e4m hosts webinar on ‘Stronger together’

Publisher executives reflect on 2020

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e4m hosts webinar on ‘Stronger together’

exchange4media (e4m) is hosting a webinar on “Stronger together: publisher executives reflect on 2020,” as part of Taboola Talks series. With lockdown, face masks, and working from home, Covid-19 has changed our behavior, possibly forever. The way we consume content has changed too, with audiences looking to trusted news sources for the latest updates. Four top publisher chief experience officers and Taboola’s chief revenue officer will discuss the sweeping changes to consumer behavior and important learnings that make us stronger than ever.

The webinar will take place on 24 November at 1600hrs IST and will be streamed in Mumbai, Kolkata, and New Delhi. The panel of speakers includes Salil Kumar, chief executive officer, Digital, India Today Group; Rohit Chadda, chief executive officer Digital Publishing at Zee Group, Zee Digital; Sanjay Sindhwani, chief executive officer, Indian Express Online Media; Arijit Chatterjee, chief strategy officer, NDTV; and Ran Buck, chief revenue officer, Taboola.

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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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