Bob Sacks

Bob Sacks

Bob Sacks (aka BoSacks) is a printing/publishing industry consultant and president of The Precision Media Group (BoSacks.com). He is also the co-founder of the research company Media-Ideas (Media-Ideas.net), and publisher and editor of a daily international e-newsletter, Heard on the Web. Sacks has held posts as director of manufacturing and distribution, senior sales manager (paper), chief of operations, pressman, circulator and almost every other job this industry has to offer.

BoSacks Speaks Out: IMAG Conference Zeroes in on Credibility & Consumer Revenue

There is a trend in publishing and media conferences that has been growing for the past few years, and when I tell you what it is, you'll say, “Of course.” It's actually a conversation I've seen at publishing conferences around the world. I've heard it in Berlin at the Digital Innovators’ Summit and at MagNet:…

BoSacks on AMMC 2018: MPA Steps Up Game, WPP Chief Dodges Ad Fraud Question

Once again the largest players in the magazine media industry gathered for the annual plumage display. Everybody was excited to be there, including me. I annually and happily re-meet so many old friends accumulated through a lifetime in the industry and it is a joy to be there among my comrades. We share old war…

Ahead of AMMC, MPA President Urges Publishers to Remember Their Fundamental Value

Editor's Note: Bob Sacks spoke with The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) president and CEO Linda Thomas Brooks about the upcoming American Magazine Media Conference (AMMC), which will be held on February 6th in New York City, as well as her views on the future of magazine publishing. In this interview, Brooks shares what she…

At DigiPub, MPA Offered a New Message & Printers Showcased Innovative Digital Print

Last week I went to a NAPCO conference in New York City called DigiPub. Its advertised mission statement was "Harnessing the Power of Data-Driven Print." The overarching question after a decade or more of collecting digital data was, can the information we have gathered be intelligently and successfully applied to a printed product? To be…

Where Will You And Your Magazine Business Be in Five Years?

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…

Whether Print Magazines Are Dead Or Alive Depends on Your Business Model

Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "There are no facts, only interpretations." That comes mighty close to our understanding of the magazine industry today, at least when it comes to the various reports we constantly read on the subject. How many headlines have you seen that report that "Print is dead" or "Print is alive" or "Print…

What Does a 16% Decline in Magazine Ads Mean for the Industry?

Let's be honest, although many attempt to do so, there is no way to find a positive spin to the data in this industry-wide report showing magazine ads down another 16%. As an industry, we have seen negative numbers every year for a decade. Were you expecting a change? Newsstand sales of magazines have plummeted…

Grappling With Ad Fraud And Its Nuances

Charles Dickens once penned the now famous line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."  I am going to counter that with a quote from Art Buchwald, "Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." I bring this up while trying…

At IMAG, Media Revolutionaries Are Breaking the Rules to Find New Revenue

I have several media conferences that I relish and greatly look forward to each year, and IMAG-MPA is one of the best of them. Imagine what is like for a long-time publishing enthusiast like me to be in a room filled with like-minded entrepreneurs who happen to be in the magazine business. Intoxicating, yes? Here…

IMAG Report: A Quick Reality Check on Video Revenue

There was a time, and it doesn't seem like it was that long ago, when no matter where your company was in the hierarchy of publishing, the most common denominator of magazine franchises was that we all published printed magazines. That is no longer the case. For 600 years we thoughtfully put ink on paper…

Brands Like Goop & Dr. Oz Drag Media’s Reputation Through the Mud

Many publishers throughout the history of the profession have shown that profit can supersede a moral barometer. That, of course, doesn't condemn everybody. But there are too many examples of profit above truth to deny that the accusations sometimes carry merit. Women's magazines in particular have for a hundred years or more, fed on the needs…

F+W Media Taps Power of Alternative Distribution

This week F+W Media announced a unique distribution partnership with URP Music Distributors. The vinyl record distributors will place F+W’s magazine Goldmine, a music title geared toward record collectors, in over 600 independent record stores. The initial distribution of the title will launch on April 22nd, also known as Record Store Day. The Goldmine distribution…

5 Takeaways From the Digital Innovators' Summit

I have the privilege of attending about 16 publishing media conferences each year. The shows I go to run the gamut of media publishing enterprises. I attend meetings with editors (ASME), circulators (MBR), and production folk (PRIMEX). I meet with various groups of media professionals such as regional publishers (CRMA, IRMA), large publishers (MPA, IMAG),…

A Retrospective of Publishing Fraud Old and New

I am in Berlin, Germany attending one of my favorite publishing events, FIPP's Digital Innovators Summit which starts Monday, March 20th. It is a cross-planet collection of modernizers trying to make sense and profit from the still evolving phenomenon we once called publishing. If you ever get the chance I recommend it. As I sit…

The Next Killer App Isn’t What You Think

Many of you have relied on my prescience about the future of media for decades. Today I want to discuss a couple technologies that will and will not be "Game Changing." Don’t Buy Into the Mobile Video Hype First up is mobile video. Mobile video is a thing but not THE big thing. Although it…