The premium effect of quality journalism on ad performance

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New analysis shows that quality journalism is winning the war on attention. The latest figures revealed by the World Media Group (WMG), a strategic alliance of ten of the world’s leading international media brands, demonstrate the growing ‘premium’ effect that is boosting the performance of ad campaigns when viewed within a high quality, trusted editorial environment.

Independent analysis from SaaS analytics and measurement firm, Moat, demonstrates that premium digital inventory (comprising digital inventory across all WMG brands) in 2017* outperforms Moat’s benchmarks by between 16% and 73%.

In addition, when looking at the quality of engagement delivered by WMG brands the analysis shows that there has been a significant increase in attention measures since the previous year. In particular, active page dwell time for WMG Display Desktop (average length of time the user was on the page with the window in-focus) has increased by 67% year-on-year and is now 72% higher than the Moat benchmark. Also, Display Desktop in-view time (the length of time an ad has been active and in-view) is up by 34% compared to last year and stands 51% higher than the Moat benchmark.

Rupert Turnbull, Vice President, EMEA & LatAm at Time Inc, a member of the WMG, explains, “Ironically, it seems that far from turning consumers away from us, the ‘Trump-factor’ has had a positive impact across the World Media Group in the past twelve months. The Moat analysis adds to the growing body of evidence that suggests consumers are not only actively searching for quality journalism on trusted sites, but also moving away from bite-sized, click-bait headlines and enjoying the long form content created by quality media brands. This is great news for advertisers who are benefiting from the halo effect of our readers’ greater attention levels when viewing our content.”

Munira Ibrahim, SVP, Sales & Content Solutions, Reuters, which has just been announced as the newest member of the World Media Group, adds, “At Reuters our passion is for providing well-researched, trusted news, written by world class journalists — and the latest Moat analysis confirms that these are values that are held strongly across the whole of the World Media Group. We are delighted to have joined the World Media Group and are looking forward to working together with the rest of the members to promote quality journalism, delivered around the world through high-spec technology.”

The WMG brands comprise Bloomberg Media Group, The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, National Geographic, The New York Times, Reuters, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. These prestigious titles have received over 1,000 major journalism awards, including at least 190 Pulitzer prizes, between them. In addition, WMG members also provide innovative technology to optimise digital ad delivery and viewability, such as device-agnostic solutions that ensure ads are always viewed at the appropriate size.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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