Mag Bag: Hearst Unveils Redesigned 'Cosmo' Site

Hearst Unveils Redesigned 'Cosmo' Site

Hearst Magazines Digital Media has redesigned the Web site for Cosmopolitan magazine, including a new look, new publishing tools, and a new content personalization engine. The new publishing system will allow editors to produce and post stories more quickly, enable advertisers to integrate their messages into the Web site more centrally and offer readers an intuitive, customized content feed.
The content feed moves beyond the standard “reverse chronological” approach that is typical of most Web sites and blogs, by combining curated editorial with recommendations based on live analytics of audience behaviors. Optimized for mobile devices, the feed will also support a new content marketing initiative, integrating messages from advertising partners with editorial content.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media President Troy Young stated: “We’ve moved quickly to activate our ‘months to moments’ strategy, developing an infrastructure that enables us to publish and build scale at a rapid pace. The changes and upgrades we’re implementing on, our biggest brand in the U.S. at nearly 30 million UVs, are the first step toward a common publishing platform that can respond to data in real time, and one that we can apply across all of our properties, globally.”
Last month, Hearst Magazines Digital Media announced the appointment of Lee Sosin as senior vice president with responsibility for overseeing advertising services, ranging from concept development to content creation, including Hearst’s new branded video offerings. Sosin previously served as vice president of strategic solutions at Yahoo, where he oversaw the expansion of the sales strategy team into a new corporate structure, based on verticals.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media includes the Web sites, apps and related digital properties for all Hearst Magazine brands, including,,, and According to the publisher, the combined Hearst Magazines Digital Media portfolio attracted 100 million unique visitors, based on data from Adobe Site Catalyst.
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