More and more residents of DuPont, Fircrest, Lakewood, Steilacoom and University Place are turning to The Suburban Times online newspaper and related e-mail newsletter to learn about events and activities in their communities.
Subscribers to the online newspaper passed the 1,500 mark over the weekend, according to Publisher Ben Sclair. “We’ve posted 5,076 stories [since our July 2005 launch] exclusively about the people, governments and activities of our five communities and the results show it is obvious that people appreciate being able to access this information so readily,” he explained.
Since starting up the online newspaper there have been more than 380,000 page views at the website (www.thesubtimes.com).
The 3-times-a-week e-mail subscriber list results in more than 19,000 e-mails directly received by local residents wanting the news and stories about their communities and the people in them.
“In January of this year, 17,190 e-mails containing 153 stories were sent e-mail subscribers. When September comes to a close, in excess of 20,000 e-mails containing more than 160+ local stories will have been sent,” the publisher reported. “Furthermore, on January 1, 2008 we have 1,311 email edition subscribers. Today (September 22) we have 1,502 subscribers. That represents 14.5% increase in subscribers in less than nine full months.”
A subscription to the e-mail newsletter service is free. Simply go to the website, click on the “subscribe” button and fill in the information. You’ll get a confirmation e-mail asking you to confirm your subscription. That’s all there is to it. “We don’t make our e-mail subscriber list available to anyone so you don’t have to worry about getting more spam from your Suburban Times subscription,” Sclair added.
And, you can add to the news content by making sure activities at your school, church, social club or business is sent to the newspaper. You can add a story or calendar item by clicking on the link that reads: “send us story ideas.”
The free online newspaper and e-mail newsletter is advertising supported. Reaching the 1,500 subscribers three times a week plus the thousands of page views on the website is extremely inexpensive. Ad rate information is available on the website.