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Dr. Joseph Webb Announces PrintForecast.com, a New Advisory Service for Printing Industry Executives

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HARRISVILLE, RI – November 28, 2005 – Dr. Joe Webb, printing industry consultant and forecaster, today announced a new service, PrintForecast.com, for top-level managers in the printing industry. Printing industry executives will finally have a way to access reliable and accurate global print industry forecasts, and a well-reasoned perspective about changing demand and technology. “The industry is changing rapidly, and executives have been asking for an independent, unbiased resource to aid in navigating the markets.” said Dr. Webb. The new PrintForecast.com service will include a wide range of strategic and tactical planning information products, covering the global printing markets. It will offer information and perspectives of the large, established economies of North American, Europe, and Asia, and monitor fast-growing markets such as China, India, and others. PrintForecast.com will provide forecasts and analyses of major print categories, such as magazines, inserts, and general commercial printing and will track events in publishing, content creation, advertising, and other relevant markets, interpreting what they mean for subscribers to this new service. “The full product rollout will begin in the first quarter of 2006,” said Dr. Webb. “We will provide market forecasting services across the entire content creation spectrum from print to Web to video. I am pleased to say that my partner in the original TrendWatch Graphic Arts business, Jim Whittington, has agreed to join me in this venture.” Mr. Whittington will bring his in-depth knowledge of the “demand side” of the printing business and his understanding of the digital content creation markets from basic graphic design to the cutting edge visual effects seen in Hollywood blockbusters.” “I am happy to be starting a business with 'Dr. Joe' again,” stated Mr. Whittington, “and look forward to developing needed forecasting tools that span the traditional and digital content creation markets.” PrintForecast.com clients can create their own customized market intelligence subscription program that best meets their specific needs. PrintForecast.com services will include, among others: -- “Data-to-go” individual PowerPoint slides for use in company presentations on a wide range of printing industry topics -- Easy-to-digest weekly print business update, analyzing breaking news, industry statistics, measures and forecasts of print demand, and competitive issues -- Quarterly survey of print business owners, with profiles by their size and business segment -- Quarterly U.S. and worldwide print industry forecasts, allowing executives to “see” the industry four quarters ahead -- Quarterly “on the ground” reports from the major economic print regions of the world -- Annual five-year forecast of the industry, by region, including demographics, shipment volumes, and capital expenditures -- Detailed North American printing industry demographics -- Confidential phone and e-mail access to the PrintForecast partners -- A wide selection of special topic reports throughout the year The PrintForecast.com service is created for top executives who need to quickly assess changing market conditions and gain insight about print market changes and implications for their companies and their customers. For those managers who need more detailed data to support top management decisions, subscribers can also access the PrintForecast.com database of more than 100 print industry historical and forecast data series. Just Need a Quick Snapshot? PrintForecast “Data-to-Go” is the Answer The PrintForecast.com e-store will offer one-of-a-kind “Data-to-Go” forecasting charts and audio commentary. (http://store.yahoo.com/drjoe/datatogo.html). This is a unique, low cost approach to purchasing accurate and reliable printing industry forecast data available in easily downloadable PowerPoint formats, 24/7. Free PrintForecast Perspective Newsletter; Sign Up Today! The free PrintForecast.com executive email newsletter is specifically created for top decision makers who need to know the future direction of the global printing industry – from the output side to the demand/content creation side. The weekly PrintForecast Perspective newsletter is free to those who sign-up at the PrintForecast.com Website (http://printforecast.com/signup.html). This newsletter includes a brief print industry commentary by Dr. Webb, plus links to essential data that all print executives can use with their management teams and boards of directors. About Dr. Joe Webb Dr. Joe Webb is one of the printing and graphic communication industry's best-known consultants, forecasters, and commentators. A 27+ year veteran of the graphic arts industries, he was the developer of the influential TrendWatch information service, which he sold in 2000. His "Fridays with Dr. Joe" column has become a popular feature on www.WhatTheyThink.com, as have his quarterly economic forecast Webinars. He is a Ph.D. graduate of the NYU Center for Graphic Communications Management and Technology (1987) and serves on the Center's Board of Advisors. His blog is at www.drjoesblog.com. About Mr. Jim Whittington James R. Whittington, a founding partner of TrendWatch, has been consulting in the graphics industries since 1989. For the past five years, Mr. Whittington has been immersed in the TrendWatch, Inc. digital content creation markets publishing syndicated research reports and conducting custom research for major industry suppliers. He resides in the San Francisco area and is a graduate of Montana State University. For more information: Dr. Joseph Webb 1-401-709-4423 Mr. Jim Whittington 1-415-380-8561 E-mail: partners(at)printforecast.com