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Esquire 2014 Covers (Take the Test)

Posted by Scott On July - 24 - 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 2014.  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.

Jul 2014 (Fatherhood)

2014 July


Dec 2014 (Channing)

2014 Dec


Jan 2014 (Meaning of Life)

2014 Jan


Nov 2014 (Sexiest)

2014 Nov


And the Answers Are:

#1 Seller in Canada…Jan 2014, Meaning of Life,  sold 9,912  (Meaning of Life annual theme in this time slot works)

#2 Seller in Canada…Mar 2014,  Channing,  sold 9,300  (Proving Studs still sell)

#3 Seller in Canada…Jul 2014, Fatherhood, sold 7,245 (In 2013 this theme in this time slot featuring Brad Pitt was #3 too)

#11 Worst Seller in Canada…Nov 2014, Sexiest Women Alive, sold 4,658 (This annual theme bombed when moving away from typical background template…too understated…see examples of standard background template below).  If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

2013 Nov2012 Nov

2011 Nov2010 Nov

2009 Nov2008 Nov


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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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