Australian Newsagency Blog

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Merry Christmas

December 24th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Have a great Christmas everyone. Enjoy the day off tomorrow after what will be, for many, a crazy day today. Eat good food. Drink what you enjoy. Have some laughs. create some memories.  And in a quiet moment think about everyone receiving a card or a gift sold by your business. You did that – […]

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Misplaced Habits: The Newsagent

July 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Misplaced Habits: The Newsagent is a heartfelt and moving blog post by Cath Feely, a social and cultural historian of modern Britain. I encourage you to read it as it takes you on a journey of memories to the quintessential British newsagency business. At the end is this paragraph: Proper newsagents now seem to me to […]

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Warm up your newsagency this winter with optimism

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Winter is here. It’s months before the next major traffic generating season. Now more than ever we need to make our businesses appealing. This week I’ll share some tips. Practical ideas to warm up your newsagency this winter with optimism. Create a display of the warm feeling products you sell: affirmations, angels, positive message cards, positive message mugs […]

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Tags: marketing · Newsagency · newsagency marketing · newsagency of the future

Parcel Nest a very cool Aussie approach to the parcel challenge

May 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

Check out Parcel Nest on Kickstarter, a cool solution to the challenge of home delivery of parcels. It’s an Aussie design addressing the delivery change at the front gate. I mention it here so newsagents are aware a a different approach to parcels compared to the collection point approach our channel has been pitched in […]

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Shaun The Sheep opportunity for newsagents

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

I received a unit of Shaun The Sheep flockstars from Network – timed to connect with the release of the movie. On their own these may do okay. Add to them the Shaun The Sheep merchandise from Jasnor and I can tell a story. This is an example of opportunities newsagents can leverage, ways we can connect products from […]

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Unhelpful commentary from Michael Pascoe on newsagents

January 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Fairfax published a comment piece today by Michael Pascoe, BusinessDay Contributing Editor, about the decision being faced by the NSW government on where Tatts lottery products can be sold and the lobbying by NSW newsagents for continued protection. While I agree with some of what Pascoe writes on this topic, his commentary is ignorant in some areas. For example: […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Newsagent representation

Another example of an opportunity lost from our channel

November 20th, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Taronga Zoo Super Animals promotion running at Woolworths supermarkets appears to be a tremendous success. Super Animals looks at feels like a part series promotion with elements of building a collection. Super Animals looks like something that would have traditionally been sold through newsagencies. But it’s being sold exclusively through Woolworths, driving impulse purchases and driving traffic […]

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Tags: Competition · Newsagency · Newsagency challenges

A hand made newsagency

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Check out the report in The Guardian about an artist who created a UK newsagency out of fabric and stitching. Very cool. There are even fabric made magazines. It’s an art installation on show for August in Bethnal Green in London, UK. 4 likes

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Great newsagency family celebration

May 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Cheers to the Bishop family of Goondiwindi and the decades of service they have given their town. Patriarch Bill Bishop featured earlier this week in a wonderful story in The Australian. 4 likes

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Newsagents and Tasmanian forestry

May 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

I was trawling Twitter last night and found a recording of a recent speech by respected economist Richard Dennis speaking at a forum on Tasmanian forestry. I was surprised when he said that there are more people working in Tasmanian newsagencies than in forestry. He then notes that he likes newsagents and that they are a […]

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Newsagency business sales analysis – better data helps feed better business decisions

May 8th, 2014 · No Comments

I took a look at Jan. – Mar. 2014 vs. 2013 data for a newsagency from a major suburban shopping centre this week and here are comments I shares with the owner: Being in such a major shopping centre with so many competitors for what you sell can be a challenge. I don’t know how […]

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Tags: Newsagency · Newsagency benchmark · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities

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

Smart use of advertising screens

March 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Further to my post this morning, this photo shows how another Newslink store used advertising screens. At the front of the shop there are two screens and in the shop behind the counter is a third screen. The ads on all three screens change in cycle and are co-ordinated. the advertise deals available in-store.  It’s […]

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Supanews website claims 47,000 transactions

March 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

The Supanews website I wrote about in December claims to have completed more than 47,000 transaction since its launch. The website itself is effectively a front for other sites – passing transactions to other providers for magazine subscriptions, lottery products and stationery. The site does not, as the promoters claim, replicate a traditional newsagency. Supanews […]

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Newsagency business analysis: turnaround needed

October 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Here’s an analysis I did yesterday for a newsagency in need of reinvention. Before that can be done they need to fix data issues so that they have meaningful data measurement. This is why the analysis is incomplete compared to what I would usually do. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to look at your […]

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Just read: Killing Fairfax

July 29th, 2013 · 17 Comments

Killing Fairfax is an excellent read, I couldn’t put it down over the last couple of days. Beyond telling the story of how successive leaders of the once giant media company missed online opportunities, the book takes us deep into Australian media family rivalries thanks to excellent on the record sources. Newsagents wondering about the […]

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

An homage to the local UK newsagent

July 7th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Check out the homage to the local UK newsagent by Son’ Emirali – Founder and Director of Plog Magazine and Online Designer at Estée Lauder Companies UK.  Here is what he has done in creating his new book, Fosters: In the heart of Brockley Rise, South East London, lies a corner shop like no other, Fosters Newsagents. A […]

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Greek Beat magazine opportunity for newsagents

March 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Elias Farogiannis, the publisher of Greek Beat magazine has contacted me offering distribution of the title free to newsagents who would like to sell it – cover price $2.95. Greek Beat is new.  It’s in English and Greek and targets readers between 18 and 60. Newsagents would know from the newspapers they sell whether they […]

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Vale Ian Turner

November 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Ian Turner, former owner of Rutherford Newsagency in New South Wales, passed away last night.  A long term member of the Board of NANA and a strident supporter of the newsagency channel, Ian was well known among newsagents and suppliers.  Ian liked to innovate the newsagency retail offer and often played outside the traditional model, […]

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Vale Gary Angus

October 18th, 2011 · 15 Comments

I was saddened to hear this morning of the death of Gary Angus of newsXpress Pall Mall.   Losing any newsagent is sad, losing someone at their workplace is even more so. Gary was a genuine character in the newsagency channel as well as in Bendigo, a loveable larrakin some might say.  He was a […]

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Sunday marketing tip for newsagents: Newspaper headline art

October 16th, 2011 · No Comments

If you want to run a customer competition which gets them creatively engaged with newspapers, consider a headline art competition.  Keep it simple.  Ask that they create an item of art using recent newspaper headlines.  It could be visual or written art, as long as headlines are used.  Get a local panel of art experts […]

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Being better sales people

April 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

How much time do we put into training our front line, the people who have the most to do with our customers? Whether these people are newsagency owners or employees, regular training on how to sell is vital – especially since we think that customer service is a kay point of difference for us. Sale […]

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