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Empowering the evolution from print to digital-first publishing for Zonda

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Delivering sponsored and targeted content packages for Zonda across over 20 distinct sites with a singular, powerful content management system.

Editor's Note: In October 2020, Hanley Wood announced it would be operating under the new brand name of Zonda. This case study has been updated to reflect the rebranding.

Zonda by the numbers

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Hours saved per day, per person, for a team of 80 editors
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12 minutes
Newsletter deployment time (down from 2 days)
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Sites managed on 1 Brightspot CMS
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Templates reduced to three

The Zonda challenge

To successfully expand into a robust digital-first company, Zonda (operating as Hanley Wood prior to 2020) needed a flexible platform that could reshape its legacy print-publishing workflows, enabling it to deliver great digital experiences and create efficient editorial workflows for over 80 editors.

With a digital publishing platform that was too time-consuming and costly to maintain, Zonda partnered with Brightspot to redeploy all of its 22 distinct digital properties with a single author point.

Zonda’s platform requirements were clear; integration into its existing tech stack, multisite and multichannel capabilities, real-time analytics and reporting, and the ability to distribute and manage sponsored content and targeted content packages.

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The Brightspot solution for Zonda

Brightspot enabled Zonda to manage its diverse portfolio from a single authoring point, scale content efforts, and eliminate editorial pain points. Other highlights of the next-gen CMS solution for Zonda included:

  • Ability to deploy and reuse content rapidly while selectively pushing stories to print production through a single interface.
  • Seamless integrations with existing systems, even those with diverse publishing ecosystems, to bring information together in new ways.
  • Tailored workflows, real-time preview capabilities, centralized media galleries, image editing, editorial feed curation, email newsletter management and real-time analytics and reporting.
  • New ad product and revenue opportunities by distributing and managing sponsored content and targeted content packages.
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The outcome for Zonda

Brightspot has empowered Zonda to deliver sponsored and targeted content packages across 22 distinct digital properties with a singular, powerful CMS platform.

  • Saved a team of 80+ editors 2-3 hours each day with new CMS publishing speed and capabilities.
  • Enabled stakeholders to deploy a newsletter in as little as 12 minutes. 
  • Accelerated time-to-market for new experiences to two months.
  • Reduced Zonda’s reliance on additional SaaS solutions, significantly reducing operating costs and increasing overall efficiency.

Zonda in brief

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Washington, D.C.
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