Axel Springer CEO: How to monetise digital news

BI Ignition D1 Lg 0310Business InsiderKen Auletta of The New Yorker and Axel Springer SE Chairman and CEO Mathias Döpfner at IGNITION 2016.

It’s no secret that digital has brought about great change for newspapers. And while some news organisations have been negatively affected, others have thrived.

At Business Insider IGNITION 2016, Ken Auletta of The New Yorker sat down with Axel Springer SE Chairman and CEO Mathias Döpfner to discuss how Axel Springer has adapted to digital in the world of news.

Döpfner outlined three principles that Axel Springer used to find success in digital monetisation.

  1. No silos. According to Döpfner, other media companies introduced the digital side of media as a separate entity. Axel Springer SE decided to include everyone on the integration. Separating the efforts would “cause winners and losers,” Döpfner said. At Axel Springer SE, everyone was part of the growth and in charge of digitising.
  2. No fear of self-cannibalization. When it comes to digitalization of classifieds, Axel Springer decided to embrace the change. Digital classifieds “are contributing today more than half of the profits to the bottom line of the company,” Döpfner said.
  3. No integration in the traditional sense. According to Döpfner, when corporations buy companies, they tend to quickly integrate them, even if the fit is unnatural. Axel Springer encouraged its employees to use the company as a “toolbox,” Döpfner said. Integration should be used to drive the business, but it should not be forced.

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To hear more about how Axel Springer embraced digital, check out the full interview below (the segment starts at 12:36).


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