland-Pfalz region, Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer, Staatssekretär Walter Schumacher and SWR Journalist Sabine Hampel at Pressefest Ministerpräsidentin 2014, July 22nd., 2014.

 

 

 

Please watch the great ValueTalk! videos on YouTube as well!

 

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Further information:

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© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

NOTE: ValueCheck! delivers recently the most comprehensive and effective way to update your business management&communication knowledge. Our Focus: Identify relevant topics to be discussed, put them into the right context and be able to create your own opinion and expertise.

 

Why its worth reading this Blog post:

• Summary of the most relevant ValueCheck! Blog post
• Train your Brain on-the-fly
• Get a very useful access to update your knowledge via ValueLinks and ValueTips

 

+++ ValueCheck! — What is the Value of Value Communication AG?

We deliver a unique method and way by answering two main questions:

  1. How to “Connect Innovation to Profit”!
  2. How to unify “Communication, Art and Culture”!
  3. We call it “ValueCheck!” and cover three areas: Analysis, Audits, Coachings.

Startings point is always a written ValueCheck! Blog post to define the Status quo!

ValueCheck Audits orientates businesses to generate profit and to enjoy outcomes of disruptive innovation and communication.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/06/value-check-what-is-the-value-of-value-communication-ag/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — The Secrets of the Age of Digital Transformation

In other words, human side of business transformation should be taken more into consideration as the age of digital transformation puts consumer in the center. This is why Value Communication keeps focusing on using digital technologies based on H2H and a disruptive approach to understand the relationship between technologies and consumer behavior.

ValueCheck! emphasizes the relationship between H2H aspects and the use of digital technologies while analyzing consumer behavior and the company’s approach.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/02/valuecheck-the-secrets-of-the-age-of-digital-transformation/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — ’Rent a Brain’ is the perfect way to succeed in Social Biz

What we at Value Communication aim by „ValueCheck!“ is to help business people to become far more successful in their sectors. By answering the questions of „ValueCheck! Audits“, a company can become aware of its abilities and inadequacies in a more detailed way. The important thing is we treat our customers as (best) friends.

Our ValueCheck! method equals to friendly attitude towards our customers and a detailed way to guide them to see their capabilities.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/10/valuecheck-
rent-a-brain-is-the-perfect-way-to-succeed-in-social-biz/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Connect Innovation to Profit!

The performance promise: “connect innovation to profit”. Your benefits:

  • ValueCheck! is something like a fitness check-up to be prepared for The Age of the Customer.
  • ValueCheck! delivers orientation how to optimize all dimensions of your internal and external business communication success.
  • ValueCheck! guides you through the digital world to accelerate your profitable growth.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/06/11/value-check-connect-innovation-to-profit/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Train Your Brain!

We proudly present: World’s first Train Your Brain Fitness Check-up to be ready for profitable growth in “The Age of the Customer”!
We are happy and proud to share some thoughts. Based in Johannes Gutenberg‘s hometown, Mainz/Germany, we are dedicated to the rich culture of Art = Innovation = Communication = Human-to-Human!

Value Communication analyses and supports approaches of customers to H2H aspects and then finds the best method to guide them on track of becoming a successful and profit-making companies.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/06/19/value-check-train-your-brain/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Disruptive Task: “Bust the Silos — Convert the VIRTUAL to REALITY”

But nevertheless we live in a digital world. Social Media and all our Social Activities will never be able to create relatedness. It enables connections. That’s it! — Kill stupidity in business driven by executives who still use their analog thinking in a digital world.

Our message according to all activities based on our disruptive Value Task:
Just do it the smart way. Unify Social & Human-to-Human. ValueCheck! has a disruptive approach that combines advisory, publishing and community.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/value-communications-manifesto/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — The disruptive “Value Eco-System”

The strategic analysis is done via ValueCheck! and ValueProfile, which supplies the design of a new communication architecture as a result.

ValueCheck! strategizes a new approach to innovative communication techniques for companies in order to guide them to have more benefits from the market.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2012/07/24/the-value-eco-system/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Philosophy and Principles of Value Communication

The effectiveness of communication and the efficiency of communication processes are developed with innovative tools and methods by Value Communication such as Value Academy and ValueCheck!.

ValueCheck! is one of the important tools and methods in Value Communication’s principles and philosophy. Via ValueCheck, the development of effective communication processes is very easy.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/philosophy-and-principles-of-value-communication/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Disruptive and/or Destructive Innovation?

Disruptive innovation is not a threat as it would be perceived by the university management of Harvard Business School based on last debates about whether entering to the business of online education or not. What makes innovation disruptive is the way it makes a product, a service or an idea remarkable with an unusual approach to renew our consumption patterns and lifestyles.

Since ValueCheck! contains a disruptive strategy, it checks H2H and B2B aspects with an unusual way to renew the company strategies.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/09/valuecheck-disruptive-andor-destructive-innovation/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — ’Rent a Brain’ is the perfect way to succeed in Social Biz

Very successful business owners, emphasize the effectiveness of having help from a mentor or a colleague in order to accomplish their goals.

ValueCheck! acts as a mentor for companies in order to achieve their goals and change their company strategies into more innovative communication techniques.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/10/valuecheck-rent-a-brain-is-the-perfect-way-to-succeed-in-social-biz/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — How Social Media leads to Social Business

It is apparent that those B2B service companies require important innovation and transformation in order to satisfy the expectations of their potential customers. Therefore, the importance of „ValueCheck! Audits“are apparent as a solution to check the weaknesses of businesses in Social Selling and Social Businesses. „ValueCheck!“ questions include many related topics so as to strengthen the strategies of companies.

Even many successful companies fail to satisfy customers. ValueCheck Audits provides better perspective to see what is missing on track of keeping good connections with the market and customers.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/10/valuecheck-how-social-media-leeds-to-social-business/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — HBS: The Professor’s Innovation Dilemma

Our Take: You can’t do value education without disruptive Value Innovation.

I think, in the age of digital transformation, education needs to get some disruptive innovation as well. Maybe, we can call it “digital education”. Digital Education allows many applicants around the world to benefit from online education platforms via several tools such as iPhone, iPad and other portable instruments. Considering all of these, I am pretty surprised that how as one of the top ranked and most successful universities, Harvard Business School, has a dilemma about entering online education.

ValueCheck! follows the latest trends in order to guide companies in the best way so as to adapt itself and its customers to the age of digital transformation.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/09/valuecheck-the-professors-innovation-dilemma/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Beyond Design: Technology enables H2H interaction

In the future it is more about Interaction & H2H and less about Designers…

The core meaning of the tweet is design matters, nevertheless; it is not solely enough to become very successful. Besides design, key enablers of PARC include other systems such as intelligent manufacturing, model-based reasoning, integrated planning and control, and printed electronics. Moreover, without effective human-to-human interaction and innovative approaches to satisfy customer, a superior design only leads to empty promises, or let’s say “all fur coat and no knickers”!

ValueCheck! emphasizes human-to-human interaction and innovative approaches that guide companies for a better strategy to adapt in future technologies and the market system.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/02/beyond-design-technology-enables-h2h-interaction/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Print in the Digital Age!

In the age of digital transformation, it is a big mistake to limit advertising and marketing based only on printing like we already know it. There are many platforms and social networks to work on in order to advertise a product or a system by drawing attentions. The age of the so called „digital transformation“ needs better rethinking over analogue approaches in order to satisfy consumer needs in a best way.

ValueCheck! also focuses on the importance of social networks and various platforms in order to catch the spirit of the age of digital transformation and distribute it to companies as applicants of ValueCheck! Audits.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/07/valuecheck-print-in-the-digital-age/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bringing Intelligence to Everything – But Without Renewing Your Analogue Approaches?

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Communication Fellow

 

Printability and Graphic Communications Institute has prepared a presentation which highlights various important facts about printing and its relation with marketing. The presentation is interesting and effective as well as it is well structured as a whole. However, there are several aspects that are mispresented.

The presentation is very well structured:

• It begins with a catchy sentence and an outline with key factors such as global context, the critical role of ICT, the “digital Darwinism” of the printed applications and evolving needs, responsive solutions.

• In the global context, subjects such as globalization, food and drug safety, increasing population, individualization and aging population are mentioned in order to present societal changes. Also, the data of consumer tendency, products and consumption are included in this part which is useful.

• Under the title of the critical role of ICT, three major facts; multi-device access, cloud computing and social network, are touched upon in relation with the fact that business approaches are changing with the high level use of mobile internet and social networks.

• When it comes to the digital Darwinism of the printed applications, the evaluation of consumer behavior is visualized starting from Gutenberg’s invention of mechanical movable type setting and also foreseeing the future, 2020s. I think the expression and the content is satisfactory.

• Lastly, in the part of evolving needs, responsive solutions, adoption of printing technologies by customer and by manufacturer are explained in a detailed way step by step.

 

Our Take: Yeah! BUT good is not good enough!

It seems like Bois and Canet did a good job by preparing an effective and explanatory presentation. The thing is, in the end, they recommend that print should fulfill the needs of marketers to push advertising campaigns. In the age of digital transformation, it is a big mistake to limit advertising and marketing based only on printing like we already know it. There are many platforms and social networks to work on in order to advertise a product or a system by drawing attentions. The age of the so called „digital transformation“ needs better rethinking over analogue approaches in order to satisfy consumer needs in a best way.

 

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If you would like to find the right way to reach your communication targets:
Please check out our ValueCheck!

 

 

 

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By Andreas Weber
//Founder and CEO of Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

We work beyond the McKinsey’s, Agency Groups and Technology suppliers around the globe.

We treat our customers as friends — smart, intimate, personal and very effective!

We deliver a unique method and way by answering two main questions:

1. How to “Connect Innovation to Profit”!
2. How to unify “Communication, Art and Culture”!

We call it “ValueCheck!” and cover three areas:
Analysis, Audits, Coachings.

Startings point is always a written ValueCheck! Blog post to define the Status quo!

 

Our Background

We follow the three key questions by the french painter Paul Gauguin:

Where do we come from?
Understanding and awareness of cultural developments and communication trends.

What are we?
Lateral thinkers invested in values to increase personal success.

Where are we going?
Towards a situation filled with creativity, innovation and networking – one ready for dynamic and permanent change.

 

Our Skills and Talents

Art & Communication & Culture, Smart Communications, Interactive Marketing, Business Modell Transformation, Go-to-market Scenarios, Teaching, Coaching, Advisory, Consulting, Publishing, Social Media, Marketing Communications.

 

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About ValueCheck!

 

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© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany.

 

Warum es sich lohnt, diesen Blogbeitrag zu lesen:

Nicht der Strukturwandel, sondern das Festhalten-Wollen an Überkommenem gefährdet Existenzen.

Die meisten Top-Manager von Verlagen, Agenturen und Druckereien haben dies aber bis heute noch nicht verstanden. Und machen andere für ihr Versagen verantwortlich.

Die Probleme der Werbe-, Verlags und Print-Branchen sind also hausgemacht! Und basieren auf einem völligen Missverstehen bzw. dem Mangel an einem richtigen Verständnis von Innovation.

Doch das alles hätte so gar nicht kommen müssen. — Victor Hugo hat dies bereits 1831 vorausgesehen! Der Beitrag von Andreas Weber, basierend auf einem Vortrag für den DigitaldruckForum Congress „Ideas for Profit“, zeigt dies auf und vermittelt wichtige Einsichten und Handlungsimpulse.

 

„Wenn Menschen auf etwas Neues und Unbekanntes stoßen, sind sie zutiefst verwirrt!“

Im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung der Kommunikation ist (bleibt) alles NEU!
Anything that can become digital will become digital and printing is no exception, sagte bereits Mitte der 1990er Jahre der Unternehmer und Erfinder Benny Landa, Gründer von Indigo und LandaNano in Israel.

Wie sieht unsere Welt resp. die der werthaltigen Printmedien-affinen Kommunikation heute aus? Es hagelt Krisen, Pleiten und Pannen — verursacht durch Strukturveränderungen. Manch einer fragt sich:  „Himmel! Wo wird das noch enden? Die Antwort stammt aus dem Jahr 1831. „Ceci tuera cela“ —  Das Eine tötet das Andere! So formulierte es Victor Hugo und beschreibt in seinem historischen Roman der „Glöckner von Notre Dame“ 1831 exakt das Szenario, das uns im 21. Jh. ziemlich hart trifft: Durch die Neuerungen in der Publishing- und Print- Branche stürzt die vorhandene Informationsvermittlungs-Architektur ein! Hugo bezieht sich auf die Erfindung von Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz. Das mag lange her sein, ist aber hochaktuell. Wenn man sich betrachtet, welche „Kathedralen“ heute, im 21. Jahrhundert, einsturzgefährdet sind:

  1. Die ›Tempel‹ der Werbung und der Verlage!
  2. Die ›Gebets-Teppich-Refugien‹ der Kommunikationsverwalter in den Unternehmen!
  3. Die ›Inquisitionskeller‹ der unmündig gehaltenen Konsumenten!

Gefordert ist eine völlig andere Herangehensweise an Märkte und an die Kommunikation mit Marktpartnern. Merkmale des modernen, interaktiven Marketing werden relevant: Alles fließt und ist in Bewegung! Neue, oder besser: sich ständig erneuernde Geschäftsmodelle sind gefragt! Ewig aktuelles Beispiel: Die Buchverlage und das Verlagswesen. Klassisch definiert als Wirtschaftszweig, der sich auf eigenes Risiko und nach eigener Auswahl mit der Vervielfältigung („Herstellung“) und dem Vertrieb (Verlagsbetrieb) von literarischen Werken, Musikalien, Bildern u. ä. m. befasst.

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Ein Buch ist ein Buch ist ein Buch ist ein Buch!

Ein Buchverlag ist aber wie alle Publikumsverlage längst nicht mehr ein Verlag, sondern ein Content-Provider, Entertainment- und Community-Organizer. Im Fachverlagsbereich hat man das ansatzweise begriffen und geht in diese Richtung, wobei die Geschäftsmodelle nur in Ausnahmefällen (wie zum Beispiel bei Calvendo) innoviert werden. Die neuen, damit verbundenen Paradigmen lauten:

  1. Geschäftsmodelle lassen sich nicht (mehr) am Vertriebsweg oder Ausgabemedium festmachen!
  2. Digitale Medien ersetzen Bücher oder Gedrucktes nicht. Sie schaffen Neues, vor allem Interaktion!
  3. E-Commerce ist gut, hat aber mit Verlagsgeschäft im Kern gar nichts mehr zu tun.

Verlage, die den Paradigmenwechsel nicht antizipiert haben, straucheln. Ebenso alle Blender, die sich noch Verlag oder Mediengruppe nennen, Wachstum und Profite mit Online-Verkäufen erwirtschaften und dabei übersehen, ihr Kerngeschäfts zu innoveiren. Was durchaus möglich wäre. Wer das nicht tut oder das lieber übersehen möchte, wird zwangsläufig gegen die Amazons, Otto Groups und Zalandos dieser Welt verlieren.

Viele im Verlagsbereich betrachten elektronische Publikationen inzwischen nüchtern und/oder fallen mit absurden Paid Content-Konzepten aller Art in ein Loch. Erinnern wir uns: Ausgerechnet am 1. April 2008 machte folgende Schlagzeile die Runde: „Brockhaus kapituliert vor dem Internet“ — Im Artikel hiess es weiter: „Brockhaus verschiebt sein Hauptgeschäft mit Lexika praktisch komplett ins Internet. Die Kehrtwende ist eines der bislang spektakulärsten deutschen Beispiele für die Bedrohung traditioneller Geschäftsmodelle“ – Das schrieb die Financial Times Deutschland. Und weiter wurde berichtet: „Fans retten den Brockhaus“ — „Kommando zurück: Die traditionsreiche Brockhaus-Enzyklopädie in gedruckter Form steht wohl doch nicht vor dem Aus. Der Verkauf hat nach Angaben des Unternehmens in den vergangenen Monaten kräftig angezogen.“ — Und wo ist heute die gedruckte Brockhaus-Ausgabe? Nun, sie ist Geschichte, ebenso wie die Financial Times Deutschland.

Zurück zu unserem Innovationsansatz und der Frage, was Interaktivität bewirkt: Das Leser-(Content)-Interesse steht nach wie vor im Mittelpunkt! Digitaltechnologien revolutionieren nicht das Medium Buch, das Medium Print, sondern hebeln das klassische Geschäftsmodell der Verlage aus! Inhalte wie bisher bereitstellen und dies über Werbung und Abonnenten/Käufer von Medienprodukten vermarkten zu wollen, funktioniert nur, wenn eine neue Form der Intelligenz und Kompetenz in den Verlagen Einzug hält. Das Wissen um Algorithmen ist wichtiger, als der sogenannte „Qualitätsjournalismus“. Den gibt es eh seit dem Moment schon nicht mehr, als die Werbe- und Manipulationsstrategen das Sagen übernommen haben und die Verleger entmündigten.

Was zählt ist ganz einfach folgendes:

  • Direkte Wege zum Kunden für Marketing, Vertrieb und On-Demand Produktplanung!
  • Neue Fertigungsprozesse: CIM im Verlagswesen
  • Interaktion plus Multimedia-Multichannel Delivery plus User Generated Content

Es ist einfach darauf zu kommen, dass man einen Grossteil der Redaktionsleiter einfach nachhause schicken kann, wenn diese an ihrem merkwürdigen Ethos der „Kunst des Schreibens“ weiter festhalten. Ganz zu schweigen davon, dass die meisten Redaktionen gar keine eigene Inhalten erstellen, sondern nur mehr oder weniger geschickt kolportieren, was Unternehmen und ihre Kunden bzw. wir alle formulieren. Also nochmals: Wozu brauchen wir Redaktionen alten Stils — ohne digitale Kompetenz? Unzählige, wirkungsstarke Plattformen zeigen seit Jahren, dass man ohne auskommt. Siehe u. a. Twitter resp. die große Schar der Twitter-Nutzer, die jede News-Redaktion an Geschwindigkeit, Vielfalt, Originalität und Qualität schlägt.

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„Die Milch machst’s“ — Sagt die Werbung. Haha!

Weiteres Beispiel: Die Werbeagenturen! Per Definition verstehen wir darunter: „Die bewusste Beeinflussung von Menschen auf einen bestimmten Werbezweck hin, insbesondere die Wirtschaftswerbung als Instrument der betrieblichen Absatzpolitik, mit dem eine Absatzförderung erreicht werden soll.“ Werber sind also die Handlanger der Verkaufsförderer im Marketing – Makler zwischen Angebot und Nachfrage! Ihre Aufgaben sind gemäß den gängigen Old-School-Modellen:

  • Werbeplanung
  • Feststellung des Werbeziels und der Zielgruppe
  • Ermittlung des Werbebudgets
  • Auswahl von Werbemitteln und Werbeträgern (Mediaselektion)
  • Erfolgsprognose und Erfolgskontrolle

Das kling fein schlau, ist aber hochriskant, wenn die Dinge sind wandeln. Denn was passiert, wenn Angebot und Nachfrage direkt zueinander finden? Die Folgen sind klar, wenn man sieht wie Amazon dies praktiziert und einen Etappensieg nach dem anderen einfährt. Der Online-Händler ist längst einer der Top-Technologie-Konzerne geworden, der Kommunikation (auf allen Ebenen) direkt mit Transaktionen zusammenbringt.

Werber sind dagegen abhängig von Medien- und Technologieplattformen Dritter, und nutzen diese quas im Blindflug, weil Werber keine Ahnung von Technologieentwicklung und kompetenter Technologienutzung haben. Was also passiert, wenn die Medienlandschaft durcheinander gerät? Da hilft es wenig, wenn die großen, globalen Agentur-Konzerne nun eifrig Mega-Deals mit Google oder Facebook abschließen. Das ist eine Verzeiflungstat, die schick ausschaut, aber defacto eben Augenwischerei, da es höchstens den unaufhaltsam nahenden Exitus verzögert. Nicht mehr, nicht weniger!

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Also reiten die Werbestars weiter ihre toten Pferde? — Ja, ganz klar. Und sie bringen sich und ihre  Kunden nicht mehr von der Stelle. Ein totes Pferd kann eben nicht mehr laufen.

Wenn aber Werber das tun würden, was z. B. Thomas Koch alias @ufomedia unermüdlich empfiehlt und was Marken stark macht, könnte eine Wende die Rettung bringen: Verbraucherinteressen rücken in den Mittelpunkt und Dialoge werden aufgebaut und gepflegt! Google, Amazon & Co. machen seit Jahren vor, dass es geht und dass man damit gute Geschäfte machen kann, an denen alle partizipieren. Vor allem die, die in Algorithmen gut sind!

Hm, könnte man jetzt denken, aber so Leute wie Dr. Mathias Döpfner als Top-Partner der Werber sind doch kluge Köpfe, die können sich doch nicht irren… Es muss doch einen guten Grund geben, warum Verlagsriesen wie Axel Springer AG eine „gefährliche“ Firma wie Google auf’s Heftigste attackieren! — Ja, warum tun die das eigentlich? Nun, ganz einfach weil Verlage wie auch Agenturen sich bei der Innovation ihrer Geschäftsmodelle weitgehend resistent und ziemlich untalentiert zeigen! Wer reiten gelernt hat, kann dies auch auf einem toten Pferd praktizieren. Hauptsache, es schauen alle zu und applaudieren.

Nein, ernsthaft, die Überlebensstrategie der Verlage wie der Agenturen kann nur lauten: Aus Alt mach’ Neu! Rückbesinnung tut Not und tut gut, wenn man vorankommen will.

Think about it: „Ein Wert ist dann ein Wert, wenn er Wert hat!“ So drastisch das klingen mag, Werbung und Medien haben den Anschluss an die Gegenwart fast uneinholbar verloren! Die Vordenker aus dem Silicon Valley haben Gutenberg weitaus besser verstanden als die meisten hierzulande! Sogar Jeff Jarvis hat dies betont. Und die Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz persönlich besucht!

Die jüngsten Äusserungen von Top-Managern bei Procter & Gamble belegen zudem, dass sich Agenturen und Medien warm anziehen müssen, falls sie nicht ihre Geschäftsmodelle und ihre „Performance Promise“ (sofern überhaupt vorhanden) der Gegenwart anpassen. — Siehe Cannes Lions 2014, das Festival der Werbeverliebten, die sich gerne selbst inszenieren. — Neue Geschäftsmodelle mit Mehrwert sind gefragt! Disruptive Innovation fast der einzige Ausweg aus dem Dilemma.

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Dramatisches Beispiel Nummer 3: Die Druckereibranche!

Wie schön war es doch einst, so um das Jahr 1800: Kreation (Muse) inspiriert Produktion. Und Produktion inspiriert Kreation! Vorbei, vorbei. Den Verlust der Monopolstellung durch Desktop Publishing und das Motto „Jeder sein eigener Gutenberg“ haben die Druckbetriebe bis heute nicht anerkennen wollen. Sie agieren unverändert wie vor 20 oder gar 200 Jahren. Nunmehr sind je nach Region in der industrialisierten Welt 30 % bis 50 % der Betriebe verschwunden! Und das (lukrative) Neu-Geschäft machen andere, allen voran die sog. Online-Druckereien wie Vista Print oder Flyeralarm, die rasant wachsen, zu Konzernen werden und nunmehr bereits 40 % des Printherstellungsmarktes für sich vereinnahmen.

Die Geschäftsmodell-Innovations-resistente Druckbranche sitzt — wen wundert’s — wie die Verlags und Agentursparte zwischen allen Stühlen! Was viele Druckereien, von ihren Lieferanten falsch beraten, nicht verstehen wollen/können:

  1. Technik-Innovationen schaffen keine neuen Märkte!
  2. Prozess-Optimierungen via CIM verbessern (bezgl. Kosten, Qualität, Standards) — machen aber vergleichbar, erhöhen den Konkurrenzdruck und drücken die Erlöse und den Profit nach unten.
  3. Differenzierungsstrategien sind kaum zu erkennen, eher setzt man auf Diversifikation, wird als Druckerei auch Logistiker mit Supply-Chain-Angeboten.

Viel einfacher wäre dagegen, wenn man das nötige Know-how und die Kreativität besitzen würde, neue Anwendungslösungen mit Print zu entwickeln (vor allem mit Digitaldruck)!. Denn der werthaltige Erfolgsgarant im 21. Jahrhundert ist: Absolut kundenorientierte Printkommunikation nutzbar machen, durch die Kombination von Social/Online und Print.

Digitaldruck und das sich vom DigitaldruckForum in einer internationalen Teamarbeit bereits 2005 vorgestellte Modell der Automated Communication Factory gliedern Print & Print-Kommunikationsdienstleistungen in die Wertschöpfungskette des Kunden ein. Dies ist die fulminanteste Form der Geschäftsmodell-Innovation für Druckereien. Doch alle schauen zu, nur keiner traut sich, den ersten Schritt zu machen. Lieber optimiert man sich zu Tode. Sei’s drum.

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Die Gretchenfrage schiebt sich in den Vordergrund: Ist Digitaldruck schon so weit, per Algorithmen Druckerzeugnisse zu generieren? Ja, aber es klemmt! Und wo klemmt es beim Digitaldruck? Lange wurde der Digitaldruck falsch positioniert. Nämlich als Alternative zu Offset- oder Tiefdruck. Hier haben wir es wieder, das „Ceci tuera cela“ — Das Eine tötet das Andere!

Dabei findet die Schlacht ums Druckereigeschäft auf einem ganz anderen Feld statt: Print muss sich vergleichen lassen mit den Darstellungsstärken von Bildschirmen. Apple hat mit dem Retina-Display die Messlatte hoch gesetzt und dies für mobile Nutzung popularisiert. Höhere Auflösung, bessere Farbdarstellung und unbegrenzter Interaktionsgrad. Wer teuer gedruckte Kunstbücher mit guten, sogar den eigenen Smartphone-Fotos der Kunstwerke vergleicht, weiss, wovon ich rede. Print ist hier weit abgehängt. Die Darstellungsqualität der Exponate ist bei Städel-Museums-Katalogen für die Dürer- oder Nolde-Ausstellungen eine Zumutung (trotz hochwertigem und eben teurem Papier, Agenturspezis und guter Druckerei): Kein einziges gedrucktes Bild reicht auch nur annähernd an die Original-Bildwerke heran. So macht Print keinen Spaß. Im Gegenteil, es ist geradezu eine Beleidigung der Künstler, die im Grab rotieren würden, wenn sie es wüssten…

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DRUM MERKE: Nichts bleibt so, wie es mal sein wird! Lernt, dass Algorithmen sowie Bedürfnisse das Mass aller Dinge sind. 

Die richtige Botschaft für Print ist entsprechend eine ganz andere als die Branche es wahrhaben möchte. Johannes Gutenberg würde es heute so ausdrücken: „Dem Drucken mit beweglichen Lettern folgt das Drucken mit beweglichen Daten!“ Der Kampf um die beste Darstellungsqualität hat Print längst verloren. Und haptisches Erleben, so oft als Stärke von Print angepriesen, interessiert viele nicht mehr, die per Haptik/Fingerdruck Interaktionen erzeugen können. Oder Inhalte abrufen, die hoch-individuell nur für sie als Nutzer aufbereitet werden. In Echtzeit natürlich.

Wir sind gespannt, ob Gutenbergs „virtuell-posthumer“ Aufruf Gehör findet. Und grüßen herzlich aus der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz!

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By Şükran Ceren Salalı

 

A revolution at the corner! At the time Johannes Gutenberg invented mechanical movable type setting, he made a “Printing Revolution” and until then there was nothing like that for hundreds of years. In the following generations, the printing technology has been developed by different minds and innovative perspectives. In other words, changing times come with a change of business approaches. It is the time to leave old techniques of communication with the disruptive innovative approach provided by Value Communication.

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Value communication focuses on combining content and messaging throughout presentations, medialization and interaction. B2B approach is offered by Value Communication so as to enable relatedness on track of having various market opportunities and achieving the requirements of the art of communication. According to the valuable data, Value Communication and its founder realized more than 500 projects and keep in touch with 5000+ community members around the globe via LinkedIn, XING, Facebook, WeChat, Weibo, Google Plus.

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About the Author

Şükran Ceren Salalı is a young cosmopolitan communication talent from Istanbul, Turkey. She joined Value Communication AG in June 2014 to experience the Value of Communication and to catch up Gutenberg’s innovation spirit in Mainz/Germany.

 

 

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