Join us for a Coconuts Colloquium on Subscription Businesses and Paying for Content at The Hive Sheung Wan

In an online attention economy increasingly dominated by Facebook and fake news, media companies across Asia and the world are pivoting to quality and subscription models. How does the act of paying for content change the relationship between publishers and their audiences? And will folks whip out their credit cards to pay for something they’re used to getting for free?

We’ll discuss these questions and more with local leaders from the media and entertainment industry at a Coconuts Colloquium event at The Hive Sheung Wan in Hong Kong on Friday, March 22.

This special Coconuts Colloquium will celebrate the one-year anniversary of COCO, and per usual will feature free flow drinks and finger food. 

Our esteemed panelists:

Joe Martin

Joe Martin, Vice President of commercial partnerships at Dow Jones in APAC

Joe is responsible for driving digital membership growth for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones through strategic partnerships.

Previously, Joe was Senior Relationship Manager for The Wall Street Journal and Financial News based in London where he oversaw the corporate sales operation across EMEA.

Joe first started at Dow Jones in 2012 before relocating to Hong Kong in 2015 where he is now based.

Barrett Bingley

Barrett Bingley, Director, Media Sales (North Asia) and Asia Initiatives at The Economist Group

Barrett Bingley is the Director, Media Sales (North Asia) and has been with The Economist Group for 7 years. Barrett is part of the Publisher Team which combines the circulation and subscription side of the business with the media businesses including advertising, content and events.  

In addition to his work at the Group, he has been the Chair of the AmCham Hong Kong Trade and Investment Committee for 6 years. He was also a Board Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong for 4 years, and is currently Board Director with the Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA).

Barrett is a Commonwealth Scholar and holds Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Victoria University of Wellington.

Clarissa Cortes

Clarissa Cortes, Head of COCO+ Membership at Coconuts Media

Clarissa is one of the primary people responsible for the growth of COCO+. Since the membership program launched in March 2018, she has been responsible for managing payments, events, giveaways, customer service, and community for COCO+.

Prior to joining Coconuts, Clarissa was the gallery manager at ARNDT Fine Art in Singapore. She has over 6 years of experience in office management. Clarissa speaks 4 languages and has specialized experience in visual arts, art gallery management, event planning, marketing, and client liaison.

Adam Rollason, Senior Social Editor and Digital News Editor, Bloomberg Asia-Pacific

Adam Rollason is a senior editor in Bloomberg’s Hong Kong-based digital team, which is responsible for growing audiences in the region across, mobile apps, and social media.

Previously, Adam was based in Sydney as Head of Audience Engagement at the Australian Financial Review. He has also worked as a digital editor and reporter, and before that as a radio and TV journalist.

Sarah Anderson, Senior Staff Editor, The New York Times

Sarah is based in Hong Kong where she is part of the news desk that handles home screens and news alerts. Sarah moved to Hong Kong to work at the International Herald Tribune in 2008, and previously spent 10 years at newspapers in Florida.

The discussion will be moderated by Coconuts Media Founder and CEO Byron Perry.

All Coconuts Colloquiums are free for COCO+ Members with RSVP to, and include free flow drinks and finger food.

Non-members can purchase tickets via Eventbrite.

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Read more about Coconuts Colloquiums here.

WHAT: Coconuts Colloquium: Subscription Businesses and Paying for Content (a panel discussion and COCO+ anniversary party with free-flow food, beer, wine, and sodas)

WHEN: Friday, March 22, 2018 (6:30-9pm)

WHERE: The Hive Sheung Wan

HOW TO ATTEND: Admission is free for COCO+ Members with one guest each, RSVP to Admission for non-members is HKD 120 via Eventbrite.