Jet Publisher: ‘We Had to Completely Rethink’ Distribution Beyond Print
As print struggles, Johnson Publishing looks to online, mobile, e-readers.
As part of a bigger initiative to reposition Ebony and Jet beyond just
their printed magazines, Johnson Publishing has launched MYJET247.com.
The site is constructed around eight topic verticals, including Jet
Buzz, Jet Beauty, Jet Love, Jet Connect, Jet Perspective, Jet Style, Jet
Music and Jet Video.
And to really make sure that you know that the Jet brand is more than
just that struggling print product, Johnson headed into the production
studio (and tapped celebrities like actress/singer Brandy and Trey
Songz) to put together this slick video press release:
In the video, acting chief marketing officer Melvin P. Young says the
idea behind the site is to “create a new value proposition with a
distinctive brand identity” and enhance the online user experience.
“Users will have the opportunity to participate, actively engage and
share very unique experiences across each of these branded sites,” Young
says of the topic channels.
In the face of a difficult magazine market, Johnson has been revamping
the Ebony and Jet brands to include multiplatform content creation. In
print, the company has been working to attract new, younger audiences as
well as to position the company as the go-to source for news and
entertainment with a “unique black point-of view.”
Through the first three months of 2010, Ebony saw advertising pages
tumble 30.6 percent compared to the same period last year, according to
Publishers Information Bureau figures. At Jet, the losses were even
steeper; ad pages declined 33.1 percent.
“As a media company, we had to completely rethink distribution in terms
of our content offering beyond print,” Johnson chairman and CEO Linda
Johnson Rice says in the video. That means Johnson’s brands are
expanding into social media, events, mobile and e-readers and tablets
like the Apple iPad.
So does MYJET247.com deliver the engaging, go-to online environment
Johnson says it was aiming for? You be the judge. Leave your comments