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Transforming the Magazines Industry: The SPH Magazines’ Journey

The print industry is battling a headwind of digital disruption. And like any industry amid turbulence, magazine publishers need to dig deep for the courage to transform—not just to ensure survival, but more importantly, to advance resilience.

This was the essence of the speech by our Editor-in-Chief of English and Malay Newspapers earlier this year when he spoke about transforming the media business in the digital age. The words were not verbatim—this author admits to be seduced by Christensen’s idea of disruptive innovation—but the call for transformation was unmistakable in its urgency. The publishing business needs to accurately identify its core strengths and relative advantages, to quickly formulate responses in this volatile media climate.

New era for MPAS heralded - EXCO appoints new ED and puts focus back on members

SINGAPORE — After a jubilant Executive Committees (EXCO) meeting of the Media Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) held on 28 July 2015. President John Thet, Vice-President Russell Channon, Treasurer Katie Peace and Secretary Alex Cano are pleased to announce that Alexander Knight was appointed Executive Director.

The MPAS EXCO and ED will now focus on making sure that the members are put first and foremost in preparation for taking MPAS into its second decade. A bumper programme is being lined up for the rest of 2015 and into 2016 - the 10th anniversary year of the founding of the association in 2006. 

A substantial membership drive will be undertaken, a monthly newsletter will be sent to the industry, regular MPAS social gatherings will resume, a new awards programme will be implemented – that will include all media publishers - and a winter conference is being planned.

President John Thet said: 'Today is a great day for Singapore media in general. With an energised EXCO and newly appointed ED, we can reach heights now previously only imagined.'

‘We’re delighted to have Alexander Knight on board as ED - he was Vice-President of our association and has held various EXCO positions over the years. Alexander knows the association inside out and is looking forward to reinvigorating it.’

About Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS)

Established in 2006, the Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS) is a non-profit trade association that represents the leading B2B, specialist B2C, custom and digital publishers in Singapore.

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What Advertisers are looking for in 2015 / 2016

Understanding what advertisers are looking for is key with ever increasing competitiveness in the magazine media space. 

Chloe Neo, the Managing Partner of OMD Singapore shares some perspectives based on her work at OMD, one of the world's largest media planning agencies. 

Despite all the hype on digitalisation, tradition media is still at the forefront. While it has shown a decline in terms of eyeballs over the past years, they still command a sizeable reach.

However, marketers are slowly seeking alternative media solutions to help them get noticed in an increasingly fragmented world. They are currently adopting a mobile first approach when considering their media buys, with an even greater emphasis on the tracking the buyers’ journey. This focus underpins the shifting from an advertising-centric to consumer-centric content marketing approach. 

For further details, click here to download the entire presentation. 

10 themes in magazine publishing for 2015

Chris Llewellyn, President and CEO of FIPP, the worldwide magazine media association, presented at the association's conference on Monday 11 May and highlighted 10 themes in magazine publishing to look out for in 2015.

They are:

1. Magazines ≠ not only print anymore
2. See the future; think millennial (and beyond)
3. Audiences dictate distribution
4. Content is your trump card
5. Authenticity and the role of the brand
6. We are mobile, social and visual
7. Key advertising trends
8. Diversifying revenue streams
9. A word about print
10. Organisational DNA

For more details, click here to download the entire presentation. 

MPAS unveils speaker lineup for its annual conference

Stellar cast includes Chris Llewellyn, president and CEO of FIPP and Gilles Demptos, Director, Asia of WAN-IFRA

SINGAPORE - Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS) has announced the speaker lineup for its conference on Monday 11 May 2015.

Speakers include a stellar cast such as Chris Llewellyn, president and CEO of FIPP, the worldwide magazine media association, Gilles Demptos, Director, Asia of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Vijayakumar Radhakrishnan, Co-founder & President of Magzter Inc and Chloe Neo, anaging Partner of OMD Singapore.

Topics covered at the conference include how the magazine industry is adapting to the key trends and issues, case studies of how news publishers remain relevant in print while growing their businesses on digital platforms, emerging advertising spend patterns in print and digital magazines and a big data analysis of digital newsstand purchases.

Said James Chen, Executive Director of the Media Publishers Association Singapore, "One of the foremost aims of the association is to keep its members up to date with the latest best practices and trends in the media publishing industry. To this end, we are grateful to have these internationally renowned speakers who will be sharing their insights, forecasts and take about digital technologies currently impacting the field of publishing."

The MPAS conference will take place on the same day as the association's Awards event on Monday 11 May 2015 at at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.