Australian Newsagency Blog

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Entries Tagged as 'Newspapers'

Terrific poster for The Saturday Paper

July 14th, 2014 · No Comments

The poster provided for promoting The Saturday Paper this past weekend was attention-grabbing and current. It reminded me of like newspaper posters we used to see years ago from Fairfax and News. We used it. It caused comment – like a good promotional poster does. Good stuff. Footnote: I tweeted about this poster yesterday and it was […]

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Tags: Newspapers · Social Media

Well done East Maitland Mercury!

July 12th, 2014 · No Comments

The East Maitland Mercury is running a series: meet your local newsagents. Check out the first instalment here. This is terrific support from a newspaper publisher for our channel and the specific businesses they profile. 9 likes

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Tags: marketing · Newspapers

How is your Fairfax customer service?

July 12th, 2014 · 5 Comments

I have heard from several newsagents this week of poor to non existent customer service from Fairfax regarding supply issues. If newsagents are not getting responses and assistance from fairfax to queries regarding selling their product then how bas is it for customers calling about a single copy? What’s been your fairfax customer service experience? […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Newsagent suppliers · Newspaper distribution · Newspapers

UK newspaper offering free loom bands

July 11th, 2014 · No Comments

The Sun newspaper is offering free loom bands with its newspaper Friday (UK time). If loom bands are still hot in the UK this is a terrific offer and is certain to drive sales. Deals like this leveraging kid-friendly fashion trends work. 3 likes

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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

Are you selling out of newspapers earlier?

July 5th, 2014 · 8 Comments

One of the challenges in this world of declining newspaper sales is tighter than ever allocations by newspaper publishers keen to keep returns to an absolute minimum. I am finding Fairfax tighter than News Corp. Most Saturdays we sell out of The Saturday Age come time between 12 noon and 2pm and only rarely can […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newspapers

STOP THE PRESSES! a must read book for newsagents

July 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Filled with sad and frustrating stories and chronicling extraordinary mismanagement of a once-great company, STOP THE PRESSES! How greed, incompetence (and the internet) wrecked Fairfax by Ben Hill is an excellent book. It takes us through the history of the company, the impact of the internet and extraordinary mismanagement from the top down. STOP THE […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Newspapers

Relegating The Age to a lower shelf

June 27th, 2014 · 3 Comments

We have moved The Age down from our main newspaper shelf on weekdays given the low sales volume. Sales are not paying for the space. We have filled the space with popular magazine titles that we think will interest newspaper shoppers. The magazine mix will change over time based on what we think will work […]

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Publishers ought to price newspapers based on the shelf life of the product

June 21st, 2014 · 19 Comments

The shelf life of a daily newspaper is less now than at any other time in its history. Indeed, news stories are often out of date by the time the press machines start rolling. While the price of other products with a limited shelf life, such as fresh food, is reduced as it nears expiry, newspapers […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagency marketing · Newsagency opportunities · Newspapers

Herald Sun covers up front page drug lab story photo

June 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

News Corp. is showing today how little photos on the front page of a newspaper matter to driving newspaper sales. They have suck a post-it note type ad for their unlimited digital and weekend home delivery subscription over the photo for the lead story of the day – and they did not cover up a […]

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Tags: newspaper masthead desecration · Newspapers

The Age newspaper covers up lead asylum seeker story

June 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Shame on Fairfax for their cover-up today of a story about asylum seekers on the front page of The Age newspaper. The placement of a post-it note type ad stuck over part of the lead story on the front page of the newspaper demonstrates a disregard by Fairfax for news. I don’t want my customers to […]

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Tags: newspaper masthead desecration · Newspapers

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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Tags: Media disruption · Newspapers

Groundhog Day at the Courier Mail

June 17th, 2014 · 3 Comments

I’m told that the ABC is running a report that some copies of today’s Courier Mail has a printing error with some pages – page 2, page 10 and some others –  publishing yesterday’s news. Some people are going to have a tough day today. 5 likes

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The Australian plain packaging claims expose poor editorial judgement

June 17th, 2014 · 18 Comments

Labor’s plain packaging fails as cigarette sales rise This June 8 headline and accompanying article published in The Australian has been shown to be based on specious information as last night’s Media Watch program explained. Relying on respected government sources and tracking back connections between the journalist and the source for data relied upon to big tobacco […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers

Social media ‘campaign’ targets Woolworths & News Corp

June 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Facebook and Twitter have lit up over the last couple of days with reports of Woolworths outlets promoting only News Corp. titles.  I’ve not seen any evidence of this in newsagencies or Woolworths outlets. I checked a Woolworths in Sydney tonight and they had Fairfax and News Corp newspapers next to each other. 2 likes

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Any other newsagents missing the Spectrum from The Age

June 14th, 2014 · No Comments

I heard from a newsagent today who is missing the Spectrum part (part 2) of The Saturday Age for three quarters of his supply. There other newsagent in town received full stock – putting this newsagent at a disadvantage with will surely cost sales. Has anyone else experienced this today? It is poor Fairfax customer service that it […]

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Customers still commenting on The Saturday Paper

May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

We have The Saturday Paper settled in between our two major dailies. Customers still comment – usually that it’s good to see a new newspaper launch. We promote it through the week given the content that will appeal beyond the 24 hours news cycle. 2 likes

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Loving foreign language newspapers

May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Foreign language newspapers are good for newsagents. Their customers are loyal and their unit sales are holding up better than their English language counterparts in most places in Australia. They are space efficient and often have a less demanding shelf life than the traditional daily. Foreign language newspaper customers are usually happier in my experience. […]

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities · Newspapers

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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Tags: Media disruption · Newspapers

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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Rough start for changes in printing The Age

May 19th, 2014 · 7 Comments

The switch in printing location for The Age has made for late deliveries and this is causing some challenges for distribution and retail newsagents. I have heard from a couple of retail newsagents who have been told they have to go pick up The Age because it arrived too late for them to deliver. It arrived […]

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Tags: Newspaper distribution · Newspapers

Urgent: Industrial action at The Age

May 7th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Here is a message VANA has asked me to publish: VANA has been informed this afternoon of an Industrial dispute at The Age (Wednesday 7th May). Fairfax Media Management has informed VANA of the following: Fairfax have enacted their contingency plans and are taking every step possible to minimize disruption to newsagents and deliver as […]

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Is the Packer v. Gyngell fight selling newspapers today?

May 6th, 2014 · 9 Comments

Is the front page news of a very Sydney billionaire and millionaire in a street brawl selling newspapers for newsagents today? Share your experiences here. Are your customers commenting? I’m interested in comments from all states. 9 likes

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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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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newspaper distribution · newspaper home delivery · Newspapers

Easy selling of newspapers in Hong Kong

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

While successive state governments from all sides of politics around Australia screw up transport ticketing, here in Hong Kong this week I have seen how their Octopus cards are used to purchase all sorts of things including newspapers, public transport and plenty more. This photo shows a stack of papers outside a 7-Eleven store. Newspaper […]

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