‘Daily News’ touts gains with new national website

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The Daily News' bid to reposition its website as a nationally-facing product appears to be paying off.

Since the redesign and relaunch of the News homepage as "Daily News America" at the beginning of July, unique visitors to nydailynews.com have risen 21.6 percent to 19.1 million in August from 15.7 million in June, according to metrics from the web measurement firm comScore that the News circulated internally today.

That puts the Daily News in the same digital ballpark as bigger papers like USA Today, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, according to a comScore ranking compiled by News management.

In print, the News has the fifth highest circulation in the country, but almost all of its distribution is in the New York area. By tailoring its website to a wider audience through a combination of photo-heavy celebrity news and re-write coverage of the most click-friendly national stories of the day, the News is hoping to capture advertisers that wouldn't necessarily be compelled to position their brands alongside local fare.

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"We can now say with confidence that we are a national player," wrote News president Bill Holiber and editor-in-chief Colin Myler in an effusive memo to staff on Monday. "Every aspect of the content being created, whether it be national, international or local, has had a significant impact on our great web audience growth. From covering the Aurora cinema massacre to the Sandusky trial, from the TomKat divorce to the Empire State shootings, we have consistently led the field with fast, accurate and intelligent reporting."

Their note also included the requisite jab at the competition: "In case you were wondering, the New York Post website does not figure in the ComScore premier league of players."

News chatter has it that the Post is cooking up its own national web offering, but Post sources were unable to confirm that this is true.

The Post has been quietly developing a new digital strategy under former Gawker editor Remy Stern, who was hired as a full-time consultant back in April.

Meanwhile, the Post's deputy web editor, Clemente Lisi, recently resigned to take a job as communications director for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, according to sources. His last day is Friday.

You can read Holiber and Myler's full memo about Daily News America below:

Good morning,

We’re very proud to share with you some very exciting figures that show all your hard work over the past three months since the launch in June of Daily News America is starting to pay off. The effort that has gone into expanding our national news, politics, sport, gossip and entertainment coverage is bringing in the readers.

According to the latest figures from ComScore, the Unique Visitor audience for Daily News America has increased from 15.7 million UV’s to 19.1 UV’s in just three months. That is an astonishing 21.6% increase. To give this some perspective, the chart below highlights the competitive set of news sites when we discuss Daily News America with national and local advertisers. We can now say with confidence that we are a national player.

Every aspect of the content being created, whether it be national, international or local, has had a significant impact on our great web audience growth. From covering the Aurora cinema massacre to the Sandusky trial, from the TomKat divorce to the Empire State shootings, we have consistently led the field with fast, accurate and intelligent reporting.

It has been a fantastic team effort where print and digital have combined to serve unbeatable breaking news plus superb exclusive material to the nation. And the readers love it!

So thanks to you all for helping expand the Daily News branded content not just in the NY area but throughout the United States. The future is looking very bright.

Bill Hoiber and Colin Myler

Daily News America National Competitive Set Ranking: Online News Website
Unique Audience (000)
HUFFINGTONPOST.com
43,785
NBCNEWS.com
40,413
CNN.com
37,385
FOXNEWS.com
28,274
NYTIMES.com
27,272
ABCNEWS.com
22,225
USATODAY.com
21,708
WASHINGTONPOST.com
19,438
Daily News America
19,122
LATIMES.com
17,459
Wall Street Journal Online
14,216
CBSNEWS.com
12,982
source:
Unique Audience - comScore August 2012

(In case you were wondering, the New York Post website does not figure in the ComScore premier league of players.)