BEAST is a new magazine catering for an East London audience. Focusing on lifestyle topics, from restaurant reviews to quirky days out, BEAST is now working towards its first printed issue.
We caught up with Nicky Acketts, creative director at BEAST, who told us about launching the new East London lifestyle magazine, going back to basics and always being up for an adventure…
Can you tell us a bit about the recently launched BEAST magazine? What makes it different from other publications?
BEAST hopes to reflect the pulse of East London, sparking discussion around shared passions and providing an aspirational and invigorating guide to the area. Bringing together communities, local business and those visiting the area.
What are the main challenges when getting a new magazine up and running?
Our main challenges are ensuring we can deliver high quality content within budget and initially to encourage advertisers to take a leap of faith with a new brand.
What do you enjoy the most about your job? What are some of the more difficult aspects?
My mind is constantly buzzing with ideas. I’m a proactive person who’s keen to not miss an opportunity or adventure. Whether it’s supporting and introducing others or jumping on the next exciting thing for us to feature, I like to keep moving. I love meeting people and hearing their story; There are so many incredible people making their mark out there.
It’s important to have an end plan and to be specific about what your product or service is and does.
How do you engage your audience? Does social media play a significant role?
Social media plays a big part nowadays, but I don’t believe it’s the be all and end all. I believe in getting back to basics. People have become adept at screening out the bombardment of digital marketing messages that can become irritating and annoying, therefore they don’t see anything. So, we have an uncluttered, stylish and calmer approach, and I think people will actually engage in the things they find of interest.
Where do you hope to take the publication in the future?
We’d like to take BEAST nationally, if not globally. We definitely have our eye on NYC!
What type of press material are you interested in receiving?
We encourage ideas and collaboration, whatever the subject matter. The more weird and wonderful, the better.
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