29 JANUARY 2018

WeTransfer Launches Content Platform WePresent

Highlighting Creativity Around the Globe.

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Homepage of WePresent, WeTransfer's new editorial platform.

Monday, January 29 - Today WeTransfer, the creator of the preferred file-sharing tool for creatives around the world, launches WePresent, a bespoke editorial platform designed to tell unexpected stories about creative minds and spark inspiration. The site – designed by WeTransfer’s in-house creative team and the agency Cartelle – is the latest addition to its constellation of creative tools. It completely reimagines and redesigns This Works, WeTransfer’s existing content blog, in order to provide bespoke content pages tailored to tell individual, in-depth stories.

Since the founding of the company in 2009, WeTransfer has prioritized highlighting the work of creatives on the wallpaper backgrounds of its file-sharing platform, which serves as a digital billboard for its 40 million active monthly users. WeTransfer donates five billion WeTransfer.com advertising impressions each year to promote creative work from around the world, often with a click-through to a story with additional insight on WePresent, the editorial arm. These are presented to visitors to the site not as targeted advertisements, but by pure serendipity, creating a unique opportunity to discover creative work that site visitors may otherwise never encountered.  

 

As the company evolves its product offering, it wants to empower creative minds to spark, develop, share and present their ideas. WeTransfer consistently invests in the creative production of its user base through new initiatives to support their workflow. This new site has been conceived as a place for people to find all manner of inspirational stories which will, in turn, help them develop their own creative projects. It is also the home for the exclusive content WeTransfer commissions with the likes of FKA twigs, Ryan McGinley and Bjork.

 

Damian Bradfield, President of WeTransfer, notes: “Our mission at WeTransfer is to enable the effortless transfer of ideas. With 75% of our users identifying as creatives, we are constantly striving to empower creative minds to find inspiration and create, share and present new work. We realized early on that the enormous reach we have - with our background wallpaper images shown to over 40 million users - provides an opportunity to champion the work of artists we believe in. WePresent, our growing editorial platform has evolved around conversations with our community to share the stories behind these images.”

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The homepage in its image-first tile mode

The first stories to appear on WePresent include a new photography podcast with New York’s International Center of Photography (ICP), and a short documentary exploring a performance by musicians Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett in an iconic New Jersey music venue.  WePresent will also feature new work whose production is supported by WeTransfer, and will augment this content with editorial pieces providing insight into process and inspiration. In addition to supporting artists with advertisements and editorial coverage, in 2018 the company is committed to spending $2 million in commissioning new creative content.

 

Rob Alderson, WeTransfer’s Editor-in-Chief, says: “I believe the site we are launching stands alongside the best creative content sites in the world. Because we have the luxury of publishing fewer articles than those other sites, we have designed a set-up where every part of the way we present content can be customized. This makes for hugely engaging and considered experiences for readers, as well as respecting the amazing creative minds whose work we are lucky enough to showcase.”    

WePresent can be found on wepresent.wetransfer.com.

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WePresent launches with a new podcast series created by WeTransfer and ICP.

Facts and figures

Readership: WeTransfer’s previous editorial platform This Works attracted 1 million UMV

Engagement: The average time on page for a This Works article in 2017 was 2.44 minutes

Commitment to quality: In 2017, WeTransfer published 184 stories on the site

Commitment to diversity: In 2017 55% of the creatives featured on This Works were female. At least one creative from every continent is represented every month across WeTransfer’s platforms.

Note to editor

For more information or interview requests please contact Annematt Ruseler, annematt@wetransfer.com

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About WeTransfer

WeTransfer makes beautifully obvious tools that bring ideas to life. Founded in 2009 in Amsterdam as a simple, well-designed file sharing service for the creative community, WeTransfer has grown to include tools that scale across the creative spectrum, including editorial platform WePresent (with over 2M monthly readers), mobile app 'Collect by WeTransfer' (with over 4M monthly users), quick slide-making tool Paste™ (with over 100,000 teams), immersive sketching tool Paper® (with over 25M downloads), and the original web platform with 42M monthly users and over a billion files sent each month.

From the beginning, WeTransfer has prioritized bringing “offline” values - trust, transparency, and ethics - online. This means the leanest data policy possible and tools that don’t distract people from their creative flow. WeTransfer has pioneered a new means of online advertising, resulting in the platform’s full-page wallpapers, designed by our award-winning in-house creative studio. Advertisers include industry-leading brands like Apple, Saint Laurent, Google, Balenciaga, Samsung, Netflix, Adidas, and Squarespace.

Since its founding, WeTransfer has proudly supported the creative communities and given up to 30% of advertising space to support the arts, donating over 5 billion impressions in 2017. Through our ongoing advertising grant program and content platform, WePresent, we have partnered with hundreds of groundbreaking artists and organizations, including Björk, King Krule, FKA twigs, Ryan McGinley, Ami Vitale, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the UN Development Program, the World Wildlife Foundation and the Prince Estate. In 2016, WeTransfer launched the world’s first free Masters of the Arts in design thinking with the University of the Underground and Worldwide FM, the global radio station run by legendary BBC DJ Gilles Peterson.

Following a $25 million investment from Highland Europe in 2015, WeTransfer opened a US office in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to add to the Amsterdam headquarters. In 2018, WeTransfer acquired popular creative apps Paper® and Paste™ and expanded its US presence to Seattle and New York City.

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