The five newspapers in BH Media's Alabama Group signed up 77 new advertising accounts in about six weeks last year through an in-house sales competition called "Let's Play Takeaway."
The goal is to win new accounts away from competitors and regenerate inactive accounts. Advertising representatives compete among themselves for prizes ranging from $75 for the person bringing in the second-highest number of new accounts up to $500 for the salesperson who generates the highest amount of new revenue.
The competition is about to begin its third year.More
A mobile app listing people who have recently been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail has earned The Palm Beach Post first-place honors in SNPA's Best Revenue Contest.
The app is sponsored by a local car dealer that wanted the paper to help it increase traffic to its website.
Since the app was launched in July, the Booking Blotter App has increased website traffic on the Earl Stewart Toyota website by 25 percent. And, the paper has generated revenue of $60,000 through this annual sponsorship.MORE
Second-place honors in SNPA's Best Revenue Contest go to The Times-Dispatch in Richmond for its cause-marketing sections, which are generating goodwill in the community and added revenue for the paper.
The success of the paper's program is largely due to the relationships the staff has built with decision-makers at organizations throughout the community.MORE
With Memorial Day just a few months away, other newspapers might find this Best Revenue Contest idea to be something that would work well in their markets, too.MORE
Here are some good tips for creating a local calendar for your school district.MORE
A one-week hybrid sales blitz (print + online ads) greatly exceeded this small 7,000-circulation paper's sales goals, bringing in revenue of more than $100,000.MORE
Here’s how to turn that annual High School Football Preview into a 12-week campaign that gives advertisers great exposure, and will double or triple your revenue with just a single sales call!MORE
Within two weeks, space on a direct mail business card sold by a daily paper in New York was sold out and advertisers were lining up to be part of the next one. Learn what made this a highly successful revenue program.MORE
The StarNews of Wilmington, N.C., earned $27,000 in revenue with the 10th anniversary Blueberry Festival Magazine. Learn what was key to the success.MORE
This simple, but effective idea, generated $12,000 in income for a daily newspaper in Virginia. And, it helped the paper further relationships with local pastors.MORE
As the holiday sales season comes down to the wire, here's a quick way to generate a little more revenue, make readers smile and sell some more papers.
The Bay City Tribune in Texas, which circulates about 4,000 papers twice weekly, filled up two full pages at Halloween with photos of kids in costume, got a major business to sponsor the promotion and made $500. There's no reason the same plan can't work with Santa Claus.MORE
The Omaha World-Herald called its drive to bring in new business "Win Back Win Big," and with $480,000 in new advertising in the first quarter of 2017, the strategy was a big success.More
The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., is growing revenue by monetizing newsletters. During last month's P2P video conference call, SNPA members heard how the paper has changed its focus, added or redirected staffing to oversee all newsletters and craft daily news newsletters, and changed its sales approach.
If you missed the call, here's where you can catch up on this GREAT IDEA.More
Here's a revenue-generating idea that is simple, inexpensive and keeps readers looking at an ad for 30 minutes. People participating in SNPA's recent Publisher-to-Publisher (P2P) video conference call already know what it is.
Everyone else, pay attention.
Trevor Evans was advertising manager at The Express in Lock Haven, Penn., when he was told to come up with a way to make up for $5,000 in lost revenue, and do it quickly. The result was a 16-page special tabloid section of Word Search puzzles tied to ads. It made more than $5,000, and he sold it in two hours by making phone calls to legacy advertisers as he was driving.More