November 23, 2005 -- Lexington, Kentucky USA -- WhatTheyThink.com today announced the opportunity for industry professionals to attend a free printing industry economic webinar with forecaster and commentator Dr. Joe Webb. Sponsored by Kodak, the event will be held Thursday, December 8th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST.
No-charge registration is available at this special Internet page:
This one-hour event will provide graphic arts, printing and publishing executives with an overview of what to expect relative to market conditions for 2006 as we approach year end.
Hundreds of printing executives regularly attend these quarterly events and access the archived material for later review. Once again, Dr. Webb will dissect economic data from his often contrarian perspective, examine opportunities, and provide a clear understanding by which to navigate. He will also provide an interesting perspective on the future of print in the face of increasing competition from alternative business communications media.
Topics to be addressed will include:
Reassessing Katrina, Rita, Alan, & Ben: The current economic landscape
The Offline Media Industry: Is this how media buyers now view print?
New trends in the business communications market and how they will affect the demand for print
Dr Joe's 2006 Printing Industry Forecast
“2005 witnessed growth in alternative business communications media without a corresponding rebound in print,” stated Randy Davidson, President of WhatTheyThink.com. “Dr. Webb’s unique insight about why this is happening will help printers and suppliers to the industry develop strategies for the future that can ensure print’s future as a viable communications medium and redefine print’s role in the media mix. We are honored by Kodak’s decision to support this webinar once again, allowing us to present this event free to our readers and the industry at large.”
Dr. Joe Webb is a recognized marketing authority, forecaster and one of the best known speakers in our industry. He contributes a weekly column at WhatTheyThink.com for Premium Access Members entitled “Fridays with Dr. Joe Webb.” The column offers timely analysis of recent economic data as well as management advice for senior printing and publishing executives.
Participants will be able to participate in Dr. Joe Webb’s presentation using a standard Internet browser with streaming audio through the PC. Macintosh uses should contact [email protected]
prior to the session to ensure appropriate configuration.
Last quarter’s webinar, including audio, can be accessed at:
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images –for memories, for information, for business, and for entertainment. With sales of $13.5 billion in 2004, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on four businesses: Digital & Film Imaging Systems – providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; Health – supplying the medical and dental professions with traditional and digital imaging and information systems, IT solutions and services; Graphic Communications – providing customers with a range of solutions for prepress, traditional and digital printing, and document scanning and multi-vendor IT services; and Display & Components – supplying original equipment manufacturers with imaging sensors as well as intellectual property and materials for the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and LCD display industries. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com..
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About Dr. Joe Webb
Dr. Joe Webb is a 27+ year veteran of the graphic arts industries, and one of the printing and graphic communication industry's best-known consultants, forecasters, and commentators. He is a Ph.D. graduate of the NYU Center for Graphic Communications Management and Technology and serves on the Center's Board of Advisors. His running commentary on the printing industry, new media, and the economy, can be found at www.drjoesblog.com. (Photos of Dr. Webb for editorial purposes can be downloaded at www.drjoewebb.com/press)
Dr. Webb is the author of “Renewing the Print Industry: A Contrarian’s Constructive Perspective.” A sample of that report can be downloaded from http://www.prweb.com/prfiles/2004/06/03/131251/ptg_shipments_060304.gif