Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wishing You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

As another busy year draws to a close we would like to wish you all the very best for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will be taking a short break over Christmas and New Years, closing from Christmas Day and returning on Monday 5th January.

For any urgent matters during this time please contact me on 0431 156 767.

We hope you have an enjoyable festive season and look forward to working with you in the new year.

Merry Christmas, Peter

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's Christmas trading for newsagents like never before . . .

This Christmas trading season is like no other before with many newsagents providing their customers with access to their Christmas promotions to be viewed any time of the day or night. Here's a glance at just some examples . . .

Newspower Christmas Catalogue

The Newspower Christmas Catalogue is now prominently displayed on Newsagent's New-Web-Sites and newsagent's sites on YourNewsagent.com.au. You'll find the catalogue on display at www.yournewsagent.com.au/mclarenvale, http://www.campbellsnews.com.au/ and http://www.millicentnewsagency.com.au/.

A Timely Launch for Nextra Sunbury & Nextra Mornington

Two new Nextra sites are making the most of the excitement of the launch of their sites to promote their Christmas offerings.

Nextra Mornington Newsagency entered the online world this month just in time for the Christmas trading season. A busy trading season is ahead for the ABC Centre within Nextra Mornington and all the great gift ideas that are packed into the ABC Centre Christmas Catalogue are now accessible to anyone, anywhere at anytime from the Nextra Mornington website.

The site at http://www.morningtonnewsagency.com.au/ also features the wide range of newsagency and lottery products and services including the store's ABC Centre, Canson Creative Art Centre & Darrell Lea Confectionery.


Nextra Sunbury Newsagency was released to the online world recently and offers customers a wealth of information about Nextra Sunbury Newsagency and the Sunbury Community. In addition to all the regular Newsagent's New-Web-Site features the site at http://www.sunburynewsagency.com.au/ includes an enhanced messages section that includes What's News?, Community Corner & Geyer's Gold Card Club which are all being actively used to reflect this newsagency's involvement in the local community.

In the "What's News?" section you will see how Jenny Carland of Nextra Sunbury Newsagency is working to keep customers up to date with the Christmas offerings.

Here's what Jenny has to say about the development of the Nextra Sunbury Newsagency site:

" Thank you. I wanted to contact you to tell you how happy I am, and what a pleasure it has been to work with Peter.
I know I am fussy about things and like things to be just right and as a result kept worrying that I was being a nuisance, but nothing was a bother and as a result I am just thrilled that the site looks even better than I imagined possible.
I wrote to Peter thanking him last night saying that it just looks so simple… but I know how much work went into it…and that’s the secret. It’s simple and easy for people to use, but so professional.
I will be telling everyone, I already am. I wish you every success in your business, you do it all so well.
Thanks again
Jenny "


Gift Cards for LPO Sites

The Australia Post Gift Cards are proving popular with newsagents who have an LPO as part of their business. The gift cards are sure to be a big hit this Christmas trading season.
To see how how the gift card range is being promoted by Campbells Newsagencies visit www.campbellsnews.com.au/hallettcovemall.

The http://retail.pattersonroad.com.au/newsletter_november08.jsp also features the gift card range, linking customers to the additional information available on the newsagent's website.


Christmas promotions on YourNewsagent.com.au

Many Christmas promotions are also displayed by newsagents on YourNewsagent.com.au Two great examples may be viewed by visiting www.yournewsagent.com.au/kilmorenewsagency and www.yournewsagent.com.au/mclarenvale.

For those who are not yet part of YourNewsagent.com.au, the good news is you can have your site and your Christmas promotions all in place in time for when the Christmas trading season begins in earnest as the calendar turns to December. To find out how to get underway visit www.yournewsagent.com.au/newsagent.

Newsagent's Club-Web & YourNewsagent.com.au Help Desk

All of the above examples have been provided for newsagents either as part of their membership to New-Web's Newsagent's Club-Web or as part of their membership to YourNewsagent.com.au.

For those not yet involved, now is an opportune time to join in:
  • Your site on YourNewsagent.com.au can be displaying your Christmas promotions before the end of November. For more information visit www.yournewsagent.com.au/newsagent .

  • For those wishing to get started with an independent website there is currently a $300 discount offer available until the end of November for Newsagent's New-Web-Sites. For more information visit http://www.new-web.com.au/ .
Happy Christmas Trading!

We wish all newsagents a busy and successful Christmas trading season. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to discuss how the Christmas promotions such as those outlined above can become a regular feature of your business.

Monday & Wednesday Lotto Jackpots

Monday & Wednesday Lotto jackpots are now being displayed and updated after each draw for all newsagents displaying NSW Lotteries, SA Lotteries, Tattersall's and Lotterywest lotteries & jackpot information. Recently displayed was the first of the $5 Million Superdraws.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Welcome to Nextra Sunbury & Nextra Mornington

Nextra Sunbury Newsagency was released to the online world recently and offers customers a wealth of information about Nextra Sunbury Newsagency and the Sunbury Community. In addition to all the regular Newsagent's New-Web-Site features the site at http://www.sunburynewsagency.com.au/ includes an enhanced messages section that includes What's News?, Community Corner & Geyer's Gold Card Club which are all being actively used to reflect this newsagency's involvement in the local community.

Another Nextra newsagent entering the online world this month is Nextra Mornington Newsagency. As well as the wide range of newsagency and lottery products and services the site at http://www.morningtonnewsagency.com.au/ also features the store's ABC Centre, Canson Creative Art Centre & Darrell Lea Confectionery.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

E-mail Newsletters

E-mail communication between newsagents and customers is increasingly becoming a day to day part of the newsagent's business. For those looking to improve or commence with e-mail customer newsletters some examples and information about the software & services available are provided below.

Many newsagents are now communicating with customers with regular e-mail newsletters. We are working with a number of newsagents to provide Group Mail Software and Newsletter Templates to improve the image and presentation of the newsletters. Examples of recent e-mail newsletters may be viewed at http://retail.pattersonroad.com.au/newsletter_july08.jsp, http://retail.pattersonroad.com.au/newsletter_august08.jsp & http://retail.pattersonroad.com.au/newsletter_september08.jsp


Newsletter templates for use with the Group Mail software are developed to be specific to each newsagent's business. A variety of services which can be tailored to meet your specific needs are also available to assist with newsletter publishing.

The Group Mail program allows formatted bulk e-mails to be sent individually addressed to customers. A number of e-mail lists are able to be managed to use for specific purposes. A personal version and a business version are available. The main advantage of the business version is being able to use it across a number of users on a network. In most cases for newsagents the personal version is suitable and can be upgraded at a later date if necessary.



Group Mail allows you to manage your newsletters and other bulk e-mail from your desktop and there are no ongoing costs per e-mail as with other bulk e-mail options. Group mail is available to purchase online from http://www.new-web.com.au/ with the personal version available for $159.95 and the business version for $395.95. Newsletter templates for use with Group Mail can be developed specifically for your business for $95. (all prices include GST)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Two More Newsagent's New-Web-Sites Go Live

Barwon Heads News, Lotto & Gifts is now available to customers online at http://www.bhnews.com.au/ with the recent release of their Newsagent's New-Web-Site. Including in this site is another variation of the messages function with the "News & Updates" section which is being actively used by the newsagent to promote various aspects of the business including the recent addition of new release books from Random House.




Seymour Street Newsagency in Traralgon now offers online stationery options from OfficeSmart and Wilson Stationery to customers visiting their new Newsagent's New-Web-Site at http://www.seymourstnews.com.au/. Updates will also be included shortly for back-to-school ordering. The Newsagent's New-web-Site also promotes the recent addition of Intralot games to the newsagency and adds further support to the newsagents VIP Club and monthly newsletter promotions.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Newsagent's New-Web-Site Visitor Growth

As the number of newsagents online continues to grow so too does the number of visitors each of their websites is receiving. As for any business, customers expect to be able to find information and to be able to do business with their newsagent online. Many newsagents are also moving forward with various e-commerce models. There are now options to meet all newsagent's needs whether that's having their own website developed or becoming part of the industry website YourNewsagent.com.au.

The following charts show the strong growth in visits to Newsagent's New-Web-Sites throughout this year. It is interesting to note that while individual visits are growing strongly it is evident that visitors are also making a greater number of return visits.



The growth is set to continue as more and more people turn to the internet as a primary source of information. The promotional benefits for newsagents will continue to grow.

Newsagents who are actively promoting their websites are receiving the greatest growth in visits and therefore greater promotion of their business. This is being achieved simply by ensuring the website address is promoted on customer accounts, newsletters, receipts, business cards, invoices, in store and anywhere else your contact details may be listed.

Individual website statistics are also made available for newsagents to examine in more detail, to be able to compare results to the averages and to see the aspects of their website that customers and prospective customers are viewing and making use of.

Updates for Industry Changes

As the recent changes throughout the industry show, information can quickly become out of date on a website that is not well maintained. All Newsagent's New-Web-Sites are kept up to date by Newsagents Club-Web with changes being made recently on all sites to reflect industry changes in relation to bill payment, phone cards and for Victoria changes in relation to Tattersall's and Intralot. Even YourNewsagent.com.au which was released in July has already required a number of updates to reflect the changes within the industry.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Intralot Updates

Lotto Agent's Club-Web allows for changes to be made such as the recent introduction of Intralot games in Victoria.
The Intralot information include links to detailed "how to play" brochures which help customers to become more aware of the features of the games. (example: http://www.churchillnewsagency.com.au/intralot.jsp )
A link to the Intralot website for all draw results and information is also included. (example: http://www.bellparknewsagency.com.au/intralot_results.jsp )

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

e-mail Newsletters

Several newsagents and lotto agents are working to promote their business through e-mail newsletters. A range of services and software is available to allow you to conduct e-mail campaigns. We will provide further information shortly on the e-mail services we are offering, in the meantime feel free to contact me to discuss your needs. An example of an e-mail newsletter has been forwarded to your from Patterson Road Tatts, News & Post. This is also available to be viewed online at http://retail.pattersonroad.com.au/newsletter_july08.jsp.

Wholesale Bargains From Sedlif

A Wholesaler's New-Web-Site www.sedlif.com.au was recently released. Sedlif offers a wide variety of wholesale goods for newsagents. There are currently many discount offerings available on the Sedlif site that can offer good margins for your business. The site also offers a good example of what can be achieved with the New-Web-Site e-commerce functions. Visit www.sedlif.com.au to view the variety of products available to you. If you have any questions regarding the products available to you please contact Cameron Fildes at Sedlif on (03) 9585 5182.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Australian Retail Newsagency of the Year



Awarded Australian Retail Newsagency of the Year 2008 Jeff, Doug & Tracey Otter of Williamstown News & Lotto now have even more to proudly display on their website. The Williamstown News & Lotto site has been updated to display this award to customers and now includes a photo of some of the happy team members.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Upcoming Tattersall's / Intralot changes

Changes will be made to all New-Web-Sites with Tattersall's content in order to ensure the sites reflect the upcoming changes to games offered by Tattersall's. References to Keno and Scratchies will be removed as of 1st July and changes made to reflect the other Tattersall's changes.

Welcome to Churchill Newsagency

We welcome to latest of the Newsagent's New-Web-Sites to be released to the world being www.churchillnewsagency.com.au Churchill Newsagency is the most recent addition to the growing list of Newspower Newsagents joining the online world.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Newsagents and e-commerce

Several newsagents are working to build the e-commerce component of their New-Web-Sites. Inkjet cartridges and stationery sales are being incorporating on a number of sites. Several newsagents are also proceeding to add the new Wilson Stationery e-commerce option within their site. We shall keep you updated as these additions go live to allow you to see further examples of what can be achieved.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Victorian Newsagent of the Year

Congratulations to Newsagents Club-Web members Jeff, Tracey & Doug Otter on Williamstown News and Lotto being awarded Victorian Retail Newsagent of the Year at the VANA Gala Dinner on Saturday. The award is now proudly displayed on their website at http://www.williamstownnews.com.au/

New-Web & Wilson Stationery e-commerce Seminar

For Victorian newsagents a joint seminar is to be conducted which will give you an opportunity to have all your questions answered regarding the new Wilson Stationery e-commerce option that is now available to be incorporated as an e-commerce component of Newsagent's New-Web-Sites. In addition to allowing you to offer a wide range of stationery and office products on your site this also offers a solution to issues of ordering, stock holding and delivery. Wilson Stationery Distributors is offering a pick, pack and deliver solution that will deal with orders placed by your customers through your site.

When: Wednesday 19th March 2008, 7-00 pm for 7-30 pm start.

Where: Virginia Park Café Conference Room, North Drive, 236 East Boundary Road, East Bentleigh.

Register: To reserve your place for this seminar click here or call Peter Tocknell on (03) 8618 6594

This seminar is provided free of charge with no obligation. You’re also invited to join us for light refreshments after the seminar where you can take the opportunity to discuss any issues or questions you may have.

Attendance to this Seminar is by invitation only and numbers will be limited.

Friday, February 8, 2008

New Lotto Agent's New-Web-Site

A new Lotto Agent's New-Web-Site http://www.fourwaystattslotto.com.au/ was released to the world this week. Fourways Tattslotto, Card & Tobacconist is located in Devonport and is the first Tasmanian New-Web-Site. In addition to features such as the Jackpots Board and Superdraw Promotion the site also displays a number of Superdraw Syndicates that are available to order online.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Website Traffic Reports for Newsagents Club-Web Members

On the 1st day of each month, commencing from 1st February, newsagents with Newsagent's New-Web-Sites that have been live for one month or more will now receive an e-mail report that will provide an overview of visitor activity on their Newsagent's New-Web-Site over the prior month.

The reports are provided by Newsagents Club-Web using Google Analytics and will provide additional information to the website statistics that are accessible through the website admin area.

Direct access to the reporting in Google Analytics is also available which will allow newsagents to view data at any time for various date ranges and access even more detail than the e-mailed report provides.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Online Stationery Sales Solution

A new stationery e-commerce solution is now available for newsagents in Victoria, South Australia & NSW to be incorporated as an e-commerce component of your Newsagent's New-Web-Site development. Altona North Newsagency is the first site to incorporate this stationery e-commerce solution with the stationery section now being live at http://www.altonanorthnewsagency.com.au/ In addition to allowing you to offer over 4000 stationery and office products on your site it also offers a solution to issues of ordering, stock holding and delivery. Wilson Stationery Distributors is offering a pick, pack and deliver solution that will deal with orders placed by your customers through the site.

Updates through Newsagent's Club-Web

With Newsagents Club-Web, Newsagent's New-Web-Sites are able to be kept up to date with the opportunity for newsagents to work their website to develop their traditional and online business. Lotto agents websites are updated several times each week with the current lotto jackpots.

Wholesale website services rates for newsagents

Many of the newsagents now online have taken up the advantages of the wholesale rates secured by New-Web on behalf of newsagents. This provides access for newsagents to website services specifically designed for newsagents in function, content and value.

Promoting various aspects of the business

Newsagent's New-Web-Sites provide information promoting the various aspects of the newsagent's business with a few examples being lotto syndicates, lotto jackpots, voucher promotions, information about products and services offered and publisher's offers.

Community involvement and a local source of information

Regularly visited pages are those providing local community information such as community corner and the local weather pages, reinforcing the standing of the newsagent in the local community.

Improved communication with customers

Providing the ability for customers to contact their newsagent in a way and at a time that is convenient allows for contact information to be readily available to customers as well as providing an additional point of contact. E-mail newsletters are also being used to expand communications with customers.

Online account payments

One of the functions of the Newsagent's New-Web-Site is to receive online account payments from customers. This is promoted by newsagents when sending customer accounts which sees a good initial take up by customers that continues to build solidly over the following months. Payments being made by customers are a combination of credit card and internet banking payments . Taking online accounts one step further, Campbells Newsagencies offers an opt-in feature for customers to request to receive their accounts by e-mail.

Newsagents gaining experience in the online world

Valuable experience is being gained by newsagents who have taken their business into the online world. This time last year an online search for newsagent's websites revealed very few results, now by entering "newsagent website" on Google search numerous newsagent's websites can be found. This change has come about in a short period of time but a great amount of experience has been gained and many newsagents are using this experience to develop their businesses.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Back to School & Your Online Store

Two newsagents, Patterson Road Tatts, News & Post and Campbells Newsagencies have actively used their websites to promote back to school 2008 and offer online ordering.

Patterson Road Tatts, News & Post saw a pleasing number of orders being made online from the OLSH College stationery lists with the number expected to increase significantly next year through greater support and promotion from the school administration. An addition for BTS 2009 will be to have stationery lists / order forms for each year level made available to download, similar to the order form and Hallett Cove School recommended stationery lists on the Campbells Newsagencies site.

Campbells Newsagencies came online in December just in time for back to school promotions. A significant number of people visited the back to school section of the site and many people found this new site (mostly through Google searches for various stationery items) as they were researching their back to school purchases online, among the enquiries was one received from interstate. With the experience gained this year plans are already underway to work the website to build sales for back to school 2009.

As you review BTS 2008 you may wish to consider how you can make use of your Newsagent's New-Web-Site with e-commerce for BTS 2009. If you are working with school lists you already have much of the "catalogue data" ready to load online.

Note: The above links may not be available shortly as we unwind the back to school promotions, so now is the time to take a look.

Online Research & Purchasing

I have come across a number of articles recently that suggest over 50% of consumers and a greater number of "business to business" purchasers are researching purchases online. In the case of the consumers many will then proceed to make the purchase in store rather than online, something to keep in mind for back to school next year and for building your online catalogue. Examples of this have been noted at Patterson Road Tatts, News & Postwith customers coming to the Post Office counter having obviously researched online and found the bulk discounts available for Australia Post products .

e-mailing Customer Accounts

If you are planning to, or currently offer to e-mail your customer accounts you may wish to take a look at the opt-in feature on the Campbells Newsagencies site. Several customers have already used this feature to request their customer accounts be sent by e-mail since the site was made live in December. This feature can be easily added to Newsagents New-Web-Sites.

Superdraw Syndicates

Promotions for the $19 Million Superdraw for the 16th February are now displayed on all lotto sites. Superdraw and syndicate pages are regularly viewed pages on New-Web-Sites an example of the format can be viewed at http://www.lavertonnews.com.au/syndicates.jsp

First South Australian Newsagent's New-Web-Site

The first of our South Australian Newsagent's New-Web-Sites was released to the world in December. The Campbells Newsagencies site is already actively promoting the business which incorporates three newsagencies in Adelaide's southern suburbs.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Welcome to New-Web

New-Web is successfully introducing newsagents to the on-line world. Many newsagents are now offering a higher level of service to their customers and promoting their business every hour of every day with their own website.

New-Web being directly involved in the newsagency industry continues to change and develop to meet the needs of the industry. We have secured some special wholesale rates on behalf of the newsagency industry and are offering website services specifically designed for newsagents in function, content and value.

The website package Newsagent's New-Web-Site is specifically designed for newsagents to extend their customer service to the online world.

The Newsagent's New-Web-Site with e-commerce extends your website to include a complete e-commerce solution through the choice of an online sales option that suits your business.

Membership to the new Newsagents Club-Web ensures that your website is kept up to date and offers you the ability to work your website to develop your traditional business and new online business.