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Entries Tagged as 'newspaper home delivery'

The shift in newspaper marketing newsagents need to see and confront

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments

For decades the focus of newspaper marketing has been home delivery as it sat at the heart of the economic model pursued by newspaper publishers. Long-term home delivery customers were gold when it came to setting advertising rates. Advertising revenue has been the most important revenue stream to publishers. That was then. This is now. The ad […]

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Newspaper publishers snipe at each other when they ought to focus on their customers

November 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

News and Fairfax are sniping about layoffs at their competitors. With print copy sales continuing to decline and ad revenue down it is only natural the publishers want to cut costs. Publishers ought to focus on creating more compelling products for today’s marketplace. With editorial roles at the heart of what publishers create, retaining and hiring good […]

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Could drones be used to deliver newspapers?

October 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

With more retailers, like Walmart, seeking approval to test delivery of products by drones, is it only a matter of time before publishers or others seek to trial delivery of the daily newspaper by drones? While there are regulatory challenges, drone delivery  of newspapers could be more cost-effective in built-up areas where drones would be […]

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75% off for The New York Times

June 27th, 2015 · No Comments

I signed up for the free 12 week offer of digital access to The New York Times a few weeks ago. Last night, this offer arrived by email. 75% off home delivery for 12 weeks. They do not filter out people overseas – until you click on the link and it breaks. The 75% off […]

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Why newsagents should not resist providing News Corp. sales data through XchangeIT

June 10th, 2015 · 3 Comments

I am aware of some newsagents refusing to provide News Corp. with sales data through XchangeIT. The provision of this data is one reason for News now using XchangeIT to send supply files to newsagents. Unlike some magazine publishers, News wants to reduce the paper wastage of returns – saving them money as well as newsagents […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management · Newspaper distribution · newspaper home delivery · Newspaper marketing · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Distribution newsagents given a delivery fee increase by News Corp.

February 27th, 2015 · 28 Comments

News Corp. has advised distribution newsagents in QLD of the results of its annual distribution fee review. While not probably as much as some were hoping for, any increase is better than nothing. Some said that the structure of the fees is a problem, and that distribution newsagents are not keeping up. In the announcement, News made […]

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Thinning newspapers not unwrapping as well as newspapers from years ago

February 19th, 2015 · 16 Comments

With page counts in newspapers down from years ago when plastic wrap for home delivered newspapers was introduced, the product experience for readers today, on particularly thin newspaper days, is not ideal. On Tuesday I saw this first-hand in a customer location. There on an unrelated matter, when they found out I owned a newsagency […]

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To newspaper publishers who want to know how to sell more newspapers

February 7th, 2015 · 9 Comments

To newspaper publishers who ask how can we help retail newsagents sell more newspapers I say stop using us to switch our customers away from our businesses. The deal stuck on the front page of The Age today is a good and frustrating example. While I understand the role of discount home deliveries in the […]

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News Corp. removes newspaper home delivery price protection in South Australia

October 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments

News Corp. has advised newsagents in South Australia that it will remove price protection for home delivered product within weeks. Here is the advice the company provided newsagents: Please note that News Corp has decided to remove the price protect for home delivery customers with the forthcoming price increase for the Sunday Mail on Nov […]

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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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Gold Coast Bulletin souvenir edition not in newsagencies

August 5th, 2014 · No Comments

News Corp’s Gold Coast Bulletin published a special edition yesterday commemorating the handover of the Commonwealth Games. As their own report indicates, this special edition was not available in newsagencies. News Corp has passed up another opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to the newsagency channel. The company for years has said newsagents are important to […]

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Newsagents nervous about digital and print newspaper offers

May 6th, 2014 · 6 Comments

I heard from several newsagents yesterday concerned about the promotion of a digital and print offer that appears to be targeting digital seven days and print two days a week. We will have three key membership options; digital plus weekend newspaper delivery, digital plus 7 day newspaper delivery or digital-only membership. The best value package […]

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Memo to accountants and lawyers – News Corp. is not taking control of newspaper distribution runs

April 10th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Lawyers and Accountants advising on the purchase of a newsagency have a responsibility to ensure that the advice they provide is accurate. It is frustrating hearing one or the other make a statement that is not based in fact. One accountant recently told a prospective newsagency purchaser that it may not be a good business […]

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Stolen newspapers challenge distribution newsagents

March 19th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Every newsagent who owns or has owned a newspaper distribution business has experienced the theft of home delivered newspapers. I experienced it years ago before I sold my delivery run. In one instance a resident at a church run retirement village was regularly stealing the paper delivered to a fellow resident. I know of people […]

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Distribution newsagents miss out on News Corp cover price increase

March 14th, 2014 · 21 Comments

Distribution newsagents are voicing frustration that the price increases for News Corp. newspaper titles are not resulting in an increase in the fees they are paid. While News Corp will say they addressed this in their restructuring of fees last year, any reasonable assessment will challenge this. Last year’s fee increases did not catch up […]

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Distribution newsagents should get ready now for bumper editions

December 16th, 2013 · 15 Comments

With bumper edition out already from Fairfax, distribution newsagents should ensure they are ready with their computer systems setup to handle these. Leaving it to the last minute can lead to mistakes. 7 likes

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News delays iServices implementation for SA

November 3rd, 2013 · 16 Comments

News Corp. is delaying the introduction of DTI Circulation – its national circulation and subscriptions system which is already in place across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. No reason has been given for the delay in SA. News has advised that the WA implementation will be undertaken later this month. 5 […]

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News Corp. security breach a case for not centralising newspaper home delivery data?

October 17th, 2013 · No Comments

The admission by News Corp Australia today that a vulnerability had been discovered in its subscriber data systems is a reminder of the risk of centrally managed data banks. For decades newsagents held subscriber data at the local business level and it is only in recent years that the newspaper publishers have sought to centralise […]

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Tags: Ethics · newspaper home delivery · Social responsibility

News Corp. changes to newspaper distribution remuneration should help drive value of newsagency businesses

September 9th, 2013 · 23 Comments

News Corp. Australia has this morning released the long-awaited results of the national newsagent remuneration review.  I see the changes announced as a reinforcement of commitment to newsagents from News.  The headlines as I see them are: Three year contract. This gives newsagents certainty, something they can sell. It will help newsagency sellers and buyers. […]

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Who’s next to have a crack at sorting out News Corp’s Australian newspapers?

August 10th, 2013 · 7 Comments

Change agent Kim Williams ‘resigned’ from running News Corp. in Australia yesterday. He’s been replaced by the former Chairman of the Herald & Weekly Times Julian Clarke in a move many commentators label seat warming for a longer term leader – some are speculating about Lachlan Murdoch for the role. Williams’ resignation is evidence of […]

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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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170,000 home delivery subscribers not enough for Oregon newspaper

July 13th, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Oregonian newspaper in the US is cutting its seven day a week home delivery service to four days a week reports the newspaper on its own website. The newspaper has 170,000 subscribers. What’s interesting in the move is that they will still publish seven days a week yet only home deliver on Sunday, Wednesday, […]

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Newspaper frequency changes don’t work says expert

July 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Writing at Editor & Publisher, John K Hartman, professor of journalism at Central Michigan University,  says that frequency reductions for daily newspapers do not work.  This is interesting because of the speculation as to what is next for some Australian daily newspapers. I am sure people in newspaper publishing companies here are looking at what has […]

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Is the newspaper home delivery move by Fairfax Tasmania a trial for a national approach?

July 5th, 2013 · 22 Comments

Fairfax in Tasmania appears to be taking the migration of newspaper home delivery account management away from newsagents sfurther than News Limited has done so far in its own migration moves thus far. Fairfax appears to be requiring newsagents to give up, without compensation, newsagent developed intellectual property around run delivery details including layout and […]

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Queensland newsagents upset at change to News Limited terms

May 29th, 2013 · 41 Comments

Queensland newsagents, still reeling from the impact of the suspended/cancelled T2020 newspaper distribution reorganisation, were shocked to be advised last week by News that they will be transferring from 30 day accounts to 7 day accounts. With their marketplace particularly challenged, as identified by News Limited itself, the significant change in trading terms puts more […]

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