When I first heard that Hewlett-Packard was launching a $300 million campaign called Print 2.0, my first reaction was a bit of skepticism. However, it looks like HP has really embraced the Web 2.0 movement, partnering with Web 2.0 icons like Flickr and Six Apart (makers of the Movable Type blog publishing platform) to re-define the future of printing. (For example, HP has partnered with Movable Type to create a special "print plug-in" for blogs, so that Internet users have an easier time printing out and sharing blog entries.) While other companies like Kodak and Sony sat by and watched their market share become eroded by faster, nimbler digital competitors, it looks like HP has taken up the challenge earlier rather than later. HP makes a nice slug of cash from selling print cartridges (even more than it does from selling printers!), so I'm sure it wasn't an easy decision to acknowledge that the traditional print business model needed an overhaul.
"I am in NYC today blogging live for the launch of our new marketing campaign, a whole array of great new products and the announcement of groundbreaking partnerships for the Print 2.0 revolution. The vibe is just amazing here with 600 partners, customers, analysts and journalists (yes also bloggers, John Battelle is here). The first print revolution was around PCs and applications and HP became the symbol of desktop publishing and office productivity. We are enabling a second wave around the web where customers are in control and want to create, mash, manage, share and publish their digital content in ways that couldn’t be done before. We are empowering customers to be their own authors, editors and publishers and give them extraordinary ways to share their stories with the world. We have built an entire home here (I have to post pictures of the teen bedroom!) to see how we are transforming the lives of families all around the world... We are literally igniting a Print 2.0 revolution!"
As part of the $300 million marketing campaign, HP has enlisted the marketing star power of Gwen Stefani (pictured), as well as famed snowboard maker Jake Burton and graphic designer Paula Scher.