Covers Sell

Covers Sell

Richler aint got the pop of Iggy

Posted by Scott On February - 14 - 2011

When the October 2010 issue of the Walrus hit stands, I posted it as the Cover of The Week.  I loved the classic portrait of one of Canada’s great literary giants.  Perfect, I thought, for the Walrus’s audience.

While the issue modestly outsold last year’s October issue by 6.2%…it paled in comparison to the sales achieved by the Jan/Feb 2010 issue featuring Iggy.

Iggy sold over 12,500 copies, or more than 139% more than Richler.  While it was a double issue, meaning it got a longer shelf life, the Walrus crowd certainly voted with their wallets and declared Iggy the Walrus’s best selling issue of 2010.

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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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