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Redefining community in virtual and political realityRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Last week, I made a presentation about social media to several hundred people at a Carmel Chamber of Commerce luncheon. We talked about Facebook and Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, LinkedIn, blogging and more. I didn't answer the "how-to" question. I answered the "whether-to" question. With some important cautions, my answer was "yes."
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Local marketing firm expands Dairy Queen coverageRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Optimedia Indianapolis recently signed a deal to handle 11 new Dairy Queen media markets in addition to the 23 currently held.
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Brand Acceleration expandsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis-based Brand Acceleration Inc. has announced an expansion of its service area to include the South-Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic states.
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Clarian ads win major awardRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis ad firm The Heavyweights and its local client Clarian Health have won one of the ad industry's biggest awards for one component of Clarian's "A Call to Change" campaign.
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IRL signs major new sponsorsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
In the last week of March, IRL officials put the finishing touches on four sponsorship deals.
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Athenaeum will launch awareness campaignRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
The Athenaeum is seeking better name recognition in the community, with the help of a grant from the Indianapolis Foundation.
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Tennis tournament goes on advertising offensiveRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
The Indianapolis Tennis Championships (formerly the RCA Championships) has for the first time hired an advertising agency to boost ticket sales.
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Compendium casts eye on national blog marketRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Two-year-old tech startup Compendium Blogware has launched its first out-of-state sales force and said it signed on 70 new customers in the fourth quarter.
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Company banks on targeted textingRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Whitney Lee
Steven Dickerson realized the potential for mobile advertisements when he saw his daughter texting.
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IRL, Hot Wheels work on dealRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Indy Racing League officials are finalizing a deal with Mattel's Hot Wheels to roll out a line of replica open-wheel cars this spring.
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Tourists rank Indianapolis as the second-most-popular Midwestern destinationRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Fueled by a $740,000 regional advertising campaign, local tourism spending went sky high even as the economy was in a free fall.
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Steak n Shake seeks younger customersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake hopes to create buzz with its new marketing plan targeting youth.
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Greenwood's largest employer to launch $69M expansionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Endress + Hauser Inc., one of Greenwood's biggest employers, is planning a major expansion that will bring 234 jobs to Johnson County.
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Bloomington wins recognition for being gay-friendlyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
A national newsmagazine for the gay and lesbian community has named Bloomington as its top U.S. small-town vacation destination.
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Holiday promotional campaign helps Indianapolis venues boost their attendanceRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Scott Olson
The 12 Free Days of Indy Christmas promotion runs through Dec. 24 and gives patrons of several city destinations the opportunity to enjoy them without the cost.
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Jennings County group hires PR firmRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
The Jennings County Economic Development Commission recently hired Indianapolis-based Brand Acceleration Inc. as its agency of record to handle advertising, public relations and brand management.
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Indianapolis Airport opening good news for local PR, hospitality firmsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris O'Malley
In the last two months, the Indianapolis Airport Authority board has approved spending at least $850,000 toward grand-opening parties for the new airport terminal and events in the form of contracts with caterers, event planners and public relations firms.
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'Instant gratification moments' key to ChaCha's biz strategy

September 1, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc. has been winning accolades and enough teen fans to rival Hannah Montana. But none of that makes it apparent how the company can make money giving free answers to random cell phone queries.
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Lucas says please don't call stadium 'The Luke'Restricted Content

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Officials for Lucas Oil Products Inc. are imploring fans and media not to refer to the team's new stadium as The Luke, a nickname that has cropped up on sports talk radio shows and been repeated in print and on TV. The nickname seems to be gaining momentum, and that doesn't sit well with Lucas brass already playing defense against New Jersey-based Lukoil Co. California based-Lucas Oil signed a 20-year, $121.5 million naming-rights deal for the Colts' new stadium.


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Marketing veteran Ray Compton unveils Webcasting venture at State FairRestricted Content

August 4, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Local radio icons Big John Gillis and Jeff Pibeon will be broadcasting live this year from the Indiana State Fair. But you won't find their show on any radio station. Gillis and Pigeon have been hired by locally based Compton Strategies to create audio-only, Internet-based shows for area events, companies and entertainment venues.

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Entrepreneur has high hopes for deck-chair markersRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
In late May, Darrell Bowman launched Lounge Hats LLC, an Indianapolis-based company that makes fabric covers that fit over beach or pool-side chaise lounges to make one thing clear: This seat is taken. Bowman withdrew $20,000 from personal savings and added another $50,000 from an investor, his friend Mike Oswalt, to start the company. He runs Lounge Hats out of his garage, hiring a Chinese company to sew the hats and contracting with a local printer to finish them off.
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Open-wheel reunion creating more business opportunitiesRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
In the end, the catastrophic sponsorship shift from open-wheel racing to NASCAR became too much to ignore, driving the long-divided sides of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League back into a unified series.
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Guerrilla advertising might seem wacky, but often gets resultsRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The 24 area Liberty Tax Service outlets are known for their human mascots dressed up as the Statue of Liberty or Uncle Sam, standing on street corners and waving in traffic. Liberty's approach is just one incarnation of one of the fastest-growing trends in advertising: guerrilla marketing.
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Players benched for new Pacers adsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers recently rolled out a marketing initiative that was in sharp contrast to last year's campaign, which prominently featured players and proclaimed, "It's up to us." This year's new television, radio and print advertisements appear with not a whisper from or mention of anyone actually wearing the blue and gold.
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First Indiana's new marketing plan features superhero mascotRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Cory Schouten
First Indiana Corp.'s new marketing campaign features a superhero sporting an orange cape and a white jumpsuit with the First Indiana logo. But First Indiana Man is just a means to introduce the real star of the bank's most aggressive marketing and account-growth effort in a decade: a free checking account the bank hopes will generate 20,000 new accounts in the next year.
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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....

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