Join TAPinto and Save Local News
More than 2,000 towns in the U.S. have no local newspaper or local news site.
As a result, there is a lack of local news reporting in our towns, less information available, and democracy suffers.
TAPinto has created a profitable and growing network of more than 90 franchised local news and digital marketing platforms. 
TAPinto’s bottom-up model enables entrepreneurs to harness the power of our network and the benefits of scale to effectively and efficiently build a local news business.
Join our family of local owner/publishers to help save local news and your community, while creating a profitable business and enjoying a work/life balance.
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Who Are We - Start TAP rev

TAPinto is an award-winning network of more than 90 independently owned and operated local news and digital marketing platforms. Our franchisees fill a major void in educating the community about their surroundings. We specialize in connecting businesses and organizations to the communities we serve through content and marketing opportunities.

We are...

Your Neighborhood News Online!


Our Difference - Start TAP (2)

TAPinto is about partnership and collaboration. We are a network of more than 90 franchised local news and digital marketing platforms in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and we're growing! Our specialty is building a virtuous circle in our communities by providing local residents with original local news and local marketing, which in turn supports our local businesses.  While other media companies have abandoned our local communities, our local franchisees are small business owners and embrace the small business mindset, which is evident throughout our model and our local news network. 

TAPinto is unlike any other media company you've seen. We are revolutionizing the media landscape through local ownership backed by the power and know-how of an 90-plus location media network. Our family atmosphere provides franchise owners with the ability to own and operate their business, while we provide them with a strong support system and a blueprint for success.  

Blueprint for Success - StartTAP rev

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Turn-Key Web Solution

Your mobile optimized TAPinto website comes fully built and functional, with maintenance provided. Additionally, our content management system makes it easy to publish your news stories. 

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World-Class Training

TAPinto provides ongoing training and support to help you grow your site, sell advertising and give back to your community through providing objective, independent local news.

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Ongoing Tech Support

Our franchise operations team is always available to help support the day-to-day operation of your franchise. Whether you need assistance placing ads or creating articles in our CMS, our team is with you every step of the way to ensure you have everything you need to be successful.


New Revenue Streams

TAPinto provides proven marketing options that are easy to sell and are effective for businesses of all sizes.  


Ad Sales Infrastructure

TAPinto provides support for all ad placement and client billing. Additionally, franchises have access to a library of marketing collateral to promote your business to prospective advertisers.

Are You a Fit - Start TAP rev (1)

You might make a good franchise owner if:

  • You are self-motivating and want to be your own boss.
  • You are sales oriented and love to network
  • You have 4-6 months of expendable income
  • People enjoy being in your presence
  • You are open to new skills and can adapt to our proven sales model!

If you are all of these things, schedule a meeting TODAY!

You might not be the right fit if:

  • Sales is not your thing
  • You don't like putting yourself out there to get to know people
  • You need immediate cashflow
  • You need to be told what to do and how to do it every day
  • You are intimidated by being your own boss

Build Financial Security - Start TAP (1)

Our low cost of entry and little overhead provides franchise owners the opportunity to recoup your costs quickly. In fact, many franchise owners regain their initial investment in less than one year!

Additionally, our sales model is focused on collaboration and cross-sales, leaving nearly limitless room for growth.  

What Our Franchisees Say - Start TAP

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When you franchise with TAPinto, you are the BOSS!

 You are awarded a territory that you control, including all content and advertising sales to local businesses within your designated territory.

You pay a small initial fee, low monthly ongoing fee, and standard royalty. In exchange, you become part of one of the largest networks of independent local news businesses in the country. 

Upcoming Informational Webinars - StartTAP rev (3)

TAPinto invites you to an informational webinar about starting your own TAPinto business in your area.

TAPinto provides franchise owners with a blueprint for success. Here's why you should consider starting a business in your area: 

  • Low entry cost and little overhead
  • Many franchisees recoup their investment by the end of their first year
  • Current franchisees have seen an average of more than 22 percent growth in advertising revenue during the last two years
  • Readership has grown to more than 19 million unique users during the past 12 months
  • Strong and ongoing support system provided to help you succeed

Sign up for an upcoming webinar TODAY!

The Investment - Start TAP (1)

Your investment in a TAPinto franchise includes: 

  • Initial Franchisee Fee = $5,000
  • Monthly Franchise Fee = $500-600 depending on size of territory
  • Media Liability Insurance = approximately $350 per year
  • Continuing Licensing Fee = 10 percent of all revenue

Additional operating expenses could include: 

  • Freelance, part-time, or full-time reporter (depending on size of territory)
  • Part-time or full-time Advertising Sales Person (depending on size of territory)

Operating expenses vary franchise-to-franchise, depending on how the business is operated. 

Next Steps - Start TAP

If TAPinto is the right fit for you, we'd love to talk to you. Please fill out the form below so we can begin our Prospect Profile. Once we receive your profile, we will reach out to you to schedule a time to meet virtually or communicate over email. 

Our Prospect Education phase lasts between 2-4 weeks and includes the following steps:

  • Speak with our Founder and CEO to learn more about the opportunity
  • Attend an Informational Webinar (optional)
  • Speak with current franchise owners (optional)
  • Review our Franchise Disclosure Document
  • Apply to be considered to franchise
  • Meet with our Prospective Franchisee Committee (composed of franchisees) to ask questions you may have and be considered for approval
  • Should you be approved to franchise and you wish to move forward, you will then be provided with the Franchise Agreement for your review and signature



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This information is not intended as an offer to sell a franchise. It is for informational purposes only. Certain states regulate the offer and sale of franchises. If you are a resident of one of those states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements.