OLD Media Moves

Conde Nast Portfolio still needs work

November 13, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

A recent survey of media people by Media Life magazine shows that people in the industry remain unconvinced about the future success of new business magazine Conde Nast Portfolio, writes Lisa Snedeker.

Conde Nast PortfolioSnedeker wrote, “As it turns out, while media people applaud Condé Nast for a smart launch, there’s still lots of doubt over whether Portfolio has or can create a need among readers.

“Some 15.6 percent of respondents agreed with the statement: ‘I give it all A’s. It was sold well to media buyers, and they’re behind it. The editorial is first-rate, and it has that Condé Nast look, and you can’t look any better than that.’

“But twice that number, 33.6 percent, had yet to be convinced. They agreed with this statement: ‘I’ll have to wait on that one. It looks good, it reads well, but I have yet to sense any real demand for it. Did we, do we, need yet another business magazine?’

“And yet a larger share, 50.8 percent, see Portfolio as extraneous, agreeing with this statement: ‘I’m not impressed. It’s smart enough, as you would expect, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the category. I think it’s a big investment that’s going to tumble big time.'”

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