The print editions
of mainstream newspapers and magazines might not be faring so well, but LGBT print media are booming, according to the latest Gay Press Report from Rivendell Media, which has been tracking LGBT print
media spending since 1994.
The survey is based on results from 125 LGBT titles across the country.
Overall advertising spending in LGBT print media jumped 18.2% from $322
million in 2012 to $381 million in 2013, according to Rivendell, while total circulation increased 15.1% to 2.7 million over the same period.
As in previous years, local advertising
dominated LGBT media spending by a large margin, with local publications accounting for 91.2% of all ad spending and 95.3% of all ads. Local newspapers took 55.4% of total ad spending, local arts and
entertainment guides 25.3%, and local magazines 10.5%. By contrast, national magazines took just 8.8%.
The percentage of ads with LGBT-specific messages -- meaning ads that explicitly
refer to LGBT lifestyles -- was 56.2%, up 3.7% from 2012. The 2013 figure also represents a huge increase from just 9.9% of ads in 2002, but is short of the all-time high of 72.4% of all ads in
In terms of categories, food and drink (including restaurants, bars, and clubs) was the clear winner, accounting for 23.8% of all ads. Next up was retail at 10.3%, followed by
medical and health at 6.7%; arts and entertainment at 6.3%; health, fitness and grooming at 4.8%; events also at 4.8%; and travel at 4%. Automotive lagged with a modest 1.4%.
ad spend figure is also a new record, exceeding the previous high of $350 million in 2009, before recessionary pressures made themselves felt. Rivendell noted that this is the third straight year of
increasing ad spend, compared to three consecutive years of declining ad spend for consumer magazines overall.
Looking ahead, Rivendell expects growth to continue in 2014, based on strong