“Detectives are trying to put together all the pieces of this complicated incident,” said BSO spokesperson Gina Carter.Some residents grabbed their phones and shot video as police officers taped off the area. “Pretty scary stuff,” said neighbor Joe Anastisio. “I mean, this is actually a beautiful neighborhood. You would never expect anything like this.”No charges have since been filed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida homeowner turned the tables on a crook who tried to break in when, he said, he ended the altercation with gunfire.According to Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies, they arrived to the house, Monday evening, and found 25-year-old Josue Louissaint’s body on the ground with a gunshot wound.Deputies were dispatched to the scene, along Northeast Sixth Street and 41st Way, in Deerfield Beach, at around 6:30 p.m. “It was in the park. We were playing ball and heard shots,” said one neighbor.Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue also responded and tried to administer aid to the intruder. However, he died at the scene.Officials said the person who pulled the trigger was 21-year-old Danny Vu. He claims that Louissaint was attempting to break into the house.Vu’s father, Don, said more than one person was trying to break into his house. “There were three guys with a gun,” said Vu. “They broke the back door. My son saw it and he kicked the door. The guy dropped the gun. My son picked up the gun and shot him.”Another neighbor said she witnessed the heavy police presence. “I heard the police sirens and I immediately looked out my bathroom window,” said the neighbor. “Then, I saw about 20 cop cars.”
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida International University welcomed back a former dean who spoke at its law school commencement, Friday.Alexander Acosta, a former dean of the school’s College of Law, returned to the school Friday morning to address the 2017 graduating law class.The ceremony took place at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center in West Miami-Dade.Acosta is recognized for dramatically raising FIU’s national profile.Before coming to FIU, Acosta served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Students learned an important lesson in gun safety from Miami-Dade Schools’ top cop.Miami-Dade’s Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett held a gun awareness event at Orchard Villa Elementary School in Miami, Thursday.Students received certificates after learning about the dangers of firearms and the importance of letting adults know if they see one. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Proud of our young @VillaOrchard Bulls who have pledged to always remember that #SafetyMattersMDCPS. @MDSPD pic.twitter.com/n2QwBUQa2t— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) September 28, 2017Organizers said these are lessons that can save lives. “They’re not toys; they’re weapons,” said Miami-Dade School Board member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall. “They can hurt, they can harm, they can kill, so we want to put them on the right track to know guns are dangerous.”Thursday’s event was the start of a gun safety campaign that will visit a number of Miami-Dade elementary schools this year.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who, they said, robbed a bank in Hollywood.The FBI released surveillance images of the subject in the robbery, which took place at the Wells Fargo branch on Taft Street and North 66th Avenue, Saturday, at around 10 a.m.Agents said the robber implied he had a weapon and demanded money from a teller. There were customers inside the bank at the time, but no one was hurt.The subject fled the scene in an older model white van with an undisclosed sum of cash.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video recorded a man as he raided a Northeast Miami-Dade GameStop.The video, which was released on Tuesday, showed the man as he grabbed several consoles and video games from the shelves of the store located along Northeast 14th Avenue and 163rd Street on Oct. 13.According to Miami-Dade Police, it all started with the subject trying to purchase two game consoles. He tried to use a credit card, but when the transaction did not go through, he began to yell profanities and confronted the employee behind the counter.The subject, officials said, implied that he was armed, scaring the employee.He fled the store with three game consoles, several video games and other items. It was all worth about $800.The employee was not hurt in this case.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
7 SkyForce HD flew over the scene as one student could be seen being taken into custody.There were no injuries reported from the disturbance.Once the situation was under control, classes resumed as normal.The cause of the disturbance is under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have responded to a disturbance involving two students at Miami Edison Senior High School in Miami.City of Miami Police requested additional agencies as backup to the campus near Northwest 62nd Street and Sixth Avenue, Friday morning.Miami-Dade Police and Miami-Dade Schools Police officers responded to the school.A cellphone video was posted to social media and showed a commotion among a large group of students.Parents and students could be seen outside of the school just before noon.Maria Carrasquillo received a call from her grandson after the commotion started.“He was telling me there was something going on here with the police, and I said, ‘Well, let me go see what happened because I never see him calling me like that,’” Carrasquillo said.
In 2016, O’Neal was deputized by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.O’Neal has also served as a reserve officer for several other police departments, including Doral Police, Miami Beach Police and Golden Beach Police.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Basketball legend @SHAQ goes by many nicknames, and now added to that list is Deputy Shaq. The big man now works as an auxillary deputy with the #BSO. Sheriff Tony sat down with Shaq and the two talked about the different ways law enforcement works to keep communities safe. pic.twitter.com/H8j2lwUm0B— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) March 15, 2019He met and took pictures with other deputies and sat down with BSO Sheriff Gregory Tony to discuss the different ways law enforcement works to keep communities safe.O’Neal retired from the NBA in 2011. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has deputized Shaquille O’Neal.The law enforcement agency took to Twitter Friday morning to announce the newest member of their team.The 47-year-old former NBA star now works as an auxiliary deputy for BSO.
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A victim has died after a car rolled over in Davie, causing several road closures.Davie Police were dispatched to the scene of the Interstate 595 off-ramp to State Road 84, at around 3:40 a.m., Wednesday.Police said a car hit a guardrail and somersaulted onto the grass, ejecting the two people inside.One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene.Fire rescue crews transported the other victim to a nearby hospital for surgery.Police shut down State Road 84 in both directions and could be seen redirecting traffic as they investigated the crash.Investigators said they are working to identify the victims. The roadways were reopened just after 10:15 a.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
In addition, an unnamed lake restricted by Bear Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward continues to release water. Water levels in Bear Glacier Lagoon are high and expected to remain high through Sunday morning. Iceberg production and movement is also expected. The strongest winds are expected to be in Turnagain Arm and along the Copper River with gusts of 50 mph or greater likely in these areas. However, gusty winds around 40 mph are also possible in parts of the Anchorage area and near the Knik River Valley. According to the advisory, areas of strong winds and heavy rain will move through Southcentral Alaska Sunday through Monday as the remnants of former-typhoon Shanshan move into the region. A gale warning for lower Cook Inlet described conditions reaching 35-knot winds and 11-foot seas Sunday afternoon and evening. The system will impact Kodiak Island early Sunday morning first and move up Cook Inlet and into the inland areas by Sunday afternoon. The Cook Inlet and Susitna Valley areas will likely see both rain and gusty winds Sunday afternoon into early Monday morning as the pattern is favorable for both to occur simultaneously. The rain will also bring rises to the rivers and streams across the region. The area of greatest concern is in the Susitna Valley with the streams coming out of the Talkeetna Mountains such as Willow Creek and Montana Creek. These area streams will likely approach bankfull conditions by Sunday night and continue into Monday or Tuesday. Persons traveling or recreating in the area are urged to remain alert for rising water levels, potential flooding, and iceberg movement over the next few days. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for heavy rain and strong winds for Southcentral, starting today into Monday.
Among the cuts proposed to the borough is a shift tax revenue from oil and gas properties from municipalities to the state. This would equate to a roughly $15 million reduction in borough revenue. Another proposal would end commercial fish tax revenue that is shared among fishing communities, such as the cities within the borough. The Kenai Peninsula also faces major closures of the sentenced facilities at Wildwood Correctional Complex. According to budget documents, the move would eliminate 46 local jobs. The proposed budget is still making its way through the Legislature. Pierce: “Make your voice heard. Contact your legislative representatives and encourage them to get on with business. They need to do some things down there in Juneau, and we were hoping that they would have a timely session so that we could do our business and plan our budget. We don’t think that’s going to happen, obviously they will have an extended session and it will make it more difficult for us to put our plan together.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享During a Facebook Live event Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce spoke about the proposed cuts the borough faces in the FY20 budget put forward by Governor Mike Dunleavy. Pierce: “The budget is a big concern. On February 13, Governor Dunleavy presented a budget to the House, Senate, and Alaskans. Talk about shock and awe, I think it was a lot of shock and awe for some. Some would say that it was long overdue, I’m one that says it was long overdue, I think that we have been irresponsible with our spending and planning for many years. I think that you could have anticipated these types of things happening.”
The next step in the KFC competition takes place on April 18 were the 12 finalists will give the oral presentations of their submissions, and the names of the finalists will be released at that time. The event will be livestreamed on http://caringforthekenai.com/ The Top 12 were selected on March 6. Among the finalists were students from schools across the Borough, including: Cook Inlet Academy, Kenai Central High, Homer High, Ninilchik School, Seward High, Soldotna Prep, and one home schooled student. The finalists will be competing for over $8,000 in cash prizes for themselves plus $20,000 in cash awards for their high school classrooms. Close to 400 entries were received this year answering the question “What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to help improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On Thursday, April 18, the final twelve Kenai Peninsula Borough High School students who entered this year’s Caring for the Kenai (CFK) competition will take the stage at the KCHS Little Theatre to compete for the top spot.
Fader, the New York-based independent music magazine that made headlines a couple of years ago for being the first magazine to be offered as a digital download on Apple’s iTunes, has launched F2, a new digital-only quarterly.The magazine, sponsored by Timberland, is available as a free download on iTunes and at thefader.com.Each issue of F2 will focus on one musical genre and five of the “emerging artists who serve as the genre’s modern day emissaries.” The first is titled “The New Disco.”
Bring your own device (BYOD) is one of those big changes currently sweeping through the tech sector. Instead of the new employee being handed an aging laptop much abused by the three previous employees, the newbie is being told to use whatever device they want and the IT staff will do the work of connecting the BYOD to the corporate network. Would that it be that easy, but the idea is powerful: the newbie gets to use his or her favorite device, the company doesn’t have to keep shuffling around dinosaurs and that agonizingly embarrassing moment when you have to present your media company’s hot new cutting edge capabilities on a laptop from the past decade is avoided. But for b-to-b firms, as well as just about all media companies, the question is what will be the preferred media being displayed on all those BYOD devices? In other words, is BYOD just the first step in BYOM, as in bring your own media? The question is not insignificant as b-to-b media has just recently found its footing in the mixed format worlds of Web, video and digital presentations and is now juggling tablet expectations, smartphone proliferation and a generation reared on social networks. I’m going to argue that BYOD will indeed lead to BYOM and end up with another BYO: Build Your Own Community, which represents a great opportunity for b-to-b publishers. But first, take a look at the present state of epublishers. The first e-books from the likes of Amazon and Apple were simply more efficient ways to shuttle the words from the author to the reader. Although bookstores, printers and author’s agents suffered mightily in that shuttle, the ability to get the book to the reader in digital format was just one more example of that digital intermediation we have been hearing about since Esther Dyson outlined what was in store for the music industry in 1994.However, now simply e-publishing that printed book in digital format is passe. As a WIRED article recently pointed out, publishers are now racing to make their ebooks more immersive.” Immersive in the sense of providing multimedia, video, associated interviews and just about any other information relevant to the book and sticky to a reader that wants to really understand the full spectrum of the author’s intention. The publishers that are successful in creating that immersive experience will develop a reader community loyal to the publisher and looking for more from that publisher and author. The current b-to-b segment, particularly in the tech area, is undergoing great change as trends such as BYOB are being bolstered by other big developments such as cloud computing, big data analytics and mobile deployment. Smart publishers — and I definitely put ourselves at UBM TechWeb and InformationWeek in that category — are doing very well with readers and sponsors by developing robust communities around those topics. The next step is to develop ebook-like immersive platforms that allow community participants to drill deeper into their preferred topics in the format they prefer — in essence being key players in building their own community. And of course that ability to show community engagement along with enhanced multimedia formats also presents a new and exciting range of sponsorship revenue opportunities. Will BYOD lead to build your own communities? I think so and I’d be happy to hear from you on the topic, just remember to BYOB.Eric Lundquist, vice-president and editorial analyst for UBM TechWeb, provides analysis and commentary on the hottest topics in enterprise technology including cloud computing, mobility, social networks for the enterprise and corporate and personal hardware and software trends. He writes regular commentary and analysis articles and videos on current technology trends as well as conducting interviews with senior industry and customer executives. He is especially involved in the Global CIO content.
Maintaining vitality—through design, editorial and sales—is no easy task for any magazine, especially as they age through the fads and cultural shifts of each decade. And if a title has dug into a particular niche, it’s that much more difficult, as those shifts become more pronounced and editors have to find new ways of covering what seem like the same topics year after year.Rodale’s Men’s Health is celebrating its 25th anniversary with its November issue. Editor-in-chief Bill Phillips and publisher Ronan Gardiner note the magazine started as a long-shot, with men—and brands—at the time seemingly disinclined to be interested in a health and lifestyle magazine. Twenty-five years later, the magazine is boasting one of its best sales years: Up 25 percent in pages over 2012, up 20 percent in digital advertising revenues, 11 million monthly uniques and a burgeoning event franchise anchored by its new Urbanathlon endurance race, which is attracting upwards of 8,000 participants in multiple cities.Indeed, for 2013 ad pages will be at their highest since 2007, still falling short of that year’s 1,176 pages, but the trends are headed in the right direction.Here, Phillips and Gardiner speak with FOLIO: about what it takes to keep a brand vital in the midst of a changing marketplace as well as managing a multiplatform model that still keeps print at the core of the operation. FOLIO: It’s been said that the brand’s basic formula hasn’t changed over the last 25 years, but the industry certainly has. Can you talk a little bit about what you’re doing with Men’s Health in a contemporary sense that translates that formula into new opportunities?Bill Phillips: The basic mission of the magazine, which is to empower guys to live happier, healthier, fitter lives, hasn’t changed—but guys have changed. If you look back at the history of Men’s Health, our food coverage used to be ‘a man, a can, a plan.’ Now our guys want to know what the professional chefs are doing.We were looking through some back issues and for any sort of parenting story, there’d be a guy holding a baby and he’d look confused and his hair would be a mess and he’d be sweating. That’s not how guys are anymore. They’re very confident and engaged. They want to be the best parents they can be.They’ve evolved and the magazine has evolved with them.FOLIO: Ronan, how does that translate into opportunities on your side of the operation? Ronan Gardiner: First, people are more focused and committed to their health and wellness today than they ever have been, it’s a huge priority. Advertisers want to be a part of that. They want to incorporate their messaging into that conversation. As a result, I don’t think the Men’s Health brand has ever been more relevant than it is right now. That goes in some way towards explaining why we’re having our best advertising year in print since 2007—and digitally in the history of the brand.So I’d like to think that Bill and his team are not only leading the conversation, they’re also responding to it. And advertisers want to be a part of that.FOLIO: As with the food and parenting categories, as the brand evolves into those new categories of content, does that open up new opportunities for the ad side?Gardiner: It does, absolutely. We have seen a huge increase in our food advertising [The food category is up 62 percent in November, says the company. —Ed.]. And five years ago, I remember sitting in front of the Krafts and the Unilevers and the General Mills of this world and the target at that time was exclusively female. It was women, moms and kids. Little kids were given more credit for food purchases and choice than men were. Today, I think food marketers are waking up to the growing influence of men. Increasingly that is creating opportunities for Men’s Health.Grooming is our second-biggest advertising category, and fashion is our number-one category [Up 65 percent and 72 percent, respectively]. For probably the first 15 of our 25 years automotive dominated the top advertising category. Now it’s fashion, grooming and food—so the ad mix has changed dramatically as well. FOLIO: Does brand legacy still matter in today’s market, especially in your category? Is that a big part of your story, or do you tend to focus on your audience reach and segments? I’m wondering if buyers put platform and audience ahead of longevity.Phillips: There are a couple different answers to that. It matters to readers because they know we’re a brand they can trust. We live in a day and age where Facebook friends are a source for some people. More and more as people are confronted with choices to make on how to improve their lives I think they’re going to gravitate toward the really strong, authoritative brands. And we have that history.When people touch the brand, they’re hooked because they see improvement in their own lives almost immediately. So yes, it absolutely matters.FOLIO: You obviously don’t want to get complacent, how are you staying a step ahead and advancing the brand? Where are you focusing your growth priorities?Phillips: We’re doing more technology and travel content. Our food coverage continues to be more sophisticated, as well as fatherhood. We’re even getting into some softer subjects. In our December issue, we have an amazing story about the benefits of gratitude. That’s not a story we might have touched in the past.We’re extending the ‘Men’s Health Everywhere’ strategy I brought to the digital side to print. In the past, we were waiting for people to find our website and then we took it to where the people are—and now we’re extending that concept to print.Wherever our guys are we want to be there, too, with the ability to pick up the print product. That’s going to be our focus—go to our guys—because we know once they open it, they’re hooked.FOLIO: How will that happen in execution? Do you have new distribution plans? Phillips: We’re working on deals to be distributed in gyms. We’re working on hotel deals and some college campus deals. So there’s a lot we’re hoping to nail down in the near future.One of the benefits of having that network in place will be our ability to have events at each of these [gym] facilities, that’s part of the strategy as well.FOLIO: So print is still a major focus for the brand, in terms of growing its audience?Phillips: If anything, all the digital stuff creates a new business for us. We can maintain the experience for the print folks who just love the print magazine. We still have our 12 million readers on the print magazine, now we have 11 million on the website, 2 million on social and 115,000 subscribers on the digital edition, it’s all just creating a bigger business for us.FOLIO: Ronan, how are you leveraging that multiplatform approach?Gardiner: Obviously, one of the challenges that we’re facing from advertisers is they want to touch our readers wherever they are, wherever they’re engaging with the brand. And the fact that we are so strong across every platform—the magazine, website, social, apps, books and events—wherever we engage with our consumers our advertisers are there with us. And they’re challenging us to come up with more and more unique ways to deliver their message to our readers.It presents us with a host of new opportunities as the brand continues to grow.FOLIO: Do you ever even sell one platform to a marketer anymore? Or are they now looking for multiple touch-points in one campaign?Gardiner: Our jobs have changed dramatically in a short period of time. It was relatively recently that we were just selling pages in a magazine. Today, I think we’re becoming collaborators with our clients, we’re working together with them on the strategy and communication platform and how to best bring that to life.FOLIO: What’s the revenue split between print and digital?Gardiner: Our digital revenue is now very significant, it’s probably 20 percent of our overall ad revenue mix. Given the fact that we’re a 25-year-old magazine and the website found its feet a lot more recently, we’re very happy with that mix. The goals are very aggressive for the digital portion of our business and with the audience growing so quickly on that platform we expect to be able to deliver on those. FOLIO: Freshness is clearly an important consideration as a brand becomes a certain age, how are you keeping Men’s Health vital in the minds of your target audience—from both an edit and sales perspective?Phillips: One of my goals coming in was to bring more surprise to the magazine. To me, it felt like we had a formula and we weren’t necessarily taking risks or investing in the big story or surprising idea. That was a big priority for me. So we rebranded our signature front-of-book section, we added new franchises in it. We completed a new redesign. And we’re engaging on social a lot more, always soliciting ideas, and even content, from Facebook and Twitter that go in the magazine. You might see it as a small thing, but I though it was an important one, for the first time we acknowledged Gay Pride week and month. There was an outpouring of thankfulness for that—finally, Men’s Health acknowledged that part of its readership might be gay.Gardiner: The answer is two-fold. Bill and his team are in tune with what our readers want. The second part is the societal shift towards health and wellness and all the things we talked about for 25 years, but are perhaps more important to more people today than they ever have been.Over the last three years, we’ve seen an increase in our millennial audience. We’re actually getting younger in print. On our last MRI statement, we were younger, bigger and more affluent.FOLIO: When you took the top editor spot, Bill, you noted that the website was run as its own business, with the majority of the content being original. Is that still the case? Operationally, has anything changed since you took over? Phillips: Nothing’s really changed, the org structure is still in place, it still works. Because it’s such a good year digitally, we’re frequently collaborating with Ronan’s team with projects that very rarely end up in the print magazine.FOLIO: Can you provide an example?Gardiner: There’s been a lot. On the advertising side, we’re very respectful of the editorial integrity of the brand. Ultimately, that is why people come to the brand. But on the editorial side, they’re more astute and in tune with what the business community is looking for than perhaps ever before. And what that means is we’re able to go to market with opportunities that make total sense for our readers, but also make sense for our advertisers. FOLIO: Have the tablet editions reached a scale where there’s serious interest from brands to advertise? Gardiner: They have. We’re at 115,000 paid subscribers now on the tablet. Those are not authenticated readers, they’re paid subscribers. And I think that is now starting to become a compelling number for our advertisers. We’ve done some interesting tablet executions with BMW, REI, P&G and Armani Exchange.
ALM Media is up for sale and could go for more than $500 million, according to a report from Reuters.The b-to-b media company serving the legal and real estate industries is owned by private equity firm, Apax Partners. The bidding process will begin this week.ALM declined to comment. With a new community-focused CMS licensed from Forbes and a host of redesigned websites, the company has been investing heavily in technology recently. Staff cuts have come along with the changes though—ALM eliminated 35 positions in editorial and production last summer.ALM currently generates about $55 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and is seeking a purchase price of about 10-times that, the Reuters report notes. Average prices for similar properties have been between 8 and 10 times EBITDA recently, according to investment advisory firm, Berkery Noyes.Bloomberg, Reed Elsevier and Thomson Reuters have each bolstered their legal news and analysis portfolios with acquisitions in the recent past, but Reed Phillips, CEO and managing partner of media M&A advisor, desilva+phillips, believes ALM is a different entity.”I don’t think the strategic [buyers] in the legal space will be interested,” he says. “ALM is more a media company than an information services business so the fit is not good. But within media, ALM is the clear market leader in publications, events [and] marketing services.””It most likely will be sold to a private equity sponsor,” Phillips adds.Apax-owned Incisive Media bought ALM (then American Lawyer Media) for $630 million in 2007. Apex then separated the two properties in 2009, establishing ALM as its own independent company.
It’s Christmas come early for digital platforms. “These numbers demonstrate that digital is a critical part of the marketing mix,” said David Silverman, a partner at PwC US. “Brands understand that interactive provides the type of rich, immersive experiences that attract today’s audiences, no matter the environment or time of day.” “These landmark figures confirm marketers’ confidence in using digital to reach consumers,” said IAB president Randall Rothenberg in an official statement. As consumers flock to digital platforms, advertisers appear to be following suit. Q3’s record-breaking $15 billion represents a five percent uptick from the second quarter of this year, when revenues were $14.3 billion. Even as consumers grow more creative in their attempts at attaining ad-free experiences, quarterly revenues have continued to rise sharply since early 2009, when they dipped below $6 billion after a period of steady growth dating back to 2002. Since then, revenues have risen sharply year-over-year, with no discerinble plateau in sight. Despite challenges such as ad-blocking and viewability, advertising revenues in the U.S. reached an all time high in the third quarter of 2015, soaring to $15 billion and outpacing last year’s third quarter figures by 23 percent, according to the latest figures released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and auditing firm PwC US. In November, Connectiv reported that, in the second quarter of 2015, digital revenues in B2B media eclipsed print revenues for the first time ever. After a seasonally-typical dip in early 2015—first-quarter revenues generally recede slightly following the fourth quarter and the preceding year’s holiday season—revenues have now bounced back for consecutive record-breaking quarters. Sponsored by IAB, the Internet Advertising Revenue Report is conducted independently by PwC’s New Media Group, with data collected directly from companies selling advertising on the web. Data includes not just online advertising revenues, but also online services and free e-mail providers.
It’s the latest in a string of conference-focused acquisitions for Emerald, which purchased a pair of expos in the automotive retail and pavement industries just last month. Since acquiring two competitors, Sunbelt Fulfillment Services and Hallmark Data Systems, earlier this year, Omeda has undergone a pivot from the traditional fulfillment services it has provided the industry for decades to a wider range of technology solutions for publishers, which increasingly call for data management and analytics. As revenues continue to shift from print to digital — and audience data emerges as a powerful vehicle for growth — industry suppliers, like the clients they serve, have been forced to adapt. Like in those acquisitions, Emerald here repeats its strategy of targeting established, market-leading events, regardless of the industry they serve, and generally maintaining the teams that manage them. About one-sixth of Emerald-produced conferences have a branded media product attached to them, like RFID Journal. Included in the deal is RFID Journal Live, an annual three-day conference and trade show drawing 3,000 professionals from the aforementioned sectors, according to the company. Omeda and Lytics Announce Partnership Omeda, Inc. and Lytics announced this week a partnership aimed at combining Omeda’s data management platform with Lytics’ advanced analytics services to create an “end-to-end” solution merging audience demographic and behavioral data. Two industry data and marketing services providers have announced they’re teaming up to address the changing needs of the publishing industry. Mark Roberti, founder and CEO of RFID Journal LLC, along with “several members” of his team, will join Emerald after the acquisition, according to a statement. Aspects of the partnership, according to the two companies, include customer profiles merging event, fulfillment, and digital data; customer engagement and content affinity scoring; machine-learning based insights; and marketing execution tools. Corporate Solutions, LLC advised RFID Journal in arranging and negotiating the transaction. RFID Journal LLC, a digital publisher serving the radio-frequency identification and internet-of-things industry, has been acquired by Emerald Expositions for an undisclosed sum. Emerald Expositions Acquires RFID Journal
The state of Hawaii will complete a supply chain map for its defense contracting community, under a $763,856 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment.This grant will enable the state to identify the prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to the military, allowing state leaders to better support the defense industry as Pentagon spending faces uncertainty, according to a press release from the office of Gov. David Ige (D). Past analyses of the military’s impact on Hawaii have only been completed at the macro-economic level.“This project will reveal how the defense sector impacts every island and aspect of our economy,” said David Carey, chairman of the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, which is a strategic partner for the grant. The council will work with the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to complete the study.The defense industry is Hawaii’s second largest economic sector. Annual direct defense expenditures in the state have averaged about $8.8 billion, resulting in a total output of $12.2 billion into the economy. The sector supports approximately 100,000 jobs, or 16.5 percent of the state’s total jobs, across all Hawaiian islands. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the prospect of Congress authorizing a round of base closures in the near future considered poor, lawmakers should consider alternate legislation to provide DOD limited flexibility to realign facilities and shutter others short of full BRAC authority, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday. “Most people have surrendered on the idea of getting another BRAC round anytime soon,” Smith said during an event at the Cato Institute. But “the military is particularly hamstrung right now in their ability to move assets,” he said.Smith told the audience he would attempt to include language in the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill providing officials some flexibility to move military assets, reported Inside Defense. “Personally that’s what I’m going to advocate in the NDAA this year is to get some language in there to give people like the [U.S.] Transportation Commander greater flexibility,” Smith said.Smith ascribed the Trump administration’s decision to forego requesting a new BRAC round in its fiscal 2019 budget request to the high political hurdle communities have erected to stave off additional base closures. “Very small groups of interest have developed an enormous amount of power to stop things from happening that they don’t want to happen. So BRAC has become more difficult because communities have organized more strongly to try and prevent it,” Smith said.DOD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton