Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Iconic Marilyn Cover Sells
You may recall that three months ago we featured the November issue of Vanity Fair as the Cover of the Week. Everything about this cover screamed success.  VF had done a similar Marilyn Monroe cover in October 2008, which had been a big winner…the second best-seller that year and 28% better than the 2008 average. Impressive. Vanity Fair knows a good thing when they see it, and is not afraid to keep working what is working on the newsstands.

The results on the November 2010 issue have now been reported by the Audit Bureau of Circulation:

    •    This cover sold 10% better than the average VF issue in 2010.
    •    It sold 96,000 more copies than from the same time slot last year
          (Penelope Cruz)
    •    Therefore sales from this time slot improved by 31%

While Icons sell, it should be noted that VF’s Angelina Jolie cover (August 2010) was the best-seller of the year, moving 502,000 copies, or 97,000 more copies than Marilyn Monroe…24% better than Marilyn and 36% better than the 2010 average.

Angelina now holds the record for the best-selling August issue in the decade for Vanity Fair. Exquisite cover yields exquisite results.

 


- Scott Bullock
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Scott Bullock is the the creator of Coverssell.com. Bullock has worked as circulation director for both consumer and B2B magazines including Toronto Life and FASHION.

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