He said the key question for B2B publishers is whether they can provide information digitally that is distinct and helped its readers perform better.
"Many B2B publications like to tell people in their industry what’s going on in that industry, ‘six people have moved from this company to that company, this company has just bought this business,’ those are interesting bits of information but does any of that affect my business performance and if I don’t know it will it matter?
"In practise a lot of B2B content is reportage and much business journalism is inherently in the nice to know category. Do business customers have to know that to do their business? Maybe, maybe not.
"Much business journalism celebrates newness and difference but does not illuminate meaning and put things into context. In doing that it can very easily over-estimate its importance in the industry."
“If everybody has near unlimited audience quantity [online] then to survive profitably you have to be able to provide audience quality.
“To my mind there are two ways you can attract audience quality, either through sustaining your uniqueness of content or through quality differentiation that the customer actually values and appreciates.
“If you can find content that is sustainably distinctive and you have some sort of special value proposition that customers appreciate, then you can generate returns.”