Australian Newsagency Blog

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Entries Tagged as 'Newspapers'

Beautiful old Linotype press

April 18th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It was a thrill to see a Linotype Comet press on show at a museum in Kansas City last week. The Comet was first introduced in the 1950s according to Metal Type. It is a beautiful piece of engineering and an piece of newspaper history around the world and in Australia. In researching this I found a […]

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Saturday Paper coming to Perth

April 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

From May 16, The Saturday Paper is to be available from Perth newsagents. 0 likes

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The Australian promoting a free tablet

April 15th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Like many major News Corp. dailies, The Australian is promoting a free tablet computer as a gift with a 12-onth digital subscription. The ad pops up when you go to the website for The Australian – you can’t miss it. 3 likes

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Using newspapers to sell fashion

April 14th, 2015 · No Comments

A retro-style designer fashion outlet in Greenwich Village New York is using stacks of newspapers in their window to draw attention to their business. While the window display worked and got me to stop and take notice, the irony of their use of newspapers to promote fashion was not lost on me. 4 likes

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Must read: Fairfax report on News Corp tax affairs

April 6th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Fairfax newspapers this morning have published a report claiming News Corp. has sent $4.5 billion to the US virtually tax free. Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in the US has siphoned off $4.5 billion of cash and shares from his Australian media businesses in the past two years, virtually tax free. According to calculations by University of NSW accounting academic, Jeffrey Knapp, […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Will the Collingwood drug story drive newspaper sales?

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Melbourne is abuzz with reports two Collingwood players have tested positive to a performance-enhancing drug. While we’re hoping it will drive newspaper sales tomorrow, it’s providing plenty of opportunities for cheap fun across the counter today. 6 likes

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Good to see Cairns Post promoting its print newspaper

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments

In Cairns last night I was thrilled to see News Corp’s Cairns Post proudly promoting that they have sold 6 million copies of the newspaper in the last year. This promotion speaks to locals and tourists about the position of the title in the community. I see plenty of publishers use their offices to promote […]

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Fairfax duds newsagents with Financial Review price rise

March 28th, 2015 · 16 Comments

Fairfax has announced the cover price of the Australian Financial Review increases 8.5% from Tuesday April 7 yet the gross profit increase permitted by Fairfax to retail newsagents is only 2.5%. Fairfax is double dipping. They are increasing the cover price and reducing the margin permitted. This is an appalling move by Fairfax against small business newsagents. […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility

Adelaide Advertiser alienates SA newsagents

March 26th, 2015 · 18 Comments

Check out the ad in the Adelaide Advertiser promoting a Crows sticker. What the ad does not say is that it’s available in all newsagents. Promoting Newspower is disrespectful to other SA newsagents – branded and unbranded. Newspower location numbers are down in SA so why News Corp. would hitch this promotion to only that […]

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Tags: Newspapers · Ugh!

Smart tablet offer from News Corp.

March 25th, 2015 · 6 Comments

When I first wrote about digital subscriptions by newspaper publishers years ago I noted that if I was doing it I’d bundle the offer with a tablet. This explains why I like offer promoted in the Herald Sun today – and, I am guessing, other News Corp. products. This is a smart offer and essential to […]

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A free-standing paper stand ideal for newsagents

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s a free-standing newspaper stand I saw in Auckland yesterday. I like that it is easily moved and easily reconfigured. Note the unit for magazines hung off the side – a bonus use of the space. Newsagents who put this type of stand in own the space for themselves. This is better than a newspaper […]

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Foreign newspapers thicker than home town newspapers

March 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

With the shrinking in size of some capital city newspapers we are seeing some days when foreign language newspapers are thicker. This is a reminder of the importance of these newspapers to our businesses. Some foreign language titles are stronger than ever, not suffering the same sales decline of the major dailies. Their success is […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · Newspapers · Optimism

Unhappy with news coverage

March 19th, 2015 · 12 Comments

Talking to a Sydney newsagent today, they expressed frustration at the commentary News Corp. is running during the state election campaign. Rather than sticking to news, News Corp is “meddling” and therefore giving newspapers a bad name. I tend to agree with this view considering the front page of The Daily Telegraph yesterday. I get […]

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Disappointed to see News Corp. make Woolworths look better

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments

I was disappointed to see this as in The Australian yesterday promoting an exclusive to Woolworths gift opportunity with Delicious, Australian Country Style, Taste and other News Corp. magazine titles. News Corp. should be investing in the newsagency channel instead of Woolworths. We do more for their magazines than this supermarket giant. 5 likes

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Tags: magazines · Newspapers · Ugh!

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

The New Zealander newspaper closes

March 11th, 2015 · 2 Comments

The current issue of The New Zealander newspaper is the last – as announced by the publisher in a notice next to the masthead. I’m sorry to see this as special interest, niche and foreign titles are important to us. 8 likes

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Good apology from The Age

March 5th, 2015 · No Comments

It’s not often you see a newspaper apologise in a manner commensurate with how they ran the incorrect story in the first place. Kudos to Fairfax and the folks at The Age for their apology yesterday to the teenager they inaccurately identified. It would be good to see other Australian newspaper publishers follow this lead […]

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BriefMe app spotlights social media as news traffic driver

March 5th, 2015 · No Comments

The BriefMe app has been on Apple’s app store for two days and it’s popular. It provides the user with access to top trending stories across social media. While currently US focussed, I’m finding it useful for hearing about US stories not reported on here or as much through mainstream press. I trued BriefMe having read about […]

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Crazy New York tabloids

February 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

If ever you needed to feel good about Australian newspapers, check out the front covers of two New York tabloid newspapers from Saturday. No news here. I couldn’t sell these with a straight face. 1 likes

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When you sell out of a newspaper in the newsagency

February 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

If we sell out of one of our two capital city daily newspapers and cannot get more stock, we move another titles into that prime location rather than leaving it empty with a sign saying we have sold out. This approach can encourage destination newspaper customers to consider another title. I’d rather not lose a […]

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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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Tags: Newspaper distribution · newspaper home delivery · Newspapers

News Corp. Adelaide Advertiser out of touch with newsagents

February 17th, 2015 · 14 Comments

I am told there is a radio ad playing in Adelaide at the moment promoting the terrific Disney Storybooks on offer with the Adelaide Advertiser. It encourages people to shop at Coles, Woolworths and Newspower. With the majority of SA newsagents not in Newspower it makes no sense that News Corp. calls out that brand. On […]

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Newspaper circulation drops across the board in latest results

February 13th, 2015 · 9 Comments

There is no good news in the capital city daily newspaper circulation numbers just released. The decline is such that there must be a live discussion as when one or more of the titles ceases to be printed daily. Circulation of The Age declined 18.3% down to 106,838 copies. This is around 30,000 copies lower than […]

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Print readership continues to decline

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

The Australian reports newspaper print readership contracted in December: PRINT readership of Fairfax Media news mastheads continued to contract apace, with an analysis of December figures showing Fairfax’s major national, metropolitan and regional Sunday titles lost one in 10 readers collectively. News Corp’s major Sunday titles slipped 3.2 per cent in the Enhanced Media Metrics Australia […]

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Is News Corp. treating supermarkets differently to newsagents with the Disney promotion?

February 11th, 2015 · 17 Comments

I was sent this photo yesterday of terrific floor display unit promoting the Disney Bring Home Some Magic promotion being run by News Corp. supporting The Daily Telegraph. This is an excellent display unit. I wonder why Coles gets this and not newsagents. Most newsagents I have spoken with were given posters, floor decals and […]

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Tags: Competition · Newspapers