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#Think!Paper — Edition 3, Vol. 6

Interview by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 


Hamilton Costa from São Paulo, Brazil, is not only an internationally renowned consultant and entrepreneur in the graphic communication market. He is an outstanding analyst and good friend. For many years we meet around the globe to talk about business and life and the pleasures in general. It is always a great honor and very insightful to talk to him and listen to him.


 

What is the beauty of print in the digital age?

Hamilton Costa: It’s to keep going relevant. Ten years ago, the mantra was the digital would take over everything, specially printing.

Now when we see the digital properly working, we can better compare it to analogical things. In the case of print there are comparative advantages like relevance: what is relevant, we print; longevity: we can still touch Gutenberg’s bible and maybe cannot find a file from two days ago; sensibility: touch, smell and visual impact. Among other things.


 

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

Hamilton Costa: Mainly because many marketers and creatives today have not experienced printing as they have done with digital applications. Print is not a common thing to them. When they realize what print can do in a communication loop, they adopt it and get better results, better ROI.

On the other hand, for many PSPs [Print Service Providers] the use of variable data and personalization is also not a common thing yet. They have to adapt themselves in getting the best from digital printing technology. It is an education process. It takes time. Unfortunately.


 

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

Hamilton Costa: First, to develop what I call advanced services. This means to offer services that substitute client’s business processes and save time and money to them. Like logistics, creation, design, digital platforms to marketing applications or make the access to printing customized and easier.

Second, the printing today and even more in the future is and will be part of many industrial processes. Additionally, the printing is every time more environmentally friendly. With this, there are and there will be dozens of opportunities for those with focus in helping and making printing affordable to customers that will require it.

 


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Great experience: At the suggestion of Hamilton Coasta, in São Paulo — the global hotspot for transformation — Andreas Weber (heft) was able to get to know eminent and dedicated print professionals at the ABGT Congresso 2017 as a keynote speaker.


About

Hamilton Terni Costa is a senior consultant, author and professor. In his 40+ years career he managed national and international printing companies and experienced many printing market segments. He also managed industry associations. He is principal at AN Consulting in Brazil and Latin America director at Association for Print Technologies in USA.

Frequent speaker in many industry seminars he loves to motivate and challenge audiences in searching news ways to develop their own business.

Hamilton is one the founding partner of the #Think!Paper initiative.

 


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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. 5

Interview by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Open minded, charming, visionary, professional: Peter Gunning is a best-in-class entrepreneur transforming print services into an outstanding marketing and communication solution business. It’s always amazing to watch was he is doing and telling us.

What is the beauty of print in the digital age?

Peter Gunning: We were told email would drop the COST of marketing to zero. But actually, what happened is it dropped TRUST to zero. Trust in digital communication is at all time low, what with fake news, phishing and scams.

Since print doesn’t cost zero, it creates an unspoken trust. It’s reassuring. We’ve tested marketing with lots of embellishment, and it gets a better response rate than simple flyers. Spot UV, hot foil, thick stocks. The fancier the piece, the more likely the recipient is to think “well they can’t afford to send this mailer to everyone, so maybe it’s worth a look”.

I also think the digital age has opened up more branding opportunities for businesses. Since the cost of producing large pieces has come down, it’s now possible to brand bigger surfaces, cost-effectively. As well as windows and walls, we’re now printing floors, ceilings and whole buildings. We even wrapped one of our queen’s castles!


 

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

Peter Gunning: It depends how you think about the question. If you’re only talking printer heads and dots per inch, then maybe it is slow, yes.

But if you think about it in terms of the whole client experience, I think it’s moving just as fast as the rest of the tech world.

Clients want to be able to do more things for themselves. As service providers, we’ve got to care about delivering an easy-to-use platform, which caters for that self-service. File checks, proofing, payment online. In fact, our Marqetspace.com online printer was recently the first in the world to offer “Buy now, pay later” with an instant credit check in the shopping cart, powered by Klarna. So, innovation is still happening fast, if you look in the right places!


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Nettl of Exeter, the  newest superstore. — Nettl is one of the most successful start-ups in the current print business worldwide. — Photo: nettle.com


 

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

Peter Gunning: One word. Diversification. Back in the day we were all about print. We had a network of hundreds of print shops in the UK, selling the usual stuff like flyers and business cards.

Gradually, over time, we found clients were going to a web designer instead of us. So, we knew we had to get into web. But that meant teaching all front-line team members how to pitch for complex projects. And that’s hard. 

It would be really easy to sell a client “a website like facebook” for €500. Actually delivering a project for that budget is a different thing entirely. Because before you can sell it, you’ve got to know how you’re going to make it. And how long that will take. And the time you take figuring that out, isn’t time you can bill the client. 

We thought there must be a better way. 5 years ago we started building our Nettl system. It allows printers to get started with web. It’s training, sales aids and a co-brand marketing toolkit to help win web work (and then keep the print!) What to pitch for and how to win. By following digital recipes created by our Nettl Geeks. 

The paradox is that now just about everything is achievable with software. The danger is how many rabbit holes you crawl down before you find the rabbit. 

People tell us that becoming a Nettl partner means they get more from their existing team. Maybe that’s why there are more than 200 co-brand Nettl locations round the world. 

Print will always be a part of our business. We just think we need to do other things first, in order to keep the print. That might be signs, websites or even search engine optimisation. I see that trend accelerating.


About

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Peter Gunning is CEO of Grafenia plc, the people behind Nettl.com. Nettl is the largest network of web, print and design studios in the UK and has over 230 locations around the world. Nettl is available to printers and designers, as a co-brand programme. They keep their brand and become the exclusive Nettl partner in their neighbourhood. More at https://www.nettl.com/uk/nettl-partner/

 


 

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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. 4

Interview by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 


Smart, clever, experienced, multicultural — François Martin is a print expert you need to be in contact with. I have known him for almost 15 years, we explored, presented, published and discussed a lot together, sometimes even controversially. The result was always an enrichment for us as well as for others. It is worthwhile to read his thoughts.


 

What is the beauty of print in the digital age?

François Martin: Print and on-line have their own usage and purpose. The raise of digital made some printed documents such as user manuals and newspaper almost obsolete and this is great – less waste in printing and transportation. At the same time, it is easier to learn using a printed book, it is easier to use a printed catalogue where you can make annotation.

The point is that each of us has his own way to access and retrieve information – some will prefer print (eg a travel guide), others will prefer an on-line information access. You want to disconnect from your screen and this is where paper is important.

The truth is that print declined a lot of the last 20 years and it will continue as you have other ways to be effective. At the same time not all pages will disappear – the one adding value and emotion will remain – and the reasons is simple, we do not want to be only connected.

Something interesting to note is that after years of emailing growth, printed direct mail is back in to the marketing mix. We are bombarded by mails and a cool/funny direct mail will capture well your attention effectively.

The beauty of print is that it can take any shape – it can be flat on a screen when needed, it can have textured effects on a postcard to remind us about something, it can be a nice photobook to read at leisure.

So, print has a role to play, no longer a leading role but a role around commodity, emotion & reaction and memory preservation.

 


 

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

François Martin: The adoption of digital for commercial print is not slow. It is slow for the one who assumed it would replace offset totally but the reality is that digital took off in an incredible manner being in almost any print shops and at the same time offset gained in automation.

The total European printed products production decreased by almost 24% between 2008 and 2017 and within the printed production, digital has grown a lot – especially for all what has to be printed on demand and or in short runs. 

Even for books digital made major in-roads. On-demand book printing is great and it saved a lot of trees and money. We do not read less but we read books we want, printed when we need them with far less obsolete inventories. We also have far less magazines returned from shops and we reduced the printed and transportation costs.

I see a continuous trend for digital printing to grow especially when the cost of inks will further decline.

Print is evolving according to the Darwin law. Digital is a new more agile animal which will overtime replace an older specie.

 


 

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

François Martin: The key driver to be a successful print service provider? – easy. Do not say you are a printer but position yourself as a marketing service provider. Print is a way to communicate something – otherwise, why to print? Help your clients discussing with them what they want to achieve and design with them what is the most relevant way. Use embellishment on print more – use personalization / customization – use cool substrates. Make communication emotional and attractive. Combine print with on-line, add Augmented Reality to print if you need. Offer web-to-print capabilities as this is what many want to have for the still to be printed commodity pages – eg a simple brochure still needed.

What will be commercial print in the future? Overall less print – this is truth we need to accept. More web-to-print solutions – easier and offering more choices. Equipment wise fully integrated and automated machines providing print, embellishment and finishing without much human intervention.

In short, print will remain but it will never be what it was.

Merci beaucoup. — Thanks for the great and inspiring conversation.


 

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Coffee Talk in Israel focussing drupa 2012: François Martin and Andreas Weber presenting market trends leading to the analog to digital transformation.

 


About

François Martin has been working in the printing and packaging industry since 2005 in various marketing roles. As Senior Consultant, he today continues to communicate innovations which will help converters and brand owners to create a more agile and more sustainable packaging production across the entire supply chain.

He strongly believes that digitalization, automation and connectivity are the main drivers to shape the future of packaging production. He is also convinced that the new consumer generation will force the entire industry to drastically reduce its environmental impact answering their needs for a customized experience addressing their values. 

Before becoming an industry consultant in 2018, François was the global head of marketing for the HP Graphics Solutions Business.


 

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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. 2

Interview by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 

‘Paper meets print meets zeitgeist!’ -—That was one of my statements in the report on the importance of paper in the digital age. And further: ‘Paper is patient. Right! – Media users are impatient. Why?’ – Bernhard Cantzler with his profound expertise in the field of communication with print media is therefore an excellent conversation partner. In a nutshell, he brings to the point, what (he) is about.

 

What is the beauty of print in the digital age?

Bernhard Cantzler: Printed communicaton is as flexible as digital communication in terms of personalization. Print is still regarded by many as more reliable, more trustworthy. In addition it is a natural “digital detox” and helps deeper thinking. All this is constantly being researched and proven as I can read regularly on TwoSides / PrintPower (web and magazine 😉

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

Bernhard Cantzler: Slow is relative… I would say that print buyers and their focus on a low purchase price per 1000 copies are the key factor. If print buyers would buy campaign efficiency they would maybe print less, but all digitally personalized content. They would actually buy overall campaign effectiveness where print and online need to work together.

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

Bernhard Cantzler: Based on what I wrote above: stop selling ink on paper, start selling communication results, campaign results, paid invoices, lowered contact centre calls per customer or other value driven KPIs where print can support.

 


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Read as well the full story about the success of paper for printing in the digital age.


About

The studies of Bernhard Cantzler at the Vienna University of Economics and Business with a master’s degree in international commerce / trade brought him into contact with Mondi Group through his thesis on ’The key success factors of acquisitions in Eastern Europe based on a case study with Neusiedler AG’.

He has been working there since July 2005 in various positions, with experience in North and South America, Australia and Europe. Focus: Business Development. Specialties: digital printing, technologies, dry toner, ElectroInk, HP, Indigo, high-speed inkjet, drop-on-demand, continuous, paper. He has been Head of Marketing & Innovation at Uncoated Fine Paper in Vienna since 2017. Besides german he speaks english, polish and russian.

Bernhard Cantzler is part of the founding team of the #Think!Paper initiative. Teaming with Günter Thomas, Head of GT Trendhouse42 he realised an outstanding benchmark test.


 

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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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Foto: GT Trendhouee 42, Gelsenkirchen

Von Günter Thomas, GT Trendhouse42

#Think!Paper — Edition 2, Vol. 8

Frei nach dem Motto ‚,Papier muss leben und darf nicht flach sterben’’, sind wir vom weltweit bedeutenden Karton- und Papierhersteller Mondi mit der Aufgabe vertraut worden, ihren neu entwickelten und verbesserten PERGRAPHICA Karton in all seinen Facetten auf Herz und Nieren zu prüfen.

Ziel ist es gewesen, unsere geballten Kompetenzen sowie unsere gesamten Fertigungstiefen auf dem Material anzuwenden und somit die Grenzen des schier Unmöglichen zu überwinden.

Dazu haben wir zwei individuelle Testbogen zusammengestellt, die von einfachen Musterstrukturen, über ausgefallene Bildmotive bis hin zu anspruchsvollen Verpackungen alles relevante beinhalten. Diese wurden an unseren drei Produktionsstandorten mit sämtlichen Druck- & Veredelungsanwendungen versehen, welche unser Unternehmen zu bieten hat.

Durch unsere speziellen Folienkaschierungen, Heißfolien-, Reliefprägungen sowie Sieb- & Offsetdruck-Anwendungen mit verschiedensten Farben, Lacken, Pigmenten und Iriodinen wurde veranschaulicht, wie aus diesem Premium-Material ein hochveredeltes Print-Produkt entstehen kann.

 

Mein Fazit

Spannend war für mich zu sehen, wie bei PERGRAPHICA mit ungestrichenen Papieren und Kartons exzellente Ergebnisse erzielt werden können. Das habe ich so in meinen kühnsten Träumen nicht erwartet.

Das ungestrichene Designpapier wurde als „Papier für Perfektionisten“ entwickelt, da die Auswahl des Papieres in der Printkommunikation eine bedeutende Rolle spielt. Es ist ideal geeignet für alle hochwertigen Druckobjekte und sorgt für stets gleichbleibende und hochwertige Ergebnisse.

Zusammenfassend lässt sich sagen: Ein Endergebnis, das Faszination auslöst und die Augen verweilen lässt.

 

Fotos: GT Trendhouee 42, Gelsenkirchen


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PERGRAPHICA wurde im Jahr 2015 als neue Premium-Papiermarke für Offset- und Digitaldruck vorgestellt. Durch die unterschiedlichen Färbungen, Haptiken und Grammaturen inspiriert dieses Premiumprodukt von Mondi den Markt der gedruckten Werbekommunikation und Verpackungsindustrie mit einem abwechslungsreichen Portfolio. Sie dazu den Bericht: „Premium-Papiere beflügeln Digitaltechnik im Print“


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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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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English Version (Full Interview)

Das Thema ‚Subskription‘ bzw. die Bedeutung und Relevanz der ‚Subscription Economy‘hat weiter Fahrt aufgenommen und geht über den Ansatz neuer Abrechnungsmodelle weit hinaus. Es geht um den Kern der ‚Digitalen Transformation‘, die den Wandel von Unternehmen von Herstellern und Verkäufern von Produkten hin zu Anbietern von Dienstleistungen und umfassenden Lösungen beschreibt.

Führende Wirtschaft-Magazine greifen daher das Thema verstärkt auf; und erkennen, dass der Druckmaschinen-Sektor ganz vorne mitmischt. 

Im Umfeld der Bilanzpressekonferenz 2018/2019 von Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG ergab sich die Gelegenheit, die vor rund einem Jahr per ValueDialog begonnene Konversation mit Vorstandsmitglied und Chef Digital Officer Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hermann zum aktuellen Stand und zur Zukunft von Subskription im Print-Sektor weiterzuführen.

Fazit: Es geht kräftig voran. Und es zeigt sich, dass die Subscription Economy die Ausweitung der Geschäftstätigkeit von Heidelberg und seiner Kunden im Print-Sektor in ganz neuer Dimension ermöglicht.

 


 

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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hermann. Foto: Heidelberg.

AUSZUG — Was raten Sie Druckerei-Unternehmern? Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Die Kunst ist es eben, früh zu verstehen, wo der Bedarf von Print entsteht und hierfür Kunden zu werben und Fähigkeiten aufzubauen. Wer sich allein auf die Fähigkeit konzentriert, zu produzieren, der wird eine Disruption, wie sie die Printmedienindustrie erlebt hat, nicht überleben. Die Fähigkeit, Geschäft mit wandelnden oder gänzlich neuen Kunden aufzubauen, das ist die Kernkompetenz der Zukunft und vor allem der digitalen Zukunft, in der sich Märkte nicht verändern, sondern zum Teil disruptiv wandeln.


Link zum kompletten Interview im #hotspotsubscription-Blog

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Andreas Weber Selfie mit Studie

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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In German and English, a new platform will be made available that bundles factual information, expert opinions, interviews, practical experience and the latest scientific findings, makes them transparent and invites them to participate.

“Subscription is a new, exciting and multi-faceted topic that will keep us busy for a long time – with the potential to enable the graphics industry to continue its successful path to the digital future with print,” explains Andreas Weber, founder and CEO of Value Communication GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. As an experienced journalist and blogger, he moderates and designs the content of the blog. In a team with a top-class expert advisory board, relevant insights, trends and perspectives from daily work are recorded, discussed and made publicly accessible.

“The blog, as an interactive platform, aims to provide real added value to everyone who is interested in the emerging Subscription Economy in the industrial environment. Anyone who wants to contribute new and important things in this context or has specific questions can get involved”, adds Weber.

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Fokus: Neue Wege der Wissensvermittlung für profitables Wachstum mit Print im Digitalzeitalter

Ab sofort ist ein auf Interaktion und Wissenstransfer ausgerichteter Blog rund um das Thema ‚Subscription‘ online: 

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In deutscher und englischer Sprache wird damit eine neue Plattform zugänglich, die Sachinformationen, Experten-Meinungen, Interviews, Praxiserfahrungen und neueste wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse bündelt, transparent macht und zum Mitmachen einlädt. 

„Subscription ist ein neues, spannendes und vielschichtiges Thema, das uns lange beschäftigen wird — mit dem Potenzial, der grafischen Branche einen anhaltend erfolgreichen Weg in die digitale Zukunft mit Print zu ermöglichen“, erläutert Andreas Weber, Gründer und Chef der Value Communication GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. Als erfahrener Journalist und Blogger moderiert und gestaltet er den Blog inhaltlich. Im Team mit einem hochkarätig besetzten Expertenbeirat werden relevante Erkenntnisse, Trends und Perspektiven aus der täglichen Arbeit erfasst, diskutiert und öffentlich zugänglich gemacht. 

„Der Blog als interaktive Plattform will über die Branchengrenzen hinaus allen, die sich im Industrieumfeld für die entstehende ‚Subscription Economy‘ interessieren einen echten Mehrwert bieten. Denn wer in diesem Kontext neues und wichtiges beitragen möchte oder spezifische Fragen hat, kann sich einbringen“, ergänzt Andreas Weber. 

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