CIO Magazine Goes Digital-Only
Print edition will close as of November 2015 issue.
CIO is the last print holdout among IDG Enterprise’s tech brands, but the U.S. edition of the title will be going all digital as of its November issue, Folio: has learned. With the print title gone, the division’s five former magazine brands are now all digital.
The transition, particularly in the tech market, should come as no surprise. Technology publishers were among the first to shutter print magazines to focus resources on digital and live events. And IDG has been converting its brands to all-digital for several years now.
The trend isn’t universal, though. Some smaller publishers in the market, such as BZ Media, still maintain print in their portfolio.
“We follow our audiences, this is the natural progression of senior-level IT decision makers with where they prefer to consume their content—and that’s online, mobile and events,” says IDG Communications CMO Josh London. "And if you look at the growth through the channels they're using, our advertisers increasingly want to market to those channels."
London says monthly uniques to CIO.com, which average 1.8 million, have grown 70 percent in the last year.
IDG Enterprise closed its U.S. print editions of Computerworld and CSO for similar reasons in June 2014. The group also publishes InfoWorld and Network World, among others.
CIO, a controlled circulation title, has about 140,000 print subscribers who will automatically be added to the digital edition subscriber list. Starting in January, the digital edition will be published monthly, two more issues than the former print frequency.