Digital Ad Portal Proves Effective for St. Joseph Media
Looking to improve the efficiency of its production cycles, magazine publisher St. Joseph Media targeted advertising processing—specifically, simplifying the process of how print ads were received into its system. So in August, the publisher ditched a more traditional approach in favor of a digital ad portal managed by industry association Magazines Canada. The SendMyAd digital ad portal, a Blanchard Systems business unit, has produced results. Shorter production cycle times, more efficient employees and opportunities for increased advertising revenues are just some of the benefits the publisher of Toronto Life, FASHION, Weddingbells and others has enjoyed.
St. Joseph Media's Group Production Director Kim Latreille and Magazines Canada's Executive Director of Advertising Services Gary Garland spoke exclusively with Publishing Executive on what could be the next big thing in publishing—digital ad portals.
INBOX: How does working with a digital ad portal benefit publishing companies?
GARY GARLAND: There's no question that it helps save time and money for publishers. Moving to a digital workflow helps improve productivity. There's less handling of ads, less troubleshooting. Aside from that, there's increased reliability. When ads come through the portal, they're ready to print. That means less liability for publishers who have to open up files and make fixes because they were improperly produced.
But I think the biggest advantage is that all of these things together help to reduce cycle time. You can get your production done quicker and the magazine out to consumers faster. That helps in addressing needs of advertising agencies, who want to be able to reach consumers faster than ever.
KIM LATREILLE: We've found that having the ad portal, and just the fact that we're not accepting bad files anymore, reduces our liability. We'd accept a bad file and either fix it ourselves without telling the client or go back and forth with the client to try and convince them. Sometimes when you call and tell them there's something wrong with their file, they'll disagree.