Press Release

Houstonia Celebrates One-Year Anniversary, National Recognition, and Local Media Award

Magazine awarded Best Media by AMA Houston; “Ice House” nominated for Best Magazine Section by CRMA

March 10, 2014

HOUSTON – (Mar. 10, 2014) – Today, SagaCity Media President Nicole Vogel shared important achievements and milestones for Houstonia magazine, the highest selling monthly publication in America’s fourth largest city. Nearing its one-year anniversary with the April 2014 issue, Vogel announced that in less than one year, Houstonia has reached almost half a million readers every month. 

“We’re incredibly excited to have captured and capitalized on something missing from the diverse Houston landscape,” said Vogel. “This is a new time in media, and we’re at the forefront of the convergence of platforms. Our mission is to serve our ever-growing audience – to deliver the very best lifestyle content across our digital, mobile, social, and print products. It’s a great achievement to connect with so many Houstonians after just one year. And from a business standpoint, I’m terribly proud to say that by its fourth month Houstonia was already profitable, which will allow us to invest more into some of the big ideas we have coming.”     

Vogel also announced a significant national recognition of Houstonia’s front-of-book section, “Ice House,” recently nominated by the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) in the Best Magazine Section category. Houstonia is the only new magazine in America to be recognized for this achievement of excellence in 2014. The CRMA Awards have been honoring city and regional magazines nationwide for over 28 years. The award ceremony will take place in Washington DC in May. 

Locally, Houstonia magazine was recently named the Best Media category winner by the American Marketing Association (AMA) of Houston. The AMA awards honor exceptional marketing by businesses and organizations across the Houston metro area. This year, over 130 nominations were submitted for consideration; 26 Best of Category awards were selected by a panel of local and national industry professionals.

Editor-in-Chief Scott Vogel attributes Houstonia’s success to the localization of the product: “Every story, every design, every layout is conceived and executed here in Houston. Readers can tell when a fashion layout is shot in Dallas, or a story is pulled from the AP wire or a press release. Everything Houstonia offers is authentically Houston, and for that I credit our strong following and connection with our community.” 

Houstonia content has been featured on KHOU’s Great Day Houston, News This Morning, and other local television programs, most notably KIAH’s Newsfix, whose regular feature “The Inside Story” showcases a different article each week. On radio, the magazine’s editors are a regular presence on KUHF’s Houston Matters, and Houstonia content has been featured on KRBE’s The Roula and Ryan Show, Mix 96.5, Yahoo! Sports Radio, and several other stations. 

Houstonia is Houston’s top-selling magazine, available at over 700 grocery stores, newsstands, and other retail outlets, including H-E-B, Central Market, Kroger, Randalls, Whole Foods Market, Wal-Mart, and Barnes and Noble stores. The brainchild of two native Houstonians, and with a staff packed with top local talent, Houstonia has become an indispensable publication for almost half a million residents of the Greater Houston area every month. 

About SagaCity Media
SagaCity Media Inc. is the parent company of Houstonia, Seattle Met, Portland Monthly, Aspen Sojourner, Vail Beaver Creek Magazine, Park City Magazine, Portland Bride & Groom, Seattle Met Bride & Groom, and 36 other custom and editorial publications. Houstonia, Seattle Met, and Portland Monthly are currently among the top 10 biggest-selling city magazines in the nation, and are the no. 1 selling magazines in their respective markets, over all national and regional titles. The corresponding web sites, houstoniamag.com, pdxmonthly.com, and seattlemet.com are among the largest local lifestyle news websites in their markets and command some of their city’s largest Facebook and Twitter followings.

Contact:
P’nina Topham
Houstonia magazine
[email protected]

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