Due to the postponement of MediaNext because of the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 Eddie & Ozzie Awards will now be held on November 14th in New York. Winners across 146 categories—423 in all—will be feted at a luncheon ceremony from 12:30 to 3:00 at the Marriott Marquis. Close to 300 judges selected the bronze, silver and gold winners from more than 2,000 submissions. The annual Eddie and Ozzie Awards program is the largest awards event of its kind and honors the best in editorial (the Eddies) and design (the Ozzies) from the full spectrum of magazine publishing.For a complete list of the finalists, visit the official awards page here.
September 14, 2019
What’s somewhat subversive is that you can glean a worldview from its stories. You don’t just get an information dump, you also get how smart people are thinking about events—so if you’re at a cocktail party, you can impart opinion as well as fact.Whatever it is, it’s working. This space has a lot of success stories. The Economist is one of the smartest marketing organizations in media, and its editorial content always is engaging and thought-provoking. The New Yorker and The Atlantic are as good as it gets, anywhere. Time Magazine enjoyed a very strong year editorially in the last 12 months. But The Week has notched some impressive wins. According to Guehl:Print revenue for the first half of 2017 is up by 12 percent.Overall brand revenue for the first half is up by five percent.Advertising has grown by double digits this year, even as the category, according to Guehl, has declined by 17 percent.Circulation is 573,684, significantly more than its ratebase promise, and comes at a time when some competitors have seen major declines.What’s more, the circulation is 100 percent paid, unlike magazine brands that increasingly mix in verified and other forms of non-paid circulation.And the subscription price is robust: Anywhere from $59 to $79 or thereabouts, or 25 issues for $1.19 per issue. “The loyalty of the audience has always been a key,” Guehl says. “We’re not trying to have an artificial ratebase. That’s one of the things that stands out in 2017.”Adds The Week’s executive vice president of consumer marketing and products, Sara O’Connor, “I think with The Week it comes back to the product. We have something that people need—there’s a benefit there. There’s a lot going on. There’s a lot of content and news, and The Week provides something for smart busy people.”Guehl notes that The Week has been very successful with advertising, pointing out that brands like Breitling, American Express Platinum, Dell, and Morgan Stanley have come into the print magazine this year, and Charles Schwab, Showtime, Liberty Mutual, and NBC News have come into the digital side. And full-issue takeovers were sold to Emirates and Morgan Stanley. “Print is the only medium where people are not actively trying to avoid ads,” Guehl says. “There are still advertisers that want to tap into that.”They may also want to tap into the subscriber’s resources. Guehl says The Week’s reader is in his or her mid 40s (the brand skews male by 60/40), lives in a major city and has an average household income of $160,000.In the end, both O’Connor and Guehl say, The Week has a formula that readers find valuable, and it sticks to that formula. “We’re not trying to chase the next shiny thing,” Guehl says. “Our strength is our consistency.”“We’re this safe space where readers can come and get everything they need to know, and we make sense of everything that’s going on,” O’Connor adds. One of the interesting things about the last several years in magazine media is that no one really seems to know how to accurately read the trends. We see the data about declines in ad pages, declines in folio sizes, declines in newsstand sales, declines in frequencies. We read about unrelenting layoffs and downsizings. There’s a pretty clear contextual narrative. But something else also happens on a regular basis. Media brands—sometimes print magazines—share stories of success, seemingly in the face of that clear contextual narrative.One of those brands is The Week, the 16-year-old weekly news magazine that’s barely changed since the late Felix Dennis launched it in 2001. Even if you haven’t seen The Week in a few years, you recognize the style of the covers, the cheeky headlines, the interior architecture and the inclusive nature of the curation. The Week might be a distillation of the news, a compendium with no real original reporting, but it’s also a smart, well edited, light, bright and tight read—and it’s thriving.“It’s designed to be concise for time-pressed people,” says vice president of publishing John Guehl, who shared some of the brand’s wins—as well as the strategies behind those wins— at a recent meeting. “There is a finishability to it.”Unlike all the other media brands operating in The Week’s category, including The Economist, The New Yorker, Time, Businessweek and others, only The Week is a pure summary. It gives you a quick perspective on what all of those brands as well as many others are thinking about current events. Stories are mostly no longer than a few hundred words, and it’s all wrapped into a small folio of no more than 44 pages and no more than 10 ads per issue.
September 10, 2019
$49 Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know See All Adorama See It Tags Apple 17 Photos 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • See it Post a comment News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini 1:43 $29 Amazon Prime Day 2019 Share your voice This Amazon site handles your biggest, bulkiest purchases See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Crutchfield Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Amazon Echo Dot $29 Amazon could be charging retailers for making losses on Prime Day promo sales. Angela Lang/CNET Amazon is reportedly charging some grocery brands an additional fee during 2019 Prime Day if their promotional sales fall short and cause a loss for Amazon. The charge will “fund the profitability gap,” CNBC reported Tuesday, citing an email allegedly sent to the retailer’s vendors.Amazon Prime Day is arriving July 15-16 and will see a massive sale on Amazon. Mobile Smart Home Smart Speakers & Displays Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Prime Day 2019: Don’t miss these early deals Amazon Prime Day 2019: Where to find the best deals on smartwatches and fitness trackers Now playing: Watch this: See It Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense $49 Best Buy According to the report, though, Amazon will then waive the usual $500 placement fee to run Prime Day promotions for these grocery brands. “This year we’ve decided not to charge placement fees for inclusion in deal events, but instead we request our vendors to fund a [deal] if it’s unprofitable for the duration of the deal,” the email from Amazon reportedly said. “If additional funding is required, it will be based off total unprofitable units sold for the duration of the deal.”Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Early Prime Day deals include sales on Amazon Music Unlimited, Fire TV Recast, the Echo Dot, the Chamberlain myQ smart garage door opener, the Amazon Cloud Cam and Apple AirPods with a wireless charging case. Also expected to go on sale are Amazon’s full range of Echo speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers and Blink cameras. reading • Amazon will reportedly make grocery brands pay for Prime Day losses Amazon Prime Amazon Apple
September 5, 2019
A man walks past Qualcomm stand while attending the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 3, 2015 [Representational Image].Reuters FileSunil Lalvani, President of Qualcomm India, stepped down on Tuesday, within a year of joining the multinational semiconductor and telecom equipment company. The company said that his replacement would be announced shortly.It is believed that Lalvani quit the company owing to “performance pressure,” the Hindu BusinessLine cited sources as saying.However, the company seemed to suggest that “performance pressure” was not the reason, without specifying anything more.”Sunil Lalvani has decided to step down from his position as VP & President of Qualcomm India. Parag Kar, Vice President of Government Affairs will serve as the interim head of India,” it said in an official statement.Last year, Lalvani had joined Qualcomm after having worked in BlackBerry, where he served as managing director of India and SAARC region. He also led a strong engagement with Carrier partner to enhance BlackBerry’s service portfolio in the India region. While at Qualcomm, Lalvani was reportedly reporting to Jim Cathey, Senior Vice President and President, Asia Pacific and India, Qualcomm.Lalvani took charge of the company’s India business at a time when the San Diego-based firm “is facing huge challenges globally” and in the local market, the Hindu Business Line added.Lalvani had replaced Avneesh Agrawal, who was with Qualcomm for over two decades.According to Lalvani’s LinkedIn profile, before BlackBerry he also has worked at EMC, Nokia Corporations, Cisco Systems and Sita Equant.Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecom equipment firm that designs and markets wireless telecom products and services. The company derives most of its revenue from chipmaking and the bulk of its profit from patent licensing businesses and has 224 offices worldwide. LinkedIn/SunilLalvani
September 1, 2019
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll get a live report from the 108th NAACP National Convention from AFRO reporter Alexis Taylor and WEAA’s Mykel Hunter. Also, there were clashes between protesters and Baltimore Police during a Baltimore City Council Meeting on Baltimore’s proposed mandatory minimum gun law, we’ll have a full report.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.