Communications

Slingshot is shifting aim away from SEO

May 11, 2013
Dan Human
After Google cracked down on some of the tools companies were using to improve their positions in search results, Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO opted to launch a sister brand called Digital Relevance that will focus on earning media attention.
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Lawsuit threatens NCAA's amateur business model

May 11, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
On June 20, a California federal court will determine if an antitrust lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon—who argues he should’ve been paid for the use of his likeness on game broadcasts and in EA Sports video games—can become a class action.
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Whitsett goes big with Star project

May 10, 2013
Scott Olson
A local developer plans to tear down part of the Indianapolis Star’s downtown headquarters while saving most of the building in a redevelopment that calls for 350 apartments—more units than the massive CityWay.
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Broad Ripple telecom firm plans big growth, 183 jobs

May 10, 2013
Mason King
Founded in 2007 by Purdue University students, Weeks Communications has established a new headquarters in Broad Ripple and plans to invest $4.1 million as it aggressively hires new employees.
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Woof Boom to acquire 6 area radio stations

May 8, 2013
Mason King
An Indianapolis investor group headed by longtime local radio broadcaster and executive Jerry Chapman will take over operations at the stations, including three in Muncie, on June 1.
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Inquiry targets cellphone subsidiesRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
State officials want to know how an Oklahoma City company managed to set up 30,000 Indiana accounts for a federally subsidized phone program in less than a year. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has launched an investigation into whether TerraCom LLC is repeating federal violations it allegedly committed in Oklahoma.
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WRTV adding employees, expanding newscasts

May 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lagging in the ratings, the local station is aiming for an uptick under new ownership with a morning news show on weekends.
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'Naptown' rock-radio documentary vying for Emmy

April 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The locally produced film about the golden age of WIBC, WIFE and WNAP will never break even, according to its producer, but an Emmy win would be satisfaction enough.
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Escape artist Bill Shirk can't escape the allure of broadcastingRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Escape artist Bill Shirk has retired his straitjacket, but remains active in radio broadcasting. His firm, Hoosier Broadcasting, in recent years bought a handful of radio stations on the Hawaiian islands and Shirk owns and is investing more money in a Boone County radio station.
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Stations switching weather lineups as Buchman nears return to air

April 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Local television stations are each preparing in their own way for the return to the air this fall of popular weathercaster Angela Buchman.
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Digital marketers try to cut through clutterRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Element Three is among dozens of ad/marketing firms in the city that put digital marketing—in a dizzying array of formats and specialties—front-and-center. Often led by “millennial” types in their 20s and 30s to whom things like social media are second nature, they’re giving ensconced agencies a run for their money.
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Ad exec's buttom line: Just be relevantRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Young & Laramore President Tom Denari challenged conventional thinking in a March 21 column in Advertising Age.
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WTHR's IRS investigation receives national honorRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
The station was honored for a six-month investigation into Internal Revenue Service mismanagement that resulted in fraudulent tax refunds for undocumented workers.
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Smartphone videos rewrite rules of customer researchRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Carmel-based Strategic Marketing & Research Inc. is among firms tapping the capabilities of video-enabled smartphones to gain insights into consumers’ thoughts and emotions. They’re doing this by having consumers use their phones to shoot a video diary of their product experiences.
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Fox59 news chief to depart for San Francisco station

April 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Over his four-year tenure, Lee Rosenthal helped WXIN-TV Channel 59 more than double the airtime it devotes to news.
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Graphic designer advises marketers on nuances of reaching LatinosRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Advertiser Carlos Sosa has designed some very recognizable work—including logos for IndyGo and the Indianapolis Indians—but he is more focused these days on helping businesses more effectively market to the Indianapolis Latino community.
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ExactTarget lands on tech shopping list for buyout

March 30, 2013
Dan Human
ExactTarget Inc.’s strong position in digital marketing has made the Indianapolis company a tempting acquisition target for Salesforce.com and other tech-industry suitors, Wall Street analysts believe.
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WISH-TV receives trio of awards from APRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Look for Channel 8 to trumpet its Outstanding News Operation, Best Newscast and Best Website awards from the Associated Press.
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WTHR chief hit with discrimination lawsuit

March 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The former executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13 President John Cardenas has filed an age- and sexual-discrimination lawsuit against the station and parent Dispatch Broadcasting Group.
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Book version of documentary on Indy radio debutsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
The film and book chronicle the fierce competition among the top Indianapolis radio stations from the 1950s through the 1970s.
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Running events proliferate; sponsor dollars pour inRestricted Content

March 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The 500 Festival Mini Marathon in May will once again focus Hoosier attention on distance running—a sport where shifting demographics and rising interest have combined to generate strong sponsorship revenue.
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Mass transit campaign floods market with $1 millionRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The campaign to expand public transit in the region has generated a busload of money for some media and marketing outlets, thanks to $1 million in federal grants to advertise the benefits of mass transit.
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New economic development chiefs plan branding blitzRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state of Indiana will have a new brand, under a campaign the Indiana Economic Development Corp. plans to launch this summer. The campaign is one of a few tweaks that Commerce Secretary Victor Smith and IEDC President Eric Doden are making to Indiana’s job-growth strategy.
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Indy gets first FM sports/talk stationRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Emmis Communications bought a low-power station, boosted its signal and is using it to simulcast The Fan, a format found at AM 1070.
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Radio One to launch local Telemundo affiliate

March 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will have a commercial Spanish-language television station again when Radio One Inc. launches a Telemundo affiliate March 11.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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