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Entries Tagged as 'Media disruption'

Pay wall strategy change from News Corp?

September 1st, 2014 · No 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. 2 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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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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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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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

Statement from Matt Handbury in relation to Hubbed

March 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Matt Handbury contacted me over the weekend and provided this statement in relation to Hubbed: Hubbed: Setting the record straight In response to speculation about the operational performance and governance arrangements at Hubbed, I feel it is in the best interests of the newsagent community to provide some much needed clarity around these issues. First, […]

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Tags: Hubbed · Media disruption · Newsagency · Newsagency benchmark · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation

Marvel retreating from retail to focus on digital?

March 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Michael Kozlowski writing at Good Reader says that Marvel is retreating from retail distribution to focus on digital: Marvel is endeavoring to focus almost exclusively on digital distribution to maximize revenue. In the past few months the company has pulled their comics from bookstores all over the world. You would be hard-pressed to find anything but the odd […]

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Comparing Saturday newspapers

March 2nd, 2014 · 11 Comments

Having read all four Saturday newspapers in Melbourne - The Weekend Australian, The Saturday Age, The Saturday Herald Sun and The Saturday Paper – the value of competition is obvious. The three existing Saturday newspapers responded to the arrival of The Saturday Paper by rejigging their offers. The move of The Age to tabloid format is […]

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The Guardian on The Saturday Paper

February 28th, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Guardian has published an excellent piece on The Saturday Paper – it’s good to read more about this exciting launch and the people behind it and why they are bucking the trend and launching a print newspaper. 2 likes

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Weekend Fin Review to close?

February 5th, 2014 · 7 Comments

There is a strong rumour that Fairfax will cut the weekend edition of The Australian Financial Review in the next few weeks. It would not surprise me. Just at it would not surprise me to hear of other daily newspapers cutting print days. 4 likes

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Fairfax to quit Drive advertising business?

February 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

The Australian today is reporting that Fairfax is closing its Drive advertising business, maintaining the brand for content only. no announcement from Fairfax yet. 0 likes

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A newspaper stand at Melbourne Gift Fair?

February 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

The International New York Times has a stand promoting subscriptions at the Melbourne Gift Fair. Their pitch was compelling: A$1 for 12 weeks access. Talk about disruptive pricing. The problem is the A$3.75 a week price for iPhone access thereafter. That’s too high. I suspect people are more likely to spend on a local paper […]

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Promoting magazines anywhere and the new retail paradigm of shopping 24/7

January 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I was on Apple’s AppStore last night and noticed this ad: Magazines for Him. Clicking on the ad and I was offered what at first appeared to be free access to apps for Rolling Stone, Money, T3 and other titles. With many magazine apps, however, the content is not free, just the app for accessing […]

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Tags: Media disruption · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation · Optimism

News Corp. heavily promoting digital subscriptions

January 20th, 2014 · No Comments

The relentless full-page and double-page ads in News Corp. capital city newspapers promoting digital access with one or two day home delivery are an indicator of the plans of the company. The marketing reads as if the print product is the gift with purchase for the main item – the digital subscription. If you look […]

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Loving print again

January 11th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Just as people are rediscovering vinyl records, more people are writing about rediscovering print. Read what Brian Sullivan wrote at CNBC earlier this week. A few months ago I made the decision to reactivate a few of my print subscriptions. Not all of them, but most of my favorites. Soon I realized that what was sitting […]

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Confronting the news of migration from print to digital

January 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Read what Andy Nulman has written for the Huffington Post about migrating his magazine reading from print to digital. Then this story from The New York Times from a few days ago about people who love special interest magazines. It’s easy for us to focus on the bad news in magazine sales as reflected in […]

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The Onion closes print edition

December 28th, 2013 · 1 Comment

I love The Onion. It’s satire is cutting edge, very funny. In fact, some see it as a real news outlet and have quoted satirical stories as if they are true. Anyway, the last print edition has been published.  This makes sense since the audience for their satire is more likely wired and getting entertainment online. 3 […]

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Interest in tablet computer magazines on the wane?

December 17th, 2013 · No Comments

Check out the fascinating article at GIGAOM on the waning interest in tablet magazines – magazines published through iTunes and the like for reading on the iPad and other tablets. The Newsstand and tablet magazine honeymoon is over. Apple knows it. The industry knows it. And consumers have made it painfully clear for far too […]

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