Philippe Jannet, CEO of Le Monde Interactif talked about that paper's mobile experience. Le Monde already has a paid for model online with a subscription scheme that sees some content published for free and other services, including the right to contribute UGC charged for. Jannet mused on the idea of charging users to write for the paper as he didn't invent the model but it works and ads sell for more on subscriber pages than free ones.
Anders Stenbäck, Business Development Manager at Hesingin Sanomat of Finland explained the secrets of making money from hyperlocal, in this case with a mapping/directory product called My Own City which answers such questions as where to find a good restaurant/plumber/tailor/hairdresser etc.
Few knew what to expect when Inmaculada Martinez of Stradbroke Advisors took to the stage to talk about 'Positive Deviants and the Agents of Change' but what followed was a lively canter through media predictions and Generation Y – the generation that grew up with digital and which in 2010 will outnumber the baby boomers. 90 per cent of them have joined a social network and with that social media has overtaken porn as the number one activity online.
Paul Jansen, CEO of SPH Search in Singapore told us about going up against Google in one of the world's most wired islands. Rednano.sg is a local search and directory engine which produces more relevant local results than Google. “The great thing is that users reveal more and more about themselves when they type in a query, click on a result, go online at a certain time, use their phone in a particular street, everything.
Every year someone say's this is the year of the mobile and somehow it never is but I'm going to say now that this is the Telegraph Media Group year of the mobile.....
Soitu.es closed two weeks ago so when its director, Gumersindo Lafuente, stepped up to talk about the future it was as the head of 'an exquisite corpse' rather than a live online paper. That certainly didn't take away from his message however, as he explained the importance of new ways of working for journalists who “must understand how technology works so that technologists don't end up setting the agenda.
Mariam Mammen Mathew, CEO of Manorama Online painted an altogether brighter picture drawn from the other side of the world. Being from India “best known for its technology boom and the film Slumdog Millionnaire”, Mathew sketched a market many in the room could only dream of; 1.2 billion citizens, 60,000 publications, more than 4,000 daily newspapers selling 100 million copies and the only market where newspaper circulation is rising– the numbers were staggering.
Wolfgang Blau, editor in chief of Zeit Online in Germany came to talk about user-centric design but as he quickly pointed out “all design should be user centred”.
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