Digimarc Report Shows Explosive Growth of Digital Watermarking in Magazines
Beaverton, Ore. February 5, 2013 — Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) today debuted its Digital Watermarks in Magazines 2012 Traction Report. The report shows exponential growth in the number of magazines utilizing digital watermarks to seamlessly connect readers from print to compelling online content experiences.
The first-ever Digimarc Traction Report offers compelling data for publishers looking to grow their readership and advertising by capturing the print-to-mobile content that most resonates with readers.
Report highlights include:
- The number of digital watermarks placed in magazine editorial and advertising content grew 486% from 2011 to 2012
- The number of magazine titles using digital watermarking grew by 300%, resulting in an addressable circulation of over 37 million readers
- Shopping, Video and Sweepstakes were the most popular scan incentives
The traction report also highlights healthy growth for the Digimarc Discover platform. In 2012:
- Total scans of watermarked content in magazines grew to over 1.6 million
- The Digimarc Discover app experienced a 175% increase in the number of downloads
- 12 magazines introduced or updated their existing mobile apps to include the ability to scan Digimarc digital watermarks
"The astonishing growth we've seen in the use of digital watermarking over the past year confirms that this is the print-to-mobile technology publishers have been waiting for," said Ed Knudson, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Digimarc. "The Digimarc Discover platform offers a compelling way for publishers to bridge the gap between their print and digital offerings, enabling their readers to get the most out of their valuable editorial and advertising content."
Magazine publishers and their advertisers use the Digimarc Discover platform to embed imperceptible watermarks into the images, graphics or even text of their print editions. When scanned using a smartphone application enabled with digital watermark reading capability, such as Digimarc Discover or any one of a number of branded magazine applications, readers are quickly connected to digital content, ranging from videos and product details to coupons, sweepstakes and mobile commerce. Watermarks do not alter the aesthetic of a magazine layout and enable the magazines to alert readers to payoffs from within their own brand. Publications from Time Inc., Hearst and Condé Nast are all finding success with digital watermarks that allow their readers to access engaging digital content without giving up the immersive qualities of print.