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Franchises Make Scale Profitable for TAPinto.net’s Two-State Network

Tom Grubisich

Franchises Make Scale Profitable for TAPinto.net’s Two-State Network

TAPinto.net has taken its New Jersey-centered franchise model for community news to adjacent and competitive Westchester and Putnam Counties in New York State’s heavily suburban Lower Hudson Valley. In this Q&A, founder and CEO Mike Shapiro explains how he’s been able to scale his seven-year-old community network through franchising, and do it largely through self-financing.

How to Scale Local and Stay Entrepreneurial

Tom Grubisich

How to Scale Local and Stay Entrepreneurial

The Alternative Press, which quickly grew to 15 sites in suburban New Jersey (three wholly owned and the rest licensees), is now hoping to replicate that success by growing into a network of 100-plus sites. That’s almost twice as big as the footprint of corporate pure play Daily Voice and in the same league as networks operated by the Chicago Tribune (TribLocal) and Denver Post (YourHub)…

New Jersey Hyperlocal Network TAP Celebrates 4 Years, Continues to Expand

Tom Grubisich

New Jersey Hyperlocal Network TAP Celebrates 4 Years, Continues to Expand

Former lawyer Mike Shapiro’s The Alternative Press has now grown to 18 separate hyperlocal publications, including licensees, and is preparing for another major expansion. How does Shapiro do what some news industry experts have said is next to impossible for independent community sites like his? Street Fight caught up with him recently to find out…

NJ’s TAP Grows Indie Hyperlocal Network Through Licensing

Tom Grubisich

NJ’s TAP Grows Indie Hyperlocal Network Through Licensing

Under the licensing program, participants pay a $2,500 fee in their first year, $5,000 in year two and $10,000 in year three, plus 10% of their ad revenue. Alternative Press publisher Mike Shapiro says a licensee, “after the three-year ramp up, should bring in $50,000 to $100,000 in income (after expenses have been taken out for licensing fees, freelance, ad commissions, marketing etc.).”