Broadcasting February 21 2012, 10:30 am – 6pm
Consuming the Brand: Corporate Cookbooks
Deanna Pucciarelli, Christina Ceisel, Linda Morgan, Bonnie Slotnick , F. Smith,
Advertising the virtues of food products took place mainly in newspapers until cooking related pamphlets, which later evolved into cookbooks, emerged in the late 1800s. American corporations began issuing small, product driven cookbooks targeted at literate middle class women with the intent of ingredient early adoption and brand loyalty. Early on the materials were distributed free of charge when purchased with corporate goods, or sometimes sold for a modest price. As the nation began to purchase rather than produce goods at the household level corporate cookbooks played an important role in creating consumer demand for new products. It is during this period that food-related, corporate America rather than family tradition began to shape a sphere of the American palate. Then as now, corporate cookbooks occupy a niche in the cooking instruction domain while commodifying the American diet.
Enhancing Content Both Online and Off
Adam Salomone, Rick Joyce, Cheryl Kramer-Toto, Andrea Nisbet, Tanya Steel
As more content becomes readily available online, consumers are increasingly engaged by a mixed-media approach when learning about, and cooking, recipes. Video, step-by-step audio, timers, and serving size functionality are all elements that are at consumers fingertips when searching the web to answer “what’s for dinner?” As cookbook publishers continue to find ways to compete in this new arena, enhanced content has become the new norm. But how can publishers finance such video/audio projects? And how can they appropriately use them, not only within the e-book, but across the print book as well (and even as incorporated into online properties, to further drive revenue opportunity). This session will explore ways in which publishers can leverage their existing models, work with outside partners (and perhaps even their authors) to develop and implement enhanced content strategies across their content platforms, and also to discuss what shouldn’t be in an enhanced book.
Predicting Future Trends from Current Data
Lisa Ekus, Lynn Andriani, Irena Chalmers, Suzanne Rafer, Dan Rosenberg
New trends in cooking are emerging all the time. How can publishers keep up in an ever-quickening cycle of information, where every new development seems like the “next hot thing?” In this session, we’ll talk with agents, editors, and content creators to figure out how they separate what’s popular now from what will sell in years to come, and we’ll take the lessons from what works in cookbooks and apply it to real world publishing programs.
Media Outlets in the Digital World
Mark Rotella, Addie Broyles, Melissa Clark, Caroline Russock; Joe Yonan
Whether in traditional or digital forms, the cookbook review/author interview is one of the all important pieces to any cookbook publicity campaign. As the publishing/media landscape becomes evermore crowded, publishers have to become more focused in who they pitch and how. In many cases, the straight press release with an offer for an interview just isn’t enough and getting creative with both pitches and content can be the difference in getting a big publicity hit. On this panel, we’ll hear from a number of media representatives in about how they’ve seen publishers innovate, what they’re looking for in this new media landscape, and how their own content initiatives are changing (and how publishers can capitalize on that change).
Strategic Partnerships in Online Content
Geoff Allen, Dave Feller, Jane Kelly, Will Schwalbe, Jonathan Vlock
Food startups abound as the barriers to entry in the food/tech space begin to fall. Not a day goes by that there doesn’t seem to be a new recipe website, and even beyond cooking in the kitchen, entrepreneurs are developing new ways to interact with food on the web. With this emerging marketplace comes an enormous need for content, especially curated content from cookbooks and publishers are uniquely poised to deliver value in this new space. And, there’s also the potential for disruption of current ways that publishers operate both online and off. With this session, we’ll be examining the current startup ecosystem within food, looking towards emerging companies (and some of the bigger players that are coming on the scene), exploring ways that publishers can benefit both through new revenue streams and marketing potential, and identifying potential sticking points for content creators as more of these companies come on the scene.