Paperboy will not be hitting the shelves as expected at the end of January after Bauer announced it will cease publication of the magazine under its current print model. In wake of the news, we speak to media leaders to hear their thoughts on the magazine and its distribution model.
Browsing: John Baker
Tangible Media chief executive John Baker and Dish editor Lisa Morton have announced their resignation to staff at the media company.
John Baker looks at whether the over-abundance of content available online might lead to a return to a traditional media approach of prioritising the trusted relationship between reader and content producer.
New insights from Nielsen on New Zealand’s business decision makers indicates that reading a magazine is one of the movers and shakers’ favourite ways to consume media.
After folding Creme magazine recently, Bauer Media has continued to ring the changes and has resigned the publishing contract for Little Treasures magazine, with Tangible Media taking over as the publisher after the September/October issue.
Green Cross Health, which owns the Unichem and Life Pharmacy brands and has a range of other medical interests, has announced the launch of Living Well, an owned media channel that is being produced and published in partnership with Tangible Media. The first issue of the quarterly publication will be released in September 2014 and distributed by name to 100,000 households in the defined target market, which will be drawn from Green Cross Health’s loyalty programme. An additional 50,000 units will then also be distributed via the pharmacy conglomerate’s network (phase two of the project will also see digital and social elements introduced). PLUS: What are the legal rules that govern content marketing of products that make therapeutic claims? Updated with answers from Brook Milbank, the head of marketing at Green Cross Health.
It’s no secret that brands are increasingly moving away from traditional forms of paid media in favour of other options like branded content, native advertising and owned media, with a recent PWC report in Australia showing 67 percent of marketers were shifting their spend from bought to owned channels and a quarter of marketers spent between 20 percent and 30 percent of their budget building their own media channels. But Resene has been ahead of the curve in this regard, with its twice-yearly magazine Habitat launching back in 2004. And it is continuing that evolution with the launch of a new responsive, content-rich website www.habitatbyresene.co.nz.
The ASA’s 2013 ad spend figures showed that while TV continues to reign supreme, its time at the top might be coming to an end as the interactive category continues its trend of strong year-on-year growth. Updated with comments from OMANZ, MediaWorks Radio and NZ post.
Media spend figures from Standard Media Index (SMI), which launched in the New Zealand market last year, show a five percent increase in total spend in 2013, with big increases for cinema, digital and radio. So how does that compare to Nielsen’s AIS ad spend figures?
A good night was had by all—or at least most—at the rejuvenated Magazine Awards. Ben Hurley kept the crowd entertained, MPA chair John Baker was typically bullish about the future of the magazine industry, Dr Sarah Sandley was acknowledged for a stellar 20 year career, Bauer’s titles were a welcome addition to proceedings and no-one fell off the Q Theatre stage. Speech of the night went to Rochelle Gillespie from OH!Baby, who implored everyone to keep drinking, make a few more babies and buy their magazine. Plus: TVNZ Blacksand’s crafty, Origami-inspired intro vid.
A room full of publishing talent and their supporters gathered at the Q Theatre in Auckland for the refreshed Magazine Awards tonight and it was Woman’s Day, Idealog, North & South, NZ Life & Leisure, Oh! Baby and NZ Rugby World that took the major wins.
There’s plenty of excitement about craft beer at the moment. And plenty of debate about what that term actually means. But, after a big few days for the sector in Wellingtion, John Baker asks if it is the big boys making ‘faux craft’ or the new players making average product that are likely to do more damage.
The launch of a new print product is fairly rare in These Difficult Digital Times, but Tangible Media has just sent a new one into the wild, with NZ Hunting World hitting the shelves today.
Monocle editor, Wallpaper founder, Financial Times columnist and overall media darling Tyler Brûlé was in the country recently to eat oysters at the Oyster Inn on Waiheke Island and speak to a few invited guests as part of Colenso BBDO’s Love This Speaker series. He also recorded a radio show about the state of the local magazine market with John Baker, chair of the MPA and publisher at Tangible Media, and Andy Pickering, editor of Pilot and the Herald’s Spy pages and freelance creative director. So click your thingee to hear what they had to say.
From NZ Life & Leisure’s Insider’s Guides to NZ Rugby World’s First XV, magazine publishers are creating more one-shots and brand extensions than they perhaps needed to in the past. And following on from the success of the 2011 special issue Everyday Dish, which has sold “heaps”, according to Tangible publisher John Baker, the Dish team has sifted a few more ingredients and moulded it into Baking Dish.
It’s a rather interesting period in the history of magazines and, despite the prevailing belief that shiny new digital toys are killing off paper, the latest readership and circulation numbers have once again showed the market is still in fairly good health in New Zealand.
The Magazine Publishers Association has set some fairly bold targets for the industry and hopes to increase its share of ad revenue by around $30 million over the next two years, going from around 10 percent of the total ad market to 11.5 percent. It’s certainly a big ask, but Nielsen’s more in-depth Consumer and Media Insights research, mostly positive readership and circulation results in the last batch of numbers, and now, the appointment of Katrina Horton to the newly created role of commercial director with the MPA, all seem to have given the industry some extra confidence that it can reach those goals.
It’s the night the magazine industry comes together to, as ACP head honcho Paul Dykzeul might say, indulge in a bit of gratuitous back patting. Or, as the MPA might say, reward the publications, publishers, editors, designers, sales folk and contributors who toil away on their various titles. And it was Good and Cuisine’s Sarah Nicholson that reigned supreme on the night, winning the top magazine and editor of the year prizes respectively.
The MPA has chosen its new board, with Tangible Media’s John Baker replacing Fairfax’s Lynley Belton as chair and ACP’s Paul Dykzeul replacing acting deputy chair Cathy Parker from Adrenalin. And the new heads have some big plans to breathe life into the sector—and, more specifically, promote the unique benefits of the medium to advertisers and eventually increase its share of the revenue pie.
Yesterday’s ASA figures showed a $10 million decrease in ad revenue for the mag industry. And fairly tight times are forcing publishers to innovate, whether it be through branded content, new advertorial products, online initiatives or special issues like Tangible Media’s just-launched NZ Rugby World 1st XV and The New Zealand Weddings Planner.
Nothing endures but change, and the latest newspaper and magazine stats from Nielsen and the Audit Bureau of Circulation are no exception, as the ABC changes both its methodology, and its frequency of audits. The ABC will now be sending out quarterly rolling averages, instead of the six months end-on-end averages it has been doing. The key benefits for marketers and agencies will be receiving more regular data, and the methodology of releasing rolling annual totals is aligned with readership.