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Irish Sunday Newspaper Circulation Jan June 2011

If you wnated a headlin figure for this Jan June 2011 ABC's it would be the fact that the Sunday market slipped into six figures. It comes on the back of  the closure of the Sunday Tribune and the semi-closure (as the paper in another guise is still available) of the Daily Star on Sunday.  

Actually it could be worse as the News of the World in real life is no longer around but still reported figures for those six months.…

The morning market declined by 5% year on year in 2011 (not too bad in comparison to the 11% fall in the Sunday Market) and sees it drop below the 600,000 mark. Just to ram home the recessionary point, the morning market hasn’t seen an increase in sales since 2007.

Publication JJ 2011 JJ 2010 Diff '000 Diff %
Irish Independent 134,228 144,896 -10,668 -7%…
Irish Evening Newspaper Circulation Jan June 2011

Just to be complete the Evening Market. There is no daily breakdown of the Heralds’ figure, so it's impossible to say how the addition of the Dubliner has worked for them.  …

The JNRS results for the period July 2010 to June 2011 were released and if you thought circulations were poor then read on. Readership of Morning titles is down a decent 10% on the year and the Sundays are down 3% - showing a bit more loyalty for the Sundays than the Daily papers.

Looks like few titles were spared the falls. The Independent suffered the biggest blow, down 11% and hovered on the precipice of half a million.…

Let's cut straight to the interesting market in July - The Sundays. The News of the World ceased trading and produced a final edition on the second Sunday of the month. However, they decided not to produce an ABC figure for the month- and why would they.

The previous month the NoW sold roughly 113,000 copies so , theoretically, they were all up for grabs (let's leave aside multiple purchases).…

Where have all the listeners gone? Well the graph below charts the day in quarter hour segments from 2009 to 2011. It really highlights the desertion of ears in the morning slot after the untimely demise of Gerry Ryan.

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The local stations have varying penetration ranging from Highlands 67% to East Coasts 23%. But still in top spot is Highland with a fairly commanding lead.  The only real movements were KCLR up 7 points and ocean up 6. On the other side of that coin TippFM was down 6 points and LMFM down 5.…

Dublin market whilst very crowded, it’s actually fairly static. In the list below there has only been two one changes in the order: 2FM down and Newstalk up.  

2FM lost about a quarter of its listeners in the capital and is now firmly rooted, like Wolves last year,  to the bottom of the table.…

The latest JNLR figures hold no real surprise in some quarters. Radio listenership, whilst still particularly healthy with a 85% penetration, has dropped back a little on last year’s comparable figures.

Radio 2011 2011 2010 2010 000 +/-
Any Radio 2979 85% 3024 86% -45…

The real crimes of Social Media

I read recently that some marketing departments were “afraid” of social media and, in some cases, that fear could be completely justified either because of their complete misunderstanding of social media (SM) or (more importantly) the incompetence of the individuals left with the responsibility of chartering a brand through the sometimes choppy waters of SM.

There are plenty of examples where big brands have really messed up. A recent example of this was Kenneth Cole when he (personally) tried to use the riots in Egypt to try and promote his “new spring collection” via twitter using the hash-tag of #Cairo.

What was he thinking?…

Seemingly if you’re a media owner with an abundance of titles and the poo hits the spinning thing, you simply throw the title out with the dirty water. And it will all go away!

The figures below are BC – before crisis and next months will not reveal anything other than confusion as the News of the World was caned mid-month. It will be August before the dust settles.…

They are circling. The UK Sunday Papers are planning to see that they can pick off the carcass of the News of The World with three newspaper groups actively perusing the papers Sunday previous buyers and readers.

It’s going to be particularly interesting to see, firstly, the contraction in the Sunday market in the wake of the papers closure and, secondly, who will be the main benefactors. The contraction is, I think, inevitable as of the 2.…

News Of the World - Hacking and Boycott

Without getting into the political debate of the News of the Worlds (NoW) latest lesson in distasteful journalism – “hacking” the phone message of an abducted minor, outside the public reaction is how this will impact on the paper from an advertising point of view.

On the circulation front the buying public are fairly adept at letting the commercial wing of any newspaper group know that that have ‘erred’. You only have to look at Liverpool where there is still a large boycott of The Sun, 22 years after the Hillsbrough disaster.

The NoW total circulation* stands at, as of May 2011, 2,676,684 copies, making it the second largest newspaper after its stalemate The Sun (2,826,684).…

There have been some very interesting studies conducted recently into the world of the ‘Daily Deal’ and coupon redemption. Perhaps one of the more interesting of these was conducted by Rice University in September of last year and again in June of this year.

But.... if you've been tempted, have a look at something we cooked up, a daily deal calcutator…

Ireland Internet statistics

An amalgam of statistics here combining data from ComScore and Akamai, the internet network people.

Looking at just some of the data that leaps out: Irelands very low average hours per visitor in comparison to its near neighbours. Irelands stands 5# from the bottom and is 63% less than to of the list The Netherlands in first place. The good folk in the Netherlands have, according to comScore, a high propensity to be on Linkedin and Twitter.…

In an effort to try and bring some reality as opposed to hype Daily Deals, we've put together an interactive spreadsheet sheet to try and help you get to the bottom of the numbers.

There are so many variables it can really be a bit of a nightmare. But hopefully below will at least give you an indication of how a potential promotion might do.

There are a few items that you can fill in with certain levels of confidence and others that are very much picked out of the ether.…

News 2.0?

I stumbled across broadsheet.ie earlier this morning as I was looking at what has been called, in particular grandiose terms it should be said, News 2.0.

The term gives the impression that News has moved on, we have reached a new Golden Era.…

Car Rental and SEO

In a resent look at the car hire market, in terms of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), some very interesting points were brought to light. Anything in the motor business, whether it’s dealing with the new sales, second hand sales or rental is hugely competitive. The foreign car rental business is massively competitive and it’s on this we are going to concentrate.

Just as a small aside, and one that as a country we have to be able to capitalise on: Hitwise recently released their Travel Quarterly Review – an overview from a search perspective of the travel and related markets.…

Taco Bell Facebook coupons

Taco Bell, the Mexican/American fast food chain, recently got itself into a spot of PR bother. A customer took offence to the amount of beef contained in her beloved Taco and so offended was she that she took a class action suit against Taco Bell - as you do.

The law hired firm came out blazing and claimed that the mixture was only a paltry 35% beef, the rest was "other ingredients".

The people at Taco Bell (I’m at pains not to use the initials of “TB” as I think they have suffered enough in the publicity department) were not impressed and responded that it was in fact 85% beef.…

Irish Newspaper Circulations May 2011

Without trying to detract from some of the increases – one has to keep in mind that April was a fairly appalling month for newspapers with Easter and Bank Holidays etc.

Mornings first: The Sun came back out and increased by over 3,000 copies, actually all the tabloids saw an increase on the previous month. The rest of the papers only saw marginal increases month on month. Year on year The Mirror is still hanging on to a small lead whilst the Daily Star had decreased by some 9,000 copies and The Sun is back over 5,000.…

Some very interesting Facebook statistics are available at Social Bakers. So we put a few of these together here, just to give you an idea of what’s happening on Facebook as we write.

Firstly we will look at Facebook penetration worldwide. There’s really two ways to look at this; absolute numbers or penetration as a % of the population.

In numbers, the United States is, naturally, way ahead of the rest of the field with over 150 million Facebook users or the equivalent to half of its population.…

The Sunday World got a bit of a scoop yesterday and named two actors who were allegedly having an affair, both of whom were married. Whilst the media in the UK were gagged reporting this dalliance because of a “super injunction”, it did not apply to the Sunday World as the injunction was in the UK only.

And, as were are Citizens and not Subjects, the actors referred to in the story were Pauline McLynn and her co-star David Threlfall.

There is perhaps a bit of a grey area here.…

Its all really 360!

In an article in the Sunday Business Post on 22nd May there was a fairly belated rant about The Suns use of ‘technology’.

The article maintained that the papers ‘new’ app for the ipad and iphone, which allows users to see their page three models in a 360 view was, well, disgusting (I paraphrase about seven paragraphs there).The article took issue with the app, the whole issue of page three, topless models in general, models and photo ops, the over use of models for ‘no justifiable editorial reason’ etc etc. I’m not going to open the debate of page three as it has been well aired in other platforms.…

Scottish Herald outs Imogen Thomas Super Injunction

All things considered the footballer in question was quick (and wealthy) enough to wrap up a person and a paper, The Sun, in a super injunction in England, but wasn’t cleaver enough to extend that to their near neighbours, Scotland. I have a look at some articles and was unable to see if the injunction stretched to Wales, which would have been interesting.   

So the Sunday Herald in Scotland decided to “publish and be dammed”.…

Affiliate Links

I looked at this before when I thought some publications were being a little disingenuous about their affiliate policies.

But, I am glad to see, that our friends at News International are being completely up front about selling their traffic. In an article on High street fashion the say

Want to know where your favourite stars' frock is from?…

I read with interest that yet more of the print industry is moving into to coupon/loyalty/butter-voucher arena. There has been huge interest in the web side of this business and recently highlighted when Groupon turned down a €6bln takeover bid from Google.

Google, spurned, but not completely defeated, has now decided that it will go it alone based on its current advertising technology.

Outside the ‘web discount’ systems Associated Newspapers are launching a loyalty discount scheme for the Mail On Sunday.…

€1 Irish Independent

For the last two Mondays, the Irish Independent has dropped its price from the normal €1.90 to €1, practically half price. It’s a fairly drastic move and one that it would have been loath to do in the past leaving to price weapon to the Tabloids.

Financial Times

€2.…

Irish Newspaper Circulations April 2011

This April was littered with Bank holidays and then a Bank holiday in May (not covered). But it normally leads to disruption, which in turn leads to lower newspaper purchasing. But his year seems to have bucked that trend as the market is up just shy of two thousand copies.

Granted, it’s the promotion happy Sunday market that made most of the gains.…

In order to digest this you’d have to take this in two chunks. The first part we will deal with the ‘national stations’ and later we will deal with the ‘local stations’.

As with most research/analysis – the numbers normally speak for themselves, as they do in this case. The comparison in this case is with the previous year – the exact twelve months – July to June in each year.…

Looking at the local stations and the king pin is still Highland Radio, but it has fallen back year on year. Some of the station had a free run for years competing only against the National broadcaster. However most of the multi city stations have built up a significant listenership over the past few years.

In the main most, of the local stations have fallen on the back of strengthening figures from the multi city franchises and you can see below.…