Covers Sell

Covers Sell

Frozen

Posted by Scott On January - 20 - 2011

Usually, when a magazine manages to get some free media buzz, it pays off in increased newsstand sales.  The Jul/Aug 2010 issue of Up Here certainly got noticed by the media.

Newsstand sales did improve from the previous issue by 36%.  However, compared to the same issue from prior year, sales were down 33%.  If we look at the average sale on all of the 2010 issues that preceeded Jul/Aug,  sales are only up 3% …glacial movement, unfortunately.  With that said, generating free media buzz aint easy, and having the courage to take a big risk is worthy of praise. Kudos are in order!

Climate change is, sadly, just kind of depressing no matter how you dress it up….and Subject Matter is what matters most when it comes to selling copies. Even bikinis can’t always save the day. 

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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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