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Help Us Develop BISG's 2020 Content Plan

Friday, May 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

For the last three years, BISG has developed and delivered a regular schedule of webinars, two-hour in-person programs, and full-day events. We're starting to plan the calendar for 2020, and we want to hear your thoughts about what to include.

Right now, the structure planned for 2020 is mostly unchanged: twice-a-month webinars, augmented by six programs and two or three events, including the BISG annual meeting in April. About 40% of the webinars will continue to feature content related to BISG's committee efforts, and there are a few staples (the paper market, as an example) that we'll maintain.

But that still leaves a dozen webinars and as many as nine in-person discussions as open opportunities to address industry interests. So, we want to know what you are thinking about for the coming year.

This year, the webinar calendar has already touched upon topics that include:

  • Mergers and acquisitions activity in book publishing
  • Two BISG-engaged research projects
  • Keywords best practices
  • Technology spending in book publishing, and
  • Blockchain

The balance of the 2019 webinar calendar will offer conversations about:

  • EPUB initiatives at the W3C
  • Current state of the paper market, and
  • Trends in higher education

While that's a broad list, we're keen to make it responsive to the industry's current interests. That's where you come in. What webinar topics should we be thinking about to schedule in the coming year?

Our two-hour programs are also part of the plan for 2020. This year, we've already hosted discussions on technology best practices and cloud-based publishing workflow solutions, with a program digging into on-demand publishing opportunities coming in early June. In the fall we'll look at rights, supply-chain communication, and host our annual committee town hall.

Again, we think that's a good list, and we know you can help us make it better. Communicate what you think we should do by either adding a comment to this post, or emailing me.

As far as full-day events go: they're harder to schedule and plan, and making them happen really does take a village. Our calendar this year includes both the BISG Annual Meeting (held last month, a sold-out celebration of the book industry supply chain) and our "Concept to Consumer" overview of what it takes to make, distribute, and sell a book.

But maybe there's a topic that you feel really deserves its own event. Perhaps it's something we've done in the past and you'd like to see restored. Or, it might be a topic that fits your company's interests, and you would like to take it to a broader audience. BISG can help with that.

While we always welcome helping hands, you can also suggest an idea and sponsor the opportunity, if it fits your marketing or customer service goals. BISG puts the webinar, program, or event together, and you help bring it to the publishing community. If that's helpful, contact me to learn more.

And, this is not a one-and-done request. While we try to plan a year at a time, we do leave sessions, particularly webinars, open to accommodate new and timely topics. A couple of sessions for July (2019) are being shaped now and will be announced shortly. If you have an idea you think will help our industry, let us know. Help us develop BISG's content plan in ways that let it serve you, and our industry.


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