8/23/13 – .BIZ Summer Friday Highlights: Yahoo’s Mayer Turning into Media Mogul; NASDAQ Shutdown; Microsoft Headed for Dell-style Showdown?; Yahoo Tops Google in July Visitors

 .BIZ Summer Friday, August 23, 2013




How Do I Love September? Let Me Count The Magazines…
Mr. Magazine™ Celebrates September Issues
I love thee to the depths of Elle and breadth and height of InStyle… My soul can reach, when feeling out of Vogue. For the ends of Harper’s Bazaar and ideal Vanity Fair. I love thee to the level of Glamour’s & W’s. Most quiet need, by People StyleWatch and Marie Claire. I love thee freely, as men strive for Details. I love thee purely, as they turn from Cosmopolitan tales. I love thee with a passion GQ.

Don’t Ask, Just Do It: 5 Things To Take To A Job Interview
The Hiring Hub…By Marie Raperto
I’m always asked about what to bring on an interview. It’s a great question to ask, in advance, as you prepare for the interview. Specific interviewers might want to see particular items. When speaking with a recruiter, HR or hiring manager, you should definitely ask if there is anything ‘specific’ they would like you to bring. It’s better to ask upfront then to be caught short-handed. If they don’t have …

How NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg Simplifies Success: Open Doors for Others
By Leslie Grossman, Vice Chair of the IMPACT Leadership 21 Global Advisory Council, Author of the book “LINK OUT”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on LinkedIn. This surprised me. Why is the Mayor of New York City and the 7th wealthiest man in the U.S. on LinkedIn? I had forgotten that before Mike Bloomberg was Mayor of New York City for an …

The Writing’s on the Wall: Considering Calendars as a Business Tool
By Allison Rice, Director of Marketing, Amsterdam Printing
Scientific research indicates that human beings remember things more effectively once they have written them down with an actual writing instrument onto an actual piece of paper. (Remember hearing your smart roommate and your professor urging you take more notes in college?) Sure, we live in a time when a …




Global Leaders Collaborate To Impact Women’s Global Success
For the Global Women’s Leadership And Collaboration Channel
“Whoever sits at the table makes the decisions. Opening up opportunities for women, resolving issues of great concern to us, and creating new ways to do business won’t happen without balanced leadership. ”

PRSA CEO on How the Industry Continues to Evolve
For the Strategic Video Communications Channel
“Great PR practitioners are great writers, they just need to think a little more visually and maybe utilize not only photos, but video. And, at the same time, embrace infographics– make complicated information easier for people to understand.” “I think people spend a lot of time making sure every “I is dotted and T is crossed’, forgetting that this is a very human profession, a very …

eBook: New School Press Release Tactics That Grab Attention & Get Results
By Sarah Skerik, Vice President, Content Marketing, PR Newswire: For the Agile Engagement Channel
According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of recorded human history up to 2003. For communicators, the implication is clear–there’s an infinite amount of …

Critical Minute – A First for Mayor of New York
For the Critical Now Channel
In the past week, Anthony Weiner has been mentioned more than 13,500 times across U.S. TV and Radio. In the same time period, the democratic front runner for the next Mayor of New York, Christine Quinn, was mentioned only 1,000 times.




What Goes on in the Boardroom Doesn’t Always Stay in the Boardroom…
In the Office With Keith Gottfried of Alston & Bird
What goes on in the boardroom doesn’t always stay in the boardroom… In recent weeks, we have had a number of matters relating to corporate governance played out in public and well-dissected by the media. We’ve had a ringside seat for the battle between hedge fund titan and activist Bill Ackman and JC Penney …




Yahoo’s Courting of Couric Casts Mayer as a Media Mogul
Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is taking a personal interest in renewing the company’s media clout. AllThingsD reported Thursday that she is personally ushering through deals with Katie Couric and Conde Nast. According to the report, a Couric deal — which isn’t sealed — would feature exclusive celebrity and business-figure interviews on the Yahoo home page, and meetings with Conde Nast for content linked to fashion magazine Vogue are in very early stages.

A New Strain of Bird Flu Found in China
A new strain of bird flu that can infect and kill animals has been discovered in chickens in poultry markets in China, according to a new study. Having studied samples from birds for the H7N9 virus, researchers at the University of Hong Kong said genetic tests suggested that the virus entered domestic ducks from wild birds and then infected chickens, which are probably the origin of infection in humans, says the study published Wednesday in the journal ‘Nature’, Xinhua reported. The research team also discovered a new virus called H7N7 in chickens. Laboratory tests showed H7N7 was also able to cause severe pneumonia in ferrets…

TWC Offers Customers Free Antennas During Retrans Battle
Media Post
Time Warner Cable (TWC) will offer free antennas starting Friday, allowing customers to receive blacked-out CBS stations over the air. Customers will be able to collect them at local TWC offices. Word came via advertising Thursday, where TWC also told customers it would be offering a free Amazon gift card or movie on demand coupon. Customers will have to install the antennas themselves and have a compatible TV.

Will Customers Freak if Dunkin’ Donuts Ditches Foam Cups?
Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN) sells more than 1.7 billion cups of coffee around the world each year-and many of those are served in a foam cup. That volume of trash would make any environmentalist pop a vein, and the doughnut chain’s disposable cups even became the topic of a Change.org petition that’s drawn nearly 125,000 signatures. Back in 2011 the company said it would consider using different materials, and Dunkin’ has been…

Folgers No. 1 Cup of Joe in America; Coffee Snobs May Cringe
The Los Angeles Times
A coffee connoisseur may look for balanced flavors, acidity and proper brewing technique in their cup of Joe, but America’s palate prefers a more simpler brew: Folgers. J.M. Smucker Co., the maker of Smucker’s jam and Folgers coffee, reported Wednesday that volume of its U.S. retail coffee, which includes Folgers, increased 4% in the three-month quarter that ended July 31.

India’s Richest Man Loses $6b as Rupee Dives
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man, is the biggest loser among the country’s billionaires as the rupee’s slump to record lows erased 24 per cent of his fortune. The chairman of Reliance Industries, operator of the world’s biggest oil refinery complex, has lost $US5.6 billion ($6.2 billion) of his wealth since May 1, as the rupee’s plunge accelerated. The 56-year-old is still left with a net worth of $US17.5 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The Indian rupee is the worst-performing major currency in the world in the past month…

Sky Maul: The Surprising Truth About The American, US Airways Mega Merger
Fast Company
The American Airlines, US Airways merger has been brought back to the front page as the Justice Department recently announced it’s filing a suit to block the merger. This is the fourth instance in the past six years in which two US airlines have planned a merger, and travelers are bracing themselves for a bumpy ride with fare hikes, consolidated loyalty and reward programs, and reservation system changes.

Cable Providers, ISPs Rank Dead Last for Customer Service
Cable TV and Internet providers aren’t scoring well with their customers, at least according to a report out Wednesday from research firm Temkin Group. A poll ranking the customer service of 235 companies across 19 industries found the cable TV industry in last place followed by ISPs in second to last place. (There are a couple of health plans and an airline tucked in the dungeon as well.)




After Nasdaq Shutdown, It’s Time for Electronic Markets to Shape Up or Face Regulators
Not a good week for electronic trading. First, Goldman Sachs (GS) experienced a software glitch in its trading system on Wednesday that accidentally spammed exchanges with false stock options orders and could cost the firm upwards of $100 million. Today, Nasdaq (NDAQ)had to halt trading for three hours in thousands of listed stocks and options, including a bunch of popular tech stocks such as Apple (AAPL), , and Facebook (FB).

Computer Bugs and Squirrels: A History of Nasdaq’s Woes
The New York Times
It was yet another technical difficulty for Nasdaq. On Thursday, when a problem at the Nasdaq stock market halted trading in all Nasdaq-listed stocks, it brought back memories of past problems at the exchange, which trades shares of some of the world’s most prominent technology companies. Squirrels have caused power failures, and computer glitches have led to market interruptions. Last year, the initial public offering of Facebook was plagued by errors at the exchange.

Abercrombie, Teen Brands Lose in Second Quarter; Adios Booty Shorts?!
The Los Angeles Times
Maybe it’s a backlash to booty shorts and over-sexed advertising. Or it’s resentment over the resistance to plus-size products. Possibly it’s due to the economy, which is still squeezing teens and their parents. Whatever the reason, Abercrombie & Fitch seems to have had a cruel, cruel summer. The controversial mall-based chain on Thursday announced dismal earnings for its second quarter…

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Considering A Bid On Li Ka-shing’s ParknShop Supermarket Chain
International Business Times
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is weighing a bid to buy the Hong Kong supermarket chain ParknShop from Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, according to a Wednesday report. Li’s Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HKG:0013) conglomerate is accepting initial bids for the franchise, valued at as much as $4 billion, unnamed sources told Reuters. Japan’s Aeon Co. Ltd. (TYO:8267) and state-owned China Resources Enterprise Limited (HKG:0291) are also among the suitors, Reuters said.

HP, Staples, Dell Signal a Weak Windows 8 PC Market
Staples, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell are not offering a lot of hope for the likelihood of rising sales of traditional PCs running Windows 8. While Dell delivered its bad news for the PC market last week, Hewlett-Packard and Staples are chiming in this week. After HP reported a dip in revenues on Wednesday, its chief executive, Meg Whitman, and chief financial officer, Cathy Lesjak, had practically nothing positive to say about the prospects for PC sales.

Is Microsoft Headed for a Dell-Style Shareholder Showdown?
Giga Om
Nomura Securities analyst Rick Sherlund sure thinks something’s up in Redmond. Thursday morning, he upgraded Microsoft from Hold to Buy based on his belief that ValueAct, which owns a less-than-1-percent position in Microsoft, is likely to spark a shake-up and gain a seat on the Microsoft board. Sherlund, who has followed Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft for years, first at Goldman Sachs and now at Nomura, has had his eye on ValueAct for some time, writing in a report…

Chinese Govt Resolute in Cutting Red Tape
China Daily
The Chinese government on Wednesday vowed to strictly restrain itself from adding new administrative procedures in approving business projects as part of its campaign of cutting red tape to boost the market economy. According to a statement released after a State Council’s executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang, the government will not add new procedures in approving business investment, manufacturing and qualifications. “It will help prevent the hidden reemergence of red tape, reduce business burdens, spur market vitality and promote social equality,” the statement said.

Tesla Weighs Overseas Plants for Mass-Market Electric Vehicle
Automotive News
Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk said the electric-car maker intends to add factories in Europe and Asia, anticipating volume gains from a planned mass-market battery car. The company this year plans to make at least 21,000 of its $70,000 Model S premium sedans at its Fremont, Calif., plant, and double that in 2014. While the factory has capacity to produce as many as 500,000 vehicles a year, the addition of a smaller electric car priced about half that of Model S will require additional plants, Musk said.

New US$500M Private-Equity Fund To Focus On Asian Media
A veteran China media investor is expanding his private-equity footprint with a new US$500 million fund. Bruno Wu’s BT Capital-which he set up last month with former Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Middlehoff-will raise the money to invest in media companies, especially those plotting expansions in Asia, The Wall Street Journal reports. It will invest in small- and mid-sized companies “the need China for the next wave of expansion,” including Internet, digital media and e-commerce operations.




MilkPEP Launches ‘Protein Fight Club’
Media Post
With U.S. milk sales continuing decades of free-fall (per-capita consumption fell 36% between 1970 and 2011), and Americans clamoring for high-protein foods, milk producers are looking to capture some of that protein mojo. A new “Food Fight Club” campaign from the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) and lead agency Deutsch, New York — creators of the iconic Milk Mustache/Got Milk? campaign — uses humorous videos to convey that the 8 ounces of protein in an 8-ounce glass of milk beats popular breakfast choices like orange juice, an omelet, a breakfast burrito or a bagel with cream cheese.

Why the Fart Blaster Is Hollywood’s Hottest Toy of the Summer
Hollywood Reporter
In July, two weeks before Universal Pictures’ Despicable Me 2 opened in U.K. theaters, retailers and Thinkway Toys, the master license holder for the animated movie, pulled their TV and print advertising. The entire line of DM2 toys already had sold out. “Customers were coming in and getting very upset they couldn’t get the Minions,” says Stephanie Sperber…

Connelly Partners, ISM Form Unit Specializing in Travel and Leisure Marketing
The Boston Globe
Boston ad agency Connelly Partners and ISM announced a merger agreement Thursday that creates a new travel and hospitality marketing offering titled ISM/CP Travel & Lifestyle Group. The combination brings total headcount to more than 100 employees, and the coming together means that the firms will now have the size and scale to woo larger clients. The combination will also enable ISM to take advantage of Connelly Partners’ expertise in digital and social media marketing in serving current clients and pitching new ones. Connelly Partners currently has about 70 employees.

Disconnect Between CMOs and CIOs Threatens Marketing Effectiveness of Companies, Accenture Study Fin
Daily Finance
A disconnect between chief marketing officers (CMOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) threatens the ability of companies to deliver effective customer experiences, according to a new study by Accenture (NYS: ACN) . The study, based on a survey of 400 senior marketing and 250 information technology (IT) executives in 10 countries, revealed that only one in 10 of the executives believes collaboration between CMOs and CIOs is currently at the right level. CIOs appear to be more committed to greater collaboration than CMOs, according to the report…

Price Matching ‘R Us? Another Giant Retailer Says It’ll Match Online Prices
Time Magazine
As recently as last fall, 88% of retailer CFOs said they did not view “showrooming”-scoping out merchandise in person before buying it at a cheaper price online-as a threat to their businesses, according to a BDO survey. And yet increasingly, retailers are proudly rolling out price-matching and low-price guarantees, with promises to match the prices on identical items offered by brick-and-mortar and online competitors alike-moves that would seem to only be undertaken if a store viewed showrooming as a very serious threat to sales.




New PR Head at ProPublica; Will It Look at PR?!
Nicole Bronzan of Freedom to Marry, will join ProPublica Sept. 16 as communications director, replacing five-year veteran Mike Webb, who had the title of VP/communications. ProPublica, a group of 40 investigative journalists supported by $10.9 million in income last year and which sports some of the world’s highest-paid journalists (eight staffers made more than $200K in 2012), has yet to look into PR although we hope it will.

An Agency Takes Its Clients’ Wares on the Road for Show and Tell
The New York Times
A New York public relations agency is putting a spin on a summer promotional staple, the mobile marketing tour, by leaving town to promote client products. Five executives and staff members of the agency, VP&C, left New York early Tuesday in a 2007 Sunseeker motor home, headed for Des Moines, with stops along the way at Fallingwater, the house Frank Lloyd Wright designed in Mill Run, Pa., and Chicago. Mark Veeder, chief executive and executive creative director of VP&C, is behind the wheel of the motor home, which has been named the P.R. R.V.




Shutterstock-Facebook Deal Illustrates New Era of Stock Art
There once was a day when stock photos were useful for brochures, magazine ads, and other printed material. A deal between Shutterstock and Facebook announced Thursday shows the new online direction for the industry, though. Under the partnership, businesses will be able to search for Shutterstock graphics through Facebook’s online ad creation tool. Use of an ad means Facebook will pay Shutterstock a royalty, part of which goes to the creator of the photo or illustration, Shutterstock said. Advertisers themselves don’t have to pay anything.

MSNBC Continues Ratings Slide as CNN Surges Over Summer
Strong interest in the George Zimmerman trial and improved performances for shows including “Anderson Cooper 360,” CNN is enjoying a ratings surge this summer – and has virtually caught up with or surpassed MSNBC in key categories. Fox News remains the leader, as it has for years, though it and MSNBC were down vs. last summer. In preliminary Nielsen data for the summer through Sunday, Fox News was averaging 1.85 million viewers in primetime (down 5% from comparable…

Wakshlag Supports Nielsen-Arbitron Merger Thinking Cross-Platform
Media Post
Jack Wakshlag was told he’s on the Mt. Rushmore of media researchers. He laughed heartily. Then, he got down to business. The Chief Research Officer at Turner Broadcasting offered a spirited endorsement Wednesday of Nielsen’s proposed $1.26 billion deal to acquire Arbitron. From his perspective, the media industry needs reliable cross-platform measurement that can serve as a currency — yesterday. And, he believes a marriage will move that along.





Yahoo Tops Google By U.S. Visitors In July
Investors Business Daily
Yahoo (YHOO) had more unique visitors in the U.S. last month than any other Web company, including longtime No. 1 Google (GOOG), a coup for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as she seeks to boost traffic and ad sales at the lumbering Web portal. The more visitors the more ad clicks and ad sales, is the theory and, generally, the reality. Google, of course, remains far more profitable, with far faster revenue growth, than Yahoo. But this is the first time since May 2011 that Yahoo Web properties have topped Google’s in U.S. unique visitors.

Facebook Aims To Be A News Source By Now Letting Everyone Embed Public Posts
With hashtags, trending topics, verified profiles, and now the ability for anyone to embed public posts on external websites, Facebook is making a big push to become a primary source of real-time news, both for journalists and readers. It opened post embeds to a few partners last month. Now anyone can grab embed codes from public posts, and Facebook’s added in-line video playback, and better mobile display.

Custom-Engineered Bicycle Hits 80 Miles per Hour
London-based framebuilder Tom Donhou has managed 80 mph on a hand-made bicycle on the open road – though indoor tests ultimately revealed his bike was capable of reaching 102 mph. Donhou’s bike is a custom-engineered contraption that he assembled with the help of a few friends, all for the purpose of showcasing the value of backyard engineering. And, of course, for making a bike go really fast. By comparison, the average person on a normal bike would probably have to push it to reach speeds around 25 mph.

Delta Welcomes Aboard 19,000 Nokia 820 Devices
PC Magazine
The Windows Phone 8 operating system will be racking up some frequent flier miles thanks to a new partnership between Delta Air Lines and Nokia. Delta will equip more than 19,000 flight attendants with the new Lumia 820 handsets, which will let Delta employees offer near-real-time credit card processing and e-receipts that can be emailed to fliers. Soon, they will also have the ability to read coupons displayed on a mobile device.





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