Online news is the future of the industry. More people than ever now turn to the internet for news. In fact, a 2008 survey by the Pew Research Center showed that significantly more people -- 35% more -- rely on the internet than rely on newspapers. Among people under 30 those numbers are even higher, nearly 60%.
Existing web sites that say they cover local news either lack quality content or are missing the interactive features that keep people coming back. HomeTownTimes.com has all the qualities today’s news consumer wants in a site combined with a proven business model for success.
HomeTownTimes.com -- An Affordable, Home-Based Franchise Concept in Local News and Advertising
National news sites, even the big city papers, don’t build community. HomeTownTimes.com is “hyperlocal,” meaning the site features news that is happening in your neighborhood, and local businesses have more direct access to their target audience.
At HomeTownTimes.com, we have already developed the technology and format that works. The low-cost, home-based business is a turn-key franchise operation. No prior newspaper or technical experience is required. We teach new franchisees all they need to know about operations, marketing and maintaining their local news and business information site.
Franchisees enjoy several avenues for income through various advertising and sponsorship opportunities. These may include but are not limited to display ads, classifieds, events, text links to ads, list rental, affiliate programs and more.
Area Developer: A Growth Opportunity
As an Area Developer (AD) for HomeTownTimes.com, you can choose to market and develop a predetermined number of hometowntimes.com franchises in a specified territory based on population. You have the opportunity to be the leader in your community for those who want to build community online.
We have developed a proven formula in online media for generating what people want:
- Neighbors want unique local content and a way to connect
- Local businesses want reader traffic
- Franchisees want advertising sales
The HomeTownTimes.com A.D. is an executive and manager who will seek out people with a passion for their community and who are committed to providing timely, local content online. You will support former business owners, publishing professionals, veterans, community minded, writers, reporters, and advertising sales and marketing professionals as they enter this new era in news delivery.
The A. D. receives 40% of both the initial fee and the advertising royalty fee as revenue for their territory. In addition, if the A.D. chooses to own and manage a site, the A.D. can receive the direct revenue it generates.
If you are committed to our mission of strengthening neighborhoods and communities by offering local news online and promoting local business, the HomeTownTimes.com Area Developer opportunity may be for you.