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3 Publishers Driving Adoption for 'People Like Us' With Digital Magazines

  |  June 22, 2012   |  Comments

How Reader's Digest, The Economist, and Robb Report are helping the digital magazine industry evolve through effective communications and creativity.

Outside of being an executive at a digital technology company, I am also a regular person. When it comes to doing laundry, grocery shopping, and even enjoying a nice bike ride or trip to the beach I am just like the average person. This means I am an open target for all of the marketing, advertising, and brand outreach programs, just like everyone else. And, I would guess that outside of the professional world, you are an average person as well.

Sometimes I like to take my professional hat off and look at how some of the challenges in my industry are being addressed, through the eyes of a regular, average person. I recently did that looking at digital magazine adoption.

Over the past 10 years, digital magazine adoption has grown and expanded from niche fans to bigger audiences. With the introduction of large-screen smartphones and tablets, digital magazines are quickly moving into the mainstream. It hasn't been an easy road. Not so long ago, in 2008, if you asked someone if they read a digital magazine it usually resulted in a confused look and a five to seven-step explanation of how the magazine becomes digital and why it's worth paying for before you could even gauge interest. Today's consumer challenge around magazines is different. In many cases, consumers understand what digital magazines are, but don't understand how to get the best experience with one.

In my "average person" analysis of the digital magazine industry I came across three publishers that are helping the industry evolve through effective communications and creativity. These are Reader's Digest, The Economist, and Robb Report.

Reader's Digest offers fans the ability to engage with the digital version of its magazine any way they prefer. See this link for its education page. This nicely laid-out page lets the average customer understand the benefits of buying for each option.

The Economist offers a similar viewpoint for fans, but enhances it by explaining the difference between print and digital.

And finally, Robb Report offers education on print, digital, and even more on its site. Robb Report gives you a complete offering of special titles and archives as well.

All three of these examples make it clear and easy for an average person like me to understand my options for reading. I can choose which fits my lifestyle in the best manner. I am looking forward to seeing how these brands evolve their messaging as their readership options continue to evolve.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeanniey Mullen

Jeanniey Mullen, a recognized women-in-business and tech, is known for her entrepreneurial style and her ability to build, shape, and grow brands into well-known dominant, successful entities. Jeanniey is a pioneer in email, mobile, and digital marketing; publishing; and brand-building. She now leads her own agency, YellowBean LLC, focused on assisting companies of all sizes with driving innovation and growth. Most recently, Jeanniey was the Global EVP, CMO, and subsequently Chief Growth Officer for Zinio, where she worked to define and implement strategies creating explosive growth through strategic partnerships with publishers, technology companies, brands, and consumers during her five-year tenure. Jeanniey has authored and contributed to multiple books, blogs, and magazine articles. She is a regular columnist for ClickZ, a blogger for Huffington Post, and a frequent keynote speaker. A serial networker, in 2005 Jeanniey founded the Email Experience Council, which was sold to the Direct Marketing Association in 2008. She sits on the Advisory Board for IndieFlix, and on the International Executive Council of the Internet Marketing Association. Jeanniey is recognized as both a Top CMO and Top Author on Twitter, and was most recently featured as Mover and Shaker by the Professional Woman's Magazine, and a featured Woman in Technology by The Legacy Series Magazine.

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