Grazia attempts to broaden demographic to men

The Australian edition of Grazia magazine is to start publishing editions for men.

The fashion weekly will launch its first 34-page  pullout alongside next week’s normal edition. It is planning “at least” two more men’s editions in 2013.

According to publisher ACP Magazines, the decision to create the men’s edition of Grazia comes “after much demand from its advertisers and readers”.

Grazia is licenced from Italian publisher Mondadori. It launched nearly five years ago with a ciruclation of around 70,000. In the last set of Audit Bureau of Circulations numbers, it recorded a figure of 43,872 which was a drop of 20% on the same time a year before.

Editor Amy Molloy took the helm of Grazia in July following the departure of Kellie Hush to Harpers Bazaar.

She said: “Men are just as hungry for style advice as women. We know many of our readers hand their Grazia to their other half when they’ve finished, so it seemed the natural next step to create a ‘his and hers’ issue.”

Publisher Robyn Foyster said: “This is an exciting opportunity to broaden our demographic,” says publisher Robyn Foyster. “It also gives advertisers a new platform for men’s products. Grazia readers use the magazine as a shopping list – it’s their authority on what to buy now – and we hope our male readers will trust us in the same way.”

Comments


  1. Nik
    30 Nov 12
    10:08 am

  2. This is exactly what the men’s magazine market has been missing – articles about Ryan Gosling, Rob Pattinson and Ricky Martin. I know personally I’ve been dying to know why Joel Madden sacked his stylist!

    Are they sure this is for men?

  3. Trevor
    30 Nov 12
    10:11 am

  4. Well considering magazine readership is plummeting you would think you’d think long and hard about launching a new magazine. They obviously haven’t, Grazia is a fashion magazine for women. Grazia men with Joel Madden on the cover is like FHM with Julia Gillard on the cover… It will surely bomb.

  5. Ralph
    30 Nov 12
    10:51 am

  6. Would Cleo Men work? No! The brand is just too synonymous with women. Anyways, if men want this high-end fashiony guff (and I’m pretty sure 99.9% of Aussie men don’t) there are a stack of alternatives in most newsagents – UK and US Esquire, UK GQ, Nylon, not to mention the (largely uninspiring) Aussie variants – Men’s Style, M2 and GQ etc. And BIG note to Grazia – unisex magazines have one universal history – FAILURE!

  7. AREyouSERIOUS
    30 Nov 12
    10:57 am

  8. Grazia Men? The phrase rudderless ship comes to mind… at least it’s a pull-out because it wouldn’t sell. If men were keen for style advice, Men’s Style and GQ would be top sellers.

  9. Dan
    30 Nov 12
    11:01 am

  10. This launch would make much more sense if it was taking place on April 1.

  11. Hoin
    30 Nov 12
    11:33 am

  12. I can’t believe this. The magazine doesn’t appear to be going after the gay market so what is the point? What is the demo being targeted? It doesn’t seem to exist.

    I don’t think Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness have anything to fear from this soon to be short-lived title.

  13. Chris
    30 Nov 12
    11:59 am

  14. Hmmm… All this talk about being hungry for style advice is making me hungry. Think I’ll have a burger.

  15. Raff
    30 Nov 12
    12:06 pm

  16. Shouldn’t they have called it ‘Grazio’?…

  17. Benn
    30 Nov 12
    12:07 pm

  18. This wreaks of desperation and was surely decided upon and the end of a really long lunch…..I hope it works for their sake….but I don’t like their chances.

  19. CLOSE OUT
    30 Nov 12
    12:31 pm

  20. Here is all the info these “men” need

    Putting them on.. http://theillustratedman.com.au/

    Taking them off…http://www.vanishingink.com.au/

  21. Jack B. Nimble
    30 Nov 12
    12:32 pm

  22. Appalling! If this is the best Grazia can do they may as well just close up shop now. This is clearly NOT a men’s edition, it’s an edition put together by
    (a) wanna-be hip trendy women who think they know what guys want or would rather turn guys into the kind of guys THEY want
    (b) wanna-be hip trendy young blokes who are writing for themselves and their tiny segment of the w*nker market.

  23. Ha
    30 Nov 12
    12:36 pm

  24. Women don’t even read Grazia, why the hell would men????

  25. JB
    30 Nov 12
    1:00 pm

  26. @ Jack B Nimble… Ha, good points….! And have you ever noticed “fashionable” people also tend to be the most tediously boring people you’ll ever meet in your life? (Other than gym junkies.)

  27. Punter
    30 Nov 12
    1:08 pm

  28. Ha, you are right. Also I wish there was a bookie that took bets on media wins/fails. This has fail written all over it.

  29. B
    30 Nov 12
    1:15 pm

  30. I don’t think many people bothered to read the article before pulling out the knives. A lift out with approximately two planned for 2013 hardly qualifies for a magazine launch. I don’t think I read the bit where they said it was going to be published with the same frequency as Grazia. I am also pretty sure no one is making decisions based on long lunches… A likely scenario: the commercial team canvassed and found enough advertising support for a supplement that at least broke even and will experiment with the concept to see if it can work. If they can make a bi-annual or quarterly product for men that works good on them. Magazine media needs publishers to experiment and take calculated risks. More launches in 2013 I say!

  31. Tom
    30 Nov 12
    5:37 pm

  32. @Raff: Hahahahhahahahahahahaha! You win Mumbrella today. Witty-as-Wilde.

  33. Raff
    30 Nov 12
    5:47 pm

  34. @Tom: Why thank you good sir.
    “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

  35. Good moron
    30 Nov 12
    9:58 pm

  36. @Raff – lovely quote.

  37. Elbogrease
    1 Dec 12
    8:31 am

  38. Yeah right, “She said: “Men are just as hungry for style advice as women. We know many of our readers hand their Grazia to their other half when they’ve finished, so it seemed the natural next step to create a ‘his and hers’ issue.
    It’s so the blokes can use it to light their barbies you dopey bimbo.

  39. Mo S.
    1 Dec 12
    4:10 pm

  40. I can of want to read the article though even though I’m a girl. Just fun to read something about guys sometimes.

  41. Mo S.
    1 Dec 12
    4:10 pm

  42. I kind of want*

  43. LW
    1 Dec 12
    8:28 pm

  44. Elbogrease, really? What on earth about this story warrants you calling the editor a ‘dopey bimbo’? Why does this make you so angry and offended?

  45. ich komme zu schnell
    6 Dec 12
    6:11 pm

  46. It’s an awesome article in support of all the online people; they will take benefit from it I am sure.

  47. Consumer
    6 Dec 12
    6:39 pm

  48. If Joel Madden can be considered a ‘style icon’, there is something seriously wrong with the marketing. Sorry, but I wouldn’t myself buy the magazine with him on the cover.