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Using Twitter for newsagency marketing ideas

April 10th, 2015 · 7 Comments

I am inspired by this tweet I found yesterday. A colouring book as an art therapy book! It is wonderful how comments from others can have us look at our businesses differently. What we see as an item for one purpose could be seen by others as having a completely different purpose. Maybe we change […]

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Here’s what I look at when asked to help a newsagency in trouble

April 8th, 2015 · 3 Comments

If your newsagency is challenged – losing money, risking closure, not paying bills on time – and you’d like help on this, here is a list of information necessary to asses the situation. A comparison of trading periods. Start with the latest three months compared to the same period a year earlier. In the Tower […]

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What newsagents and other independent retailers need have to make a case to a landlord

April 7th, 2015 · 2 Comments

If you want to make a case to your landlord for rent relief – short or long term – here is a list of what you will need to assemble to enable you to make a case. You cannot go to a landlord and ask cut my rent or seek short-term rent relief without evidence […]

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Discount vouchers continue to drive excellent newsagency sales results

April 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Our sales in the newsagency for the first quarter of 2015 are up 15% on the same period last year. While shop floor engagement, product selection and displays are a factor in this result, the discount voucher performance report shows the extraordinary value this front end loyalty approach is to the business. Take this 60 […]

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Newsagency of the Future workshop – Perth next Wednesday

April 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

I had to reschedule my last Newsagency of the Future session in Perth because of a flight delay of several hours. The next session is in Perth next Wednesday at 8am (breakfast included). Perth. April 8. 8 am.  Country Comfort Inter City. Great Eastern Highway Perth. All newsagents welcome. It’s free. Click here for the booking form, or […]

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Sunday newsagency management tip: 30% is the max. you should allow for a category

March 29th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Does your newsagency rely on too much traffic, GP or revenue for a single product category? By too much I mean more than 30%? 30% is a figure I have come up with, based on years of working with newsagents affected by categories which dominate their business falling into decline. Tobacco, magazines and lotteries are […]

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What is the best thing you can do in your newsagency today to show that newsagencies are good businesses to buy?

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Newsagents want people to be interested in purchasing their businesses. You cannot make people be interested by telling them to do be. The best way to make people interested in newsagencies is to make them appealing. The best way to make your newsagency appealing is make every day your pay day. The appeal of businesses […]

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Why a newsagency is a good business to buy #5

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments

This week I am going to publish a different reason each day on why a newsagency is a good business to buy – in no particular order. #5 you are trusted by the community Ask anyone on the street to rank retail businesses they trust and I bet newsagencies rank high on the list. People trust […]

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Why a newsagency is a good business to buy #4

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

This week I am going to publish a different reason each day on why a newsagency is a good business to buy – in no particular order. #4: you have permission to change Unlike many retail business formats people purchase when getting into small business for the first time, what your newsagency does is very much […]

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Fascinating retail forum looks to the future

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

I was fortunate to be at the Touch 2015 Retail eServices Forum in Sydney yesterday. Speakers ranged from the visionary to the practical, all offering insights into how retail is changing and opportunities for retailers, like newsagents. I found Dan Gregory particularly fascinating when talking about how businesses engage versus how they can engage. O. Schmitz […]

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Newsagency of the Future workshop tomorrow in Perth

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments

If you’re in Perth and are interested in considering what your future could be, I encourage you to book for the first Newsagency of the Future workshop. It’s on in Perth next Thursday at 10am. Attendance is free.  I promise you will be challenged and encouraged. Perth. Thursday March 26. 10am.  Country Comfort Inter City. Great […]

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Why a newsagency is a good business to buy #3

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments

This week I am going to publish a different reason each day on why a newsagency is a good business to buy – in no particular order. #3: you’re part of something bigger Even though newsagencies are independently owned and operated, vary significantly in range, service and location, trade under different brands and vary in terms […]

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Why a newsagency is a good business to buy #2

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

This week I am going to publish a different reason each day on why a newsagency is a good business to buy – in no particular order. #2: there are processes to guide you Newsagencies are structured businesses at their core. Lotteries, cards, magazines and newspapers have considerably structure around them. You can learn from suppliers […]

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Why a newsagency is a good business to buy #1

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

This week I am going to publish a different reason each day on why a newsagency is a good business to buy – in no particular order. #1 – A newsagency is a good business to buy because of the community connection. Small and independent retail business struggle for relevance in a local community. Your local […]

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

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments

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 #5: trash your counter. When you are closed, take everything off your counter and from […]

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Inviting all Perth based newsagents

March 19th, 2015 · 3 Comments

If you’re in Perth and are interested in considering what your future could be, I encourage you to book for the first Newsagency of the Future workshop. It’s on in Perth next Thursday at 10am. Attendance is free.  I promise you will be challenged and encouraged. Perth. Thursday March 26. 10am.  Country Comfort Inter City. Great […]

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

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments

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 #3: stop your card supplier putting out new stock, do it yourself. Learn how to […]

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

March 17th, 2015 · 2 Comments

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 #2: get rid of your newspaper stand. For decades newspaper publishers required newsagents to place […]

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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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Survey reminder – how can suppliers help you improve your business

March 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Please take a moment to complete a single question survey: how you think newsagent suppliers can help you improve your business. You can answer anonymously and as often as you want. If you are writing about a specific category, please start with it … for example: Magazines:  or Newspapers:. While how you respond is up to you, I suggest […]

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Survey: how can newsagent suppliers help you improve your business?

March 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Please take a moment to complete a single question survey: how you think newsagent suppliers can help you improve your business. You can answer as often as you want.  I’ve kept it free form so as to not restrict your responses. If you are writing about a specific category, please start with it … for example: Magazines: […]

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Newsagent supplier forum opportunity

March 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Newsagent suppliers: Click here to download the flyer with details of the newsagent supplier round table. I have organised three venues in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for newsagent suppliers to convene to discuss how they can help newsagents navigate to a brighter future. The latest newsagency sales trends by product category will be shared. Data points […]

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Repurposing the newsagency

March 4th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Check out the story published in The Standard about how a couple changed the newsagency into a gourmet food shop. This is one example of how to make your business in a small town relevant – by changing course and connecting with a regional USP. 6 likes

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Toy Fair opportunity for newsagents in Melbourne

March 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

If you are a Melbourne-based newsagent you should try and get to Toy Fair over the next four days. It’s an excellent event with many large and small toy suppliers attending. We are on a mission to grow toy sales in my newsagency. In the first two months of this year toys accounted for 3.59% […]

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Newsagent supplier round table to work on helping newsagents

February 24th, 2015 · 3 Comments

I invite newsagent suppliers to register to participate in one of two supplier round table discussions I am hosting in three weeks. I am keen for suppliers to participate in a discussion about the state of the newsagency channel and how they can help newsagents weather rough waters. The very latest newsagency sales trends by product […]

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