Printers as Media Advisors
They look more and more like media companies, not commercial printing companies. They’re incorporating blogs and videos in their sites, and they have links to their Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. Radical indeed!
Over the past several weeks I’ve had heart-to-heart conversations with industry friends about what this all means for printing. More than one of them has suggested that printers are on their way to becoming more valuable partners to their customers, in major ways.
One friend told me that he thinks an entirely new model is happening before our eyes. Printers on the edge of this communications evolution/revolution are on their way to becoming media companies.
And why not!? One of the challenges print/creative customers face right now is wrapping their arms around all of the new media they have at their disposal. Which would work best for their firms? How do they decide? And where do their print campaigns fit with these new media? Who can they turn to?
Ad agencies must be living with their own identity crisis (doesn’t the term “ad agency” sound totally dated?), so print isn’t the only industry with severe growing pains.
Is it that much of a stretch to picture tomorrow’s printing firms as media advisors who produce, manage and specialize in a range of media, including print?
If not you, then who?
Long regarded as a print buyer expert and trade writer, Margie Dana launched a new business as a marketing communications strategist with a specialty in printing and print buying. She is as comfortable working in social media as she is in traditional media, and now she’s on a mission to help clients build customer communities through carefully crafted content. Dana was the producer of the annual Print & Media Conference.
Although she has exited the event business, Dana is still publishing her Print Tips newsletter each week. For more details and to sign up for her newsletter and marketing blog, visit www.margiedana.com