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Adbusters Obama as Clown issue

Posted by Scott On October - 7 - 2010

Back on April 25th, I posted this cover to illustrate Paul Jone’s theory about covers that are from the “art with logo” school.  Despite the fact that living politicians rarely sell well, this cover appealed to my sense of humor.

This issue did not sell well in Canada, sales were down 13% from the same time slot last year.  However, in the UK it sold 6% better than last year’s issue.  And in the important (and biggest) US market the issue sold 6% better too.

Recently, the American Society of Magazine Editors awarded New York magazine’s version of Obama the Best Cover in the Most Controversial category, despite it selling below average.  (See post under New & Networthy icon).

Adbusters should feel good about their overall results.

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Scott Bullock’s Newsstand Cover Quiz Show is legendary in the industry. Using covers as the catalyst, this interactive and entertaining format is a light-hearted but hard-hitting spin on Packaging 101. Testing the cover savvy of magazine professionals across disciplines, the Quiz Show pits publishers against editors, circulators against art directors, retailers against wholesalers -- ultimately leading to new common ground in the quest for better covers. Scott is the Owner of Circ3, Smart Circulation Solutions, a circulation consultancy. www.circ3.com

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