The Year Ahead

After a jam-packed 2022, this year is shaping up to be another busy one for FIPP. We look ahead at the reports and events coming your way in 2023.

We start the year with a subject that tops the list of priorities for many media organisations – digital subscriptions. FIPP’s Q4 Global Digital Subscription Snapshot, done in partnership with Piano, will be released in late January and, as always, promises to give some fascinating insights into which publishers around the world are getting it right when it comes to paid content.

The latest Snapshot arrives at a time when the subscription landscape is changing. The Q3 snapshot indicated that the cost-of-living crisis and growing maturity of the market might be leading to a freeze in digital subscriptions, and while the growth for most brands remained healthy with period-on-period gains of 5% or more for many, it was still significantly down on the position at the same time last year.

Things to look out for in the Q4 Snapshot will be the continued success of The New York Times, the worrying slide in subs faced by The Washington Post, Disney’s march to haul in Netflix in the streaming wars as well as some newcomers breaking into what has become the most comprehensive quarterly report on the global digital subscriptions market today.

Other FIPP reports this year include a deep dive into the fast-evolving world of digital newsstands; two digital advertising forecasts; a look at the future of print and a review of independent magazines; the Innovation Report; and an exploration into the state of E-commerce.

Staying true to its word to connect global media, FIPP is again holding a number of events this year. A highlight will be the FIPP World Media Congress, the annual must-attend event for decision-makers in media, media tech, and adjacent sectors taking place from 6-8 June in Cascais, Portugal.

Among the speakers confirmed are Bonnie Kintzer, CEO of TMB (Trusted Media Brands), and Jens Mueffelmann, Executive Chairman of Bonnier LLC, who will discuss the state of global media strategies against the backdrop of a changing world.

We will also have Rafat Ali, CEO, and Co-founder of Skift, a B2B travel media vertical and founder in the early 2000s of PaidContent, a site he sold to Guardian News & Media in the UK in 2008, discussing building a specialist media business from the ground up.

Preethi Nallu, Global Director of Report for the World, will share how they support and develop sustainable journalism in under-reported segments and parts of the world. Shirish Kulkarni, Consultant, Innovation and Inclusion, and News Storyteller Researcher at Monnow Media, will discuss how inclusion drives innovation. You can see the list of speakers so far confirmed here, and follow us for announcements of more speakers to come.

After a Covid hiatus, FIPP returned to in-person events in 2022, with its Insider events – free, facilitating informative conversations and networking opportunities in different media contexts around the world. After hugely successful events in Berlin, Lisbon, and New York, the Insider bandwagon is set to roll into New Zealand, Prague, Budapest, Cape Town, and Johannesburg in 2023.

As the year draws to a close, FIPP will host an Innovators Summit in November bringing together senior executives from media businesses, technology innovators, and solution providers to share ideas, discuss emerging trends and showcase future products.

As soon as more information is available on FIPP Insider events and the Innovators Summit it will be posted on the FIPP website. Also make sure you check the website for FIPP’s Global Big Tech Tracker – updated monthly and covering developments in the world of big tech, including Meta, Google and Amazon – and the Sustainability Tracker – summarising developments in sustainability and green issues from across the publishing world.

A new D&I Tracker looking at developments in diversity, inclusion, and representation from across the publishing world will also be launched in 2023.


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