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Crain Arthur Porter

Crain’s to continue with hard line on ad rates


By The Drum Team, Editorial

April 17, 2008 | 2 min read

Crain’s publisher Arthur Porter has insisted the Manchester business paper won’t cut its advertising rates despite a slow uptake from clients.

Despite the dearth of advertising, Porter is adamant that the paper won’t budge “off-ratecard” for clients looking to book one-off ads. He did relent however, that businesses receptive to tying up for a series of ads would see their loyalty rewarded.

“Discounts will be available,” Porter explained, “but only to clients that book in a series of ads. Businesses who build a relationship with us could be entitled to discounts of up to 50 per cent off ratecard. One-offs won’t see these discounts though.”

Industry sources have supposed the stubborn ratecard stance is a trademark of Crain’s’ American heritage. The family-owned company has a portfolio of business journals across the US. Porter said the Crain family is firmly behind the fledgling title and is prepared to wait for advertisers to come on board.

“It’s all about patience. People are only just becoming familiarised with the product and the Crains are completely supportive.”

Porter said that, if anything, he believed the paper’s article-heavy launch has allowed it to sharpen its editorial claws. “Yes we’d love it filled with ads, but right now, we’re putting together an excellent editorial product, breaking great stories, which the business community here seem to be enjoying.”

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