August 04, 2004

How to boost circulation
The Editors Weblog's 10 traits of papers whose circulation increased:

1) Take the long view in terms of business success
2) Have a clear definition of your audience - its needs, interests and aspirations
3) Take the best stories to market before competitors
4) Gain circulation today, worry about profit tomorrow
5) Work with other circulation winners to integrate strategies
6) Treat readers as customers and give them what they want
7) Hire young journalists to imbue your paper with fresh blood
8) Target all age groups, particularly older readers
9) Target women readers
10) Watch out for "moments of truth" when you have the opportunity to do something different, radical or risky ... and take the chance!