Hanley Wood has purchased senior facilities management executive trade event the TFM Show from Tinton Falls, New Jersey-based Group C Communications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“This is a milestone for our company which will accelerate growth,” Group C Communications co-president Ted Coene tells FOLIO:. “The sale of the TFM Show allows the company to expand its portfolio of hosted buyer events, print, and online media and broadens our opportunity to generate new revenue sources and profit centers.”Group C Communications is a b-to-b media company that produces events and publishes magazines including Business Facilities and Today’s Facilities Manager magazines. According to Coene, the sale allows Group C to focus on its launch of an online Web TV channel and its planned launch a real estate magazine this fall. Housing and construction publisher Hanley Wood has a portfolio of b-to-b and consumer magazines including Architect, Luxury Home Design and its flagship Builder magazine. Investment bank Berkery Noyes represented Group C Communications in the deal.
Facebook MTV Will Bring Back “TRL” total-request-live-mtv-reboots-classic Email Twitter “Total Request Live”: MTV Reboots A Classic News MTV turnaround slates classic “TRL” to return in October with multiple co-hostsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 31, 2017 – 1:53 pm GRAMMY.com”TRL,” aka “Total Request Live,” was cancelled in 2008 but MTV recently told The New York Times that the fan-favorite show will return this October.The original show featured a countdown of popular music videos while a live studio audience looked on in hopes of a celebrity guest dropping by, all hosted by personality Carson Daly. The show was pivotal in launching the careers of teen pop sensations in the late ’90s and early ’00s, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson, while N’Sync and Backstreet Boys reached their commercial height after appearing on the hit series.The new version of “TRL” will initially air for a one-hour timeslot, with the option to expand to two or three hours in the future. It will be helmed by five co-hosts, including comedian/rapper DC Young Fly and radio personality Erik Zachary.”TRL” caters to MTV’s core audience of 18- to 34-year-olds, the voices of whom MTV President Chris McCarthy wants to highlight as MTV works to reinvent itself and get back to its roots.”MTV at its best — whether it’s news, whether it’s a show, whether it’s a docu-series — is about amplifying young people’s voices,” McCarthy said. “We put young people on the screen, and we let the world hear their voices.”Bringing back “TRL” is just one way McCarthy plans to do this. “When you talk to artists and they say to you, unaware of what we’re doing, can you bring back ‘TRL’? We’d be crazy not to reinvent that.”So what’s next, by request?A new iconic studio to house “TRL” is under construction, and McCarthy’s plans to feature “young people’s voices” in his new slate of programming show promise across the network’s schedule.Get ready for New York with the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in two separate orders, fined 11 cement-manufacturing companies and the Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) a total of more than Rs. 6,700 crore on charges that they had resorted to cartelisation.The order is expected to bring some cheer to the builder community, but the stocks of the companies that have been fined are bound to go down when the markets open for trading on Thursday. The order is also expected to impact prices of new homes, should the cement companies keep cement prices competitive and construction firms pass on the benefits of these lower cement prices to their buyers.The CCI, in a statement, said on Wednesday that according to one of its orders the following 10 companies have been fined around Rs. 6,300 crore for cartelisation: ACC was fined Rs. 1,147.59 crore, ACL Rs. 1,163.91 crore, Binani Rs. 167.32 crore, Century Rs. 274.02 crore, India Cements Rs. 187.48 crore, JK Cements Rs. 128.54 crore, Lafarge Rs. 490.01 crore, Ramco Rs. 258.63 crore, UltraTech Rs. 1,175.49 crore and Jaiprakash Associates Limited Rs. 1,323.60 crore.The statement said the CCI had also fined the CMA Rs. 73 lakh as part of this order. It had also imposed a penalty of Rs. 397.51 crore on Shree Cement Limited as per a separate order.The CCI order comes in light of a complaint filed by the Builders Association of India under Section 19(1)(a) of the Competition Act, 2002. In it, the CCI noted that not only had the CMA and the cement companies violated the act, but also that the companies used the platform that the CMA provided to share details “relating to prices, capacity utilisation, production and dispatch” of cement, thus restricting “production and supplies in the market, contravening the provisions of Section 3(1) read with Section 3(3)(b) of the Act.”The order also said the CCI “found the cement companies to be acting in concert in fixing prices of cement” — the very definition of cartelisation — “in contravention of the provisions of Section 3(1) read with Section 3(3)(a) of the Act.”The competition watchdog has also ordered the CMA and the cement companies to “cease and desist” from taking part in “any activity relating to agreement, understanding or arrangement on prices, production and supply of cement in the market.” It has also asked the CMA to stop collecting wholesale and retail prices through cement companies that are members of it, or from other sources.
Original Joe’s makes friendsNew marketing firepower made the restaurant more popular online:More than 34,000 people viewed the free wings offer on FacebookWebsite traffic rose 7 percent per month after the Wildfire-fueled campaignFeedback on Facebook went up 775 percent during the month of the promotionCurrent number of “likes” on Facebook: 12,478When Original Joe’s first signed on with Wildfire, only about 1,300 customers had “liked” the restaurant on Facebook. Original Joe’s responded by rolling out a coupon promotion offering users who endorsed its Facebook page a free one-pound order of chicken wings, redeemable at any location.”The campaign ran for three weeks,” Humphreys says. “At the end, we’d given out more than 7,000 coupons and had more than 10,000 likes–we gained a lot of momentum.”Co-founders Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuard began developing the Wildfire platform while running their previous venture, adventure travel startup Access Travel. “The best way for brands to engage with consumers is to offer them deals and contests, so we decided to give away a free trip,” Ransom says. “But it’s very complicated to run a sweepstakes on a Facebook fan page, so we had to create an app to do that. Most small and medium businesses face the same problem, so even though we built Wildfire for our use, we decided to put it out there for others. We realized it could be a big opportunity.”That’s an understatement. Since launching in mid-2009, Wildfire Interactive has worked with tens of thousands of brands ranging from mom-and-pop outfits to corporate behemoths like Amazon, Target and Electronic Arts. The majority of Wildfire customers go the DIY-with-help route. Wildfire’s self-service toolset includes a six-step wizard that automatically builds campaigns customized according to a company’s demands. With the click of a button, the finished promotion is beamed out to millions of potential customers across the social media sphere.Wildfire also offers cost-effective tips and tricks for improving user engagement and generating viral attention. Campaigns start at basic packages ($5 sign-up fee and 99 cents per day) to more customized plans ($250 sign-up fee and $4.99 per day). Wildfire’s “white-label” services feature fully customizable campaigns.Expect Wildfire to keep spreading: According to Ransom, the firm plans to introduce a broader set of tools addressing all facets of the social media experience. “Campaigns are great for building up a fan base and keeping them engaged, but there’s more to growing an audience,” she says. “We want to provide tools that deliver tangible, measurable results. We also want to offer tools that are easy to use. Our partners don’t need tech knowledge to use our platform.”Meanwhile, Original Joe’s is already plotting its next social media promotion. “Using Facebook properly and engaging customers is a big perk,” Humphreys says. “Our Facebook page is becoming an interactive page–it’s virtually run by our fans. Every day we get questions about new locations or menu items. It’s so important to have an avenue to connect with customers outside of the restaurant.” This story appears in the August 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now When your restaurant operates under an old-school, back-to-basics brand name like Original Joe’s, chances are many patrons walk in expecting old-school, back-to-basics dining–you know, classic meat-and-potatoes fare. But Original Joe’s, with 40 locations across Western Canada, couldn’t be more au courant: Its globe-trotting menu spans everything from chicken gyoza (Japanese-style dumplings) to Mediterranean short ribs to poutine (French fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy–a signature dish from Quebec, just a few provinces over). There’s even a special menu for gluten-sensitive diners.Original Joe’s takes a similarly progressive approach to its digital marketing outreach efforts. Like many rival restaurant franchises, the chain is increasingly active on Facebook, but the company struggled to translate customers’ in-store enthusiasm to online interest. “We realized social media is here to stay, but we couldn’t figure out the best way to capture an audience,” says Jeff Humphreys, the Original Joe’s Franchise Group’s manager of digital and social media.Original Joe’s spiced up its Facebook presence with the help of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Wildfire Interactive, which provides companies of all sizes with web-based tools that creatively engage users across the social networking landscape. Wildfire’s solution helps small businesses develop branded, interactive campaigns, including sweepstakes, coupons and user-generated content competitions. The campaigns run on Facebook, Twitter and company websites, complete with widgets that make it easy for consumers to share the promotion with friends. 4 min read Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 26, 2011
Via Rail warns of delays through Montreal Friday, August 24, 2018 The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Share MONTREAL — Via Rail says passengers travelling through Montreal could experience delays starting Aug. 24 because of infrastructure work in the city.The passenger rail company says reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange requires that a portion of the track and signals be relocated and there could be delays of up to 45 minutes.Disruptions will affect travellers on trips between Montreal and Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa and Senneterre/Jonquiere through Aug. 29.Previously booked customers will be notified of the delays and can obtain a refund or change their dates of travel if desired. Tags: VIA Rail Posted by