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Great Ideas

NNA’s best and brightest publishers have made the Great Idea Exchange session of the Annual Convention a huge hit for more than a decade. These terrific success stories, along with other great ideas we find throughout the year, are available to NNA members 24/7. And, members are encouraged to submit and share their great ideas at any time to grow this valuable resource.

NNA Director of Creative Resources Robert M. Williams Jr. is available for consultation on how to create more revenue, help you deal with inevitable newspaper issues or be a sympathetic ear for NNA members looking for an experienced publisher to listen. Email him at or call (912) 281-5438 from 10 a.m -3 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday. 

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Aug 1, 2022

The gulf waters were blue; the sand was white — and the advertising contest winners were spectacular! I want to share a few of the great ideas I saw of which our Alabama friends are justly proud.

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Some ideas may be old, but they can still bring in considerable new revenue

Jul 1, 2022

Paul Erdelt, editor and publisher of The Steele Ozone and the Kidder County Press in Steele, North Dakota, is proof an old idea can still bring in new revenue ⁠— even though the origins of ...

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Be sure your paper provides several products for customers to buy; don’t leave ad revenue for others to gain!

May 23, 2022

Following the downturn of pandemic times, Jessica finds ways to generate more revenue are ... 

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Think hard and get creative to find a variety of uses for great ads

Apr 22, 2022

Where does a great advertising idea come from? The inspiration for an innovative idea can come from anywhere, of course, but sometimes we must look at another great idea and think of a different way it ...

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Are we going ‘above and beyond’ to in serve our advertisers with unique, innovative ideas readers will appreciate?

Apr 11, 2022

Sean Dunlap’s success in a tiny market like Franklin County, Mississippi, should show us all that creativity and innovation is always appreciated and will sell in any market. 

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You still can’t beat names and faces if you’re looking to attract readers

Mar 22, 2022

Keith Barlow, publisher of The Milledgeville (GA) Union-Recorder, shares his Faces and Places contest. 

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Local advertisers can seldom resist a promotion featuring local youngsters!

Mar 10, 2022

Even the most penny-pinching of business owners can seldom say “no thanks” to a promotion that involves boosting a community’s youngsters. Watch a recording of this webinar here. 

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Looking for an ad idea? Check around your office, and $$$ are hiding right in plain sight!

Feb 17, 2022

All of us are looking for ways to increase our revenue. Many of us, though, sometimes need a gentle reminder of opportunities that have always been right there in front of us.

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Got a health-conscious market? Help your readers show how they keep themselves that way!

Feb 1, 2022

Few phrases like this one can make a busy merchant perk up and pay attention to what you’re telling them. Most important, they can then give you a quick “yes” so you can proceed to exposing ...

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