Beyond Print

With an international reach of 500-1,500 readers per day and over 230,000 monthly impressions, Beyond Print is the leading portal for online print in Europe and has been online since 2005.

The authors Bernd Zipper, CEO of zipcon consulting GmbH, and Klaus-Peter Nikolay, editor-in-chief of “Druckmarkt”, have comprehensively reformed the blog in 2020. At beyond-print.net the platform is also offered in English. They write about exciting topics, new trends and technologies as well as innovative news from the print and media industry – and beyond. With more than 3,800 fans, Beyond Print is also widespread on the social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

beyond-print is also available as a newsletter in German and English. The most important news is conveniently delivered to the e-mail inbox of the more than 1,200 newsletter subscribers at the end of the month. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.

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Online Print Symposium

The Online Print Symposium is an annual event for the online print industry. Since 2013, the organisers zipcon consulting GmbH from Essen and the Bundesverband Druck und Medien e.V. (bvdm) from Berlin, have been offering the symposium in Munich.

With around 300 international visitors, a partner exhibition, evening events and two days of top-class presentations, the Online Print Symposium (OPS) has become the most important event in the industry. If you would like to stay up to date, you can subscribe to the Online Print Symposium newsletter here.

The annual Online Print Symposium, which this time will take place for the 9th time in Munich on 28 and 29 April 2022, is all about change. Of course, the focus will continue to be on the development and future of the online print industry. The theme “Start Up and Print Online!” already suggests that there will be innovations. With the “Insight Pitches”, selected start-ups will have the opportunity to introduce themselves in a short presentation, to report on their key to success and to point out cooperation possibilities. This will make the offerings at the upcoming industry-leading event even more diverse.

IOP

The Initiative Online Print e.V. (IOP) is a globally unique association of small and large online printers, software manufacturers, companies from the supply industry and associations of the online print industry in Europe.

Founded in 2007, the IOP actively promotes fair competition in online printing services and the visibility of the online print industry as a distinct sector. The IOP is represented by the honorary board of directors, consisting of the chairman Bernd Zipper (zipcon consulting GmbH), and the two vice-chairmen, Wilhelm A. Soll (WAS Consulting) and Thomas Masselink (QUBUS media GmbH).

Twice a year, the representatives of IOP companies meet at member events at an IOP member’s premises. The members use these meetings as an independent communication and networking platform and discuss future topics, including with external specialists who are usually invited to the meetings.

Podcasts

Bernd Zipper regularly makes podcasts on various topics relevant to the online print industry. On Zippers Insights he interviews industry leaders and discusses current trends and future prospects. On Jabberfish, a podcast together with Haeme Ulrich from Switzerland, the two take on a new challenge in each episode. Listeners are invited to send in suggestions for topics for future discussions. Topic: “something with media”. Talking Overseas is an English-language podcast with John Parsons. The topics are focused on new technologies and workflows for the print industry, including online print.

Event history

2021

viscom: Printed in Switzerland “power pur”

20. October 2021

Bernd Zipper with the lecture: Print tomorrow – how, what, why? in Aarau / Switzerland

Bernd Zipper gives an overview of the current state, evaluates the facts and gives an outlook for the online print industry. He addresses the turbo-digitisation, the influence on the industry of the Covid19 effects and points out trends.

2021

BOPE 2021 Online Event

9.-11. February 2021

Bernd Zipper with the keynote speech: Chances and Threats for Online Print in the Post-Covid-Aera

Further information: www.vigc.be/en/bope

2020

Online Print Symposium 2020

3. + 4. March 2020

Without a doubt, the Online Print Symposium is one of the most successful trendsetting events in the printing industry. It comes as no surprise, because every year the OPS tackles cutting-edge topics and thus consolidates its reputation as the “think tank” of online print – also internationally. The 250 or so participants at 2020’s symposium in Munich on 3-4 March experienced this first hand.

Review 2020

2019

VIGC: Benelux Online Print Event

9. May 2019

Bernd Zipper with a lecture: Developments and trends in the online print industry 2019

09. May 2019 10am – 8pm at Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Belgium.

Further information: VIGC: #BOPE19 – Insights for growth!

2019

Online Print Symposium 2019

4. + 5. April 2019

With over 280 participants from more than 12 countries, future-oriented topics and trends, 12 exclusive lectures and strong partners, the 7th Online Print Symposium once again brought together leading players in the e-business print in Munich on 7 and 5 April 2019. Core topics of the symposium were strategies, future perspectives in the online print segment – and besides the stage, of course, the profitable exchange between and for the participants.

2018

VIGC: Benelux Online Print Event

31. May 2018

Bernd Zipper with a lecture: Developments and trends in the online print industry 2018

31. May 2018 10am – 8pm at Atomium in Brussels

Further information: VIGC: #BOPE18 – Insights for growth!

2018

Online Print Symposium 2018

15.+16. March 2018

With over 250 participants from more than 10 countries, future-oriented topics and trends, 14 exclusive lectures and strong partners, the 6th Online Print Symposium once again brought together leading players in the e-business print in Munich on 15 and 16 March 2018. Core topics of the symposium were strategies, future perspectives in the online print segment – and besides the stage, of course, the profitable exchange between and for the participants.

2017

viscom: Print 2020 – Onlineprint + Mass Customization = Print 4.0?

22. June 2017

Viscom, Schwiss Agenda

22. June 2017 / 2pm – 5pm

Restaurant Volkshaus, Stauffacherstrasse 60, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland

2017

VIGC: Online print, an engine for growth

21. June 2017

Bernd Zipper with a lecture: Developments and Trends in the online print industry 2017

21. June 2017 3pm – 6pm

Canon Belgium, Berkenlaan 3, Diegem, Belgium

2017

Online Printing Conference

27. April 2017

Bernd Zipper at the Online Printing Conference in Milan with the presentation: „Trends in the European online print market“

More than 80 participants learned about the developments and trends in the online print industry.

2017

Online Print Symposium 2017

6. + 7. April 2017

In 2017 Online Print Symposium was once again the focus of the online print industry with almost 300 participants from over 15 countries worldwide over two days.

The 5th Online Print Symposium once again met all expectations and we were true to our word: Inspiring presentations, top speakers, excellent networking and guests, from over 15 countries made the 5th OPS on 6. + 7. April the “place to be” for the online print industry. More information about the industry event in Zipper’s Insider Report.

2016

Daily Talkshow @drupa 2016

30. May – 10. June 2016

Bernd Zipper @drupa – Daily Talkshow at the CloudLab Booth Hall 07a / F30

2016

Pre-drupa Event 2016: Technologies of the future offer new business ideas

10. May 2016

On 10. May, participants were able to gather information a few weeks before drupa through two interesting presentations with a special focus on their personal preparation for drupa – with Bernd Zipper and Dr Markus Heering as speakers. The whole event was organised by the VSD.

Bernd Zipper, zipcon consulting GmbH, Technology and strategy consultant

“Inkjet-drupa? Business-drupa! Expectations for the flagship event of the printing industry 2016”

2016

Online Print Symposium 2016

17. + 18. March 2016

For two days, the Online Print Symposium was “the place to be” for every online printer. Inspiring presentations, top speakers, excellent networking and great guests made the 4th OPS the focus of the online print industry for two days.

The 222 participants made the 4th Online Print Symposium in Munich-Unterschleißheim, organised by the bvdm, Fogra and zipcon consulting, a complete success.

2015

2nd Management Retreat – With the Right Strategy to a Successful Online Shop

8. + 9. May 2015

Under this motto, the vdmb and zipcon consulting organised the 2nd Management Retreat E-Business Print in Wirsberg (Upper Franconia).

During the two days, the participants, with decision-makers from management, were presented with how they will manage to open up new markets in the future with customer-specific or target group-oriented e-business solutions. The focus was on valuable decision-maker knowledge around the topic of e-business print, with a special focus on strategy, marketing and commercial processes/finances.

2014

1st Management Retreat – With the Right Strategy to a Successful Online Shop

6. + 7. November 2014

With the 1st edition, the Management Retreat E-Business Print took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The biggest growth rates in the printing industry are currently in online business. Customer approach and sales success work differently online than in classic sales. The 15 participants of the two-day management retreat learned from TOP expert, Bernd Zipper, how to achieve a successful online shop with the right strategy. New impressions, opportunities and risks as well as the diverse possibilities made for interesting discussions during the retreat and at the joint business evening.

2014

Seminar: E-business Print is a matter for the boss

1. April and 30. October 2014

In the joint seminar “E-Business Print is a Matter for the Boss – Creating Value Online with Print”, Katharina Matters and Bernd Zipper show how the Internet can be used successfully as a sales channel for print products.

The internet is the most important medium for customers – around 80 percent search online for companies, services, restaurants, products, etc. before making their purchase decision. Companies that are not found on the internet do not exist for many potential customers. Digital identity determines success and failure in today’s business world.

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