Quad/Graphics Teams Up with ELLE to Produce Personalized Covers

In April, 50,000 ELLE Magazine subscribers got a surprise in the mail. The chosen readers received a specially printed issue, featuring Kim Kardashian West on the cover and a message from the reality TV celebrity personalized with the reader’s first name. The personalized cover generated a lot of buzz, getting people talking across a wide range of social channels, and enabled the brand to engage with readers on a one-to-one level.

ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia said the project was a way of showing appreciation for the magazine’s readers and that it “allows ELLE to connect with our readers in a completely different way, delivering a deeply personal experience, right to their homes.”

Creating the Personalized Cover
To create the covers, ELLE selected 50,000 names from their subscriber list, using demographics and other audience data to target those most likely to be Kim Kardashian West fans and ensure the greatest impact. Once the list of subscribers was narrowed to 50,000, the team at ELLE had Kim Kardashian West come in and hand-write each letter of the alphabet, allowing them to create a custom font. Kardashian West also provided several personal sayings – things she would actually say in person.

The personalized print cover was created using variable data printing (VDP), which ELLE partnered with HP and printer Quad/Graphics to execute. George Forge, executive director of digital print for Quad/Graphics, says the company has decades of experience producing this type of work. “Over this time, we’ve leveraged variable data printing to personalize direct mail campaigns with more than 1 million pieces, targeting retailers and financial providers, among other verticals,” said Forge. “What’s new is the ability to leverage offset-quality, high-speed digital printing technology in the publishing world. Previous printing options were either too slow, costly, or did not meet the quality expectations of publishers.”

To produce the cover, the HP Indigo 10000 was used. This digital press has offset-like quality, ensuring the cover still carried the same look and feel of the typical cover, while allowing them to produce 50,000 unique versions.
more at: https://www.piworld.com/article/quad-graphics-elle-produce-personalized-covers/

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