Turning the page: Operators have struggled due to consumers shifting online

The increasing importance of the internet has challenged the Magazine and Directory Publishing industry over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 9.4% over the five years through 2019-20, to $1.0 billion. Growth in online platforms and the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets have changed the way consumers access content. Demand for telephone directories has plummeted as consumers have increasingly used search engines and online directories to find information. Competition from digital content providers, social media platforms and other online mediums has taken away advertising revenue from printed publications...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry revenue has continued to decline as publishers struggle to compete with digital content
  • Readership for women’s magazines has sharply declined over the past five years
  • Older demographics are projected to strongly influence the shift towards digital products
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Magazine and Directory Publishing industry exhibits moderate market share concentration. The four largest players are expected to account for approximately 64% of total revenue in the current year. The industry has become less concentrated over the past five years, largely due to the significant fall in Sensis' revenue, as competition from online platforms has severely affected its Yellow Pages directory. With the more highly concentrated directories segment declining in size, the more competitive and more fragmented magazine segments have increasingly generated a larger percentage of industry revenue.Although Bauer Media and Seven West Media's Pacific Magazines dominate the magazine segment, many small operators also publish popular magazines in the industry. Sma...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Magazine and Directory Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Magazine and Directory Publishing are:

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Establishment of brand names
  • Effective cost controls
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Internet subscribers and Demand from newsagents and book retailers in the Magazine and Directory Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Magazine and Directory Publishing Industry?

    Industry players primarily publish magazines, directories, mailing lists and periodicals. Magazine and periodical publishers are included in the industry if they generate most of their revenue by selling printed publications and the advertising space within them. The industry excludes publishers that operate exclusively online, but includes online revenue from publishers that print physical publications.

    Industry Products
  • Women's magazines
  • Other magazines, directories and periodicals
  • Telephone directories
  • Mailing lists
  • Industry Activities
  • Magazine publishing
  • Directory publishing
  • Periodical publishing
  • Telephone directory publishing
  • Mailing list directory publishing
  • Newsletter publishing
  • Journal publishing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Internet subscribers
  • Demand from newsagents and book retailers
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Average weekly hours worked
  • Business confidence index

  • Current Performance
  • Magazine readership
  • Magazine advertising
  • Directories
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue, profitability and consolidation
  • Magazine publishing
  • Readership trends
  • Directory publishing
  • Table: Magazine and Directory Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Magazine and Directory Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Newsagents and Book Retailers
  • University and Other Higher Education
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Media Buying Agencies

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book and Magazine Wholesaling
  • Paint and Coatings Manufacturing
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Telephone directories
  • Women's magazines
  • Other magazines, directories and periodicals
  • Mailing lists
  • Other
  • Chart: Magazine and Directory Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Media buyers and advertisers
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Educational institutions
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Magazine and Directory Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Magazine and Directory Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Magazine and Directory Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Project Sunshine I Pty Limited, Bauer Media Pty Limited, Seven West Media Limited,
  • Table: Project Sunshine I Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Bauer Media Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Seven West Media Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Magazine and Directory Publishing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Magazine and Directory Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The number of copies of a publication sold per issue, or distributed in the case of free titles.
  • Consumer Magazines
  • Titles aimed at the general public that cover a broad range of topics.
  • Masthead
  • The title of a publication as it appears on a magazine's front page.
  • Readership
  • The number of people reading a periodical, as opposed to the number of people buying it.
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