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February 2013

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Verified Would Like to Welcome...
2012 Circle of Excellence Winners
Newspapers, Magazines Impacted as USPS Cuts Saturday Delivery
Events Calendar
Marketing Budgets Rise, But Determining Multichannel ROI, Metrics Remains a Challenge
Telemarketing Guidelines Updated

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Verified Would Like to Welcome...

Isanti-Chisago County StarIsanti-Chisago County Star
Northstar Media, Inc.
Cambridge, MN
The Isanti-Chisago County Star serves Isanti and Chisago County, MN. The newspaper is delivered weekly on Thursday and includes news and events.

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2012 Circle of Excellence Winners

Verified Circle of Excellence WinnersVerified would like to congratulate the winners of the 2012 Circle of Excellence award. The Circle is awarded to only those publications that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document and demonstrate that they consistently meet the highest standards of audit excellence.

Congratulations to winners and keep up the good work!

Austin Chronicle
City Pages
Coast Magazine
Creative Loafing Tampa
Detroit Lakes Tribune / Lake Area Press /
Becker County Record
Duluth News Tribune
Eastern Arizona Courier
Echo Press / Lakeland Shopping Guide
El Paso y Mas
Eugene Weekly
Grand Forks Herald
Green Industry
Green Valley News / Sahuarita Sun /
Santa Cruz Valley Sun
Houston / Austin / Dallas Greensheets
Hutchinson News
Idaho Business Review
Indoor Comfort Marketing
Industrial Alimenticia
Journal of Business
Lee's Summit Journal
Long Island Business News
Los Angeles Downtown News
Metro Times
Mitchell Daily Republic/Advisor
New Orleans City Business
Nogales International / Sonoita Bulletin /
San Pedro Valley News Sun
Northern Logger & Timber Processor
On the Town Publications / Cadence /
Grand Valley Advance / Northeast Advance /
Northwest Advance / Penasee Globe /
Southeast Advance / Southwest Advance
Outsmart Magazine
Pacific Maritime Magazine
Palisadian-Post / The Shopper
Pioneer Journal / Intercom
Post City Magazines
Power Equipment Trade
Professional Mariner
Purcell Register
Rochester Business Journal
Salina Journal
Santa Fe Reporter
Seven Days
Shepherd Express
Southern Loggin’ Times
Spray Technology & Marketing
The Edmond Sun
The Daily Pioneer Of Bemidji
The Examiner / Examiner Extra /
Examiner Weekend Edition
The Hawk Eye
The Metropolitan Magazine
The Observer Group
The Stranger
The Vicksburg Post
Timber Harvesting & Wood Fiber Operations
Timber Processing
Tucson Weekly
TV y Mas / La Voz
Valley Advocate
Weekly Alibi
West Central Tribune
Publishing Company
Austin Chronicle Corporation
City Pages
Freedom Communications
Creative Loafing Inc.
Forum Communications

Forum Communications
Wick Communications
Forum Communications
Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership
Eugene Weekly
Forum Communications
ISG Communications, Inc.
Green Valley News & Sun

Helen Gordon Interests, Inc.
Hutchinson Publishing Company
Dolan Media
Industry Pubications
BNP Media
Isthmus Publishing
North Coast Media Northwest Business Press
Lee's Summit Journal
The Dolan Media
Civic Center News / Los Angeles Dwntn. News
Metro Times
Forum Communications
Dolan Media
Wick Communications

NL Publishing
Now Communications, Inc.
Advance Publications

Up and Out Communications
Philips Publishing Group
Pacific Palisades Post
Forum Communications
Post City Magazines
Hatton-Brown Publishers
Navigator Publishing
McClain County Publishing
Rochester Business Journal, Inc.
Salina Journal Inc.
Santa Fe Reporter, Inc.
Da Capo Publishing, Inc.
Alternative Publishing Inc.
Hatton-Brown Publishers
Industry Publications, Inc.
Newspaper Holdings Inc.
Forum Communications
Gatehouse Media, Inc.

The Burlington Hawk Eye Company
Pyramid Design, Inc.
The Observer Group
Index Newspapers, LLC
The Vicksburg Post
Hatton-Brown Publishers
Hatton-Brown Publishers
Wick Communications
La Voz Publishing LLC
H.S. Gere & Sons
NuCity Publications, Inc.
Forum Communications

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Newspapers, Magazines Impacted as
USPS Cuts Saturday Delivery

USPSThe U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail other than packages on Saturdays, beginning in August 2013. It says the move will save roughly $2 billion a year.

The decision follows repeated warnings that financial woes might force the organization to begin cutting back services. The USPS had previously asked for permission to cut Saturday delivery from Congress via the Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the public corporation. Permission was never granted.

In the face of growing competition from email, online banking and package delivery services, the total number of pieces of mail delivered plunged from a peak of 213 billion in 2006 to 160 billion in 2012, a 25% decline. Total revenues fell from $75 billion in 2008 to $65 billion in 2012. The USPS recorded losses of $8.5 billion in 2010, $5.1 billion in 2011, and $15.6 billion in 2012.

The National Newspaper Association, which represents community papers, has fought proposed cuts to Saturday delivery before, reports Poynter, since some members time editions to arrive on that day. About 30% of NNA's member papers mail a Saturday paper, NAA postal chair Max Heath told Poynter. The loss of Saturday delivery also impacts weekly magazines.

"The choice is either changes to some of the services or raise prices, and people don't want prices raised," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. "[The change] responds to the financial realities resulting from America's changing mailing habits."

The USPS announcement met with criticism from the MPA – The Association of Magazine Media. The MPA stated, in part: "Like Congress, MPA was taken by surprise. While we have actively participated in conversations around postal reform, and in particular, five-day delivery, we did not expect the USPS would act unilaterally, without Congressional approval, and we await Washington's reaction and more details."

Previously, the MPA said it may be willing to support five-day delivery as long as the "resultant cost savings...were part of a comprehensive package of long-term reforms that would ensure a viable postal system for the foreseeable future."

The beleaguered organization has been swinging the axe to reduce costs at a furious pace. The number of full-time employees tumbled from 752,949 in 2002 to 551,570 in 2011, for a nearly 27% drop in a decade. The number of delivery routes has fallen from 246,500 in 2007 to 228,160 in 2011.

However, according to the USPS, a large part of its financial woes are due to an onerous law passed by Congress in 2006, which forces the organization to fund its future retiree health benefits at $5.5 billion per year. The USPS defaulted on two payments in 2012.

© MediaPost Communications 2013

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Events Calendar

Event CalendarSABEW Spring Conference 2013
April 4 – 6, 2013
Washington, DC

American Copy Editor Society's 16th National Conference
April 4 – 6, 2013
St. Louis, MO

National Conference for Media Reform
April 5 – 7, 2013
Denver, CO

AmericaEast (Sponsored by Editor & Publisher and LocalMedia Association)
April 8 – 10, 2013
Hershey, PA

Society of Professional Journalists 2013 Spring Conferences
April 12 – 13, 2013
New Brunswick, NJ

Media Xchange
April 14, 2013
Orlando, FL

Association of Free Community Papers Annual Conference and Trade Show
April 25 – 27, 2013
Denver, CO

2013 WPA Publishing Conference
April 26, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

The International Newsmedia Marketing Association 83rd Annual World Congress
April 28 – 30, 2013
New York, NY

INMA World Congress
April 28 – 30, 2013
New York, NY

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Marketing Budgets Rise, But Determining
Multichannel ROI, Metrics Remains a Challenge

Marketing Budgets Report by EconsultancySome 54% of companies participating in the Marketing Budgets Report expect to increase overall marketing investment this year, up from 45% in 2012. But determining ROI from combined online and offline channels remains complicated.

While 71% report increases for their digital budgets this year, up from 68%, about 20% plan to increase traditional offline budgets – up from 16% last year, according to the fourth annual report from Econsultancy, sponsored by Responsys.

The analysis of 2013 budgets across a range of marketing disciplines and channels compares online with offline budgets of more than 800 companies and agencies.

Marketers continue to struggle to understand the value of media across digital and offline channels, such as television and mobile.

Only 50% of companies surveyed claim to have a good or very good understanding of ROI from digital marketing channels, down from 55% last year. For comparison, the proportion of companies rating their understanding of ROI from traditional marketing as "good" or "very good" remains around 50%.

Agencies have become even more skeptical about their clients understanding ROI from digital marketing channels, with 36% of supply-side respondents saying this is "poor" or "very poor." The proportion of agencies reporting that their clients' understanding is "okay" or "good" declined 8% in the last 12 months.

There are specific digital channels that are more measurable than others. For example, 57% of marketers are most likely to rate paid search as "good" for measuring ROI, while social media and video advertising – at 17% each – are the least likely.

Multichannel marketing and integration remains important, although the percentage of those investing fell slightly. Some 71% of companies plan to boost spending on digital marketing technology during 2013, down from 74% in 2012. About 46% said they would invest in analytics; 45%, CRM; and 41%, content management systems (CMS).

Some 38% said they would invest in email platforms; 35%, paid search and bid management; and 34%, conversion and optimization tools.

When it comes to content marketing, 80% will increase the amount spent during the next 12 months, compared with 72% of agencies that indicate clients plan to increase content marketing budgets.


© MediaPost Communications 2013

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Telemarketing Guidelines Updated

VAC Telemarketing GuidelinesVerified Audit Circulation is releasing an updated version of its Telemarketing Guidelines. The updated guide will be available on Verified's website starting March 1, 2013.

To access the updated guide, go to, click "Members" and then "Procedures & Regulations." The telemarketing guide is password protected.

If you have questions regarding the updated guidelines, please contact Verified at 415-461-6006.

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