Custom Publishing Review: Magazine Misses the Healthpoint

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What good is a branded magazine without the brand? Just last week I received a copy of Healthpoint Magazine, a publication of Mills-Peninsula Health Services (San Mateo, California). Trouble is, by looking at the cover I had no way to know who produced it. It has no Mills branding. Then when I looked inside, it […]

Custom Publishing Review: Healthy Pet Magazine

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A Perfect Balance Have you seen Healthy Pet magazine, published by Zoasis of Huntington Beach, California? A 36-page full color magazine, Healthy Pet arrived with a personalized half-cover announcing that it’s time for Joey — my cat — to come in for a check-up. I assume I was placed on the Healthy Pet mail list […]

Custom Publishing Review: REI Gearmail

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The unrealized potential of content I suppose there’s something to be said for minimalism in marketing communications. Keep it simple. Get to the point. Get out of the way. Case in point: Gearmail, the email bulletin from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), the outdoor specialty co-op/retailer based in Kent, Washington. Gearmail seems to arrive about once […]

Publishing As Branding

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Magazine brand management 101 My friend and colleague Peter Hutchinson is a great writer (and a renowned writing teacher). So as you might imagine, I jumped at his offer to compose a pitch letter to help me place this very series of articles. As I read his draft, I was struck by his description of […]

Brand Echo: Transmitting Brand Preferences

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Transmitting brand preferences through the ages Despite my mother’s insistence, I could not for the life of me find a significant difference between Heinz ketchup and generic house brand ketchup (or is it CATSUP?!), except for the price. Even today the 64 oz. Heinz bottle costs $4.75 while the same sized ShopRite bottle costs $3.85 […]