Community Impact Newspaper is a hyperlocal news company that delivers a free monthly newspaper to every household in the geographic areas it covers. The company uses revenue generated from advertisements to serve 22 communities across Texas. John Garrett, founder and CEO, explains what makes Community Impact’s targeted advertising model unique.MORE
While many newspaper publishers are announcing new digital initiatives, Community Impact Newspaper chief executive officer John Garrett did the opposite. Last October, his company opened a state-of the-art printing and mailing facility in Pflugerville, Texas. The new $10 million facility now prints the company's 23 newspapers for the Austin, Dallas and Houston metro areas. The 36,000-square-foot printing facility also houses a new printing press: a Goss Magnum Compact (only four exist in the world – in Mexico; Sri Lanka; Staten Island, New York; and now Pflugerville, Texas).
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When a reader has a good idea, it pays to listen.
A reader of The Herald Tribune in Batesville, Ind., asked the managing editor why the paper didn't list discounts for senior citizens on specials and services. The ME reported the conversation to Laura Welborn, regional publisher of Southeastern Indiana Media.
Why not, indeed? Welborn thought.
"A lot of times the seniors already know where the discounts are. They know to go to Waffle House on Tuesday nights," Welborn said. But targeting those discounts for regular advertising and grouping them together could be done with little expense.
In the next couple of weeks, The Herald Tribune, the Greensburg Daily News and Rushville Republican will launch Savvy Senior Savings, a classified advertising section that will tuck in behind the other classifieds for all print editions of the three newspapers. It will also be listed online.More