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Join us for the IPG’s 2019 Spring Conference! This is THE most stimulating and enjoyable event of the publishing year, packed with brilliant speakers, training, case studies and networking that are all aimed at helping you do better business. Whether your business is new or old, large or small, there is something to inspire every publisher, and you are assured of a very warm welcome.
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WEDNESDAY 1st MAY 2019
One-to-ones with Retailers
Get face to face with some of our industry’s most influential retailers and helpful experts in our one-to-one meeting slots throughout the day.
Getting Started with Google Analytics
Jon Boon and Ryan Webb of leading digital media agency SearchStar deliver an expert introduction to the basics of Analytics and its most useful features.
Top Time Management
Oliver Gadsby of Rowman & Littlefield International shares ideas for making the most of the time that you and your team have.
Audio: Finding the Right Business Model
Marzia Ghiselli of Findaway provides an expert overview, and Julia How of the Witcherley Book Company adds a case study of one publisher’s adventures in audio
Maximising Browser Conversion
SearchStar duo Jon Boon and Ryan Webb return for a second workshop: an introduction to conversion optimization and turning browsers into buyers.
OR Better Websites and Digital Marketing
Sam Missingham of Lounge Books brings ideas for optimizing content and design to achieve genuine engagement, and BookBub’s Wade Lucas follows by explaining how smart price promotion can drive ebook marketing
Keynote: Venetia Taylor
With Google now a hugely important stepping stone to discoverability, its head of creative strategy Venetia Taylor joins us to explore some big issues around publishers’ content, marketing and sales.
Tech Watch: AI and Voice Recognition
PageMajik’s Jon White looks at AI’s practical applications in publishing, exploring how machine learning can make processes quicker and cheaper and looking ahead to longer term impacts of automation technology.
Break-out: Managing Growth: A Publisher’s Guide
Kate Wilson of Nosy Crow, one of the UK’s fastest growing publishers, takes a look at the strategies and processes that growing businesses need to get right, and points up some of the pitfalls to avoid
OR Break-out: Shouting Above the Noise 1
Kika Sroka-Miller of Zed Books shares ideas for ambitious trade and children’s publishers seeking to make their voices heard by the trade, media and consumers
OR Break-out: Shouting Above the Noise 2
Charlotte Mason of Edinburgh University Press and Sian O’Neill of Globe Law & Business explain what they do to help their content and authors stand out from the crowd
Break-out: Better Sales Through Data
Toni Allum of Pavilion Books explains how her company overhauled its data strategies to great effect. Blackwell’s digital director Kieron Smith adds a retailer’s point of view, showing how clean and rich metadata can help books to be found and sold quicker
OR Growing Sales in India
India offers huge potential for English language publishers, and academic specialists in particular. Hear advice from Amit Chavan of leading Indian print on demand specialist Repro
Management, Motivation and Millennials
Leadership coach Mark Leruste of the Unconventionalists agency tells us how publishers can find new ways to inspire, motivate and engage their teams and customers—and the millennial generation in particular.
THURSDAY 2nd MAY 2019
Keynote: Gabe Weisert
Gabe Weisert, managing editor of Zuora and co-author of Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future—and What to Do About It. For beginners and experienced subscription sellers alike, Gabe will be the guide to making the most of this way of reaching readers
The Business of Publishing
Nick Marsh of Wonderbly explains how his publisher’s modern and creative approach to content stands it apart, while experienced publisher Amanda Ridout, founder of fledgling independent Boldwood Books, discusses what it's like to start up a new publisher in 2019
Break-out: Rights: When to Sell and When to Keep
Caroline de la Bedoyere of Search Press gives her perspective on the decision making process, analyzing the top benefits and disadvantages of the various options
OR Break-out: Driving Diversity in Publishing
Dylan Calder, founder of literature education and creation agency Pop Up Projects, provides some inspiration for improving access to books in neglected communities and for articulating under-represented voices
OR Break-out: The View from US Academic Libraries
Rick Anderson from the University of Utah will consider important developments in acquisition models and the relationship between research libraries and academic publishers
Break-out: Making Distribution Work
Three of the country’s leading distribution experts—Colin James of Penguin Random House’s distribution division, David Taylor of Ingram Content Group and Simon Morley of Gardners Books—come together to discuss opportunities, challenges and the issue of improving sustainability in the supply chain
OR Break-out: A Children’s Publishing Case Study
Little Tiger Press brand director Lauren Ace provides insights into successful editorial, sales and marketing strategies.
OR Break-out: Where Next for Plan S?
Rob Johnson of Research Consulting casts his expert eye over the implications of Plan S for those in academia and independent publishing, and explores what they might do to respond
OR Break-out: The Future of Educational Publishing
Lis Tribe of the Hodder Education Group shares her thoughts on future prospects for the educational sector and the interaction of publishers and schools
Keynote: Amol Rajan
The BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan was a very popular keynote speaker at our 2018 Spring Conference, and he returns this year to deliver more of his insights into the creative industries.
We Need to Talk About Brexit
After nearly three years of discussion about Brexit, how is it actually affecting businesses on the ground? Leading independent publishers take to the stage to share their experiences and outlines some of the practical steps they have taken to deal with the consequences
Break-out: View From the High Street
Top booksellers—Blackwell’s CEO David Prescott, and Tamsin Rosewell of Kenilworth Books, among others—discuss the latest trends, issues and needs of booksellers large and small
OR Break-out: From Print to Ebook
What is the balance for academic publishers now between print and digital content? ProQuest’s Rich Belanger gives an overview of the transition and likely future trends, and considers the possibilities for independent publishers across the academic sector
OR Break-out: EdTech—Back to Basics
Sarah Plant at the White October consultancy draws on research to suggest how publishers can make edtech more relevant and effective, and how independents can use their unique advantages to create breakthrough products
Ingram’s Peter McCarthy returns to the Spring Conference with an overview of big trends in consumer behavior, how these changes affect publishers, and what publishers can do to give them the right books at the right time—all through the lens of big data.
Keynote: Alastair Humphreys
Author, explorer and motivational speaker Alastair Humphreys will be showing us how to generate an adventurous spirit and explaining the value of getting beyond the comfort zone of our day to day work
The IPG Independent Publishing Awards Gala Dinner
Comedian Sindhu Vee is the host for the presentation of the prestigious prizes.
With thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors