Mumbai to host digital conference for news publishers


The city of Mumbai is all set to host the 7th edition of digital event for news publishers in South Asia, Digital Media India 2018. Scheduled from 7-9 February at Courtyard by Mariott Mumbai International Airport, the conference will revolve around ideas on paid content, revenue strategies, digital transformation, use of intelligence data, platform publishing and viral content for mobile devices.

The event is expected to attract more than 175 senior news publishing executives from India and the global platform, including CEOs, CDOs, Digital Editors-in-Chief, CMOs, Digital Revenues Strategists, Sales Heads, Media Buyers and Advertising Agencies.

The list of speakers at the event include eminent names like Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor, The Wire; David Higgerson, digital editorial strategy director, Trinity Mirror; Abdul Jalil Hamid, chief executive officer, The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd; Himanshu Gautam, head – Digital Business, Amar Ujala, India; Gard Sterio, editor in chief and chief executive officer, VG – Verdens Gang AS; Esra Dogramaci, senior editor, Digital, DW – Deutsche Welle, Germany; Sathya Sriram, head of strategy, The Hindu Group, and many more.
Alongside the Digital Media India 2018 conference, two parallel pre-conference workshops will take place on 7 February, at the same venue. The pre-conference workshops will address paid content business models and Big Data for journalists.

The event offers various sponsorship opportunities for suppliers to highlight their presence and brand image. The booking for info table and sponsorships is open now.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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