• Torstar has tremendous confidence in Fervent Events, which has provided Metro News (Toronto) with an exceptional street team, 5 days a week for the past 18 months. Fervent is properly managed by its extremely capable and responsive President Calum McGuigan, and Account Manager Abby Wilson.

    Steve Malandro Distribution Manager, Metro Toronto

7.8 million newspapers distributed

The Brand

Metro is a ‘freesheet’ daily newspaper, primarily intended for commuters in big cities’, mainly during rush hours. Globally, Metro has 24.8 million daily readers, with 1.3 million being in Canada alone. Metro Toronto is owned by Torstar.

The Situation

June 2015, Metro Toronto were unable to distribute newspapers inside the TTC anymore. Metro decided to employ street promoters to distribute outside stations. After 8-weeks, Metro were unhappy with the agency they hired and commissioned Fervent Events and another agency to take over in October 2015, and split the business 60/40 in Fervent Events favour.

The Activity

Fervent were give 10 promoter spots at first until we proved we were capable to manage more. Over the next few months Metro increased Fervent promoters until Fervent were providing 50 per day by December 2015. Fervent employed team leads & sub reps and implemented training, perks for good performers and wage increase – none of this was done by the predecessor company. Fervent also gave daily recommendations to the client on what stations could manage more, increasing distribution.

The Results

  • 25% distribution increase within 6-weeks. Stations that used to distribute 500 now distributed 600 papers daily. One station had growth of 120%.
  • 100,000 papers distributed weekly.
  • 7.8 million papers distributed between October 2015 & March 2017.
  • March 2017 Fervent were awarded a 1-year contract to manage ALL Metro promoters – 72 reps per day inc leads and subs.
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