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Grupo Nacion launches app with PageSuite
Costa Rican media brand Grupo Nacion has partnered with PageSuite to deliver five newspaper and magazine titles in one PDF-driven container app. This allows readers to engage with Grupo Nacion’s newspapers and magazines in one spot.
The app is available for download for iOS and Android users and features PageSuite’s article pop-out feature. “This brand-new solution is a key part of our overall strategy to deliver our content through top of the line experiences. We are sure our readers will enjoy all the new features and enhancements we will be rolling out from this new partnership with PageSuite," said Pedro Abreu, general manager of Grupo Nacion.
Grupo Nacion's top titles are La Nacion, the largest Costa Rican daily, La Teja, El Financiero, Perfil and Sabores.
NYT puts out one-off kids section
The New York Times put out a special print-only kids section Sunday, May 14, Nieman Lab reports. Food, sports, art and science are among topics covered in the colorful section.
DIY slime, writing a newspaper article and superheroes are featured in the stories, written mostly by freelancers.
For its part, NPR has announced “Wow in the World,” its first-ever kids-focused podcast.
The kids section comes on the heels of two other print-only sections from The Times, one focusing on crossword puzzles and another with an excerpt from Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad.
“As an organization we do so many amazing things digitally with things like 360 video and VR and interactives and animation. The idea with this was to do something for print that felt equally special,” Caitlin Roper, special projects editor at the Times, told Nieman Lab. trial and digital printing as well as the group-wide service initiative launched at the beginning of 2016 are increasingly paying off. We were able to widen the share of service business in group revenue from 24% in the previous year to 26% in the first quarter of 2017,” said CFO Mathias Dahn in a news release. “We also made good headway in the packaging markets. Our youngest subsidiary, KBA-Iberica Die Cutters, which specializes in flatbed die-cutters, posted growth in order intake, revenue and EBIT,” said CEO Claus Bolza-Schunemann.
In the sheetfed segment, at €150m ($164 million), revenue fell 3 percent short of the previous year’s figure of €154.6m ($169 million).
Barring any major disruption to international business, “the management board expects group revenue to grow more dynamically over the further course of the year, leaving a positive effect on earnings,” the release said.
Paddock buys Illinois papers
Illinois-based Paddock Publications has purchased three newspapers in southern Illinois, the company announced. www.dailyherald.com/article/20161217/business/161219059 The Arlington Heights-based media company bought the Carbondale Times, Weekend Times and Nightlife, weekly newspapers with a combined distribution of 20,000. The deal brings Paddock’s total publications in the region to 15, and includes Thomas Publishing's commercial printing and niche publication business.
The Carbondale-based newspapers “broaden our reach in the region,” said Daily Herald Publisher and CEO Douglas K. Ray, as Carbondale is the biggest community in southern Illinois and home of Southern Illinois University. Paddock’s Daily Herald is the third-largest paper in Illinois.
“This acquisition is in keeping with Paddock's strategy for growth, which includes the purchase of select community newspapers and niche products where Paddock's brand of community journalism and marketing innovation provide additive revenues and profitability,” Ray said in a story in the Daily Herald. “It also includes growing niches like commercial printing, digital sales, strategic marketing and Town Square Publications.”
PressReader, Bell Mobility partner
Vancouver-based PressReader announced that it is partnering with Bell Mobility to bring more than 6,000 newspapers and magazines to Bell customers across Canada.
For $10 (Canadian dollars) a month, customers of wireless provider Bell Mobility can add PressReader access to their monthly mobile account.
“With PressReader now on Canada’s fastest and largest mobile network, Bell Mobility customers can access an unmatched range of
leading newspaper publications from Canada, the U.S.A. and around the world on their mobile devices,” said Nauby Jacob, vice president, Products and Services for Bell Mobility.
PressReader has partnerships with publishers including the National Post, Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Le Devoir, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Forbes, Hockey News, and Elle, helping them connect to new audiences. PressReader also has rights to distribute news content from mainland China.
Swirl, AccuWeather combine weather, in-store marketing
Platform provider Swirl Networks and AccuWeather have announced a partnership that brings real-time weather targeting to indoor mobile location marketing. Retail marketers using the Swirl platform can now use AccuWeather’s data to customize in-store experiences based on a shopper's local weather conditions and precise in-store location.
For example, on days when, a pharmacy can alert in-store shoppers that allergen counts are forecast to rise and provide offers on allergy relief products to shoppers in the medicine aisle. With the Swirl platform, marketers can preconfigure campaign content based on any combination of in-store location and weather conditions, as well as shopper behaviors including aisle dwell time and frequency of store visits.
“In partnership with Swirl, AccuWeather has combined outdoor weather conditions and indoor location into a powerful new contextual layer for marketers. This new capability is poised to take right time and place marketing to the next level,” said David Mitchell, vice president of Digital Media, Emerging Platforms at AccuWeather, in a news release.
Swirl is based in Boston and AccuWeather is headquartered in State College, Pennsylvania.
Local advertising in California forecast at $18.5 billion
Local advertising across 12 California markets will reach $18.5 billion in 2017, according to a forecast from research and consulting firm BIA/Kelsey. The key vertical markets of retail, automotive and general services (which includes services such as legal work) will together spend nearly $8 billion divided between traditional media and online/digital, with mobile advertising seeing the most growth. The fastest-growing vertical ad category in California is real estate, projected to grow by 29 percent through 2021.
“Our California forecast reveals that advertisers still heavily trend to traditional advertising choices like direct mail and TV, however future growth favors digital advertising options,” said Mark Fratrik, chief economist at BIA/Kelsey.
Of the 12 media tracked in the firm's forecast, the top five choices for vertical expenditures in California for 2017 include direct mail ($4.60 billion), TV over-the-air ($2.68 billion), online ($2.30 billion), mobile ($1.99 billion) and radio over-the-air ($1.58 billion).
Over the next five years, BIA/Kelsey projects local real estate digital and traditional ad spending growth in California to primarily grow through the following channels: online ($197 million), mobile ($155.6 million), TV over-the-air ($43.9 million), out of home ($42 million), and newspaper print ($36.2 million).
Moody's withdraws ratings of Black Press
Last week Moody's Investors Service withdrew the ratings of Black Press Ltd. and its subsidiaries, Sound Publishing Holdings Inc. and Black Press Group Ltd., including the B3 corporate family rating, B3-PD probability of default rating, and B1 ratings on the first lien term loans.
Moody's has withdrawn the ratings for its own business reasons, according to a statement from Moody’s. Information on Moody's Investors Service's Policy for Withdrawal of Credit Ratings is available at www.moodys.com
Headquartered in Surrey, British Columbia, the privately held Black Press publishes more than 170 titles in Canada and the U.S., including the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Akron (Ohio) Beacon-Journal and San Francisco Examiner daily newspapers. Black Press also operates Sound Publishing, with 49 titles in Washington’s Puget Sound region. The company is majority owned by David H. Black of Victoria, B.C..
Denver Post moving news, ad staff out of downtown
The Denver Post is moving its news and advertising staff out of downtown Denver to Adams County, where the paper’s printing facility is, Westword reported.
The facility is at the intersection of 58th Avenue and Washington Street.
Publisher Mac Tully confirmed the news in a statement. The paper plans to maintain an office space downtown.
This move and the closure of The Rocky Mountain News in 2009 leave no major daily paper in the city of Denver. The Post’s editorial staff has gone from around 300 to around 2100 in recent years, Westwood reports.
Digital First Media owns The Post.
The subject of the move came up in hearings in a lawsuit The Post has filed against three former employees, involving advertising trade secrets.