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Top Predator

Posted by Scott On February - 28 - 2011

The Spring 2011 issue of British Columbia Magazine will be hitting racks next week.  Typically, magazines that deal with nature can count on top predators to help sell copies.  In the world of mammels the celebrity rock stars are:  Wolves.  Bears.  Cougars.  If you are talking about birds:  Eagles.  Falcons.   If sea life: Killer Whales.  Sharks.  Newsstand buyers are drawn to the ferocious animals.

A recent exciting discovery of dinosaur fossils in British Columbia presents an opportunity to see if Canada’s love affair with savage beasts extends into the world of Palentology.  After all, dinosaurs were the ultimate top predators to ever walk the earth.

The cover is clean and uncluttered.  It uses the left hand “real estate” effectively.  It is warm.  The image and words clearly communicate the selling propositon.  And four additional hooks are comfortably wedged in.  The normal sky bar was removed for this issue.

My, my, what big teeth you have.

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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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