Miklos Gaspar: Digital Classifieds Survey

Digital Classifieds Survey

June 12, 2006

With continuing migration of classified advertising from print to online, newspapers need to stop defending print at all costs and build their long-term strategy. Only those that embrace change can turn the threat of migration into an opportunity. The annual WAN survey on classified advertisement migration, written by Pressflex MD Miklos Gaspar, provides important insight into the trends in classified advertising.

To download the executive summary or buy the entire report, please visit WAN's Shaping the Future of the Newspaper page.

Classified Models Revisited

Classified models: winners and losers

June 3, 2005

The report, researched and co-authored by Pressflex and published by the World Association of Newspapers, examines the opportunities for newspaper publishers to defend their classified advertising markets in the face of relentless migration to the internet. It includes the latest research on this migration and shows how publishers can leverage the advantages that newspapers offer advertisers: local branding, strong readership across most generations, contact with traders, reliable reputation, strong marketing capability, in-house resources, in-house sales, content management skills and technology.

For more information and to obtain a copy of the report, click here.

Classified advertising is on the move

June 2, 2004

Pressflex researched and coauthored the first ever crossmarket survey of classified advertising migration to the Internet, published by the World Association of Newspapers.

The pace of the migration from print to Internet is relentless, but manageable. By confidently and imaginatively managing the market, publishers can retain their profits and customer relations as they and their advertising move toward the digital age.

This report offers some simple rules to help newspapers retain their grip on their classified markets.

For more information and to obtain a copy of the report, click here

Cannibalization? Au contraire!

French newspapers with web sites beat their print-only peers’ circulation performance

February 8, 2002



The world’s first countrywide survey shows that local newspapers with websites have healthier print circulations than papers without sites.


While conventional wisdom suggests that newspaper web sites cannibalize print circulation, the analysis of circulation at 236 French newspapers shows no such effect. In fact, the typical French newspaper with a web site outperformed its siteless peers between 1999 and 2001, a period in which French Internet usage soared.


The French figures validate previous US newspaper readership surveys that have suggested that newspaper web sites generate significant marketing benefits. The market-wide analysis means that publishers with weak circulation can cross the Internet off their list of suspected culprits.

Most magazines with sites ignore the Internet's marketing power

Analysis of 49 lifestyle magazine marketing professionals' views of the Internet

September 15, 2001


Magazines are winning online but often do not know it, Pressflex's survey of lifestyle magazine marketing professionals shows.

Nearly four out of five marketing executives at lifestyle magazines with web sites are missing out on their sites' chief benefits - extensive contact with potential subscribers and advertisers and substantial print subscriptions generation, the survey found.

Two out of three lifestyle magazine web sites generate substantial print subscriptions, according to marketing managers for 95 publications in the UK, France and Hungary.

While some publishers have spent 100s of thousands of Euros on showcase sites, online subscription sales has no correlation with development or marketing expenditure, but does relate to the amount of content on the sites and the use of editorial features such as links, forums and e-mail newsletters.

The Pressflex Services:


The OECD Observer magazine has jumped from being invisible to being highly ranked on the world’s main search engines. Pressflex has done what it said it would do when we teamed up in 1999.

Rory Clarke Editor, OECD Observer


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