TOI innovates, brings out double newspaper during the weekend

The publisher did this intentionally to create a richer reading experience.

NEW DELHI: On 19 September, the newspaper readers were in for a surprise as there was not one but two Times of India newspapers at the doorsteps of the readers.

Initially, the consumers were confused, but later they realised that the publisher did it intentionally to seek their attention and create a richer reading experience.

“In our constant endeavour to give you more we’re doubling your delight quotient today. We bring you not one but two front pages” read the announcement.

Commenting on the two newspapers on a single day, TOI president response Partha Sinha said, “The Times Group had been a pioneer when it comes to innovation. This is in line with the tradition. Our research showed that people are spending more time on the newspaper during this period and they need more reading material. We also figured out that there’s a queue of sorts in the morning and people want to share the paper especially on holidays etc. This created a great reading as well as sharing experience.

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Times Group believes that this festival, people may not have enough opportunities to go out of their homes. So the home needs to made more interesting and there needs to bigger engagements from newspapers. “This is one of the many interesting ideas we have in store this festive season. This is the beginning of things to come. We have a lot planned for our readers and advertising partners – from exciting promotions, incentives to initiatives that can make a change in society. There’s lot more action coming your way” added Sinha.

The initiative met with some resounding feedback ranging from positive sentiment to some tongue-in-cheek comments. A resident of Bengaluru, Shabari, says that for once she and her husband could read the newspaper at the same time without fighting about who gets which paper first. “With two papers and two sections of everything, it was such a peaceful morning. My Saturday began really well. Maybe I should consider ordering two newspapers every day.” she concluded. 

In a survey across Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru the initiative has been appreciated up by over 75 per cent of the readers. 

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