Digital media managers meet up at the second “Distributed Content Summit“ at Axel Springer in Berlin




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12.07.17

Digital media managers meet up at the second “Distributed Content Summit“ at Axel Springer in Berlin

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A survey among the participating media brands shows: 85 percent of the publishers continue to see opportunities for monetization as a difficult challenge

The number of platforms for distributing media content is constantly growing. Offers like “Facebook Instant Articles“, “Snapchat Discover“ and “Instagram Video“ introduce new ways of online communication, especially for publishing companies. But how can digital media managers use these properly, what kind of opportunities could be used for monetization and what risks hide behind those trends? Axel Springer hosted the international “Distributed Content Summit“ in Berlin on July 11, 2017, for the second time now to address these and other issues. The conference, organized by BILD, gave more than 60 managers of 28 international media brands the chance to exchange their general experiences with the distribution of journalistic content via social platforms, as well as to discuss trends in the industry. The participants represented leading media brands from 13 countries.

Stefan Betzold, Managing Director BILD Digital: “New platforms attract more and more users as well as additional time of media usage. That’s why we as publishers have to test those platforms to have a better understanding of them, in order to present our content in the best way possible. The second ‘Distributed Content Summit’ presented an intensive exchange of experiences. Despite some progress, especially monetization continues to remain a difficulty. It should also be in the interest of the platform providers’ success to listen better and respond more effectively to publishers’ requirements in the future.”

Survey among the participants of the second "Distributed Content Summit" Part I A survey among the participants of the “Distributed Content Summit” showed that only 33 percent (2016: 21 percent) of the media and publishing houses positively evaluate the possibility of how their brand identity can be presented on the distribution platforms. Only 13 percent (2016: 3 percent) of the respondents are satisfied with the metrics and user data that the platforms provide, 58 percent (2016: 81 percent) still see strong deficits. This holds especially true for the current monetization models offered by the platforms (marketing and paid content), which are still being criticized as insufficient by 85 percent of the media managers (2016: 94 percent). 

Survey among the participants of the second "Distributed Content Summit" Part II The dissatisfaction of the media managers is even more evident in the assessment of the willingness to cooperate as part of the collaboration between publishers and platform providers. If the communication to publishers’ requirements is already rated as insufficient, it is especially the lack of implementation of those requirements by the platform providers that disappoints.

Survey among specialists shows: The responsiveness of social platforms to publishers' requirements is insufficient
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An overview of the media brands and publishers participating in the "Distributed Content Summit": 

“Aftenposten“ (Norway), “BBC“ (UK), BILD (Germany), Condé Nast (UK), “De Persgroep“ (Netherlands), “Dow Jones / Wall Street Journal“ (USA), “Ekstra Bladet“ (Denmark), “Financial Times“ (UK), “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“ (Germany), “Handelsblatt“ (Germany), “Hürriyet“ (Turkey), “Impresa“ (Portugal), “KIT Bonnier“ (Sweden), “News UK“ (UK), “NowThisMedia“ (USA), “Onet Ringier Axel Springer“ (Poland), Ringier Africa (Africa), Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz (Switzerland), “Schibsted“ (Norway), “Der Spiegel“ (Germany), “Süddeutsche Zeitung“ (Germany), “Telegraph Media Group“ (UK), “The Economist Group“ (UK), „The Sun“ (UK), “The Guardian“ (UK), “The Times & Sunday Times“ (UK), “Unidad Editorial“ (Spain), “Verdens Gang” (Norway), WeltN24 (Germany), “Die Zeit“ (Germany).

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