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
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
There's revenue to be made with online job fairs. The last three events hosted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram drew 41,000, 38,000 and 37,000 page views, respectively. The most profitable single event made $30,000 from 40 advertisers in 2011; the average is $15,000.MORE
Newspaper's post-ballot cocktail reception and awards ceremony continued to engage advertisers after the ballot was over.MORE
Green Shoot Media releases suite of Christmas sections.MORE
The initial edition of a new parent magazine published by The Index-Journal in Greenwood, S.C., brought in double the revenue that the paper was expecting! As a result, Lakelands Parent will be published at least quarterly. Initially, the plan was twice a year.MORE
Sometimes, an unconventional offer makes the sale. In Scottsboro, Ala., it was "buy a car, get a gun."MORE
The Suffolk News-Herald has figured out how to make $125,000 annually with a bi-monthly community magazine.MORE
After sales commissions and expenses, The Courier News makes money on the first business card placement in this directory. The second (required) placement is pure profit!MORE
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
In 2014 The Charlotte Observer started what could be described as an extended brew pub crawl by selling cards that offered customers tastings at between 15 and 18 local breweries across the city. Phyllis Weber, who recently left Charlotte to become advertising director at The Roanoke Times in Virginia, recalls how well the promotion worked.
"This one totally surprised us," she said. The paper made $13,000 in incremental digital revenue, selling about 650 cards at $20 apiece.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