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Blow-in Cards: Christianity Today

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Blow-in cards are inserted in magazines either by hand or by a machine which “blows” them into the magazines. Publishers may sell these cards to advertisers or use them to advertise their own magazine. They are one of the most effective methods of gaining new subscribers.

  • Magazine: Christianity Today,
  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Recipient: subscribers,

Single-magazine Bind-in Cards: Christianity Today

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Bind-in cards are cards bound into magazines with saddle-stitch binding or perfect binding. Publishers may sell these cards to advertisers or use them to advertise their own magazine. Many magazines find bind-in one of the most cost-effective methods of gaining new subscribers. Publishers may bind in a single card or a page of cards which may be separated along perforated edges. These cards promote only the magazines in which they are bound.

Gift subscription renewals must be handled differently from normal subscriptions. Publishers normally notify the donor first. If there is no response, they may then notify the gift subscription recipient.

  • Magazine: Christianity Today,
  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Recipient: subscribers,

Issue Wraps: World

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An issue wrap is a second cover on a magazine. They are not usually put on magazines to be displayed for single-copy sale. However, they are sometimes used on magazines mailed to subscribers. They provide extra protection for the cover, and serve as a tool to advertise special offers to subscribers, to welcome new subscribers, or to announce subscription expiration.

  • Magazine: World,
  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Recipient: subscribers,

Single-magazine Package Inserts: Christianity Today

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A package insert is a card or brochure enclosed in a package sent to potential customers. Often, package inserts are enclosed in packages mailed by book publishers. However, this flier was inserted in a clear plastic bag inside the mailer containing the subscribers magazine.

  • Magazine: Christianity Today,
  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Recipient: subscribers,

Issue Planning Chart

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This sample issue planning chart is one of a number of systems that may be used to plan the content of your issues for a year in advance. It will help you maintain a balance of content types from issue to issue.

  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: form,
  • Topics: planning,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Article Status Chart

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An article status chart is one system to help keep track of the progress of work on upcoming issues. This chart (for a bimonthly magazine) shows the status of assigned articles. You may also choose to use project management software or cloud-based solutions.

  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Topics: production,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Production calendar

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The purpose of the production calendar is to provide individual deadlines for each phase of production.

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  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Topics: production,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Article Tracking Form

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The purpose of the article tracking form and folder is to ensure that each phase of production is completed. It also provides a means of communication between designers and editors and a central place to keep production documents.

  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: form,
  • Topics: images, production,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Production Chart

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The purpose of the production chart is to provide an overview of where each article stands in the production process for an entire issue.

  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: form,
  • Topics: production,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Mailed Surveys: Campus Life

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In order to learn more about subscribers, most magazines use some form of research. This packet includes samples of surveys sent to a select number of subscribers in a separate mailing rather than printed in the magazine. Normally, when magazines mail surveys to subscribers, a cover letter is included, and sometimes a reminder postcard is mailed later.

See Mailed Surveys: Discipleship Journal for a sample of a postcard and reminder postcard.

  • Magazine: Campus Life,
  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Topics: management/business, research, surveys,
  • Recipient: subscribers,