Internet Marketing: Another one Bites the Dust

Recipe Searchers Head for the Internet instead of Magazines

This excerpt from the PBS website is just another example how content based SEO is making an enormous dent in how businesses relate to their clients. Looks like Gourmet Magazine didn’t jump on board soon enough.

Did the Web Kill Gourmet Magazine? | PBS

The murder happened in the kitchen with a laptop.

That possible explanation for the death of Gourmet magazine sounds like a Gourmet Magazinesolution from the game Clue. The 68-year-old food magazine met its end this month when publisher Condé Nast cut it and two other magazines. Some blamed Gourmet’s demise on the Internet and its theft of the print audience. It’s easy to see why.

For foodies, the attraction of thousands of food websites is powerful. Many home cooks now carefully position a laptop in the kitchen, keeping it safe from crumbs and splashes, instead of a magazine recipe. The loss of Gourmet, which was seen as a prestigious title, means that other food magazines may now feel a greater sense of insecurity.

But the threat to food titles goes beyond the mere existence of the web; it also comes from magazines’ challenges in the changing game of branding.

Getting to Know You

It might be tempting for some to blame the thousands of food bloggers for distracting audiences from print media.

There’s a food blogger for every ethnic specialty, dietary concern or locality. Bloggers offer personal connections, unique voices, and a passion for their subject that print magazines may not provide. Narrow expectations from readers and advertisers can limit print magazine content, while bloggers are more free to explore topics in frequent posts.

Read more here:  MediaShift . Did the Web Kill Gourmet Magazine? | PBS.

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