Chief Digital Officers Share Digital Publishing Strategies at 2013 CDO Summit (VIDEO)

CDOs Joe Bilman (American Media, Inc.) and Ellie Hirschhorn (Simon & Schuster)

Just as music lovers are fans of performers and not of their music label, readers are fans of authors, not of their publisher.

That point—that the author is the brand or the star—was expressed by Ellie Hirschhorn, Chief Digital Officer of Simon & Schuster, and one of the digital executives on the publishing panel at the inaugural Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Summit, held at Thomson Reuters in New York City in February 2013.

That simple insight was the impetus for Simon & Schuster to change its practice of promoting its digital properties on retail partners’ sites, and move to a direct-to-consumer model.

Why? Going directly to the consumer enabled the firm to access “a brew of data” about more than a million of its consumers—including which authors its readers chose to follow or “fan.” That rich data served as the building blocks for creating direct-to-consumer vertical content niches, ranging from clutter busting to parenting.

That’s only one of many digital business strategies shared by Chief Digital Officers in the publishing sector.

Accompanying Hirschhorn on the panel were, from left to right:

  • Michael Smith: President, Forbes.com; CDO, Forbes Media
  • Fred Santarpia: Chief Digital Officer at Condé Nast Entertainment
  • David Kang: Chief Digital Officer at Wenner Media
  • Joe Bilman: Chief Digital Officer at American Media Inc.
  • Ellie Hirschhorn: Chief Digital Officer at Simon & Schuster
  • David Mathison (moderator): Curator, CDO Summit
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  • Tracey Cooper

    Book publishers have now realized the power of a digital business. It’s great to see people like Ellie Hirschhorn leading the charge. Digital publishing on the magazine side has definitely influenced how to extend the consumers relationship with their brands but also opened up an entirely new revenue model via ads and digital subscriptions. Add mobile to that mix and the opportunities are endless.

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