Editor & Publisher
Column Software, PBC
Public notices have been center stage in many states lately, so it didn’t surprise E&P that a partner like Column Software, PBC (Column) would receive several nominations. The company provides publishers with a public notice software platform to streamline operations and deliver a modern customer experience to local governments, legal services and businesses required to place public notices. From scheduling to proofing to pricing to affidavits, Column is an extra pair of hands for automating the timeconsuming parts of a newspaper
staff’s workflow. And who doesn’t need an extra pair of hands?
Column also provides an elegant billing and invoicing system for publishers and their clients. They even cover credit card fees for online transactions — putting money back in the publication’s pocket, notice-bynotice. Column empowers publishers and their clients with custom-branded self-service order entry tools and sends them automated updates of proofs, invoices and affidavits.
Columns’ customers gave them ringing endorsements for customer service, innovation and dedication. Kevin Zepezauer, president and publisher of Restoration News Media, said, “Column’s responsiveness to our questions or concerns have made for a smooth and successful transition process for us and our clients. We have also really valued their innovative approach. They bring such creativity and energy to every new idea or product enhancement.”
Marco Coppolla, legals clerk at The Daily Territorial in Tucson, Arizona, stated, “Column has revolutionized the process of publishing legal notices for my newspaper. They’ve created a userfriendly platform that has empowered my clients to submit legal notices, view and pay invoices and obtain affidavits all online.”
“Column is also a dedicated group of problem solvers,” said Carla Asmundson, the advertising sales manager for the Southern California News Group. “We have thrown plenty of challenges their way, and they routinely work hard to deliver a creative solution or new approach. The Column team is a group of innovators that really believe in helping publishers and our communities improve the public notice process.”
Jake Seaton, founder and CEO of Column, said, “We are so proud to serve an incredible network of publishing partners across the country. From small family-owned operations to major enterprise media companies, Column’s tools have been built directly from publisher feedback and have scaled to new capabilities from publisher enthusiasm and ideas. We are deeply collaborative partners that believe in building technology that makes the lives of a newspaper staff better.”