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This week we bring you key takeaways and an overview of emerging digital trends from the 16th annual Online News Association conference, held Sept. 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Break down the costs, not just the ad count. See link in this article for a sample spreadsheet developed by the paper.
Analytical measurements are helping the staff in Rockdale County determine the sweet spot for content in its new digital edition. This small staff is now producing one print edition a week and one digital edition -- and wowing its readers, advertisers and publisher!
In return for offering something special to newspaper subscribers, the 150 businesses that are Press Pass sponsors with the Kentucky New Era receive advertising packages of varying levels. The packages range from a listing in promotional ads up to color ads in both the New Era and the newspaper serving Fort Campbell.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, BH Media Group's newspapers are finding success with their Cutest Couples contest. This contest and others are helping the papers and local businesses collect hundreds of email addresses for future promotions.
As The Facts celebrates its 100th year in business, it has undertaken a comprehensive branding campaign using house ads, paid advertising in special community publications, and other advertising and outreach. The campaign was built around the slogan, "We know where you live."
The beauty of the SMART-Flap is its unusual index tabs for a newsprint supplement. By processing two webs in different special widths and a staggered fold, the first four pages are narrower than the following pages. The two visible 3cm-wide tabs on the right-hand edge offer various categorization and additional ad options.
No, you're not dreaming. It's an ad for kitchens hidden inside a fake classifieds page – thanks to a nifty 3-D effect applied to the text.
A renewed emphasis on a print-and-deliver single-sheet insert program has earned The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., about $29,000 per month in the last year.
Five months of planning went into a magazine celebrating Galveston's 175th anniversary. It paid off with subscribers and advertisers alike, generating $40,000 in gross revenue. Samples of the magazine are available to SNPA members upon request.
The Post and Courier launched a native ad program a year ago. In this 13-minute video, Publisher P.J. Browning and Brad Boggs, senior digital director, share useful tips on getting editorial buy-in, training sales staff, what categories are working, how native should be packaged and what results to expect.
There is one less week of shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. The paper's HoHo Expo offers local retailers this extra chance to reach holiday shoppers.
With the help of NIIT Technologies, Morris Communications has reduced costs more than 15 percent across the board (infrastructure, operations and technology), is reporting higher customer retention and acquisition statistics (12 percent), and has added new business/revenue streams.
As this readership series concludes, we look at common results that publishers have found and the importance of planning before you embark on a study.
A little hummingbird wants gum and can blow big bubbles. Artie Knapp's short stories are free to SNPA member newspapers.
The Sumter Item has introduced a new look that features two nameplates (for vertical and horizontal layout options on the front page), as well as a five-column grid for ads and editorial. In a few weeks, a new look is coming to its website, as well.
It is said that the best offense is a good defense. At The Frederick News-Post, victory has come on both sides of the game, with Leap Media Solution's Customer Lifecycle Marketing curriculum going on the offense to create an integrated customer retention campaign, while mitigating losses of both customers and revenue in the process.