Canceled subscription: Increased competition and decreased subscriptions will cut into industry revenue

Continued decline in print advertising spending is expected to persist, driving the Magazine and Periodical Publishing industry's revenue down. Print advertising spending, the main determinant of revenue for magazine and periodical publishers, has declined every year since 2011. With the rise of digital media and advertising, companies must increase the use of digital advertising in lieu of traditional print advertising, which limits the industry's largest revenue source. To retain an increasingly digitized readership and enable more focused advertising services, the industry is slowly shifting away from print publishing to digital platforms...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Publishers cut costs by closing offices, discontinuing unprofitable magazines and laying off employees
  • Revenue from advertising accounts for about half of total industry revenue
  • The trend of consolidation that occurred is anticipated to continue
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    Market share concentration is low in the Magazine Publishing industry. Only 2.1% of the industry's operators employ over 500 people, while 84.0% of companies have a staff of fewer than 20 employees. Additionally, 55.6% of companies employ fewer than four people. Although there are several large magazine publishers, only one releases financial data and can be confirmed to be a major player in the industry. Nevertheless, concentration in the industry increased recently with Meredith Corporation's acquisition of Time Inc.Many smaller magazine and periodical publishers pride themselves in their specialty and are not inclined to acquire other publications. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry are

  • Access to niche markets
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Print advertising expenditure and External Competition for the Publishing industry in the Magazine & Periodical Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry?

    This industry produces and distributes magazines and periodicals in print and online. However, publishers that exclusively sell online magazines or periodicals are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Entertainment magazines
  • Academic and professional
  • Home and living magazines
  • Other periodicals
  • Political, social and business
  • Other products and services
  • Industry Activities
  • Operators in this industry edit articles
  • Operators in this industry research topics
  • Operators in this industry design graphics
  • Operators in this industry design advertisements
  • Operators in this industry design pages for print and online publication
  • Operators in this industry sell magazines and periodicals
  • Operators in this industry distribute magazines and periodicals
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Print advertising expenditure
  • External Competition for the Publishing industry
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of mobile internet connections

  • Current Performance
  • Profit
  • Advertising spending
  • Digital transition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Corporate profit
  • Digital versus print
  • Increased competition
  • Table: Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling
  • Book Stores
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Media Buying Agencies
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Design, Editing & Rendering Software Publishing
  • Ink Manufacturing
  • Paper Mills
  • Postal Service
  • Printing

  • Products & Services
  • Other periodicals
  • Entertainment magazines
  • Academic and professional
  • Other products and services
  • Political, social and business
  • Home and living magazines
  • Chart: Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Advertising
  • Subscriptions
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Magazine & Periodical Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Meredith Corp.,
  • Table: Meredith Corp. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Magazine & Periodical Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Print advertising expenditure (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • The number of copies sold per issue or, in the case of a free title, distributed.
  • Consumer Magazine
  • A magazine aimed at the general public that covers a broad range of topics.
  • Readership
  • The number of people who read a periodical, including pass-along readers.
  • What Our Customers Say

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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