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Digital Drives Magazine Audience Growth

March 25, 2015 | By Research Team—DCN

Magazine media audiences were up 12.6% for the month of February 2015 versus the previous February, according to the latest Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report published by MPA—The Association of Magazine Media.

The report, which uses data from leading third‐party providers, reveals a gross audience for magazine brands of 1.7 billion in February 2015 versus 1.5 billion in February 2014. The February performance continues to benefit from increased video and mobile web consumption, up 18.7% and 78.0%, respectively, over the same time period in 2014.

This month, web (desktop/laptop) was up 6.9%, with nearly half of all websites in the report showing double-digit to triple-digit growth in unique visitors versus the same period last year. This growth is notable after six consecutive months of flat year-over-year web audience numbers, a trend which reflected, in large part, the migration of online media consumers to mobile devices.

According to an analysis by MediaPost, the list of magazines with the biggest gross audiences was led by ESPN The Magazine, with a gross audience of 92.8 million in February 2015, due to its combination of Web (25.4 million), mobile (40.3 million), and video (11.8 million) audiences. In second place was People at 85 million. With a strong performance across digital channels, it also boasted a print audience of 44 million.

Better Homes and Gardens came in at third place with a gross audience of 49.1 million. Forbes was in fourth place with a gross audience of 45.7 million, followed by Time at 44.8 million and AARPat 44.4 million.

The complete report, which currently covers approximately 145 magazine media brands from over 30 companies, can be found at www.magazine.org.

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