How to Run a Successful Magazine Publication Business

by Lisa Basile; Updated September 26, 2017
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People always want information, and journalists are the people who provide the public with just that. Magazines are read by many and are published on various topics, from business to fashion to politics. According to the website Magazine Launch, it is very important for magazine publishers to realistically understand the industry and be prepared to stand against the competition. There are many magazines on the market, from national, monthly glossy publications to less-known yearly publications; running a magazine means understanding your target demographic and being ready to tackle the ebbs and flows of the publishing industry.

Step 1

Understand your demographic. Make sure to develop your magazine with a niche market in mind. Most magazines target one specific group with a specific purpose. According to the website Magazine Launch, it is crucial to know and understand who you are serving. Develop your magazine's contents according to a specific idea; make sure you understand your magazine's purpose and who your readers are.

Step 2

Keep track of things that work for your magazine. If you notice your subscriptions increasing in a certain demographic, make sure you continue advertising to and targeting that demographic. For example, if you see that young adults are subscribing to your magazine more than other groups, continue pushing the magazine in that direction. Keep notes on which advertising procedures work and which do not. If your newsletters don't seem to generate interest, but website ads do, continue using the web ads.

Step 3

Make sure not to copy other similar magazines. Find a new, fresh angle that you can offer your readership. When you notice certain magazines doing a certain thing, find a way to offer something different. You could write and present content in a new way, lay out the magazine differently or approach your topic from a different angle.

Step 4

Seek help from other publishers and magazine industry experts. Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek information that will help you better serve your readers. Find people in the industry who will offer you the help you need.

Step 5

Hire well-educated and passionate writers, editors and advertising staff. Make sure these people know your magazine's mission and will do work to promote the magazine as best as possible. Make sure your writers, editors, advertising staff and other employees are talented, reliable and open to learning. According to Magazine Launch, it is important to have trust in your staff and allow them space to grow and develop. Make sure the smallest details are correct, but let the staff work on their own without being constantly micromanaged.

About the Author

Lisa Basile has been writing for magazines and newspapers since 2003. She has a Master of Fine Arts in writing and has contributed to local news and national magazines such as "Billboard," "Maxim" and "Cosmo!Girl." Basile also edits an online magazine and writes daily content for Alloy Media.

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