Circulation

4 Million Subscribers – and Unprofitable? Closing of ‘Family Circle’ Signals Shift in Meredith Print Strategy
November 13, 2019 at 8:30 am

How could a magazine with more than 4 million subscribers be unprofitable? I kept seeing and hearing various versions of that question last month when Meredith Corporation announced it is about to publish the last monthly issue of Family Circle. Here are the TL/DR answers: Not all circulation is profitable. Family Circle wasn’t necessarily unprofitable.…

Publishing Insiders React to Sale of National Distributor Curtis Circulation
July 15, 2019 at 9:59 am

It’s the dawn of a new era: The last remaining national distributor, the ANC-owned Comag Marketing Group, has bought the second-to-last remaining one, Curtis Circulation Company; and if I’m doing my math right, that puts us down to one. One company to interact with publishers, do their billing, manage their distribution, handle their marketing. One…

Press Release: Comag Marketing to Acquire National Distribution Business of Curtis Circulation Company
July 12, 2019 at 9:23 am

Comag Marketing Group, LLC (CMG), a subsidiary of American News Company, LLC (ANC), this week announced that it has reached an agreement with Curtis Circulation Company, LLC (Curtis) to acquire Curtis' national distribution business, effective as of October 1, 2019. Curtis will remain responsible for all obligations and services under its publisher agreements for publications having an on-sale date prior to October 1, 2019.

How to Sell $38K of Subscriptions in 10 Days
June 13, 2019 at 3:36 pm

If you run a paid circulation magazine, you know that selling subscriptions online can be a challenge. However, I’d like to share an example of one publication that recently sold over $38K of subscriptions in just 10 days – and the strategy used to do it. The magazine we’re talking about isn’t a huge, national…

5 Ways to Significantly Cut Subscription Renewal Costs
March 7, 2019 at 9:57 am

Whether you run a paid or controlled magazine, growing and maintaining your subscriber base is one of your biggest budget expenses. Finding ways to cut subscription renewal costs has a big impact on your profitability. Assuming you operate at a 20% profit margin, every dollar saved in your circulation efforts is the equivalent of $5…

How is Scan-Based Trading Working Out for You?
November 28, 2018 at 10:39 am

Scan-based trading (SBT)—wherein the wholesaler is paid only for copies that go through the register, and unsold inventory is not recorded as either sold or returned—has been implemented in an estimated 70% of U.S. retailers. It was a long time coming, with many studies and audits and recommended best practices backing it up; and no…

The Transformation of Bloomberg Media
November 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

Bloomberg Media remains a relatively unique industry player, in the sense that it is a very large media company sitting inside an even larger financial and technology brand. Owned by the largest shareholder and the man behind the name, Michael Bloomberg, the media division began as an extension of the core business before being transformed into…

Meredith Getting The Full Scoop On Readers Post-Time Inc. Acquisition
August 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm

It’s not how many people you know. It’s how many you know well. Meredith prioritizes depth over breadth: The company posits that a limited number of deep relationships with core readers matter more than a larger number of shallow relationships. While advertisers prize scale, content that draws readers back again and again opens the door…