Research has proven lucrative for Jones Media.MORE
What's your best idea for recapturing the wonder and joy of the holiday season? Share your ideas on Content That Works' Facebook page and check back often for holiday marketing ideas and sales strategies.MORE
Newspaper's post-ballot cocktail reception and awards ceremony continued to engage advertisers after the ballot was over.MORE
Local governments outsource printing. The sheriff's office, emergency management center and local schools may be ripe sources of revenue for your newspaper.MORE
Here's a revenue-generating idea that is simple, inexpensive and keeps readers looking at an ad for 30 minutes. People participating in SNPA's recent Publisher-to-Publisher (P2P) video conference call already know what it is.
Everyone else, pay attention.
Trevor Evans was advertising manager at The Express in Lock Haven, Penn., when he was told to come up with a way to make up for $5,000 in lost revenue, and do it quickly. The result was a 16-page special tabloid section of Word Search puzzles tied to ads. It made more than $5,000, and he sold it in two hours by making phone calls to legacy advertisers as he was driving.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
Newspaper companies know how to sell subscriptions and ads, but they don't necessarily think about selling their own merchandise. Go online to The Post and Courier store in Charleston, S.C., and you'll find all sorts of items that make money.More
For a newspaper that routinely writes stories about teachers and emphasizes education coverage, creating an Amazing Teachers recognition program was an extension of that commitment.
"There were good synergies in what we could do on the newsroom side and what we could do on the advertising side," said Orestes Baez, president and publisher of Holland Media Group and The Holland Sentinel in Michigan.
The program in its first two years has been successful enough that this year it will be expanded to nine other GateHouse Media newspaper properties in Michigan. The program allows the public to nominate outstanding teachers and a committee created within the company selects the winners, eight this year in Holland.More
Attach the newspaper's name and brand to the local high school football rivalry game, and you have the Citizen Tribune Kickoff Classic in Morristown, Tenn.
The two high schools serving Morristown and Hamblen County, the East Hurricanes and the West Trojans, play the game, sell the tickets and provide the concessions. The Citizen Tribune sells everything else, from souvenirs to Jumbotron ads to time-out sponsorships.
"They play anyway. We just make it a much bigger deal," said Mike Walker, sales and marketing director for the paper.More