Pugpig wins at the Digital Magazine Awards 2016!



Last night the Pugpig team attended the annual Digital Magazine Awards at Proud Camden Gallery and came home with a shiny new award to add to the collection. In a brand new and hotly contested category, Pugpig was named the DMA Platform of the Year, 2016.


And as if that wasn’t enough, our customers also had a fantastic night, with Porter Magazine picking up Lifestyle Magazine of the Year, The Edit winning Innovation of the Year and Motor Sport bering Highly Commended in the Motoring category.


As 2016 begins to come to a close we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this year our best yet. With our exciting new product launch just a couple of weeks away, we fully expect to come back next year powering even more awards for our customers!


Watch this space for more news in the coming weeks…


Pugpig Customer Day 2016


‘judging by the speaker line up not everyone is purely here for the post panel drinks’ – @romneywhitehead

On Wednesday 19th October we hosted our third annual Pugpig Customer Day, bringing together customers, guests and friends of Kaldor for a series of talks, good quality beer and a bundle of excited chatter. The Seven Dials Club on Earlham St provided an ideal space for the occasion: after checking in (and checking out the bar), we all eagerly took our seats.

Jonny kicked off the day with a company update: customer announcements were made in relation to world-class brands, including Metro, IBM, Independent and Arsenal. That’s not to mention the fact that Hearst and Conde Nast both have new titles moving to Pugpig. Oh, and The Economist will be rolled out globally on our platform! As if things couldn’t get more exciting, guests were treated to a sneak peek of our brand new Pugpig product – to be revealed at our launch-stroke-Christmas party in December. (Watch this space).

Next up, Liam Keating from Conde Nast took to the floor to discuss the company’s transition to Pugpig. Conde Nast selected Pugpig Connect as one framework for all of its brands, providing a solution to out-of-control creative challenges and a lack of in-house editorial resources. Pugpig is easy for Conde Nast to maintain, allowing the company to react to the industry quicker whilst relieving worries related to new devices and screen sizes. As well as this, Conde Nast can seamlessly share content and retain creative control. We think that’s pretty important.

Appboy’s Gareth Ballard shared some handy app engagement pointers, including the essentialism of onboarding in order to create a positive first impression, as well as the importance of maximising channels to increase conversions. Our very own CTO, Jon, contributed a bit of beer-in-hand light relief in the form of a Dylan-themed presentation. ‘Blood on the streets’ gave us a tech-focused year in review and explored some of the threats facing publishers and tech providers beneath the unpredictable sky of changing consumer behaviour.

Moving on from 60s songwriters and after a short break we returned to possibly the coolest event of the day (sorry Jon!): a Q&A panel in the form of speakers from LADbible, The Economist, Motorsport and The Independent. We had the pleasure of delving into their thoughts on the greatest industry challenges and threats, revenue predictions, digital journeys and more. Keep your eyes peeled for further Customer Day posts to find out what they had to say…

After a peek into the world of app monetisation from Trinity Mirror’s Matt Colebourne, and a Pugpig product update from Zoe, visions of exploiting the open bar were close to becoming a reality. However, as with every Customer Day line-up, we had one last trick up our sleeve in the form of Alex Watson (Head of Product at none other than BBC News), discussing the Future of Journalism and Journalism as a ‘Product’. What a finale! Alex ended the day on a high in the form of intelligent, unguarded opinion served with a large pinch of dry wit. He had us laughing ourselves off our seats and heading for the end-of-day drinks in the best possible spirits.

Overall, the Customer Day was a huge success and we’d like to thank everyone who attended – we hope you had as much fun as we did!


Pugpig nominated for ‘Platform of the Year’ at DMAs 2016


With five weeks to go until the Digital Magazine Awards 2016, the finalists have been announced…

The DMA’s are an independent award celebrating creativity and innovation in the international digital publishing sector, and we’re proud to see some of our clients up for notable awards. Net-A-Porter are up for Fashion Magazine and Lifestyle Magazine of the Year with The EDIT and PORTER magazine, whilst Motorsport, Travelzoo and Mothers Union are up for Launch of the Year. On top of this, Metro have been shortlisted for News and Business Magazine of the Year, and DARE has been shortlisted for the Customer Magazine of the Year award!

Oh, and did we mention that Pugpig has also been shortlisted for Platform of the Year? You can see a full list of the finalists here…

The Awards Ceremony will take place 29th November 2016, 6.45pm in London, where the winners will be announced.


Great news for digital publishers from WWDC


A few weeks back, we flew over to San Francisco for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and now that we’ve returned we’re keen to share some of the exciting reveals!

Further changes to iTunes Connect were announced at WWDC in addition to the pre-announced new revenue streams and the new 85% revenue split. Great news for digital publishers, a whole 15% increase in revenue from your devoted subscribers. Even better news is there’s no waiting for this, it’s been in effect for renewals since 13 June!

Subscription-groups are a great way to introduce varying tiers and durations for your subscribers, for instance monthly and yearly subs at silver, gold and platinum levels. Upgrading a subscription is instantaneous for a user and downgrading happens automatically at the next renewal dates. Any changes between subscriptions within a subscription group do not reset the accrual of time for 85% revenue split.

Another change that will provide an easier option for managing churn when upping subscription prices is the option to target prices for new-customers only. When using this option, existing customers’ will renew their subscriptions at the old price without warning about price changes providing the option to cancel. Not only that, but Apple has finally conceded that your costs may be different by region so it is now possible to vary price by region, including when upping subscriptions prices for new users only. There were workarounds for subscriptions before this which involved creating new subscription products and hiding the old ones at the old prices from the interface. (A feature we like to refer to as “legacy subs” here at Pugpig.)

There were also announcements at WWDC regarding Apple News with the introduction of subscriptions with selected publishers, a new cleaner look focussed more on Sections and breaking-news alerts on users’ home screens. We’re currently talking to the News team to get more information, but in the meantime we encourage publishers to sign up to the Apple News channel and start using it, if you don’t already.

We’ve added support to publish to Apple News straight from Pugpig Express and customers such as MotorSport and John Lewis are using this to distribute their content to the platform. We’re keen to continue to work with our customers to gain further insight and feedback on distributing content to third party distribution channels, so if you have any questions or comments please contact info@kaldorgroup.com



Jonny is speaking at Advertising Week Europe!


We can’t wait for Advertising Week Europe to kick off on Monday. Not only do we think it’s going to be a great week with loads of really interesting presentations from some of the greatest minds in our industry, but we’re doubly excited because our CEO Jonny is speaking!

At 12.30 on Tuesday, Jonny will be presenting on the ‘5 trends in mobile content that you need to know’ in The Sun Studio. Come along to hear about the trends that are going to enable content owners to create apps that will at last do what we always hoped they would do – deliver amazing returns.

See the full Advertising Week Europe agenda here, and hopefully we’ll see you at Jonny’s session on Tuesday.


British Media Awards shortlist announced

Along with a bunch of our clients, we’ve been shortlisted for the 2016 British Media Awards! Stylist is up for App of the Year, Porter, First News and The Week are all shortlisted for Media Brand of the Year and we’ve been shortlisted for Technology Provider of the Year- an award that recognises ‘the industry’s best third-party technology provider’. The ceremony will take place in London on 4 May. Fingers crossed for wins all round for us on the night.


Pugpig Customer Day Presentations

Customer-BlogLast month saw the return of the Kaldor Customer Day, which saw over 100 attendees hear from a fantastic range of speakers from the likes of The Telegraph, Dennis Publishing, Google, DigitasLBi and Urban Airship. If you weren’t able to join us on the day, you can see our short video from the event here.

Here are some of the presentations from the day:

‘#madebyPugpig introduction’ by Jonny Kaldor, CEO and co-founder, Kaldor

Building a National Newspaper on Pugpig’ by Mark Channon, Product Manager, Telegraph Media Group

‘How to avoid screwing up technology’ by Paul Lomax, CTO, Dennis Publishing

Pushing Mobile Engagement from Good to Great‘ by Adam Butler, Media & Publishing Specialist at Urban Airship

‘Are apps all they’re cracked up to be?’ by Jon Marks, CTO and co-founder, Kaldor

Keep your eyes peeled for details of next year’s event, and if you’re interested in being a speaker at one of our upcoming events get in touch.


Pugpig Customer Day 2015

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The Pugpig Customer Day made its return again this year, with over one hundred attendees and a great range of speakers from the likes of The Telegraph, Google, DigitasLBi, Urban Airship and Dennis Publishing.

2015 has seen big changes for the world of digital publishing and we here at Kaldor took the opportunity to engage with our Pugpig clients and friends about their opinions on some of the technologies and platforms that continue to mould the way they publish their content. Distribution, discoverability and engagement were central to the discussion between audience members and presenters alike.

We’d like to thank all of our attendees and speakers for making this the most successful Kaldor Customer Day to date, and we will hopefully see you again at next year’s event!

Make sure to watch the Kaldor Customer Day 2015 from Pugpig on Vimeo above!


Pugpig is going to Quantcast’s Supernova!

On Wednesday 21st October we’ll be heading to Quantcast’s Supernova event along with media experts, publishers and cultural figures from around the world. Attracting a wide range of attendees from a host of different industries, the event aims to explore how advertising is driving the development of big data and technology.


One of the event’s big speakers is rugby legend Clive Woodward who led England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Accompanied by talks from Ashwin Sridhar at The Economist, Ed Cole from Lloyd’s Banking Group and Buzzfeed’s Digby Lewis, it’s sure to be a fascinating and informative day. We can’t wait!