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    • Subscriber Acquisition and Retention Case Studies Roundtable on Strategic Marketing August 23, 2004
    • Today’s Topics:
      • Circulation Issues Facing Papers
      • Case Study:
        • The London Free Press Circulation Challenge
      • Retention Tactics
      • Case Study: Update
        • The Globe and Mail Subscriber Recognition
      • Questions
    • Circulation Issues:
      • Declining Circulation Trends
      • Advertising Client Perceptions
      • Increased Revenue Expectations
      • Magic Silver Bullets are in short supply
    • Case Study: The London Free Press: Circulation Challenge
    • Total Average 6 Day (Mon-Sat) Paid Circulation – 10 year trend Source: ABC Audit Report 2002; Circ is LFP data
    • Home Delivery Average 6 Day (Mon to Sat) Paid Circulation – 10 year trend Source: ABC Audit Report 2002; Circ is LFP data Telemarketing discontinued Aug. 2000
    • September 2001 to August 2002 Home Delivery trend Source: ABC Audit Report; 2002 Circ is LFP data
    • Retention Curves of starts from Sept. ’01 to Aug. ’02 retained 17 weeks out 79.7% Voluntary (Full Rate) 41.9% Telemarketing: 13 Weeks for $39.99 (23% Discount) Source: ABC Audit Report; 2002 Circ is LFP data
    • The Proposed Solution:
      • Focus on longer-term subscriptions
      • Calculate the risk/reward potential
      • Closely monitor performance
      • On Thursday, September 26 th , 2002 we ran a 24 Hour, ½ price sale in appreciation for our regular customers as well as enticing new customers to start a subscription
      • One week prior to the sale, we ran teaser ads with a countdown of hours to go, plus there was pre-promotion on radio leading up to, and on the day of the sale.
      24 Hour, ½ Price Sale
    • 24 Hour, ½ Price Sale
      • On the Saturday prior, and in the Wednesday London This Week paper, we also ran a full page ad which listed the actual prices of this sale and stated that it started next Thursday.
      • There was interest from that point on, so much so that on the day of the sale we were overwhelmed by over 6,600 callers. It shut down our phone lines as we did not anticipate such high response. 
    • 24 Hour, ½ Price Sale … Results?
      • We generated 990 NEW 7 day customers, with the majority taking advantage of the 26 and 52 week terms.
      • 1,123 customers changed their frequency from 1,2,3,5 or 6 day subscriptions to 7 days.
      • An additional 4,534 regular customers extended their existing subscription by either 26 or 52 weeks.
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    • September 2002 to June 2003 Home Delivery trend Source: ABC Audit Report; 2002 Circ is LFP data
    • Retention Curves of starts from Sept. ’02 to Aug. ’03 retained 16 weeks out 84.9% 26 Week Subs (50% Discount) 85.3% 52 Week Subs (50% Discount) Source: ABC Audit Report; Circ is LFP data
    • Revenue implications
      • HD: 2001 Revenue: –1.0%
        • 6 day HD Volume: 79,101 -4% vs. 2000
      • HD: 2002 Revenue: –2.5%
        • 6 day HD Volume: 77,605 -2% vs. 2001
      • HD: 2003 Revenue: –2.0%
        • 6 day HD Volume: 80,782 +4% vs. 2002
    • Revenue implications
        • Variance to 2001
      • Jan. to Sept. 2002 (13 week offers)
        • Average Revenue Decline 3%/month
      • Oct. to Dec. 2002 (26 & 52 wk ½ price offers)
        • Average Revenue Decline 1.5%/month
      • There was a significant improvement in the revenue decline when the volume of orders picked up with the ½ price long term offers in September ’02.
    • Total Average 6 Day (Mon-Sat) Paid Circulation – 10 year trend Source: ABC Audit Report 2002-03 circ is LFP data
    • Home Delivery Average 6 Day (Mon to Sat) Paid Circulation – 10 year trend Telemarketing discontinued Aug. ‘00 Source: ABC Audit Report 2002; Circ is LFP data
    • Retention Tactics
    • Retention Tactics:
      • Welcome Programs
      • Discounting with Tiered Pricing
      • Win-Back Programs
      • Loyalty Programs
    • Retention Tactics:
      • Welcome Programs
      • Discounting with Tiered Pricing
      • Win-Back Programs
      • Loyalty Programs
    • Case Study: The Globe and Mail: Subscriber Recognition
    • The Globe and Mail
      • Canada’s National Newspaper
      • 1,000,000 readers per day
      • Circulation 350,000 daily
      • Home delivery 200,000
      • 80% EZ-Pay
      • Subscription Price $315 per year
      • Most subscribers pay full or slightly discount rates
    • The Globe and Mail
      • Highly educated, affluent audience
      • Managers, Owners, Professionals etc.
      • White collar males make up a large component of the subscriber base
      • Delivered in every major market in Canada
      • Majority ownership is Bell Canada Enterprises
    • Circulation Strategy
      • Growth of greater than 50% paid subscriber base.
      • Improve retention
      • Improve communication capabilities.
      • Maintain high demographic profile of the audience.
    • Globe Loyalty History
      • The Globe tested subscriber response to value added programs in 2003 and early 2004.
      • Direct Mail programs offering subscribers discounts to one-off events have been very well received.
      • “ Random acts of Kindness” have shown significant retention improvement.
      • Given this success, a new subscriber Recognition program has been developed and launched.
    • Previous Program Examples
      • The Lion King: March, 2003
      • The Producers: March, 2004
    • The Program Details
      • A mailing sent from the Globe to Toronto area subs with a Lion King ticket offer.
      • The advertiser was part of positive offer and message to the subscriber base, helping with their brand image.
      • The advertiser paid all costs of the program execution.
    • Subscriber Benefits
      • 25% percent off Lion King tickets
      • Special “Globe and Mail Night” for 500 subscribers as special guests.
      • Perceived as a value add to their subscription
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    • Results
      • Orders: 1,440 Seats: 4,153
      • The advertisers realized an ROI of six times their investment.
      • Excellent response from the subscriber base.
    • Subscriber Results
      • All respondent data (who bought tickets)was captured for tracking.
      • Retention is 25% better amongst those who bought tickets versus the control group.
      • Retention is 9 times better with the Lion King special night guests than the control group.
      • Many subscribers took the time to write letters and emails thanking the newspaper.
    • The Producers
      • The Lion King program was repeated with an enhanced offer, this time for The Producers.
      • Results were again successful for both the advertiser and The Globe.
      • All data was again captured.
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    • The Globe and Mail Subscriber Recognition Program
      • Advertisers want access to the subscriber base.
      • The newspaper rarely communicated with subs due to high EZ-Pay and no carrier collect.
      • Collection and use of accurate email addresses is essential moving forward.
      • Subscriber and website registration initiatives are moving forward.
    • The Globe and Mail Subscriber Recognition Program
      • The program rewards the most loyal and valuable subscribers by offering them exclusive offers to superior retail discounts and special opportunities delivered to them by The Globe and Mail.
      • It allows a select group of our advertising clients to extend their marketing messaging in the form of unique, high valued offers to the cream of the subscriber base.
    • How the Program Works:
      • Registration with a Username and password is required.
      • No points are collected or redeemed.
      • All five and six-day subscribers receive a Globe Recognition Card. (Currently Ontario)
      • All offers are found on the Globe Recognition website. (Two tiered).
      • There are exclusive Globe Subscriber offers as well as thousands of additional offers around the world.
    • Subscriber Login page
    • Exclusive Offers “ Exclusive” Subscriber “Savings”
    • Launch Events
      • Downtown Toronto was targeted with two weeks of promotional activity.
      • Media included:
          • Radio
          • Out of home
          • In-paper
          • Magazines
          • Commuter Trains
      • Registering the card made subscribers eligible for several prizes including:
          • 2004 Volkswagen Passat
          • $5,000 in Taylor Made Golf Equipment
          • Vacation Packages
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    • Preliminary Results
      • The Program was launched in June 2004
      • The number of registered card users has significantly surpassed the original expectations.
      • Selected advertising clients have readily participated as merchants with exclusive offers.
      • Data collection will assist in evaluating the program and provide direction for future uses of the program.
      • A critical threshold of registrants is available to facilitate communication with the newspapers most valued subscribers.
    • Next Steps
      • Review Research
      • Establish Subscriber Preferences
      • Maintain and expand offer selections
      • Regularly communicate offers and benefits to subscribers.
      • Explore additional advertiser leveraging.
      • Measure impact on retention versus control group over time.
    • Questions?
    • Thank You!