It’s hard to believe that we’re in the final quarter of 2017.
The end of any calendar year is always a good time to reflect. For the editors at Talent Economy, 2017 was an especially significant year. It was our first full year as a publication. When we launched Talent Economy a little more than a year ago, none of us could have imagined the reception it would get, both with business leaders who had become devoted readers of its predecessor, Talent Management, and with the thousands of new readers who have visited our website, subscribed to our email newsletters, listened to our podcast or watched any of our videos. As editor, it has been a pleasure serving you.
Of course, no time of reflection is complete without a new path forward. And just as we welcomed the final quarter of 2016 with great change in a new, rebranded publication, this year is no different. That’s because starting with this edition of the quarterly, we’ll no longer be printing a magazine four times a year. For most consumers of our content, this will not change much; talenteconomy.io continues to be the hub of everything that happens within the world of Talent Economy, with tens of thousands of monthly visitors reading our text, audio and video-based insights and analysis. This will be the case well into the future of the publication.
But for the select few that had become accustomed to receiving the printed quarterly journal in the mail, times are changing — or should I say, we’re finally catching up. It’s no secret that the business model behind print journalism is well into its decline. Outlets with cherished histories of publishing in print have seen their advertising dollars dwindle and their readership move online. To start, we wanted to provide our readers with at least a taste of that print experience by publishing in print four times a year with long-form, research-based stories that uncovered some of the most nuanced trends shaping the world of business and talent. By all objective measures, we at Talent Economy succeeded mightily. Our quarterly journal stories continue to this day to be some of the most talked-about and well-visited stories online, and they’re common fodder among readers who write me regularly over email.
This, in an odd way, is exactly why we’re no longer printing the journal. Instead of sending the quarterly to a fraction of our readers, moving it to a more native, digital format allows us to distribute some of the best Talent Economy content to a wider audience. As you scroll down the new digital edition of the quarterly, you’ll quickly notice that the illustrative and design elements that made the journal great in its first year are even better now, thanks to enhanced ability to add motion, audio and video to the reader experience. What’s more, the experience is adaptable no matter what device you’re using. Whether it’s desktop, tablet or smartphone, Talent Economy’s digitally delivered quarterly journal is now optimized fully with the modern-day reader in mind — all while maintaining the polish and sophistication of a printed journal.
To this end, we feel that the journal is more essential than ever to the Talent Economy experience. Having a truly reader friendly digital experience with make consuming the journal and the rest of the publication’s content more intertwined.
While we may have changed the way you receive and experience the journal, that doesn’t mean we’ve taken away much of what makes it an essential read for any business or talent executive. Although we’ve traded thumb turning with a scroll or touch screen swipe, it is still packed with dynamic features crammed with high-level insights, research and perspectives to help you navigate the ongoing complexity of today’s business landscape.
So welcome to the new and improved Talent Economy quarterly journal experience. Click here to view and read the issue.