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They were also known for sticking with investments that weren't perfect right out of the gate. Titles like Entertainment Weekly could bump along at first because Time Inc. Plus, Time Inc. Don Logan was the much beloved CEO who came from the Southern Living Corporation in the early s; underneath him was a house of heavyweight writers and editors such as Walter Isaacson and Dan Okrent.
It could even attract technology talent as well as sales-force superstars like Jack Haire. Even though the economy wasn't sizzling back then, Time Inc. But in spite of the early lead, the company has always appeared to be more victim of the web than vanquisher. Why has it never been able to fully reach its potential online? And more specifically why wasn't the web an amazing opportunity for Time magazine in particular to grow the brand around the world?
It's a baffling question on many levels: Not only was Time among the first magazines online, but it was also constantly innovating with blogs, video and graphic animation - and much more.
On the business side, Time pushed forward with huge interactive sponsorship such as a promotion that allowed pedestrians in Times Square to snap a photo of themselves that would appear simultaneously on a giant billboard and Time.
And of course there's the notion that the newsweekly category itself is simply no longer viable--that in the age of the Internet, the weekly rhythm is just too long. But then why the success of The Week or the Economist? For Time , the challenge wasn't just the weekly print cycle; it was the weekly print cycle plus a crushing load of fixed costs.
It's expensive to support a model that demands reporters around the world, big name columnists, and massive distribution. The high costs means that there's virtually no room for Time to stumble.
Unfortunately, the brand would fall hard. I joined Time magazine in the summer of just after the bursting of the dot-com bubble.
The largest project during my tenure as editor and general manager of Time. I tracked the early days when the magazine first took flight to the WWII era when Time could sell more than , copies in a week even with some little-known Italian general on the cover. It kept on growing after that. At its zenith the brand could reach more than 20 million people around the world each week.
Time practically defined what it meant to be mass media. It was a brand for pretty much everybody. Television and then cable news CNN in particular eventually began to chip away at its position, and Time went though struggles and repeated attempts at reinvention through the years.
But it took the arrival of the Internet to truly endanger it. I can remember one offsite in Connecticut where we looked at financials that were showing steady declines in net income for the brand. By the magazine's circulation was just beneath 4 million subscribers and it averaged around , copies per week sold on the newsstand, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation ABC. Today Time averages less than 60, copies per issue on the newsstand, its subscriber base is down around 3. It would seem to be a massively open and democratic system that would allow a brand like Time to reach everyone and reduce its costs along the way.
But we're learning that it's more expensive and more difficult to build a distinctive relationship with an audience online. And it requires a very different approach to the business; it forces us to be much more strategic - to put finite resources against the goal of making something that no one else can make.
Crafting a brilliant strategy of course is no sure bet. Lafley and Roger Martin state in their new book Playing to Win full disclosure: Harvard Business Review Press published it strategy is just a way to "shorten your odds". For Time , a strategic approach might have led to a rethink of who its audience could be and what purpose its editorial served in a world plagued by information overload.
The funny thing is, Time co-founder Henry Luce had started out in the s with a clear and focused vision of who his audience was and how the magazine would serve them: Time was for the busy man who needed to digest the week's news in about an hour. But the huge success of Luce's third big bet -- the ultra-mass-market Life -- and the continued growth of Time eventually changed the emphasis at Luce's company and at Time in particular.
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