Updated: Magazine Industry Promotes Itself Through Ads


Front-of-book ad placements are lucrative spots for magazine advertisers, but with the medium facing tough questions about its relevancy, close to 100 titles are planning to give up prominent space in their issues for an industry ad campaign that aims to promote magazines as vital.
The campaign by Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Time Inc. and Wenner Media with the support of Magazine Publishers of America was announced at the 2010 4A’s Leadership/Media Conference in San Francisco.

Y&R NY created the campaign, which will carry headlines like "Will the Internet Kill Magazines? Did Instant Coffee Kill Coffee?" and incorporate iconic images from well-known magazines. The effort targets advertisers, influencers and shareholders and will kick off in the April and May issues of the five backing companies’ publications as well as those of other companies, including Bonnier Corp.; National Geographic; ESPN; and New York Media, parent of New York magazine. It will run for seven months and have a digital component.

Cathie Black, president, Hearst Magazines; Jack Griffin, president, Meredith's National Media Group; and Ann Moore, chairman and CEO, Time Inc., took the stage at the 4A's to outline six myths about the magazine industry and how they plan to address them in the campaign.

"We are ferociously determined to correct the misconceptions that have been swirling around the advertising industry," said Moore. "We've really had our fill of myths."

Moore went on to counter the notion that readers are abandoning magazines and that young people don’t read magazines. She also pushed back on any thinking that print is no longer a relevant ad vehicle in the digital age.

"I believe magazines are the original mobile device," she said.

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