• Over 74 Million Magazines Sold Annually

    A new Ecommerce Solution for Immediate Media, one of the largest magazine media licensors in Europe, with famous brands including Radio Times, BBC Good Food and Top Gear.

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74 Million Magazines Sold Annually

38m Unique Users Monthly

10m Consumer Database


The Challenge

Publishing has changed dramatically in recent years and how users consume magazines is unrecognisable from even just 5 years ago. To compete in this modern environment Immediate Media needed a brand new ecommerce solution for its online subscriptions website, www.buysubscriptions.com to supply customers with an easy, engaging way to purchase subscriptions online for not only print magazines, but also digital versions enabling access to titles on PCs, phones, e-readers and tablets.


Immediate Media required an engaging, conversion-focussed redesign that was responsive to all devices and enticed each and every different type of customer.

Robust Infrastructure

The new solution required the highest level of performance due to the heavy volumes of traffic accessing the site, especially during peak trading over Christmas.


Immediate Media's new solution required personalisation to increase the effectiveness of the site in up/cross-selling to customers.

How PureNet Helped

The Project

Immediate Media’s Magazine Subscription Platform requirements were complex and PureNet’s proposal had several important elements:

  • PureNet designed a seamless responsive experience to provide an engaging experience for every user across every device.
  • Personalisation was central to the required solution given the range of titles and the varied types of user accessing the site.
  • With huge volumes of traffic and over 2 transactions/second PureNet ensured the whole system was underpinned with a robust, scalable hosting environment.
  • Finally, the solution provided ease-of-use both to the Immediate Media Team and site visitors.

an award winning solution

The Results

The Magazine Subscription Platform has been a resounding success and was recently awarded with Ecommerce Campaign of the Year at the PPA Customer Direct Awards. The solution has allowed customers to purchase or renew subscriptions for print or digital quickly and easily and has delivered many benefits for Immediate Media:

  • The responsively-designed nature of the websites means tablet sales have increased by 20% and mobile sales skyrocketed by 50% like-for-like.
  • The platform’s ease-of-use has allowed Immediate Media to be proactive and deliver seamless campaigns across all channels
  • Personalisation-based promotion functionality boosted return-on-investment (ROI) for promotional spend and activity.
  • The site has been highly resilient with 100% uptime over the peak Christmas period despite unprecedented levels of traffic visiting and purchasing from the site.

Immediate Media is now building on its success with a significant investment in online ‘e-cards’ and tokenisation to further enhance the user-experience enjoyed by its customers.

exceeding expectations

The Statistics


Increased Mobile Sales

The seamless responsive experience has led to a dramatic increase in mobile sales.


Promo's Conversion Rate

The platform's flexibility has enabled the Marketing Team to run highly successful online promotions.


website uptime

PureNet's robust infrastructure ensures Immediate Media's solution is available at all times.


Increase in Conversions

Immediate Media's new solution has delivered a 10% increase in conversions over the last year.

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