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At Mobile World Congress, Adobe today announced that more than 16 million digital publications were powered by Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite across tablets over the last year. The company also released key insights about digital magazine and newspaper application usage, based on anonymous data aggregated from nearly 600 publishers worldwide who have created around 1,500 tablet publications using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. In addition, Adobe announced new innovations that add more enterprise-class functionality and extensibility to the Digital Publishing Suite, helping organisations drive digital revenue and brand engagement through digital publications. Key enhancements include new in-app merchandising, provisioning of targeted content based on user role, and accelerated app creation.

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The anonymous, aggregate data is derived from publications delivered using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and shows shifts in reading patterns, willingness to pay for tablet applications, accelerated purchase funnel and advertising engagement. Tablets are driving new revenue for publishers as consumers pay for digital media content. Business publishers are also using tablet applications to drive awareness of their brands as well as the purchase of goods and services. Specific data points include:

·         Sixty-eight percent of readers worldwide currently pay for digital magazines and newspapers built with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. This is made up of single issue purchases (15 percent), subscriptions (26 percent) and bundles of print and digital issues (27 percent).

·         Readers are highly engaged with both editorial and advertising content. Every fifth page view in a Digital Publishing Suite magazine app is an advertisement. Interactivity, which includes Web views, videos, slide shows, audio clips, image sequences, hyperlinks and other overlays can also have a profound impact on a reader’s digital content consumption and engagement, with readers interacting with nearly half (48 percent) of all interactive features in Digital Publishing Suite apps. Out of the variety of interactive overlays included in applications, Web views and videos are the two types most frequently accessed by readers.

·         Over half (56 percent) of readers spend between 25 minutes to 2.5 hours a month reading their digital titles. Time spent consuming content has increased 70 percent over the last six months, which can be attributed to more sophisticated and engaging content as well as the continued adoption of tablets. Consumers tend to open a Digital Publishing Suite application up to five times per month on average, and nine percent of readers spend more than five hours per month reading digital titles, which suggests that they are frequently engaging on a tablet with the brands they love.

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“We saw 16 million digital publications downloaded over the last 12 months, with no signs of fatigue,” said Zeke Koch, senior director of product management, Digital Publishing, Adobe. “As digital issues grow significantly, Adobe will continue to fuel this evolution by providing innovative features that allow publishers and corporations worldwide to drive digital revenue, accelerated readership and purchase of content.”

Publishers like Rodale Inc. and Active Interest Media and companies like Sotheby’s have recently published magazine, merchandising and customer loyalty applications. Similarly, enterprises now have the opportunity to add digital content into their mobile marketing mix by creating a broad range of digital publications using Digital Publishing Suite, including sales and marketing collateral, corporate communications, as well as brand loyalty, customer acquisition and customer retention materials.

“Adobe Digital Publishing Suite has allowed us to amaze and satisfy our readers with technological innovation that they crave and expect,” said Anthony Cerretani, deputy editor and digital director, Backpacker Magazine. “We’ve been able to integrate interactive maps, adventure videos from all over the world, and touch-point-powered content that inspires and enables our readers to experience outdoor adventure in incredibly dynamic ways. They’re even contributing multimedia to our editions on a regular basis. With the flexibility of Adobe’s tools, we’re finding new ways to optimise the experience every month.”

“As we focus on reaching our increasingly global client base, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite provides an elegant platform and enjoyable user experience,” says Amy Todd Middleton, worldwide director of marketing, Sotheby’s.  “Our Sotheby’s catalogue app combines the visual aesthetic of our print catalogues in a new convenient digital format.  Analytics show that people are spending more time browsing our content offline in a more interactive environment.  With zoom, original videos, and 360 degree photography, it is a great alternative to being in the room with a work of art.”

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The Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is the market leader in the delivery of digital publications and includes robust functionality that enables traditional media and business publishers to quickly create content that drives greater digital revenue. Innovative features include:

·         Restricted Distribution – Publishers can provision specific content to a variety of customer, reader or member groups within one branded application.

·         Custom Notifications – Customers can leverage in-app notifications to cross promote and market availability of publications and other content. Already embraced by select Condé Nast publications, publishers and brand organisations can use custom notifications as in-app marketing to drive demand for magazine issues.

·         HTML5 Support Publishers such as The New Yorker and National Geographic are using HTML5 within their digital publications for in-app custom store fronts, inline content, and complete articles. Similarly, advertisers are including HTML5 within interactive advertisements to drive consumer engagement.

·         Other enterprise-class features include Direct Entitlement (publishers can provide digital content to existing subscribers in one click), Analytics (Digital Publishing provides both Base Analytics as well as the ability to integrate with an existing SiteCatalyst® account) and Custom Content Viewer (publishers can create a Content Viewer for multiple devices that that supports full-screen viewing of content).

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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