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Mar 20, 2012
Domtar Uses 'Mad Men' Season Premiere to Promote the Benefits of Reading on Paper

Ad in Special Edition of Newsweek Has a 1960s Feel, But the Message Still Applies: Studies Show You Read 30 Percent Faster

Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced that with Newsweek planning a retro edition to promote the new season of "Mad Men," Domtar will run a 1960s-style ad that shows while we live in a more digital age, people still read faster on paper.

"We've seen studies that show whether you're an executive or a millennial, people prefer to read on paper, and it's faster to read on paper," said Lewis Fix, Domtar's Vice-President of Sustainable Business and Brand Management. "Whether you are learning or sharing important information, there are good reasons to make sure people still read the material on paper."

The Domtar ad - part of its award-winning PAPERbecause campaign - will run in Newsweek's March 19 issue. It shows a boy dressed as a superhero and reading a comic book, while his mother proudly watches. The message: while entertainment options may have changed, people still enjoy reading on paper.

"A lot has changed since the 1960s, but we wanted to use this retro theme to make a serious point," Fix said. "There are several studies that prove there's a value in reading on paper that helps people learn and communicate."

Fix highlighted four studies, in particular:

  • A 2011 survey of "millennials" (people born after 1985) showed that 65 percent think it's easier to view or read something on paper. About the same percentage of senior executives agree, according to a 2007 study. It showed that 59 percent trust printed material more than online sources, and that 60 percent prefer printed information when they need to do an in-depth analysis.
  • A 2009 study revealed that 64 percent of workers prefer ink on paper rather than a screen when it comes to reading. The rate was even higher (70 percent) among employees of technology companies. Further research, conducted at Wayne State University, found that reading on paper is actually 10 to 30 percent faster than reading online, partly because it is easier to track where you are on the page.

Starting March 19, you can click here to see the Mad Men issue of Newsweek. To vote on your favorite ad in the issue, please visit this site.

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