Boston Herald Still the Thirsty Local Tabloid for Ads

May 4, 2016

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

The Boston Herald has long been the venue of last resort for full-page ads of the advocacy/corporate image/memorial sort.

As it was yesterday, when the Herald was bypassed by two ads that ran in the Boston Globe.

First, this Boston suck-up ad from GE (which in this town stands for Got Everything.)

 

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Then, this Boston Ad Club full-page backpat honoring diversity in a town that has long hampered diversity.

 

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(To be fair graf goes here)

To be fair, yesterday’s Herald did feature this full-page bank ad.

 

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As well as this half-page Massachusetts tax amnesty ad.

 

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Neither of which ran in yesterday’s Globe.

Still, there’s no question that the Herald is an afterthought in the eyes of local advertisers.

Which makes it all the more interesting that the feisty local tabloid seems to enjoy better fiscal fitness than the stately local broadsheet, which is now desperately downsizing (tip o’ the pixel to the redoubtable Dan Kennedy at Media Nation) as it moves from its sprawling Morrissey Boulevard home to cramped quarters in Boston’s financial district.

So who’s really at a disadvantage, eh?

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EXTRA! Thirsty Local Tabloid Gets Ad Love!

June 25, 2015

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

As the hardreading staff noted yesterday, the Boston Herald continues to be the wallflower at the local advertising dance.

Except today.

Lo and behold, occupying the entirety of page 9 was this ad, paid for by some outfit called the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs.

 

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Curious as always, we hied ourselves to the group’s website, which says this about the coalition:

The Coalition to Lower Energy Costs is a non-profit Massachusetts association of individual consumers, labor unions, larger energy consumers and institutions concerned about the threat to New England’s families and economy from skyrocketing natural gas and electric prices. The coalition advocates for the new infrastructure we need to give all of us access to an adequate natural gas supply and lower our energy cost. This will require substantial new pipeline capacity, including one new pipeline from western Massachusetts to Dracut.

 

Huh. We kind of assumed some natural gas companies might be involved. They could, of course, be those “institutions concerned about the threat to New England’s families and economy from skyrocketing natural gas and electric prices” the website mentions. The About Us page doesn’t say.

But WMUR’s redoubtable John DiStaso does in this piece.

Pro-gas pipeline group makes regional push with new TV ad

Coalition to Lower Energy cost has ties to Kinder Morgan energy firm

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MANCHESTER, N.H. —A group with ties to the proponents of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, proposed by the Kinder Morgan energy company, has begun advertising on WMUR and other television stations in New England.

The Coalition to Lower Energy Costs has purchased time to air an ad 30 times over two weeks on the New Hampshire’s largest television station at a cost of more than $70,000.

Anthony Buxton, a Maine-based attorney who is a leader of the coalition and also represents Kinder Morgan in a Maine Public Utilities Commission proceeding, said plans call for the ad to air for a total of about three weeks on WMUR. He said it will also air on another New Hampshire television station, as well as two Maine stations and “several stations in Boston,” at a total cost of “several hundred thousand dollars.”

 

Here’s the spot:

 

 

So, mystery solved, yes? Well, no. Why run the print ad in the Herald but not the Boston Globe? Intrepid as ever, we’re sending an email to the coalition to ask.

Wanna know something else that’s strange? A different energy group – Nuclear Matters (you can read about them here) –  ran this full-page ad 0n A11 in today’s Globe.

 

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But that’s not the strange part. The strange part is the same ad ran on A13.

 

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Huh? We’re sending them an email too.

P.S. The Nuclear Matters ad also ran in the Herald. Good day for the firsty local tabloid, eh?


Fraidy Local Tabloid Won’t Cover the Boston Globe

April 10, 2016

What’s with the Boston Herald?

As the hardreading staff noted last month, the Herald resolutely refused to cover the Boston Globe’s Chernobylesque home delivery meltdown earlier this year. The Globe itself labeled it a “delivery debacle,” which we wrote “should be mother’s milk to the thirsty local tabloid but . . . nothing.”

Now comes the juicy memo from Globe editor Brian McGrory (first reported on Thursday in the redoubtable Dan Kennedy’s Media Nation) announcing a “no-sacred-cows analysis of our newsroom and what the Globe should look like in the future.”

McGrory framed it this way: “If a wealthy individual [who, presumably, is not John Henry] was to give us funding to launch a news organization designed to take on The Boston Globe, what would it look like?”

Regardless, don’t you want to hear the flamey local tabloid’s answer to that question? But over the past few days the Heraldniks have given us . . . bupkis.

Some speculate that the Herald has been laying off the Globe because the Globe prints the Herald. But that deal’s been in effect for three years and didn’t keep Herald columnist Howie Carr from lambasting the Globe for its Tsarnaev brothers coverage.

So why is the feisty local tabloid AWOL now?

All suggestions gladly accepted.


Tabloid Trumpets Terror Techie

September 5, 2014

Today’s Boston Herald goes to town on local boy gone bad Ahmad Abousamra, the Stoughton man wanted for terrorism and suspected of being a social-media guru for ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State – whatever name they’re going by these days.

 

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Inside, the Terror Techie gets the Full Osama.

 

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Get it – Post-er? Yeah, us too.

The news report itself is straight out of Tabloid 101 (with four – count ’em, four – bylines):

A 32-year-old computer whiz who was raised in Stoughton is suspected of using the high-tech skills he honed at Hub colleges to spread the bloodthirsty message of ISIS terrorists on social media, according to a Herald source and news reports.

Ahmad Abousamra — who was educated at Northeastern University and UMass Boston — had already been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list last year with a $50,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture and return.

The FBI said Abousamra “has shown that he wants to kill United States soldiers.”

He is now believed to be a social media warrior for the heartless terrorists behind the recent beheadings of two Americans.

 

Wow.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, Abousamra gets more measured treatment:

Mass. terrorist suspect may be aiding militants

The spotlight that has been cast on the Islamic State terror group in Syria has also put a new focus on a Massachusetts man wanted for terrorism, who is believed to 2012-10-03T204235Z_01_TOR605_RTRMDNP_3_USA-SECURITY-ABOUSAMRAbe living in that country and possibly supporting ISIS.

Ahmad Abousamra, who grew up in Stoughton and attended schools in the Boston area, faces terrorism charges in federal court in Boston, and the FBI in December put him on its Most Wanted Terrorists list. A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his capture, and officials believe he has been living in Aleppo, Syria.

 

The Globe story did contain one fact the Herald missed: “Lowell Police Sergeant Thomas Daly – a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force . . . said Abousamra has a ‘high-pitched voice that would distinguish him from others.’'”

Presumably not, however, as high-pitched as the freaky local tabloid’s.


National Grid Gives Globe the Ad, Herald the Air

November 13, 2018

From our ever-expanding Local Dailies DisAdvantage desk

The four-month National Grid lockout of over 1,200 union gas workers has not only cost the state 1) millions in lost tax revenue and 2) more than $13 million in unemployment benefits according to this WCVB report, it’s also cost the company tens of thousands of dollars for this full-page ad in today’s Boston Globe.

 

 

(Gas Workers Must Be Nuts graf goes here)

Something the ad failed to note: There’s movement at the State House to “force National Grid to restore health benefits to all locked out workers until contract talks are resolved,” according to WCVB’s report. That could ratchet up the cost of the lockout for the gas company.

Something National Grid failed to note: There are two dailies in this town. Boston Herald readers also have a nickel in this quarter. Time to give the thirsty local tabloid some love, eh?


Musicians Note Mistreatment in Plea to Josh Groban

November 9, 2018

Chalk one up for the thirsty local tabloid.

The multi-talented Josh Groban is coming to town, as Isaac Feldberg’s interview with him in today’s Boston Globe informs us.

“Bridges” is a fitting title for Josh Groban’s latest album, considering how many he has crossed in recent years . . . [S]etting out on a nationwide arena tour this fall in support of “Bridges” — with Tony-winning “Wicked” star Idina Menzel opening — feels to Groban something like slipping into a familiar old suit and discovering it still fits him neatly. Ahead of the “Believe” singer’s TD Garden stop Friday, Groban spoke from his Los Angeles home — where he was happily savoring the last days of a much-needed “staycation” with his longtime canine companion, Sweeney — about how the recent side ventures informed one of his most dynamic discs to date.

 

Not so sunny-side-up, however, is this full-page ad from today’s Boston Herald.

The We-Get-Peanuts graf:

From his Twitter feed, at least, it seems Groban can’t imagine any of it. (Don’t bother checking the Boston Musicians Twitter feed – it has all of three followers.)

If any of you splendid readers goes to the Groban shindig tonight, let us know how the vibe onstage is, wouldya? We’re guessing not too harmonious.


Los Angeles Dodgers to Boston Herald: Drop Dead

October 31, 2018

In an apparent attempt to demonstrate that they’re not sore losers, the LA ball team bought page 3 of today’s Boston Globe to run this ad.

 

 

The sure loser? The Boston Herald. Dem Bums gave the thirsty local tabloid an intentional pass.

And it wasn’t just LA that gave the Herald the air. The island of Aruba also ran a Globe-only ad today.

 

 

The tagline: One Happy Island.

Just like One Happy Daily.


Columbia Gas: No One in Lawrence Reads the Herald

October 4, 2018

Columbia Gas, which oversaw the destruction of roughly 80 homes; the death of Leonel Rondon, a student at Phoenix Charter Academy; over two dozen injuries; and the disruption of thousands of other lives, promises to restore service to Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover by November 19th.

But . . .

The company is also hedging its bets, as yesterday’s full-page Boston Globe ad from Columbia Gasbag Joe Hamrock indicates.

 

 

Nuts to deadlines graf.

 

 

Notice first that Columbia Gas is outsourcing part of its responsibility for the recovery to “local, state and federal officials and other dedicated people and organizations.”

Also notice that there’s no mention of the November 19th deadline.

Also also notice that the ad did not run in the Boston Herald, yet another example of Boston institutions overlooking the thirsty local tabloid.

No wonder we’re destined to be a One-Daily Town.

P.S. It’s entirely coincidental that this is the front page of today’s Herald

 

 

and this is Metro Page One of the Globe.

 

 

 

Entirely.


Ads in Boston Dailies Drive Facebook Clustertruck

August 17, 2018

Of course it’s a glorious day in Boston media when anyone decides to run a full-page ad in both local dailies, given how often the thirsty local tabloid is overlooked by marketers.

So mark today on your calendar, since this ad appears in both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.

 

 

 

Apparently, the best part of Facebook is located here.

 

 

The obvious question is, what the truck is that?

Fortunately, Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise reporter Cheryl Cuddahy explains in this piece.

Like a good food truck? You’re in luck

Rolling hills and vistas are your view as you unplug for a while and enjoy food of every style and culture at the second annual Clustertruck Food Truck Festival coming to Lancaster [next week].

More than 25 food trucks and 35 mobile businesses from around New England will converge on Kalon Farm to serve, fresh, locally sourced foods and to sell their artisan crafts.

The Clustertruck Food Truck Festival will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 25, from noon to 6 p.m., at Kalon Farm, scenically located at 339 Seven Bridge Road, Route 117.

 

The festivities will include food, wine, artisans, and contributions to local charities. What’s not included is Facebook’s connection to the event beyond this one sentence: “For more information on The Clustertruck Food Truck Festival, visit www.theclustertruck.com or find the festival on Facebook.”

So we trundled over to the Clustertruck website but we still don’t get why Facebook is spending tens of thousands of dollars to advertise that particular festival. Business Insider ran this piece in April about Facebook’s Here Together campaign in the wake of the Cambridge Analytical scandal, but so far at least, we can’t find anything on Get Together.

Truck us, eh?


Red Alert! The Red Sox Have an Official Red Wine!

July 13, 2018

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

Who knew? It turns out the Olde Towne Team has an Official Red Wine, as readers of today’s Boston Globe discovered in this full-page ad.

 

 

The pitch:

 

Chateau Auguste certainly seems to be a hit with oenophiles: A quick check of the Googletron reveals that the 2017 Rosé featured in the ad rates from 3.4 to 4.5 stars; the 2015 Bordeaux in the background gets 4 stars. We’ll see how it plays at Fenway, though.

Two other things:

1) The ad got us to wondering who else might be an official sponsor of the Sox. We know – from all those delivery trucks – that W.B. Mason is the Official Office Products Supplier of the Boston Red Sox (and also sponsors the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, and the Tampa Bay Rays, along with the NHL’s Boston Bruins).

But we had no idea that Cincinnati-based Cintas is the Official Restroom Sponsor of Fenway Park. That’s good to know. (There’s a bunch of others here.)

2) The Chateau Auguste ad did not run in the Boston Herald. That makes it the thirsty local tabloid times two.