Australian Newsagency Blog

A blog on issues affecting Australia's newsagents, media and small business generally.

Entries from January 2019

Decluttering the newsagency for a brighter 2019

January 31st, 2019 · No Comments

Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix has spiked interest in decluttering. Applying her principles in business makes sense, especially in a visually and spatially busy business like a newsagency, even a former newsagency that identifies as something else today. I especially like some of Marie’s mantras and their application to newsagencies such as Nostalgia is not […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Marchandising pens

January 30th, 2019 · No Comments

We have taken a different (for a newsagency) approach to Merchandising some of the more premium pens in our range. 6 likes

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Tags: visual merchandising

Check out this Coles pitch for Valentine’s Day

January 30th, 2019 · No Comments

Nice adjacency at Coles Richmond: 6 likes

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Tags: Tactical display · visual merchandising

Instant asset write off scope expanded

January 29th, 2019 · No Comments

The Prime Minister has announced plans today to seek parliamentary approval for an expansion of the instant asset write opportunity for small business – extending it to June 2020 and increasing the invoice cap from $20,000 to $25,000. This is a good move for businesses engaged in capital investment in their businesses. 2 likes

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Tags: Newsagency management

I’m thrilled we have Women InPop magazine

January 29th, 2019 · No Comments

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Tags: magazines

Pitching Valentine’s Day behind the newsagency counter

January 29th, 2019 · No Comments

Here’s the pitch for Valentine’s Day behind the counter ion one of my stores. There is also an impulse offer at the counter as well as the main display on the lease line, facing into the mall. Here is a version we created for social media, leveraging the collateral and Beanie Boos: Online and in-store, […]

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Tags: Greeting Cards · newsagency marketing

News Corp does a deal with Australia Post promoting literacy

January 28th, 2019 · 14 Comments

News Corp has partnered with Australia Post on a literacy campaign. This, from the report at Mediaweek: News Corp and Australia Post join forces to boost literacy levels Raise A Reader is News Corp’s consumer education and advocacy campaign, designed to highlight the importance of developing early literacy skills among Australian children and the critical […]

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Tags: newsagency of the future · Newspapers

News Corp. disrespects newsagents with Disney promotion

January 27th, 2019 · 3 Comments

News Corp has announced details of a Disney book promotion to start in a week. This promotion is designed to sell more newspapers. While promotions like this often sell more papers while they run, I see no evidence of them delivering sustained sales growth for the associated newspapers. What frustrates many newsagents is the disrespect […]

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Tags: Newspapers

Lottoland blitzing social media for Australia Day

January 27th, 2019 · No Comments

Lottoland blitzed Facebook and Instagram last week with an ad pitching an Australia Day promotion. This from a company federal politicians thought they had dealt with. This company has not gone away. It is not going away. Lotteries, especially app / online access lotteries and ‘lotteries’ continue to be in play. 0 likes

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Tags: Lotteries

Will harmonised commission from News Corp. cut newsagent revenue in some areas

January 26th, 2019 · 1 Comment

I have heard from plenty of newsagents following my post earlier this week about harmonised commission, which News Corp has announced in some regions is coming. Every newsagent has the same explanation, that where News Corp has two or more titles on different commission for newsagents, the lower will be the selected harmonised commission for […]

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Tags: Newspapers

My 2009 (and beyond) story

January 23rd, 2019 · 11 Comments

Given some recent comments here, I have decided to share here a video that I shot, unscripted and in one take, in my office early on April 13, 2017, and shared that day with newsXpress members and selected others. It was also placed on a video platform, accessible to the public. 52 likes

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Tags: About us · Newsagency management

Harmonised commission coming from News Corp

January 22nd, 2019 · 2 Comments

In an announcement about cover price increases to regional Queensland newsagents earlier this week, News Corp amounted that a harmonised commission structure is coming. Here is that part of the announcement. Additionally, as part of the ongoing integration of the Australian Regional Media Publications which merged with News Corp Australia in early 2017, a new […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Newspapers

Unfortunate news coverage for the newsagency shingle

January 22nd, 2019 · 4 Comments

The news coverage this week of the arrest of a newsagent in Sydney in relation to a crime syndicate is unfortunate for the channel. While I don’t have media monitor data, I suspect we have seen more mainstream media stories published with the newsagency keyword already this week than in all of 2018. While people […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency

Lottery vending machines

January 22nd, 2019 · 1 Comment

I am back from being part of a retail study tour covering four major cities in the US and in each I saw lottery vending machines like these. Usually in public places, often outside of shops. You can buy game tickets as well as scratch tickets. While Australia is way ahead of the rest of […]

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Tags: Lotteries

7-Eleven offers delivery in the US

January 21st, 2019 · 1 Comment

7-Eleven offers a delivery service in the US. The products are not just convenience lines such as drinks, donuts, bananas, candy and similar. No, the range includes frozen food, stationery, gadgets, personal care, health and more categories. The range is quite broad. Offering delivery makes sense in this era of considerably disrupted retail and in […]

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Tags: Competition · Newsagency challenges

Why some people only make negative comments on this blog

January 20th, 2019 · 36 Comments

I was asked last week why some people make negative comments here, especially on innocuous posts that others find useful. Here are some reasons I think some come here only to mock, criticise or denigrate: They failed in their newsagency business. They failed in their newsagency supply business. They could not raise the money to […]

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Tags: Ethics

Another take on cashless, in convenience

January 19th, 2019 · 5 Comments

A single-brand convenience business opened last year in Tribeca, New York, offering their beverages from a small shop that runs cashless, without a sales counter and in-store staff. The business is primarily a marketing front for the hip healthy beverage brand. Their cashless process is an honour system. They expect theft. They ask you to […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

Self checkouts for lotteries

January 18th, 2019 · No Comments

Self serve vending machines for lotteries in the US have been around for years. This unit, which I saw at the New York Lotteries office near Wall Street, is new to me. It leverages the self checkout technology that is similar to what we see in local Aussie supermarkets. You can buy and check lottery […]

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Tags: Lotteries

Lottoland under spotlight following launch of financial system betting games

January 17th, 2019 · 3 Comments

Lottoland have confronted the ban in Australia on their lottery betting from January 1, 2019, launching jackpot betting on financial market results. This looks and feels like a move to get around the ban. Following a complaint, ASIC is considering an investigation, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald. ASIC is one of several bodies […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Social responsibility

Back to School marketing on social media

January 16th, 2019 · 4 Comments

Here is one of several marketing videos created for newsXpress members [pitching Back to School. Based on engagement data, this video is loved. It is deliberately short and not product specific. Anything newsagents can do to promote outside the usual type of ads is important now. 8 likes

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Tags: marketing · newsagency marketing

Australia Day public holiday confusion

January 16th, 2019 · 5 Comments

There is confusion among some retailers as to which day is the public holiday. Click here for a link to the FairWork web page that has the information if your business trades under an award. While an EBA could be different, I suspect most coming by here will not have an EBA in place. For […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

New year resolutions for POS software users

January 15th, 2019 · No Comments

I wrote this for the Tower Systems blog yesterday and share it here as it’s relevant to newsagents, regardless of the software they use. The goal of the resolutions is to encourage using software more than it hard been used. The list is like a menu, choose the ideas (resolutions) that appeal, one, two, or […]

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Tags: Newsagency management

Refreshed school holiday marketing ideas for newsagents

January 14th, 2019 · No Comments

School holidays are a wonderful opportunity its for finding new shoppers for your business. But most of all, to make the most from school holidays, you need to have fun! Here are refreshed marketing suggestions to help school holidays be more valuable for your newsagency. They are just some of the ideas you could embrace. Hopefully, you will think […]

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Tags: marketing · marketing tip · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing

Linda Ronstadt from 35 years ago on journalism

January 13th, 2019 · No Comments

So true today… 35 years ago. Linda Ronstadt comments on the press, and Rupert Murdoch in particular. Her words still hold true today, perhaps even more so.Video from The Don Lane Show, Channel 9, 27/10/1983.@newscorp @newscorpaus @FoxNews etc, etc… pic.twitter.com/FRt0ibGxc2 — Colin (@colin_aus) January 10, 2019 8 likes

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Tags: Ethics · Newspapers · Social responsibility

How to make the news less relevant in a newspaper

January 13th, 2019 · No Comments

Stick an ad over editorial content, like this from Fairfax, which I was sent today. 2 likes

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Tags: newspaper masthead desecration