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    There are more ways than ever to consume media, and more media than ever to consume. But as the landscape becomes ever more fragmented and advertising revenue continues to stall, Bob and Brooke ask the question: is the Golden Age of content sustainable, or just a supernova, a dying star burning exceptionally bright?


    Posted September 03, 2013
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  • People Mag Prepares New Subscription Model

    People Mag Prepares New Subscription Model

    People Mag Prepares New Subscription Model

    Chasing additional consumer revenue

    By Lucia Moses

    Time Inc. cash cow People is preparing to unveil a new pricing model designed to transform the way people think about subscriptions, according to people familiar with the publisher's plans. Other titles in the company are expected to follow suit. 

    With advertising sagging-PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated that consumer magazine ad revenue will decline 7.3 percent from 2012 to 2017, to $15.2 billion-Time Inc. isn't alone in turning to consumers for new revenue. Hearst Magazines priced its tablet editions higher than its print editions, betting that people will pay more for an enhanced version. Casting its net for more print subscribers, Condé Nast recently announced a deal with Amazon to let people manage their orders on the e-commerce site.


    Posted September 03, 2013
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  • BoSacks Readers Speak Out: On  Defending Print the Right Way

    BoSacks Readers Speak Out: On Defending Print the Right Way

    BoSacks Speaks Out: Defending Print the Right Way

    Hello Bob,  I wanted to send you a brief note regarding your AR article:

    AR is a technology that obviously has some very effective applications in the print world, however I agree with your caution expecting it to be the savior of print. Like most all medications, very effective when administered at the right time for the right ailment but no one medication cures all!

    (Submitted by an Industry Consultant)


    BoSacks Speaks Out: Defending Print the Right Way

    Hi Bo.  I completely agree and if my memory is correct this was one of our conversations when we first met. 

    One minor distinction that may be worth noting is that a large portion of the printed word appears on packages (rather than publications), where AR, QR or new platforms such as Touchcode may have a bit more utility.  Best Regards and I look forward to seeing you in October.

    (Submitted by a senior manager of an Industry Supplier)


    BoSacks Speaks Out: Defending Print the Right Way

    Outstanding and thoughtful article. I agree with you, as good as AR can be, and useful too, in the right conditions, it is a distraction to the printed product of a magazine. Where it should be used and is hardly ever visible is in point of sale situations. When consumers are in the store and the cell phone is out and in hand already with price comparison shopping. That is the right time for 2D codes to be ever present. It could MAKE the sale. All print packaging should be loaded with AR, and magazines less so.   (Submitted by a Publisher)  FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE

    Posted August 31, 2013
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  • Vogue, Tatler and other high-end women's magazines target teen market

    Vogue, Tatler and other high-end women's magazines target teen market

    Posted by Ami Sedghi

    Observers say move is attempt to secure future generation of readers in industry suffering endemic declines in print sales. Miss Vogue: there are plans for a second issue next year, though details have not yet been confirmed

    With parted blonde locks, bubblegum pink lips and a knitted jumper thrown over a denim shirt, 19-year-old model Tigerlily Taylor has the perfectly stylised look that befits the front cover of Teen Tatler.

    But despite the baby pink background, Taylor represents a new type of teen: fashion-savvy, confident and with the power to spend. And high-end women's magazines are desperate to appeal to this new generation of reader.

    In May Vogue launched youth-targeted spinoff Miss Vogue, and the September issue of Tatler was accompanied with a glossy teenage supplement.

    At first glance, the newly launched magazines may look like a revival of the teenage print market. But industry observers describe the move as an attempt to secure a future generation of readers in an industry suffering endemic declines in print sales.FULL ARTICLE

    Posted August 30, 2013
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  • Why Magazine iPad Subscription Numbers Are Worse Than You Thought

    Why Magazine iPad Subscription Numbers Are Worse Than You Thought

    By: Michael Sebastian

    Magazines' tablet editions might offer a promising future, but presently they're still struggling to gain traction. Through the first half of 2013, magazines reported 10.2 million subscribers to their digital replica editions, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, good for just 3.3% of overall circulation.



    by Ad Age Editors
    Posted August 27, 2013
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  • BoSacks Speaks Out: Defending Print the Right Way

    BoSacks Speaks Out: Defending Print the Right Way


    Several times this week I have been involved in correspondence and conversations about QR codes and various other forms of augmented reality. The theory continuously presented to me is that print will be saved by the use of augmented reality. It is at that point I stick my feet into the ground, as I think there is nothing much further from the truth on this subject than this thought process.

    I need to be clear here, as I have many friends and associates who own or work for augmented reality companies. I support the use of AR in that it is a wonderful tool and can be a bonus for any printed product for either ads or editorial. But I am not a fan of augmented reality in regards to it being used the savior of print. In that regard, it is a total red herring to print's ability to succeed or not succeed in regards to printed magazines.

    Here is my reason why although it is a good tool, it isn't something that you could or would use on every page, or for any extended period in a printed magazine. When we are offered a QR code or other AR launch system in a magazine that takes us to the web, we are then forced to balance two separate devices. The web product/cell phone/tablet in one hand and a magazine in the other hand, or on your lap, or perhaps on the desk, making neither a comfortable long-term reading experience. Continually sending people from the printed magazine page to an electronic device defeats the purpose of having a good print product and the concurrent rewarding lean back experience that we are all so proud of as an industry. As the old expression goes, putting lipstick on a pig only wastes your time and annoys the pig. Although AR indeed has its valuable moments and its usefulness, AR is a distraction to the nature of our printed products. In this case it is trying to fake the electrification of the printed page. If I wanted to get online, I would have done so. If I chose to read a magazine, why send me somewhere online? Does that make sense to you?  READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE


    by Bob Sacks
    Posted August 26, 2013
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  • Newspapers aren't dying and Jeff Bezos isn't crazy

    Newspapers aren't dying and Jeff Bezos isn't crazy

    FORTUNE -- Jeff Bezos, John Henry, and Warren Buffett are not investing in dying businesses. They don't do that. They are investing in assets poised for a rebound. Despite the recent spate of media last week about the spiraling of newspapers, there are a few facts for industry pundits to consider. 

    Newspaper media comprised a $38.6 billion industry in 2012. While those revenues saw a 2% decline compared to 2011 revenues ($39.5 billion), we're also starting to see promising shifts in the newspaper business model: growing revenue streams across several categories -- some of which have only emerged in recent years.

    Just this past year, circulation revenue rose by 5% -- from $10 billion to $10.5 billion -- as digital subscriptions grew dramatically, marking the first gain in this category for the newspaper industry since 2003. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE

    Posted August 24, 2013
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  • BoSacks Speaks Out: On Interns, Business and Conde Nast

    BoSacks Speaks Out: On Interns, Business and Conde Nast

     F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."  I am going to try to discuss the concept of internship where I hold two opposing thoughts.

     I was never an intern as I started my first publication a year or so out of high school.  One could say I jumped from unemployment into the frying pan of being a publisher/owner, without the intermediate steps of a normal career, and it is fair to say, I did not do it alone, I had two other great partners to lean upon.

     Wikipedia says that an "internship is a method of on-the-job training for white-collar and professional careers. Internships for professional careers are similar to apprenticeships for trade and vocational jobs. Although interns are typically college or university students, they can also be high school students or post-graduate adults. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and are usually understood to be temporary positions. Generally, an internship consists of an exchange of services for experience between the student and an organization."

     There you have it. Part of the definition is that internships may be paid or unpaid, and are usually understood to be temporary positions. If that is the understood and agreed upon definition, where is all the uproar coming from of interns claiming slave wages and demanding some sort of remuneration? 

    by Bob Sacks
    Posted August 24, 2013
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  • BoSacks Speaks Out: On Local/Hyper-Local Publications.

    BoSacks Speaks Out: On Local/Hyper-Local Publications.

    There are many things that I surmise about our industry from a career spanning over forty years doing the very voodoo that we publishers do.  There are other things that I do not guess at, but know from practical and specific experience. I'm not sure where the "expert" classification lines up in cases like this, but I think that I am an expert in local/hyper-local publications.

    My very first publication was a local free newspaper in the Metro New York Area called The Express. My second publication was a local free magazine style publication I conceived of and produced for a local radio station (WLIR) on Long Island, NY called Free Flight.  My third publication was a free local newspaper in Tucson, Arizona, called The Mountain Newsreal. After those experiences, I and some other friends and cohorts went on to start a national publication that is still on the newsstand 39 years later.

    by Bob Sacks
    Posted August 24, 2013
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  • Magazines, Newspapers Brace for Exigent Postal Rate Hike

    Magazines, Newspapers Brace for Exigent Postal Rate Hike

    Magazines, newspapers and direct marketers are girding for the possibility that the U.S. Postal Service will pass an exigent rate increase on top of the annual postal rate that is capped by the consumer price index. The increase, made possible by a 2006 law that gives the postal service the option to raise rates in case of extreme circumstances like a terrorist attack, could be as high as 10 percent across the board. 

    It couldn't come at a worse time for the media and marketing industries that depend on mail service. "We're finally getting our footing back since the 2009 recession," said Mary Berner, president and CEO of the MPA, the Association for Magazine Media. Magazines, for example, spend $3 billion annually on postage. A 10 percent increase would add $300 million to an industry that is already challenged. Some magazines could go out of business, Berner warned. Others could cut back on mail delivery and redouble digital efforts. READ  THE WHOLE ARTICLE

    Posted August 23, 2013
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