Magazine Waste in the UK
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Magazine Waste in the UK

In today’s more environmentally aware world, waste is a hot topic. Furthermore, now is not a good time, for any industry, to be producing more waste not less. Unless we clean up our act, says Jim Bilton, it is only a matter of time before government

By Jim Bilton  |  01/07/2007

Life Time Value: looking beyond today
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Life Time Value: looking beyond today

Year 1 is not a terribly profitable time for most subscriptions, and that is why years 2 and beyond are so important. Publishers need to have systems in place to intelligently forecast the profitability of a subscription over its full lifetime. Beatr

By Bea Montoya  |  01/07/2007

Just Ask!
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Just Ask!

Shop saves are not new, but, crucially, how many shoppers know about them? And if more did, would magazine sales go up? In 2004, COMAG launched the Just Ask! initiative to raise awareness of shop save schemes. The initiative won an ACE award and was

By Liz O'Keeffe  |  01/07/2007

Launch Strategies
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Launch Strategies

Launches are the lifeblood of the industry. Aren’t they? In a crowded media environment, a successful launch is harder to pull off than ever before. David Hepworth looks at recent launch activity and what it tells us about the challenges faced by mag

By David Hepworth  |  01/07/2007

Testing, testing, can you hear me?
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Testing, testing, can you hear me?

How often do you test? Never? Once in a blue moon? All the time? The right answer is the latter, but for too many publishers, testing is something they never quite get round to doing. Which is a shame, because it will be costing them money…

By Jenny Moseley  |  01/07/2007

Postal De-Regulation: Magazine Mailing
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Postal De-Regulation: Magazine Mailing

Whilst most supplier categories are fiercely competitive when it comes to winning publisher business – just think of printers – that has not traditionally been the case with distribution. But that is now beginning to change. In the second of his arti

By Ian Phillips  |  01/07/2007

Telemarketing for Publishers
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Telemarketing for Publishers

Despite our obsession with all things online, we are continuing to allocate sizable chunks of our marketing budgets to telemarketing; a supplier category that is changing fast. Suppliers are broadening their offering and the arrival of new offshore s

By Andrea Kirkby  |  01/07/2007

Coming from a land down under
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Coming from a land down under

Should you consider the Australasian magazine market as a potential export opportunity? Patrick Horton, circulation director of Emap Australia, shares his insights into selling magazines in the second largest export market for UK publishers.

By Patrick Horton  |  01/07/2007

Audience Metrics: Brave New World Ahead?
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Audience Metrics: Brave New World Ahead?

US consumer magazine publishers are continuing to struggle, says Karlene Lukovitz, with lingering advertiser mistrust resulting from past instances of misreporting nonpaid circulation as paid.

By Karlene Lukovitz  |  01/07/2007

The demise of the ‘fork-stick runner’ (or the end of publishing as we know it)
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The demise of the ‘fork-stick runner’ (or the end of publishing as we know it)

Christopher Collins lays some of the blame for publishing's current problems at the feet of "risk-averse" bureaucrats and the accounting fraternity.

By Christopher Collins  |  01/05/2007

The American Magazine Retail Sales Experience
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The American Magazine Retail Sales Experience

The last decade has seen enormous change in the US magazine market, and publishers now have to contend with a seriously struggling wholesale sector and an increasingly assertive retail one. John Harrington looks at this troubled, yet still substantia

By John Harrington  |  01/05/2007

Borders
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Borders

With its comfy chairs and coffee shop, Borders encourages its customers to stay a while and browse. The US chain is primarily a book retailer, but has also set out its stall as a range retailer of magazines. Andrea Kirkby talks to Borders’ Maxine Lis

By Andrea Kirkby  |  01/05/2007

Category Management
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Category Management

Magazines do not have a god-given right to be stocked at retail. Publishers have to earn the right to be displayed, by persuading retailers that it’s in their best interests to do so. It is all down to category management, says Stephen Hirst.

By Stephen Hirst  |  01/05/2007

Are you communicating, or just making pretty shapes?
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Are you communicating, or just making pretty shapes?

Your mailshot or advertisement might be as pretty as a picture, but if it fails to communicate its message effectively, then what was the point? The presentation of any body of text must be based on a thorough understanding of how the reader reads. D

By Drayton Bird  |  01/05/2007

What price loyalty? Building long-term profitable relationships
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What price loyalty? Building long-term profitable relationships

As we all know, profits in subscription publishing come from renewals. Yet, many publishers still allocate far more time and resource to acquisition than to retention. Jess Burney argues that marketing budgets should be re-weighted to reflect the imp

By Jess Burney  |  01/05/2007

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