Australian Newsagency Blog

A blog on issues affecting Australia's newsagents, media and small business generally.

Entries Tagged as 'About us'

New newsagency blog video

July 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Just now a new video introducing the Newsagency Blog and its purpose has been loaded in the top right corner of the home page. This video was shot in the office yesterday. 7 likes

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Tags: About us · Blogging

Management and marketing resources for newsagents

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

On the side of this blog is a list of categories under which I file posts. Marketing and management advice remain the most often searched content. Click here for access to free newsagency marketing tips. Click here for access to free newsagency management tips. 5 likes

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Newsagency management

An anonymous personal attack

June 18th, 2014 · 14 Comments

I have received calls in the last 24 hours from several people who have received an anonymous note in the mail attacking me. Here is how this note opens: Mark Timothy Fletcher – this is a message for you but since I don’t own a blog, this was my next best way to get my […]

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Tags: About us · Ethics

Newsagency blog comments glitch resolved

May 13th, 2014 · No Comments

A glitch which has blocked comments here for the last couple of days has been resolved. Comments are open again! 0 likes

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Blogging software update

December 14th, 2013 · No Comments

The software managing this blog has been further updated. While most of the changes are behind the scenes, one change makes it easier for people to read and comment from their smart phone or tablet device. Enjoy. 3 likes

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New introductory video for the newsagency blog

December 13th, 2013 · No Comments

I shot a new introductory video for this blog earlier this week to outline my goals here and to explain what this place is all about. The old video was being viewed 20 to 30 times a week and had been live for almost a year and I felt it was time for a change. Here’s […]

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Newsagency management

Changed security Captcha codes

November 21st, 2013 · 11 Comments

A couple of weeks ago O changed Captcha codes to reduce spam and attacks on this blog. Following feedback from what was implemented and complaints from many that they could not get their comments up, today a more human-friendly Captcha process has been put in place. I hope this works better for people. 6 likes

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New Popular Posts feature on the newsagency blog

November 14th, 2013 · No Comments

Next to Recent Comments on the right hand side of this blog now you will find Popular Posts. This is a new feature. The blogging software tracks traffic by post and creates this list dynamically based on traffic. I’ve had this added since there are some older posts that get a fresh burst of traffic. […]

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Changes to comment security here

October 24th, 2013 · 1 Comment

We have upgraded the software that runs this blog and with this the security features of posting comments has been enhanced. You will now be asked to enter two words instead of a four character code. This stops automated comment attacks. Sorry for not mentioning this when the change was made Monday. 2 likes

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Joining the betterRetailing team

August 9th, 2013 · 2 Comments

I’m thrilled to be joining the team at betterRetailing, a free hub offering advice, support and services to independent convenience retailers. Based out of the UK, betterRetailing is packed with excellent resources ideal for newsagents. Click here to see the introductory post. 16 likes

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Newsagency management

Comments issue on the Newsagency Blog resolved

June 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments

We experienced a glitch with publishing comments on the blog overnight. The process of authentication that a comment is from a human broke down following a security upgrade. This has now been fixed. Let the comments flow once more…. 1 likes

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Newsagency Blog introductory video

March 20th, 2013 · No Comments

A colleague shot a video late last week to embed on the landing page for this blog to explain what it’s about and why I write what I write. Check it out: 24 likes

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Newsagency management

I am not paid to write about what I write about

February 10th, 2012 · 2 Comments

I rumour was put to me for clarification yesterday that I was paid by some newsagency suppliers to talk up certain products. I have never been paid to write anything here and have not sought and will not seek payment for anything I write here. I write what I write because I want to. Anyone hearing the […]

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Tags: About us · Blogging · Ugh!

The 10,000th blog post

January 8th, 2012 · 24 Comments

While I’m not a big milestone person I couldn’t let this 10,000th blog post pass without comment. What started on January 27, 2005 with a tentative first post has evolved considerably over seven years, 10,000 blog posts and 27,180 comments. I didn’t really have a plan when I started the blog other than to write […]

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Blog outage today

December 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Access to this blog has been challenging today following sustained external technical problems which started at around 6:30 this morning and continued for some hours.  I apologise about this.  I am expecting to know more when our server provider in Sydney comes back with a thorough technical report. 0 likes

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May be some disruption to blog posts

September 27th, 2011 · No Comments

We have upgrading the technology which underpins this blog and this may disrupt posts and the look and feel of the blog over the next few days.  The software upgrade will provide enhanced blogging facilities which will make finding posts through Google and the like easier.  Thanks for your patience if things go awry for […]

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Tags: About us · Blogging

How to contact me

February 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Mobile: 0418 321 338 Email: mark@towersystems.com.au Twitter: emef 0 likes

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Farewell Forest Hill

January 28th, 2011 · 42 Comments

A few months ago we signed an agreement for the sale of our newsXpress Forest Hill business.  This came at the same time we had been temporarily relocated by the landlord due to construction impacting our level 2 location.  The construction dragged on as did the negotiations for a new lease.  The timing is such […]

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Tags: About us · Newsagency management

Preparing to move the newsagency

July 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Our newsXpress Forest Hill store is set for some changes early in the new year.  With major construction being undertaken on level 3 of the centre, directly above us, the landlord has asked us to move to a kiosk temporarily during the construction phase.  This coincides with the end of our current lease.  The landlord […]

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Malicious attack against Tower Systems

July 26th, 2010 · 18 Comments

The questionable ethics of key people in the newsagency channel has been on show over the last couple of days as they have spread far and wide reports of winding up action which has been commenced against my software company, Tower Systems. Rather than ask me if the report is true, they have been quick […]

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Excuse us while we play

May 5th, 2010 · 10 Comments

You’ll notice an ad to the right.  We are playing with Google Adsense to see what happens.  With between 1,200 and 1,500 visitors a day, Google feels that there is a revenue opportunity.  We’ll see what happens over the next few weeks after which I will decide whether the ads stay.  In the meantime, we […]

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Newsagency casual vacancy

January 31st, 2010 · No Comments

We are looking for someone to join our newsXpress Forest Hill (VIC) store on a casual basis.  If you know anyone please have them email me. 0 likes

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Vacancy – Forest Hill Victoria

September 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

We have a vacancy at our newsXpress Forest Hill (Victoria) location.  This is a full time retail role including, among other tasks, management of magazines.  If you know someone who may be interested please have them email me: mark@towersystems.com.au.  We advertising more widely tomorrow. 0 likes

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Newsagency off the market

September 17th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Regulars here would know that I put my newsagency at Forest Hill on the market many months ago. After being looked at by many prospects, a heads of agreement was signed four weeks ago. The purchaser pulled out for personal reasons before signing a contract. I have decided to take the business off the market […]

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Tags: About us · Newsagency opportunities

How this blog works

September 15th, 2009 · 12 Comments

Blog posts here are conversations. I’ll publish a post and people, sometimes many people, comment on this and, from time to time extend the post into new areas. The first comment posted by someone is moderated and from then on their comments are published immediately. People are responsible for their own comments. The openness of […]

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Tags: About us · Blogging