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Now That’s Fun!

Posted by Scott On December - 15 - 2016

cover_of_the_week-125x125The January 2017 issue of Toronto Life is a good example of a cover that knows how to have some fun.  The issue is out just in time for the last minute Christmas Shoppers and Boxing day enthusiasts.  On sale December 19th, 2016.

This time slot has historically be used for the “Where to Get Stuff Cheap” theme.  It’s a topic that typically works well for City Magazines across North America.  If it works, keep doing it!

Christine Dewairy, Art Director, Toronto Life, has this to say:

“Our January cover is about the city’s best shopping secrets—where to find the best sample sales, amazing deals on designer stuff, hidden gems. It’s a light, fun topic, and we wanted to convey that tone in the design. So we put a puppy—a puppy detective—in a luxurious Coach bag, to create a poppy, slick and cheeky image.”

 

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Collectors Item

Posted by Scott On November - 9 - 2016

cover_of_the_week-125x125The October 31st, 2016, issue of New York magazine will go down as an epic mistake, on par with Dewey Wins.

This one may become a collectors item.  Watch for this one to sell.

We will certainly be seeing a lot more Trump covers over the next 4 years.

And lots of hysterical skits on Saturday Night Live.

The big winners last night may be comedians and magazine publishers.

 

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They Like Us

Posted by Scott On November - 4 - 2016

cover_of_the_week-125x125The Oct 29th, 2016 issue of The Economist features a cover story on Canada. Naturally, it is the Cover of the Week.

But check out some of their other recent covers too.

Very few magazines have mastered the use of illustrated covers the way these folks have.

Clean and uncluttered, the messaging clear and concise, these covers are designed to sell.  They are Masters of the “3 second rule.”

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Toronto Life Turns 50!

Posted by Scott On October - 18 - 2016

cover_of_the_week-125x125Toronto Life celebrates 50 years of magazine publishing effective with the November 2016 issue.

From their Press Release:

Toronto Life celebrates its 50th birthday this month with an anniversary issue set to hit newsstands on October 20th. The cover story focuses on what Toronto will look like 50 years from now, how its demographics and economy will change, and how we will deal with a doubling of population. Other stories include a round-table debate with Mayor John Tory and five former Toronto mayors, and a profile of the magazine’s long-time owner Michael de Pencier that serves as a history of the magazine itself.

In a year that has seen prominent magazine titles close, reduce their frequency, or move to digital only, the story is much different for Toronto Life. In almost every measurable way, the magazine has never been stronger.

According to Vividata, an independent audience measurement body, Toronto Life is read by 890,000 people in print each month. That is the highest measured audience for the magazine since 2005. Within Toronto, no other magazine comes close to the reach of Toronto Life—it has the largest measured audience of any magazine. When combined with an online audience of over 770,000 each month (according to Google Analytics), more people are reading Toronto Life today than at any point in its history.

Ken Hunt, Toronto Life’s publisher, compares the magazine’s success to the story in Michael Lewis’s book Moneyball. “We’ve become much smarter about how we measure the effectiveness of the content we produce,” Hunt says. “The data has shown that quick, cheap stories, online quizzes and other click bait doesn’t sustain audience attention; feature-length stories, particularly stories that have a strong point-of-view or unusual access to its subject, have the greatest impact, produce the most engagement, and get shared on social media. This is how we keep readers coming back.”

Toronto Life’s commitment to quality has been reflected in the magazine’s continuing success in magazine award season. At last year’s National Magazine Awards, Toronto Life received more nominations and took home more awards than any other Canadian magazine. And at the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards, Toronto Life received the award for the Best Digital Design, beating out other high-profile finalists including Maclean’s and the Toronto Star’s Star Touch tablet edition.

“We are proud of the innovations we have been able to make on the web with a small, dedicated team,” adds Hunt. “Growing and engaging our digital audience while maintaining our commitment to print is core to our long-term success. Print is an incredible technology at holding a reader’s attention. If we can get a magazine into someone’s hands, they will happily spend an hour or more with us. That kind of engagement is difficult to achieve online. There are just too many distractions.”

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House & Home Celebrates 30 Years

Posted by Scott On October - 14 - 2016

cover_of_the_week-125x125The November 2016 issue of Canadian House & Home is a milestone issue, marking 30 years of producing the best home & style magazine in the category.

Editor Beth Hitchcock had this to say about the issue:

“For House & Home‘s 30th Anniversary issue, we searched for a cover star whose personality and home epitomized easygoing Canadian style. Kim Cattrall’s retreat on Vancouver Island — about 40 minutes from where she grew up — was the perfect fit. Though we all associate her with the wonderfully audacious Samantha Jones from Sex and the City, the real Kim is happiest in this understated, natural setting, and that’s the story we wanted to share with readers. We kept the sell lines simple and matched the banner to the rich red colour of Kim’s door for a mood that’s celebratory, Canadian and just festive enough to suit pre-holiday newsstands.”

The issue is 172 pages thick, and packed with great advice.  Look for this one to sell!

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The Atlantic Gives a Preview

Posted by Scott On September - 14 - 2016

cover_of_the_week-125x125The October 2016 of The Atlantic is a cover that will sell.

This cover is a great example of executing on Rule #32:  Timing Matters

With the first of 3 debates scheduled for the USA Presidential election, just weeks away, this first tilt between Trump & Clinton is sure to be a ratings bonanza.

It’s like a heavyweight boxing extravaganza. And the cover might as well be a poster for Ali vs. Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle.

Smart of The Atlantic to get out in front on this opportunity.

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Adbusters Cool Fascismo

Posted by Scott On August - 31 - 2016

cover_of_the_week-125x125The August 2016 issue of Adbusters is one to watch.  While the traditional newsweeklies have been selling more copies than usual featuring Donald Trump as their cover boy, Adbusters is having some fun with a Trump cover of their own.

Adbusters can always be counted on for some very interesting, entertaining, and creative covers.

This one uses a classic black & white image of Trump, frowning, and let’s the UPC code make the point/joke.  Clever.  It’s a powerful cover.  And fun.

I expect that this one will resonate quite strongly with their readers and should sell well.  Great job!

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Fashion’s 8 Page Gatefold Cover

Posted by Scott On August - 8 - 2016

 

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 Magazine has partnered with Canadian retailer Joe Fresh on the September 2016 cover featuring supermodel Karlie Kloss. Via an editorial-driven eight-page cover gatefold and second cover, FASHION has executed a first of its kind branded integration spanning both print and digital platforms.

“We are excited to bring this unique content collaboration to life in the September issue of FASHION via print, digital, social media and in-store,” said Jacqueline Loch, VP & Group Publisher St. Joseph Media, Women’s Brands. “This is partnership at its best and it really raises the bar for collaborations in the future. Joe Fresh challenged us to do something bold, first to market and groundbreaking — and we responded with a beautiful multi-platform editorial integration that is on-brand for FASHION, and designed to engage consumers.”

The extended cover gatefold – which includes FASHION directed original photography of five Joe Fresh looks and subtle Joe Fresh branding – opens up to a second cover featuring Karlie Kloss. The issue also contains a five-page feature article, also showcasing the model wearing items from the Joe Fresh fall collection. A special 5,000 copy print run of the cover gatefold will be available at Joe Fresh’s flagship store on Queen Street West beginning today.

The September issue also marks the first time FASHION has unveiled a cover via Snapchat (@FashionCan) with the brand curating the day’s story solely to the September cover reveal. Newsstand drop date (August 15th) will be supported by a special 45-second video featuring behind-the-scene moments from the cover shoot that will live online at fashionmagazine.com and on Instagram (@FashionCanada). Further momentum will come from a contesting component whereby followers of FASHION’s Instagram have the chance to win a fall wardrobe from Joe Fresh valued at $500 using the FASHIONxJoeFresh hashtag. FASHION will host two shopping events this September in Toronto and Vancouver Joe Fresh stores, as well as provide editorial support for each.

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Caitlyn (Bruce) is Back

Posted by Scott On June - 29 - 2016

cover_of_the_week-125x125Caitlyn Jenner (formally Bruce Jenner) poses for Sports Illustrated, with her gold medal, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Olympic win in the decathalon at the Montreal Games in 1976.

Apparently, the medal typically resides in her “nail drawer” now.   Jenner is 66 years old.

The cover features a strong sky bar sell for the main feature, a cut out of an old SI cover, and a gold Double Issue stamp in the upper right area, plus good use  of the “real estate” on the left hand side.

Look for sales to spike.

 

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Orlando

Posted by Scott On June - 15 - 2016

cover_of_the_week-125x125People magazine’s June 27th, 2016 cover is a welcome approach to covering the appalling hate crime/mass murder in Orlando this week.

Rather then focusing on the terrorist or his despicable deed and the horrific carnage, People gives us something positive to focus on:  the human beings whose lives were stolen.  Better to glorify the victims, not the hater.

Too often, in the aftermath of these outrageous mass murders, all we get is an overdose of details about the terrorist’s life, and what might have caused him to act out.  Then we get the political spin from the pro & con gun control professionals. And inevitably arguments about immigration.  So tiresome, so boring, and so missing the mark.

Anderson Cooper of CNN did a moving tribute to the victims too.  He read out their names, one by one, with little details about their lives…incredibly powerful.

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