Publishers have adapted -- now what? In a time where understanding your audience is key, publishers have doubled down on diversifying products to meet readers where they are. From commerce to subscriptions, these strategies are table stakes as the world of in-person events and deal making is put on pause. As publishers are navigating this balancing act, they’ll have to stretch teams to evolve and meet key goals throughout 2020. 

At the Digiday Publishing Summit LIVE, we’ll be talking to top publishing and media execs as they outline their plans to move forward. From strategic partnerships, building out commerce offerings, and keeping subscribers from churning, we’ll talk about what lies ahead as things begin to move back into place.

June 24-26, 11 a.m. EDT

What you get with a pass

• Access to all live presentations and interactive town halls and working group discussions
• Access to on-demand videos and slides from any sessions you may have missed
• A survival guide packed with key takeaways from the week, practical tips, on-demand sessions, full presentations and much more
• Connect Passes include two one-on-one meetings with publishing executives


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Wednesday, June 24

  • 11:00 a.m.
    Opening Remarks & State of the Industry

    Join us as we walk through how publishers are being impacted by the new normal.

  • 11:15 a.m.
    Managing Out of Crisis

    The media industry was quick to react this past March as businesses across the globe began to shift in response to the coronavirus. Most of this time was spent discussing management expectations across the board. Things have changed, again, as companies begin leaning into these new normalcies and prepare for managing out of a crisis. Join us as we talk to one media exec walks us through how to effectively organize in an environment that keeps shifting and how to maintain an entrepreneurial spirit while doing so.

  • 11:45 a.m.
    Sponsor Session
  • 12:00 p.m.
    How to Keep Subscribers from Churning

    Many publishers saw a spike in subscriptions as the news of coronavirus and its lasting business impacts became a necessary vertical. That's fantastic for a company's bottom line, but how are they going to keep those subscribers once it's time to renew? Hear how one publisher is planning on managing that churn.

  • 12:20 p.m.
    Sponsor Session
  • 12:35 p.m.
    In Memoriam: The Third-Party Cookie

    Google has made it clear it has no intention to delay its plan to phase out third-party cookies on Chrome within two years. From March, Apple's Safari began blocking all third-party cookies by default. How can publishers best prepare for life after the third-party cookie and better define their online audiences. What groundwork can they do now and where is the industry leaning toward as to what may replace third-party cookies?

  • 12:55 p.m.
    Town Hall

    Having some challenges? Bring yours to the conversation as we dive into best practices to continue to move forward.

Thursday, June 25

  • 11:00 a.m.
    Welcome Back
  • 11:05 a.m.
    Why Diversified Revenue Saved the Media Industry

    If your revenue isn't already diverse, you're too late. In this session, hear from one media exec as they walk us through the importance of having diversified revenue and how it helped throughout this crisis. We'll learn how to leverage partnerships during this time, what becomes important to sell, and how advertising and programmatic are key.

  • 11:25 a.m.
    Sponsor Session
  • 11:40 a.m.
    Commerce is Key

    With an unprecedented number of American consumers stuck home and shopping online, publishers’ commerce businesses are poised for significant growth, provided they can react quickly to changing consumer needs and marketer challenges. In this session, we'll hear how one publisher was able to keep commerce ahead while supply chains seemed to crumble under the pressure. 

  • 12:00 p.m.
    Sponsor Session
  • 12:15 p.m.
    Betting on Video and How Production has Changed

    From events moving virtual to content being made from the comfort of ones home -- how has the video production that many publishers relied on, changed? In this session you'll hear how one company has adapted their strategy and production throughout the last few months.

  • 12:35 p.m.
    Working Group

    Join us in an honest discussion at the current state of the industry -- please bring questions and challenges as we will be talking all things strategy.

Friday, June 26

  • 11:00 a.m.
    Welcome Back
  • 11:05 a.m.
    Making a Membership with Paying For

    What's the difference between a member and a subscriber? It's not a semantic difference. Instead, pursuing members, rather than subscribers, could radically alter the strategy a publisher uses to grow consumer revenue and evolve as a business. From content to research, even special events, hear what it takes to make a membership worth paying for. 

  • 11:25 a.m.
    Sponsor Session
  • 11:40 a.m.
    Will Virtual Events Be Here to Stay?

    It's pretty meta to talk about virtual events at a virtual event. But, do we think they're here to stay? Hear from one publisher as they outline the future of in-person events and how they see virtual events sticking around.

  • 12:00 p.m.
    Sponsor Session
  • 12:15 p.m.
    Key Takeaways

    To wrap up the end of the summit, we will run through the top trends we heard throughout three days of content.



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