Magazines

6 Ways to Grow Revenue With Digitally-Printed Magazines
November 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

Magazine publishers typically develop informal rules of thumb to help speed decision making and proposal writing: Don’t go back to press with an issue unless you can justify printing at least 10,000 copies. You have to charge overseas subscribers at least three times the domestic rate because of the additional shipping and mailing costs. Never…

Marijuana Publishing Is a Growth Industry—Except in Mexico
November 9, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Marijuana media is a high-growth U.S. industry: A majority interest in High Times sold earlier this year for $70 million, and other cannabis publications have sprung up across the country, including The Cannabist, LadyBud, and Marijuana Business. And the quality of cannabis coverage has improved across the media, with serious stories in major outlets. But…

‘Trust in News’ Study Shows More Trust for Print Publications Than Digital
November 7, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Trust is the topic that won’t go away. On either side of the pond, leaders with very different temperaments are dealing with issues of declining trust in very different ways. Whatever their differences, however, the knock-on effect to mainstream media — tacitly held responsible for failing to fully represent shifting public sentiment when they aren’t…

How Short-Run Print Can Activate Lucrative Niche Audiences
November 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm

On the web, publishers have become adept at launching niche content verticals to engage very specific, often highly-monetizeable audiences. On the flip side, due to the economics of printing, publishers have historically had to take a one-size-fits-all approach to printed content. However, advances in digital printing and data integration are making targeted print more feasible…

John Conley Describes Digital Printing's Power to Engage Niche Audiences
November 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Digital printing is making it easier for magazine publishers to create hyper-targeted niche magazines. In this video print expert and CEO of Borderland Advisers John Conley explains how Cobblestone Living uses digital printing to deliver greater value to and increase revenue from its affluent audience of 500 subscribers. Conley is an advisor and speaker at…

Podcast: The Rise and Fall of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone
November 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Jann Wenner revolutionized the magazine business and brought rock 'n' roll to the masses with the launch of Rolling Stone in 1967. The magazine quickly skyrocketed in popularity, helping to define rock music, and eventually, all of pop culture. In a recent podcast, Recode Media's Peter Kafka spoke with the author of Sticky Fingers and…

What Newsstand Professionals & Rodney Dangerfield Have in Common
November 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

A few weeks ago I was one of 45 other newsstand professionals who broke bread at the 30th Anniversary of the Hudson Retail Group, the largest operator of concessions in the U.S. and Canada. It was an enjoyable night, and with the limited number of uplifting functions in…

Condé Nast Shutters Teen Vogue in Print, Cuts 80 Jobs
November 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Condé Nast is expected to complete its final round of cuts by next Thursday, WWD has learned. The New York-based publisher, which has instilled a hiring freeze, will slash about 80 jobs, equal to a decrease of about 2.5% of its 3,000-person workforce. Budgets across departments are also expected to get a haircut, with the…

Where Will You And Your Magazine Business Be in Five Years?
October 30, 2017 at 10:18 am

For the record, I stay up to date on many blogs, threads, and various news chains. One of these news sources asked a typical but still important question a few days ago. Where will ebooks be in five years? That, of course, started me pondering several things about the magazine business. Where were we five…

Publishers Have a Problem: Their Outdated Approach to Magazine Ads
October 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

“My name is Eadward, and I work in magazine publishing.” Welcome to Magazine Publishers Anonymous, a new 12-step program for people trying to overcome their addiction to the same old way of publishing magazines. I thought we’d get an influx of members a couple of weeks ago when The New York Times published “The Not-So-Glossy…