Publishers have transformed themselves in the digital age from printing magazines into serving communities by organising events, delivering online content and promoting new ways for domain specialists to meet and do business.
Anyone who printed magazines in the C20th only survived and flourished by transforming themselves into community managers. Integrating the likes of Twitter was just adding more channels to their offerings.
If you're looking for your next career step in, what we call, business community management, check out these three leading players:
Ascential is a leader in exhibitions, festivals and information services. Formerly called EMAP, its twenty brands include bett, Spring Fair and Groundsure and provide many opportunities to build a career. Ascential's careers site.
Centaur Media, formed in 1981, is London-based and manages an A-Z of media brands. Market leaders include Design Week, Marketing Week and The Lawyer. While jobs are listed at Centaur Media it's also worth checking out specific Centaur Media brands of interest.
Informa is big. Offices in over 40 countries and 6,500 employees. Informa Exhibitions runs around 200 exhibitions annually with nearly half of revenue coming from emerging markets. Through face to face and digital channels, its transaction-oriented exhibitions enable communities to engage, experience and do business. Informa's careers site.
If you've got an eye on event organising then The Association of Event Organisers' Members List is a great place to do some company hunting.