Useful, accessible information on circulation and audience development for magazine publishing professionals.

Nov 24th
2014
TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES:

Time is running out for a deal with Iran to cut UN sanctions...

Singer Katy Perry is to headline the NFL Super Bowl half-time show...

Ex-Washington Mayor Marion Barry has died...

A volcano erupts in the Cape Verde islands, causing residents living in the vicinity to be evacuated and a local airport to be closed.

TATLER TV
In the United Kingdom, 'Tatler magazine is set to become star of the small screen as the Condé Nast title becomes the focus of a new BBC2 documentary' report ppa.co.uk. The televisual feast called Posh People: Inside Tatler debuts tonight at 9.00 UK time on BBC2. Editor Kate Reardon said “It was an extraordinary experience for the team to be under such scrutiny for so long and required a huge leap of faith. We are profoundly grateful that The Garden Productions created such a fair and entertaining representation of our working lives.” Tatler was introduced on 3 July 1901 by Clement Shorter, publisher of The Sphere.


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AUDIO! - AND ANOTHER THING.
Sometimes it has something to do with circulation or publishing... but mostly it is Roy reflecting on all manner of things. This week - his first Thanksgiving and next week's festivities.

No need for newspaper closures says Tindle manager. USSR NOT AN OPEN MARKET.
'The foreign owners of glossy Russian magazines may have to sell their stakes or risk falling foul of a law introduced by Vladimir Putin' says Nick Holdsworth at thetimes.co.uk and it seems to be aimed at stopping anti-Kremlin propaganda. Notes Mr. Holdsworth 'They include Condé Nast, which publishes Russian-language titles that include Vogue, Tatler and Glamour. Another unlikely candidate is the winter issue of Architectural Digest, which is American-owned.' For more, click here for The Times or click here for The Guardian's take on The Times's story.



LET'S TALK REDSKINS!
Richard Horgan at mediabistro.com notes the 'New Yorker puts a holiday stamp on Redskins fracas' and we are not talking potatoes! Notes Richard 'the noun “kerfuffle” is one of those words that makes you want to look up the etymology. When FishbowlNY did just that, we came upon the following citation example: Don Imus has thrown the capital into a kerfuffle.' Definitely not potatoes! For more, click here.
17-4.
'Hearst’s Seventeen is experiencing some growing pains under its new editorial leadership' says Alexandra Steigrad at wwd.com. says Alex 'WWD has learned that four were cut from the teen magazine’s masthead last week.' To find out who, click here.



POP-UP BLOGS SOUNDS LIKE A VISIT TO A DOCTOR'S OFFICE IS REQUIORED., BUT...
Benjamin Mullin at poynter.org says 'since May, New York magazine has launched an irregular series of “pop-up blogs” to expand its coverage on a variety of topics including relationships, the arts and travel. Although the blogs are targeted to specific advertisers, they do not contain native advertising, and each “pop-up” is basically a Web version of a traditional magazine insert.' For more of Benjamin's article, click here.



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PROMOTIONS WE HAVE RECIEVED - AND WHY THEY ARE GOOD (OR BAD?
We recently received the regular offer from Opera News and this offer, like our old nanny Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. '3 Risk-Free Issues' always a vote grabber, a free gift offer of a CD, an involvement device, savings of 68%, and a reply by instruction. We may have died and gone to heaven!

Inside, or the reverse depending on your point of view, 'Free' is mentioned not once, nor twice but four times in as many paragraphs and an excellent re-stating of what we are going to get, or not if we don't reply in ten days. The Free issues are even restated on the reply card. Whoever wrote and designed this should be sent a bag of onions, because they sure as hell know them. It looks good, does all the right things and Opera News mail it regularly, so we can conclude that it works for them. (Click here or on the thumbnail to view larger image.


We received our monthly renewal offer from TV Guide this week, and it does all the right things and looks good, and makes ordering very simple. As with many publications the actual renewal date is not mentioned, something which annoys me as a subscriber, but pleases me as a marketer - can you tell I am a Gemini? IF you click on the image above, you can see what happens at the ordering stage, although this is made as simple as possible. Interestingly, for an online order form, and a renewal form at that, TV Guide offers a Bill Me option.
Here's a good offer from Oracle Magazine for a qualified controlled publication. It has good benefits copy and makes requesting Oracle Magazine easy with a couple of "Subscribe Now" buttons.  There is interesting PS copy offering a new publication for those who might be interested in Java Magazine as well as Oracle. The design is clean, uncluttered and attractive. To view the offer, click here. Not sure why the publisher is only offering six free issues, but given the quality of the promotion there must be a very good reason.

Here is the latest offering from People magazine. Nice personalized outer envelope, and a simple and concise brochure showing good covers and copy that sells the subscription. To order, it's old school, snail mail - no mention of ordering via the web anywhere. Nice package and well done to People for knowing that direct mail via the post office is still a good way to get orders.

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Here’s what appears to be an advance renewal offer from Vegetarian Times.  It’s a renewal sweeps – smart idea because the original sub order was placed through PCH.  We’re assuming it’s an advance renewal as only one copy of the subscription has been received thus far.  The offer is a strong one –a 78% saving on the renewal plus a chance to win $25,000 (along with other prizes).  Package includes clever “sweeps” techniques on the outer envelope, an offer deadline and small flyer detailing prizes.  Good job, Vegetarian Times!

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We received this double postcard from GQ magazine. The card looks great, has a nice cover and a nice free gift, but also has a rather confusing offer. '24 issues of GQ for only $20.00 - that's 83c (plus 17 cents shipping and handling) per issue; in other words $24.00 then. If you add 83 cents to 17 cents, you get $1.00 which if you then multiply by 24 issues you get $24.00. Click on the image to see large versions.
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When my subscription of 'The Week' arrived last week, inside the envelope was an offer for 12 issues of 'The Oldie' magazine. As far as I am aware these magazines are independent of each other, but have a great deal in common.

This is a nice way of promoting a magazine that is probably already known to readers of another magazine and would be fairly cheap to produce and execute. Nice offer. Click on the image for a larger view of the outside and inside.
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Always nice to get something from 'The Economist' as they always do things so well.

A free copy of 'The World in 2013' is a nice incentive for the readers among us, and a free tablet cover for the tecchies to boot - which also indirectly pushes the digital version.

The predominant red is great as it screamed "ECONOMIST" as soon as I opened my email. Oh and 69c a copy, they got me! [Click here or on image for large version].
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'People' really knows how to use it's house file. Good offer, nice creative and use of personalization.

The offer is strong and the order form is pre-populated - what's not to love?
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This is an interesting offer. On the one hand it pushes newsstand sales, you can save $1.00 if you print out the coupon. However if you clicked on the Save $1.00 link you can also subscribe and get eight issues free.

An offer is an offer,
even though this offer
is not publishing related,
it has ignored basic
promotion rule 1-0-1:
Know Thy Prospect!

I AM NOT A
MEDICARE RECIPIENT!


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A recent offer from People magazine. It looks simple but a great deal of thought has gone into this offer, not least the cover featured on the tablets.


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Let's state it up front - we know the email at the end of the link is spam. Even so, it is a great example of why some design is a good thing in email promotions - even text only promotions. We cannot believe anyone who got this email would even have got so far a clicking a link! Click here to see the email, which is a screen shot taken from our computer.

Rebecca Sterner wrote on CircSpot on how to set up an autorenewal. It just so happens that today we received our auto renewal for Time. In all honesty we had not planned to renew it, but it is done, and although we could cancel it, $81.00 for 56 issues is not worth the hassle of canceling, so we guess the auto renewal worked... at least in our case.


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A CircSpot.com reader looked for something on the Times of London web site, and this popped up while the page they wanted to view was loading. He liked it, took a picture, and sent it to us - thanks Glyn C-R of Buckinghamshire.

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A CircSpot.com reader subscribed to Fast Company and paid $10.00 for a subscription. After placing the order, they received an email offering a $5.00 credit if she can get another person to subscribe in the next 6 hours. This seemed like a very clever idea to the the person who sent us the information - and we agree.

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Here's a nice promotion from The Nation.  It's quick to read, offers an invitation to receive exclusive free offers - it's a flattering offer and comes from a credible publication.

It ultimately leads you to a subscription landing page offering 4 free issues (very strong offer) plus attractive subscription prices and a choice of format - print or online access.
The promotion is clean and uncluttered with enough enticing benefits to attract readership.



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