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Entries Tagged as 'Newspapers'

Is Coles engaged in predatory pricing for Newspapers in Port Lincoln?

October 29th, 2014 · 9 Comments

I’m told that Coles is not passing on freight costs imposed by News Corp. for flying its print products into Port Lincoln. In doing so, Coles is selling The Advertiser at a significant discount to newsagents who are passing on the freight cost. What Coles is doing sounds like it could be predatory pricing as defined […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility

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

Launching a new national newspaper next Saturday

October 27th, 2014 · 1 Comment

21st Century Media, through distributor IPS, next Saturday launches Australian National Review, the print version of it’s news website 21st Century News.Here is a video which positions the new newspaper: Saturdays are the print media battleground of the month. 6 likes

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities · Newspapers

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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Tags: newspaper home delivery · Newspapers

Finally, consistent coverage of news

October 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

It was good to have a day where newspaper covers right around Australia parked agendas as they marked the passing of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Regardless of your politics, key aspects of the Australia we have today is thanks to the transformative but short Whitlam years. The image is a terrific gallery created by Mediaweek. […]

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Tags: Newspapers

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

Are newspaper brands out the front of your newsagency still relevant today?

October 13th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Passing a newsagency in Sydney on Saturday I noticed that of the three signs on the front of the business, above the door and front windows, Newsagency was the smallest. It took around 20% of the space. Two daily newspaper brands took 40% each. With sales of one of the newspapers declining around 15% year […]

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

News UK helps retail newsagents sell newspapers

October 8th, 2014 · 4 Comments

I liked some of the tools offered by News UK to retail newsagents for selling their newspapers which I saw at the Better Retailing LIVE 2014 conference in Manchester this week. For The Sun they had a spring-loaded shelf unit, a cor-flute floor display unit, a magnetic wall unit and the counter mat unit in the photo. […]

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Tags: Newspapers

Cheeky newspaper price war

October 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Check out the pitch on the top left corner of the Daily Express: Still 5p cheaper than the Daily Mail and ten times better. Newspaper publishers here pitch on price while in Australia there has been a race to the top in recent years as sales of declined. As to which approach is right – […]

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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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Tags: Media disruption · Newspapers

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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Newspaper / water promotion abused at WH Smith

October 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I witnessed first-hand the abuse of a newspaper / bottled water promotion at a WH Smith outlet in London yesterday. The customer in front of me wanted to purchase a bottle of water and some other items. The sales person said if they purchased the Daily Telegraph the water was free. The customer didn’t ant […]

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Tags: Newspapers

Seeds help push Gympie Times

September 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

The Gympie Times was the only newspaper with a positive result in the June audit results – posting .56% year on year growth and while not much growth off a circa. base of 3,776 copies, being the only paper to record growth in the audit it’s notable. They are currently pushing sales with a seedling […]

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Tags: Newspapers

One week left for James Hird?

September 21st, 2014 · No Comments

I wondered if the placement of the home delivery subscription ad stuck on the front page of The Age yesterday was placed as commentary about the future of the disgraced James Hird as clash of Essondon AFL team given the latest turn in the drug cheating story that has dogged the club for two years. […]

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Tags: Newspapers

With print newspaper sales falling Fairfax increases cover prices, again

September 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

For years newsagents begged newspaper publishers to set cover priced that were more realistic for the product being sold. News was the worst at rejecting this for well over a decade (the Tele in Sydney was $1 for 13 years I think) and Fairfax not much better. As sales of the print product have fallen, both […]

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Tags: Newspapers

Ros Reines fails to backup sledge of newsagents

September 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Ros Reines from Sydney Confidential in The Daily Telegraph recently claimed to 17,500 Twitter followers that some newsagents don’t put out magazines each day. I responded and found out it was two newsagents in Bondi. Reins has not responded to other questions I’ve put. A professional journalist would check the facts before publishing. I want […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency challenges · Newspapers · Social Media · Social responsibility

What is it that newspaper publishers are selling nowadays?

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

I skipped over this ad in today’s Courier Mail as I at first thought it was for a rewards program when in fact it’s selling the newspaper and a bunch of other stuff. While I am no advertising expert, I am a consumer and I look at this ad and wonder what they are trying […]

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Fairfax cuts back on free newspapers

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Fairfax is ceasing giving newspapers to bus lines in Victorian for giveaways to passengers. The company has said that it will try and encourage the bus companies to purchase subscription deals instead. 6 likes

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Celebrating the Hawthorn win

September 7th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Yesterday we surrounded the Herald Sun cover story of the win by Hawthorn over Geelong with this placement of Hawthorn plush above and around the newspaper. It was a talking point with customers and that’s important in AFL-crazed Melbourne. It showed us as being connected with the story of the day. 1 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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Tags: Media disruption · Newspapers

Fairfax plays hardball with small business newsagents on Trader Tag

September 5th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Further my post last week, Fairfax owned IPS has confirmed it will play hard ball with newsagents in clawing back commission incorrectly credited to newsagents. It’s a bit rich of the company to force a mistake two years in the making to expect newsagents to resolve it and pay Fairfax in one hit. Attempts by newsagents […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers

News UK revamps newsagency shop fronts

September 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Newsworks reports News UK has revamped the shopfront of thousands of newsagencies with strong branding for its products. It does’t feel to me like a smart investment for a retailer to brand a business with the brand of only one product you sell. Image source: Newsworks. 2 likes

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Another example of why time of day pricing for newspapers should be considered

September 3rd, 2014 · 28 Comments

I took this photo at 3pm Monday this week in Sydney. The sign, on the lease line of the cafe facing into George Street, pitches their fresh sandwiches at a deep discount. I mention it today to connect back with my June post about time of day pricing for newspapers. Publishers and newsagents need to […]

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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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Tags: Media disruption · Newspapers

Fairfax prefers 7-Eleven over newsagents

September 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Further to my post about not being able to get The Age Good Food Guide to sell in my newsagency, Fairfax has been promoting that it’s in 7-Eleven outlets and newsagents. Thanks Fairfax. They go negotiate to get it into 7-Eleven but don’t even try and get it into better service focussed retail newsagents. This […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Ugh!