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: Fidelity Mag Redesign (An Update)

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Getting better all the time The new, redesigned Fidelity magazine (dated May 2007) just arrived in my mail. In an earlier article (Fidelity Magazine: Could Be Great), I noted four areas in which the magazine could be improved: Customer focus. I suggested that putting customer-focused content (not pitching Fidelity products) first would result in deeper […]

Custom Publishing Review: KP’s Partners in Health

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Colorful and personal Kaiser Permanente (KP) mails a 12-page quarterly newsletter called Partners in Health, offering lifestyle advice and tips for interacting with the KP health system. The piece is unpretentious, colorful, and personal, if unambitious. I recently received the Spring 2007 issue. Printed on a lightweight paper stock, with a simple adhesive binding, the […]

Custom Publishing Review: Fidelity Magazine Could Be Great

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…by putting readers first Fidelity Investments produces a colorful 32-page branded magazine. Delivered quarterly, Fidelity is jammed cover-to-cover with a mix of Fidelity-focused features and departments, along with a few general interest investment-oriented articles. I read the recent Nov. 2006 issue, and found some useful information about education savings plans (529 plans) and about the […]