Product Development Series. November 2021

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Staying Ahead of the Game with Outstanding Product Development by NWE Academy

In a world of technological advancement, increasing competition and changing consumer behaviours, most opportunities for growth come from the area of product development. New products or optimised products provide competitive advantage, revenue & risk diversification, and increased brand reputation. We often look to the big tech companies in Silicon Valley, the so called GAFA, with admiration mixed with a touch of envy. They reached in relatively short time remarkable numbers in terms of market share, audience, revenues and profit. At a quick glance, their secret ingredient is obvious: the remarkable numbers are the result of strong product performance. Innovation in tech tends to focus on product performance – new products, new updates, new features.

Product development is quite new to the media industry. It is at the core of any monetisation strategy for media houses. Media products are not only the traditional newspaper, but with the digital transformation of the business, digital products are much more diversified: stories with interactive or data components, newsletters, mobile applications, bots that facilitate a conversation with the news, special projects and event sites, social media engagement products, internal projects like content management systems, subscription services, and analytics products that help an organization more efficiently manage more efficiently their operations.

Product development has become critical to news media. Therefore, at NWE Academy we plan to offer a whole series of events and workshops on the topic of product development, specially designed for media houses that either want to start with product development or want to deepen their knowledge and practical skills in this area.

The New World Encounters Academy Product Development Series will start in November 2021, with weekly workshops on Tuesdays from 3 pm CET.

Tuesday, 9 November 2021, 15.00 – 16.30 CET
Opening Event: Staying Ahead of the Game, Best Practice Virtual Tour UK, Canada, Germany, France

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 CET
Workshop: The secret ingredients to developing powerful newsletters

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 CET
Workshop: How to develop a profitable mobile strategy and mobile applications

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 CET
Workshop: Reinventing Local News

The Product Development Series will be continued in 2022 with the following topics: rapid prototyping and testing, gamification, developing interactive stories, audio products, develop a rewarding e-commerce strategy, successful digital and hybrid events portfolio, content marketing strategies for your advertising customers.