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Attention Advertisers: Reach The Macdonald Notebook’s Strong And Sophisticated Readership Of Millennials To Those Well Beyond Retirement Years

Aug 23, 2019 | Politics

By Andrew Macdonald

The Macdonald Notebook would like to welcome aboard some new advertisers as we enter our third year of independent publishing.

The Notebook ad department — yours truly — has been busy selling advertising on our popular and well read publication which covers Business, Inside Politics, and Cultural Affairs Maritime-wide.

Advertisers, which include a leading Halifax-South Shore realtor, Rick Foster, who currently has a $3.6 million mansion listing on our website, also now include the legendary Digby Pines Resort, and the charming Liscombe Lodge wilderness oasis.

Fisherman's Market: Seafood Delivered Overnight Throughout Canada

In addition, another new advertiser includes the two hotels at Dartmouth Crossing.

Meanwhile commercial real estate broker, Tom Gerard is also advertising his entity, KW Commercial Advisors on The Macdonald Notebook.

We have also received indications that the Royal Bank of Canada, and Loblaw, Canada’s largest grocery chain, will also soon take out The Notebook ad campaigns.

Recent and previous The Notebook ad campaigns have also included Sea Smoke eatery at Bishop’s Landing, and we recently had a campaign for the venerable Halifax Club, while last Christmas Attica Furnishings took out a Holiday campaign.

If you like to read news scoops and other exclusive news reports on the business and political life of Halifax and Nova Scotia, check out our free SAMPLE edition of The Macdonald Notebook on our website.

With journalists in Halifax, as well as on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, and in Charlottetown, my writing team offers news stories of the Maritimes.

We offer a robust database of well placed sources across the region, so we get the story first, stories not seen in other media outlets!

Morning coffee goes great in a Notebook mug!

Check out the reader endorsements later in this article.

If you are an advertiser, note that we have a well heeled audience reaching all age groups in society, with movers and shakers from business and political worlds tuning into our news scoops. Advertisers in The Notebook reach a cross-section of age categories in The Macdonald Notebook.

Who reads us?

Using my readership measurement of Google Analytics, I am able to detail the age category of my readership – which averages more than 1,500 unique IP visits per week.

I can ascertain the largest readership age category is from 45 to 55, and the second largest age category is from ages 25 to 35! Who says millennials, or 20-something folk, don’t read or pay for news!


The Notebook is well read by different age categories, including readership from Millennials, code word for twenty-somethings. The largest age category of my readership is aged 45 to 54.

I am not surprised that Google Analytics tells me I have a robust audience of 20- and 30-somethings, but our reach includes robust support from all age groups in our society.

Notebook ball caps are made in Canada.


The Macdonald Notebook is primarily a weekend read, although we often do weekday news dispatches when we have interesting news items for you to enjoy and read. Each weekend, we generate over 1,500-plus visits to our popular journalism website that looks at Inside Politics, Business, and Cultural Affairs.

Not yet a Macdonald Notebook Insider?

Then check out the sample issues using our Sample Button and see for yourself the type of media news scoops we specialize in. You can subscribe securely on our website. We are priced affordably at $3.50 per weekend, the same price as a good cup of coffee!

Now entering out third year, we have written more than 2,000 news articles from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. My team of writers in Halifax, the South Shore and in Charlottetown—and myself—believe in the power of word of mouth advertising.

So, here are some Notebook reader endorsements to help guide you on whether you also want to become a Notebook Insider, just like the 1,500-plus folk who tune into our exclusive, not seen elsewhere news scoops:

Erin O’Toole, a former federal Tory leadership aspirant: “The movers and shakers read you, Andrew.”

Don Mills, former Atlantic and Halifax pollster: “Anyone interested in good reporting about what is happening in Nova Scotia might want to read The Macdonald Notebook, which is published on Saturdays.”

Veteran political journalist, Al Hollingsworth, who at 82, now goes to work everyday at a Lower Sackville community radio station:

The Macdonald Notebook has a nice mix of news and even news scoops!”

Former Dartmouth South MLA and Tory cabinet minister, Tim Olive:

“Folks: If you are a subscriber to The Macdonald Notebook, then I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I do.

“If not I recommend that you give it a try. In this day of selective political reporting, in the regular media, the online The Macdonald Notebook has evolved as the leading news outlet for anyone with a keen interest on what is really going on regarding the major political and economic issues of the day in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes”.

“Give The Macdonald Notebook a try, you will not be disappointed”

Noted Halifax realtor Carolyn Davis-Stewart:

“I do very much enjoy reading your in-depth coverage of so many varied topics. Glad you called me that day for info so I could subscribe once again! Love to read your news the minute your reports come out. Amazing the knowledge you glean!!”.

Business mogul Gregg Keating, chairman of the Keating Group of Companies: “Andrew Macdonald has encompassed ‘niche journalism’ and runs down the track with it, thoroughly crossing the finish line with each report. He leaves no stone unturned and no question unanswered. Factual, compelling reporting. A joyful read.”

Billy Joe MacLean, leading Port Hawkesbury politico: “I am really enjoying your Macdonald Notebook. You have not only captured an audience of followers, but you also have the experience of years behind you to dig out your contacts. So keep up the interesting news items.”

Layton Dorey, Halifax South End raised, and now Toronto-based senior vice-president at Northstar Research Partners: “The Macdonald Notebook provides the colour between the lines that allows news to become information. In a time when too many media organizations essentially reprint press releases, Andrew has personal conversations with the news makers. Not satisfied with simply the ‘what’, The Notebook goes further, to enlighten on the ‘why’.”

John MacDonell, a product of Nova Scotia, who later became the province’s most powerful backroom operator in the Harper Ottawa regime: “Your political coverage is awesome for political junkies like me. Good on you and kudos for excellence. You have a way of explaining things so that readers understand that those involved in partisan politics are human just like everyone else.”

Former John Savage minister Robbie Harrison: “Your well-crafted journalism style is ‘down home – high quality’ reporting – concise, informative, diverse, historically accurate, objective, humorous and pleasantly intimate.”

A Nova Scotia judge: “I look forward to your new work. I am sure it will be of the highest quality and standard you have exhibited throughout your career. Journalism is becoming a dying art I am glad there are people like you who are keeping it alive.”

Halifax real estate developer Wadih Fares: “I have been reading Andrew’s stories for 15 years. I am always curious to see what he is going to write about and he is very curious himself but honest. He is passionate about journalism and above all he is trustworthy. We live in a very small, tight-knit community. Media has a big impact on our lives and it helps to talk to a journalist you can trust and that’s Andrew Macdonald. He is experienced, his stories are fair, balanced and very professional. That’s what good journalism is all about!”

From the Monday Jan. 28th page of website readership measurement, Google Analytics. 1,500 individuals visited The Notebook’s website, making us an affordable way to reach a sophisticated audience for your advertising campaigns.

Los Angeles commercial mortgage broker and Cape Breton native Bruce Evans: “I am really enjoying The Macdonald Notebook – when do you sleep? Lots of insight and depth to the pieces. Well done. I have subscribed to Andrew’s self-owned publication since its inception a couple of years ago, it’s a great way for me to keep up on Maritime news. It has an eclectic mix of political, economic and general news articles, including a few fun gossipy bits here and there. I have been an occasional contributor, usually about U.S. political events. I find the publication especially interesting for some of the insights you won’t find in more traditional news sources, thanks to Andrew’s extensive network of movers and shakers.”

Prominent Chester-Halifax realtor Piers Baker: “Andrew is a very fine writer and has oodles of information on the local real estate scene. He is probably the most tapped in person in this part of the world.”

Betsy Macdonald, NDP caucus toiler: “The Macdonald Notebook is not ‘He said, She said’ journalism. Instead, it’s old-fashioned story-telling.”

Matt, who joined as a grade 10 student (our youngest subscriber) on Nova Scotia’s North Shore: “I really enjoy your weekly publication, when not busy with school and work, and it has been great to see it grow so much over the last year. It is one of the most interesting and well written news sources in the province in my opinion!”

Victoria Hines, realtor, Royal LePage Atlantic: “Your news is addictive”.

Mark Boudreau, director of Corporate Affairs for Loblaw Halifax: “Andrew is quintessentially Nova Scotian. He is a tough but fair reporter–and he cares about his readers. His columns are always insightful, and with him, you always get insight that you don’t in any other business reporting in the province.”

Chris Lambie, Halifax Herald toiler and one of the foremost Halifax journalists of his time: “Andrew, your newsletters keep getting better and better. Congratulations on carrying your energy for reporting to a platform of your own.”

Former NS PC leadership contender John Lohr: “Nova Scotia’s political publication.”

A new resident of Nova Scotia: “I found your site while looking for stories about the NS PC leadership convention, and I’m most interested in reading your articles on provincial politics. I’m fairly new to Nova Scotia and trying to get familiar with the recent political history here, and your publication seems to give some deeper insight than the usual mainstream news sources. I’m looking forward to diving into your archives! As well as your next edition.”

Second generation property developer Maurice Fares: “Andrew, you are doing a good job and staying relevant, that is for sure. You have a unique flair to your writing. I think the Halifax community is now used to it, and I think everyone is quite fond of it, to tell you the truth.”

Robert Zed, chair, Triangle Strategies: “The Macdonald Notebook nails it, every edition, every time. Andrew you’re a great story teller and journalist of hard facts and informative well researched news. I am happy to continue to support and promote your great leading edge news and The Notebook. I look forward to your great coverage. Congrats.”

Tim Moore, Chester-Halifax serial entrepreneur: “Keep up the good journalism work, very impressive.”

Dr. Kent MacDonald, St. FX President: .“I really appreciate your local storytelling and very insightful journalism. Nova Scotia (and the Maritimes) are lucky to have you”.

Len P.D. MacDonald, blogger in Northeastern NS, says of my journalism style:

“The Macdonald Notebook gives the reader a behind the scenes look into politics and the business world, much of it here in our own backyard in Nova Scotia. Owner and publisher, Andrew Macdonald has been writing for decades and provides keen insights on what’s really going on.”

1980s-90s Port Hawkesbury Mayor Almon Chisholm:

“Thanks Andrew, you are doing a wonderful job. Your Notebook covers a multitude of subjects across the board. You miss very little. You have become a wonderful writer – and why not the birth of your skill we’re created in Port Hawkesbury. Congratulations and keep up the skilful writing”.

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