Media & Marketing

Executive Pay Special Report: WORTH IT?: Top brass still collects big packages, but ties to company performance growRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Matthew Kish
Michael Doar once had to give back part of his salary. How times change. Now CEO of Indianapolis-based Hurco Cos. Inc., Doar offers more bang-for-the-buck than any chief executive in the state, according to an in-depth study of salaries and shareholder returns by IBJ. One would shudder at the t h o u g h t o f Hurco's board asking Doar to forfeit a penny of his modest salary, as he did one year in the '90s when the...
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SPORTS: Child of city fears demise of program that saved herRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Bill Benner
You can sense the ache in Rochelle Taylor's heart, the knot in her stomach. She goes to bed at night wondering, "What are we going to do?" She wakes up thinking, "What are we going to do?" Kids are her passion. Not just any kids, but the ones who live in the city neighborhoods ... often underserved, undeserving victims of circumstances into which they were born. And circumstances in which they might remain, unless someone extends a hand. Taylor is...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: IUPUI grads help tsunami victimsRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Many parents today fret over their kids' obsession with computers, video games and the Internet. "All he does is sit at that stupid computer." If I heard that once, I've heard it a million times. But sometimes, when young people's passion for the digital frontier intersects with compassion for their fellow man, great things can happen. Such is the case with Chris Podell and Zachary Shields, two recent graduates of the new media and arts program at the IUPUI School...
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Colts, Tribune sign deal to air shows on WXIN: WISH makes own adjustments in wake of changeRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts have signed a two-year deal with Tribune Co., moving the team's two television shows from Lin TV Corp.'s WISH-TV Channel 8 and WNDY-TV Channel 23 to Tribune's WXIN-TV Channel 59. "The Bill Polian Show" will air 10:30 p.m. Saturdays starting this fall, and "Colts Up Close" will air Fridays at 11:30 p.m. To beef up its Colts affiliation, local Tribune officials also are working independently on a Colts post-game show, which will air on WXIN sister station...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Wanted: a broader view on public-policy issuesRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Patrick Barkey
There's nothing wrong with self-interest in politics. We elect representatives to look out for our interests, after all. So when legislation and policies affect things that matter to us-especially if it's a matter of financial interest-many of us squawk, scream or otherwise throw a fit. And we hope to get noticed. But in policy debates in Indiana in recent years, we've been getting lazy. It's easy enough to defend your interests, of course, but it's much harder to convince those...
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Artery severed, but life goes on TOM HARTON Commentary:Restricted Content

May 22, 2006
Jane Jacobs, the noted urbanist, fought a battle in the late 1960s that prevented a freeway from wiping out the neighborhoods of lower Manhattan. Tom Battista, a local entrepreneur, is fighting-and some would say winning-the battle that becomes necessary when a freeway does wipe out a neighborhood. When Jacobs died last month she was famous for two things: her book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," written in 1961, which eloquently stated the need for diversity, density and...
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NOTIONS: 'Hard to Say I'm Sorry,' but do itRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
Bruce Hetrick is off this week. In his absence, this column from April 10, 2000, is being reprinted. A dozen years ago, my employer landed an intriguing client-the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. The assignment: Create some advertising that would lure lapsed Catholics back to the flock. We did some research and found that many of these lost sheep blamed their wanderings on the church itself. And they weren't about to return without an apology. So my friend the Jewish copywriter...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Smulyan's bid exposes firm's governance flawsRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Greg Andrews
One reason Jeff Smulyan's bid to take Emmis Communications Corp. private is so fascinating is that the Indianapolis-based radio company remains in the dark ages as far as good corporate governance is concerned. Emmis' governance practices are better than only 2 percent of the companies in the S&P 400 and 36 percent of media companies, according to an analysis released last fall by Institutional Shareholder Services, a Maryland firm that advises big investors. What's not to like? Here's a sampling:...
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WEB REVIEW: Is e-mail marketing the answer for you?

May 22, 2006
Jim Cota
If you're running a business, there's a good chance you've been frustrated with marketing. You've spent time and money on ads here and there, but the results were unpredictable-or worse-questionable. You're in the phone book because you feel you have to be, but the cost goes up year after year. Word of mouth works, but it's too slow. Direct mail works, but it's too expensive. Radio and TV are difficult to do well and nearly impossible to track for results....
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Pepper, others commended for their safety programs: Area contractors turn to technology to track job-site performanceRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Scott Olson
Hand-held computer devices are becoming as common as hardhats and heavy equipment on the job sites of Pepper Construction Company of Indiana Inc. The Chicago-based contractor's Indianapolis location began using the hightech gadgetry about 18 months ago to track job-site safety and tie the results to bonus amounts awarded to supervisors. While the company has tracked safety performance for years via written reports, the new system lets everyone from executives to subcontractors view the information almost immediately after it's loaded...
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VIEWPOINT: What kids learn outside the classroomRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Ellen Rosenthal
Like many discoveries, my first "aha" moment about the importance of parents' involvement in their children's school success occurred when I was investigating something else. In 1999, shortly after I arrived in Indianapolis to work at Conner Prairie, I set out to learn how kids rated their school visits to the museum. I located a fourth-grade teacher who would let me and museum researcher Jane Hetrick talk to students. She happened to be the teacher of an "Inquiry" class, Washington...
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Crown Hill nearing new deal: About 70 acres expected to sell for $5.2MRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
An announcement on new development for 70 acres of woodlands held by Crown Hill Cemetery and Funeral Home may come within weeks, bringing to a close a controversial land deal that some environmental and neighborhood groups hoped to stall. Crown Hill leadership is talking with three developers that have submitted competing proposals for mixed-use projects, cemetery President Keith Norwalk said. He declined to name the developers or provide details on their proposals but called an announcement "fairly imminent." The price...
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SPORTS: Fixture on local sports scene continues 42-year runRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Bill Benner
Since he nearly died a couple of months back, now is probably a good time to write something about my friend, Bill York. After all, I'd at least like for him to be able to read it. York is one of those behind-the-scenes folks who gives Indiana a good name. To the local and national sports media, he personifies Hoosier Hospitality. For years, York has directed the media room operations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Conseco Fieldhouse (Market Square Arena...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Writers require clarity or risk calamityRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Morton Marcus
Last night, I had a dream. I was standing on the ledge of a tall building. People down below were shouting, "Jump!" They were angry because they thought I misrepresented the various and diverse meal-delivery programs in Indiana in my column last week. One woman was yelling, "You're trying to take away my job!" "No," I tried to explain. I was just saying that such programs should be coordinated better and that no oversight agency exists to monitor not-for-profit agencies....
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NOTIONS Bruce Hetrick: Readers share insights on the elusive 'one thing'Restricted Content

May 15, 2006
In the movie "City Slickers," Billy Crystal plays a fellow in midlife crisis. He escapes to a guest ranch, where he meets Jack Palance as a wisdom-dishing cowboy. On horseback one day, Palance asks, "Do you know what the secret of life is?" "No, what?" Crystal asks. Palance holds up his gloved index finger and says, "This." Crystal says, "Your finger?" Palance says, "One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don't mean #*@%." Crystal says,...
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Does your Web site need an SEO to boost it up?Restricted Content

May 15, 2006
Tim Altom
Every time I see the term "SEO," I cringe a little. It stands for "searchengine optimization," a supposed service offered by many "SEO companies." Such companies claim to be able to boost your Web site up the pages of major search engines so customers can find you. To a limited extent, they can help. Most Web sites are so poorly designed that they almost defy search engines to look through them, a process known in the trade as "crawling." The...
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CD-burning kiosks debut: Four years of work on the line for local media-technology companyRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
As the after-work rush of customers came into a south-side Karma music store on a recent Wednesday, some wandered up to a new kiosk and gave it a whirl. It was the public's first look at CD-burning technology, developed by local entrepreneurs, that allows customers to pick songs and immediately burn a CD mix before leaving the store. If consumers like the kiosks, backers hope to sell video games, movies and even concert tickets through the terminals, which could be...
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Merger talks near finish?: George optimistic about open-wheel reunion; sources say deal may be reached by May 26Restricted Content

May 8, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Indy Racing League President Tony George said earlier this year "the stars, moons and planets" would need to align for his series to merge with open-wheel rival Champ Car in time for the 2007 season. According to motorsports sources, the alignment appears to be happening, and George told IBJ he is cautiously optimistic. George said in a May 3 interview that discussions with Champ Car principal Kevin Kalkhoven are ongoing, but that there are still a number of issues to...
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Goulding & Wood Inc.: Bigger is not always better Organ maker emphasizes quality over quantityRestricted Content

May 8, 2006
Susan Raccoli
Goulding set about learning every aspect of the business and when his father and partner Thomas Wood retired in 2003, he was ready to take over. He and longtime employee Brandon Woods bought the company. The transition was slow, though, because the founders had a backlog of clients still waiting for their instruments. The amicable changeover was a combination of the company being handed down and bought out, with capital taken out to reimburse the original owners, Mark Goulding said....
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Timing is everything in the fuel-savings game: INDOT to synchronize signals in more area brake zonesRestricted Content

May 8, 2006
Chris O\'malley
State transportation engineers, having just tweaked traffic-light timing to improve flow on U.S. 31 in Carmel, next plan to target three other busy corridors in the metro area. They include U.S. 31 on the south side, between Interstate 465 and County Road 750N, and the increasingly congested stretch of State Road 37 between State Road 238 and Cumberland Road in Noblesville. The improvements to be conducted over the next several months can't come fast enough for motorists weary of the...
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Reebok should fit into Adidas' global plan: Indianapolis facility finds an ally in NBA after 11-year apparel dealRestricted Content

May 8, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Adidas-Salomon AG's $3.8 billion acquisition of Reebok International is having ripple effects from Boston to Beijing. Those waves are likely to wash right through Reebok's design and manufacturing plant on Indianapolis' east side, which employs nearly 1,000. Reebok's headquarters will remain in Canton, Mass., and Adidas will maintain its state-side headquarters in Portland, Ore., but officials for the German sporting goods giant have revealed little else about their plans for Reebok facilities. Adidas officials have said they project saving $212...
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BULLS & BEARS: Marsh, Suros deals a study in how to value businessesRestricted Content

May 8, 2006
Ken Skarbeck
Two recent Indianapolis business deals have provided local investors with excellent case studies in business valuation. What is truly instructive is that these acquisitions are polar opposites based on the valuation methods employed and in the future expectations the buyers have for these two businesses. They are the announced purchase of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. for $88 million by Florida-based Sun Capital Partners and the acquisition of Suros Surgical Systems for $240 million by Massachusetts-based Hologic Inc. In the Marsh acquisition,...
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NOTIONS: A primary primer on the need for simpler governmentRestricted Content

May 1, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
Do you know the name Kelly Bentley or Derek Redelman? Michael Brown or Michael Rinebold? How 'bout Barbara C o l e m a n - K n i g h t , Barry Campbell, Judie Williams, Karon Williams, Maureen Jayne, Milton Baltimore Jr. or Olgen Williams? Even if you've heard these names, do you know these people's backgrounds, what experience they bring to the table, what they preach and practice? Do you know who, if anyone, supports them financially...
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Jazz Fest loses pair of sponsors: This year's show will go on, but future events in dangerRestricted Content

May 1, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
Until late April, fund raising for the annual musical event was on track. But then a pair of major sponsors revealed they would no longer underwrite the festival. Now its future may be in doubt. "We really need to have the festival fully funded to sustain its business model," said Indy Jazz Fest Producer Helen Small, who also is president of the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association. "In no way is it guaranteed that the festival will be here forever for...
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Land drove Marsh sale: Sun Capital has backup in real estate if grocery biz failsRestricted Content

May 1, 2006
Matthew Kish
When Marsh Supermarkets Inc. put itself on the block in November, the company's stock dove. When it cut future executive compensation $28 million a month later, the stock continued falling. When it terminated 25 executives and closed two groceries and six convenience stores, shares slipped yet again. Nothing, it seemed, could stop the downward spiral. Then a footnote appeared in the Fishersbased company's fiscal third-quarter financial report Feb. 21. It said an appraisal showed the company's real estate was worth...
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