Latest ABC results: Don't rule out the kids' press just yet...

Generation Media's Ellie Start takes a look at the latest ABC findings, with Peppa Pig emerging as one of the strongest in the static children's market.
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0

Yesterday marked the biannual release of the Consumer Magazines ABCs, where the average circulations for the first half of 2015 were revealed.

While it was no surprise to see that the circulations of the majority of titles across the Children’s sector have declined again, the growth across some titles and introduction of new brands means the Children’s press market on the whole has remained relatively static.

Although 63% of the Children’s magazines that were included in this audit have seen a period-on-period decline in sales (January-June 2015 vs. July-December 2014), well over a third of titles (37%) have grown. If we compare the first half of this year vs. last year, we see just over a fifth (21%) demonstrating growth, suggesting seasonality when it comes to purchasing, with more titles experiencing a growth in their circulations across the summer holiday and winter period (July-December).

If we take a deeper dive into the Primary titles, the boys are outshining the girls.

The overall Primary Boys market has increased by 36.2% year-on-year, with more of the Boys titles seeing growth than they are decline. Immediate Media now accounts for four of the top five Boys' titles, with Mega growing by an impressive 42.9% year- on-year.

Following the success of the top rating Cartoon Network show, LEGO Ninjago is now the number one circulating Primary Boys title after its release earlier this year, while Ben 10 has declined by over a third, suggesting publishers should keep abreast of the performance of TV shows when considering their magazine brands.

Classic Boys title ‘The Beano’ opted out of being audited this year which may be due to its recent declines.

Almost two years on, girls' love for Elsa, Anna and Olaf shows no sign of wavering. Disney Frozen’s first audit saw the title become not only the number one Primary Girls magazine, but the largest magazine within the Childrens market, with a circulation almost twice that of the second biggest Girls title, Sparkle World. Disney Frozen has really driven the 24.3% growth we can see within the Girls' press sector, as every other Primary Girls title has seen a fall year-on-year.

While 19 of the 24 Pre-school titles have seen a year-on-year fall, the total circulation of the Pre-school market has remained fairly static, with the total sector up 2.4% period-on-period, and down 0.6% year-on- year.

It's no secret that mobile device usage continues to grow among toddlers and pre-schoolers, but it's clear that mums haven't lost faith in magazines.

Peppa Pig remains one of the top rating pre-school shows on TV, and its popularity is reflected in the press market with it accounting for two of the top three circulating pre-school titles. Unlike in the Boys and Girls market where fairly 'new' brands reign (like LEGO Ninjago and Disney Frozen), it's clear mums still trust the old favourites for pre-schoolers, with Thomas & Friends and Bob The Builder increasing their numbers.

Although the majority of titles continue to suffer, with the growth of certain titles and introduction of others, the combined circulations across the Children’s and Parent press sectors are standing up versus the rest of the press market – with Parent titles up by 10.2%, Women’s Weeklies down 10.7% (with no titles demonstrating growth) & Men’s Lifestyle down 2.9%.

Perhaps it’s not time to rule press out of your media mix just yet when it comes to toy promotion. Toy advertisers and media buyers should however take this as an opportunity to ensure maximum value is being achieved across their press plans in the titles that are declining, negotiating additional value to fully engage readers with their brand, whilst making the most of the success of new titles while they are at their peak.

Related

Rules of engagement

Kids’ characters brand expert Christopher Skala looks at the ‘expectation disconnects’ in the children’s content creation space between creators, broadcasters and toy companies.

Featured Jobs

Vivid Job Logo 620 x 349

Digital Marketing Executive - Toys & Games

Vivid is Britain’s biggest toy company and the 20 largest in the world. With offices across the globe, they sell an amazing portfolio of toys and games to over 60 countries. Vivid is best known for its association with blockbuster brands and is very excited about future opportunities around the world.

Liberty

UK Sales Agents

Liberty House Toys have been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for the BiOBUDDi brand, and we are pleased to introduce this new unique, innovative and exciting range of 100% environmentally-friendly toy building blocks. We are seeking experienced sales agents with existing network in the toy retail market.

Gameplan Job Logo 620 x 349

Head of Product Development & Marketing

Our client is a privately owned French toy and games manufacturer which sells through distributors in forty countries. The company develops and sells innovative electronic interactive toys and games for the educational and gaming markets, and also takes suitable licenses. To progress its successful business development a Head of Product Development & Marketing is to to recruited.

HIT Entertainment Job Logo 620 x 349

Licensing Systems Administrator

The Contract System Coordinator is a newly created role to support the deal term entry process into Mattel’s new Contract Management System for its Licensing business. The role will support the Business Teams at the Deal & Amendment phase of the contracting process and act in conjunction with the System Administration team.