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Publisher Benchmarks, harnessing the power of data

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Publisher Benchmarks is a reimagined newspaper performance benchmarking tool that replaced the longtime gold standard newspaper benchmarking, the National Cost & Revenue Study.

Publisher Benchmarks employs a Web-based dashboard with a virtually unlimited array of customizable metrics and comparisons. The confidential performance data is refreshed on a quarterly basis and available to participants 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In addition to the traditional so-called competitive sets or “comp sets” such as circulation size or geographic location, the tool provides benchmarking against numerous categories. Family-owned newspapers, for instance, can compare themselves to other family-owned papers.

Those who outsource printing or delivery can make apples-to-apples comparisons. Groups can assess themselves against group-owned businesses, or compare performance by properties within their group. They can compare themselves against the average performance of peer newspaper business, or top performers.

For more information or if you have a question, please contact Karla Zander, manager of research and member services, 847-795-0380.