September Is Becoming Just Another Month for Fashion Magazines

The story of shrinking magazines and fewer ad pages is anything but new. However, the lack of transparency in data reporting for print magazines leaves a lot of unanswered questions about how thin things really are. Given that we are no longer able to track and accurately report on ad buys in print, we decided in 2015 to monitor some of the top fashion magazines in the industry by weighing and measuring them to create a new, albeit less-scientific dataset, so we could get a better idea of how mass-consumer fashion magazines are performing year-over-year. Four years in and the narrative is not a surprising one: things aren't looking all that good. Since we began this project, we have seen Glamour and People Style Watch fold their print magazines. Porter cut its frequency back to two issues a year, which prompted us to remove it from the dataset. And we decided to also remove Allure altogether since it was less than half the size of the second smallest book. But beyond that, we have seen significant shrinkage across the board over the past four years—including at Vogue, where its "thud factor" has decreased by more than 30% in that time. But the good news for Vogue is it's still the clear leader of the pack, but nobody in the set is immune to the industry's challenges and bucking the trend. The "best" performers this year were those who remained relatively flat versus last year. Still, for InStyle and Marie Claire, remaining flat shouldn't warrant any pride, considering... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

[ Folio Magazine | 2019-09-10 17:08:30 UTC ]
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