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May 2007

by Tatiana Repkova

New research has shown baby boomers in Canada continue to embrace print newspapers. According to a new study from the Newspaper Audience Databank (NADbank), daily newspapers in Canada reach 56 percentpercent of adults 40 plus on the average weekday and 78 percentpercent each week.

"Their readership habits have changed little over the past 20 years despite intense media fragmentation and technological innovation resulting in a 'media everywhere' marketplace," the study found. In the 16 Canadian markets measured by NADbank, adults 40 years and older represent 60 percentpercent of the adult population. Boomers read more and linger longer with the daily than young adults. Monday to Friday, boomers read on average 5.4 issues per week compared to 4.8 issues with young adults. On weekends, boomers read more than three out of four Saturday and Sunday papers. On the weekend, boomers on average spend 105 minutes with the paper while those under 40 spend on average 67 minutes.

The study also found that boomers prefer broadsheet and surprisingly tabloid formats more then their younger counterparts. Seventy-one percent of those over 40 read a broadsheet "yesterday" while only 29 percent of those under 40 did the same. For tabloids, 62 percentpercent of adults 40 plus read the format yesterday compared with 38 percentpercent of those under 40. It's an even split when it comes to the Internet: Fifty percent of adults over 40 read a newspaper online during the week as do 50 percentpercent of adults under 40.

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-30 21:30

by Tatiana Repkova

Custom book publishing continues to be a strong new revenue source for newspapers. Few papers know this better than the Dubuque Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa, which has netted over $500,000 in recent years from community-generated books.

"When the economy is soft and newsprint costs are on the rise, the best thing we can do is become diversified," said Connie Gibbs, promotion director for the 28,000-circulation daily. Gibbs has consulted with over 50 newspapers from Alaska to Bermuda in recent years, helping them launch their own book projects patterned after the Telegraph Herald's string of successes.

The newspaper never expected to find such a huge profit potential in book publishing when it entered the field in 1995. In fact, Gibbs admits she was scared to death about their first book. But when she saw the enthusiastic response as readers submitted photos to be published in the first pictorial history of Dubuque, she knew the idea made sense. "It turned out to be an absolute gold mine," Gibbs said. "And not just in terms of revenue. It's the best reader-connect you can do."

Community-generated book projects, where newspapers ask readers to submit photographs and memorabilia around a common theme and publish the results, tap into the deep sense of pride that most people feel for their hometown.

"Publishing memories is paramount with your readers," Gibbs said. "And who can package Main Street America better than the newspaper?"

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-29 21:20

by Tatiana Repkova

One of Mexico's leading regional newspapers has said it is shutting down temporarily amid continuing attacks and threats from suspected drug gangs. The offices of Cambio Sonora have come under grenade attack twice since April. The newspaper is based in Sonora state, on the U.S. border, which last week saw a battle between drug gangs and security forces that left 22 people dead.

Rising drug-related violence in Mexico has prompted President Felipe Calderon to send troops to several states. Speaking on Thursday, Calderon insisted he would not abandon his policy of sending the army in to tackle drug-traffickers despite growing criticism. Calderon, who has been in office nearly six months, has sent more than 20,000 troops throughout the country to battle the drug cartels who have been fighting each other for control of territory and drug routes. About 1,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence so far this year. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6691267.stm; May 25, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-26 00:08

by Tatiana Repkova

A consortium led by Ireland's Independent News and Media PLC has failed in its attempt to gain 100 percentpercent ownership of Australia's third largest media group, APN News&Media Ltd, with shareholders voting against the deal, APN said.

The 6.20 aud a share offer valued APN at about 3.0 billion aud and was within an independent expert's valuation range of 6.18-6.53 aud a share. APN's independent directors had said the offer was fair and reasonable but the deal needed approval from shareholders representing at least 75 percentpercent of APN's issued capital. Independent, which owns 42 percentpercent of APN, could not vote its holding because it was part of the bidding consortium.

APN is now expected to pay a dividend of 0.16 aud a share, having postponed the payment in February when it reported a 159.5 million aud net profit for the year to December. Independent had hoped to realize 500 million aud in cash from a restructuring of its holding in APN to allow for a higher debt load and shared control with private equity interests.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-05-25 10:07

by Tatiana Repkova

The media houses Tamedia (Tages Anzeiger, 20 Minuten among others) and Espace Media Groupe (Berner Zeitung, der Bund) have agreed to merge their businesses. For those purposes, Tamedia will acquire the majority of shares of Espace Media Groupe. In return, the existing majority owners of Espace Media, first and foremost the families of Erwin Reinhardt-Scherz and Charles von Graffenried, will acquire an interest in Tamedia.

The merger's objective is to leverage synergies and to launch joint new media projects. Tamedia will acquire an 80 percent stake in the share capital of Berne-based Espace Media Groupe. The purchase price for this transaction will be 205 million Swiss Francs in cash, in addition to 600,000 Tamedia shares which will be issued as part of a capital increase.

Espace Media Groupe, whose origins date back to 1888, and Tamedia, which emerged from the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper founded in 1893, have been affiliated with each other for many years. Since 1990, Tamedia holds a 49 percent stake in the Berner Zeitung, the main subsidiary of Espace Media Groupe. The Berner Zeitung has held a 15 percent share of the SonntagsZeitung since 1987. With the Berner Zeitung buying a 17.5 percent stake in the commuter newspaper 20 Minuten, this cooperation will be further enhanced. Over the past years both companies have evolved from pure printing operations into modern multimedia companies. A symbol of this change is the new multimedia house of Espace Media in Berne.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-05-24 10:50

by Tatiana Repkova

New Zimbabwe Limited, publishers of New Zimbabwe.com, has announced the imminent arrival of a print edition of the Web site to be published weekly, starting in early July. In a statement this week, the company also announced the formation of a separate company, New Zimbabwe Media Limited, which will publish the print newspaper, The New Zimbabwe. A limited distribution dummy edition of the newspaper was published in early May.

“It has been a long held ambition to venture into print publishing. This couldn't come early enough,” said New Zimbabwe.com editor, Mduduzi Mathuthu, also a director of New Zimbabwe Media, alongside Jeff Madzingo, currently the boss of Destiny Financial Serivices Limited.

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-23 23:57

by Tatiana Repkova

"In the online video syndication space, the largest video owners will not be the broadcasters. It's going to be the newspapers." That prediction came from Critical Mention CEO Sean Morgan at this morning's NYMIEG (New York Media Info Exchange Group) breakfast.

Morgan mentioned how a local TV station in San Jose produces about five or six videos a day, but the San Jose Mercury newspaper produces 60. "When we see these newspapers turn the corner by adopting new technologies that allow them to put a braodcast voice on their text news, the market is going to erupt."

Morgan also took the wraps off a free version of Critical Mention called Clip Syndicate that he said will offer clips for free that the stations want to distribute without the wall in front if it. http://mediaflect.blogspot.com/2007/05/in-video-newspapers-will-win.html; May 23, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-23 22:17

by Tatiana Repkova

The immediate future of Le Monde, the influential but loss-making French newspaper, has been plunged into uncertainty after its journalists voted to oust Jean-Marie Colombani, its editorial figurehead and the chief executive of its parent company. Colombani, a leading figure in French public life during his 13 years in charge of the title, needed the backing of his reporters and editors in order to secure a third mandate that would keep him in the post for the next six years.

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-23 12:16

by Tatiana Repkova

Woyram Boakye-Danquah, District Chief Executive for South-Dayi has called on Ewe parents to encourage their children to learn and speak the Ewe language even if they must learn other languages. Boakye-Danquah made the call at the May 20 launch of an Ewe language newspaper, Nutifafa, in Ho.

Boakye-Danquah observed that many Ewe children who live outside the Volta Region become aliens when they visit home because they can not communicate with family and friends in their native language. She said although it is important that children born to Ewe parents are able to speak other Ghanaian languages, it is regrettable they do so at the neglect of their mother tongue, noting that her own children speak Ewe, even though her husband is Akan.

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-22 23:37

by Tatiana Repkova

Paying users a share of ad revenues for submitting content to Web sites is becoming a popular practice. Andrew Davies, Marketing Director at idio, looks at the impact this emerging business model could have on the advertising industry at large.

YouTube's introduction of an advertising-revenue-sharing scheme for contributors, a story that even 6 months ago would have been confined to the technology press, made the mainstream news a few weeks ago. YouTube is not the first company to offer contributors a share of advertising revenue, but its market-leading position does in some way legitimise this method as a valid business model. Advertising-revenue-sharing allows contributors of content to be remunerated based on their content's popularity. Although looked down upon by traditional publishers, it provides a great way for contributors to be rewarded for their (often considerable) effort, for online publishers to attract better quality contributors and for advertisers to better reach the increasing millions of eyeballs that view the social web every day. However, traditional publishers do have a valid point: User generated content will, for the foreseeable future, be limited to certain (they would say "cheap") subject types. https://www.netimperative.com/2007/03/19/Ad_revenue_sharing; March 21, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-22 02:06

by Tatiana Repkova

Although German media giant Bertelsmann said it was planning a buying spree after its net profit soared in 2006, the company now says it will wait until 2008 to make new acquisitions in order to give itself time to absorb the cost of a share buy-back that pushed up its debt.

“The group plans to hold back until the end of 2007,” Bertelsmann said in a statement.

“At that point, we will again have financial scope of between 1.2 and 1.5 billion euros per year (1.6 and 2.0 billion dollars) for acquisitions and 700 million euros for other ongoing investments,” said Thomas Rabe, the group's CEO. Rabe announced the company planned to create an investment fund worth one billion euros with Morgan Stanley to finance the acquisition of stakes in private equity companies.

Bertelsmann last year bought back 25.1 percent of its capital from GBL, the holding company of Belgian financier Albert Frere. The transaction was financed by the sale of BMG Music Publishing, whose roster includes musicians such as Justin Timberlake and Coldplay, to Vivendi for 1.63 billion euros. This sale provided a strong boost for Bertelsmann's 2006 financial results. Net profits more than doubled to 2.424 billion euros and turnover increased by 7.9 percent to 19.3 billion euros. The group said it aimed to see both its profit and turnover increase further this year.

AFP; March 21, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-21 12:34

by Tatiana Repkova

Google UK has denied forming secret deals with several UK publishers to supply content to its Google News service. A report in the Sunday Herald claimed that Google was understood to have reached deals with several large UK news groups over carrying their content on Google News.

The report added: "The deals are reputedly being kept strictly secret for fear that Google will end up having to pay for similar licences with all of the 4,500 news services it carries on its news aggregator." The report went on to say that although it could not confirm which news groups had reached deals with Google, it seemed likely that it has bowed to pressure from news groups.

A spokeswoman from Google UK today said the company had not forged secret deals with UK publishers to pay for indexing content. She also countered suggestion that Google may have lost the argument over carrying stories without paying for them. She said that Google considered its news service to be legal and not a breach of copyright as only a limited amount of content was used. She added that no new deals had been struck with UK publishers to provide longer form content that went beyond current copyright limitations on Google News. Google does have several deals in place with UK publishers to index content behind pay walls, although the report suggests that the deals are in relation to free-to-access content.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-05-21 09:44

by Tatiana Repkova

PCM Media has launched a new Web site, nrccarriere.nl, reporting all jobs which have appeared in the past three weeks in the daily newspapers NRC Handelsblad and NRC.Next. The Web site also offers professional recommendations and career coaching, a complete overview to postgraduate training and the best companies for jobs. PCM Media; 18 May 2007; http://www.publicitas.com/display.asp?id=6.8&chp=6.6&foot=6.9&cpny=*&LIB2=PPNRequestNews(3)&initlib=no&PARAM1=18665&navig=no&statinfo=news

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-19 01:09

by Tatiana Repkova

The independent newspaper Al-Sudani has been shut down by Sudanese authorities, after the Sudanese justice minister complained of defamation, an executive of the daily said. The plates for the latest edition were confiscated on Wednesday night, Al-Sudani's Deputy Chief Editor Underdone Medani said.

He said the paper's directors were told it was being suspended indefinitely pending investigation of a complaint from Justice Minister Mohammed Ali al-Mardhi for defamation. A column in the newspaper, which has been the subject of several bans, called on Wednesday for the minister to resign over a money-laundering case being examined in the courts. AFP; http://somalinet.com/news/world/East%20Africa/10455; May 17, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-18 00:09

by Tatiana Repkova

A Dutch citizen photojournalism service is to bring the participatory reporting model to Africa this year.

Launched in October, Skoeps takes current affairs mobile phone videos and photographs from eyewitness snappers via MMS or the web, packaging them in an online media player. Claiming a million monthly page views, the site sells the highest-quality captures to mainstream print and broadcast media partners - and is now eyeing international expansion.

"We will launch a pilot in four African countries later this spring," Skoeps vice-president Hidde Kross told Journalism.co.uk, adding the project was a joint venture with other partners. "We have found great partners in Belgium and Germany, where we plan to start this summer. In other countries, including the UK, we have started talks with relevant companies and, of course, we're open to anyone who wants to know more about it."

Kross would not reveal the destinations in the Africa roadmap, though a report from last week's Blogonomics event in Holland suggested Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa might be in the frame. http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story3314.shtml

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-05-17 09:29

by Tatiana Repkova

The Times and The Sunday Times, two of the most respected and influential newspapers in the world, will publish their international editions in the Middle East beginning May 21. The move marks the first time a leading international daily is printed and distributed widely in the region on the day of publication, and the arrival of the UK papers is expected to have a significant impact on the Middle East media market.

Licensing for The Times and Sunday Times in the region has been acquired by Saudi-based SAB Media. The paper will be published seven days a week and will be available in retail outlets or by subscription. The international editions are edited in London and will be printed in the UAE. The Times will give regional power brokers a preview of the paper's Middle East coverage at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, taking place from May 18 to 20. As well as having specialist reporters on the ground and a network of correspondents in Amman, Beirut, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Baghdad, the paper will distribute a special supplement, which will explore such topics as the fate of Iraq and how new leaders in France, Israel and Britain will shape policy in the region. The international edition will be published seven days a week, at 64 pages, with a 96-page Saturday edition and the 96-page broadsheet Sunday Times. http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=5&id=8979; May 16, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-17 05:33

by Tatiana Repkova

Journalists of the Journal du Dimanche addressed an open letter to Arnaud Lagardère, head of the group that owns the newspaper, in which they denounce the “unacceptable censorship” after the non-publication of an article on Cécilia Sarkozy.

"You intervened Saturday with the editorial direction so that this article is not published,"JDD journalists wrote. "We consider that it is a matter of unacceptable censorship, in contrast to the press freedom.” The journalists believe equally that "the short article, purely factual (revealing that Cécilia Sarkozy had not voted May 6 during the second round of the presidential election) was the result of an investigation at the prefecture of the Hauts-de-Seine. AFP; May 15, 2007

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-05-16 07:50

by Tatiana Repkova

Roularta Media Group (Knack, Le Vif, Trends-Tendences ) and the ROSSEL Group (vlan, Le Soir ) have announced that they will partner to create a national, bilingual classified ads Web site, vlan.be, beginning May 12. The Dutch language classified ads site, easy.be, will be part of this new site.

The primary intention of this cooperation is to grow vlan.be into the leading force on the Internet classified ads market, in the same way as the two press groups lead the Belgian market for paper publications. Together the two sites host over 60,000 visitors every day. The idea is for this number to rise quickly so that everyone in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia can "vlan" and rapidly find their dream home, car, job and more. Both sites have recently seen visitor numbers grow by up to 30 percent.

Vlan.be will be a classified ads site, as well as use Internet technologies (RSS feed) to offer information derived from the two press groups' Internet sites. The groups hope to generate traffic between the sites and further build on their content. The press groups have also put together a specialist team with internal market know-howas well as knowledge of the Belgian market in particular.

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-15 01:02

by Tatiana Repkova

The Financial Times is looking to double its distribution in the Gulf region to 10,000, and will stop circulating the Asian edition in favour of the European version of the newspaper. With a current distribution of just 5,000, the newspaper - which is perhaps the most prestigious financial journal in the world, after the Wall Street Journal - is taking the step because the European edition would better reflect “market demand.”

“There's an overwhelming desire in the region to have the European, rather than the Asian edition,” Mikael Heinio-Widell, managing director of the FT's Gulf commercial representative office, told ArabianBusiness.com. The European edition will launch in late May or early June, and Heinio-Widell says he hopes to boost distribution to “something closer to 10,000” within the next two years. He says the Asian edition was launched here mainly because of logistical concerns, but that new technology and tighter deadlines mean the European version can now be distributed, despite the time zone differences. The newspaper has just taken on a new “super-stringer” in Dubai, and Heinio-Widell says it is “only a question of time” before a dedicated bureau is set up here. However, he ruled out the possibility of a dedicated Middle East edition. “We don't do small regional editions,” he said.

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-14 12:12

by Tatiana Repkova

An NSK survey on consumer behaviour by Internet users has found that the use of the Internet, combined with newspapers, raises the level of recognition and interest, thereby promoting purchasing behaviour.

The survey covered Internet users of both genders, aged from 15 to 69. The number of respondents to the survey was 3,803. It assessed the consumer behaviour of Internet users in four processes - “recognition/interest,” “information searching,” “purchasing behavior” and “information sharing.” When the respondents used the Internet just for “information searching” without the process of “recognition and interest,” the rate of induced actual purchasing was only 2.1 percent (multiple answers allowed).

On the other hand, the corresponding rate was 10.6 percent, representing a five-fold increase, when they underwent the process of both “recognition/interest” and “information searching.” This result identified the process of “recognition/interest” as vital for consumer behaviour. In order to assess which type of media is most effective in raising consumer “recognition/interest,” the survey made a comparative assessment of newspapers, Web sites run by businesses, “word-of-mouth” Web sites/ranking Web sites, and TV on influencing consumer behaviour. NSK News Bulletin Online, http://www.pressnet.or.jp/newsb/; May 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-13 21:47

by Tatiana Repkova

Wayne Burton, circulation director of the 20,000-circulation Decatur (Ala.) Daily, knows that newspapers can maximize their circulation revenues if they tap into the power of their core subscribers - those who have subscribed for over one year.

Burton tested the power of core subscribers by making drastic changes when he first arrived at the Daily in July 2006. He slashed discount and delivery options and raised prices, all without losing a single subscriber. The changes will net the Daily $120,000 in revenue by year's end. His actions went against conventional industry wisdom - but they worked.

"Everything I did was absolutely not supposed to work," said Burton. "But I just went for it to see what this market would bear."

Before Burton arrived at the Daily, he examined the paper's circulation statistics, including recent start-stop histories and frequency reports. He noticed that circulation went flat in 2006. The gains and losses for the six months before he arrived in Decatur were almost identical.

"They had dropped down to what their core numbers were," Burton said. "Sales and stops were levelling themselves out. Seeing the numbers the way they were, I just felt it was a good time to fix everything at once." The paper was trying to manage a mess of 84 frequency and discount combinations, many priced at rates that didn't make financial sense.

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-11 21:56

by Tatiana Repkova

On May 2, the seventh free daily was launched in Seoul: The City, a free afternoon daily with a circulation of 400,000. Total circulation in Seoul is now 3.4 million. Market leaders are Daily Focus with 662,000 copies and Metro with a circulation of 485,000 copies, although other titles also claim a circulation of around 500,000.

However, there is no audited circulation data to back up these claims. Free dailies are primarily circulated in the subway system that serves approximately 10 million users a day. The president of The City Media, Jerry Cho, was also involved in the launches of both Metro and Daily Focus. The City counts 32 pages on average and is distributed from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The publisher expects people to take the paper to their homes so it can be shared with the family, and is marketing it as the Take Home newspaper, according to Newspaper Innovation.

May 10, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-11 04:04

by Tatiana Repkova

The Sankei Shimbun has launched new services for clients to designate specific page placements for their advertisements. The first such ads came out in its May 8 issue. The service, called Newspace, is intended to boost ad revenues by soliciting orders from smaller local businesses and enterprises.

The concept is similar to search engine-linked advertising on Web sites. Sankei teamed up with two other companies to set up an ad agency named Newspacecom Co., in late March to handle orders under the new system. As with search engine-linked advertising, which has become the mainstay advertising on the Internet, prospective advertisers can choose any page in the newspaper, ranging from business, sports or lifestyle pages, that can feature merchandise or services best marketed via newspapers.

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-10 02:05

by Tatiana Repkova

Automotive grew to a $31 billion advertising category this year on compound annual growth of 3.7 percent in the past five years. Over the next five, however, we are projecting compound growth of just 1.7 percent. Meanwhile, the online portion of automotive advertising will reach $2.8 billion this year – 7.6 percent of all automotive advertising – with a 13 percent CAGR. By 2010 online will hit $4 billion and become the second-largest medium for automotive advertisers, surpassing newspapers, cable, radio, direct mail – everything but broadcast TV. At the local level things get more interesting. Next year online media will become the No. 1 expenditure for used-car marketers, surpassing newspapers for the first time. Used-car dealers have pinto online than the manufacturers – 19.6 percent in 2006. Private-party auto advertising has migrated online even faster with 27 percent of that segment now going to online media. Borrell Associates, May 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-05-10 01:08


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