After Launching in Digital, Haute Time Rolls Out Print Mag
New York Knick Carmelo Anthony backs the magazine as investor and co-founder.
Courting a digital audience before introducing a print product is becoming a much more common practice by content publishers, and a strategy that new enthusiast magazine Haute Time is betting on. The new 50,000-circ, biannual pub launched on Monday and is hoping to tap the power of social, celebrity and digital as a blueprint for success.
In April 2012 Haute Media Group introduced a group of niche sites focused on the luxury consumer demographic as a spin off to its Haute Living magazine; the media network includes sites HauteTime, HauteAuto, HauteResidence, HauteYatchs and HauteFashionDaily.
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With this new print product the company has tapped NBA basketball player and New York Knick Carmelo Anthony as a co-founderâgiving the brand unique access to the starâs millions of social followers.
âUnlike most magazines that launch in print first, we launched in a digital format first,â says co-publisher Seth Semilof. âThe brandâs first cover mogul and business strategist Tony Robbins linked the magazine to his 3 million followers and Carmelo linked to his 5 million followers. The first day alone we had more readers read the book digitally than weâll have in printâweâre printing 50,000 copies and we had over 50,000 people read the magazine online on the first day alone.â
Anthony has helped the brand leverage social mediaâhe posts a âWatch of the Dayâ on Instagram to his more than 1 million followers to build buzz, he tweeted a link to the digital magazine to his more than 3.1 million followers, and shared it with his more than 2.3 million Facebook fans.
The partnership between the media company and the basketball star arose after Anthony was on the cover of flagship sister magazine Haute Living about two years ago and became a follower of the Haute Time site.
âCarmelo came to us and told us he wanted to get involved in the media business and that heâd love to be an investor in Haute Time magazine,â says Semilof. âHe wanted to do a magazine for people like himselfâathletes and celebrities that like to buy watchesâbecause most watch books are very technical and boring. Heâs become a partner and investor.â
The first issue has already courted several luxury timepiece advertisers and distribution will included NFL, NBA and MLB locker rooms, as well as private jets. It will also be mailed to about 14,000 homes with incomes over $5 million, in addition to over 500 luxury watch boutiques worldwide. The digital edition will be available on the U.S. Haute Time site, as well as Haute Time Russia, and is downloadable via iTunes or Amazon.com.
The publication will be biannual for the first year, with goal of going quarterly in 2014, with a print publication also coming to Russia next year. HauteTime.com will continue to update its site regularly with news content.
âOur goal is to say to advertisers that print is not dead,â adds Semilof. âOnline isnât just the way to goâyou have to do both. If youâre not strong in both youâre not going to be successful because our print magazine will reach the ultimate elite that can actually afford these watches.â