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Top 10 magazines of 2011

This time of year brings top 10 lists out of the woodwork. Since we didn’t want to feel left out, we came up with our own list of magazines liked for their originality and need in the marketplace, as well as their wit and design.

Here are 10 magazines launched in 2011 that Vocus Media Research Group magazine content members found to be valuable additions to the magazine rack. If you think your magazine is worthy of the top 10 and it’s not listed here, please send it on to us:

  • HGTV Magazine: There is hope for the retail sector! They had to publish a second run of the premiere issue; it’s the sister publication of the uber-successful Food Network Magazine.
  • Sportsnet Magazine: Many successful print outlets are spun off from established TV networks, and Rogers Media broadcasts more NHL games that any other Canadian network.
  • AKA Mom: A national parenting magazine for moms (we need all the help we can get).
  • Red Bulletin: This print magazine is a brand enhancement for Red Bull, the popular energy drink. The content is tailored to readers’ interests, which in this case is adventure sports and pop culture.
  • Lucky Peach: A new national culinary arts publication that has a fresh look and angle on the subject with amazingly clever recipes.
  • Hispanic Retail 360: Focusing on the Hispanic consumer market, this magazine is another glossy example of how this demographic is continuing to grow.
  • Edible Indy, and other recently launched Edible editions: The Edible franchise must have the right recipe for success by playing on the current trend for eating locally grown foods. It also points to a viable business model as a successful franchise operation.
  • Space Quarterly: A regional trade publication launched with two editions, one for Canada and one for the rest of the world. It explores commercial space exploration, space policy and emerging entrepreneurs in the industry. And we just like that there’s a title out there covering space exploration.
  • Western Energy: Offers a regional utility sector outlook. How could this not be relevant?
  • Life+Dog: Targeting Houston-area dog lovers, this print magazine is willing to admit that cats own the Internet. Plus, their Twitter handle is quite vibrant for such a small community.

–Rebecca Bredholt & Mary Seidel

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