The Big Aeron Chair Payback

first_imgI’m no Warren Buffett, but maybe it’s not enough to look at the bottom line JUST when the economy is in the crapper. Perhaps big publishers need to observe some of the small publishing houses that are managing to maintain successful companies even in lean times.  Meanwhile, I’ll keep multi-tasking at Southern Breeze along with the numerous other publications and Web sites we produce.All while sitting on my $50 Office Depot chair. To say that the news about our industry is depressing is an understatement. Massive cuts. Layoffs. Shutterings. I can’t help but think back to the many years I worked in the b-to-b world. Looking back, it certainly seemed like nothing was ever too expensive to be prohibited from expense reports. One example: Herman Miller Aeron Chairs. At two of the b-to-b publishers where I worked, every single office and cubicle had an Aeron. I’ll admit, they are comfortable and I even have one at home. Floor after floor was filled with Aerons. At $1,200 a pop, that’s a lot of cash that could’ve been used to—oh I don’t know—save a magazine! Now, the Aerons sit empty in darkened offices and cubicles, a reminder of what once was.Then there are the travel expenses. I remember the first time I traveled on the company dime at another b-to-b and I turned in my expense report. This particular trip saw me traveling from NYC to Atlanta then to Tampa and back to NYC. My boss laughed when I turned in receipts from Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Ruby Tuesday and Krystal. “Mark, I always try to treat myself to a really nice meal when I travel on the company dime,” he told me. And by “really nice meal” he wasn’t talking Olive Garden—he meant restaurants of the Smith & Wollensky or The Palm variety. Unfortunately that “company dime” has lost its shine as the magazines I worked for at back then have gone the way of job security, Christmas bonuses and U.S. banks.    last_img read more

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Ad Pages Fall 49 Percent in the First Half

first_imgPrint ad pages are down for the eighth-consecutive quarter, but the pace of those losses is slowing down.Total consumer magazine ad pages were down 4.5 percent year-over-year for the quarter and 4.9 percent for the first half of 2013, according to the latest numbers from PIB and the MPA-The Association of Magazine Media.The second quarter, which has been strong historically, marks the third quarter in a row that losses have slowed across the industry however.Broken down by category, the health and wellness segment had a successful first half with Men’s Fitness (36.1 percent), Women’s Health (26.9) and Men’s Health (24.8) each posting percentage improvements in the top 10 among all consumer magazines. Food titles also saw significant gains as Eating Well (46.5), Bon Appetit (25.0) and Food Network Magazine (15.4) were bunched near the top. See Also: Ad Pages Dip 5 Percent in Q1Harper’s Bazaar (19.3), Details (18.9), Motor Trend (18.1), Martha Stewart Living (18.0) and Prevention (14.3) were also among the big gainers.Business—The Economist (-23.7), Bloomberg Business Week (-18.9), Forbes (-16.5), Harvard Business Review (-15.1) and Money (-10.9)—and automotive titles—Road & Track (-31.1), Autoweek (-19.0) and Car and Driver (-15.8)—saw significant losses across their segments.iPad Ad Sales Gaining SharePIB also released ad sales numbers for 58 magazines tracking print and iPad editions.While iPad ad unit sales—up 24.5 percent for the first half year-over-year—still don’t approach print numbers, their impact is growing. They accounted for close to 37 percent of the group’s total ad sales, up from 31 percent last year.iPad units and ad page counts aren’t apple-to-apples comparison though. Tablet ads are counted and priced differently than pages, according to Anthony Sarcone, the newly-appointed president of PIB and MPA’s senior vice president of marketing initiatives and insight.For example, a two-page spread would count as two pages in a print magazine, but only a single ad unit in an iPad edition; a half-page ad is 0.5 ads in print, and a full ad unit on an iPad. Sarcone also notes that digital replica editions aren’t being counted in the iPad ad unit totals.Moreover, pricing for the two ads isn’t equal. Rate cards aren’t always available for digital editions, so the bottom-line impact of a sale on one platform can’t always be compared to another.Improving the measurement of digital mediums has been a stated goal for both Mary Berner, president and CEO of MPA, and Sarcone.”We’re still developing what the best practices are there, [how to] get that information together and pass it by committee to make sure we’re doing it as accurately as possible,” Sarcone says. “We’re working with [Kantar Media, who captures the PIB data,] to develop the methodology. We’re anxious for it, and we know the industry is anxious for it. Hopefully within the next year is when we’ll have that data together.”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

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Wells Media Launches Print Counterpart to CarrierManagementcom

first_imgThe digital-first tactic, says Wells CEO Mitch Dunford, follows the same pattern as Wells Media’s Claims Journal brand. The staggered launch process helps build audience for one medium to leverage into the next, and vice versa. The first issue will feature a split run—with a subscriber version and a convention version. The latter, distributed to several conferences this fall, will feature an unconventional cover treatment—no cover lines.Wells Media Group’s vice president of content Andy Simpson says this will inspire curiosity. “We want people to be curious about it, open it up, and explore the terrific content. We want them to say, ‘What is Carrier Management?’”More on this topic Wells Media Launches New Website Forbes to Launch ForbesLife.com ‘We’re Not Hearing Anybody Walking Away From Print’ Martin Reidy Direct Business Media Launches New Print Title Former RBI Editor to Head New Association MagazineJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the MovePowered by San Diego-based b-to-b publisher Wells Media, true to plan, has followed the February launch of its CarrierMangement.com site with a print magazine of the same name.The magazine is being distributed quarterly to a hand-picked subscriber list of 12,000 property/casualty insurance executives and board members. “We’ve spared no expense to create a high-impact medium for both readers and advertisers,” says Carrier Management publisher Mark Wells. last_img read more

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Playboy Magazine No Longer NSFW in 2016

first_img Playboy CEO Scott Flanders told The New York Times that the change is an acknowledgment that nudity is, thanks to the web, ubiquitous.  “That battle has been fought and won,” he tells The Times. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.” The brand began its “safe-for-work” push when it retook control of its site (from a licensing deal) last year. That strategy paid off; monthly site traffic has increased 400 percent since. That move also decreased its median reader age from 47 to 30, indicating the brand is looking to capture more Millennial readers.  Although nudity is out, the brand will continue to feature (clothed) Playmate models in every issue, along with its typical mix of lifestyle editorial content. The new design will include an increased trim size and heavier paper stock.center_img Playboy Enterprises announced a major change for its magazine next year—no more nudity inside the book. In addition, the magazine will undergo a total redesign, which will debut with its March 2016 issue. Of course, a big chunk of revenue for Playboy Enterprises is in licensing, which includes international editions. The company tells Folio: sister title min that some international editions will continue to publish nudity in their respective issues.last_img read more

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Doug Manoni Launches New Firm to Serve Cybersecurity Industry

first_imgDoug ManoniDoug Manoni, who stepped down as CEO of SourceMedia last spring after eight years in that role, is back with a new venture aimed at providing business intelligence to the cybersecurity market, the longtime b2b media exec announced Monday.Backed by Growth Catalyst Partners—the Chicago-based private equity firm launched by Scott Peters and Jim TenBroek in 2015—Manoni says the new company, CyberRisk Alliance, will offer media, events, research, and marketing services, among other things, to the multi-billion-dollar IT security industry.“The increased sophistication of cyber-criminal activity is staggering,” Manoni tells Folio:. “It’s become a strategic issue for every corporation, government agency, university, or organization alike. The pace of investment and growth is unprecedented, and it’s not going to slow down.”Manoni—who founded Wicks Business Media in 1999 and ran it for a decade before moving to SourceMedia—says that after researching the market, he envisions a customer base comprised of security practitioners like chief information security officers, CEOs, and CIOs, but also the rapidly expanding sector of technology companies and solutions providers that have sprung up to support them. CyberRisk Alliance will serve as a holding company, Manoni says, under which he plans to either build or acquire platforms for digital media, data and research, events, marketing services, peer networks, training and certification programs, and “security awareness services”—essentially resources to help practitioners train their employee bases.“There’s heightened awareness, and there’s great demand for information resources, training, and a myriad of specialized services,” Manoni continues. “In addition, all of these conditions have manifested themselves into this rapid proliferation of technology and other product innovation, which require significant traditional and advanced marketing services.”No growing sector comes free of competition. Reed Exhibitions’ InfoSecurity has provided media, events, and networking to cybersecurity professionals on both sides of the Atlantic for more than a decade, and IDG’s CSO has similarly made IT security a focal point since its launch in the early 2000’s. On the b2c side, Wired has featured a dedicated cybersecurity vertical since 2012. But Manoni says his startup will aim to differentiate itself by leaning heavily on contributions from the executives and industry practitioners that will populate its advisory boards and peer-to-peer councils.“It probably sounds like an existing company, but it’s not,” Manoni insists. “We would be the first to assemble a portfolio of these services with a level of diversity and scale that doesn’t currently exist. There isn’t a company that has in its portfolio digital media, research, and other time sensitive information, a diversified event platform, security awareness services, training and certification, and the curation of community discussion. It will make us unique.”Peters, who pledged in a statement to “swiftly and aggressively” invest in Manoni’s vision for the CyberRisk Alliance, co-founded Growth Catalyst Partners after spending 18 years as co-president of the media M&A firm Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI). TenBroek previously spent 19 years as managing director of the Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners, longtime backers of Active Interest Media.last_img read more

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Justin Tranter Wants To Elevate A New Generation Of Superstars With New

first_img Email News Justin Tranter Co-Founds Facet Records justin-tranter-wants-elevate-new-generation-superstars-new-label The highly regarded songwriter, who earned a Song Of The Year GRAMMY nomination in 2017, has teamed up with A&R executive Katie Vinten and Warner BrosJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2018 – 3:55 pm GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Halsey’s “Bad At Love” and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” is teaming up with A&R executive Katie Vinten and Warner Bros. Records to form Facet Records, which aims to house the “next generation of superstars,” Warner Bros. has announced.“Justin is a true visionary and one of the greatest songwriters in the game, with a remarkable ability to bring the best out of people,” Warner Bros. Records Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck said in a statement. “Katie is a brilliant A&R person who has been the guiding force behind an incredible roster of chart-topping songwriters, Justin among them.”Tranter is a highly regarded songwriter and has been widely recognized by the Recording Academy. In 2017, at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Tranter earned a Song Of The Year GRAMMY nomination for Julia Michael’s “Issues.”“I am beyond honored and excited to begin this next chapter with Warner Bros. Records,” Tranter said in statement. “It makes perfect sense to partner with my queen Katie Vinten on this label venture, since we built my songwriting career from the ground up.”Vinten and Tranter have worked with Warner Bros. on artists’ projects, including Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani and Imagine Dragons. With the continuing collaboration Tranter hopes to “change other people’s lives as well.”Tranter told the GRAMMY Museum’s “Required Listening” podcast that as a teen he was inspired by many female songwriters of the ‘90s era, including Courtney Love and Tori Amos.He also spoke about his close relationship Julia Michaels. “Obviously, me and Julia have written an insane amount of songs together. At that point, when we wrote ‘Issues,’ we were already really close. To write something as raw and honest and bare your soul as ‘Issues,’ you kind of really need to know somebody.”READ: Songwriter Justin Tranter: Women Tell Awesome Stories | “Required Listening”Tranter, an advocate for songwriters and the LGBT community, said he named the label ‘Facet’ “because the most precious stones deserve thought-out, passionate facets to make them really shine.””Justin is a fierce champion for artists and their songwriting peers, takes risks, dares to be different and fights daily for the causes they believe in, both within and outside the scope of the music business,” Bay-Schuck said.With the new label, Tranter hopes to continue elevating voices.”Once I got into pop songwriting, I was kind of just ready to help other people tell their stories. … I’m here to facilitate, and structure, and grow, and make things a little more fabulous and a little more urgent,” he said.Song Of The Year Nominations Roundup | 2019 GRAMMY AwardsRead more Twitter Justin Tranter Wants To Elevate A New Generation Of Superstars With New Label Facebook last_img read more

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WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between April 14, 2019 to April 21, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierContested races for selectmen highlight election by Lizzy HillCommittee to be formed to discuss rink by Lizzie McDermottNorth Wilmington train station: Train schedule amendments considered for road safety by Lizzie McDermottBenefiting three communities: ‘Sole Sistas’ holding fundraiser for Relay for Life by Cassia BurnsWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunNone(NOTE: Cover photo is from WCTV’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for August 4 Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant Bad Crash

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, August 4, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash occurred in front of Rocco’s Restaurant on Main Street. Airbags deployed. Unspecified injuries. At least one individual was taken to Lahey Clinic by the Fire Department. Both vehicles towed. (8:43am)Police retrieved a syringe in a Middlesex Avenue parking lot and brought it back to the station for proper disposal. (1:23pm)A caller reported there is a contractor she hired from Craigslist on her property attempting to collect payment. Police responded. Issue was a miscommunication about modern technology and old school banking. (2:38pm)John Romano (56, Lowell) was arrested on a warrant. A caller reported a suspicious man was leaning against a Fairview Avenue house he didn’t live in. (4:26pm)North Reading Police requested assistance with a male party possibly loading a rifle on Riverpark Drive in North Reading. (7:07pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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New WeMo Light Switches connect with Apple HomeKit at CES 2019

first_img1:08 CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Smart lightbulb tips and tricks Tags Smart Home 85 Photos CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Enlarge ImageThe new WeMo Light Switch doesn’t need a hub to connect with Apple HomeKit, and it can support 3-way switch setups now, too. WeMo The Belkin-owned WeMo brand of Wi-Fi smart home gadgets usually brings an announcement or two to CES each January. This year, at CES 2019, it’s keeping things simple and unveiling a refreshed WeMo Light Switch that’ll connect directly with Apple HomeKit. Just wire it in and sync it up with Siri using the Home app on your iOS device.The original WeMo Light Switch works with Siri too, mind you. But the integration requires you to have a WeMo Bridge plugged into your router. The new switches don’t require any bridge at all.The new light switch comes in two skews. There’s a $50 version that’s newly compatible with three-way setups where more than one switch is wired to the same light, and there’s a $40 single-pole version that isn’t. Good on WeMo for letting folks who don’t need three-way support save a little bit of cash.The direct, bridge-free connection to Siri brings the standard WeMo Light Switch in line with the WeMo Dimmer and the WeMo Mini smart plug, both of which already offer the same thing. The new switch also gets a subtle design refresh that better matches the WeMo Dimmer.WeMo says that we’ll see the new switches in stores by this summer.center_img 1 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Comment All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES Productslast_img read more

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Aston Martin reveals AMR Track pack Q options for the Valkyrie

first_img Preview • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: A fresh take on a modern classic Share your voice Aston Martin adds even more ways to tweak your Valkyrie 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 23 Photos The Aston Martin Valkyrie, the incredible 1,130-horsepower hypercar codeveloped with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, can now be made a little bit quicker thanks to a new AMR Track Performance package. When equipped, Aston says the track-only package will made the Valkyrie 8 percent quicker per lap.The upgrades for the Valkyrie are quite extensive, with the Track package encompassing new body panels for improved aerodynamics, lighter titanium brakes, magnesium wheels and a new suspension setup consisting of different dampers, antiroll bars and torsion bars. It’s unclear just how involved it would be to swap between the standard and the AMR Track Performance parts, but it doesn’t sound like something an owner would do themselves. Along with the car parts, you can also opt for a matching racing suit.Unique bodywork makes the Valkyrie even quicker. Aston Martin It’s worth mentioning that, yes, Aston will also offer a specific AMR Pro track-only version of the Valkyrie. But this AMR Track Performance package is for those who have the road-going model and want to swap between street and circuit.Of course, you wouldn’t want your Aston Martin Valkyrie to look just like the other 149 copies sold, so the company’s “Q by Aston Martin” division is also on hand to help with customization options. There are four Designer Specification themes to choose from, or owners can personalize each and every part of the Valkyrie to their liking.Aston Martin Valkyrie SpiritThe Valkyrie “Spirit” has Ethanol Silver paint with Caycous Orange graphics. Aston Martin For instance, you can opt to have the Valkyrie’s roof and engine cover finished in exposed carbon fiber rather than the standard gloss black. Inside, there are six different color choices for the seat belts, as well as an array of materials for the upholstery and even the switchgear, the latter available in titanium if so desired.Aston Martin also offers a Gold Pack, which features 24-carat gold-leaf trim under the paint lacquer, as well as a Mokume Carbon Fiber package that finishes various interior and exterior elements with the lightweight material. To help visualize what the finished product might look like, Aston buyers can use virtual reality software at the company’s Gaydon, UK headquarters to “see” their car ahead of time.Aston Martin says it will announce even more options and customization possibilities for the Valkyrie. In other words, the expensive hypercar is not for the indecisive. For a few ideas, you can see a selection of the various customization tweaks and designs in the gallery below. Exotic Cars Performance Cars Coupes More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Aston Martin Post a comment 0 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More about 2019 Aston Martin Vantage Aston Martin Tags Review • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: Beauty is a beastlast_img read more

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