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Esquire 2013 Covers (Take the Test)

Posted by Scott On July - 23 - 2015

boxing_globe_icon_125x125.2Esquire has some of the most amazing covers year after year.

Let’s have some fun.

Test your knowledge of Covers That Sell.  I’ll show you 4 of Esquire’s 11 covers in 2013.  Using Canadian sales data, your task is to rank them from best to worst.

Guess in which order they ranked:  #1, #2, #3 and #11 worst.

Here are the 4 covers (no peaking, pan down slowly, as answers are provided at the bottom).

Mar 2013 (The Man)

 2013 Mar

Oct 2013 (Obama)

2013 Oct


Jan 2013 (Penn)

2013 Jan


Jul 2013 (Pitt)

2013 July


And the Answers Are:

#1 Seller in Canada…Jan 2013, Penn,  sold 11,319  (Meaning of Life annual + Bad Boy+ White background = Success)

#2 Seller in Canada…Mar 2013,  The Man, sold 8,859  (Proving that Black and All Type covers can work if the subject matter has appeal)

#3 Seller in Canada…Jul 2013, Pitt, sold 8,443

#11 Worst Seller in Canada…Oct 2013, Obama, sold 5,133




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About Me

Scott Bullock is a veteran circulation expert with over 38 years experience in both Canada and the United States. He has worked on trade titles such as Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal and Small Press in the USA. In consumer magazines, Scott was the Circulation Director for D Magazine (the city magazine of Dallas, Texas), and in Canada he was the Circulation Director for Toronto Life, Fashion, and Canadian Art. From 2000 to 2004, Scott was a partner at Coast to Coast Newsstand Services. Scott has also held the post of VP Sales & Marketing, for CDS Global, Canada. Currently, CoversSell.Com is Scott’s circulation consultancy. Active clients include: Fly Fusion, Canadian Geographic, Canadian House & Home, Canada’s History, Canadian Real Estate Wealth, Canadian Woodworking, Canadian Cycling, Canadian Running, Canadian Scrapbooker, Legion, Harrowsmith, SkyNews, and SuperTrax.



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