Wan-Ifra announces the 24 publishers who will participate in the third round of the Table Stakes Europe program. They join an active community of over 200 people across 35 news organizations who have taken part in the previous editions of the performance-driven change initiative in Europe.
The Table Stakes Europe program teaches change management skills to people working in news organizations. Participants in Table Stakes undertake specific and significant change management initiatives, including diversifying their revenue streams, embracing new digital platforms, and expanding the audiences they serve.
Each publisher participating in this new edition of Table Stakes Europe has appointed multidisciplinary teams that will embark on a 12-month program designed to address a self-identified challenge facing their business.
Publishers identified over 25 different audience groups in the latest edition, ranging from families and teachers to sports fans and foodies. Once identified, they began creating various products for each audience. Nordkurier, for example, found great success with their Heimweh newsletter, targeting emigrants who were still connected to the area, and after less than a year from its launch, has over 4,200 subscribers. Likewise, NWZ created a newsletter for families that was launched in June, which now has over 3,000 subscribers and serves as a driver for digital subscriptions on their website.
Wan-Ifra’s audience-first methodologies being transformational for many European publishers
The audiences-first methodology behind Table Stakes can be applied to any publisher, regardless of their market size, subscription model, or current digital transformation stage. We have documented the journeys of many of the participating publishers, including the report on the first edition of Table Stakes Europe and now the newly released report on teams from the latest round. You can find both reports here.
“Many accelerators do a good job of conveying techniques to drive funnel results. Table Stakes Europe, in contrast, has a much deeper, more profound, and crucially, more sustainable impact on participating companies. All of this is empirically supported by publishers who have participated in Table Stakes and other programs that have consistently outperformed others who have not done Table Stakes in those other programs. Techniques do not transform enterprises, but Table Stakes Europe does that,” said Vincent Peyrègne, chief executive officer, Wan-Ifra.
Table Stakes Europe is supported by the Google News Initiative Digital Growth Program. Table Stakes architect Doug Smith will lead the program alongside a team of five expert coaches, including Valérie Arnould, Alexandra Borchardt, Pepe Cerezo, Lyndsey Jones, and Stéphane Mayoux. Specialist advisors and fellow publishers from around the globe will also join throughout the program to help guide the teams through their challenges.
“We want to continue supporting publishers of all sizes in building a sustainable future, especially around growing their reader revenue. The Table stakes program puts the focus on audiences, which anchor the organization on the reader, helping them create a differentiated experience. Wan-Ifra’s audience-first methodologies have been transformational for many European publishers, and we’re thrilled to see the program continue to grow,” commented Camila Samilian, program manager, News & Publishing Partnerships, Google News Initiative.