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Newspage Geosearch Goes Live

22 May 2023

In case you haven’t noticed, the internet is local.

The web and the metaverse were supposed to kill off the local media. That was utter bulls*it, because local is making a comeback.

The majority of business generated from publicity for Newspagers comes from being featured in the local media, not the national media.

Sure, it’s great to be featured in the like of the BBC, Times, and FT, but if you want to generate money for your business nothing beats being featured locally.

Local media coverage is the quickest, easiest and longest-lasting SEO hack your business can get. 

Search engines prioritise your location and credible sites. Local media hits both those like a one-two combo from Muhammad Ali. 

Want your business to get oodles of organic search traffic? Get featured in the local media and the job’s done.

This is why local news has been a focus for us at Newspage UK since the beginning, but with thousands of businesses and journalists located across the UK our challenge has been bringing them together easily and quickly.

So we tasked our clever CTO Peter Vidlicka and his team to come up with a solution.

Peter’s come up with the goods and I’m delighted to announce that we have now launched Newspage Geosearch. 

Newspage Geosearch enables local and regional journalists to effortlessly connect with businesses and charities in their towns and cities to source new stories and secure expert comment for the stories they’re working on.

So if you’re business is not on Newspage yet, get yourself signed up now (Free or Premium) and we can get you that all-important local coverage. 

As for you existing Newspagers, make sure you’re address is added to your profile otherwise you’ll be missing out on LOTS of local media opportunities.

Big shout out to Peter Vidlicka for bringing Newspage Geosearch live.

Geosearch was only one of the reasons I was in London last week to meet with Dominic Hiatt and Jonny Stevens. We also made progress on our upcoming mobile app and our pet project, NIBs (news in brief), which will deliver a knock-out punch to the press release, making it possible for you to pitch stories to the media in a matter of seconds. But more about that later…

Jay Vaananen, CEO, Newspage


Free PR for Not On Amazon members

25 May 2022

When free PR platform, Newspage, met Not On Amazon, the home of decentralised e-commerce, it was love at first sight.

It had to be, as neither of the two middle-aged farts running them could work out the audio settings on Zoom. Sight was all they had. And even that was fading.

After a minute or so of awkward silence, one of them struck the right button on the video gubbins and a revolution began.

Admittedly, it wasn’t quite the revolution Lenin had in mind when he stood atop the armoured train car at the Finland Station, but then times change.

And Lenin’s a blancmange now anyway, so f**k him.

Since that day, countless Not On Amazon members have appeared in the papers, online and on radio and stuff, including Not On Amazon founder Jamie Rackham himself.

In fact, one of the best pieces of media coverage Newspage founder, Dominic Hiatt, has ever secured during his 20 odd years as a spin doctor, was this article in the Financial Times on the impact of Black Friday on the human soul (screen grab attached as you’ll need to remortgage to subscribe to the FT).

Jamie in FT

Since then, Hiatt and Rackham have met dozens of times to discuss their plans to democratise the media and decentralise e-commerce. Well twice, actually, but never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Internet ‘phenomenon’, Not On Amazon, has been a lifeline for tens of thousands of small independent artists and makers since it launched in late 2020, helping them to sell their products for sweet FA on Facebook.

Newspage helps members of the group get free publicity for their creations and businesses, as what they do is amazing and, well, it feels right. We monitor the group for stories and, if we see one, do our best to get it into the media.

Crap in a wrap

Before Crimbo, for example, Not On Amazon member, Gaynor Lockwood Edwards of Quirky Cactus, attempted to make pigs in blankets Christmas tree decorations. She’d clearly had a bottle of vodka before she made one batch and they ended up looking more like ‘crap in a wrap’.

Before you could say Jack Robinson, which nobody says these days because it’s probably politically incorrect, Hiatt had landed Gaynor’s crochet cock-up in Sheffield’s local newspaper, The Star.

Her ‘work of shart’, as he hilariously (in his head) describes it, was also mentioned on some national radio station or other by some big shot presenter with a broomstick up his @rse.

Anyway, since Jamie met Dom, there have been ABSOLUTELY LOADS of ‘hits’ (PR jargon for media coverage) for the wonderful Not On Amazon community of independent makers and artists.

Boo hiss, Etsy

You don’t get that kind of free PR support on Etsy now, do you? Just ridiculously high commissions and a platform with zero engagement and sense of community. Anyway, here’s 20 Not On Amazon members Newspage has secured coverage for since that initial awkward Zoom call.

Read the articles at your leisure or, more likely, scroll straight to the bottom and get this f*****g blog post over and done with. I mean, who even writes blog posts these days? They’re positively Dickensian.

Ps. If you want media coverage like this, create a Newspage and we’ll do our best to sort it.

Pps. Those links were a massive ballache.

Not On Amazon logo


Free PR for UK charities until inflation hits 2%

17 May 2022

The world’s first free PR platform, Newspage, today announced it will offer its Premium subscription for free to all UK charities until inflation is back at the Bank of England’s 2% target, to help them through the cost of living crisis.

Newspage, which launched in early 2021, gives every charity the chance to be featured in the local, trade, national and even international media for free.

Newspage enables charities to create their own publicly visible and fully branded media centre — something many of them don’t have — in a matter of minutes.

They then receive ‘NewsAlerts’ ‘in app’ to breaking or upcoming news stories that they could contribute to and are also able to add news stories of their own. The Newspage editorial team will edit and promote stories it believes will be of interest to the media for free.

Benefits of the Premium subscription, which usually costs £19.99 inc. VAT a month, include:

A video testimonial about Newspage by Marie Peacock, CEO of Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity, can be viewed below.

Charities should simply create a free Newspage – https://newspage.co.uk – and will be upgraded to Premium by the Newspage team. 

Dominic Hiatt, founder, Newspage, said:

“It’s been a brutal two years for UK charities with demand for their services soaring during the pandemic while donations have gone off a cliff. And now, with the cost of living crisis, it’s getting worse, as there is no Government support and cash-strapped consumers are finding it hard to donate. With this in mind, we’ve made the decision to offer our Premium subscription for free. Hopefully, this will ensure they stay front of mind and drive donations. Once inflation is back to 2%, we’ll offer charities a discounted rate but, with inflation at a 30-year high, it looks like we will be taking care of charities for the foreseeable.”




2 July 2021

London, 2 July 2021 — Coreco Managing Director, Andrew Montlake, has become a non-executive director of Newspage.

Newspage is a platform that gives small and micro businesses the chance to be featured in the local, trade, national and even international media for free.

Newspage enables businesses to create their own publicly visible and fully branded media centre — something many of them don’t have — in a matter of minutes.

They can add ‘experts’, create tags for their areas of expertise and add any content that could be of use to the media, such as headshots and corporate brochures.

They then receive ‘NewsAlerts’ ‘in app’ to breaking or upcoming news stories that they could contribute to and are also able to add news stories of their own. The Newspage team will promote stories it believes will be of interest to the media for free.

Andrew Montlake, non-executive director, Newspage, commented: “Newspage is doing something that’s never been done before, which is to give every company the chance to be in the mainstream media, for free. I have said for years that it would be great to get more voices out there and now there is a tool to do exactly that. I’ve known Dominic, the founder of Newspage for many years, and genuinely believe what they’re doing could grow into something really quite big.”  

Dominic Hiatt, founder, Newspage, added: “To have someone of Monty’s calibre and connections onboard is a real boost for everyone at Newspage and a vindication of our model. He knows the media inside out and, best of all, is in a rock band. His advice and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to grow.”

Lewis Shaw, founder, Mansfield-based Shaw Financial Services, added: “Newspage rocks, end of story. Since creating my Newspage, I’ve been featured in countless national newspapers, trades and also my local newspaper, which is great for leads. It’s the best thing since gluten-free sliced bread.”

Paul Neal, founder, Belper-based Missing Element Mortgage Services, added: “I created my own Newspage after seeing the success a number of other brokers were having. Since then, we’ve been featured in several newspapers and various other trade magazines. I cannot recommend Newspage enough, as it’s giving people like me who would never hire a conventional PR agency a fast-track into the media. This weekend I’m even on BBC Radio Derby talking mortgages, which is fantastic.”

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Notes To Editors

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About Newspage

Newspage gives small businesses the ability to be featured in the local, national and trade media for FREE and acts as a fully branded ‘media centre’ for the vast majority of small businesses that don’t have one. Companies simply create their own Newspage in a  matter of minutes. Newspage then alerts them to relevant stories they could contribute to as they break and also gives them the ability to add stories and then share them across social media.