Sept. 22, 2010

Shopping: 89 percent of Americans use grocery coupons
Tough economic times have ignited a desire among shoppers to save more at the grocery store. A recent study indicated that 89 percent of Americans regularly used coupons when shopping for groceries. More than 164 billion coupons were offered by retailers in the first half of 2010. In 2009, 311 billion coupons were distributed. In fact, nearly $3 billion was saved using coupons last year alone.More

August online sales up by 15 percent
Internet Retailing
The coolest August for 17 years helped push online sales for the month up by 15 percent, compared to last year, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index. That helped push e-commerce sales in the year to date to a 15 percent jump, higher than the 13 percent previously predicted.More

Newspaper National Network puts money where its mouth is
Editor & Publisher
When it comes to advertising effectiveness, it's time to put up or shut up, according to the National Newspaper Network. The NNN, whose mission is to be the primary, nationwide, mass reach sales and marketing arm for the newspaper industry for targeted national advertising categories, is offering a deal to national advertisers that other media will find hard to match.More

Mobile app ads to soar to $8 billion by 2015
Mobile apps advertising will rocket to more than $8 billion in five years, according to a recent Borrell Associates forecast. Part of this comes from the growth in receiving mobile ad messaging across a broader range of electronic devices, according to the Williamsburg, Va.-based media researcher. More

Ad prices may spike under Yahoo-Microsoft deal
Prices paid by advertisers may rise sharply after Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. combine their Internet search services, according to a recent study.More

Magazines take advantage of return to positive growth
Media Buyer Planner
As ad dollars begin to return to magazines, publishers have been quick to make moves that will help them take advantage of the fact. Speedway Illustrated, for example, will be relaunched, after having the print edition axed by Anthem Media in the spring. Editor Karl Fredrickson formed a new group, Traction Media, and acquired rights to the magazine.More

Journal Register expands Yahoo ad deal
News & Tech
Journal Register Co. said it is expanding its advertising partnership with Yahoo to include Philadelphia, the nation's fourth-largest DMA. The move is part of the publisher's Digital First growth initiative. The company will leverage Yahoo's behavioral and geographical ad targeting system on its websites and on Yahoo network pages to deliver targeted messages.More

Apple courts publishers on iPad subscriptions
The Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. in recent weeks has accelerated its efforts to persuade publishers to join the company's first foray into selling newspaper and magazine subscriptions for the iPad tablet computer, according to people familiar with the matter.More

Daily Richmond News reducing its print frequency
Editor & Publisher
The Richmond (Mo.) News is reducing its frequency in print from daily to twice weekly. The paper announced it "will follow a small-market newspaper trend" by cutting back on its number of print editions beginning Oct. 18. Starting on that date, the 96-year-old News will be published on Monday and Thursday afternoons, with mail delivery to follow on Tuesdays and Fridays.More