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Dr Joe Recommends that You Meet FRED

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, July 30, 2015

In the past I have recommended a site maintained by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank that provides easy access to economic data. The site has been expanded and the software has improved greatly.

 

The Vatican’s “Green” Mission Can Count on Print and Other Media

By Patrick Henry on Monday, July 27, 2015

Vatican City may be the world’s smallest sovereign state, but it has world-class environmental ambitions as well as the media resources to promote its activism.

 

Going for the Gold (or Silver) at Graph Expo: New Offering from Scodix

By Cary Sherburne on Thursday, July 23, 2015

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently had the opportunity to speak with Yariv Bustan, Product Manager at Scodix, who shared a very interesting new product announcement.

 

Tracing the Chester Carlson Story from Photocopier to TV Set

By Patrick Henry on Monday, July 20, 2015

Everyone who has ever made a photocopy knows the legacy of Chester Carlson, but few outside the graphics industry know his name. A television program may help to give the inventor of xerography the exposure he deserves.

 

Surprise (or Maybe Not): Millennials Are Print Book Lovers, Too

By Patrick Henry on Friday, July 17, 2015

Everyone makes generalizations about age groups. Those who generalize about younger adults and their feelings for books probably will be wrong.

 

Bridgeport National Bindery: Blending the Old and New

By Cary Sherburne on Thursday, July 16, 2015

Senior Editor Cary Sherburen recently had the opportunity to visit Bridgeport National Bindery in Western Massachusetts. They have a great story!

 

Dr. Joe Recommends: Fed and Professional Forecasts

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Fed's downward revisions to their GDP forecasts brings their estimates in line with an economy running in the general range of +2.25%. But sometimes we need a forecast in a hurry, and that needs credibility beyond that of yours truly.

 

Dr. Joe Recommends: The 2015 Magazine Media Factbook

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I've used the Magazine Publishers Association Factbook for almost 30 years. Now it's the Magazine Media Factbook. It is packed with sunny data about magazine readership that are almost all positive about magazines. It's worth getting, and is a free download.

 

Introducing icmPrint, a New Resource for Print Research

By Patrick Henry on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

“Champions” of print will work with academics in the field to advance the development of printing technologies on all fronts.

 

Dr. Joe Recommends: Mary Meeker's Annual Internet Presentation

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, May 28, 2015

This year Mary Meeker presented her always interesting annual review at the Code conference, a “who's who” and “who matters (today)” in California.

 

Packaging Salutes America’s Military Personnel in “Hops for Heroes” Campaign

By Patrick Henry on Friday, May 22, 2015

You can honor those who serve, have served, and will serve in America’s armed forces by buying and quaffing “Homefront IPA” this Memorial Day.

 

How much would an iPhone have cost in 1991?

By Dr. Joe Webb on Friday, May 08, 2015

Based on the computer technologies of the time, an iPhone in 1991 would have cost $3.5 million. The memory alone is a cost marvel. In 1991, 1GB of flash memory was $45,000. Today, it's 55 cents. An iPhone with 32GB has more than $1.4 million of 1991 memory in it.

 

Read Any Good Books, etc., Lately?

By Patrick Henry on Thursday, May 07, 2015

The concept of what a “book” is means more than it used to—and not just because of the rise of e-reading devices.

 

Dr. Joe Recommends: Goldman Sachs “Two-Speed Economy” Report

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

Smithers Pira Survey Measures Impact of Digital on In-Store Signage and PoP

By Patrick Henry on Monday, April 20, 2015

Screen-based advertising technologies are gaining ground in outdoor locations, but the prospects for in-store digital media are less clear. New research aims to find out what they mean for conventionally produced store signage and PoP.

 

Dr. Joe Recommends: Janet Yellen's Labor Market Dashboard

By Dr. Joe Webb on Friday, April 17, 2015

Bloomberg.com has created a web page that summarizes labor market data in one convenient place. In Congressional testimony and in public discussions, Dr. Yellen has stated that she watches a “dashboard” of labor market indicators. I'm of the age that the mention of “dashboard” is a reminder of the Meat Loaf hit of the 1970s.

 

Does the U.S. Postal Service Have an Unfair Economic Edge?

By Patrick Henry on Monday, April 06, 2015

A new study contends that the U.S. Postal Service significantly understates the value of the economic advantages it enjoys as a government-mandated monopoly—advantages it can and does leverage in the markets where it competes with private services.

 

Blue Not Just Blue During March Madness

By Eric Vessels on Friday, April 03, 2015

The New York Times ran an interesting article on college basketball that talks about the importance of color when it comes to school colors.

 

Taking A Look Back, and Ahead, at E-ink

By Patrick Henry on Friday, March 27, 2015

E-ink may not have eclipsed conventional ink-on-paper publishing, but it is far from having run out of applications that showcase its unique capabilities.

 

Dr. Joe on the Sales Funnel

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, March 26, 2015

There's a lot to be said for the funnel idea because it describes the sales process, creating order out of many sales prospects and suspects matching their needs, interests, and motivations with your sales offerings. But it tends impose the structure of an orderly assembly-line manufacturing process into sales management, and inadvertently creates the impression that sales and marketing are simple and unchaotic.

 

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