Free Time Out attracts big-brand advertisers
By Nick Batten, mediaweek.co.uk, Tuesday, 25 September 2012 11:40AM
Time Out is published for the first time today (25 September) in its new incarnation as a free title, with a bold red cover which states, "Take Me, I'm Yours", and carrying advertising from MasterCard, Channel 4, Vodafone.
The first issue of the free title runs to 78 pages and with its heavy focus on listings interspersed with features, is similar to its previous incarnation as a paid-for title, priced at £3.25.
Today's issue features an interview with 'Satanic Verses' author Salman Rushdie and a feature on the best free things to do in London.
Media buyers have, for the most part, been optimistic about the title's potential and have given today's issue a thumbs-up, acknowledging the big-brand advertising it has been able to attract.
Rob Lynam, head of press at WPP-owned MEC, said: "Time Out was a fantastic magazine before, and looking at today's issue, I don't think they have ruined it – in fact it hasn't changed dramatically, but now the magazine is able to deliver scale.
"I think it looks good, the paper quality is fine and similar to ShortList magazine. It has also attracted similar advertising to what it attracted as a paid title."Follow @nickbatten2
This article was first published on mediaweek.co.uk
- Affiliates Executive - No. 1 Agency! GoodEgg Digital Circa £25k + Exceptional Benefits, Central London
- Digital Display Manager - Leading Agency GoodEgg Digital £Neg + Great Benefits, South East England / London (Central), London (Greater)
- Senior Marketing Director - 9-12 month FTC Comedy Central £competitive, Camden, London (Greater)
- Senior Publicity Manager Stopgap £47000 per annum + 12 month FTC, London
- Account Manager and Senior Account Manager air recruitment £32k - £38k dependent on your experience plus benefits, London (Central), London (Greater)
- Philips launches campaign for app-controlled lightbulbs
- Sorrell warns of Scotland becoming an 'outlier' and the UK 'diminished' by a Yes vote
- Publicis boss Maurice Lévy to step down in 2017 amid board shake-up
- Sometimes collaboration, not innovation, can be the key to winning campaigns
- Virgin Trains spends £8 million on advertising to refocus on its brand
- WPP challenges Govt review