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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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MZD Advertising signs deal with National Guard to publicize child care benefitsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Indianapolis-based MZD Advertising topped a field of 14 agencies competing to become agency of record for Gap Solutions Inc., which provides contracted services that support the National Guard Child Care Program.
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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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After record election revenues, TV ad income may hit 10-year lowRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
With the economic swoon and no political ad campaigns in 2009, TV ad revenue could hit a 10-year low next year.
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Pathway Productions gets new owner, new CEORestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Pathway Productions, one of the city's highest-profile video production firms, has a new owner, a new CEO and a new plan to blaze a trail to prosperity. Michael Husain, who founded the company from his basement in 1996, earlier this year quietly sold a majority stake to Mays Chemical Co. President William Mays, who in turn named Jerald Harkness the new CEO.


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Emmis' market value in free fall as radio industry takes beatingRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

For more than two years, Smulyan, 61, has been unflaggingly optimistic during quarterly conference calls. But since early 2007, Emmis' stock has fallen 84 percent, shrinking the company's stock market value from $307 million to $48 million. The troubles have cast uncertainty over one of Indianapolis' highest-profile businesses.


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Airport hoping to double ad revenue with digital pushRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Indianapolis International Airport officials hope to double advertising revenue, pushing it past $1 million, when the midfield terminal opens in November. That income, officials said, is important because it helps ease pressure on cash-strapped airlines, allowing them to focus on offering more flights. The airport relies on non-airline revenue, such as food sales and advertising, for about 60 percent of its revenue.


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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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WNDE holds off sports-talk upstart in ratings despite marketing push, high-profile co-hostRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Longtime sports/talk station WNDE-AM 1260 has beaten back newcomer WFNI-AM 1070 in a critical listener demographic despite WFNI's extensive promotion of hosts Eddie White and Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz.

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Angie's List, AT&T fight in court over consumer firm's logoRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A federal court this month gave a thumbs-down to a lawsuit filed by Angie's List claiming that AT&T Yellow Pages violated trademark laws by publishing ads containing the Angie's List logo of a servicewoman giving a "thumbs-up." But on June 25--two weeks after the court dismissed the suit saying its legal arguments were "meager" and "insubstantial"--the publisher of online and print business directories filed an amended case against AT&T in U.S. District Court.
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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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eGix buyout sets up Bell battleRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Scott Olson
The fiercely competitive local telecommunications landscape should get even more heated, following Cincinnati Bell Inc.'s $18 million acquisition of Carmel-based eGix Inc. eGix provides bundled voice and data services, as well as high-speed Internet access and messaging products, to about 17,000 commercial customers.
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WFYI-TV adds digital channelsRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
WFYI-TV Channel 20 has quietly launched two public television channels, but a third station that's about to launch should pack the biggest punch. The Indiana Channel will feature an all-local lineup, including extensive live coverage of the Indiana General Assembly, judicial proceedings, and arts and cultural programming.
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Lottery director rejects all 6 bidders for lucrative ad accountRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
In an unlucky turn for area ad agencies, Hoosier Lottery officials rebuffed all six bidders for the creative portion of its advertising account. The rejection of all bidders is an unusual occurrence in the ad industry and it has never before happened with the lottery account, one of the most lucrative, high-profile jobs in the state.
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Billboards enter digital eraRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Remote-controlled digital billboards are revolutionizing the outdoor advertising industry nationwide, but a city prohibition against the medium is preventing a rollout here.
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WTHR general manager departure a stunnerRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Neither side is talking, but one thing is certain: The removal of the 13-year WTHR veteran known for a sometimes-testy temperament comes at a crucial time for the local television station.
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New gadget may alter radio bizRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
If it lives up to the hype, the Portable People Meter could revolutionize radio advertising by providing a more accurate look at who's listening to what. The pager-size device tracks radio-listening habits in real time, rather than relying on ratings survey participants to remember what stations they tuned in during the course of a day.
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Emmis' decision to shift WIBC to FM jolts local radioRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The local radio market's biggest shake-up in more than a decade has almost every commercial station in central Indiana scrambling to attract the thousands of listeners and millions of advertising dollars suddenly up for grabs. Emmis Communications Corp. said Oct. 8 it will move WIBCAM 1070 programming to the FM frequency previously occupied by WNOU-FM 93.1, which it will kill. Industry experts said the fallout will continue to rain down throughout the fourth quarter and well into 2008. "There's lots...
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Payola alleged by radio executiveRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Radio One Indiana's former controller has filed a civil lawsuit against the company charging she was terminated because of her race after she raised concerns about fraud and payola in relation to the company's financial statements.
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AT&T's stealth over U-verse drawes fireRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Some in the telecom industry think AT&T had the Indiana General Assembly twirled around its finger like a coil of phone cord last year. It lobbied legislators to rewrite the state's telecommunications laws so it could more easily deploy its "U-verse" video product.
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Advertising in high-definition still fuzzyRestricted Content

July 16, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Production companies here say advertisements they've produced using high-definition technology are being held hostage by local television affiliates that have no way of showing them. The TV stations counter that they're working as fast as they can to get up to speed.
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IBJ wins six national journalism awardsRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
 IBJ Staff
IBJ was named the best large-market business journal and collected five other awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publications' summer conference June 23 in Denver.
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Office fight puts print firm on spotRestricted Content

June 18, 2007
Cory Schouten
A local printing powerhouse is trying to regain the confidence of its employees and customers after the CEO and his secretary were involved in a profanity-laced physical altercation at work.
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Emmis swings unique advertising deal with GoogleRestricted Content

June 4, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Emmis Communications Corp. is turning to Google in its search for relief from a radio-industry slump. The local media company is tapping the power of the popular Internet search engine to sell advertising for its Indianapolis and New York radio properties.
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Loss of $20M HHGregg account leads to big cuts at Pearson

May 7, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Hhgregg's decision to take its $20-million-plus advertising account out of state is sending shock waves through the local creative community. The Indianapolis-based electronics and appliance retailer's longtime agency of record, Pearson McMahon Fletcher England, will lose a third of its staff as a result, including three of five active partners.
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  1. If what you stated is true, then this article is entirely inaccurate. "State sells bonds" is same as "State borrows money". Supposedly the company will "pay for them". But since we are paying the company, we are still paying for this road with borrowed money, even though the state has $2 billion in the bank.

  2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

  3. They could take the property using eminent domain and save money by not paying the church or building a soccer field and a new driveway. Ctrwd has monthly meetings open to all customers of the district. The meetings are listed and if the customers really cared that much they would show. Ctrwd works hard in every way they can to make sure the customer is put first. Overflows damage the surrounding environment and cost a lot of money every year. There have been many upgrades done through the years to help not send flow to Carmel. Even with the upgrades ctrwd cannot always keep up. I understand how a storage tank could be an eye sore, but has anyone thought to look at other lift stations or storage tanks. Most lift stations are right in the middle of neighborhoods. Some close to schools and soccer fields, and some right in back yards, or at least next to a back yard. We all have to work together to come up with a proper solution. The proposed solution by ctrwd is the best one offered so far.

  4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

  5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.

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