Well the Doc opened the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out:
Dear Dr. Ads,
I am very concerned about the future of newspapers. According to the latest World Press Trends survey of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, in North America “[c]irculation was down by 6.6% year-over-year, and by 13% since 2008 [and] advertising revenues were down by 7.6% over 1 year and by 42.1% over 5.”
Really depressing chart via Marketing Charts:
So here’s my question: Seen any good newspaper ads lately that might cheer me up??
-Worried about News Corpse
You’re in luck – I just saw two, both on the same page of last Thursday’s Boston Herald:
So why do I single these two out? (Actually can you single out two? I dunno, but I just did.)
A couple of reasons:
#1 Because they have an element of intrigue.
#2 Because they could represent a new category of revenue for newspapers: Did You Work With ads.
Here’s what the Doc finds intriguing about the James Reera ad. Plug “Priscilla Colburn” into the Googletron and you get this Facebook post:
Hmmm. That’s just for starters. We’ll do some more digging here and get back to you guys soon.
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He probably died and his survivors are looking to notify any of his old buddies as to the fact — and make sure they know about the funeral service. Wish them luck!
Actually it’s more complicated that that, Mike. Stay tuned . . .
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