In 2007, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously declared: “Print is dead.” Perhaps he really meant “Undead”, because I sure do see a lot of print still roaming around in 2012!
I mention this because I recently came across some leading magazines from theB2B Healthcare Vertical and it left a great impression on me. Imagine my surprise when upon examining many of these publications, I saw some with folio sizes ranging from 100-300 pages! The content was terrific. Many of them have thick and glossy paper stock, strong binding, dozens of advertisers, custom inserts and all of the other trappings of great B2B publications. As a media professional with a deep respect for print, seeing all of this nearly brought a manly tear to my eye.
As a marketer you may be tempted to dismiss this as an anomaly. After all, healthcare is a booming industry and it makes sense that advertiser spending in this market would buck many of the trends brought about by the current recession and the digital media revolution. Surely, you ask, the health of these brands can’t be compared to other market sectors? I think that conclusion is a bit hasty.
In my role at Just Media, Inc., I work in many other vertical media markets, including: Government; manufacturing; education; energy; public safety; and several others. While these markets may not all be booming in quite the same way as healthcare, we still continue to see strong folio sizes and advertiser support among many of the leading publications in each sector. There may be a slow decline, but nothing terminal and there certainly has not been a wholesale abandonment of print.