What’s behind Forbes new mobile app
Lucinda Southern of Digiday interviewed Forbes chief product officer Lewis Dvorkin about its new mobile application, which was rolled out this week.
Here is an excerpt:
Why did you choose to design the product this way?
I don’t believe in native content apps. The average American has 1.5 news apps; it’s never going to be Forbes. But this is an app-like experience; it’s fast and visual. Forbes.com may be dead five in years. That’s hyperbole, but the reality is so many readers will find us somewhere else. Right now, the default for reporters is to write a story. I want there to be five default positions. I want it to be as easy to write a text story as to create a graphic, a GIF, a photo, so reporters need to think differently. But it’s going to take a while; change isn’t easy.
How do you monetize there?
Those cards are built for content marketing and native advertising, not display. I hope I never see a display ad in that card based structure. When you get to the story, that’s OK, but not when you are swiping through.
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