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© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

Hermeneutics — the hidden success driver

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art+Communication Fellow

 

ValueLearning — the real value of communication is not only a process:

• Hermeneutics is the methodology that provides the way of mastering in art of interpretation to create context.

• When it comes to Dialectic as a more creative discourse then language, tonality, mimics and gestures play an important role. 

• „Innovatik” as systemic innovation management approach makes a big sense.

Learning the real value of communication is not only a process which one can experience communication itself by interacting with people and the environment, but also a process of acquiring the main philosophy including dimensions and essentials of valuable communication. For the first time, a spreadsheet is prepared to showcase these dimensions and essentials by Value Communication AG in Mainz. In order to become an effective communicator, one should concentrate to combine these three dimensions such as Dialectic (as a more creative discourse), Hermeneutics (as the sense of purpose) and ”Innovatik“ as systemic innovation management approach)  as cited above in the chart.

As one of the very important parts of valuable communication, Hermeneutics is    the methodology that provides the way of mastering in art of interpretation to create context. The methodology actually started as a legal and theological conception governing the interpretation of civil war, however; thanks to smart and effective philosophers like Hans-Georg Gadamer as a godfather of Hermeneutics, it becomes a valuable phenomenon to experience valuable communication in the best way. Unfortunately, today Hermeneutics is not valued as much as it deserve. Nevertheless, we should keep in mind that Hermeneutics is far more effective and essential than before as humankind need to be able to analyze aspects around her via reaching the sense of purpose in the best way.

Dialetic enables creative interaction.
„Innovatik“ manages connectivity!

When it comes to Dialectic as a more creative discourse then language, tonality, mimics and gestures play an important role. Our way of dealing with arguments and contradictions and preparing attractive speeches requires us to focus more on Dialectic. Being empathetic and using rhetoric in an influential ways form Dialectic as a segment of valuable communication and the interaction with the Audience is crucial to communicate better. Also, without critical ability and responsiveness, we are not able to create a healthy  business relationship and to integrate in B2B and H2H aspects properly.

As the third segment of dimensions and essentials that make communication valuable, ”Innovatik“ as systemic innovation management approach makes a big sense. Innovation by technology needs valuable communication to enables interaction/ interactivity, networking (the Cloud Principle), being systematic, having useful/profitable options, following advantageous and simplistic opportunities, and also benefiting from WIN-WIN-WIN-Principle as a manufacturer, buyer and any customer´s customer.

 

Our take: All of these useful and effective aspects to experience valuable communication have been used in our project Value Art&Com Project on track of searching the real value of communication via the interviews, comments and also cultural and historical researches we have made so far. The spreadsheet by Andreas Weber was the scientific base of our project to analyze each step and to interpret our findings and results. There is no doubt that the combination of Dialectic, Hermeneutics and ”Innovatik“ come as the perfect trio to guide not only those who are willing to become communication professionals (or better best-in-class communicators) and influential analysts, but also those who are willing to become successful as professionals connecting innovation to profit.

 

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What is the Real Value of Communication?

 

”The best ibook I have ever created – and also the very first one!“
—Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow

 

ValueLearnings

  1. A very unique ValueArt+Com project. Composed in Mainz/Germany, the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg and the hometown of the culture of communication.
  2. Dedicated to all of us, to become or to keep smart communicators!
  3. The iBook publishing process will start soon. Via Slideshare you could have a preview (without animations and videos, for sure!).

Background

„The moment I have prepared the scenario for my research project, I wanted it to be something entertaining but serious to provide an effective scientific learning about the real value of communication via experiencing a beautiful city; Mainz as a cultural center of communication. As a Sociology student from Bogazici University, Istanbul, I have created this iBook with a professional analyst, Andreas Weber, in order to showcase the interviews, blog posts and researches we have created as a content for Value Art+Communication Project as a part of my official work in Value Communication AG, Mainz.“


About the iBook

It is all about art and culture as key issues of communication! — The German city Mainz is situated in Rheinland-Pfalz state with a rich cultural and historical environment. Inspired by this 2000-year old city as the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg and the surrounding area as a leading centre of the culture of communication, this interactive ibook edition showcases the real value of communication through photos, videos, animations interviews and texts as the content of a project called Value Art+Communication Project.

 

Our Take:
A unique and entertaining resource to learn about the real value of communication by experiencing the spirit of Mainz, hometown of Johannes Gutenberg.

 

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Hello,

My name is Sükran.

I always enjoy meeting new people from various countries and different perspectives as a Sociology student from Turkey. After doing my AFS Exchange Program in Belgium and getting involved in an international peace project in the Netherlands, I said “why not to apply the Erasmus internship program which gives an opportunity to work in different European countries for 3 months”.

The city of Mainz was a kind of un-existing place for me a few months ago. I have never heard the name of this beautiful city when I was in Turkey. I think, and also what I have heard so far, when it comes to speaking about Germany, is that most of the people from other countries only know; cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, or Nürnberg, but not Mainz.

When I have arrived here to start my Erasmus internship in an international research and publishing company, Value Communication AG in where I get the chance to work with a professional analyst and the founder of Value Communication, Andreas Weber, I was fascinated by the rich cultural and artistic environment of Mainz as the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg and the surrounding area as a leading centre of the culture of communication. It was an emotion that feels like a magic from the history but still existing with its modern face in today`s world.

All these feelings and ideas made me think about the lack of sufficient information and effective communication mediums about the existence of a 2000-year-old city. On that moment, I have decided to create a project which we called´Value Art+Communication Project´ in order to showcase the real value of Mainz without turning it to a touristic advertisement.

In the very beginning, I have prepared a scenario considering the steps of my city experience in Mainz as a project. The scenario I prepared contains realizing the rich history of the city, taking photos in several points in Mainz (not only touristic ones), interviewing with people with different professions who somehow experience Mainz; from minister president of Rheinland-Pfalz state to international students and from business executives to artists, and writing blog posts combining the interviews we called as ValueTalk! and Mainz as a cultural center of communication.

I think, the real value of communication is to experience life itself without taboos and to be able to live with other living beings by exchanging ideas and emotions without discriminating them. It is the communication itself where we can integrate every aspect of life with different perspectives. What makes communication valuable is the lifelong experience each of us has in an unique way. That’s why each of candidates I interviewed by asking the same question, what is the real value of communication, they answered in different ways but none of them denied the fact that communication is valuable and important.

I think the real value of communication for me now, is experiencing the city of Mainz with amazing people I got chance to meet, home-like environment in where I work, and the fascinating culture and history behind. I am very happy to become a part of this experience!

Danke schön! Tschüss!

 

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Şükran Ceren Salalı came from Istanbul to Mainz for a 3 month stay.
Painting: Ying Lin-Sill. Photo: Andreas Weber

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Note: A ValueCheck! dedicated to Gutenberg’s City, Mainz has to be written in german language. For our foreign friends around the globe we translated it as well. So enjoy both versions!

 

MAINZ BLEIBT MAINZ!

Von Andreas Weber

Es gibt wenige Städte in Deutschland, die auf eine so reichhaltige und bewegte Vergangenheit zurückblicken können wie Mainz. Die Stadt an der Mündung vom Main in den Rhein, im herzen Europas, erstarrt nicht in Traditionsbewusstsein. Mainz ist quicklebendig, großstädtisch, weltoffen, wandlungsfähig, eingebunden in ein attraktives Umland, eng verflochten mit anderen Wirtschafts- und Kulturzentren in Nah und Fern. Über 2000 Jahre Stadt-Geschichte haben Spuren hinterlassen und prägen das Mainzer Stadtbild — über- und unterirdisch. Portale, Triumphbögen, Theater, Gedenksäulen, Wohnhäuser, Schiffe und vieles mehr sind aus vergangenen Epochen überliefert, selten erhalten. Mainz als Ort der Kultur und Begegnung war immer auch ein Machtzentrum, das Angriffslust und Eroberungsdrang provozierte.

Ob als römische Garnisonsstadt, als Sitz der Reichskanzler und Erzbischöfe, als Departement-Hauptstadt zu Zeiten der Französischen Revolution und Besatzungszeit oder als strategischer Verkehrsknotenpunkt während des Zweiten Weltkriegs: Mainz war vor Zerstörungswut nie sicher. Geprägt wurde und wird Mainz seit jeher von den Menschen, die dem Ort Leben einhauchen. Mainz war bereits „multikulturell“ als es dieses Wort noch gar nicht gab. Von überall her kommen Menschen als Besucher, begeisterte Wahl-Mainzer lassen sich in bester Nachbarschaft mit den Alt-Eingesessenen nieder — und bleiben oft ein Leben lang! Andere wiederum setzen aus voller Sympathie in Mainz Zeichen, man denke an Marc Chagall und seine weltberühmten Kirchenfernster in Sankt Stephan! Doch auch Profanes ist in Mainz anders als anderswo: Der erlebnis- und genussreiche Wochenmarkt im Schatten des Mainzer Domes gehört zu den grössten und schönsten der Republik. Überhaupt: Die Mainzer stehen kulinarischen Genüssen, inklusive leckeren Weinen, sehr aufgeschlossen gegenüber. 

Mainzer sind erfinderisch. Nicht nur, dass der „Man of the Millennium“ Johannes Gutenberg, seine bahnbrechende Entwicklung des Druckens mit beweglichen Lettern auf Mainzer Boden vollendete. Mainz hat im Sinne eines erweiterten Kulturbegriffs wichtige gesellschaftlich-kulturelle Entwicklungen geschaffen und bewahrt. Von der „Fassenacht“ als Instrument der politisch-humorvollen „Opposition“ über die erste öffentliche deutsche Bürgergalerie bis zum nach-haltigen Napoleon-Kult bis nach 1860 ist das Leben in Mainz von Freiheitsdrang, Unabhängigkeit und Individualität gezeichnet. Mainzer sind trotz alledem keine Egoisten. Sie sind gesellig, freundlich, hilfsbereit und aufgeschlossen. Die Stadt lässt ihren Bürgern stets viel Freiraum, den man nur auszufüllen wissen muss. Das macht Mainz unglaublich attraktiv.

„Kunst dient der Wahrnehmung von Wirklichkeit, die es zu hinterfragen gilt“, formulierte Guido Ludes, der seiner Wahlheimat Mainz zwei Bücher widmete, mit hunderten Zeichnungen und Dutzenden Gemälden. Die Stadt als Architekturkörper ist durch das Werk der Menschen ständig im Umbruch und in Bewegung. Der diese Szenerie beobachtende Künstler versteckt sein Erstaunen darüber nicht. Er setzt dem großartigen Gestaltungswillen der Mainzer Bau-Bürger ein kongeniales Denkmal.

Publikationen über Mainz, konzipiert als Bestandsaufnahme des städtischen Lebens Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts, weichen von der Norm ab. Das Ensemble von Interviews, Statements, Kurztexten, Zitaten, Fotos mit atypischen Blickwinkeln und eine der guten Typografie verpflichtete Gestaltung werden der Besonderheit dieser Stadt mehr als gerecht. Es eröffnen sich mehrere Perspektiven gleichzeitig: Architektur-Motive und Bauwerke als Metapher für Wandel, Menschen, die gestern, heute und morgen das Stadtbild prägen, kommen zu Wort. Die Stadt wird in ihrer Historie erfasst, um ihre Modernität und Zeitlosigkeit anschaulich zu machen: Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft, das Simultane und nicht das Lineare wird zur Leitlinie. Im Zentrum stehen Menschen, die gestern, heute und morgen das Stadtbild prägen und sich für immer Mainz verbunden fühlen. Es dreht sich in Mainz ganz besonders um Beziehungen: Mensch-zu-Mensch, Mensch-zu-Stadt, Stadt-zu-Mensch.

Was Metropolen am Flächenausdehnung ausmacht, besitzt Mainz an Tiefgang.

 

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“MAINZ BLEIBT MAINZ!”

By Andreas Weber

There are only a few cities in Germany that can look back on such a rich and colorful past as Mainz. The city at the mouth of the Main into the Rhine, in the heart of Europe, seems not to be captured in its rich tradition. Mainz is alive, metropolitan, cosmopolitan, versatile, integrated in attractive surroundings, interwined with other economic and cultural centers in near and far. Over 2000 years of urban history have left their mark and characterize the image of the city of Mainz — above and below the ground. Portals, triumphal arches, theaters, commemorative columns, houses, old roman ships, and more are handed down from the past, rarely receive.

Mainz as a place of culture and encounter was always a center of power, which provoked aggression and conquest urge. Whether as an ancient Roman garrison town, the seat of the Chancellor („Reichskanzler“) and archbishops, as departmental capital at the time of the French Revolution and occupation or as a strategic transport hub during the Second World War: Mainz was never safe from vandalism. But Mainz has always been supported by people who breathe life to the place. Mainz had been “multicultural” even the word itself did not exist. From everywhere people love to come to Mainz; and if they stay they will become friends in the best neighborhood with the old-established residents — so they often stay for a lifetime! Others consist of full sympathy in Mainz characters, think of Marc Chagall and its famous church windows in Sankt Stephan! But the profane is unlike anywhere else in Mainz: The eventful and enjoyable weekly farmers market in the shadow of the giant cathedral is one of the largest and most beautiful of the Republic. In general: The people in Mainz are very open-minded about culinary delights, including delicious wines.

People in Mainz are inventive. Not only that, the “Man of the Millennium“, Johannes Gutenberg his pioneering development of printing with movable type in Mainz finished floor. Mainz has created and preserves important socio-cultural developments in the sense of an expanded concept of culture. From the ”Fassenacht“ (”Carnival“) as an instrument of political and humorous ”opposition“ on the first public German citizens to the gallery after-containing Napoleon cult until after 1860 living in Mainz of desire for freedom, independence and individuality is drawn. The people of Mainz are not egoists despite everything. They are sociable, friendly, helpful and approachable. The city delivers its citizens always enough free space, but you have to know to fill out. This makes Mainz incredibly attractive.

“Art is the perception of reality that applies to question it,” formulated Guido Ludes, of his adopted hometown Mainz devoted two amazing books, with hundreds of drawings and dozens of paintings. He showed us the city of Mainz as an architectural body through the work of people constantly changing and in motion. The scenery observed by this artist does not hide his astonishment. He shared his point of view as an artist unifying the citizens of Mainz with its buildings as a congenial monument.

Publications about Mainz, designed as a survey of urban life beginning of the 21st century, have to be beyond the norm. The ensemble of interviews, statements, short texts, quotations, pictures and a good typography and design are the special feature of this city more than fair. It opens up several perspectives simultaneously: 

  • architectural designs and buildings as metaphors for creation, change and destruction; 
  • people who, today, and tomorrow characterize the city yesterday, to share their ideas and observations. 

The city is recorded in their history to make their modernity and timelessness vividly. Past, present and future as a simultaneous momentum and not dominated by a linear structure build the guideline to experience Mainz. The focus is on people, yesterday, today and tomorrow dominate the cityscape, and feel forever linked to Mainz. Human-to-human. Human-to-city. And city-to-human!

My take:
What makes mega cities areal extent, Mainz has in depth.

 

 

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In 2004 (exactly the year when Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook), we published an extraordinary book about Gutenberg’s City: “Guido Ludes | Stadtlandschaften Mainz II”.

The Artist Guido Ludes created more than 200 drawings showcasing Mainz via its streets, squares, buildings and the street life. Several dozens statements by people living in Mainz or coming to Mainz as visitors were integrated. My article “Mainz bleibt Mainz” served as the preface for the book. And its still valid and wonderful. It will be also the basis for our new Value Art+Com Project to highlight the culture of communication in Mainz by answering the question: “What is the real value of communication?”. (Initiator and Editor: Şükran Ceren Salalı, Istanbul).

 

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@ 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

ValueLearnings:
• IoT is crucial for any kind of Business Model Innovation
• IoT will increase profit and growth via Value Creation and Value Capture
• IoT follows the rules of Value Innovation by the Big 5-C approach

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow

Gordon Hui, who leads the business design & strategy practice at Smart Design in United States and England, just published a blog post called How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models concerning with the relationship between the Internet of Things and existing business models.

According to Hui, today`s business model innovation is hugely affected by the Internet of Things (IoT) which includes value creation and value capture which are two main points for companies in order to increase their profits.

Value creation plays an important role to provide activities for companies in order to increase their offering and to support customer willingness to pay as a main business model. Moreover, value capture provides strategies that help companies to maximize their profits from discrete product sales by setting the right price which means also the monetization of customer value.

Real-time and Over-the-Air updates

The changes that based on value creation and value capture can be counted in many steps related with the traditional product mindset. Through value creation, addressing real-time and emergent news in a predictive manner rather than in a reactive manner, benefiting from over-the-air updates instead of focusing solely the product itself, and also using information convergence more than using single point data help companies to adapt the right business strategies for a healthier customer relationship and better profits. When it comes to value capture, enabling recurring revenue, adding personalization and context and also understanding how other business partners make money encourage companies to maximize their profits.

Hui also quotes Zach Supalla`s, the CEO of Spark (an open source IoT platform), words; “With the IoT, you can’t think of a company in a vacuum. The market stack is deeper than traditional products; you need to think about how your company will monetize your product and how your product will allow others to generate and collect value, too.” In other words, Supalla draws attention to the point that the value of IoT is huge enough to connect profits from different products each other.

ValueAdvice: Connect Innovation to Profit

What Andreas Weber suggests in How to Survive the Innovation Dilemma is a principle called `the Big 5-C´ that contains content, connectivity, consumers & brands, community and creativity. The Value Innovation strategy also contains the function of IoT by highlighting the importance of connectivity and consumer&brands, which are exactly serve for the same mission to create value in business strategies in order to support customer willingness and maximize company profits.

 

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In Brief:  What does „Internet of Things (IoT)“ mean?

The Internet of Things (IoT, also Cloud of Things or CoT) includes objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

The Internet of Things can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low — or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.

The Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities, also enabling advanced applications like a Smart Grid.

ValueCheck! — Print sink!.001

Open letter from the German Digital Printing Forum spokesman Andreas Weber to all who should take care! 

 

Dear friends of the Digital Printing Forum community,
dear friends of printed communication! 

Since the beginning of 2014, we had much to criticize: 

  1. The print industry communicates poorly, not to say lousy … all are more concerned with themselves than with customers and markets. (The only ones who benefit from a good market communication, the online printers grow strong and profitable, succeed in B2B, also thanks to Bernd Zipper, who is doing a good trade-communication via beyondprint.de).
  2. Among the manufacturers / suppliers for digital printing technologies are plenty of so-called “managers” in the lead position of the 1st and 2nd levels, who excel as a dilettante — and you should quickly throw them out what is already happening in part (bye bye, Armando) …
  3. Publishers as well as agencies don’t believe in print and don’t know how to use digital printing in a proper way. And it will be worse rather than better (except for Calvendo and some others!).

 

And now this bad news (what was to be expected, but still shocking): 

Innovation Primus Xerox loses its core business digital printing machines in the second quarter of 2014, almost one-third of sales.  — Ouch, that is in the billions of US-Dollars! 

Who thinks gloating now, haha, your own fault, should bear in mind that this loss of revenue is not collected at Xerox from other manufacturers. [See: The Decline of Digital Printing Continues. Is Xerox loose its core business? # value # print http://fb.me/2YGiNTqkY ]

The truth is rather that the gigantic multi-billion-euro investments in digital printing systems are in no economically reasonable proportion to the value creation capabilities of most print shops; thus the proportion of digital printing in the total print volume of the print industry keeps marginal (around 15%) and remains constantly low.

 

At a glance: On the current situation of the manufacturers in Germany 

It is clear that for years hardly a manufacturer did a good job to innovate and develope new markets:

Konica Minolta reached in Germany the pole position (but sold huge amounts of digital printing systems to the customers of the printing industry).

Heidelberg can take a run again and has now (once again) a new “Digital Strategy”, which could indicate success in two to three years.

Ricoh grabs it anyway, but is almost invisible and silent, and in the commercial printing market Ricoh’s success relates to Heidelberg activities who just pander Fuji.

Canon and Océ transform their synergistic success for „shrink art“ and are always invisible and insignificant for the print industry!

HP Indigo stagnant albeit at relatively high level, but suffers from a fatal and lousy market communication on EMEA level and by the HP Group  in total.

Landa is the best „money-collector“ and fund raiser without a deliverable product to serve the market on time.

— The classics like manroland and KBA including her partner Kodak are the only ones who look at themselves to be a champion in digital printing.

— Only in the niche markets there are “Lucky Guys”, such as Xeikon, Dainippon Screen, EFI or Domino.

— BTW: The paper manufacturers have already adjusted their business to declining demand. Especially in digital printing in the so-called office and home printing area, the decline is striking; similar is also expected in the commercial printing segment!

 

What does that mean?  For you, for us as a digital print forum community plus for all those print service providers? 

All of us should quickly modify our behavior and go-to-market approach. Now. Not tomorrow!

We need a disruptive approach to say goodbye to all this above mentioned grievances. Suspected to the market, consumers and companies have to get clear and valuable information to what is possible via breathtaking digital printing services (even in combination with social media).

And last but not least: It must be clear, by facts and emotionally believable that innovative in print communications via digital printing will produce clear benefits and profitable growth in any dimension of a business.

A current example as proof that it still goes: The Swedish group Elanders AB, which grows well with digital printing and innovations over the market average; Elanders Germany’s with its facilities in Waiblingen (close to Stuttgart) is able to expand its digital printing center and conquered in the packaging and in new supply chain markets. [See our Value Check-analyzes!, And the interview with Elanders CEO Magnus Nilsson]

Whoever, therefore, wants to get involved to turn things around, has a good chance. 

And can feel free to contact us in digital printing forum. And be sure: Not only the big players like Elanders could belong to winners in the future!

We have launched a series of measures and new projects in the Summer 2014 (keyword Innovation coaching, including ValueCheck! and ValueTalk!). Made for to save what is worth saving about: innovation for the market benefit, coupled with the new go-to-market principles. 

Our believe: It is no longer enough only to compensate or correct what is going wrong so far! Be disruptive by innovation!

I look forward to your feedback and messages.
You are welcome to join the Digital Print Forum Initiative and our Group on XING as well.

Best regards from the Gutenberg City, Mainz,

Yours sincerely

Andreas Weber
//Founder and Spokesman Digital Printing Forum
CEO of Value Communication AG

XING:

https://www.xing.com/profile/Andreas_Weber46

https://www.xing.com/net/prica0432x/ddf/

 

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ValueCheck! — Sommerfest in Mainz bei VRM.001

 

Eindrücke, Erlebnisse und Erinnerungen von Andreas Weber
(die er gerne per Social Media und v. a. auf Facebook teilt!)

 

Prolog

Mainz, die Gutenberg-Stadt, feiert gerne. so auch letzte Woche am 25. Juli 2014 auf einem tollen Sommerfest. Geladen hat die IHK Rheinhessen und die Handwerkskammer, Gastgeber ist die Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main (VRM), Sponsoren sind die Schott AG und andere. Rundum ein gelungenes Fest, mit Live-Musik, tollem Buffet und der gesamten Mainzer Business-Elite.

Soweit alles OK?
Im Prinzip „ja!“.
Dann aber doch „nein!“.

 

Bei einem Sommerfest mit Sponsoren müssen auch Reden gehalten werden. Und klar, das übernimmt zunächst der Gastgeber VRM durch den Sprecher der Geschäftsführung, Hans Georg Schnücker, der punktgenau seit 10 Jahren im Amt ist. Und einen prima Job gemacht hat: Neues Gebäude, gute Marktposition als Regionalzeitungsgruppe (im Vergleich zu anderen Zeitungsunternehmen). Und doch klagt der Chef und oberste Verleger sein Leid mit der zunehmenden Digitalisierung, die da auf uns einströme. Er erläutert, wie man darauf aus seiner Sicht erfolgreich agiere, indem man seine Online-Angebote per Websites ausbaue, sogar mit der Gründerszene in Mainz angebandelt habe, um neue technische Möglichkeiten zu nutzen und das Online-Engagement weiter zu optimieren. Das Credo lautete wohl: Wenn Print nicht mehr so läuft, dann stellen wir unsere Inhalte halt online. Wird schon klappen. Irgendwie. VRM-Boss Schnücker sagte wörtlich: „Die Digitalisierung ist die größte gesellschaftliche Revolution, wahrscheinlich wichtiger als Gutenbergs Erfindung des Buchdrucks“.

Und was heisst das? Digitalisierung ist ein technischer Vorgang, keine Gesellschaft-Form oder gar Kulturleistung einer Gesellschaft. US-Amerikaner, allesamt Wirtschaftsführer, wählten Gutenberg zum „Man of the Millennium“. Zum Jahrtausend-Erfinder. Und den werfen wir Mainzer, in seiner Heimatstadt, jetzt über Bord, wegen der (nicht richtig begriffenen) „Digitalisierung“, die eine Revolution auslöst? Uff!

Nichtsdestotrotz: Das alles hörte sich für die Anwesenden plausibel an. Auch dass der Verleger ein wenig verlegen war, weil er scheinbar nicht so ganz durchblickt und abschätzen kann, wie hoch die Digitalisierungs-Welle tatsächlich schwappt, die die Medienlandschaft unter Wasser setzt. Alle Gäste hörten artig zu. Und glaubten dem Redner, was er sagte. Und respektierten, dass wir in einer schwierigen Zeit leben. Des Verlegers Journalisten und Fotografen wuselten umher, um artig „Content“ zu erstellen, der dann, später, in der Zeitung (Print und dann auch online) erscheinen wird. Schließlich sind die Anwesenden ja allesamt wichtige/potenzielle Anzeigen-/Werbe- und Lesekunden.

 

Hoppla: Facebook wird geschmäht! Und Gutenberg über Bord geworfen!

Während sich das abspielte, tummelten sich einige der Gäste auf Facebook und Twitter, um zu teilen, was sie erlebten. Zehntausende Mainzer, die nicht zugegen waren, tummelten sich auch „online“: auf Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Sie nutzen alles intensiv, nur nicht die „digitalen Online-Angebote“ der Verlagsgruppe Rhein-Main. Warum auch, steht ja alles anderntags in der gedruckten Zeitung. Klar, alle Journalisten arbeiten für Print und die VRM-Websites.

Jedenfalls blieb die Facebook-Seite der VRM vom schönen Sommerfest während es stattfand unberührt — und damit auch der Normal-Leser aus Mainz und Rheinhessen, egal ob nun Sommerfest-Besucher oder auch nicht.

Co-Redner Dr. Peter Hanser-Strecker, selbst Verleger, Träger des Grossen Verdienstkreuzes der Bundesrepublik und Beiratsvorsitzender der VRM, fand auch einen guten Grund, nicht mit den Facebooks, Googles und Co. warm werden zu können. Das seien ja alles Urheberrechtsverletzer. Ganz schlimm. — Und auch ganz paradox. Denn die Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer hatte bei der Ordensverleihung in der Staatskanzlei zu Mainz über Dr. Hanser Strecke gesagt: „Sein Name steht für die ertragreiche Verbindung aus unternehmerischem Pioniergeist, moralischem und sozialem Ethos und kultureller Verantwortung“.

Das wird Präsident Obama auch über Facebook-Gründer Marc Zuckerberg zurecht sagen. Und nun? Wer hat recht? Wiederum: ein klares „sowohl als auch“. Klar hat der Dr. Peter Hanser-Strecker recht, Urheberrechte sind heilig. Aber er bezieht es ja gar nicht auf uns, sondern auf sich, seinen Verlag, seine Autoren. Und die wollen Geld für die Nutzung ihrer Inhalte. Die Bösen, die zudem noch Gutenberg verehren, die machen Inhalte kostenfrei zugänglich… Pfui!

 

 

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Wichtig: Media ist Social!

Und hier schließt sich der Kreis: Der Verleger und die VRM wie auch der genannte VRM-Beiratsvorsitzende sträuben sich gegen die Digitalisierung und ignorieren die Wichtigkeit des „Social“ bei „Media“. Schade, denn Interaktion und Anteilnahme sind in der Social World weit ausgeprägter, als beim Publizieren von Websites und gedruckten Zeitungen, die so gut wie gar nicht auf Interaktion ausgelegt sind. Interaktion ist aber nötig, um Emotionen zu wecken. Alles andere ist Datenvervielfältigung, was nicht besser wird, wenn man statt auf Papier diese auch per Website ausliefert.

Übrigens: Die Verdienste des Gutenbergs liegen weniger im Buchdruck (was auch immer das bedeuten mag; Gutenberg nutzte die Hochdruck-Technik zum Drucken von Büchern, hat dieses altbekannte Verfahren aber nicht erfunden), sondern im Setzen und Drucken mit beweglichen Lettern. Im Zeitalter der vielgeschorenen „Digitalisierung” hätte Gutenberg als smarter Mainzer bestimmt das Publizieren mit beweglichen Daten erfunden (das ja heute sogar bei Drucksachen geht). Ob das die VRM dann lizensiert und nutzbar gemacht hätte? Wer weiss. Wer weiss.

Und, wen interessiert das schon mit dem „ollen Gutenberg“, dem ersten weltweit erfolgreichen Start-up-Unternehmer in Mainz? Den hat es doch weggefegt! Hauptsache das Sommerfest war klasse! Und 1.100 Gäste waren gerne dabei. Ja dann, bis zum nächsten mal. Ciao!

 

Epilog

Wenn man die VRM Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main auf Facebook sucht, taucht als erstes eine von Facebook automatisiert erzeugte Page auf (die sich aus Wikipedia speist). Erst auf den zweiten Blick bemerkt man, das VRM auch selbst eine Page betreibet, allerdings mit sehr wenigen „Besuchern“ (am 29.7.2014, 12:00h waren es nur 514, und nur 434 „Gefällt mir“ Angaben; waren wohl die eigenen Mitarbeiter, oder?). — Und zum Sommerfest ist immer noch nix von VRM gepostet!

Irgendwie ist mir das als Wahl-Mainzer peinlich.
Es macht mich verlegen, obwohl ich gar nicht Verleger sein will…
Sorry, Mr. Gutenberg! We still love and admire you!

 

 

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 By Şükran Ceren Salalı and Andreas Weber

 

“What is the real value of communication?”

Nanette Scriba is one of the most amazing and impressive artists in Germany. Born in Mainz/Germany, she is a well known and an admired singer and painter. Her point of view on communication contributes in a perfect way to our collection of statements answering the question: “What is the real value of communication?”.

 

Listen and learn. And enjoy. Watch the Video
(statements in english and german!):

 

 

 

About the Value Art+Com project

WE PROUDLY PRESENT:
THE VALUE ART & COM PROJECT

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

Great statements and interviews collected by Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow from Istanbul.

About a dozen creatives and “normals” deliver great statements. It’s all about: What is the real value 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, 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 30 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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More Information:

http://wp.me/p2C5zg-iE

http://wp.me/p2C5zg-jW

via @ValueCommAG

 

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@ 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

 

Offenerer Brief von DigitaldruckForum-Sprecher Andreas Weber an alle, die es interessieren sollte!

 

Liebe Freunde des DigitaldruckForum, liebe Freunde der gedruckten Kommunikation!

Seit Jahresanfang 2014 hatten wir viel zu kritisieren:

  1. Die Print-Branche kommuniziert schlecht, um nicht zu sagen saumäßig… Alle sind mehr mit sich als mit Kunden und Märkten beschäftigt.
    (Die einzigen, die von guter Marktkommunikation profitieren, sind die Online-Printer, die stark und profitabel wachsen, im B2B reüssieren, auch dank Bernd Zipper, der eine gute Fach-Kommunikation via beyondprint.de leistet).
  2. Bei den Herstellern/Lieferanten für Digitaldruck-Technologien sind jede Menge sog. “Manager” in Führungsposition der 1. und 2. Ebene, die sich als Dilettanten hervortun — und die man rasch rausschmeissen sollte, was zum Teil gerade passiert (bye bye Armando)…
  3. Verlage wie auch Agenturen bekommen Richtung Print kaum noch was auf die Reihe. Und es wird eher schlimmer als besser (ausser bei Calvendo!).

 

Und jetzt das (was zu erwarten war, aber trotzdem schockt):

Innovations-Primus Xerox verliert in seinem Stammgeschäft Digitaldruck-Maschinen im 2. Quartal 2014 fast ein Drittel des Umsatzes.
Autsch, das geht in die Milliarden!

Wer jetzt hämisch denkt, haha, selbst schuld, sollte bedenken, dass dieser Umsatzverlust bei Xerox keineswegs von anderen Herstellern aufgefangen wird.
Siehe: The Decline of Digital Printing continues. Is Xerox lose its core business? #value #print http://fb.me/2YGiNTqkY

Richtig ist vielmehr, dass die gigantischen Multi-Milliarden-Euro-Investments in Digitaldruck-System in keinem ökonomisch vernünftigen Verhältnis stehen zu den Wertschöpfungsmöglichkeiten der meisten Druckereibetriebe; dadurch bleibt der Anteil von Digitaldruck am Gesamtdruckvolumen der Print-Branche bei marginalen 15 % konstant gering.

 

Zur aktuellen Lage der Hersteller in Deutschland

Klar ist, dass seit Jahren kaum ein Hersteller sich mit Ruhm bekleckert oder tatsächlich Märkte innoviert und weiterentwickelt:

  • Konica Minolta ist in Deutschland zum Platzhirsch geworden (verkauft aber riesige Mengen an Digitaldruck-Systemen an die Kunden der Druckereien!).
  • Heidelberg kann wieder Anlauf nehmen und hat nunmehr (wieder einmal) eine neue “Digital Strategy”, die in zwei bis drei Jahren Erfolg zeigen könnte.
  • Ricoh packt es irgendwie, ist aber nahezu unsichtbar und lautlos, und im Druckmarkt von Heidelberg abhängig, die gerade mit Fuji anbandeln.
  • Canon und Océ verwandeln ihre Synergie-Erfolge zur Schrumpf-Kunst und werden immer unsichtbarer und unbedeutender für die Print-Branche!
  • HP Indigo stagniert (wenn auch auf vergleichsweise) hohem Niveau, leidet aber unter fataler Kommunikations-Unfähifgkeit der “Oberen” auf EMEA-Ebene und des Konzerns HP insgesamt.
  • Landa ist bestens beim Geld-Einsammeln und kommt noch lange nicht in die Puschen. (“Nano nanü”, was ist da los? Haha!).
  • Die Klassiker wie manroland und KBA inkl. ihrem Partner Kodak sind selbst die einzigen, die sich bei Digitaldruck ganz, ganz vorne sehen.
  • Nur in der Nische gibt es “Lucky Guys”, wie z. B. Xeikon, Dainippon Screen, EFI oder Domino.
  • Apropos: Die Papierhersteller haben sich längst schon auf zurück gehende Nachfrage eingestellt. Vor allem im Digitaldruck im sog. Office- und Homeprinting-Bereich ist der Rückgang eklatant; ähnliches wird im kommerziellen Print-Markt auch erwartet.!

 

Was heisst das?
Für Sie, für uns als DigitaldruckForum, für innovative Druckdienstleister?

Nun: Vor allem sollten rasch einiges ändern.Und zwar ab sofort!

Wir brauchen einen disruptiven Ansatz, uns von all diesem o. g. Missständen zu verabschieden. V. a. um dem Markt, sprich den Verbrauchern und Unternehmen, klar zu machen, was mit Digitaldruck möglich ist (gerade in Kombination mit Social Media; und last but not least: Es muss klar und deutlich, faktisch wie emotional glaubhaft werden, was wir im Digitaldruck per innovativer Printkommunikation drauf haben, um klare Nutzen und profitables Wachstum zu erzeugen.

Aktuelles Beispiel als Beweis dafür, das es doch geht: Die schwedische Gruppe Elanders AB, die mit Digitaldruck und Innovationen weit über dem Marktdurchschnitt wächst; die Waiblingen zum Digitaldruckzentrum ausbaut und im Packaging sowie in Supply Chain neue Märkte erobert. — Siehe unsere ValueCheck!-Analysen und das Interview mit Magnus Nilsson.

Wer sich sich also engagieren will, das Ruder herumzureissen, hat gute Chancen.
Und kann sich gerne bei uns im DigitaldruckForum melden.

Wir haben im Sommer eine Serie von Maßnahmen und Neuprojekten gestartet (Stichwort Innovations-Coachings, inkl. ValueCheck! und ValueTalk!), um zu retten, was zu retten lohnt: Innovationen, die dem Markt zugute kommen, gekoppelt mit neuen Go-to-Market-Prinzipien. — Es genügt also/längst nicht mehr, nur kompensieren oder zu verbessern, was bis dato schief läuft!

Ich freue mich auf Ihre Nachricht. Gerne auch über die DigitaldruckForum-Gruppe auf XING.

Beste Grüße aus der Gutenberg-Stadt,

Ihr
Andreas Weber
Gründer und Sprecher DigitaldruckForum
CEO von Value Communication AG

XING:
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© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

ValueLearnings

• Innovation is driven by culture and art

• Communication is driven by culture and art

• Artists life & work is driven by values communication

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow

I always enjoy interacting with new people from various countries with different perspectives. After doing my AFS Exchange Program in Belgium and participating in an international peace project in the Netherlands, I said “why not to apply the Erasmus internship program which gives an opportunity to work in different countries for 3 months”. In the beginning, it took me a long time to decide which city to choose, however; while I was doing my research, I have heard many positive comments about the life here in Mainz. After a process of finding a right place for my internship, I am accepted in Value Communication AG, a global research and publishing company gives a high value to art, culture and communication and based in Mainz where I started to work as Value Art + Communication Fellow.

When I arrived in Mainz as a Sociology student and as an Erasmus intern from Istanbul, I got inspired and fascinated by the rich cultural and artistic environment of the city as the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg and the surrounding area as a leading centre of the culture of communication. Based on my inspiration, I decided to experience this city in order to find out the interaction between the rich culture of the city and the real value of communication. Also, I had this great support and useful advices from Andreas Weber, who is an expert on communication and the founder of Value Communication AG. That´s how our Value Art and Com (i.e. Communication) project is brought into action.

As one of my project areas, I visited an exhibition, Kunst Direkt 2014, which took place in Rheingoldhalle, at one of the beautiful spots of Mainz situated near the river, Rhein. In the exhibition, there were 120 talented artists from Rheinland-Pfalz state of Germany. The exhibition was consisted of different rooms in which each artist could present her/his artwork. I found this event as a wonderful opportunity to start my interviews for our Value Art&Com Project. There, I interviewed with 10 artists, some of them were painters while others were sculptors. The most important thing is that, by these interviews, I had the chance to know what artists as talented people think about the real value of communication. I had different approaches by each of their responses which gave our project an artistic touch and various points of view. As a person who is very well interested in art, media and cinema, It was a very special process for me and for our disruptive project.

 

Pls. watch as well our Slideshare presentation which includes all those fantastic videos (Series 1).

 

 

If you prefer YouTube please watch our video as well:

ValueTalk! — Thoams Brenner

© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

 

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