Is Print Media Really Dead?

Merriam-Webster defines print as “a mark made by pressure:  impression

print_not_deadWhen we hear about print media, we typically think about newspapers, magazines and the like, but print media really encompasses a broad range of things. Signage of any kind can appear on the front of a building, on billboards, or on public transportation. There’s also political signage, direct mail, banners, business cards, brochures and even signs to sell your house or car. The list goes on and on.

With the emergence of digital and online media today, there is a perception that anything in the printed form will eventually become obsolete.

This perception has primarily been perpetuated by the fact that traditional hard news dailies were sold on this notion of becoming obsolete and jumped on the bandwagon, in part out of fear, but also in hopes that they could better serve and reach more readers. Transforming their business model, however, had an unanticipated downside. The significant loss in subscription revenue was due to the fact that readers no longer had a need to purchase a subscription as they could get it free online. The trickle-down effect of this revenue loss made it hard for them to pay their staff of writers and cover the large overhead. Some newspapers today have realized this and, in an attempt to recover, are trying to reverse this trend by offering online subscriptions. This will take time, however, to “re-sell” readers on the value since it has already been provided to them free of charge for so long.

When we consider print as an advertising medium, we have to consider everything that falls under this umbrella and understand how they each differ and how we interact with it.

Business cards remain critical in our everyday lives since we never know when we will meet someone who may have a product or service we need.

Signage, whether it be on the front of a building, billboard or on public transportation, lets the public know your brand and what you do or to convey a particular message, such as directing people to your website, who they should consider in the upcoming election or, perhaps just to let folks driving by that your house is for sale.

The emergence of radio and TV back in the day had little effect on the print media industry. Digital has simply become an additional medium to add to the mix much like radio and TV.coffee news reader

All advertising works whether it be radio, television, print, online and more. The smart business person spreads their advertising dollars around to effectively brand their business since they cannot reach everyone online, or on radio, or in the daily newspaper. Each medium has its benefits and targets different segments of the population.

Coffee News® is a niche publication targeting customers close by who have disposable income. This translates to a long-term, loyal customer for the local small and medium-sized businesses who advertise within it. Businesses want to be portrayed in a positive fashion, and Coffee News® provides them that perfect “buy-local” vehicle at an affordable price, and it lasts longer in the hands of potential customers. The only thing to distract them is the ads, no clicks or switch of a dial. Readers pick up Coffee News® because they enjoy it, not because they have to or are necessarily in search of something specific. They pick it up because it is fun and entertaining.

 

Coffee News® Profile – John and Linda Bando of Clearwater, Florida

JohnBandoJohn Bando and his wife Linda had a plan.   They were going to begin a new life together in Florida after they met and fell in love. John had always been a self-employed entrepreneur and Linda, a nurse manager specializing in obstetrics and neonatal intensive care.

Both were thinking about career changes as they approached their “retirement” years and were looking for a business opportunity that would suit them as they entered their next chapter.

John recalled, “Coffee News was attractive because we wanted something that was affordable so we wouldn’t eat up all of our savings. We also wanted to do something fun and we didn’t want to reinvent the wheel.”

He added, “I researched Coffee News carefully for a few months before we signed on. As hard as I tried, I could not find one negative comment about the business from a Coffee News publisher.”

They purchased two territories in the Clearwater, Florida area in June of 2014.   They were on their way to an exciting new chapter in their lives when John suffered a massive stroke. “The prognosis was not good. But I surprised my doctors. They called me the miracle guy,” John said.

Just one week after his stroke, John was in Bangor, Maine attending the “Coffee News College”, a training seminar for new franchise owners.   “I was still able to slowly build my Coffee News business while I recovered,” he said.

Not only did he build the business, but within a year he expanded to publishing 4 editions in the area.   Linda is now a working partner in their growing Coffee News business.

The Bandos enjoy meeting people and building up their area and advertisers.   John says they especially enjoy helping out non-profits who may not have the money to promote worthy causes.

He recalled meeting a young woman at a BNI (Business Networking International) meeting who was a cancer survivor.   She said there were no support groups for people her age battling the disease and she wanted to start one called “Spark the Way”.

Bando offered her an ad in Coffee News.   “I told her I wanted to help her spread the word but she said she couldn’t afford advertising.   We helped her out. We also helped a group promote a monthly square dance event. I get a lot of joy out of doing things like that,” he said.

Bando has also seen the important role Coffee News can play in helping a client or business build a brand. “We worked with a new consulting business that just wanted to start getting their name out to build their brand.   They didn’t expect to actually receive calls from potential customers but that happened too.”

Bando says their advertisers like Coffee News for a variety of reasons including the exclusivity and frequency. “We publish weekly.   Our competition publishes monthly.   Once those issues are gone – they’re gone and won’t be back in circulation for a month.”

For Bando and his wife one of the benefits of their Coffee News business is knowing that if the day comes when they really want to retire, they can sell their business.

“Knowing we can build it up and reap all the benefits of our hard work is a real advantage. We own this business – it is ours. Unlike some other franchise arrangements – our Coffee News business is not owned by the franchisor. ”Bando said.

In the meantime the Bandos plan to continue building their Coffee News business, doing what they can to give back to the community and staying healthy!

Bando offers these tips to be successful in the Coffee News business:

  1. You have to think of this as a full-time business. Be focused and realize that to be successful you have to give this your full attention.
  1. Distribution is key. Advertisers want to know how many people you are reaching.   Make sure you have enough distribution outlets to attract advertisers.   You will end up picking up advertisers just by being out there.
  1. Speaking of distribution – be sure to really check out your delivery people. Check references and perform background checks to insure they are the kind of people you can trust and who will best represent you.

The Community and Flexibility of Being a Franchisee

JenClarkJen Kline Clark of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

For Jen Kline Clark “” are what she enjoys most about her Coffee News business.

Clark has been in the Coffee News business since 2012.   At that time she and her husband, Patrick had just completed the process of adopting their first baby.

After working in a highly demanding career that required her to travel extensively, Clark said, “We wanted to find something that would allow me to stay home with my son who we waited so long for and I wanted to be part of my community.”

Coffee News wasn’t even on their radar until Patrick met a Coffee News publisher at a baseball game who was selling his business.

Clark recalls, “Patrick came home and told me about this.   It was a perfect match for what I like to do and could provide us with a consistent income.”

Today Clark owns four Coffee News franchises and publishes three editions in Bucks County, Pennsylvania – just North of Philadelphia.

Eighteen months ago Jen and Patrick welcomed a baby girl to their family of three!

“I’m very happy doing what I do.   I love the flexibility of this business as a parent. I was actually doing layouts for an edition while in the hospital when I had my daughter. ” Clark said.

In addition to the flexibility that Coffee News affords her family, Clark enjoys the connections she has made in her community as a result of her business. “I think of my Coffee News business as a way to help small businesses in my community get the word out about their business.”

Building community is what Clark is all about.   When talking about what it takes to be successful in the Coffee News business she stresses the importance of networking and bringing people together.

“You have to network the heck out of this business. In my first year my goal was to attend three new networking events a week.   That really helped to build my business and my networks. I know so many people now,” says Clark.

She adds that over time she has built a Coffee News family and even plans events to bring people together.   “It’s a great way to network and have fun. People really feel like they are part of something.”

Although Clark has a strong base of long term advertisers, some of whom have been with her since the beginning. She stresses that, “To be successful in this business you have to constantly be generating new business and bringing in new advertisers.”

For Clark, bartering has been a great way to introduce the benefits of Coffee News to businesses. She cites an example of losing their furnace after Hurricane Sandy and bartering Coffee News ads to buy a new one.

“My businesses like to advertise in Coffee News because of the affordability and exclusivity.   They like the one page easy-to-read format and I make changes to their ads at no extra cost to them.”

Clark stressed that although there is a lot of flexibility in this business – it is a full-time job.

She says, “There are a lot of moving parts and pieces including taking care of your advertisers and cultivating new ones. There is publishing and distribution and the day to day tasks of managing a business.”

“I do love it. Coffee News has been a great thing for this period in our lives,” she added.

Clark offers these tips to be successful in the Coffee News business:

  1. Have enough working capital to cover your expenses in the beginning while you’re building your business.
  2. Hire a bookkeeper and have a good CRM (customer relationship management) program to keep you organized!
  3. Get out there and NETWORK!   Build your connections and your community.

Where She Wants to Be!

2016-03-31 19.14.01Sheila Jimenez is back home, and that’s exactly where she wants to be. After fifteen years in Chicago, she returned to Winamac, Indiana, population 2,490 (U.S. Census, 2010). Only a handful of Indiana’s 92 counties have a smaller population than Pulaski, where the county seat of Winamac boasts three stoplights.

When Sheila was among the hundred or so annual graduates of Winamac High School, she never dreamed that one day she’d be selling Coffee News ads to fellow alumni. But since February 1, 2016, she’s been doing exactly that. “There are a lot of people I went to high school with who now own their own businesses in Winamac. Surprisingly, people that I do know are the hardest to sell.” But she doesn’t let that bother her. “I think most of it is just waiting to see if it’s going to stick before they invest in it.” Her franchise is very new, after all. She published her first issue on February 27.

Her ten-year-old son attends the same school that Sheila did. Having lived in Chicago for nine years, he can’t believe that everybody knows his mom. His teacher is one of Sheila’s high school classmates.

Both her mother and her son have been helping in her new business. “I’ll have him hop out and help me do deliveries,” she says, “trying to show him to be responsible. He thinks I’m the worst mom ever.” But Sheila used to think the same thing when she was a kid. “He’ll appreciate it at some point,” she laughs.

She comes from an entrepreneurial family, and that was good training to be a Coffee News franchisee. “I know small businesses and that’s where I think I have my niche. I get what they need and what they want. I speak their language.” For twelve years she worked in succession of businesses owned by her father. “He’s had everything from a gas station to a sports bar to a pizza place, wholesale company, liquor importer. One always led to the next.”

But for all of her small business background, she had no prior sales experience. “I don’t think I know what I’m doing, but it’s working out,” she says. When she took over, the edition had no ads, just filler. For her first cold call, she says, “I kind of pumped myself up in the car, took five big breaths, and walked in. I did my spiel, waited the eight seconds. The minute I was about to open my mouth, they said, ‘OK, we’ll take a year and we’ll pay in full.’ Thank goodness I didn’t open my mouth!

“You know that feeling when you almost hit something in your car, or being in a roller coaster? That was the feeling I had in my stomach. Thank goodness that was my first sales experience, to know that this works, to go into someplace else and to have the confidence.” Since then, she’s had no problem selling ads. “It’s just about being local and promoting local businesses to build back up our community.” As of early March, she’d sold ten.

The small town of Winamac was impacted by the recession, but it’s starting to come back. A theme park called Rugged Adventures will open in April. They’ve bought an ad, and so have a gas station chain, a plumbing-heating-cooling business, a direct marketing company, the local hardware store, and a crop services company that sells fertilizer. “We’re in farmland,” Sheila explains.

Winamac also is home to the international headquarters of Braun Corporation, which employs 900 people building wheelchair lifts for vans. “It’s definitely a generating force of income in the area,” she says.

Businesses in small towns can have difficulty staying afloat. Sheila considers Coffee News a great avenue for them, and wants to help them so they can generate more business. She never would have considered a Coffee News franchise in Chicago. But back in Winamac? “I’ve always wanted to own my own business. After doing this for a few weeks, I feel like I was born to do this.”

And here at home, she’s made great start.

 

How One Family Turned a Franchise Into a Family-Run Business

Coffee News® Profile – The Sutter Family of Suwanee, Georgia (USA)sutter family

Michelle and Rick Sutter of Suwanee, Georgia were looking for a business opportunity.

They decided they would open up a bookstore and café.   While they were in the process of making that dream a reality, they happened to spot an edition of Coffee News® in a restaurant.

“We were so impressed and intrigued with Coffee News® that we decided to explore it further. We realized that operating the café would be a 24/7 job and require a large investment of capital to make it work.   That led us to make the decision to launch a Coffee News® franchise instead of the bookstore and café,” Michelle said.

Rick added, “Franchises are great because a lot of the work has been done for you. It’s much less painful than trying to invent something from scratch. Coffee News® has a strong, recognizable brand and an excellent reputation.”

“Coffee News® was attractive to us due to the low start-up cost and overhead and the flexible nature of the business.   We liked the idea of starting a business that our kids could do with us,” Michelle said.

“Times are changing and there is no more job security in corporate America.   We wanted a business that we could do on our own and control our own future. We wanted to show our kids how to take control of their future through entrepreneurship,” Rick said.

The couple has four children, two of whom work with them in the business. Seventeen-year old Christopher who is in high school and nineteen-year old Lyndsey, a college freshman, both work part-time in the business.

The Sutter’s each play a role in the business based on their strengths. Michelle concentrates on sales, Rick and Christopher take care of distribution and Lyndsey focuses on photography and media relations.

“Even though there are four of us, we still can’t do it all. I realized that I needed to focus my time and energy on what I do best and that is sales.   I was also trying to do the social media piece.   I’m okay at it, but it made sense to contract that out to someone who is better at it so that I can focus on sales.   That has been the best decision,” Michelle explained.

Advertisers are responding to the Sutter’s Coffee News® business in a positive way.   “We live in the Atlanta area where advertising is really expensive and glossy. Coffee News® stands out because it is more ‘old school’ and people respond to that. They like the exclusivity of advertising with Coffee News® and they see us out and about. Coffee News® is more local and community-minded and they know we want to support their businesses as well as see their success,” Michelle explained.

She adds,” Atlanta is a melting pot of people from all over the world, many who tell us they have seen Coffee News® in other places, so they are familiar with the paper and they love it.”

The family has been very creative with Coffee News®. They recently launched a special edition to support the local hockey team.   They call it “News to Enjoy Over Hockey”. “It’s been great fun and great exposure for the business. Advertisers are excited to be part of it and we get recognized, along with a ton of promotion at the games where we wear our Coffee News® hockey jerseys,” Michelle said.

The Sutter’s plans for their new endeavor include publishing more editions and creating a stable and successful business in the years ahead.   “Our kids have been bitten by the Coffee News® entrepreneurial bug.   They see the potential, so they may continue to play a role in the future of our family business,” said Michelle.

Michelle and Rick offer these tips to be successful in Coffee News®:

  1. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Focus on the part of the business that you know and do best.   In turn, find or hire someone to take care of those areas of the business that you aren’t comfortable doing.
  2. Networking is key.   Get out there and be part of the community. Bring a door prize to networking events that you attend.   It’s a great way to be recognized and introduced to a large crowd.
  3. Know your budget and pay close attention to the financial piece of your business.
  4. Coffee News® offers so much support. Take advantage of all of the training that is available from the Coffee News® Head Office and the sharing of ideas from other Coffee News® publishers.

The Top Four Reasons to Start a Home-Based Business

Over 65% of Americans dream of working from home, but only one in five of us actually do. How do you know when its time to make your dream of starting a home-based business a reality? Take a look at our top five reasons to start a home-based business. If one or more apply to you, you may be ready to be your own boss and start a home-based business!

You have that Sunday night feeling every single night.

After a fun weekend, even the happiest and most fulfilled employee feels a little reluctant to start another workweek. The transition from family and friends to meetings and deadlines can make anyone glum as they set their alarm clock for Monday morning. But for satisfied employees, these emotions are usually mild, and they start melting away with the first cup of coffee and conversations with co-workers. But if you just can’t shake strong feelings of dissatisfaction, helplessness, frustration or resentment as you go through your daily work schedule, something is seriously amiss. You need to make a change before negative feelings about your work life start affecting your personal life.

Being your own boss and working from home can help you regain a sense of control over your work and your life. You can set your own schedule, choose your own career and reap all the rewards of your hard work yourself. Changing careers isn’t for everyone, but as many of our Coffee News® publishers can tell you, if you’re stuck in a rut in your current career, it just might be for you.

You need (or want) to make more money.

That’s right. Self-employed people in America earn more then their salaried counterparts—45% more, in fact. And self-employed small business owners can take special tax deductions that other workers can’t, so they are able to keep more of that hard-earned money, too. It takes a little more effort on the accounting side (and the discipline to make regular estimated tax payments) but for most people, being their own boss can really pay off. If you deserve a raise but the company you’re working for can’t or won’t offer you one, being your own boss might be a good way to get the salary you deserve.

Even the most successful small business owners don’t start making money right away, right? Actually, some do. Franchise opportunities can be a fantastic shortcut to financial freedom. The trick is finding a franchise opportunity that starts making money fast. Many Coffee News® publishers see positive cash flow almost immediately!

You want (or need) to spend less money.

You already know what your current job earns you every month. Have you ever tried to figure out how much your job actually costs you every month? Try making a list of the expenses you pile up by going to work every day. The gas, tolls, parking and maintenance for your car, for instance. The suits or career wear in your closet, the money you spend on your morning coffee or lunch, or those afternoon snacks from the vending machine in the break room. If you are a parent, don’t forget the day care, babysitters and after school activities you need to keep your kids occupied until you can be home. It all adds up, doesn’t it? And when you subtract these necessary expenses from your salary, does the time and effort add up, too?

If you own your own business and work from home, you don’t need a suit for every day of the week. You don’t need to drive every single day, and you can park in your own driveway or garage. You can set your schedule to be home when the school bus pulls up to the house, and you can see your kids’ sports matches and school plays. You can cook your own lunches and make your own snacks. You can improve your net income dramatically—and your lifestyle, too.

To spend less money, your home-based business should have low start-up costs. Coffee News®franchise opportunities rate so highly on Entrepreneur and Forbes in part because they are so affordable to purchase. If you want to buy into a proven business idea without breaking the bank, take a look at Coffee News®.

You just retired.

You read that right! Almost 75% of today’s senior workers take another job after they retire. Why shouldn’t you? You’ve built up years of work experience and expertise, and an entire network of business connections. You have plenty of energy, great ideas and want to supplement your retirement income. You may have reached the end of your journey with your old job, but a new career starts an entirely new journey of self-discovery and self-improvement. And this time, you’re in charge!

Many retired senior entrepreneurs decide to dedicate their second career to helping their communities. If helping your community is something you’ve dreamed of, a Coffee News® franchise opportunity is ideal. Our top-rated restaurant publication supports local businesses and economies, and our publishers provide affordable advertising and invaluable marketing advice to their customers. Sound like something you’d be ready to take on in retirement? Get started with a low-cost, high value Coffee News® franchise today!

 

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