Covers Sell

Covers Sell

Nice Snowman

Posted by Scott On January - 5 - 2011

The October 4th, 2010, issue of Maclean’s generated massive controversy.  Remember this fantastic cover?

Rule #6:  Be Controversial….usually works to lift sales.

So, did sales snowball, or did moral indignation cause a meltdown?

Sales will top 14,000 units.  Last year’s issue in the same time slot sold 8,184 copies.

This is an increase of 71%.

The sell-through efficiency is the 4th best posted in 2010…excellent news on profitability for all players in the supply channel.

Does anyone want to guess on how well it sold in Quebec?

Excluding double issues (which enjoy a longer on sale period), the average sale for the twenty-eight (28) preceding issues was 9,130 copies.  Therefore, the Snowman issue beat the average sale by over 53%.

Furthermore, when excluding double issues, the Snowman is either the #1 or #2 selling issue of Maclean’s in 2010 thus far (the March 8th issue, shown below,  was wildly successful too).

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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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