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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

 


It will be my 11th drupa since 1977, which I will visit in June 2020. First as a ‘normal’ trade visitor, then in the record number of visitors in 1990 as an exhibitor, later as a journalist and in recent years as an analyst and blogger. — Clearly, things are changing. While machines and devices used to be the focus of attention, today solutions, concepts, perspectives and application options are the key.


 

The rush of manufacturers as exhibitors is unbroken. Trade fair director Sabine Geldermann proudly speaks of a sold-out #drupa2020, including the new exhibition hall 1. In 1951, drupa started its successful run when the former Heidelberg boss Dr. Sternberg had rented the whole hall 1.

However, the development in the number of visitors fills me with great concern.

Of course, the advancing automation and the path towards Industry 4.0 bring about rationalization effects that enable personnel savings.

But: For a long time, it has not been possible to inspire new target groups for the drupa to a significant extent — people who have to deal with modern marketing and communication topics on a broad front. They should focus on print, but do it less and less. Why is that? What’s wrong with communication?

 

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Honestly, as long as I can witness it, it has never been so calm in the run up to a drupa. This can not only be attributed to the organizers and partners. The trade press, formerly a guarantor of success, is only a shadow of itself (apart from a few exceptions!), hardly find enough readers and supporters anymore. Outstanding events, such as the Print & Digital Convention initiated by the German association f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktioner e.V., have developed well. But in May 2019 with 1,200 visitors are lean compared to the simultaneous digital events such as OMR in Hamburg with over 50,000 visitors or the re:publica convention in Berlin with 20,000 visitors.

Why is the industry not acting broadly, concertedly and publicly for its concerns and, above all, its right to exist? And takes a clear position on what and how things have changed in the digital age.

There is still some time left. But something must happen very quickly. Otherwise it means (again): “Operation succeeded, patient dead.” And to find an inglorious end like the CeBIT, that is the drupa and the print industry not to be desired.

 


As far as I can, I like to help and offer a number of opportunities to get involved. So the expert network #Think!Paper, supported by Mondi, GT Trendhouse 42 and Jubels; or even with the new blog “HotspotSubscription”, which has occupied as a theme “Renewal of Print”, and thus from the stand for high attention, especially outside the industry. The Digital Printing Forum, founded by myself and partners, is still active as an industry initiative and has over 1,200 group members via XING. Last but not least: my blog ValueTrendRadar.com as a compendium for communication with print has found over 120,000 readers from almost 160 countries in the world since #drupa2012.


There are many possibilities. You just have to grab it. In that sense, I am still optimistic.

And what about you? Share your thoughts and let’s start a good conversation.

 


 

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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value |  English Version

 

Es wird seit 1977 meine 11. drupa sein, die ich im Juni 2020 besuchen werde. Zunächst als ‚normaler‘ Fachbesucher, dann im Besucherrekordjahr 1990 als Aussteller, später als Journalist und in den letzten Jahren als Analyst und Blogger. — Ganz klar ist, die Dinge wandeln sich. Standen früher Maschinen und Geräte im Fokus, sind es heute Lösungen, Konzepte, Perspektiven und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten.

Meine Presseakkreditierung


 

Der Andrang der Hersteller als Aussteller ist ungebrochen. Messe-Direktorin Sabine Geldermann spricht stolz von einer ausverkauften #drupa2020, inkl. neuer Messehalle 1. Hier hatte 1951 die drupa ihren Erfolgslauf gestartet, als der damalige Heidelberg-Chef Dr.  Sternberg die ganze Halle angemietet hatte.

Die Entwicklung bei den Besucherzahlen erfüllt mich aber mit großer Sorge. Klar, die fortschreitende Automatisierung und der Weg Richtung Industrie 4.0 bringen Rationalisierungseffekte mit sich, die Personaleinsparungen ermöglichen.

 

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Aber: Seit langem ist es nicht gelungen, neue Zielgruppen für die drupa in nennenswertem Umfang zu begeistern: Menschen, die sich auf breiter Front mit modernen Marketing- und Kommunikationsthemen beschäftigen müssen. Und dabei Print im Fokus haben sollten, es aber immer weniger tun. Woran liegt das wohl? Was läuft in der Kommunikation schief?

Denn, ganz ehrlich, solange ich es miterleben kann, war es im Vorfeld einer drupa noch nie so ruhig. Das kann man nicht nur den Veranstalter und Organisatoren anlasten. Die Fachpresse, früher ein Erfolgsgarant, ist nur noch ein Schatten ihrer selbst (von ganz wenigen Ausnahmen abgesehen!), findet kaum noch Leser und Unterstützer. Herausragende Fachveranstaltungen, wie die vom f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktioner e.V. initiierte Print Digital Convention haben sich zwar gut entwickelt, sind aber zuletzt im Mai 2019 mit 1.200 Besuchern mager frequentiert gegenüber den zeitgleich stattfindenden Digital-Events wie OMR in Hamburg mit über 50.000 Besuchern oder der Berliner re:publica mit 20.000 Besuchern.


Warum setzt sich die Branche nicht breitenwirksam, konzertiert und öffentlich für ihr Anliegen und vor allem ihre Existenzberechtigung ein? Und bezieht klarer Position, was und wie sich die Dinge im Digitalzeitalter verändert haben.


 

Noch ist etwas Zeit. Aber ganz rasch muss etwas passieren. Sonst heisst es (wieder mal): „Operation gelungen, Patient tot.“ Und ein unrühmliches Ende zu finden wie die CeBIT, das ist der drupa und der Printbranche nicht zu wünschen.

 


Im Rahmen meiner Möglichkeiten helfe ich gerne und biete eine Reihe von Möglichkeiten sich hinzu bringen. So beim Expertennetzwerk #Think!Paper, das u.a. von Mondi, GT Trendhouse 42 und Jubels unterstützt wird; oder aber auch mit dem neuen Blog „HotspotSubscription“, der als Thema „Renewal of Print“ besetzt hat, und damit aus dem Stand heraus für hohe Aufmerksamkeit gerade auch ausserhalb der Branche sorgt. Das von mir und Partnern gegründete DigitaldruckForum ist als Brancheninitiative immer noch aktiv und hat via XING über 1.200 Gruppenmitglieder. Last but not least: Mein Blog ValueTrendRadar.com als Kompendium für Kommunikation mit Print hat seit der #drupa2012 über 120.000 Leser aus fast 160 Ländern der Welt gefunden.


Möglichkeiten gibt’s viele. Man muss sie nur ergreifen. In diesem Sinne bin ich weiter optimistisch.

Wie steht es bei Ihnen? Ich freue mich auf Ihre Meinung. Lassen Sie uns in einen aktiven und konstruktiven Dialog treten!

 

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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. 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.

 


ABGT Congresso 2017

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. 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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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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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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