Advertisers have long required TV networks to guarantee audience sizes or compensate the advertiser when the audience falls short. Now two ad buyers, MediaVest and Starcom USA, want to make the same demands on the newspaper industry, according to Adweek. The Adweek story quotes Dean Singleton, head of MediaNews which includes the Mercury News, as saying: “It’s just not something the newspaper industry’s ever done.” Singleton said he prefers selling on the basis of audience, not circulation, adding that it would complicate the sales process because buyers don’t want multiple ways of doing business.
Ad buyers want circ guarantees from papers
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