Monday, May 25, 2015
The American Society of Magazine Editors (USA) has just announced it’s winners of their annual Best Covers Contest.

The ninth annual ASME Best Cover Contest was open to all consumer print magazines published in the 2014 calendar year. With 10 different categories, over 100 print magazines participated by submitting over 270 covers to the competition.

Their is also a Reader Choice Awards, which are voted on by Facebook users.

The Cover of the Year was The New Yorker’s “Broken Arch,” published on December 8, 2014, which pays tribute to race relations challenges in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

The finalists in each category are show,  but the winners are:

Sports and Adventure:  ESPN The Magazine, October 13, 2014

Fashion and Beauty:  Harper’s Bazaar, March 2014

Business and Technology:  The Atlantic, November 2014

Family and Home:  FamilyFun, August 2014

Entertainment and Celebrity:  The New York Times Magazine, September 14, 2014

Science and Nature:  New York, June 9-15, 2014

Lifestyle:  Men’s Health, November 2014

Brainiest:  Bloomberg Businessweek, August

Most Delicious:  Bon Appétit, June 2014

And the Readers Choice Award Winner was Paper Magazine.


 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The latest (our 8th edition) in a series of SIP’s from Legion Magazine is scheduled to hit newsstands on June 22nd, 2015.

The magazine will retail for $14.95, and is only available at newsstands.

This issue focuses on the Battle of the Atlantic, which is to say the entire naval campaign during the Second World War.

Art Director Jason Duprau.

 




Thursday, May 14, 2015
Toronto-based Rotman Management magazine competes with the Harvard Business Review.

The current issue is, in my opinion, the best cover yet produced since Rotman launched an aggressive newsstand expansion in both Canada and the U.S., back in January of 2013.

Kate Mills, circulation manager, informs me that this is the first time the magazine has done a split cover, with one version for subscribers, and this version for the newsstand. “This cover was created by Bakersfield – the Editor, Karen Christensen, showed them clip art that she liked and they created a fresh image for the cover based on it! Which I think is pretty cool of them,"  said Mills.


 

Monday, May 11, 2015
The 2014 version of Harrowsmith’s Garden Digest is a great case study in not giving up. But first let’s talk about the regular Harrowsmith Almanac that competes directly with the American Old Farmers Almanac.

When Yolanda Thornton brought back the classic Harrowsmith Almanac in 2013, the venerable name/brand was enthusiastically embraced by readers. The magazine sold-through at a very strong 37% on a huge draw.  This confirmed that the Harrowsmith brand still had pulling power.

This success encouraged Ms. Thornton to bring out a Gardening Almanac the following Spring season.  The cover was an almost identical replica of the regular Harrowsmith Almanac cover, but was labeled Spring. It was also priced a $5.95 and the distribution was replicated.  Unfortunately, the sales of the Spring Almanac were just 22% of what the Regular Almanac sold. See Covers Here:

 

Once again, the classic 2014 Harrowsmith Almanac was a huge success, selling-through again at a solid 37% efficiency on a sizeable draw.

But for the 2014 Gardening Digest we needed to make some radical changes. In 2014, to differentiate it from our regular Almanac, we re-named the issue the Gardening Digest.  We increased the size from a small digest format to a larger digest format (5.125 X 7.5 to 5.125 X 8.25).  We replaced 75% black and white pages on newsprint in 2013 to 100% full colour on glossy stock in 2014. We lowered the price from $5.95 to $4.95.  We scrapped the illustration and went with a photograph instead. We added a cover slash. We added a starburst button. We moved the UPC code to the lower right. And we massively cut back the draw by 45%. This allowed the title to invest in quality upgrades and promotions.  We invested in some targeted retail promotions that bore fruit:
  • Sales at Canadian Tire promo up 73%
  • Sales at Home Depot promo up 27%
  • Sales at Lowes promo up 958%
  • Sales at Metro Richelieu up 418%
  • Sales at Loblaws promo up 123%
  • Sales at Federated floor display up 144%
  • Sales at Overwaite floor display up 424%
  • Sales at Sobeys floor display up 78%
Overall, sales were up by 48% an efficiency improved by 16 points.
 

The 2015 Digest is now on stands and is sporting another new look:
 

Monday, May 11, 2015
The May/June 2015 issue of Canadian Running is a milestone for the publication. This is the 50th issue of the magazine.

To celebrate, Publisher Sam Cohen, Editor-in-Chief Michael Doyle, and Art Director Warren Wheeler, have unveiled a new look.It’s a gentle evolution, but presents a much cleaner, bolder and powerful poster-like quality.

 
 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
On December 2nd, 2013 Cottage Life produced a Special Interest Publication called:  How to Buy a Cottage.  The cover price was $9.99 compared to the regular price of $6.95. That’s a variance of $3.04 or a 44% increase in the price for the SIP.

So, how did it perform? In a word, brilliantly. The issue sold 9,444 units, and generated  $94,346 gross newsstand dollars. The average sale of the regular six issues that year was 6,090 copies, generating $42,326 dollars.

Therefore the SIP sold 55% more copies than the average regular issue, and generated 123% more revenue. No other issue from 2012 to 2015 has sold more copies.

The April 2015 issue of Cottage Life is a beauty.  It went on sale March 9th, and I suspect it will do well too!

I really love the Cottage Life West cover from January 2014, which is a best-seller since Cottage Life West took over from Cottage.

 
 

 


Wednesday, May 06, 2015
The Summer 2015 issue of Fly Fusion is scheduled to hit newsstands on May 25th.

The “celebrity” for this issue is a Brown Trout…one of the more popular species that fly fishers seek out.

The issue promises 7 Secrets to help anglers successfully land these beautiful Big Browns.

Fly Fusion continues its success in the United States, with 2 of 4 issues in 2014 set new sales records. Sales in the U.S. were up 9.5% in 2014.

Sales in Canada were up by 1%.

(A special shout out to Sue Keavney at Coast to Coast for her dedication to the title).

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015
The June 2015 issue of Horse Sport is set to hit newsstands on May 25th.

Art Director Bonnie Summerfeldt has managed to pack in 10 different hooks, and still create a poster-like quality on the cover.

The magazine recently (Feb issue) switched from saddle stitched to perfect bound and raised the cover price from $4.95 to $5.99.  Sales on that issue are forecast to be up over 50%.

 


Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The May 2015 issue of Toronto Life is getting lots of buzz on the radio and social media regarding a feature this month on Michael Elder. See press release below:

April 21, 2015 (TORONTO) – Yesterday in Ontario Superior Court, Michael J. Elder, chair of WorkOnce Wireless Corporation, failed in his attempt to receive an emergency injunction preventing the publication of the May issue of Toronto Life.

Mr. Elder is the subject of a feature profile in the May issue of the book, entitled “The Charming Mr. Elder,” written by veteran reporter Michael Posner. Mr. Elder has raised millions from prominent Toronto investors for the development of a device called the Quillmate and is now the subject of a group action from investors seeking $12 million in damages, as well as Mr. Elder’s removal from the company as sole director.

“I’m satisfied with the outcome of yesterday’s proceeding,” said Ken Hunt, Publisher of Toronto Life. “I’m pleased that the hard work of our editors, writers and designers will reach our readers as usual.”

Peter Jacobsen, a founding partner of Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn and an experienced litigator in defamation and media law, represented Toronto Life in court.

The May issue of Toronto Life will be available to subscribers today and on newsstands Thursday, April 23.

The cover feature also looks like it will generate some heat as well!  Perfect timing given the hiring of our new Police Chieff, and all the outrageous stories of police brutality in the USA.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The May/June 2015 issue of Legion Magazine will hit newsstands on May 4th.

Art Director Jason Duprau has produced another memorable cover, with a bold type treatment for the main sell.

The sky bar and the button push the importance of the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

 

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