The main challenge for publishers, according to Sean O Driscoll, MD of DHP, is the decline in printed magazines and the search for alternative revenue sources.
Iain Sidney, Publisher of Bike Jobs, wants to move readers from print to web to mobile and back again and make money from each.
James Ormiston, MD of Circdata, feels publishers need to think of themselves as media owners, and look at their "audience" across print, events and digital.
John Hazell, Commercial Director of Netcopy, believes that unique, hard to find content can command a premium online.
Peter Houston, Director of Content for Advanstar, advocates publishers re-using content in as many different places as possible.
Fiona Ryder, CEO of Stream Exchange, suggests that publishers consider video as a revenue generator, not just a cost-centre
Ashley Friedlein, CEO of Econsultancy, urges publishers to put as much emphasis on data and analytics as retailers do; to full understand where their marketing is working.
Chris Took of Pagesuite gave an example of a publisher app that had linked their database with a major promotion for an advertiser.
University of Leicester students interviewed visitors about their big issues and reasons for attending: read this article on their findings.
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