Established in 1873, the Queens Ledger is the flagship weekly community newspaper of the 8 we publish. Our entire group has a weekly readership of 150,000.
With a circulation of 30,000 every Thursday, the Queens Ledger
is sold at more than 160 newsstands and newsboxes in the Queens communities of Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodside, Elmhurst and Ridgewood. It primarily serves zip codes 11378, 11379, 11373, 11385, 11377, and is mailed throughout all the Queens zip codes. It is the official "legal" newspaper of Queens. In combination with The Queens Examiner
and our other four Queens weekly newspapers we carry more legal advertisements than any other weekly news group in the Borough. www.queensledger.com. We have SIX weekly newspapers along with related web sites which give hyper-local news, information and event coverage to distinct areas of Queens - which now has 2.3 million residents. And in Brooklyn, The Greenpoint Star
, first established in 1881 still lives. We have TWO weekly newspapers in Brooklyn, which boasts 2.5 million residents. We’re not just newspapers anymore. We provide advertiser/reader interaction through our digital Daily Emailed newspaper called 'Morning Buzz'
, with websites, community micro-blogs, web marketplace, magazines, SMS, QR Codes, sports leagues, events, social networking, email communication & mobile news. Our corporate motto is “We’re not just newspapers anymore.”
Our philosophy is to create and feed multiple communities of hyper-local news consumers throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Our desire to allow advertisers to target specific groups gives businesses the best use of their resources in bringing customers through their doors.
About Our Media Group
We currently publish eight weekly newspapers in Queens County and Brooklyn, with a combined total circulation of 150,000. Our circulation is paid / controlled (combination newsstand - with some controlled free distribution and some mailed by subscription) and available at more than 700 newsstands. Our readership is made up of town residents who need weekly information which shapes their local lives.
From local environmental issues, to our school boards to local youth and adult sports reporting, the Queens Ledger / Greenpoint Star Community Newspaper Group is serious about informing our readers about; 1. what is happening on their block, 2. what is happening in their neighborhood, and 3. what is going on in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn which affects their lives. Our readership is heavily made up of civic members, families with children in schools, people who attend religious services and people involved in community sports. In fact, The Diocese of Brooklyn has hired our media company as its vehicle to promote the 104 Catholic Elementary Schools in Queens and Brooklyn. We use all our media properties to promote their schools. It's a wonderful partnership. We have subscription programs for organizations in our communities, because those people are the ones who are active. They are the ones with the purchasing power who support our merchants.
Queens County is made up of a series of towns broken into THREE distinct areas. Established in 1873, the Newtown Register (from which we evolved) covered the local news for the Western Queens community. Today four of our newspapers cover this diverse area. They are the Queens Ledger, the Glendale Register, the Forest Hills/Rego Park TIMES and the Long Island City/Astoria/Jackson Heights JOURNAL
Established in 1909, the Observer weekly newspaper of Richmond Hill published weekly for that town in South Queens. In 1912, the Leader weekly newspaper of Woodhaven combined with the Observer newspaper and the LEADER/OBSERVER
newspaper of South-Queens was formed. Today this newspaper is the premier paid weekly community newspaper in South Queens covering Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Jamaica and Howard Beach.
In Eastern Queens we publish the Queens Examiner
. Our motto; “we not only cover the news, but we are part of the communities we serve” sets us apart from any news agency which touches the area. Our rich history and passionate positive coverage allows us to be part of everything which happens in the towns we cover. We are the best advertising medium you could possibly choose.
In Brooklyn the Greenpoint STAR
and Brooklyn Northside NEWS covers those great neighborhoods in Brooklyn which are vibrant and growing. The Brooklyn Downtown STAR
covers central Brooklyn like a glove.
• We publish a quarterly regional glossy 72-page magazine called It’s Queens - The Magazine
• We have eight “award winning” (web 2.1) news websites (one for each of our community newspapers) with stories, video, calendars of events, sports, twitter feeds, blogs and a Brooklyn/Queens business directory with 35,000 listings. The site is updated all day long, seven days a week. The sites are highly intelligent, interactive sites which allow readers to post their own blogs, events, place free classified ads, comment on stories and interact with all the members/readers and business customers of our Queens Ledger/Greenpoint Star family. That makes much of the information ‘user generated.’ Business partners and customers become more involved with BQEMedia
through our web sites. We offer search engine optimization and a business web site development plan which includes metatags, google map finding, video, classified ads, e-commerce, short texting, mobile landing page coupons and more. We build websites for businesses and make them part of our family of our news websites – which affords a healthy online business presence - all searchable.
Our Daily News Feed is called Morning Buzz
and is part of the Queens Daily Newsticker
Family. At 8am weekdays we send out the 20 top stories of the day that people will be talking about all day. Through our email, it's website ... queensnewsticker.com and social media, our newsticker reaches 30,000 people each day with news, entertainment, real estate and events. In Brooklyn at 8AM weekdays we feed 7,000 emails to subscribers. It is called Brooklyn Daily Newsticker
Hyper-local Community Blogs are a way we communicate to a whole new brand of news consumer. Our company motto... "We're not just newspapers anymore"
is realized through our more than two dozen community blogs. We cover many of the areas in Queens and Brooklyn with blog posts, event listings and local advertising in a much more cost efficient way for our advertising clients. Digital ads and web pages devoted to our hyper-local advertising clients are fed through our www.Queensbusinessnews.com
marketplace site into our local blogs. See: Maspethblog.com
for an example of the community blogs we run. This is a way we are able to service the hyper-local stores and services which might have never been able to afford newspaper advertising. For as little as $10 a month, advertisers can now get an ad on a local blog, a business profile page on our Business News website and some love on our social media platforms and community calendar sections on our newspaper websites. We find we are able to engage our community members, small business owners and active families with this marketing platform.
• 8 Mobile Web Sites / short texting & client mobile landing page development platforms
Our business advertising customers are given the opportunity to target patrons through short texting (mobile texting through our master account), in order to create a one-to-one marketing tool. We send ‘short text’ mobile device customers coupons, messages and alerts from our clients. This enables you to collect the mobile information of your customers. Readers / customers who ‘opt-in’ are your best customers.
We have a hyper-local Neighborhood News Text Alert System
whereby if you text the name of your town (in our coverage area) ie: Foresthills to the number 21-321 on your phone, you are subscribed to our Forest Hills community short text system and will get news alerts for that neighborhood. GUESS WHAT: We also include local advertising in that news alert. Our business advertising customers are also given the opportunity to target patrons through short texting (mobile texting through our master account), in order to create a one-to-one marketing tool. We send ‘short text’ mobile device customers coupons, messages and alerts from our clients. We have systems for dozens of the towns we cover including Astoria, Greenpoint, DUMBO and Woodhaven. We text breaking news stories, events and vital neighborhood information. We have hundreds of subscribers to our text alert systems.
• We host dozens of Social Networking Blog Sites For Communities of Web Users.
Our Social Networking Strategy includes consistent local newsy twitter feeds to our followers, short text news alerts and a number of established blogs, which cover neighborhoods and interests throughout Queens and Brooklyn.
- State Farm
- All State
- Jackson Hewitt
- Affinity Health Plan
- Health Plus
- New York Hospital
- St. John’s Hospital
- Con Edison
- Power Authority
- JFK Airport
- Chase Bank
- State Bank
- Washington Mutual
- Banco Popular
- Time Warner
- Holiday Inns
- Marriot Hotels
- Howard Johnson
- Major Auto Group
- Century 21
- Coldwell Banker
- DY Realty
- Yellow Book
- West Side Tennis Club
- DeStefano’s "Dee Brooklyn Steakhouse"
- Madison Square Garden
- Radio City Music Hall
- Jacob Javitz Convention Center
- Long Island University
- St. John’s University
- St. Joseph’s College
- Brooklyn College
- St. Francis College
- Queens College
- J&R Music
- Home Depot
- Boy Scouts of America
- Weisman Discount Home Center
- Outback Steakhouse
- Discovery Zone Diet
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Comfort Inn
- Federal Express
- Petland Discounts
- Port Authority of NY& NJ
- World Famous Junior’s Cheesecakes
- NYC Police & Fire Recruiting Services
Numbers You Should Be Aware Of
That’s the number of letters to the editor
we published last year. Letters signify that readers are involved with our newspapers. Some agree with us, some disagree, but they care enough to write.
That’s how many pictures
we published throughout our 8 newspapers between December 2012 and November 2013. Local people, places and events are what our local papers are all about. We don’t subscribe to a national wire service because we know our readers pay for local news, local action and neighborhood activities.
That’s how many Real Estate listings
we published in our newspapers and in our Daily Newsticker between May 2013 and April 2014. We see Real Estate as the fabric of a community Newspaper. We believe a real community newspaper has the ear of the Real Estate industry. We take the lead in the eyes of Real Estate agents. SIX pages of listings each week, listings of properties sold and informative Real Estate News.
That’s how many news stories
we published in our newspapers in the last 12 months. Stories on issues from local news, investigative stories, sports coverage, profiles, reviews and local events are what make our papers the most reader friendly source of news available.
That’s how many eyesores
of the week we published in our newspapers last year. Eyesores of the week are pictures taken by our staff and our readers. They are pictures of places which have been neglected, contain graffiti or are dirtied. The pictures produce action.
That’s how many advertisements
appeared in our newspapers and digital news platforms from February 2013 through January 2014. These advertisers put their faith in our paper and received response to their marketing efforts. From classified advertisements to our dining and entertainment guide, our ads work. Just ask our 8,000 advertisers. We are proud to be the #1 news and advertising source for all of Queens County and Brooklyn.
That’s how many hits our web properties received
in April 2014. Now THAT'S EXCITING!
All publications carry a Thursday dateline. They arrive on the newsstands Wednesday morning and arrive in the mail Thursday. Newsbox circulation is done on Wednesday and Thursday with additional circulation and refills on Friday.
Deadline for news releases: Friday noon.
Deadline for display advertising orders: Friday 5 p.m. - for ad copy is Tuesdays @ 12 noon.
Deadline for Classified Advertising: Tuesday 12 noon.
OTHER READERSHIP NUMBERS
|Have children who attend Private School
|Have children in an organized sport
|Active in a Parish or Congregation
|Own more than 3 credit cards
|Have Health Insurance
Circulation by Zip Code
|11101||Long Island City||3800|
|Rest of Queens||6700|
|11420||South Ozone Park||2300|
|Rest of Queens||2000|
|Rest of Queens||3500|
|11415||Kew Gardens ||3500|
|Rest of Queens||1500|
|Rest of Queens||3200|
|11206||Williamsburg East & Bushwick||3,000|
|11205||Navy Yard, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene||4,000|
|11217||Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill||4,000|
|11201||Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Downtown||4,000|
LEADER/OBSERVER of Woodhaven & Richmond Hill
LIC/Astoria/Jackson Heights JOURNAL
Forest Hills/Rego Park TIMES
& Brooklyn Northside News originally established 1898
Brooklyn Downtown STAR
originally established 1841, re-established 2004
The Queens LEDGER www.queensledger.com
The Queens EXAMINER
of Eastern Queenswww.queensexaminer.com
The Forest Hills/Rego Park TIMES www.foresthillstimes.com
The Glendale REGISTER www.glendaleregister.com
of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill & Howard Beachwww.leaderobserver.com
The Long Island City/Astoria/Jackson Heights JOURNAL www.LICJournal.com
The Greenpoint STAR & Brooklyn Northside NEWS www.greenpointstar.com
The Brooklyn Downtown STAR www.BrooklynDowntownstar.com
Published by Queens Ledger / Greenpoint Star Inc.
It’s QUEENS ... The Magazine
Mission: “Introducing Queens To The World.”
The Queens our grandfather loved and built is no more. But the “Queens passion” he created here will last forever. “It’s Queens,” a magazine from the company that publishes the “Queens Ledger & Brooklyn Star” weekly newspapers, is a quarterly publication about the life-styles of those Queens hot shots who are paving the way for a new generation.
: the developers, the restaurant owners, the doctors, lawyers, educators, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, gallery owners and yes - even the legislators, who are putting into place the plan by which Queens will expand in the next generation. They are the movers, the shakers, the trouble makers of the borough.
: Published quarterly in January, April, July and October.
Printing & Distribution
: A glossy magazine 8 inches wide by 11 inches high, 4 color high quality glossy pages throughout. 15,000 copies are printed and distributed through Hudson News on more than 800 newsstands throughout the city of New York. Some are distributed free, some are mailed to 2,500 select residents and 1,000 businesses in Queens, including movers and shakers and policy makers. Subscriptions are $7.95 a year.
: Select pages and stories will be available from “It’s Queens” on the web at www.itsqueens.com
OUR NEW MEDIA
What we do on our web sites: Social Media Marketing
The Queens Ledger / Brooklyn Star Weekly Community News Group helps companies and organizations use social media to engage with their customers, prospects, and partners in ways that have never before been possible. We do this by building online communities within our 8 web sites while using our traditional newspapers as a driving local news source. The new type of ‘communities’ are important to business all over the borough.
The NEW definition of “A community”
The ‘community’ of today is a ‘community of interest,’ not merely a community of geographic proportions. An online community might be a community of stamp collectors, kite flyers, kids and adults who are members of a sports league, a community of people who take the train to work, movie goers, dog owners, civic activists or students enrolled in a particular school. They are active, have a need to communicate with each other and have a need and desire for others in their geographic community to know about them. See www.BQElife.com for our hyper-local community social networks. Our online commuity sports network is called BQE Community Sports Desk Network - where we partner up with local sports teams and leagues to provide a platform for them to share their great sports news with others. It's available at www.BQESports.com and it's free.
STOP AND THINK...
Do you see how you fit into this picture frame we are creating? Can you imagine how many organizations who have members, customers, teammates or business associates who need to be part of a web world like this?
What does this have to do with business and the business of ‘Marketing’?
It's called Social Media Marketing, and it is making a profound impact on marketing strategies for organizations AND businesses of all forms and sizes.
Social Media Marketing at a local level – with a local news generating organization like ours (135 years of local news coverage) gives you the best chance to attract customers. Our ‘local information web sites’ are full of local news, video, events, classified ads, blogs and more. Marketing through our news web sites augments, enhances, and in some companies, replaces “old” forms of marketing. It is radically different from traditional forms of marketing in a few fundamental and dramatic ways. Hundreds … even thousands of people AND businesses generate information on our sites. They are involved in the news and information because they put it there.
Social Media vs. Traditional Marketing
Traditional marketing has typically had two major forms:
- Direct marketing. This type of marketing focuses on directly generating leads and revenue: Its forms include newspapers, magazines, tradeshows, some websites, seminars/webinars, email blasts, direct mail, pop up ads, etc.
- Brand marketing. This type of marketing is “softer” and seeks to create an image or reputation for the company in the mind of the customer: advertising, public relations, analyst relations, sponsorships, logos, tag lines, etc.
Both of these types of marketing are characterized by a few common attributes:
Media Kits for Advertising
- They are one - way, push-oriented and interrupt-driven. These activities are from the company to the prospect. The prospect doesn't ask for them. They are "pushed" onto the buyer, interrupting them from whatever they're doing.
- They are brand-generated. The content comes entirely from the brand to the customer.
Download advertising media kits here
Social Media Marketing – Web 2.0
Social Media Marketing is defined by a new set of characteristics:
- It's a multi-way dialog. Brands talk to customers, customers talk to brands, and - perhaps most importantly - customers talk to each other. This is a new type of engagement that was never possible until the arrival of Web 2.0. It’s NOW. It’s the FUTURE. Get used to it.
It Is Participatory
- It's participatory. Social media marketing depends on user participation - that's what makes it social. To truly be Social Media Marketing, your users must participate.
- It's user-generated. Most of the content and connections in an online community are created by the users - not by the brand.
We have FREE Classified ads, blogs, featured bloggers, business bloggers, a list of 45,000 searchable businesses on our site, event calendars, users who communicate with their own community and much, much more. There will certainly be content and conversations that are brand-generated, but they will be the minority. The goal is to get your users to talk.
The Queens Ledger / Brooklyn Star Community Weekly Newspaper Media Group enables Social Media Marketing by building on-line communities that combine four key areas of capability:
Why Now and Not Before?
- User-generated content (blogs, wikis, discussions, photos, videos, voting, etc.)
- Social networking (friend lists, user-created groups, status, presence, etc.)
- Profiles. Most of the content and connections in an online community are created by the users - not by the brand. The overall goal of our company is to bring in new users by offering them a way to communicate with people in their own in-common focus. We get our users to talk.
- Enterprise security and control. The users create most of the content and connections in an online community.
The new web 2.0 Internet technology, which we use as an engine for our sites, uses social media platforms that have not been available until recently. Without this web technology, you could not connect with someone who uses a product in which you're interested nor would it be easy to connect with someone who shares a passion that you do? You'd have to find a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend, etc. Or go to a user group. All way too hard. Now with a few Google searches and clicks, you can be connected to dozens if not hundreds of other people who can help you. Every bit of content on our site is searchable through Yahoo and Google. Every local blog, ad, business feature package, event, news brief and video clip is Googlecentric.
This is why companies all over the world are combining traditional marketing dollars with social media marketing: it will become more mainstream in the near future. As citywide newspapers lose circulation, local papers that have a focus on local issues and events are taking on a new life. We have the subscriptions, the loyalty, the stability to be more believable, more influential, and deliver a higher ROI than do traditional one-way marketing ‘non descript’ general circulation newspapers where you "push and interrupt" a brand message. Social media marketing connects people to other people who they can trust. It builds brands in an organic way and generates real revenue. This movement is accelerated by the economic downturn, where slashed marketing budgets will mean marketing teams are looking for better ways to spend their dollars.
- A site user can find a piece of content (e.g., a local news story, police report, blog post, review, event, a discussion reply) that has value to them and quickly determine who provided that content. Is the contributor an expert or a novice on the topic? What is their background on the issue? This adds context to content.
- A site user can locate a partner-business based on their descriptive information and immediately get in touch with them. A user will see photos or videos and more.
Our Association feature module optimizes the web 2.0 world for a group or organization with members or customers; they are all part of the Association site and our site. Their customers are all part of our site and their own. We want your community to stay vibrant and active over time, so we find contributors to your site. We're experienced in ways to encourage and manage user participation so you get the most value out of our on-line community.
Publisher/editor - Walter H. Sanchez, Managing editor: Shane Miller, News Editor: Andrew Shilling, Community Editors: Jess Berry, Chase Collum, Regular Print & web contributors: Jesse Almonte, Susana Diaz, John Sanchez, Matt Stefani, Maria Thomson, Anthony Stasi, Michael Perlman, Joanne Gibson, George Galvez, Michael OKane, David Quintana, Kathleen Connell, Ed Wendell, Melissa Bozin, Alex King, Lydia Stetson, Sarah Iannone. Digital News Sales: Kathleen Connell, Susana Diaz. SEO guru John Sanchez
Welcome to Web 2.0