What are some healthy characteristics of newspaper boards? 1/27/15

By Gary Greene, reprinted from the Cribb, Greene Report
Cribb, Greene & Associates has advised a number of family media companies during these unsettled times. By slicing across all of the boards, what are some of the healthy characteristics that we have observed that are the most effective for family owned companies in today's transitioning media environment? MORE

NIE question posted by North Carolina newspaper 12/31/69

An SNPA member newspaper wants to revive its NIE program and is looking for curriculum that will be helpful to North Carolina teachers. What resources do teachers find most helpful? What materials are available that you would recommend? Post your recommendations in the COMMENTS section of this article or email Cindy Durham in the SNPA office: cindy@snpa.org. MORE

What are the benefits of outsourcing newspaper ad specs design work? 12/31/69

By Mervin Jadhav, founder and creative director of BrandPlatter
The outsourcing of newspaper ad design to offshore companies has witnessed significant growth in recent times. Apart from cost benefits, there are several other reasons as to why outsourcing of newspaper ad design has emerged as a pragmatic idea, with enough proof to create a win-win for all stakeholders. MORE

What's the key to boosting newspaper profitability? 12/9/14

By Matt Lindsay, president of Mather Economics
The key is to unlock the meaning behind the data so that strategies that generate revenue, lower costs, improve customer retention and enhance operational performance can be developed and implemented. Here's a way to meet that challenge inexpensively and efficiently. MORE

Is your audience strategy informed by the right metrics? 11/3/14

By Tom Ratkovich, managing partner, Leap Media Solutions
This is the subject of much discussion and debate, but one dimension of strategy that is universal is time. A true strategy cannot achieve ambitious objectives in the short-term. A strategy is essentially a plan to bring about a desired future and, therefore, requires a long-term, sustained focus. So why do so many audience marketers look at a short-term metric like cost per order (CPO) to determine whether or not their audience strategy is working? MORE

Should I have my employees sign an arbitration agreement? 8/11/14

By Hagood Tighe, Fisher & Phillips
On a regular basis, I am asked whether companies should have their employees sign arbitration agreements. Generally, I am in favor of arbitration agreements. But, before deciding that arbitration agreements are for you and your business, there are some important considerations. MORE

What's a mobile sales platform? 6/23/14

By Andrea Bergero, partner, i To Eye
When many publishers hear "mobile" they think "app." What's the difference? An app (or native application) is freestanding software that must be downloaded to the user's device. A mobile sales platform is a website designed to be quickly and easily viewed on any smart phone or tablet. MORE

Can you share some benchmarking metrics? 12/31/69

Answered by Bob Terzotis, Mather Economics
An SNPA member asked: What is the circulation operating cost by percentage for newspapers size 20,000-25,000 in the mid-southern region? Is it 15% or higher? Or is it lower? MORE

How do strategic alliances create value for customers? 4/30/14

By Steve Mattingly, senior vice president, Southern Lithoplate, Inc.
Strategic alliances can help manufacturers and suppliers serve their customers through guaranteed continuity and quality of supply. Alliances enable the partners to deploy labor and materials more effectively. In addition, Alliance partners are able to collaborate on bringing new production-enhancing technologies to the market. MORE

Why purchase a newspaper-specific CRM? 4/14/14

By Mark McCormick, president of Mirabel Technologies
Here are three reasons to use newspaper software specific to the industry. MORE
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