Last night, under a collection of aviation aircraft in the MOTAT Aviation Hall, the magazine industry gathered to celebrate the achievements of its products and people at the 2017 Magazine Media Awards. Among the winners, it was Bauer that collected the most certificates, while Tangible Media and Fairfax followed.
The internet has become flooded with content as media publishers have prioritised getting clicks. But John Baker reckons change might be on the horizon and that we could potentially see a return to a traditional media approach of prioritising the trusted relationship between reader and content producer.
With digital revenue still not measuring up to print losses and ad blockers becoming more common in the top-right corners of browsers, media owners increasingly have to reassess how they go about sustaining their online businesses. And over the last few weeks, Tangible Media and Bauer, two of the nation's biggest magazine publishers, illustrated there's no concrete rule applicable to doing this, with the pair taking divergent paths as they set about creating commercially sustainable online properties. We compare Dish's paywall strategy with Bauer's launch of the Food to Love brand.
As many proponents of the magazine industry say, it's not about paper, it's about communities of interest. In many areas, those communities of interest—and many advertisers—are heading online to get their information and inspiration, so, with pressure on paid-for circulation, it's becoming more important for these titles to have a quality online presence. And two of Tangible Media's titles—Idealog and NZ Fishing World—have responded to those changes with redesigned, responsive websites.
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.