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Entries Tagged as 'Media disruption'

Great to see a newspaper publisher promoting print

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Kudos to the folks at the print edition of the Cairns Post newspaper for so strongly promoting their print product on the front of their building in downtown Cairns. While many Australian newspaper publishers pitch their digital platform ahead of print, this bold support of print is welcome to see. Cairns newsagents should be happy […]

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Tags: Media disruption · Newspapers

Moving from print to digital for books

November 8th, 2014 · 5 Comments

While I have completely switched from print to digital for news and special interest magazine content, I have continued to only read books in their print form. I read a lot and the print experience provided time away from a screen. I like the ease with which I con interact with the book and appreciate […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Media disruption · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

Newspaper remote area publishing fee

November 6th, 2014 · 8 Comments

In Launceston yesterday I discovered from newsagents that Fairfax charges a Remote area publishing fee for The Age, the Melbourne newspaper, which is printed locally, in Launceston, for Tasmanian customers. This seems like an odd charge to me. Fair enough if freight was involved but it’s not. It’s a fee for using a local printing […]

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News Corp. promoting the reimagined newspaper

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

At the News Corp. offices in Adelaide the company is promoting The Advertiser – your paper reimagined. Nowhere in the promotion spread across the front of the high-profile office building is the newspaper promoted. This promotion is all about their new app. News Corp. is doing what it needs to do for its future relevance in […]

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Tags: Media disruption · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Newspapers

Wired asks: Are digital magazine dead?

October 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Are digital magazines dead? in Wired magazine is not so much abut the question as it is an explanation that the medium is in its infancy and so it’s too early to speculate. 2 likes

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Celebrating 160 years of The Age

October 17th, 2014 · 17 Comments

The Age newspaper is 160 years old today and some have used social media to say long live newspapers. I wish I could say that. The weekday editions of The Age must be perilously close to the point where printing and distributing them is loss making, where falling advertising revenue is not being covered enough by a rapidly […]

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Tags: Media disruption · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities · newspaper home delivery · Newspapers

UK newsagents offering Amazon pick-up service

October 16th, 2014 · No Comments

UK newspaper and magazine distributor Smiths News is facilitating newsagents offering Amazon product purchase pica-up service. Items ordered before 11.45am will be able to be picked by 4pm on the same day – in 500 participating newsagents and local shops.  Check out Gizmodo for the story. 2 likes

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Tags: Media disruption · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities

Those who don’t embrace change miss out

October 7th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m currently on an Etihad flight from Manchester to Abu Dhabi and am loving in-flight WiFi access. While Virgin Australia and Qantas continue with excuses as to why they cannot offer this, airlines like Etihad, Emirates, Delta and American Airlines have offered in-flight WiFi for years. When booking, I give preference to airlines with in-flight […]

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The changing newspaper model – selling club membership ahead of news

October 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Nowhere are the changes in the news distribution model more apparent than in The Times in the UK today. Across a two-page spread the publisher makes the case for migrating consumers from print to digital. Today’s ad is not the first. Central to the pitch is that it is about much more than news. It’s […]

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Pushing newspaper readers online

October 6th, 2014 · No Comments

The Times here in the UK today has a double page ad promoting online over digital. The comparison table makes the case for the value in a £6 for the digital package versus a £10 spend for the print product. The irony is the use of the print product to push people from it. 1 likes

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Fairfax takes online news traffic honours

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Fairfax has trumped News Corp. in the latest online news site rankings by Neilsen. Click here for the Neilsen report. More at Mumbrella here. Online news engagement is relevant to newsagents as growth in engagement challenges engagement with the print product we sell. 2 likes

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Canadian publishers closes 11 newspapers

September 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Canadian publisher Transcontinental Inc announced earlier this week that they would close 20 newspapers. In the wake of this announcement, Transcontinental Inc. is also announcing that it is reorganizing its weekly newspaper portfolio and effective today will stop publishing 20 of its titles, which for the most part will be integrated with other publications it holds […]

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Amazing deal: $20 for 24 weekend newspapers from News Corp

September 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

This offer in The Daily Telegraph is stunning: 12 weeks of Saturday and Sunday newspapers home delivered for $40 plus you get a $20 gift voucher, access to all News digital sites, foxsports.com.au access and +Rewards benefits program access. It’s hard to see what the hero product here and the loss leader being used to support the […]

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Pay wall strategy change from News Corp?

September 1st, 2014 · 5 Comments

With the pay wall for News Corp’s Perth Now online news removed last week I wonder if other News sites will follow or is this a WA specific move responding to two strong local and free sites. If it is the latter other competitors will see the move as News blinking. 3 likes

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Another deep discount for The Age by Fairfax

August 21st, 2014 · No Comments

I received another email from Fairfax offering a six month subscription at a discount of 50% off the usual digital access price. The biggest discount is for digital only access – that’s 50%. If you select the seven-day print and digital offer for six months the discount is only 20%. Fairfax is pushing digital first. Is this […]

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Tags: Media disruption · Newspapers

Another good crisis related magazine cover

August 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

I love the cover of the current issue of Time magazine and the topic: COLD WAR II. It’s another good crisis related magazine cover. Unfortunately, the sales won’t be what they would have been twenty years ago when Time content was, well, more timely. Most interested in this topic will have read this or similar content […]

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Tags: magazines · Media disruption

News Corp. pushes newspaper shoppers to supermarkets while ignoring newsagents

July 9th, 2014 · 5 Comments

News Corp. yesterday advised newsagents in Victoria of a deal with Ritchies supermarkets where Ritchies get a free Herald Sun if they spend more than $30 in Ritchies. It frustrates me that News Corp. does deals like this and others with supermarkets yet they ignore retail newsagents. Two years ago the company made considerable noise […]

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Tags: Ethics · Media disruption · Newsagency challenges · Newspaper distribution · Newspaper marketing · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Just read: Stop Press – The Last Days of Newspapers

June 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Stop Press – The Last Days of Newspapers byRachel Buchannan is a compelling read by a respected journalist and historian. It’s a homage to Australian and New Zealand print newspapers and a call out for for future of journalism. Newsagents come in for a mention as a business channel affected by the declining sales of […]

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Newspaper revenue up yet unit sales are down

May 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments

A phenomenon in the latest newsagency sales benchmark study is the increase in newspaper revenue for many newsagency businesses where unit sales of newspapers declined. This speaks to the considerable increase in cover prices over what was being charged a year ago. If only newspaper publishers had acted on newspaper prices sooner – we’d have […]

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Digital versus print challenges of The New York Times speak to local challenges

May 19th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Digiday has published a fascinating report into the digital challenges being confronted by The New York Times. The graphs in the report show excellent growth in digital access while at the same time showing the high cost of serving the declining and unprofitable print consumer. It’s the biggest single challenge facing newspaper companies, the reason for […]

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A golden age of news access

May 15th, 2014 · No Comments

We are in a golden age of news sources in Australia., In addition to the brands we know from Fairfax and News and the long term online and email offering from Crikey, we now have The Guardian, The Conversation, The News Daily, Mail Online as well as the ABC and its various offerings as well […]

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Tags: Media disruption · Media regulation

Inside Out magazine promoted being everywhere

May 8th, 2014 · No Comments

The publisher of Inside Out magazine has tweeted wide availability including at newsagents and on a range of digital platforms. While I understand their need to do this, they and other publishers need to understand the need of newsagents to manage magazine space, labour and time investment in this new world. 4 likes

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Tags: magazines · Media disruption

Bauer reinvention for digital

May 5th, 2014 · No Comments

The Australian published a report last week on work at Bauer Media chasing digital traffic and sales for its titles. Newsagents should check it out. 2 likes

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US newspaper revenue decline continues

April 27th, 2014 · No Comments

The decline in revenue for newspaper publishers continued as evidenced with the release of the latest data. The revenue challenge has more to do with ad revenue than circulation revenue whereas the cost challenge is more to do with distribution than editorial. Smart publishers will realise that they could make more money setting their content […]

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TV interview probing the role of newsagents

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

I was interviewed yesterday for Channel 31’s Newsline program about print media, newsagency businesses and our place in the community. It was a long interview covering a broad area. It will be interesting to see what ends up going to air. The program is produced RMIT journalism students for public access TV. It’s terrific seeing […]

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Tags: Media disruption · newsagency of the future