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Photo: Nice Branding Agency, Nashiville, USA

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

 

In the run-up to drupa 2020, the technology group Ricoh has raised an interesting question in the context of its inkjet printing activities: “How do experts rate the status of the ‘offset to digital transition’ happening in the production print arena? – Below my assessment. Comments welcome!

To be honest: I know Ricoh’s inkjet printing developments right from the start, and I was very impressed with Ricoh’s progress with its flagship product VC70000 at the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019. My conversation with Ricoh Europe’s Business Innovation and Solutions Director Erwin Busselot showed that image quality and productivity has made a quantum leap and meets the most up-to-date requirements.

At the same time, aspects of the optimal utilization of such a high-end system by commercial printers were revealed; and whether there are currently and in the near future a sufficient number of PSP’s that have the necessary huge amounts of data easily available and then process them accordingly. Specially for variable data printing, which is far from mainstream in the classical production environment, but absolutely necessary to mark an effective unique position, respectively, to guarantee the profitability and future viability of the printing company.

Which brings us to the core issue, when we think about the offset-to-digital transition: A) Which printing technique is the future? And according to B): How are sustainably successful print productions of the next decades designed to successfully meet the requirements of the digital age?

Here are my assessments and comments:

A) Which printing technology process does the future belong to?

“Old World”

  • Offset printing as well as flexographic printing as a process are clearly specified, well-proven and, at the latest since drupa 2016 in the course of Industry 4.0 solutions through digitization and automation of all process steps capable of highly productive and effective editions of any kind. Autonomous Printing has brought the classic printing world the leadership in industrial on-demand printing for runs of 250 and less, as shown above all in Online Printing, but also in classic commercial printing.
  • Accordingly, the increase in productivity, measurable by the Overall Equipment Effectiveness OEE, has increased exponentially in classical printing. Several thousands of printers have already succeeded in evolving from production printing to industrial production. The increase in print volume in offset and flexo printing, which can now be achieved, exceeds the page volume of digitally printed print jobs by far.
  • This is made possible by standardization, scalability and automation in offset printing; This is accompanied by new business models that are based on Big Data / Industry 4.0 / Real-time Management a. s. o. As well as allowing new, highly innovative financing options such as subscriptions, in which technology is no longer bought, the printing company pays for its use – with a constant increase in OEE. 

 


Example of productivity growth through Autonomous Offset Printing at Elle Media Group, UK, via LinkedIn:

Some stats from November 2019 which will see another 7 million plus impressions month [by a single offset printing system]:

Year on year 22% sales growth

2 mins 58 average makeready

1.96m impressions in 167 hrs

150k in 10 hrs

10.8k average operating sheets per hr

Source: Anthony Thirlby via LinkedIn 


 

“New world”

  • Digital printing is not a term that, like offset printing, characterizes a specific technology, but is an auxiliary term for a large number of different printing techniques, which are based on countless specific areas of applications. Accordingly, the development effort is enormously high, as well as the effort for commissioning, services, go-to-market, etc.
  • However, it is quite clear that inkjet printing has taken the lead in digital printing both qualitatively and effectively. In fact, the latest generation of inkjet printing systems created new applications (for example in packaging printing) and are replacing less offset printing systems than existing toner-based digital printing systems. Note: The digital revolution in print eats its children.
  • The fact is in most cases that the use of digital printing systems does not meet the requirement of industrial production; many installed systems are used virtually stand-alone, with their own proprietary digital front-ends and specific processes.
  • To make matters worse: The vision of success in digital printing is based on wrong assumptions and has a long tradition! Most notably, in spring 2004, market research agency CAP Ventures (later acquired by InfoTrends) publicly announced at the On Demand Congress in New York City that in the near future, one-third of the worldwide offset page volume could be substituted by digital printing in black and white and color. A fatal mistake! Until drupa 2016, it was significantly less than 5 percent of the world’s print volumes that were printed digitally. As a result, a lot of money was wasted and unnecessary effort generated.

Conclusion: Digitization has captured all print technologies in equal measure. “Classic” printing processes have long gone through the digital transition and today, as in the next 10 years, they are indispensable in order to manufacture the majority of printed products around the world in the required huge quantities in a customer-oriented manner.

However, digital printing can gain ground through industrially usable inkjet printing technologies. Provided inkjet printing becomes part of the Industry 4.0 evolution of industrial printers, who are dedicated to the world of Autonomous Printing and are able to operate all printing techniques that are useful to them in terms of collaboration and coherence.

 

Exciting: In the agency scene, as with the example of the Nice Branding Agency, people actively engage with print. But less from a technology perspective, but from the benefit perspective.


 

B): How are sustainably successful print productions of the next decades designed to successfully meet the demands of the digital age?

Technology on its own cannot guarantee the success, but the benefit for the communication of the clients of print productions. In order to increase the benefits, the strengths of print must be exhausted and presented in the best possible way.

At the same time, print benefits from convergence. In terms of digital printing applications, variable data is the measure of all things when it can be used wisely for contemporary multichannel communication scenarios. This also makes a clear differentiator to offset and flexo printing applications visible.

By the way: In Germany, the “CREATURA” initiative of the f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktion has created a standard work in book form that scientifically demonstrates what print in the digital age can do and how quality printed matter works (see my review on “The Power of Print”).

On the other hand, the expert network #Think!Paper has compiled a collection of information through short analyzes of some of the world’s leading experts, which can be viewed in the ValueBlog. (See: #ValueCheck: Print has a future! But the industry is facing a radical renewal!).

It turns out that the term “print” contains all the key terms that represent the value system and the benefits of print:

P = Personal

R = Relevant

I =  Iconic

N = Never-ending

T = Trustful

There’s nothing more you can say or know. Right?

 

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About

As a knowledge worker and advisor, Andreas Weber accompanies communication with the media — characterized by a preference for print innovations in the digital age.

To date, he has realized more than 550 innovation / transformation projects, held various teaching assignments (including the School of Visual Arts / NYC, University of Liechtenstein, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences) and held lectures in more than 30 countries.

His blog valuetrendradar.com (ISSN certified) inspires decision makers from more than 160 countries. Since the summer of 2019, his new blog “#HotspotSubscription – The Renewal of Print” has received worldwide attention from innovation experts.

https://valuetrendradar.com
https://hotspot-subscription.blog

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#Think!Paper Edition 3, Vol. 9

Interview by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 


Nothing stands in the way of the prospering future of print. Assuming we know how it works! That’s the way to describe Rüdiger Maaß‘s credo. For about two decades, he has been tirelessly committed to contemporary, highly effective print media production with a penchant for digital printing and specialties in print. It is therefore fun to deal with him and his actions and to break new ground.


 

What is the beauty of print in the digital age?

Rüdiger Maaß: I think the right answer is a multi-layered list:

  • Multisensory and thus the possibility of deceleration to reach a best-in-class attention
  • Interaction to better bond with the brand
  • Experience through action
  • Immense credibility and navigation aid in the jungle of information aesthetics
  • etc. … the list can be extended as a never-ending story!

But in the end, it’s not just about the “beauty” of print, but about the effect. And this effectiveness becomes all the stronger, the more print is staged by an overall concept in line with digital communication. The task is – as always – to put the strengths of print in the right place.

 


 

Everything in the Mobile Age is so fast. Why is the adaption of digital printing technology innovations so slow?

Rüdiger Maaß: Is it really like that? I’m convinced that digital printing (in whatever form) is immensely fast and fully automated. From my experience, the associated ideas and concepts from the advertising industry are missing – and of course the access to the digital data of the “users”. And in the end it’s all about the courage !

And “fast” is always in the eye of the beholder. Customers who do not know would be surprised to learn that they can get an individual print product in less than 24 hours or even a same day delivery.

 


 

What are the key drivers for a powerful & successful print service biz today and what will it be in the future?

Rüdiger Maaß: The key to success is certainly the conceptual advice — who can not afford, can only assert itself as a ‘print-mate’ in the niche. With our unique ’Creatura’ initiative, we developed the Creatura meta-analysis for advice support how to use print media and special effects in the best way.

This meta-analysis is the bible of ’print staging / conception’. However, the resulting knowledge base is immensely important not only for the service providers, but also for the advertising and communication agencies and for the advertising companies. The key to success is rethinking the direction of impact rather than moving on with speeding up the production process. Because knowledge about the effect of print beats ’quick&dirty reach’.

 

The Creatura meta-analysis “The Power of Print” is a must have and must read publication. Available in german and english.


 

About

Rüdiger Maaß is Managing Director of Fachverband Medienproduktion e.V. f:mp — the Association Media Production e.V. — f: mp. From the beginning, he has dedicated himself to the topic of digital printing and has always started effective initiatives to open up new application possibilities for and with print. In the meantime, f: mp has numerous projects and cooperations that lead beyond narrow industry boundaries. High-light is the congress trade fair PRINT & DIGITAL CONVENTION, which will be realized together with Messe Düsseldorf and will provide important impulses at drupa 2020.


 

Im Original: Die deutsche Textversion

Der prosperierenden Zukunft von Print steht nichts im Wege. Vorausgesetzt, wir wissen wie es geht!  So könnte man das Credo von Rüdiger Maaß beschreiben. Unermüdlich setzt er sich seit rund zwei Jahrzehnten für eine zeitgemäße, hoch wirkungsvolle Printmedien-Produktion ein, mit einem Faible für Digitaldruck und Spezialitäten im Print. Es macht daher Spaß, sich mit ihm und seinem Tun auseinanderzusetzen und neue Wege zu beschreiten.

Frage 1

Ich denke, es ist eine vielschichtige Liste:

  • Multisensorik und damit die Möglichkeit der Entschleunigung mit höherer Aufmerksamkeit
  • Interaktion zur besseren Bindung mit der Marke
  • Erlebnis durch Aktion
  • Immense Glaubwürdigkeit und Navigationshilfe im Dschungel der Informationen
  • Ästhetik
  • usw. … die Liste lässt sich beliebig erweitern!

Aber am Ende geht es nicht nur um die „Schönheit“ von Print, sondern um die Wirkung. Und die Wirkungseffizienz wird umso stärker, je mehr Print durch ein Gesamtkonzept im Einklang mit der digitalen Kommunikation inszeniert wird. Aufgabe ist es also – wie schon immer – die Stärken von Print richtig in Szene zu setzen.

Frage 2

Ist das wirklich so? Ich bin überzeugt davon, dass gerade der Digitaldruck (in welcher Form auch immer) immens schnell und voll-automatisiert ist. Aus meiner Erfahrung fehlen die zugehörigen Ideen und Konzepte aus der werbungtreibenden Industrie – und natürlich der Zugriff auf die digitalen Daten der „User“. Und am Ende der Mut !

Und „schnell“ liegt ja immer im Auge des Betrachters. Kunden, die es nicht besser wissen, wären sicher überrascht, zu erfahren, dass sie in weniger als 24 Stunden ein individuelles Printprodukt bekommen können. Oder sogar eine Lieferung am selben Tag!

Frage 3

Der Schlüssel zum Erfolg ist sicher die konzeptionelle Beratung – wer die nicht leisten kann, wird sich als ‚Print-Erfüllungsgehilfe‘ nur in der Nische behaupten können. Mit unserer Creatura-Initiative haben wir zur Beratungsunterstützung – quasi wie Print und Veredelung eingesetzt werden muss – die Creatura-Metaanalyse https://www.creatura.de/metaanalyse entwickelt.

Das ist quasi die ‚Bibel der Print-Inszenierung/Konzeptionierung‘. Die dadurch entstehende Wissens-Basis ist jedoch nicht nur für die Dienstleister immens wichtig, sondern auch für die Werbe- und Kommunikationsagenturen und für die Werbungtreibenden Unternehmen. Der Schlüssel zum Erfolg besteht im Umdenken in Richtung Wirkung und nicht im Weitermachen mit Geschwindigkeitssteigerungen im Produktionsablauf. Denn Wissen um Wirkung von Print schlägt schnelle ‚Reichweite‘.


Über Rüdiger Maaß

Rüdiger Maaß ist Geschäftsführer des Fachverband Medienproduktion e.V. f:mp. Von Anfang an hat er sich dem Thema Digitaldruck gewidmet und stets wirkungsvolle Initiativen begonnen, um für und mit Print neue Anwendungsmöglichkeiten zu erschließen. Inzwischen betreibt der f:mp zahlreiche Projekte und Kooperationen, die über enge Branchengrenzen hinausführen. High-light ist die Kongress-Messe PRINT & DIGITAL CONVENTION, die gemeinsam mit der Messe Düsseldorf realisiert wird und auf der drupa 2020 wichtige Impulse geben wird.

 


 

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Note

Read as well the summary of all #Think!Paper Conversations and get access to all of them.

 


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#Think!Paper — the key facts at a glance

What we do
We evaluate and profile print and its proponents as an effective driving force for transformation – across all industries!

Our mission
We show, first and foremost, that print is by no means driftwood in an ocean of transformation (with Titanic-style effects) but rather a solid anchor for the ‘tsunamis in our heads’!

Our USP

  • We are bringing together the brightest minds to form interdisciplinary #Think!Teams with a global outlook.
  • We are building up the finest pool of expertise with a clear focus on interaction, discourse, customer experience and sustainable conversations.
  • We are reinforcing the bedrock of any successful ‘digital’ transformation – proficient, dynamic and meaningful communication.

Benefits for our partners
We help our partners make new and market-relevant discoveries that inspire them and inject new energy into their development.

 


 

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

With regard to dramatically falling stock market prices: Are printing press manufacturers and, with them, the printers (once again) in a deep crisis? The answer is “no, but …” — because the most sensitive thing is that the structural change in the print media business has a deeper impact than previously thought. And most underestimated that.

Status quo: Nothing goes any further!

  1. The vast majority of printers and their suppliers can no longer produce organic growth.
  2. Cost-cutting measures are largely exploited resp. certainly not a guarantee of success in the long run.
  3. The tried and tested measures for the industry in critical situations — the switch to new technologies for print media production (eg inkjet printing) — does not pull anymore, as it has not really got going for years and therefore only looks like a drop in the bucket.
  4. Last but not least, according to the feedback from the audience: media-effective, public events such as press conferences at trade shows or financial press conferences are usually completely overcrowded, dripping and riddled with insider details that prevent them from gaining an eye for the essentials.

Are ad hoc measures still possible? Yes and no. — Too much has to change fundamentally, as the valuable #Think!Paper expert analysis shows. Over the past eight days, leading minds from Europe and America have come to the heart of their assessment of the future of print. Tenor: Print has a future and fits perfectly into the digital age. Provided the business philosophy is radically refurbished and new go-to-market strategies and implementation solutions are found accordingly

 


If you want to know how this affects suppliers, read the #Subscription blog in an interview with Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Chief Digital Officer of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: “Subscription & Print: Insights, Developments and Market Scenario”.


 

Thanks to Fraser Church from the UK, the most important finding for print shops is that the industry actually has the best chance. Because print as a medium delivers through its outstanding core properties — Trust and Value – exactly what print companies and their suppliers have to use and assert.

This is best achieved through exemplary multichannel marketing campaigns designed for conversations, which make print appear brilliant in networked communication scenarios. — But far from that there is nothing to see. Functioning genre marketing has always been foreign to the industry! Everyone always cooks their own soup. Pity!


 

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Further reading

The current and exclusive #Think!Paper expert analyzes in the form of short interviews at a glance: 

Rüdiger Maaß: Put the strengths of print in the right place!

Fraser Church: „Use print when you need something considered or need to promote trust and value!

Hamilton Costa: „Print is not a common thing anymore! But it’s still relevant!“

Peter Gunning: „Print creates an unspoken trust!“

François Martin: „Print will remain but it will never be what it was!“

Jeroen van Druenen: „Print is always the start of a good conversation“

Bernhard Cantzler: „Print is a natural ’digital detox’ and helps deeper thinking!“

Morten B. Reitoft: „Print has a way higher impact than mobile and web!“

 


 

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#Think!Paper — the key facts at a glance

What we do
We evaluate and profile print and its proponents as an effective driving force for transformation – across all industries!

Our mission
We show, first and foremost, that print is by no means driftwood in an ocean of transformation (with Titanic-style effects) but rather a solid anchor for the ‘tsunamis in our heads’!

Our USP

  • We are bringing together the brightest minds to form interdisciplinary #Think!Teams with a global outlook.
  • We are building up the finest pool of expertise with a clear focus on interaction, discourse, customer experience and sustainable conversations.
  • We are reinforcing the bedrock of any successful ‘digital’ transformation – proficient, dynamic and meaningful communication.

Benefits for our partners
We help our partners make new and market-relevant discoveries that inspire them and inject new energy into their development.

 


 

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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English Version

Mit Blick auf dramatisch sinkende Börsenkurse: Stecken Druckmaschinenhersteller und mit ihnen die Druckereien (wieder einmal) in einer tiefen Krise? Die Antwort lautet: „Nein, aber…“ — Denn äußerst heikel ist, dass der Strukturwandel im Geschäft mit Printmedien tiefergehende Auswirkungen hat, als bislang angenommen.Und das haben die meisten unterschätzt.

Status quo: Nichts geht mehr vom Fleck weg!

  1. Die überwiegende Zahl der Druckereibetriebe kann ebenso wie ihre Lieferanten kein organisches Wachstum mehr erzeugen.
  2. Kostensenkungs-Maßnahmen sind weitgehend ausgenutzt resp. schon gar kein Erfolgsgarant auf lange Dauer.
  3. Die für die Branche probate Massnahmen in kritischen Situationen — das Umschwenken auf neue Technologien zur Printmedien-Herstellung (z.B. Inkjet-Druck) — zieht nicht mehr, da es seit Jahren nicht richtig in Schwung kommt und wirkt daher nur wie ein Tropfen auf den heissen Stein.
  4. Last but not least, gemäß Stimmen aus der Analystenszene: Medienwirksame, öffentliche Veranstatungen wie Pressekonferenzen auf Messen/Kongressen oder Bilanzpresse-Konferenzen sind zumeist völlig überfrachtet, verkropft und gespickt mit Insider-Detailinfos, die verhindern, den Blick für das Wesentliche zu erhalten.

Sind trotzdem Ad hoc-Maßnahmen möglich? Ja und nein. — Zuviel muss sich grundlegend ändern, wie die lesenswerte #Think!Paper-Expertenanalyse zeigt. In den letzten acht Tagen haben führende Köpfe aus Europa und Amerika ihre Einschätzung zur Zukunft von Print auf den Punkt gebracht. Tenor: Print hat Zukunft und passt bestens ins Digitalzeitalter. Vorausgesetzt, die Geschäftsphilosophie wird radikal renoviert und entsprechend neue Go-to-Market-Strategien und -Umsetzungslösungen gefunden werden.

 


Wer wissen will, wie sich das auf Lieferanten auswirkt, kann die im #Subscription-Blog nachlesen im Interview mit Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Chief Digital Officer bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen: „Subscription & Print: Einblicke, Entwicklungen und Marktszenario“.


 

Die wichtigste Erkenntnis für Druckereien verdanken wir Fraser Church aus UK: Eigentlich hat die Branche beste Chancen. Denn Print als Medium liefert durch seine herausragenden Kerneigenschaften — Trust and Value – genau das, was Print-Betriebe und ihre Lieferanten für sich nutzen und geltend machen müssten.

Am besten gelingt dies durch vorbildhafte, auf Konversationen ausgelegte, Multichannel-Marketing-Kampagnen, die Print in vernetzten Kommunikations-Szenarien fulminant wirken lassen. — Doch davon ist bis dato weit und breit nichts zu sehen. Funktionierendes Gattungsmarketing war der Branche schon immer fremd! Jeder kocht immer sein eigens Süppchen. Schade!

 


Lesetipps

Die aktuellen und exklusiven Think!Paper-Experten-Analysen in Form von Kurz-Interviews im Überblick:

Rüdiger Maaß: Put the strengths of print in the right place!

Fraser Church: „Use print when you need something considered or need to promote trust and value!

Hamilton Costa: „Print is not a common thing anymore! But it’s still relevant!“

Peter Gunning: „Print creates an unspoken trust!“

François Martin: „Print will remain but it will never be what it was!“

Jeroen van Druenen: „Print is always the start of a good conversation“

Bernhard Cantzler: „Print is a natural ’digital detox’ and helps deeper thinking!“

Morten B. Reitoft: „Print has a way higher impact than mobile and web!“

 

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#Think!Paper — the key facts at a glance

What we do
We evaluate and profile print and its proponents as an effective driving force for transformation – across all industries!

Our mission
We show, first and foremost, that print is by no means driftwood in an ocean of transformation (with Titanic-style effects) but rather a solid anchor for the ‘tsunamis in our heads’!

Our USP

  • We are bringing together the brightest minds to form interdisciplinary #Think!Teams with a global outlook.
  • We are building up the finest pool of expertise with a clear focus on interaction, discourse, customer experience and sustainable conversations.
  • We are reinforcing the bedrock of any successful ‘digital’ transformation – proficient, dynamic and meaningful communication.

Benefits for our partners
We help our partners make new and market-relevant discoveries that inspire them and inject new energy into their development.

 


 

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#Think!Paper Edition 3, Vol. 8

Interview by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 


There are experiences that are unforgettable. Fraser Church lastingly impressed around 200 top experts who came to the 3rd DigitaldruckForum Congress in Gutenberg’s hometown Mainz, Germany, on November 11, 2004. He described as a profound marketing expert in the opening lecture “Creativity Creates Innovation” how to use print products individually, highly automated, targeted and highly effective. What he was talking about at that time is still valid today!“ — Benchmark!


 

What is the beauty of print in the digital age?

Fraser Church: The growth of the internet, digital and social media has changed our lives and how we act as people. Everyone expects instant access to information, and for many the technology has changed people’s behaviours as they want instant “likes” gratification. The speed at which information can be generated and delivered, means that some of the communication sent by both individuals and businesses is not always considered. It also generates content that is often ignored, or at best instantly deleted by the swipe of a finger or the click of a mouse. A phone’s secondary function is now a phone, with the usage enormously skewed towards messaging and listening/watching media.

For may they have lost the anticipation of receiving and opening a personal letter, or the more personal contact from a phone call, rather than an often-misunderstood electronic message.

Whilst many anticipated the demise of print, it is having a resurgence. Why? Well for starters, it is a tactile media that provides a sensory experience. The growth of eBooks has slowed, and by my reckoning based on watching others on my daily commute is declining as we see the resurgence of the printed book. Reading a physical book is a pleasurable experience, not only whilst commuting but also curled up on the sofa or in bed at bedtime. There is something good about folding over a page as you turn the bedside light off – the chapter for that day has finished.

Print also has longevity. Whether browsing for a fitted kitchen or catching up on the week with the Sunday papers, the medium is easily picked up, put down, revisited and shared. It is also a trusted medium – perhaps there is a belief that if someone has gone to the bother of printing something, then it must have been considered.

This is not print versus digital, but the right medium at the right time, with print definitely not dead in the digital age.

 


 

Everything in the mobile age is so fast. Why is the adoption of digital printing technology innovations so slow?

Fraser Church: In the lifespan of print, digital print is only in its infancy. It is only in recent years that we have seen the quality and speed of continuous inkjet be comparable to some of the more traditional off-set technologies.

Printing companies tend to be established businesses, with overheads, work-force and commitments to owners and shareholders. They have grown steadily with appropriate supporting infrastructures. They are not to be compared to digital start-ups who often are run out of serviced offices with minimal employees, and sometimes investment made on a speculative high risk/reward basis. Print Service Providers are real businesses with real people and established clients.

Investing in digital print technology therefore needs to be considered. The costs of investment are high (we are not talking about disposable desk-top printers), and any properly managed business would look for positive and sustainable ROI before making such investments. Therefore, until the commercials of speed, quality and cost stack-up, printers have rightly sometimes been shy of betting on the future. This is not about having the shiniest new toy, but all about providing a better product at a better cost for each customer.

With some of the recent advancements, I now believe the scales are increasingly tipping towards digital as it can deliver for not only shorter runs on specialist papers, but also long run across a wider range of stocks. Investing in this technology is now a much easier decision.

 


 

What are the key drivers for a powerful and successful print services business today and what will it be in the future?

Fraser Church: Understanding that print is not the only channel and that it can work well when working with other channels is vital. Each media has its own strength: Digital in instant news share, mobile for reminding, Apps for interactivity and print when you need something considered or need to promote trust and value.

Printers also need to understand data. Our industry is not now about producing multiple copies of the same item, but instead delivering unique, relevant experiences for every individual. With the advancement of technology, there is no reason that every catalogue a retailer sends out cannot be unique to the individual, with promoted items selected based on customer profile and shopping habits. But to do this print service providers need to understand how to work with their customers to use the data they hold to optimise the communication, with print often only being one part of an integrated communication plan.

It is also important to recognise that the modern marketer has been brought up in a digital world. Do not expect them to understand either print, or more importantly, what opportunities are possible with modern, dynamic and interactive digital print. People in our industry need to be evangelists.

Business who will succeeded are those that can take their customers on this journey and let them see the art of the possible. Print Service Providers, must now see themselves as Marketing Service Providers, often expanding their range of services to offer integrated campaigns. The future will be bright for those who do not just keep their heads down looking at ways to cut costs, but for those who recognise that we are in perhaps the most dynamic age of communication…and embrace it

 


 

DDF Congress Mainz 2004Fraser Church was already 15 years ago a great supporter and contributor sharing his vision and misson. See as well our “Update: DigitaldruckForum | Digital Printing Forum”


About

Fraser Church


Fraser Church is General Manager of CPX Group (www.cpx.group), a co-operative of eleven of the world’s largest and most innovative print and digital communication companies. He loves nothing better than evangelising about how print can deliver real value and return on investment for brands engaging with their customers.

Fraser is one of the founding members of the #Think!Paper initiave sharing his great insights and observations. 

 


 

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#Think!Paper — the key facts at a glance

What we do

We evaluate and profile print and its proponents as an effective driving force for transformation – across all industries!

Our mission

We show, first and foremost, that print is by no means driftwood in an ocean of transformation (with Titanic-style effects) but rather a solid anchor for the ‘tsunamis in our heads’!

Our USP

  • We are bringing together the brightest minds to form interdisciplinary #Think!Teams with a global outlook.
  • We are building up the finest pool of expertise with a clear focus on interaction, discourse, customer experience and sustainable conversations.
  • We are reinforcing the bedrock of any successful ‘digital’ transformation – proficient, dynamic and meaningful communication.

Benefits for our partners

We help our partners make new and market-relevant discoveries that inspire them and inject new energy into their development.


 

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#Think!Paper — Edition 3, Vol. 3

Interview by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 


It’s always a great pleasure to meet Jeroen van Druenen (fun included!). By chance you will meet him anyway: in Portugal, UK, Poland, the USA, Australia, Hongkong,.. and also sometimes (!) in Amsterdam. Haha! However in any case you will have a great conversation. There are not a lot like him around the globe. So read carefully what he has to tell us!


 

What is the beauty of print in the digital age?


Jeroen van Druenen: The beauty of print… The start of a good conversation. The attention prints get instead of an email. You see it happen every day. —  According to Erik B. Nordstrom (Co-President Nordstrom), their results were in part hurt by their decision to stop using printed direct mail to reach its customer for their loyalty program.

Even tech companies like Google and Facebook use print to communicate with their audience nowadays.

It’s there when you have time, it’s on your coffee table, ready to use. In DM we see (much) more ROI, and when it’s tailored and personalized the ROI will dramatically get higher.

And, yes, it’s more expensive than for example email but with much more revenues. And to be very clear, I am not against email, we embrace the digital age. We use it in a multi-channel way. We can automate a reaction on a personalized webpage to start a print job and vice versa. It’s not do this and don’t do that. No, it’s usage of every channel in every way.

Everything in the Mobile Age is so fast. Why is the adaption of digital printing technology innovations so slow? 


Jeroen van Druenen: Our industry has more fights.

  • Our industry is not sexy.
  • Our business partners are not digital savvys or they don’t understand the power of “personalized” print.
  • We need to educate our customers with more case studies, success cases etc.
  • We need to show that print in any form is sustainable and that we don’t pollute our environment.

What are the key drivers for a powerful & successful print service biz today and what will it be in the future?

Jeroen van Druenen: Key drivers to have a successful and profitable print service biz today are in my opinion the offering of multi-channel communications. By all means, printing as a service can be done everywhere. But adding value to paper is something different. Getting the right message for the right customer. Be relevant to them. Adding response mechanism to paper (purls/QR/AR etc.). And if you are relevant for the end customer it will be profitable for your customer and for your own company. So knowledge of marketing, knowledge of databases, knowledge how to get the information you want to use out of these databases, concepting, copy, design of all different channels etc.etc. And, yes, not every expertise is inside your company, so partner up with specialists to work together and built a strong relation with your customer.

Thank you very much for the great conversation!


 

About

 

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Good friends for many years: Jeroen van Druenen, Jacob Aizikowitz, former President of XMPie, Andreas Weber. Photo: Jannie van Druenen.

Jeroen van Druenen, CEO @ Jubels — print and more. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A privately held marketing communication service provider and printing company. With more than 25 years of experience in the Graphic Arts and Communications industry Jubels offers customers effective, on demand, integrated crossmedia communications.

Specialties: 1:1 marketing, crossmedia campaigns, printing – offset & digital, fulfillment activities, web to print applications, personalized url’s & images.

Jeroen van Druenen is also President of the XMPie Users Group and Board Member of the global Xerox Premier Partner network. And at least as one of the active members of the Think!Paper initiative, he is always giving great advice to all of us.

 


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#Think!Paper — the key facts at a glance

What we do

We evaluate and profile print and its proponents as an effective driving force for transformation – across all industries!

Our mission

We show, first and foremost, that print is by no means driftwood in an ocean of transformation (with Titanic-style effects) but rather a solid anchor for the ‘tsunamis in our heads’!

Our USP

  • We are bringing together the brightest minds to form interdisciplinary #Think!Teams with a global outlook.
  • We are building up the finest pool of expertise with a clear focus on interaction, discourse, customer experience and sustainable conversations.
  • We are reinforcing the bedrock of any successful ‘digital’ transformation – proficient, dynamic and meaningful communication.

Benefits for our partners

We help our partners make new and market-relevant discoveries that inspire them and inject new energy into their development.


 

 

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#Think!Paper — Edition 3, Vol. 1

Interview by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 

Morten B. Reitoft from Denmark is one of my favorite colleagues. Dedicated to TV & Video to promote print in the best way. His advice is always valuable and well recognized around the globe. So I am happy to get his statements in the context of our unique #Think!paper work.

What is the beauty of print in the digital age?

Morten B. Reitoft: It’s tactile qualities, it’s a push media, and it represents a brand in multiple dimensions rather than just on a screen!


 

Everything in the Mobile Age is so fast. Why is the adaption of digital printing technology innovations so slow?

Morten B. Reitoft: One of the biggest obstacles for print, in general, is cost, time and distribution. The designing process is more or less the same, so the cost for both print and distribution is the major differentiator — and of course, the time it takes from idea to it reaches an audience.

An even more critical obstacle adapting print is two issues that we as an industry have:

  1. we believe we should measure print the same way as digital content, in clicks, impressions, etc. and that have till date been impossible
  2. we don’t even believe in print ourselves as an industry – just check how few printing companies that produce marketing material for their products and services on print!

The industry needs to take our own medicine and use print in our marketing. We have to define the measures for how we want to be accounted for.

I believe that print has a way higher impact than mobile and web since it last longer, has the tactility and represent a brand way better for the same reasons.

We have also forgotten some of the virtues from the past – print can be just pretty, engage and impress – in my opinion, that works too!


 

What are the key drivers for a powerful & successful print service biz today and what will it be in the future?

Morten B. Reitoft: The driver is the same as it has always been – demand! The service providers today have to figure out which markets to address.

If you want to be a commodity supplier, you’ll need volume, and probably prices are one of the major drivers for getting commodity customers. Today online printers can’t really differentiate on quality since all deliver to the standards, so the new with online printers is to offer same-day services as well as extending their offerings into, i.e. merchandise.

For printers who want to work with higher margin products – quality, diversity, paper, is the major drivers. Some printers even consider to work into new niches like packaging, labels, printed electronics, decor – and though really not related 3D. About the future – I have written an article that I still believe is right “Printers will be factories – and customers will buy from elsewhere” – referring to the fact that somebody will need to add value to a product and especially commodity printers will not be part of the value-adding process since they ONLY focus on price.

Thanks, Morten, for sharing your thoughts and insights.

 


 

Morten via Twitter

About

Morten B. Reitoft is an experienced CEO with a passion for development of ideas and business. He is very creative and very hard working and one of his greatest strength is his ability to encourage people – whether these are customers, employees or business partners.

Specialties: Creative, competitive, Great interest in both the detail and the overview, very good communication skills, inspiring, fast thinking, internationally oriented, great interest in people, business and processes.

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#Think!Paper — the key facts at a glance

What we do
We evaluate and profile print and its proponents as an effective driving force for transformation – across all industries!

Our mission
We show, first and foremost, that print is by no means driftwood in an ocean of transformation (with Titanic-style effects) but rather a solid anchor for the ‘tsunamis in our heads’!

Our USP

  • We are bringing together the brightest minds to form interdisciplinary #Think!Teams with a global outlook.
  • We are building up the finest pool of expertise with a clear focus on interaction, discourse, customer experience and sustainable conversations.
  • We are reinforcing the bedrock of any successful ‘digital’ transformation – proficient, dynamic and meaningful communication.

Benefits for our partners
We help our partners make new and market-relevant discoveries that inspire them and inject new energy into their development.

 


 

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Exzellent in Aufmachung und Inhalt: Andreas Weber präsentiert sein persönliches Expemplar (Nummer 168) der The-Power-of-Print-Metaanalyse. Foto: Andreas Weber

Eine Hymne von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

#Think!Paper — Edition 2, Vol. 7

Millionen Menschen beschäftigen sich weltweit mit der Konzeption und Realisation von Printmedien und der Weiterentwicklungen von Print-Technologien. Doch nur ganz wenige mit der Wirkungsweise von Print. Das Fatale: Print wirkt besser denn je, wird aber in ‚modernen‘ Digital-Szenerien weitgehend ignoriert resp. völlig unterschätzt. Print ist, so paradox es erscheint, quasi ein „Buch mit sieben Siegeln.“

Doch damit ist nunmehr Schluss. Denn: „Print ist eine substantielle Zutat des Erfolgsrezepts erfolgreicher Marketingkommunikation. Wer die Wirkung von Printkommunikation unterschätzt und auf sie verzichtet, darf sich später nicht über sinkende Effizienz seiner Kampagnen wundern.“ So formuliert es das Autorenteam Olaf Hartmann (Fokus: multisensorisches Marketing) und Sebastian Haupt (Fokus: Konsumentenpsychologie) in der herausragenden Studie ‚The Power of Print — Metaanalyse zur Werbewirkung von Print‘. Sieben Kapitel geben auf rund 130 Druckseiten umfassenden Einblick in die Stärken von Print.


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Quelle: Hartmann & Haupt, 2016. In: The Power of Print, Seite 123.


 

Klingt wie harter, wissenschaftlicher Tobak für Nerds, ist aber mehr als lesenswert und voll auf die Praxis mit Print im Digitalzeitalter ausgerichtet. Anschauliche (neue) Erkenntnisse, Anregungen, Empfehlungen gipfeln im ‚Multisense-Touch-Point‘-Modell und zeigen, dass Print nicht nur eine Daten-Vervielfältigungstechnik ist, sondern dass die Gestaltung erfolgreicher Printmedienkommunikation als ganzheitlicher und systemischer Prozess Menschen und Marken über Codes und Touchpoints einzigartig zusammenfinden lässt.

Das Besondere: Druckereiunternehmer erhalten damit eine unwiderlegbare, wissen- und erkenntnisbasierte gedruckte ‚Werkzeugkiste’, quasi ein ‚Toolbook for success!‘, das unendlich guten Stoff bietet für Kunden- und Interessentengespräche oder sogar eigene Seminare und Kreativ-Workshops. Zumal die Ergebnisse so formuliert sind, dass sie jenseits von Print-Insider-Kauderwelsch von Marketing- und Kommunikationsprofis bestens verstanden werden können.

Meine Empfehlung — Lesezeit: rund vier Stunden. Halbwertzeit: ein ganzes Leben! — Die ‚The Power of Print‘-Metaanalyse als ‚Toolbook‘ ist unschlagbar und durch die sorgsame Aufmachung werden nicht nur Inhalte hervorragend aufbereitet, sondern auch die Beweisführung angetreten, was Print in einer virulenten digitalen Welt tatsächlich leisten kann. Das ‚Toolbook‘ bildet aus meiner Sicht als Print-Analyst bis dato die beste Grundlage, um heute und künftig mit Print erfolgreich zu sein. Print wirkt nicht nur, Print sichert dauerhaft wirtschaftlichen Erfolg. Für Druckereien und ihre Kunden gleichermaßen.

 

 

 


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Zum Autor dieser Hymne

Andreas Weber  begleitet als Wissensarbeiter/Advisor die Kommunikation mit Medien — geprägt durch eine Vorliebe für Print-Innovationen im Digitalzeitalter.

Bis dato hat er über 550 Innovations-/Transformations-Projekten realisiert, diverse Lehraufträge wahrgenommen (u.a an der School of Visual Arts/NYC, Hochschule Liechtenstein, Hochschule RheinMain) und Vorträge in über 30 Ländern gehalten.

Sein Blog valuetrendradar.com (ISSN-zertifiziert) inspiriert Entscheider aus mehr als 150 Ländern.

 


 

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Part 1: Xerox in convers(at)ion

No doubt: he was the (secret) star of the #XeroxForum 2019 in Portugal — without having to be present: John Visentin, since May 2018 Vice Chairman & CEO at Xerox Corporation. To reach this position was anything but smooth. As rarely before in the history of our industry was an open dramatic struggle between major shareholders and then CEO – Jeff Jacobson – kindled. Because Jacobson wanted to sell Xerox to Fujifilm. And failed miserably. The argument of the opponents: Xerox can create growth out of itself, if the traditional company completely renews itself.

Now, after exactly a year, the plan seems to work. For more than 30 years, as an analyst of Xerox, the company has always been at the top of my watchlist, with ups and downs and existential crises; but never before has a company of this size changed so brilliantly, so impressively, so quickly for the better.

 

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The ‘phoenix from the ashes’ effect

John Visentin said briefly and briefly on his LinkedIn account months ago, “Today’s Xerox is transforming itself into a technology powerhouse, one that is leveraging its deep heritage in innovation to fuel the future of intelligent work. We are reinvigorating our brand by rewiring how we operate as a company. Our talented team is digitally-driven, focused on commercializing innovation, simplifying and optimizing operations to better serve customers and partners, with a heightened commitment to shareholder returns.“ And he keeps his word. And he presented and quantified frankly his new strategy, I call them “less is more”, in front of financial analysts in early February 2019.The key message: Xerox must accept that sales are initially declining, but it remains profitable in any case, from 2021 re-formed and to grow dynamic.

A series of ad hoc measures and changes in top position appearing to be effective because top talent is being brought in from the outside. For example: Steven Bandrowczak, President and Chief Operations Officer at Xerox Corporation, June 2018, said: “Xerox is undergoing a massive evolution from a printer-focused enterprise to one’s creating connected, IoT enabled device supporting digital workflows. This is not your grandfather’s Xerox-this company is investing in sensor technology and developing a software strategy. Although it continues to rely on its Palo Alto Research Center, a staple of the company since the 1970s. ”

Attentive readers of my ValueBlog know what is meant: AI – Artificial Intelligence is a new focus at PARC and at Xerox. It goes new, contemporary and forward-looking ways, as my interview with Elisabeth Rochman from October 2018 occupied.

 

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Jeroen van Druenen, CEO Jubels print&more, Amsterdam, Xerox Partner Board Member and President of the XMPie Users Group, was listening carefully. 

 

High tension and maximum expectation: What will become of print?

In recent months, it has not always been easy to gauge how and if print or the Xerox definition of ‘graphic communications’ will play a central role. The #XeroxForum — hosted by Xerox to attract GC top customers from around the world, revealed that. Only working with Xerox for a few weeks, Terrence Clark used the opportunity for face-to-face meetings and clear statements. John Visentin personally hired him to create software at Xerox as a stand-alone business and, most importantly, as an important strategic pillar.

 

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Terrence Clark was impressed by the status of the subsidiary XMPie. Jacob Aizikowitz and his team were able to welcome him in Israel before the #XeroxForum and summarize on two days how the world of personalization and automation of multichannel solutions has evolved and how XMPie has become an ‘enabler’ for digital transformation in networked print media scenarios. “I come from the financial sector,” said Terrence Clark, “and can assure them that every industry, every business, must face the transformation in the Digital Age. This affects us as much as our customer.“ From his point of view, the conditions that Xerox can offer to create customer-specific, highly innovative, high-performance software solution offerings are outstanding. He also spoke with Xerox customers with interest and looked closely at Xerox partners such as geomarketing specialist LOCR, who briefed the #XeroxForum marketplace about their offer and how they can network with the specific Xerox solutions.

 

New focus was well received

The #XeroxForum 2019 followed my guideline “Less is more” with the motto: “What if we could print opportunies?”. The event was less crowded, but high-caliber, more focused, yet open and rich in the choice of topics and in the design of presentations and workshops. Courtney Harwood, Chief Marketing Officer at Xerox since August 2018, was responsible for the furious ‚Made to Think‘ brand re-launch. And reported in an inspiring way, as is not usual otherwise. ‘The Digital Illusionists’ Keenan Leyser and Matt Daniel-Baker showed for the first time a stage show that skillfully and intelligently ‘juggled’ digitization and transformation.

 

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James Duckenfiel, president of Xerox Premier Partner Group and CEO of Hobs Group / UK, introduced his extraordinary book ‘Spellbound: A grimoire of magical digital print ‘. Afterwards distributed to all participants a book as a gift. Bingo!

 

 

What else was important, I will describe in Part 2, which will soon go on air including an exclusive interview with Tracey Koziol and Hubert Soviche. Be curious.

 


NOTE

Via Twitter Moments it is possible to view a first summary with short texts, pictures and videos.

 

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⚡️ “#XeroxForum 2019” von @ValueCommAG

Gestern. Heute. Morgen. Der Print-Branche tut es gut, sich mit jungen Menschen auseinanderzusetzen. Denn die Generation Smartphone schätzt Print-Innovationen.

Kommentar von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 

Mit der Premiere des Heidelberg Digital Print Forum 2019 ist auf Anhieb ein wirklicher Überraschung-Coup gelungen. Ambiente, Themen und Programmgestaltung im Wieslocher Print Media Center weichen vom Üblichen ab. Das Auditorium: grossartig, aufgeschlossen, neugierig, aber auch kritisch und wachsam. Mit anderen Worten: Ich habe mich extrem wohlgefühlt — wie die insgesamt über 170 anderen Teilnehmer und Co-Referenten auch.

Alles was ich heute erleben konnte, deckt sich mit meiner Analyse, die ich vorgetragen habe: Print als Medium und Druckereien als Kompetenzpartner profitieren dann, wenn der Nutzen in den Vordergrund gestellt wird. Das begeistert die, die als Kunde/Auftraggeber oder als Mediennutzer persönlich angesprochen, oder besser berührt werden wollen. Drucken kann nicht nur Inhalte vervielfältigen, sondern auf höchstem Niveau höchst individuell inszenieren.

 


 

Fotos: Andreas Weber


 

Ob auf dem Podium oder beim Marktplatz oder den informativen kurzen Fachvorträgen, es hat sich gezeigt, dass die Print-Welt im Wandel ist, aber durchaus zum Schrittmacher im Digitalzeitalter werden kann.

Meiner Auffassung nach: Druckereien brauchen sich nicht zu verstecken. Sie können mutig und pro-aktiv nach vorne gehen, um neue Geschäftsfelder zu erschließen bzw. Bestehendes zu reformieren.

Die moderne Digitaltechnik im Print steht an der Spitze der Medientechnologien. Und erfüllt die Anforderungen um zeitgemäß und zukunftssicher profitabel Geschäft zu machen.

Die Veranstaltung hat aus meiner Sicht nicht nur wichtige Fragestellungen geliefert, sondern auch konkrete, nützliche Ergebnisse, die für die Branche wichtig sind.


 

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Erfolgreiches Team (v.l.n.r.): Matthias Langner, Laura Sturm, Andreas Weber, Laura Breitner, Manuela Gomez, Daniel Szkutnik, Marc Schmitz. Foto: Heidelberg.

Ein Plädoyer für Print aus anderer Perspektive: Andreas Weber beginnt mit seinen Lieblingsbüchern, u.a Designing for Print und Vienna Stories. Foto: Juliette Pickl, Business Development Manager at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

 

Aus meiner Sicht als Referent ist folgendes wichtig:

Customization rückt in den Fokus! — Und hilft, den Akzidenzdruck zu reformieren.

Social Media kann ein Eldorado für Print sein! V.a. Facebook, Instagram im B2C und LinkedIn im B2B beflügeln neue Geschäftsmodelle.

Der Nutzen rückt in den Vordergrund. Digitaltechnik im Print ermöglicht das.

Das Marktpotential ist erheblich größer als man denkt und bietet Chancen für profitables Wachstum!


 

Eine von zahlreichen Innovation: Spektakuläre Neon-Bilder im Toner-Digitaldruckdruck

Video: Andreas Weber


Impressionen vom Forum und Statements der Organisatoren und Referenten

 

Video: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG/HDU


Alle Charts zum Vortrag von Andreas Weber via SlideShare.net

 

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