14 Sep

Playboy Reports 31M First Quarter Loss

first_imgPlayboy Enterprises, parent company of Playboy magazine, this morning announced its first quarter 2008 revenues were $78.5 million, down 8 percent over the same period in 2007. The company reported a net loss for the quarter of $3.1 million, down from a $1.5 million profit in 2007. Revenues in the publishing division fell 14 percent to $20.1 million, down from $23.3 million during the same period last year. The company also said it expects second quarter ad pages to be down about 5 percent.According to first quarter Publishers Information Bureau numbers, Playboy’s ad dollars were down 13.4 percent to $16.3 million. Ad pages dropped 4 percent over the quarter. In February, the company said it expected first quarter ad revenues would be downby as much as 30 percent. Playboy Enterprises chairman and CEO Christie Hefner said the company’s publishing and domestic entertainment businesses “continue to face unprecedented change in the way consumers access and use media content. We believe we are making good progress in streamlining our operations and improving the future performance prospects of these businesses.”Hefner noted also the company’s plans to redesign Playboy.com to “accelerate growth of that business, expand our total audience and create a better portal to our other properties.”First quarter revenues in Playboy’s entertainment business were $2.7 million, down from $4.3 million during the same period in 2007. Revenues in its licensing business were $6.7 million, down from $10.5 million last year.last_img read more

14 Sep

Publisher Agrees to Pull Cockfighting Magazine from Amazon

first_imgEthan Eddy, lead counsel for the Humane Society, told FOLIO: he hopes the settlement will encourage the 105-year-old Feathered Warrior, also based in Arkansas, to pull the title from Amazon and reject ads that promote violence, and that Amazon will eventually comply. In the suit, the Humane Society alleges that Amazon’s sale of cockfighting magazines violates the federal Animal Welfare Act. Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states except Louisiana, where it will be banned in August. Lawyers for Amazon referred a call for comment to Amazon’s PR department. Amazon did not immediately return a request seeking comment.‘Freedom of Speech Issue’ “We see this as a freedom of speech issue,” Amazon spokesperson Patty Smith told CNET last year. “In our mind, freedom of speech is designed to protect unpopular or ugly speech, and we don’t think customers want us picking what we think is appropriate for them to read. Our stated goal is always to provide customers with the broadest selections possible.””What Amazon really means is something closer to ‘We don’t want to risk turning away any customer, because the cockfighting enthusiasts and the pedophiles will order mainstream products too,’” Ron Hogan, a former Amazon.com employee and editor of mediabistro.com’s GalleyCat blog, told FOLIO: last fall. “They’d rather not have those dollars going to Barnes & Noble.” The publisher of a cockfighting magazine has agreed to stop selling it on Amazon.com after the Humane Society charged that its sale violated federal law. But Amazon has vowed to fight on, arguing it has the constitutional right to do so.The Humane Society announced the partial settlement in the suit filed last February against Amazon, Hartford, Arkansas-based Marburger—publisher of The Gamecock—and the publisher of another cockfighting magazine called the Feathered Warrior. As part of its settlement, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Marburger agreed to reject all advertisements for fighting animals or knives marketed to be attached to fighting animals, to run an ad in its magazine stating it won’t accept those ads and to stop fulfilling subscription requests sold by Amazon. (A listing for the magazine was still live on the Amazon site Thursday.) last_img read more

14 Sep

9 Executives On What Would Happen If Their Brands Vanished

first_img We live in a world of hyper competition among traditional players, new digital players and advertisers communicating directly with our audiences. With social media and “TV Everywhere,” audiences are massively distracted and have more choice than ever. If your brand went away, why would anyone care? What makes you unique and unduplicated? Today’s media mechanisms have made it easy for anyone to communicate a message to the masses. From the reader’s perspective those messages may or may not have credibility and value, depending on the source. We find that our readers continually turn to our trusted brand (both in print and digital editions) to find valuable solutions, ideas, and inspiration. If we pulled the FDMC brand out of the wood products manufacturing industry, there would be an enormous hole to fill in the hearts and minds of our loyal readership. Tim Fixmer CEO CCI Media Here’s a disparate collection of frank and illuminating responses. Click through to see the commentary. What makes our brand essential in the market is the surgical functions performed by our content team. This is true of any good b2b brand in this day and age, though it is applies to consumer products I am a reader of as well. Great content teams clearly understand their purpose and they perform their functions well. Now, more so than ever before, readers in any given industry segment need the content team to understand the key issues facing the readership. Once those issues are clearly understood (and in many cases they can change rapidly due to changing technologies) it is the content team’s responsibility to venture forth, seeking answers to questions and solutions to problems that lie at the core of the issues. As the question implies, there is no shortage of information out there, to be sure. Some of it is right on the money, some slightly off, some simple marketing hype, and some just plain dead wrong opinion. Our job is to interpret the information we uncover, fact check for validation, prioritize it, and present it in a meaningful way so that the reader can quickly grasp concepts, methods, and technologies that impact their day to day operations, solve their problems and become more effective businesspeople.center_img Prev1 of 9NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse We at Folio: have been asking periodic questions of c-suite executives in magazine media. We’ve been publishing the responses verbatim on our web page and in our magazine. Our latest installment is this question: Prev1 of 9NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browselast_img read more

3 Sep

Surcharge on 2 cars 8000sq feet house

first_imgFinance minister AMA Muhith on Thursday proposed in the 2018-19 budget surcharge on individuals who own two motor cars or house property with  an aggregate area of 8,000 square feet in any city corporation.The existing rates of surcharge will remain unchanged, according to the minister’s proposal.He proposed a minimum surcharge of Tk 3,000, where net wealth of an individual exceeds Tk 22.5 million and a minimum surcharge of Tk 5,000 for individuals who have a net wealth exceeding Tk 100 million.He also said 2.5 per cent surcharge on the manufacturers of cigarette, bidi, zarda, gul and other tobacco products will remain unchanged.last_img read more

30 Aug

What Googles New MobileFriendly Changes Mean for You

first_imgApril 7, 2015 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. On February 26, Google dropped a major bomb in a seemingly-casual blog post on mobile-friendly search results. While the engine has always made mobile-readiness and the easy access of information a priority, it has now spelled out that it will use mobile-friendliness as a stronger ranking signal than ever before. It will also increase the presence of relevant app content in the search results.So what does that mean for you? Basically, if you’ve been holding out on implementing a mobile strategy for your business website, it’s time to make this a top priority. Here’s how to do it.Check your site’s mobile-friendlinessGoogle has made it easy to take the first step toward determining whether your site is set to take advantage of these new changes with its Mobile-Friendly Test. Simply open the page, enter your URL and click “Analyze.”Google will then check your site and report whether or not it’s mobile-friendly. If your site qualifies, the tool will also return a screenshot of how your site currently appears on mobile devices.If your site ranks as mobile-friendly, you’re in good shape, though you’ll still want to read through the following recommendations. Just because your current design passes Google’s test doesn’t mean that there aren’t still ways for you to improve or things you’ll want to watch out for if you go through a website redesign in the future.Related: Proceed With Caution: Should Smartphones Come With a Warning?Fixing mobile-friendliness issuesIf your site fails Google’s mobile-friendliness test, the program will report the specific issues that led to this determination.These recommendations will give you a starting place for the changes you’ll want to make to bring your site into compliance. Google also offers a helpful guide to getting started with mobile-friendly websites you can reference to help resolve these issues.However, be aware that the issues Google reports may not be the only factors influencing your website’s mobile usability. For that reason, it’s a good idea to explore all of the following steps to ensure your mobile visitors are as comfortable on your site as your desktop users.1. Is my site responsive?In the past, website developers had several options to create a mobile site version, including custom coding a separate mobile site, deploying device-specific HTML sites based on the vary HTTP header tag, or using a responsive design that automatically adjusted to account for various device sizes.Today, though, there are simply too many different device shapes and sizes for a single static mobile site to fit comfortably on all potential screens. Google’s official recommendation is now to use a responsive website design. Your developer or designer can tell you if your site uses this protocol. Or, if your mobile-friendliness test reports that your mobile viewport is not set (as above) or uses a fixed-width, there’s a good chance your site is not responsive and should be fixed ASAP.2. Are scripts or other services interfering with my site’s usability?If your desktop site makes use of pop-up lightbox scripts, exit intent banners or other similar types of technology, it’s critical that you ensure these programs are able to accommodate mobile users. There’s simply nothing more frustrating than having a banner pop up across your mobile web browser and being unable to close it.At the same time, be sure that your site avoids the use of file types like Flash that either don’t display at all or display incorrectly on some mobile sites. Google’s priority is to get people the information they want, as quickly as possible — and they can’t do that if your files are too difficult to load.Related: April 21 Is Your Last Chance for Mobile Optimization Before ‘Mobilegeddon’3. How easy is it to navigate my mobile site?In addition, remember that what looks good on your desktop website may not work as well on a mobile device. Keep all of the following considerations in mind as you evaluate your site’s mobile-friendliness.Make sure any tap targets are at least 48 CSS pixels tall/wide, and that you have at least 32 CSS pixels of both vertical and horizontal spacing between each tap target. Doing so will prevent inadvertent wrong-page clicks that can frustrate users.Use a base font with a size of at least 16 CSS pixels. Keep the number of fonts used to a minimum and maintain appropriate vertical spacing between rows of text.Adjust any graphic elements on your site that are currently using a fixed width formatting, as this will prevent your content — even when part of a responsive site design — from sizing appropriately for the viewport.Finally, even if you think you’ve set up everything perfectly, test, test and test some more. Use mobile site emulators to view your website in different sizes and layouts. Ask friends and family members to navigate from their digital devices, or invest in paid user testing that’ll record the actions and reactions of anonymous visitors to your mobile site.It may sound like a lot of work to guarantee mobile-friendliness, but it’s a vital part of keeping your visitors happy and maintaining your site’s search visibility.Related: How Microsoft Is Taking on Google on Its Home Turflast_img read more

19 Aug

Princess upgrades group shore excursions with Local Connections

first_img Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Share Travelweek Group SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises has created a new department specially designed for group shore excursions that both travel agents and guests can access.The department centres around Princess Cruises’ ‘Local Connections’ program, tapping the knowledge of destination experts and locals for creative feedback and suggestions for shore excursions. Using ‘Local Connections’ the department can better cater to a group’s interest and personalize excursions for those passengers. Both the onboard team and the shore team will work together to ensure seamless organization and execution, says the cruise line.“Getting out to truly experience the magnificent destinations around the world as a group is one of the many ways Princess can introduce guests to the world’s most memorable destinations,” said Bruce Krumrine, Princess Cruises Vice President of Shore Excursions. “We offer competitive net pricing and a wide array of excursion options through the personal assistance of our destination experts. Through our Local Connections program, we continue to innovate our tour experiences ashore and our groups team will take full advantage of the suggestions and creativity of those partners that know the destination best.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe department works with both small (six to 15 passengers) and large (16 passengers or more) groups including family reunions, sports, church, special interest groups and more. Private cars, vans, transfers and boats are available and the department can accommodate a variety of budgets. Customized tours arranged through travel agents are commissionable.Sample tours include:A Michelin Restaurant Experience:  A Cooking Class at Kokkeriet – Located on a corner in Nyborder, Copenhagen, Kokkeriet is a gourmet restaurant that was awarded one Michelin star in 2006. A modern European cuisine, Kokkeriet uses fresh ingredients of the season with the menu changed monthly. With the chef, guests learn about the techniques used to create Michelin quality food; the raw materials used; their background and personal story; and enjoy the ‘home made’ meal with Michelin wines matching the menu.Phillip Island Penguin Tour by Helicopter – Touring in a ranger, guests explore Melbourne’s bayside coastline and the Mornington Peninsula en route to Phillip Island, with about 45 square miles to view the home of seals, koalas, mutton birds and the largest colony of little penguins in existence. Guests can see the packs, sometimes 300 strong ‘rafts’ of penguins, to protect them from predatory sharks and seals. After, passengers can enjoy a meal at a local restaurant with homegrown ingredients before returning to Melbourne and the ship on a private vehicle.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upFor more details e-mail GroupShoreExcursions@princesscruises.com. Posted bycenter_img Tags: Princess Cruises, Wave Season << Previous PostNext Post >> Princess upgrades group shore excursions with ‘Local Connections’last_img read more

19 Aug

Fun Fast Facts about The Beaches of Fort Myers Sanibel

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 4, 2019 Tags: Fort Myers, Fort Myers Spotlight 2019, Spotlight Share Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Consumers often ask “What sets The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel apart from the rest of Florida?” Well, there is a lot actually and here are just some of the fun facts about the area that you can share:Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is an award-winning facility with Air Canada and WestJet providing year-round nonstop service from Toronto (and seasonal service from Ottawa and Montreal).Lee County, Florida, has more than 100 barrier and coastal islands to explore.Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a must-see attraction. Thomas Edison, who spent many winters in Fort Myers, is considered the most inventive man who ever lived, holding 1,093 patents for everything from light bulbs, cement and phonographs to the natural rubber he made from goldenrod.The banyan tree at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, a gift from industrialist Harvey Firestone, is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. The tree’s aerial roots now have a circumference of more than 400 feet.Gifts from the sea – The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is ranked to have some of the best shelling in the world with over 400 species of shells including the rarest of them all, the brown speckled junonia.You will find shell seekers on Sanibel Island in the famous “Sanibel Stoop” position all day looking for treasures.Cape Coral has more canals than Venice, Italy.The area is home to a very high concentration of bottlenose dolphins.Known as the Tarpon Capital of the World, thanks to the best tarpon migration. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel area is truly a fisherman’s paradise.Over 190-miles of canoe and kayaking trails, The Great Calusa Blueway is named after the Calusa Native Americans, the first residents of the area.Seafood – Fort Myers has a shrimp fleet on San Carlos Island which offloads more Florida pink shrimp than anywhere else in Florida.Fort Myers is the spring training home of Major League Baseball teams the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins.Sanibel Island is known for having no buildings taller than the tallest palm tree (three stories), 26 miles of off-road bike paths and restaurants/stores that are all locally owned.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – This wildlife refuge, containing more than 6,400-acres, and nearly half of Sanibel Island, was established in 1945 and is one of the top birding hotspots in the nation.Offshore Sailing School, operating out of South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island and Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach, is America’s #1 Sailing School.Cabbage Key, one of the many offshore islands, features a historic inn and restaurant where the walls, beams and ceiling are papered in more than $70,000 autographed dollar bills. About $10,000 a year falls off, which goes to charity.For those seeking a secluded spot for a wedding in paradise, who can resist a wedding under a gazebo at Lovers Key, Florida’s most romantic state park.Key West Express – Enjoy the tropical island paradise of Key West in just 3 ½ hours when you travel from Fort Myers Beach to America’s southernmost city with the Key West Express. Modern and spacious jet-powered vessels offer year-round, high-speed service to the vacation spot of pirates, poets, presidents and partygoersFor more information on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com Fun Fast Facts about The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibellast_img read more