Communications

Angie's List alters pay formula for huge sales forceRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Chris O'Malley
In a move to improve cash flow by an estimated $10 million a year, Angie's List is changing the way it pays its sales staff. Salespeople compose at least 600 of the more than 1,000 employees at Angie’s, which publishes consumer reviews of plumbers, pet groomers and other service providers.
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WRTV hires morning news anchors

December 11, 2012
Marc Mullins and Beth Vaughn, who come from NBC affiliates in Eugene, Ore., and Kansas City, Mo., respectively, will begin anchoring WRTV's morning newscasts in January.
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TV news director departures shake up market

December 1, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Three of Indianapolis' four local TV news providers—WTHR-TV Channel 13, WISH-TV Channel 8 and WRTV-TV Channel 6—are looking for news directors.
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BrightPoint buyer Ingram Micro mulls cost-cuttingRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
A top BrightPoint Inc. executive expects little employment change for the distribution and logistics company’s 1,100-person central Indiana work force, despite the potential for job cuts and facility closings across the country.
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Small charity to use NBC show to boost visibility, vie for $1M prizeRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
The efforts of Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health to improve health in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa while exposing hundreds of students to the realities of the medical industry have earned it an appearance on network TV and a shot at a $1 million unrestricted grant.
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News director Finch out at Channel 6

November 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Two of the four Indianapolis television stations are without news directors after WRTV-TV Channel 6 parted ways with industry veteran Kevin Finch, less than two years after hiring him.
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Pacers TV ratings on the riseRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The team's first game was the most-watched opening night game since 2007.
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Out-of-the-way telecom company to branch into IndyRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Smithville Telephone, headquartered in Ellettsville, near Bloomington, is the state’s largest independently owned phone company. Its Smithville Digital division, which provides fiber-optic communications to businesses, hospitals and schools in 17 Indiana counties, mostly in the south, has quietly been growing on the periphery of Indianapolis.
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St. Elmo to be featured on cable television show

October 31, 2012
"Drinking Made Easy" traveled to Indianapolis to sample several of the city's hotspots and their cocktails. The episode airs Wednesday night on cable network AXS TV.
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Lottery manager ramping up advertising budget

October 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Hoosier Lottery’s new manager plans to launch a branding campaign in the spring as part of a business plan that calls for a significantly larger advertising budget. That could be good news for Indiana ad agencies.
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Startup answers call for better phone bankRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Noblesville-based VolunteerYourVoice is setting out to revolutionize phone banks with a Web app that allows advocacy groups to manage virtual campaigns, getting instant results from calls volunteers make through their home computers.
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Communications firm Metronet plants flag in Indy areaRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Evansville company plans to install more than 200 miles of fiber-optic lines in Franklin.
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Microsoft, Chase fuel ad shop's growth spurtRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Thanks to blossoming relationships with corporate behemoths like Microsoft and JPMorgan Chase, local ad agency Bradley and Montgomery is making plans to double its 50-employee work force.
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ExactTarget buys interactive marketing firms for $116M

October 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The newly public tech company said it paid $95.5 million for Atlanta-based Pardot LLC and $21 million for Indianapolis-based iGoDigital.
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Emmis’ quarterly profit rises on sale of station

October 11, 2012
Much of Emmis' profit stemmed from the Aug. 23 sale of KXOS-FM in Los Angeles for $85.5 million, from which the company reported a gain from discontinued operations of $32.8 million.
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WFMS property fetches $625,000 bid in county tax sale

October 8, 2012
Scott Olson
Suburban New Orleans investment firm National Tax Asset Fund LLC placed the bid during the Marion County tax sale that ended Friday. WFMS parent Cumulus Media Inc. owns the property and owes more than $80,000 in back taxes.
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Resurgent Pacers see lift in ticket salesRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Anthony Schoetle
The Indiana Pacers continued scoring long after last season ended in the second round of the NBA playoffs. The Pacers sales staff hit high-water marks during the off-season that the franchise hasn’t seen in five years. And with almost four weeks until the regular-season home opener Nov. 3, the Pacers are shooting for more.
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IndyCar execs say distractions mask progressRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar Series officials insist the open-wheel circuit is on the right track despite a drop in its television ratings, tepid attendance and persistent rumors that it will be sold and its CEO will be fired.
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Ivy Tech battles enrollment dip by promoting its lower tuition

September 22, 2012
J.K. Wall
This summer, Ivy Tech Community College rolled out a nearly $1 million marketing campaign that stressed the school's affordability versus other higher education options. The message appears to have hit home. What looked like an impending 15-percent reduction in fall enrollment ended up at just under 5 percent.
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Gregg's media consultant specializes in off-beat adsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Virginia-based strategist has been involved in high-profile races across the country.
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Longtime WRTV news anchor Trahan leaving station

September 18, 2012
Grace Trahan, who has anchored the Indianapolis TV station's weekday morning and noon newscasts for the past 14 years, said she was resigning to spend more time with her family.
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Tippecanoe Co. to put crime info at public's fingertips

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
Crime activity and information on people taken to jail or being released will soon be available to the public through a new app being developed for the Tippecanoe County sheriff's office.
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Indiana Sports Talk still growing after 18-plus yearsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Statewide syndicated radio show thrives despite doubters, host's heart attack.
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MillerWhite signs slew of new clients in last six monthsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Marketing firm lines up almost two dozen clients, most of them based in Indiana.
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Eli Lilly aims to ramp up social media presenceRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
J.K. Wall
The drugmaker recently drafted social media guidelines it hopes can help it expand its use of social media to more of its employees—without running afoul of regulators.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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