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The Media Consumer Ten Years from now:Creative Input for Strategies
IFRA's new Where NEWS? report describes how scenario development can be an important business tool
"We believe scenario development is a very powerful and exciting tool for publishers to anticipate and prepare for the future," says Where NEWS? Project Manager Jochen Dieckow. "The aim is not to forecast one utterly correct picture of the future - the scenarios may or may not come true - but to create a better understanding of the driving factors, which will most probably shape the future and to trigger a discussion within management on possible consequences of "best" and "worst" cases."
The new report describes the process of scenario development as well as eight possible future scenarios, all developed by members of the Project Steering Group and representatives of the industry - publishers, suppliers and media agencies - during a two day workshop held in Berlin in late 2007. The experts were tasked with answering the question "What will media usage look like in 2017?". Based on key factors deemed to of high impact yet uncertain (identified through previous research done within the Where NEWS? project), they produced eight different possible scenarios of media consumers, behaviour and markets in ten years' time. The report also contains a methodology section, which publishers can refer to in order to run their own scenario development workshops.
Says Dieckow: "We consider scenario development to be the right approach in preparing for the future, especially in dynamic markets with disruptive developments. Media businesses operate in increasingly segmented markets and will need to simulate the different facets of media consumption and of the media consumers in various scenarios. We hope our new report will provide publishers with the inspiration and know-how to set up their own scenario development projects and develop relevant strategies for the future."
For more information, see www.wherenews.info or contact Jochen Dieckow, Where NEWS? Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +49.6151.733-736.
Directly linked to IFRA's Where NEWS? initiative is the executive forum "The Future of News Publishing: Business Models - Strategies - Tactics", 9 - 10 October, Rome (Italy). The conference programme will discuss the results from the research and will be a pool of inspiration for a top management audience eager to hear and discuss innovative approaches that display the future crowned with success:
- The strategic way into the future,
- Innovative examples of business development,
- Tactics to stay relevant to the future customer.
For more information, see www.ifra.com/businessmodels or contact Christiane Schmidt, Business Development Manager (Events), at email@example.com or +49.6151.733-771.
IFRA (www.ifra.com) is the worldwide research and service organisation for the news publishing industry. With headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, it has acted since 1961 as the platform for decision-makers from the newspaper industry. IFRA offers its services primarily to its more than 3100 members in nearly 80 countries. A Board, comprising publishers as well as central, regional and specialised committees drawn from IFRA member companies, steers the work of the international newspaper community. IFRA's research work provides the basis for this and results in standardisation projects as well as international and regional exhibitions, conferences, workshops, study tours, training events, Newsplex consulting and international competitions. The IFRA Expo - "the annual event of the news publishing industry" - held at major European venues, is the world's most important trade exhibition for newspaper companies and their partners. IFRA Expo 2008 will be held from 27 to 30 October in Amsterdam under the motto "Get the Big Picture!" (www.ifraexpo.com). IFRA Magazine, the international magazine of newspaper business, strategy and technology, is published in several languages in both print and online versions (www.iframagazine.com). IFRA is also running IFRA Search, a vertical search engine for the news publishing industry (www.ifrasearch.com).