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Coffee Break Conference Series Episode 5
February 23, 2021 Matt, Mark & Jim
Attention! Attention!! We're talking about carrier Retention!! Jim, Mark and Matt discuss successful carrier retention strategies in this Coffee Break Conference Episode!
exPRESSly Speaking Podcast Video Episode 10
February 4, 2021 Jim Smith & Aaron Kotarek
WOW! What a way to end Season One of exPRESSly Speaking and jumpstart 2021!! Fascinating conversation regarding building brand and use of data analytics. A terrific discussion with Patrick Tornabene, Chief Consumer Revenue & Strategy Officer at Long Island (NY) Newsday.
exPRESSly Speaking Podcast Video Episode 9
January 20, 2021 Jim Smith & Aaron Kotarek
Another great conversation! Enjoy the discussion with guest Jason Sethre, President of Sethre Media Group and Publisher of The Fillmore County (MN) Journal. Aaron, Jim and Jason discuss the impact of local media ownership and... you may even learn about a traditional "board" game played in Wisconsin!!
Coffee Break Conference Series Episode 4
January 19, 2021 Matt, Mark & Jim
Winner! Winner! The trio discusses promotional and revenue-producing ideas available when your local team (s) are winners. Ideas the can be used from the sandlot leagues to the pros!
exPRESSly Speaking Podcast Video Episode 8
December 28, 2020 Jim Smith & Aaron Kotarek
Welcome, Todd Peterson to exPRESSly Speaking! Todd is the V.P of Marketing & Circulation at Times-Union (Albany, NY), Head of Membership for Hearst Newspapers AND Publisher of Local First Weekly. The trio will discuss the value of "membership", Hearst's commitment to journalism and multi-tasking the various responsibilities Todd manages on a daily basis. Enjoy!
Coffee Break Conference Series Episode 3
December 18, 2020 Matt, Mark & Jim
Coffee Break Conference Series Episode 3....Some Tips for Distribution During the Winter Months. Among the tips for winter distribution that Matt, Mark and Jim share, you'll learn that Mark and Jim unknowingly crossed paths on a -60 degree day on the Iron Range in Minnesota years ago!
exPRESSly Speaking Podcast Video Episode 7
December 16, 2020
Welcome to Episode 7 of the "exPRESSly Speaking" industry podcast with an Executive Panel consisting of Jeff Kohler and Rufus Friday. 70+ years of combined experience at the highest levels of leadership from these two media industry icons. Please enjoy our high level discussions surrounding skill set development, managing one's career, knowing your gaps, making connections, and being indispensable. Topics also include the lack of mentorship and diversity hires within media organizations and the industry overall. Two systemic issues we all need to comprehend and address!
exPRESSly Speaking Podcast Video Episode 6
December 1, 2020 Jim Smith & Aaron Kotarek
Another episode...another incredible guest! Alan Fisco, President of the Seattle Times and industry group America's Newspapers join Aaron and Jim in episode six! Aaron and Alan stump Jim with a trivia question as well!!
exPRESSly Speaking Podcast Video Episode 5
November 17, 2020 Jim Smith & Aaron Kotarek
Dr. Matt Lindsay, President of Mather Economics, joins Aaron and Jim in episode five! A variety of print/digital acquisition, engagement and retention topics are discussed. Special thanks to sponsor Wilson Gregory Agency, Inc!!
Coffee Break Conference Series Episode 2
November 5, 2020 Steel City Corp./ NSCMA
Have 10 minutes during your coffee break to learn about a REVENUE producing promotion? Sandy Powell, Director of Audience Development for Lee Enterprises' River Valley Media Group, shares the CURBSIDE BINGO promotion her newspaper used to assist local restaurants in increasing their meal pick up business and enhance reader engagement! Join Jim Smith, Mark Johnson and Matt Wolcanski for this coffee break idea sharing session!
exPRESSly Speaking Podcast Video Episode 4
November 3, 2020 Jim Smith @ Aaron Kotarek
Our special guest in episode four is Pete Doucette, Managing Director of Telecom/Media/Technology at FTI Consulting. Among the various topics Pete and exPRESSly speaking co-hosts Aaron Kotarek and Jim Smith discuss are the Digital Subscriptions Playbook and the FTI White Paper "An Analysis of the Financial Crisis Facing California Local, Daily Newspapers".
exPRESSly Speaking Podcast Video Episode 3
October 30, 2020 Jim Smith @ Aaron Kotarek
Kevin Rehberg, Vice President, Client Development Alliance for Audited Media join Aaron and Jim to chat about AAM's efforts to network in 2020 and updates from AAM. An enjoyable conversation with one of the best guys in the biz!