Australian Newsagency Blog

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

Entries from January 2019

Brilliant ad from Optus about locked-in contracts

January 13th, 2019 · No Comments

With some locked-in contracts holding newsagents back and the suppliers using legal threats on newsagents who want out, this new ad from Optus will appeal to some here… 3 likes

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Tags: marketing

What an awesome video from Bundaberg Brewed Drinks

January 12th, 2019 · No Comments

What a wonderful way to appreciate your customers! 5 likes

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Tags: marketing

The security risk of an ATM in a newsagency window

January 11th, 2019 · No Comments

This report of theft of an ATM machine, k from a newsagency in the UK: Gaping hole in Milnthorpe newsagents' after cash machine pulled out of shop front in early hours. @BBC_Cumbria pic.twitter.com/RoDS3P31pL — John Bowness (@JohnBowness) January 10, 2019 0 likes

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Tags: theft

Beware retail business consultants who have all the answers

January 11th, 2019 · No Comments

There are some retail business consultants pitching their services and ideas to newsagents and others in our channel. My advice is to beware, approach with caution, question the suggestions and advice from business consultants and self-proclaimed retail experts. Ask for evidence that supports their suggestions. Seek our references from indie retailers who have benefited from their advice. […]

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Tags: Ethics · Newsagency management

Powerball $100M brightens summer

January 10th, 2019 · No Comments

Lottery retailers got a fillip to shopper traffic with Powerball jack potting tonight to $100M next Thursday. 0 likes

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Tags: Lotteries

When your building is sold: a challenge for the small business retailer

January 10th, 2019 · No Comments

A newsagent friend is dealing with a new landlord following the sale late last year of the building in which they trade. They have eighteen months on their lease and were hoping too extend as the business is well established and there is a shortage of as well situated retail space nearby. The new landlord […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

Gifts are not what they used to be, and that is a good thing

January 9th, 2019 · 1 Comment

There was a time when gifts were easy to stock for newsagents. There were wholesalers who offered access to spinners and packs that fit with the key seasons as it is those seasons that we all focussed on for ur gift stories through then year. That all started to change ten or so years ago. […]

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Tags: Gifts · Newsagency opportunities · Optimism

Product sampling key to success with food

January 8th, 2019 · No Comments

I have seen terrific examples of success with product sampling over the Christmas / New Year period, including this sampling of locally made jam. The owner made some scones for the sampling. With more transitioning newsagents selling food products, I thought it worthwhile to remind about the sampling opportunity. While best dine on the shop […]

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Tags: newsagency marketing · Newsagency opportunities

A good magazine for your back to school pitch

January 7th, 2019 · No Comments

This issue of Australian healthy Food is an excellent title to add to your back to School pitch. It’s small format and covers topics relevant to school food prep. Plus, it leverages the strong current interest in healthy / clean eating. Also, it’s Aussie and that’s something to feature. Adding magazine to seasonal and other […]

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Tags: magazines

More news outlets quitting lotto

January 7th, 2019 · 15 Comments

In New York over Christmas I saw more news outlets with a sign like this: No Lotto. The terminal was not down. No, they had removed Lotto from the business. The move is a surprise in that the footprint commitment to offering Lotto is small. The small format shops offer newspapers, magazines, tobacco and convenience […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

Dealing with abandoned kids

January 6th, 2019 · No Comments

I love this sign I saw in a shopping mall store recently. Parents leaving kids in the shop while they go elsewhere is a regular challenge in shopping centre based businesses. Our store policy is to call security. If we did  serve coffee, we’d use this sign. 12 likes

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Tags: Newsagency management

Weekends are what matters next for Nine/Fairfax print newspapers

January 5th, 2019 · 18 Comments

Fairfax is promoting the weekend only print and anytime digital access to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Here is the pop up currently running on the website for each masthead: It makes sense as shifting to weekend only print editions is a common move among daily newspaper publishers who have retreated from seven […]

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Tags: Media disruption · newsagency of the future · Newspapers

Tatts Powerball ads on TV

January 4th, 2019 · 3 Comments

If I was a Tatts retailer I’d be frustrated to see them advertising the Powerball $50M jackpot for last night on TV after 6pm. It makes a mockery of the purchase pitch that includes in-store when, by then,. stores are closed. I suspect this is all about online customer acquisition as those who do purchase […]

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Tags: Lotteries

Officeworks in strong back to school pitch

January 4th, 2019 · 3 Comments

These two photos, which I took in an Officeworks in Sydney a couple of days prior to Christmas, tell the story of an engaged, fierce competition for back to school business. This first sign is what you see as you enter the business: This is places deeper in the business, with a terrific range of […]

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Tags: Stationery

What hope is there for a shingle?

January 3rd, 2019 · 1 Comment

On Twitter, someone was looking to buy stamps and asked Australia Post about whether certain outlets would sell them. No mention of newsasgencies or newsagents. Instead, the reference used was tatts lotto. @auspost do you know if tatts lotto or coles sells stamps? — giveaways are pinned (@daddiejimin) December 31, 2018 I have said at […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

Announcing: new newsagency sales benchmark study

January 2nd, 2019 · 2 Comments

Here is an email I sent yesterday to newsagents using the Tower Systems software, announcing a newsagency sales benchmark study to look at business performance over the last three months: Q4 2018 NEWSAGENCY SALES BENCHMARK STUDY. I invite you to provide data for the Q4 2018 newsagency sales performance benchmark study. The benchmark provides data […]

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Tags: Newsagency benchmark