Three of the sweetest words in the advertising business, right? In case you missed it, Borrell & Associates just released its annual survey of 7,500+ businesses that details among other things, what local merchants are saying brings them the most new customers. Right after word of mouth ... they said that their website and social media ranked second and third as their top sources of new customers.
Think about it. Merchants are telling us loud and clear how we can help them. While some of them "have a guy or a gal for that," many of them are struggling to maintain a strong digital presence, lacking the time and/or skills to do it right. They are looking for someone they can trust to help them ... ideally someone they've known for years with a strong reputation in their local market. (Remind you of anyone?)MORE
Osteen Publishing Company (Sumter, S.C.) has created the new Iris Digital Agency to help local businesses reinvigorate their digital strategy and meet the growing needs in the tri-county area that the newspaper serves. The agency is helping local merchants leverage their digital products to improve their presence through their website and social media.
Jack Osteen, editor and publisher of The Sumter Item, owned by Osteen Publishing, said that while the newspaper continues to serve as a strong marketing tool for local businesses and services, the newspaper wants to expand its services by serving as a one-stop shop for all its customers' marketing needs.
"We've always been very focused on producing results for our clients," he said. "The launch of Iris Digital ensures we'll be able to extend that tradition with a full suite of digital products that current and future clients really need."MORE
SNPA's strategic partnership program helps member newspapers cut costs, grow revenue and access essential benchmarking data. Additional partnerships are in development to further expand the program.
If a newspaper takes advantage of any one of these services, the newspaper can save more money every year than it spends on SNPA dues. It quite literally pays to be a member of SNPA.
LEARN MORE about these special opportunities available only to members of SNPA.MORE
During its meeting Monday at the News Industry Summit, the SNPA Board of Directors approved four new members: Guarantee Digital, HubCiti, McGrann Paper Corporation and NTVB Media.MORE
Two companies that do business with newspapers have applied for membership in SNPA: Guarantee Digital and NTVB Media.MORE
In today's fast-paced and complex information environment, news consumers must make rapid-fire judgments about how to internalize news-related statements – statements that often come in snippets and through pathways that provide little context. A new Pew Research Center survey of 5,035 U.S. adults examines a basic step in that process: whether members of the public can recognize news as factual – something that's capable of being proved or disproved by objective evidence – or as an opinion that reflects the beliefs and values of whoever expressed it.
The findings from the survey, conducted between Feb. 22 and March 8, reveal that even this basic task presents a challenge. The main portion of the study, which measured the public's ability to distinguish between five factual statements and five opinion statements, found that a majority of Americans correctly identified at least three of the five statements in each set. But this result is only a little better than random guesses. Far fewer Americans got all five correct, and roughly a quarter got most or all wrong. Even more revealing is that certain Americans do far better at parsing through this content than others. Those with high political awareness, those who are very digitally savvy and those who place high levels of trust in the news media are better able than others to accurately identify news-related statements as factual or opinion.