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Verified Would Like to Welcome...
Verified Confirms Tribune Interactive Contests Results
JAGTAG Provides a New and Unique Way to Link Print and Electronic Media
Verified Offers Readership Surveys
Magazines Take Page Out of Online's Playbook, Use Cross-Media Studies to Tout Cost Effects
Events Calendar
Gender and Age Consumption Differs in Evolving Media Usage Patterns

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Performance Auto & SoundPerformance Auto & Sound
Performance Publications Inc.
Toronto, ON
Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) is focused on delivering a higher standard in the automotive enthusiast publishing sector. They are committed to delivering market-leading value, innovative promotional campaigns and high-impact content to both readers and advertisers alike. In addition to publishing 11 issues per year, PASMAG produces over 12 event guides for high-traffic industry shows and automotive events. PASMAG merges the two worlds of mobile electronics and high performance to create the total enthusiast package.

American DrycleanerAmerican Drycleaner
Crain Communications, Inc.
Chicago, IL
American Drycleaner is a magazine serving drycleaning plants. Having serviced the industry for more than 75 years, it is a respected authority on everything necessary to operate a drycleaning business. American Drycleaner covers the latest news, trends, and events affecting the industry and furnishes details on the latest equipment and supplies.

B Magazine Beauty and BeyondB Magazine Beauty and Beyond
Star Media Group
Toronto, ON
B Magazine Beauty & Beyond is targeted to women ages 30 to 55+ and builds on the premise of individual beauty and a balanced lifestyle. B's main editorial mission is to inform and entertain while inspiring readers to improve both their inner and outer beauty and add to their esteem.

Ooorale USA
Los Angeles, CA
Ooorale USA is a free, weekly, Spanish-language, variety magazine distributed in Los Angeles and Orange counties and written for the Spanish-speaking Hispanic communities of Southern California. The magazine features sports scores and stories, community events, reader submissions, health stories, foreign event coverage, and self-help articles. In addition to the magazine, Oorale USA also sponsors community events. Every year, the magazine holds three major events: 5 de Mayo, Grito de Independencia, and La Feria de los Moles.

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Verified Confirms Tribune Interactive Contests Results

Tribune Interactiveby Jennifer Armor

Verified has recently partnered with Tribune Interactive, a subsidiary of Tribune Co., to validate and certify the results of a series of cross-media contests they have developed. Tribune Interactive manages the interactive operations of Tribune's daily newspapers and their associated websites, plus all aspects of the company's advertising operations.

During the first contest, "Beautiful Babies," photos were posted in an online gallery for public, online voting. Voting was open to registered users, with only one vote per user allowed. The top 100 babies were chosen by voters and then a panel of judges chose the winner. Tribune Interactive was able to validate over 33 million votes in their first contest.

Server logs, provided to Verified at the conclusion of the voting, covered the entire voting period. Verified was contracted to confirm the results of the vote by Tribune Interactive, using methods to count and analyze the logs of the online voting activity.

After confirming the results of the contest, Verified provided Tribune Interactive with a report of its findings. This report allowed Tribune Interactive to demonstrate that the results of the contest are beyond reproach and were verified by an independent third party.

Verified worked with Tribune Interactive on "Glorious Gardens" and is currently working with them on "Furry Frights"—the best dressed pets for Halloween—with plans to continue with future contests.

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JAGTAG Provides a New and Unique
Way to Link Print and Electronic Media

JAGTAGJAGTAG is a consumer-initiated, mobile marketing platform that enables publishers to transform their printed media properties into on-demand and measurable digital media.

Using the proprietary 2D printed barcode and a camera phone, consumers are able to request and instantly receive on-demand digital content directly from a brand's print ads, out-of-home, point-of-sale, direct mail, sales collateral, packaging, products and physical structures. JAGTAG does not require the consumer to download an application prior to use.

Content can be returned to smart phones and standard phones via a short code, an email, or a WAP link. Returned content is optimized for every handset on the market, based upon the requesting phone's technology requirements, media player, and screen size.

Readers can request editorial content, advertiser content, product information and demos, category information, helpful tips, promotions, coupons, sweepstakes, and more. Consumers can sign up to receive ongoing communications sent to their phones from either a publisher or their advertisers.

Red Bull Soapbox Derby VideoFor example, earlier this year, Qdoba, a Mexican fast-food chain, ran a mobile coupon campaign using the JAGTAG barcode system to promote a new restaurant near the University of Michigan campus. Barcodes were placed in ads in the campus newspaper and on posters, each containing a JAGTAG image. People who took a picture of the barcode and texted it to the short code provided received a "Buy One Burrito, Get One Free" coupon via MMS. 400 consumers requested the coupon in six days, representing 1% of all students on campus. Of those who received a coupon, more than half redeemed their coupon in-store over the same six-day period.

Through this interaction, JAGTAG also provides advertisers superior metrics and analytics to measure the effectiveness of their physical media. Marketers can measure consumer behavior, as well as source media effectiveness by media channel, media type, media placement, and location.

JAGTAG has activated marketing programs for Nike, Red Bull, 20th Century Fox, and Sports Illustrated. For more information about JAGTAG, contact

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Verified Offers Readership Surveys

Verified conducts readership research. If you need readership information and demographics to include in your media kit or sales presentations, please contact us.

Verified Offers Readership Surveys

Readership research can gather editorial feedback, reader demographics, average issue readership, unduplicated readership for print and online, online usage, reader lifestyle and purchasing behavior, or anything else you may need or imagine. Surveys can also be used to determine if your readership meets the Distilled Spirits Council's (DiSCUS) age demographic criteria.

We have out-of-the-box surveys, or we can design a survey to fit your particular needs and budget. We conduct surveys in-publication, online, by phone, and by mail.

For more information, please contact Mike Lynch (ext. 214) or Ryan Kawashima (ext. 205) at 415-461-6006.

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Magazines Take Page Out Of Online's Playbook,
Use Cross-Media Studies To Tout Cost Effects

Assessing Ad Impact: How TV, Online and Magazines Contribute Throughout the Purchase FunnelOnline media may be generating all the buzz on Madison Avenue these days, but the traditional medium of consumer magazines are both more effective and more cost efficient in influencing key aspects of consumer behavior, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis being released today by the Magazine Publishers of America. The research, which comes from an analysis conducted by advertising effectiveness researcher Dynamic Logic, ironically takes a page out of online media's playbook, effectively leveraging a concept utilized by the Interactive Advertising Bureau's so-called XMOS (Cross-Media Optimization Studies) that so effectively helped that medium get on base with some big marketers and agencies earlier this decade.

"Overall, magazine advertising drove consumer attitudes and intended behavior more effectively and efficiently than viewing television advertising alone, or, TV in combination with online advertising," reads the new MPA white paper, which is drawn from Dynamic Logic's analysis of how magazines, online, and TV media influenced consumer behavior across 39 cross-media case studies.

The studies specifically looked at how each medium influences consumer behavior—either in combined mixes or incrementally—as they go through five identified stages of the buying process, which is frequently referred to by marketers as the "purchase funnel."

For the first time, Dynamic Logic went beyond analyzing advertising effects for these three media and looked at the cost of generating results for each medium individually as well as in combination with others," the MPA white paper says, noting that the end result can be looked at as the ROI, or return-on-investment, each of the three media contribute to a marketer's bottom line.

The paper asserts that magazines were found to be the most "cost effective" medium throughout the purchase funnel, when analyzed on the basis of the actual cost per person and the number of people impacted for each advertising dollar spent via each medium.

Looking at each of the five criteria individually, magazines were proven most cost effective in delivering three forms of ROI: aided brand awareness, overall brand awareness, and purchase consideration / intent. Magazines ranked second behind a mix combining magazines and online media for a fourth criterion, brand favorability. Magazines, as a stand-alone medium, performed less effectively for the fifth criterion—message association—but were a significant contributor to its effectiveness when combined with online media.

A copy of the white paper can be found on the MPA website.

© 2009 MediaPost Communications

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Events Calendar

2009 Maggie Awards Entries
November 15, 2009

Forrester's Top 10 Web Design Fixes for Improving Business Results Workshop
December 2, 2009
San Francisco, CA

Epik One: Google Analytics Seminar for Success
December 8 – 9, 2009
Montreal, Canada

Intelligent Selling of Internet Advertising – Level I, II and III
December 14, 2009
New York, NY

If you have an event that you would like to announce, please send your information

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Gender & Age Consumption Differs in
Evolving Media Usage Patterns

TargetCast tcmAccording to a new consumer trend report from TargetCast tcm, among American adults between the ages of 18–64, the future of traditional media, particularly newspapers, magazines, and radio, is challenged by the rapid migration of hard-to-reach consumer groups to digital alternatives. However, when it comes to purchase influence on consumers, traditional media remains more influential when compared to digital advertising.

The study reveals a divide between men and women in how each gender engages with traditional media and illustrates how a generational divide is affecting purchase influence among adults.

Peter Sedlarcik, SVP, Director of Insights and Analytics at TargetCast tcm, says "... marketers must take into account the evolving media preferences of specific target audiences... yet, while many may declare print media is dead... findings show that marketing messages in newspapers and magazines still score well in terms of consumer attentiveness and purchase influence."

Key findings:

  • Men and women are consuming media differently. Men are more likely than women to indicate that printed news is a less relevant source of news and information
  • Newspapers and magazines are not considered as relevant today and are easiest to eliminate from usage, yet score well in terms of attentiveness and purchase influence
  • The biggest usage declines were found among men and young adults 1834 in newspapers, magazines, and radio
  • TV and Internet, respectively, identified as most important media, though young adults 1834 rank the Internet as more important than TV

60% of consumers say newspapers need to change the most to stay relevant, compared to 30% for magazines and nearly 20% for radio. Fewer than 10% feel that TV or the Internet needs to change to stay relevant. Nevertheless, those ages 35+ still consider newspaper ads to be more influential in determining their purchase decisions.

The majority of adults 18–64 report that they are still using the same amount of each medium today as they were a year ago; however, nearly a third say they are using less printed media (newspapers and magazines). Conversely, a third or more also report that they are using the Internet more as both a source of information and entertainment.

Media Usage Compared to a Year Ago

The data reveals a split between men and women in terms of the way each gender engages with traditional media and embraces newer media. In general, men are more willing to adapt their usage habits to incorporate more digital and online platforms as replacements for traditional media. On the other hand, women are more likely to hold strong with the traditional media and are more hesitant to embrace newer media.

The study also indicated that there is a marked generational difference in attention to digital media between adults who are 18–34 and those older than age 35:

  • Adults aged 1834 are more likely to have replaced newspapers and magazines with Internet content, while adults older than 25 are more likely to consider magazines and newspapers as valuable sources of information
  • Adults aged 1824 are more likely to say radio is not as relevant and that they prefer reading magazines online. This age group also indicates they don't mind watching ads when watching TV programs online
  • Adults aged 1834 are more likely than other consumer groups to consider advertising on the Internet influential in their purchase decision

Press (Photo Credit: of adults aged 18–64 say that they prefer the experience of reading printed newspapers over online news sources. Additionally, newspapers score well both in terms of ad attentiveness and purchase influence.

However, when asked if they'd rather get news from online sources than from printed newspapers, the percentage of those who agreed vs. disagreed was about the same. And, people do not feel that newspapers are more trustworthy than online sources.

72% of consumers expect that sourcing the newspaper online should be free and are not willing to pay for an online newspaper subscription to replace their printed newspapers subscription.

57% say they prefer the experience of reading a printed magazine over reading a magazine on the Internet. An even stronger 71% would not be willing to pay for an online magazine subscription to replace their printed magazine subscription. Also, only 15% of respondents overall agree that they'd rather read magazines online. Additionally, printed magazines score well in terms of ad attentiveness and purchase influence.

Newspaper and the Radio41% of those surveyed indicate that radio is still relevant in today's media environment. According to respondents, radio provides a great venue to discover new music that cannot be experienced elsewhere. And, respondents overall prefer to listen to music through the radio station vs. Internet stations or on their mp3 player.

In summary, the report concludes that monitoring the pulse of consumer sentiment is a critical component of working toward a better understanding of the future of all media. Understanding the changing nature of how people now consume media may allow the media industry to reclaim the intimate relationship between the reader and their brands. The report notes that:

  • Newspapers have a legacy of breaking news and uncovering stories of historic proportion, yet they are losing ground to a generation of consumers embracing digital and mobile alternatives
  • Established magazines, often iconic brands, have begun to lose advertiser support after years of consistent readership and inspiring content
  • Over the past 100 years, radio has been a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. However, after surviving the challenges of broadcast TV, the emergence of cable, and the launch of the Internet, radio is slowly being tuned out by a generation addicted to personal, programmable mp3 players, iPods, iPhones, and other multimedia devices
  • While many will continue to use traditional and new media as much as they have in the past, it is important to understand the shifting relationship between how men and women and different generations will consume media in the future so the industry can evolve these media in a way that is relevant and impactful to consumers


© 2009 MediaPost Communications

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