Meredith taps WoodWing for multi-channel publishing needs

To position its major brands for continued growth in new digital channels, Meredith implemented WoodWing’s publishing system and digital publishing tools last year. This laid the foundation for multi-channel publishing for their leading brands, including Better Homes and Gardens, Fitness and Parents. Following implementation of the new system, Meredith is now continuing with workflow re-engineering to further align with their multi-channel publishing strategies. Betty Wong, Editor in Chief of Fitness, will share her experiences at the WoodWing Xperience, taking place in Amsterdam on March 27-28.

Meredith taps WoodWing for multi-channel publishing needs of its leading brands

With the decision to implement WoodWing´s Enterprise system, Meredith set the stage to produce a number of its well-known titles such as Better Homes and Gardens, Parents and Fitness in a powerful and scalable multi-channel publishing environment. Leveraging the workflow benefits of WoodWing Enterprise, Meredith continues to refine its workflows to align with new business strategies and growth areas.

WoodWing´s Enterprise system, which encompasses the content management application Content Station as the all-in-one multi-channel publishing dashboard, enables the same highly regarded editorial and design teams at Meredith to create both the print and digital editions in parallel, using content shared and managed in Content Station.

Meredith has placed a strong focus on workflows to reflect the rapid change of media technology and to tap new digital opportunities,” said Penny Sullivan, Vice President Editorial Operations and Technology at Meredith. “WoodWing helps us to create multi-channel workflows which enable publishing of our content to print, to our Web sites and to multiple newsstands.

Meredith engaged Aysling Digital Media Solutions to help define and create workflows that leverage the Enterprise tool set. Enterprise and Content Station allow a high degree of workflow flexibility, facilitating the re-engineering of workflows to match the requirements of modern multi-channel publishing.

"The key to true multi-platform publishing is the production workflow cycle,” said Patrick Becker, president of Aysling Digital Media Solutions. “Publishers like Meredith, who are willing and able to quickly adapt and incorporate multi-channel technology as part of their standard workflow, are the ones retaining and building their readership base and securing existing and new advertisers to grow the bottom line."

We are delighted that our system successfully helps Meredith to address their multi-channel publishing challenges," said Shawn Duffy, Managing Director at WoodWing USA. "The clear separation between content and the various publication channels in Enterprise enables publishers to create content once and use it for print, Web, tablets, mobile and social media platforms in a highly efficient manner.

Betty Wong, Editor in Chief of Fitness, speaks at the WoodWing Xperience
Visitors to the WoodWing Xperience 2012 – WoodWing´s high-profile conference on multi-channel and digital publishing, taking place in Amsterdam on March 27-28 – will get first-hand information about the WoodWing Enterprise implementation at Meredith. Betty Wong, Editor in Chief of Fitness, will share their print and digital publishing experience with Enterprise.

The WoodWing Xperience is geared toward WoodWing customers, prospects and partners, as well as any professional working in the field of multi-channel publishing and digital publishing. This event provides information about exciting new and upcoming possibilities that help publishers make the right decisions for their organizations. Besides interesting keynotes, the WoodWing Xperience offers two days of multiple parallel tracks, covering the use of WoodWing products, real-life business cases, innovative 3rd-party technologies and in-depth technical sessions. All information, including the high-profile agenda, can be found at http://xperience.woodwing.com.

About Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation is the leading media and marketing company serving American women. Meredith features multiple well-known national brands – including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Allrecipes.com, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, Fitness, More, American Baby, FamilyFun and EveryDay with Rachael Ray – along with local television brands in fast-growing markets. Meredith is the industry leader in creating content in key consumer interest areas such as home, family, health and wellness and self-development. Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms – including print, television, online, mobile, tablets, and video – to give consumers content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.

Additionally, Meredith uses its many assets to create powerful custom marketing solutions for many of the nation's top brands and companies. Meredith Xcelerated Marketing has significantly added to its capabilities in recent years through the acquisition of cutting-edge companies in digital, mobile, social, healthcare, database, and international marketing. Most recently, Meredith made a strategic investment in London-based Iris Worldwide, a leader in experiential marketing.

A hallmark of Meredith's business model and financial profile is its ability to consistently generate substantial free cash flow by leveraging the strength of its multi-platform portfolio. Meredith is committed to increasing Total Shareholder Return through dividend payments, share repurchases and strategic business investments. Meredith has paid a dividend for 64 straight years and increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

About Aysling Digital Media Solutions
Aysling Digital Media Solutions is uniquely positioned as both a WoodWing Gold Authorized Solution Partner and Adobe Partner to provide digital publishing solutions, including media production and graphic design, integration and support for publishers, corporations and agencies that require a robust, feature-rich enterprise publishing solutions to meet their respective world-wide audience. Digital media channels for content presentation include Print, Web, iPad, tablets and mobile. More information is available on the Web at www.aysling.com

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