Communications

Cantaloupe unveils newest e-mail marketing product

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Local technology firm's VideoHere system allows companies to embed videos in their marketing e-mails.
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TrendyMinds signs ad deals, extends pact with NASCAR's Harvick

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Agency to handle public relations and advertising for Cincinnati Bell’s three markets
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ICVA receives $5.4M gift to promote Indianapolis

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said Thursday that it has received a $5.4 million gift to help market the city's tourism and convention industries. The grant comes from a foundation headed by the developer of the Marriott Place hotel complex under construction downtown.
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Local small-biz owner invited to attend State of Union speech

January 26, 2010
Scott Olson
The founder of TrendyMinds, an Indianapolis advertising and public relations firm, will attend President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday evening. Trevor Yager is among several small-business owners nationwide who were invited.
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Source: WISH-TV lays off news, production workers

January 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
WISH-TV Channel 8 laid off employees late last week as local TV market is battered by swooning economy.
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NFL conference title games draw most viewers since 1980s

January 25, 2010
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Colts' win over the New York Jets on CBS drew 46.9 million viewers, the most for an American Football Conference title game since Patriots-Dolphins in 1986.
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NBC's Jay Leno failure puts pinch on WTHRRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
With its 11 p.m. news ratings declining and its network partner, NBC, struggling to plug the 10 p.m. programming slot crucial to those ratings, WTHR-TV Channel 13 finds itself at a precarious crossroads.
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Patrick's return may reshuffle sports-talk ad spendingRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local advertisers and media buyers said they’ll keep a close eye on the first half of 2010 to see how Patrick, who launched his show Jan. 4, matches up against WFNI-AM 1070’s afternoon drive time show.
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City's plan to raise money with sponsorships takes wing with KFCRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard this month rolled out the first of what he hopes will be 10 to 15 city sponsorship and advertising deals this year, with the aim of saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
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Emmis 3Q revenue declines, but company still posts profit

January 8, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. reported lower revenue during its fiscal third quarter, but still managed a small profit.
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IFD gets finger-lickin' good sponsorship deal

January 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
KFC agreed to pay city for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in exchange for using Indianapolis Fire Department to help it launch new fiery grilled wings. Mayor Greg Ballard hopes the deal is the first of many such corporate sponsorships.
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Fairgrounds' digital billboard is exception to county banRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Clear Channel Outdoor is building Marion County’s first full-size digital billboard along Fall Creek Parkway on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair. The first message might as well be: Take that, Indianapolis!
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Indy Visitors Channel sponsors contest for businesses

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The contest offers businesses a chance to promote something about themselves that might be of interest to hotel guests in the area.
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Mark Patrick hired by WNDE to replace JMV

December 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Mark Patrick has been hired to replace JMV as the afternoon drive-time host on sports-talk station WNDE-AM 1260, heating up the battle with cross-town rival WFNI-AM 1070.
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Indiana, Michigan library groups merge to cut costs

December 24, 2009
The Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority, known as ICOLSA, has merged with the Michigan Library Consortium to form the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.
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Omnicity continues wireless broadband acquisition spree

December 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Omnicity makes seventh acquisition since going public in February. The Rushville company aims to be nation's largest wireless broadband provider in rural markets.
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Smulyan signs new contract to lead Emmis

December 21, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Jeff Smulyan agrees to terms on a new three-year contract to lead Emmis. Signing and performance bonuses could lead to big pay raise.
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Radio giant Citadel files for bankruptcy protection

December 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Las Vegas-based Citadel Broadcasting, which owns three radio stations in Indiana, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday in an effort to restructure its hefty debt load.
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Basketball tournament expansion could pay off for NCAA

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA might expand its annual men’s tournament from the current three-week, 65-team format to one featuring an added week and a whopping 96 teams. Proponents of the plan say it will generate a bigger television rights-fee deal for the not-for-profit NCAA, which disperses 95 percent of the income to member institutions.
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Danica Patrick's NASCAR move could fuel MainGate growth

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
MainGate holds an exclusive license to make and sell Patrick’s IRL-centric merchandise, and is now in negotiations with New York-based IMG to get part of her NASCAR-related business.
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Fishers-based Buckaroo Marketing grows with acquisition

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The firm founded in 1999 recently announced it bought Indianapolis-based Zent Consulting. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Entrepreneur parlays love of cars into successful media companyRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Anthony Schoetle
Donnie Babb's Gauge Media Group started in his basement at tortoise speed but now churns out $2 million in sales with a staff of nine full-time and 15 part-time employees.
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Hotel TV program touts Indianapolis, helps businesses reach travelersRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Indianapolis Visitors Channel, which airs on closed-circuit networks in more than 6,400 area hotel rooms, highlights some of the city’s most popular attractions and promotes local businesses—both through traditional advertising and sponsored features.
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Bob & Tom keep Q95 on a roll even as classic-rock format shows age

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Q95's Tom Griswold and Bob Kevoian have maintained their lofty ratings, keeping the Clear Channel Radio station near the top of the Indianapolis radio market.
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New high-definition technology transforming television advertising in IndianapolisRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Red Digital Cinema Technology gives video producers the ability to shoot in high-definition quality without the expense of film, and local advertisers are taking advantage.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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