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Regional publisher to auction ad space in pro-EU newspaper

A regional publisher’s pro-European newspaper is to auction advertising space in its forthcoming issues after reaching its sixth weekly edition.

The New European was set up by Archant in the wake of the 23 June Referendum to appeal to the 48pc who voted to stay in the EU.

Initially slated to last for four issues, it has already announced it will continue on a rolling basis with issue 6 hitting the streets this morning.

The auctions, which began yesterday and closes on Tuesday, will see participants bid for ad space in next Friday’s edition and for a “full takeover” of the 26 August edition.

Today's edition of The New European

Today’s edition of The New European

The news comes after the company revealed the newspaper was now being distributed abroad in cities including Brussels, Paris, Strasbourg and Berlin, as well as Northern Ireland.

Craig Nayman, chief commercial officer at Archant, said: “We are incredibly proud of the impact The New European has had and we are reflecting its innovation in our commercial offering.

“Pop up publishing provides different opportunities for the media buying community to embrace a new business model.

“We look forward to working with partners who would like to explore this type of commercial partnership, whilst engaging with the valuable audience The New European offers.”

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  • August 12, 2016 at 6:38 am
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    This is nothing new, the reps sell advertising on a’get what you can for it ‘ basis for years that’s why the products cease to be of value to local businesses , they wait til the last minute and offer a price knowing they’ll take it

    Desperate times desperate measures

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  • August 12, 2016 at 8:43 am
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    If you can’t sell adverts, auction them off to the highest bidder for as much as you can get , think the ideas abs innovation well has run dry at Archant hq
    Then it’s ” ….a full takeover” of the 26 August edition”

    The day when a ‘news’ paper has finally sold itself out to commercial interests has finally arrived

    End of days

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  • August 12, 2016 at 9:35 am
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    Oh my days, who comes up with this stuff?
    why not put all the papers on eBay and be done with it, saves employing advert reps so there’s cost savings to be had.

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  • August 12, 2016 at 1:21 pm
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    This is a really interesting development. Seriously.

    Anyone that knows anything about media businesses (clearly, none of the above) will understand that there will be a lot of people wanting to see how this goes.

    Great little experiment Archant. Good luck.

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  • August 12, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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    Voice… you must have been an advertisement copywriter in your day, with ‘Anyone that knows…’. (Sorry to be picky).

    And a full takeover of an edition by auction? How cheap as chips is that? Mind you, auctioning off copies to collectors of discontinued newspapers may be a possibility fairly soon.

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  • August 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm
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    Correction VOR
    I have 40 years experience in national and local media and I know one of the other people above has 25+ so think we are well placed to pass opinion and that is the sheer desperation of having to auction off advertising that otherwise in all likelihood couldn’t be sold.
    Presumably the only criteria to winning is the one who bids highest? irrespective of whether a presence in this paper is right for the client and will bring response, raise awareness or add credibility to the businesses profile
    And how is this of interest to ‘see how it goes?’
    Is the plan for others to auction off their ad space too? As I mentioned at least if successful it could nicely pave the way to offload reps who’s role will be no longer required when all thats needed is an auctioneer.

    The latest signal that when all else fails anything to make a buck will do irrespective of the broader signals it gives out about the company and its products

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