PIB figures for April show advertising revenue dollars up 5.1 percent over the same month last year closing at about $2 million, while ad pages were up 1.4 percent closing April with over 20,348 pages sold. Categories such as drugs and remedies and retail and technology all posted double-digit increase in PIB revenue and pages
Year-to-date PIB numbers show a 4.5 percent increase in revenue, totaling $6.9 billion thus far, while pages are up 0.7 percent, closing at 71,717. Drugs and remedies, and retail generated double-digit increases in both revenue and pages for the first four months of 2006, while toiletries and cosmetics; financial, insurance and real estate; and technology saw page increases.
CMP Media Changes Name
CMP Media announced this week it has changed its name to CMP Technology. CEO Steve Weitzner said in a statement that the name change reflects the company’s renewed focus on the technology sector.
Former IndustryWeek Editor Receives ASBPE Lifetime Achievement Award
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has chosen Stanley J. Modic, former editor of IndustryWeek, as the 2006 recipient of the ASBPE Lifetime Achievement Award. The society will honor Modic at its national conference in Chicago on July 20.
Modic has spent the past 16 years with Nelson Publishing’s Tooling & Production. Prior to that, he was a writer for Purchasing World and played an integral part in the development of IndustryWeek in the 1970s.
Philadelphia Style Publisher Finds a Match with Web Design Company
Dana Spain Smith, publisher of DLG Media Holdings, which publishes Philadelphia Style and two other regional magazines, recently hired a new Internet service firm to manage the company’s Web platforms. O3 World, a Philadelphia-based marketing design and technology firm, has been granted complete control of the company’s three Web sites, DCSTYLE.com, ACconfidential.com and the new PhiladelphiaSTYLE.com, which will be launched May 24.
Since O3 World has come on board, ad revenue from PhiladelphiaSTYLE’s site has increased 100 percent and combined page views for both sites reach about 80,000 each month, according to Smith, who attributes the success to fresh online content that is updated daily, and the addition of more gossip, party photos, promotions, sweepstakes and blogs to the regional magazine sites.
Consumer Reports Launches Shopping Title
Consumer Reports Publisher, Consumers Union, has launched ShopSmart, a new quarterly shopping title for women. Shopsmart, which hits newsstands on August 1, targets women aged 30 and over, providing information on the best products assessed by the testers at Consumer Reports. Cover price is $4.99, and will begin with a distribution of 800,000.
National Geographic Wins Online Awards
National Geographic’s interactive edition swept both the National Magazine Awards and the Webby awards. NGM took home the "Webby" for "Best Online Magazine" and the "Ellie" for "General Excellence Online."
The Web site, which is designed by Atlanta-based Melia Design Group, attracted over 40,000 new, younger subscribers in its first year. Melia Design Group has been working with NGM for the past six years and has won over 13 various industry awards for its online success.
The Next Step Launches Latino Edition The Next Step Magazine, a title distributed to high school students nationwide, has launched The Next Step Magazine Latino Edition both in print and online. The print magazine will be distributed to more than 21,160 high schools in the US and Ontario, Canada and will also be available for students and parents at Latino college fairs.
The special edition will be published annually with an expected approximate 318,000 in readership. It will feature such stories as financial aid information, tips for parents and students, Latino scholarship information and opportunities for students who are planning for their secondary educations.
Texas Monthly, LA Magazine Lead CRMA Award Nominations
Seventy-three city and regional magazines submitted more than 850 entries to the 21st Annual National CRMA awards contest. Gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced in 22 editorial and design categories at the CRMA 30th annual conference June 17-19 in Boston.
Texas Monthly leads the way with 16 nominations, followed by Los Angeles magazine, which received 13 nominations. Atlanta is nominated in five categories, followed by Chicago and Philadelphia, which will each have four opportunities to walk away with an award next month. Smaller titles such as Berkshire Living and Memphis were also recognized, as well as first-ever nominations for Evansville Living and Gulfshore Life.
CRMA Awards Finalists-Nominee Highlights
General Excellence (circ above 60,000) Regular Column Excellence in Design
General Excellence (circ 30,000 – 60,000) Regular Column Cover
General Excellence (circ less than 30,000) Feature Story Excellence Online