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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: invite customer reviews

June 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Leverage the opinions of your customers to shine a light on products you sell. Ask for their reviews of items and place the reviews on your Customer Reviews noticeboard. Your customers could review magazines, cards, gifts – almost anything you sell. In addition to putting the reviews on a noticeboard, post them on Facebook and other […]

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EB Games shows how to be consistent

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Further to my post about the eye catching sale being run at EB Games at Knox, check out the equally eye catching sale I saw at their Queen Street Auckland store yesterday. The two photos speak to the terrific consistency of execution by EB Games outlets. This is the way to leverage your retail brand. 1 […]

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EB Games shows how to run a sale

June 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

I love how EB games at Westfield Knox dressed their store for a sale at the weekend. You could not miss this – the signage was visually strong and consistent. Nothing timid about their approach – no three or four signs. They gave over the whole store to the sale. I am inspired by their […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: use video to show off products

June 21st, 2015 · No Comments

Choose two or three products from your shop that you are most excited about and shoot a video showing them off and promoting them using your phone. Load the best of the two or three videos on your business Facebook page. Sure you will feel awkward and you’re bound to not like the video. The […]

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Using colour to brighten winter in the newsagency

June 21st, 2015 · No Comments

I wrote recently about the use of colour to give the shop a warmth during the cold months of winter. This photo shows one of several warm displays I discovered when visiting one of my shops last week. The use of colour is excellent – it makes the display noticeable and warm, a nice response […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: be who you are on social media

June 14th, 2015 · No Comments

Being who you are on social media matters. Your posts need to be what you believe in, they need to reflect who you are and what your business stands for. For newsagents who claim the local business label, social media posts and comments need to be locally focussed where possible. Indeed, social media platforms like […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: talk about your uniqueness

June 7th, 2015 · No Comments

I have written here many times about the need for a USP, a Unique Selling Proposition, for your newsagency business. It is equally important you talk about this uniqueness, that it defines the narrative of your business. Face to face, on social media and elsewhere, talk about your uniqueness, use this as a platform through […]

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Newsagency marketing tip: How to engage with your shoppers and your local area

June 6th, 2015 · 2 Comments

I have suggested here before that newsagents ought to invite customers to note what they like about a season or like about the local area – as a way of diving engagement.  I saw this first-hand in a cafe at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin a couple of days ago. In the cafe you can take a […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: get your window noticed using a single colour

May 31st, 2015 · No Comments

The current window display at Kikki.K stores is stunning and traffic generating. Using a single colour, as they have done with their deep and strong yellow, grabs your eye and so you are looking at the range of products they are promoting. The yellow is also inspired for this time of the year, on the […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: promote locally made with products

May 24th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the best places to promote locally made products in-store is with the products themselves – using a small shelf talker to call out that the products are locally made. A simple small sign like this can get people who want to support local artists and suppliers considering products they may have overlooked. This sign […]

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How discount vouchers got an 82 year old buying cards again

May 22nd, 2015 · 6 Comments

An 82 year old male customer told me recently that he started buying cards again thanks to our discount vouchers. He told me he stopped buying birthday cards for his kids and grand kids and great grand kids a few years ago because of the cost. But I started again when I got one of these […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: pre-sell and beat your competitors

May 17th, 2015 · No Comments

If you carry products that are added to with new launches consider offering pre-sell opportunities where by your customers can lock in orders well in advance of the release of new product. Take a deposit, track their pre-order and let them know the progress of delivery. This locks your customers in before your competitors get […]

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Promoting Aussie magazines and newsagencies

May 16th, 2015 · 2 Comments

We are promoting four Australian magazines and newsagencies as the places to purchase these and other magazines on my newsagency Facebook page. I have also paid to boost the post – to reach more people. This promotion is part of a shop local campaign in the newsagency. Shop local means different things to different people. To me, […]

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It’s how you pitch the loyalty offer in the newsagency that matters

May 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Here’s a brief training video I shot for my software company last week explaining to retail employees how to hand out a discount vouchers. I am sharing it here as it illustrates the importance of getting the pitch to customers right. A brilliant loyalty program pitched poorly can fail. By sharing the video I hope […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: tap into passion

May 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Passion is powerful in retail. Get a staff member who is passionate about something you sell and sales will benefit. Offer products that connect with the passions of customers and you are certain to see good sales. Passion is powerful. It is important to look at product selection as a marketing activity. You can define […]

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Adventure Time appeals beyond the age group we might expect

May 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Since most newsagents carry the Adventure Time magazine (from Gotch) and some have Adventure Time licenced products, I thought I’d share some insights I gained to an unexpected type of shopper who purchases Adventure Time products. Around a year ago I noticed males – late teens through to mid twenties – purchasing this title. It is those […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: promote your magazine point of difference on social media

May 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

I regularly promote the depth of range of magazines in the newsagent on social media including Facebook. This screencap shops a facebook post from yesterday – for a selection of healthy eating magazines. When doing this I tend to focus on titles not widely available elsewhere. I also promote four or five titles to speak […]

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Terrific Dymocks window display

April 29th, 2015 · No Comments

I like the Mother’s Day window display in the Dymocks flagship store on George Street in Sydney. The display incorporates gifts, cards and wrapped boxes. It promotes a diverse range of gifts too from the traditional to the non traditional. What is most appealing, however, is the inclusion of greeting cards in the display. Too […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: be clear in your message

April 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Standing in front of your newsagency or at the entrance to the shop, how many messages are you pitching to your customers? Do these messages contradict each other? Are the messages connected in any way? Could your customers be confused? How we dress our shops is one of our most important marketing activities. From product placement […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: attract new shoppers to your retail newsagency

April 19th, 2015 · No Comments

What are you doing to attract new shoppers to your newsagency? Yes, I am talking to you – if you are a newsagent. What are you doing today, this week, this month, this quarter to drive traffic to your store? Newsagents used to rely on suppliers to drive traffic to their businesses. No more. With […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing advice: promote obscure

April 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Newsagencies are habit based businesses. People step through our front door for habit based purchases daily: magazines, newspapers, tobacco, drinks, lottery products, greeting cards. This traffic, while it has some challenges, is a given. My question today is – what are you dong to attract shoppers for non traditional, non habit based, items? What do […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing advice: setup a craft table

April 5th, 2015 · No Comments

At the Toy Fair recently on the Ed Vantage stand they had tables setup allowing you to play with their products. It was an excellent way to learn about the products and enjoy the experience first-hand. What Ed Vantage also did was to show newsagents how they could do the same thing in their shops. […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: make a brochure

March 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Take an blank piece of A4 paper and sketch out a flyer to promote your business. It’s important you start with blank paper so you really do have to start from scratch. The goal of the flyer has to be to get people into your business who are not regular shoppers with you. I am serious, […]

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Sunday newsagency marketing tip: introduce yourself to someone you don’t know

March 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

The most valuable shoppers in your business are those who have not shopped with you previously, those who rarely step into your business. Think about how to reach those people. The best place to start is your front window, your window on the world which passes by. Use that space to call out to those […]

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#1 of five provocative suggestions to challenge how you view and manage your retail newsagency

March 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

This week I will publish five deliberately provocative suggestions on aspects of retail newsagency management and operation. My goal is to challenge newsagents and their suppliers to break free from the past and engage in more present day retail Suggestion #1: remove all magazine posters. Magazine sales have been declining between 5% and 9% year […]

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