GQ Australia has announced that it will move to a new publishing model in 2021 evolving the premium men’s lifestyle brand to a digital-first future.
Publisher News Corp Australia is promising to expand its digital offering, building out gq.com.au and its social, video and events offering; and launching e-commerce, new podcasts and an all-new daily newsletter.
The brand will also introduce a broader editorial strategy that will include increased content in tech, gaming and sport. The digital transformation will see the final regular bi-monthly print edition of be the November/December 2020 issue.
Managing director The Australian, NSW & Prestige Titles, Nicholas Gray said: “Over the past 20 years Australian men have grown in their approach to style and attitude to improving themselves and GQ Australia has grown right along with them.
“Making this decision with our licensor, Condé Nast, we are refocusing the brand and investing in digital because that’s where GQ Australia’s growth is coming from, and our new offering has been designed to make the brand accessible to more people.”
Editorial director of GQ Australia, Vogue Australia and Vogue Living Edwina McCann said: “The male audience is very digitally focused, we can see that with the strong growth of gq.com.au across the year of 55.4%. It is particularly popular with the younger male audience, with three in 10 of its audience in any given month being aged 18 to 34.
“E-commerce is an exciting area of growth for GQ Australia, Conde Nast recently launched a successful e-commerce ecosystem for GQ internationally and with their support we will follow suit in Australia in 2021.
“GQ Australia has always been a campaigning brand and we’re incredibly proud of our GQ Men of the Year Awards, which have recognised and celebrated so many extraordinary Australians for their work and achievements over the past 13 years, and that will continue.
“The GQ Big Ideas virtual event series we are currently running has resonated incredibly well with our audience and will culminate on 5 November with the GQ Big Ideas Summit. We will continue to lead in this space and have plans to introduce even more thought-provoking digital series tackling important issues.”
News Prestige Network retains the right to publish custom printed GQ Australia products.
The November/December 2020, on sale Monday, 9 November 2020, issue will be the final regular bi-monthly print edition on newsstands.