There are a plethora of marketing magazines and publications out there.
Some of them are great. Some, totally bin worthy.
I have picked out the best ones for you (as a marketer, designer, and anyone else), so you can be sure you are looking at a magazine that has good content, and good design.
So let’s get to it!
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If that doesn’t interest you, continue on to our list of the best magazines and publications for Marketing Managers.
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Ready to dive into our most recommended marketing magazines? Let’s go.
Entrepreneur Magazine is an American publication and is a magazine heavily entrenched in business roots. But the business and marketing paths cross as frequently as you unlock your phone.
It has dedicated topic sections from technology to social media or marketing to finance. Publishing 10 issues annually creates well of information and inspiration is apparently endless. Showing also how much these seemingly different worlds cross paths in creating a successful business.
So while you may be a marketer, having a basic understanding of these many other facets of business is only going to help you on the way. Which is why the Entrepreneur Magazine is a great magazine to pick up and read.
Articles and features ranging from big business, celebrities all the way to startups amplifies the fact the magazine is for everyone.
And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to read about Shaq becoming Papa Johns brand ambassador?
Some of the top Articles on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Website
Best For: Good for a wealth of overlapping information
Stuff Magazine is one of my favourite publications out there. Although not a marketing magazine by any means it does have some sneaky upside.
With the mass of technology on offer in the magazine there is bound to be something for everyone.
For a designer like myself, it’s great seeing how design in the tech industry looks. And for marketers it can be useful to keep up with technology, seeing how you can use and implement this technology in your working life could be key to making that next step.
Published monthly the magazine is stuffed with technological insights. Although sometimes they can get off track for marketers but understanding who is buying what when it comes to tech can really help with marketing campaigns and techniques
Stuff Magazine classes itself as the holy grail of the tech magazines but it can appeal to much more than just tech-heads. From business entrepreneurs to marketing managers tech is only becoming a bigger part of everyone’s life, no matter what job you do.
Best For: Technology, innovation, electronics, reviews
Being a designer I tend to hone in on the more creative side of marketing rather than the business side. This is where Campaign Magazine comes in.
Campaign magazine is a hub of all the best creative campaigns and news out there. It can serve as great inspiration and research for any marketer.
Articles featuring Lynx’s new advertising campaign to Vizeum naming Mike McCoy as UK chief executive show the wide range of articles that can be found in the magazine. Allowing any marketing to get a wide range of information from plenty of points.
Some of the top Articles on Campaign Magazine’s Website
Best For: branding, Advertising, Wide range of business and creative overlap
The Applied Arts magazine is all about creative advice, insight and inspiration. It captures the current visual arts landscape. Even though this may not be completely focused on marketing, this is a good place for creative inspiration for your marketing needs.
Applied Arts have sections for entries, winners of the entries, inspiration, creative futures and advertising. Applied Arts have been around size 1986 and has regular updates on their website.
It has information from niche chocolate brands, branding all the way to technology and don’t forget about the creative inspiration information.
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What this means is whether you are a marketer or a designer, you will get to see current up to date work that’s trending and how brands are presented.
It’s also nice to come across a different topic. I mentioned before this magazine has information on technology. You will get to see how big companies (Samsung) setup modern workplaces (inspiration for your next workspace project).
Some top articles on Applied Arts Magazine website
Best For: Inspiration, awards, trends
Marketing Week is all about, well, you know… Marketing! This is the place you will want to go to if you want to get straight to the point (marketing as the main subject, unlike the other magazines we’ve looked at).
It has sections for the latest articles, marketing jobs, news, trends (technology) and opinion. It has been around since 1978 and has over 300,000 monthly subscribers. You can be sure this is a totally legit marketing magazine.
Let’s take a look at some of the content to get give some good context of what the actual marketing section has to offer.
This is the featured article currently on their website. It reveals insights into what makes a perfectly effective campaign and why marketers must go big if they want to see the best results.
As we’ve discovered, it is not just about marketing topics, but it’s also designed to teach you (as a marketer, or designer if you want to pick up some marketing tips and anyone else).
If you like to learn new things, here is an interesting post on the best business podcasts to help transform your thinking.
This article covers the latest thinking on the martech landscape and the rise of brands that focus on retail and the impact of 5G.
So if you are a marketer, designer, business person, you will have plenty of topics to pick from that are current and/or relevant.
Now let’s focus on you (as a marketing manager).
You will get to see marketing articles ranging from:
- Ad industry
- Social media
- Effectiveness and efficiency
- Your users/clients
- Customer experience
- Marketing leadership
- Accelerating marketing performance
- News from other businesses
Some top articles from marketing week
Best For: Marketers, a wide range of topics
Adweek is a weekly advertising magazine that started in 1978 and has engaged with an audience of 6 million+. This is the perfect magazine for you if you want to see news and insights covering brand marketing.
It has sections covering editor’s picks, promoted content, current week’s issue, in case you missed it, agencies, brand marketing, creativity, digital, programmatic and TV/video.
Let’s take a look at a couple of articles
This is a nice short read that contains a cheat sheet to creating content your audience wants to see. It even has a nice download link so you can even use it when you’re offline.
In short, this article will give you insight on:
- Building an ecosystem
- Be purposeful when naming your agency
- Prepare your employees, and your agency partners, for change
- Clarify the agency’s mission
- Know what you don’t know
- Make data the centre of your operation
- Don’t put cost savings over quality
Because I’m a designer, I like to see other areas bar marketing. I like to look at the visual stuff, as you already know.
There are some super good areas in design and that have a purposeful meaning. An interesting article from Adweek – Scientists encoded a trove of video game tips into DNA, then mixed it into an energy drink. This article features the product image that captures the brand and “DNA”.
So even if you’re not a marketer, you will still find something that will appeal to you in this magazine.
Some top articles from Adweek
Best for: The usual marketing stuff as well as TV/video
Branding Mag is an independent daily brand journal, you would go to this magazine if you want to see insightful sources of news and opinions from the branding industry.
Branding Mag covers branding topics from all over the world, not just America. The specific topics include agency, creative, data, design, digital, luxury, marketing, social good and strategy.
A couple of articles are:
This article covers the values of Gillette consumers, the tactical campaign Gilette uses for its products and the best purpose-driven marketing strategy.
And Remember, packaging starts and ends with marketing. This article is designed to remind you that packages aren’t just designed, you need to include marketing. In short, the packaging needs to be usable and presentable in all marketing campaigns.
Here is a prime example of good package design that can be used in all aspects of marketing (including web).
So whether you are a designer or marketer, there is plenty of material that crosses over between design and marketing.
Branding Mag also has articles on data, this means if you’re carrying out research into ROI vs ROAS. You can find the answers.
Some top articles from Branding Mag
Best for: insights, opinions and branding
One last thing before we conclude.
If you are a marketer and want some tips on how to write a design brief, check out this post on how to write a design brief (template included!)
Fast Company is an American business magazine that focuses on technology, business and design and publishes eight prints per annum.
This magazine has plenty of subsection per parent section and as a designer, I like to gravitate toward the creativity section.
But remember, as a marketer, it’s good to see creative work to get inspiration for your marketing campaigns. As we found out before, marketing starts and ends with packaging design. It isn’t just design.
Some of the articles that are currently present at first glance include why HubSpot is introducing a free email marketing service, the first consumers are getting Apple’s credit card today and this agency helped boost Harry’s and Sweetgreen. Now it’s ditching advertising to make brands of its own.
Each section has a good amount of relevant posts, so whether you’re a designer or marketer there’ll be something for you.
Some of the top articles
Best for: Business, Design, Tech and Marketing
The Drum is a UK based magazine and focuses on branding, agency, creative, digital and Media.
It also has areas for interviews, opinions, awards and news about the Drum network itself.
As a designer, I like to go to the awards section. This is where people can showcase their work, this is good material for inspiration. On top of this, it has a neat creative section where creative work is presented and can be given a rating out of five stars.
From a marketers perspective, the Drum magazine is good if you want to see what other business/people are submitting to the awards section. This is because it has submissions for:
- Agency Business
- Digital Advertising
- Social Media
Looking at some of the winners from the digital advertising section.
These include the likes of the Grand Prix, Media agency of the year (Winmo) and the best digital advertising team (programmatic).
So you can be sure of seeing some top quality work.
Some of the top articles
Best for: Marketers, advertisers, designers
Ad Age is a hard hitting magazine that has a feeling of hard hitting news publishing about it. Everything is bright and bold. The content heavy site offers an explosion of articles, resources, videos, opportunities and much more.
This well of information covers multiple areas including:
And many more.
For a marketing manager, this is like falling into a pot of gold. The reach of its information is key and shouldn’t be overlooked when wanting to find out what’s happening in the industry.
One of the things I love about Ad Age is its resources, ranging from webcasts, to reports they really push out content on a scale unlike many others.
Some of the top articles
Best for: Marketers & Creatives
Forbes magazine is a highly popular, if not ubiquitous magazine and is worthy of a mention. It focuses on business and features finance, industry, investing and marketing topics. It also has reports on various other topics ranging from technology to politics. It publishes on a bi-weekly basis.
It has a particularly good section on marketing and some top articles from here are CMO growth council reconvenes at ANA annual confab to refine objectives for marketers seeking to lead disruption and process by design: digital transformation’s intersection between strategy and operations.
One nifty little feature Forbes has is view count “how many people have viewed each post”. This means you should be able to spot the bad posts from the good ones, especially if they have been released for a good while.
Some of the top articles:
Best for: Marketers, anyone else
Conclusion: The Best Magazines and Publications for Marketing Managers
There is a wealth of magazines to choose from.
From must-read business magazines to marketing magazines and publications, you’re spoiled for choice.
By picking any of the above, you can be sure you are reading some of the best out there.
Even though all these magazines are not strictly marketing magazines, It shows how as a marketer you need to be aware of many different industries and trends to excel. Knowing insights from different industries can put you ahead of the rest when it comes to marketing.
The good thing about these magazines is that you can always find something off-topic (if you want a break from your usual stuff).
And remember, on top of having the content you expect to see you also have the opportunity to submit work. This applies to the applied arts magazine website.
This is particularly good if you have work you want to show off, or if you simply want some fresh inspiration.
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