Inc., the magazine for growing companies, delivers real solutions for today’s innovative business builders. With information and advice covering virtually every business and management task, including marketing, sales, finding capital and managing people, Inc. helps business owners and CEOs start, run and grow their businesses.

The magazine looks beyond an entrepreneur’s daily grind to address the entrepreneurial lifestyle — featuring stories that show a broad understanding of our audience: passionate company leaders who tend to blur distinctions between work and personal life, especially between themselves and their businesses.

Alignment with Inc. magazine’s content will help marketing partners inspire loyalty among thought-leaders, build sales relationships with company leaders in their sweet spot of growth and ultimately, increase customer value for your target audience.


Branding, Lead Nurturing and ROI tactics


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Magazine Editorial Calendar


Issue Closing Rotating Section Editorial Features
February 12/06/13 Money How I Got Started: Lessons and startup tales from A-List entrepreneurs who were once startups themselves.
March 1/16/14 Made/Build The Build 100: The Build 100 is an elite subset of companies that have grown in each of the last five years. Inc. identifies and shares their proven abilities to thrive in a shifting business landscape.
April 2/20/14 Tech 35 Essential Questions Every Business Owner Needs to Ask: Evocative and thought-provoking questions from the greatest minds in business, designed to challenge conventional wisdom and help any entrepreneur see more clearly.
The Best Industries for Starting a Business: A rigorous look at the industries of the future.
May 3/20/14 Money The Most Audacious Companies: From the magazine that first recognized Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, a special report that highlights fearless, innovative companies that have the potential to transform their industries and the world.
The Wealth Effect: Financial experts tackle the array of financial questions that come with entrepreneurial success, from investment management, to retirement planning and tax strategy.
June 4/24/14 Made/Build The Best in Class Design Awards: A visual tribute to the most beautifully designed products made by entrepreneurial companies.
Reinvention Central: Business experts parachute into business to help entrepreneurs improve their business, offering advice on topics that range from product packaging to marketing strategies to leadership chemistry.
July/August 5/29/14 Tech How I Did It: Inspiring stories of “aha” moments and obstacles overcome, all told in the words of the entrepreneurial heroes Inc. literally introduced to the world years ago as young entrepreneurs: Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page, just to name a few.
35 Under 35 (Special Edition): The most creative, accomplished, and scarysmart entrepreneurs in America- under the age 35. Notable alumni include: Mark Zuckerberg, Lauren Bush Lauren, Aaron Levie, and Aaron Patzer.
September 7/17/14 Inc. 500: The definitive ranking of the America’s fasting growing companies
October 8/21/14 Money/Build The Icons of Entrepreneurship: Examples of innovation and ingenuity will be on display as entrepreneurial icons discuss how they solve the most pressing challenges business owners face. Think Tony Hsieh and Jeff Bezos on the secrets of customer service, or Bre Pettis and Elon Musk on making the technologically impossible happen.
Women’s Feature: In celebration of National Women’s Business Month, the likes of Spanx’s Sara Blakely and Arianna Huffington swap insights with LearnVest’s Alexa von Tobel and Flickr founder Caterina Fake.
November 9/25/14 Made The Inspiration Chronicles: Every entrepreneur has a tale of sleepless nights, of the moments when everything goes wrong that can go wrong – but through sheer grit and determination, they come back. Here are 10 of the most inspiring comeback stories small business has ever known.
35 Know-How Nuggets: A guide to the 35 practices gleaned from the bold leaders Inc. has featured in its history. From finding the right partners throughout the launch stage right up to marketing your finished product, we’ll walk you through the path that’s been blazed by the best.
December/January 10/23/14 Tech/Build What’s Next?: In an exclusive look ahead, the most dynamic players in entrepreneurship talk about the incredible opportunities of the future. What are the biggest surprises you foresee in the next 35 days? What are the breakthroughs you expect in the next 35 weeks? What world-changing innovations do you expect to emerge over the next 35 months?
Entrepreneur of the Year: Inc.’s annual pick for the entrepreneur that we admire most in 2014.

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Print Audience

Inc. readers are empowered, influential and affluent. Inc. has the highest composition of Top Management among all titles measured by Ipsos.

2013 Ipsos Affluent Study

Male /
67% / 37% $166,150* $345,563*
Comp % Index RANK
5 Book Set
Graduated College+: 84% 126 #1
Post Graduate Degree: 36% 155 #1
Professional/Managerial 77% 121 #1
Top Management: 43% 265^ #1
Owner/Partner: 36% 201 #1
Business Purchase Decision Makers: 68% 166 #1
IT/Technology Purchase Decision Makers: 43% 225 #1
Financial/Insurance Decision Makers: 28% 257 #1

*Ranked #1 among business competitive set of Inc, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and Fortune.

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Print Rates

Four Color 1x 3x 6x 9x 12x
Page $84,900 $82,350 $80,700 $78,950 $76,400
Spread $169,800 $164,700 $161,400 $157,900 $152,800
2/3 Page $65,400 $63,450 $62,150 $60,800 $58,850
1/2 Horizontal $52,700 $51,100 $50,100 $49,000 $47,450
1/3 Page $37,400 $36,300 $35,550 $34,800 $33,700
Black & White 1x 3x 6x 9x 12x
Page $55,200 $53,530 $52,450 $51,350 $49,700
Spread $110,400 $107,100 $104,900 $102,700 $99,400
2/3 Page $42,500 $41,250 $40,400 $39,550 $38,250
1/2 Horizontal $34,200 $33,200 $32,500 $31,800 $30,800
1/3 Page $24,400 $23,700 $23,200 $22,700 $21,950
Covers 1x 3x 6x 9x 12x
Cover 2/Page 1 (+15%) $97,650 $94,700 $92,800 $90,800 $87,900
Cover 3 (+10%) $93,400 $90,600 $88,750 $86,900 $84,100
Cover 4 (+20%) $101,900 $98,850 $96,800 $94,800 $91,700

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Print Terms and Conditions

The following are certain terms and conditions governing advertising published in Inc. magazine (the “Magazine”). Submission of insertion order for placement of advertising in the Magazine constitutes acceptance of the following terms and conditions. No terms or conditions in any insertion orders, instructions or documents other than this Rate Card will be binding on Mansueto Ventures Publishing (“Publisher”) unless Publisher agrees to such terms and conditions in writing.

Submission of insertion order by advertising agency on behalf of advertiser constitutes agency’s agreement to pay all invoices for placement of advertising in the Magazine pursuant to such insertion order. Notwithstanding the foregoing, submission of insertion order constitutes agreement that advertiser guarantees prompt and full payment for such advertising in the event of material default by agency. Agency and advertiser are jointly and severally liable for the payment of all invoices arising from placement of advertising in the Magazine.

Agency commission (or equivalent): fifteen percent (15%) of gross advertising space charges, payable only to recognized agents. Invoices are rendered on or about the on-sale date of the Magazine. Payments are due within thirty (30) days after the billing date.

No agency commission is payable, and Publisher will not grant any discounts, on production charges. Any discounts received by advertiser on advertising space charges may not be applied to production charges.

Publisher expressly reserves the right to reject or cancel for any reason at any time any insertion order or advertisement without liability, even if previously acknowledged or accepted.

Advertisers may not cancel orders for, or make changes in, advertising after the closing dates of the Magazine. The rates and conditions of advertising in the Magazine are subject to change without notice.

The Magazine is a member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC). The following paid rate base guarantee is based on the ABC’s audited reported circulation for the Magazine averaged over the calendar year in which advertising is placed. Publisher guarantees circulation to national advertisers by brand of advertised product or service. In the event the audited 12-month average circulation does not meet the guaranteed rate base, Publisher shall grant rebates to the advertiser in advertising space credit only, which must be used within six (6) months following the issuance of audited ABC statements for the period of shortfall. Rebates will be calculated based on the difference between the stated rate base at time of publication, and the ABC audited 12-month average. Publisher does not guarantee circulation to regional advertisers, and regional circulations reported by the ABC are used by Publisher only as a basis for determining the Magazine’s advertising rates.

Publisher is not liable for any failure or delay in printing, publishing, or circulating any copies of the issue of the Magazine in which advertising is placed pursuant to an insertion order that is caused by, or arising from, an act of God, accident, fire, strike, terrorism or other occurrence beyond Publisher’s control.

Publisher is not liable for any failure or delay in publishing in the Magazine any advertisement submitted to it. Publisher does not guarantee positioning of advertisements in the Magazine, is not liable for failure to meet positioning requirements and is not liable for any error in key numbers.

The liability of Publisher for any act, error or omission for which it may be held legally responsible shall not exceed the cost of the advertising space affected by the error. In no event shall Publisher be liable for any indirect, consequential, special or incidental damages, including, but not limited to, lost income or profits.

Advertising agency and advertiser each represents and warrants that each advertisement submitted by it for publication in the Magazine contains no copy, illustrations, photographs, text or other content that may result in any claim against Publisher. Advertising agency and advertiser each shall indemnify and hold harmless Publisher from and against any damages and related expenses (including attorneys’ fees) arising from the content of advertisements, including, but not limited to, claims of invasion of privacy, unauthorized use of names or pictures of living persons, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, libel and misrepresentation.

Publisher’s acceptance of an advertisement for publication in the Magazine does not constitute an endorsement of the product or service advertised.

No advertiser or agency may use the Magazine’s name or logo without Publisher’s prior written permission for each such use.

The word “advertisement” will be placed above all advertisements that, in Publisher’s opinion, resembles editorial matter.

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of New York without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. Any civil action or proceeding arising out of or related to this agreement shall be brought in the courts of record of the state of New York in New York County or the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Each advertiser and its agency consents to the jurisdiction of such courts and waives any objection to the laying of venue of any such civil action or proceeding in such courts.

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Print Specs

Inc. Specifications can be found at http://www.quadarm.com/publisher_sites/gj/inc/main.asp

Ad Proofs — Please Ship To:
Quad Graphics Attn: Kurt Handeland c/o Inc.
1900 W. Sumner St., Hartford, WI 53027-9244 Phone: 262.673.1281
• Please include instructions as to which issue the materials are to run in
• Please call the Inc. Production Dept. for material extensions

Page Dimensions Live Area Trim Supplied Bleed
Full Page 7 1/2” x 10” 8” x 10 1/2” 8 1/4” x 10 3/4”
2 Page Spread 15 1/2″ x 10″ 16” x 10 1/2″ 16 1/4” x 10 3/4″
Junior Spread 15 1/2” x 4 3/4” 16” x 5” 16 1/4” x 5 1/2”
2/3 Page 4 3/4” x 10” 5” x 10 1/2” 5 1/8” x 10 3/4”
1/2 Horizontal 7 1/2” x 4 3/4” 8” x 5” 8 1/4” x 5 1/4”
1/3 Vertical 2 3/8” x 10” 2 5/8” x 10 1/2” 2 3/4” x 10 3/4”
1/3 Square 4 3/4” x 4 5/8” 5” x 4 7/8” 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”

Keep live matter 1/4” from trim on each side
For ad spread units, please supply 1/16” duplicated image on both sides of the centerline

Digital Material
Magazine Specifications Inc. magazine is perfect bound.
Trim size = 8” x 10 1/2” (All ad specifications are in inches)
File Formats PDFX-1A
Resolution 300 dpi (dots per inch)
Proofs A hard copy proof at 100% size must be provided for each digital file. Proofs must be SWOP® certified.
For a complete up-to-date listing of SWOP® approved color proofs, please visit http://www.swop.org/certification
The proof should indicate the proofing product or system used, prepress supplier contacts,
and information showing conformance to the manufacturer’s application data sheet.
Contact Info Please call the Inc. Production Department with any questions:
Jane Hazel, Production Manager 212.389.5308, jhazel@mansueto.com
Dave Powell, Associate Production Manager 212.389.5416, dpowell@mansueto.com

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Closing Dates/On Sale Dates

Issue Regional/Fractional Close National Close Materials Due On-Sale Date
February 11/27/13 12/06/13 12/06/13 1/21/14
March 1/09/14 1/16/14 1/16/14 2/25/14
April 2/13/14 2/20/14 2/20/14 4/01/14
May 3/13/14 3/20/14 3/20/14 4/29/14
June 4/17/14 4/24/14 4/24/14 6/03/14
July/August 5/22/14 5/29/14 5/29/14 7/08/14
September (Inc. 500) 7/09/14 7/17/14 7/17/14 8/26/14
October 8/14/14 8/21/14 8/21/14 9/30/14
November 9/18/14 9/25/14 9/25/14 11/04/14
December/January 2014 10/16/14 10/23/14 10/23/14 12/02/14

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Sponsorship of Inc. content via mobile and/or tablet devices can provide marketing partners with broader, deeper and more interactive ad experiences. For information about high impact messaging opportunities on mobile and tablet devices, contact Whelan Mahoney, Group Publisher, Digital.

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Inc. readers represent a critical opportunity for franchise advertisers: self-starting entrepreneurs who are looking for opportunities for themselves and those around them – spouses, family friends and business associates.

Issue Highlighted features Close Date Materials Due On-Sale Date
February B2B/SERVICE
Franchises that sell to businesses or emphasize service offerings.
11/30/12 12/07/12 1/22/13
March Food
Restaurants and other businesses in food-related franchising.
1/10/13 1/17/13 2/26/13
April Fast-Growing
Concepts that are leading the expansion pack.
2/14/13 2/21/13 4/02/13
May New Franchises
The businesses that are introducing innovation in franchising.
3/14/13 3/21/13 4/30/13
June Masters of Franchising
Leaders in the field reveal their secrets of success.
4/11/13 4/18/13 5/28/13
July/August Million Dollar Concepts
Businesses that offer franchisees high sales volume potential.
5/16/13 5/23/13 7/02/13
September (Inc. 500) 500/5000 list
Franchising’s representatives in the Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000.
7/03/13 7/11/13 8/20/13
October Home-Based And Low-Cost
Franchises for home operators and requiring low investments.
8/08/13 8/15/13 9/24/13
November Finding The Right Fit
What franchisees and franchisers are looking for
9/12/13 9/19/13 10/29/13
December/January 2013 2014 Franchising Outlook
The forces and trends that will shape franchising in the coming year.
10/17/13 10/24/13 12/03/13

Inc. Magazine Ratebase: 700,000


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200,000 Run of Site Impressions 90,000 Run of Site Impressions 40,000 Run of Site Impressions
PLUS, all online commitment levels include:Integrated Incentive Program
In addition to the benefits associated with Inc. and Inc.com, clients who meet the following spend levels will receive additional discounts:

Total Net Spend Percent Discount
$50,000 – $99,999 5%
$100,000 – $124,999 6%
$125,000 – $149,999 7%
$150,000 – $174,999 8%
$175,000 – $199,999 9%
$200,000+ 10%

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