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Cable Revenues Struggle, More Ads Packed Into Shows 
NEW YORK – It’s getting to be a common scenario: when ratings and revenues drop, media companies stuff more ads into their networks’ airtime to keep revenues from falling further.
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Charter CEO: Pay-TV Unaffordable, Need ‘Skinny’ Bundles 
STAMFORD, Conn. – Tom Rutledge, CEO of Charter Communications, turned heads during the company’s earnings call last week when he said young people can’t afford to pay for cable TV.
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Click-to-Call Commerce: $1 Trillion 
SEATTLE – When consumers click to call a business from an ad, up to one in four becomes an active customer, says a new study from mobile ad company Marchex.
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GfK MRI Introduces ‘Share Of Clock’ to Analyze TV 
NEW YORK – Media research giant GfK MRI has unveiled a new product analyzing television’s “share of clock.”
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Twitter Readies Rollout of Buy Button 
SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter is preparing to roll out its new “buy” buttons via a partnership with Shopify and other e-commerce platforms, according to the tech news site Re/code.
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Dial800 partners with Y-Combinator backed technology company Next Caller to make Dial800 the only administrator of 1-800 numbers to have access to the largest database in the U.S. that links a telephone number to customer data. Its customers will now be able to receive real-time demographic information on its inbound callers.

a2b Fulfillment, a third-party provider of business support services, including warehousing, order fulfillment and customer care, announces Jeremy Boyd-Luke as client services account manager/new client onboarding manager.

Hawthorne Direct, a leading analytics and technology based accountable brand advertising agency, announces it has been selected as the media agency by WNV Corp., marketer and distributor of Quixx Repair System, to head up its new drive-to retail campaign for its Quixx Paint Scratch Remover and Headlight Restoration Kit.

DirectAdFlight, premium insertion advertising from Modern Postcard, is offering available ad spots (a 2-sided, postcard stock insert ad with detachable coupon) in the November and December issues of American Way and Hemispheres magazines, the in-flight publications of American and United Airlines.

AVC Corp. expands its global logistics operations with 105,000 more square feet in Rancho Dominguez, Calif. The new facility adds more capacity for forward and reverse logistics operations.

Delivery Agent Inc. announces it will power digital commerce for Daytime Emmy Award-winner and best-selling author Rachael Ray.

Moki™, a cloud-based software provider enabling in-store digital experiences and solutions for digital kiosks and other customer facing devices, releases MokiTouch 2, which updates Moki’s premier free kiosk software application MokiTouch to include Moki Insights™, an analytics feature tracking customer interaction at aggregate and device-level.

AMC Networks reports higher second-quarter profits, reflecting the acquisition of BBC America. Univision Communications reports a loss in the second quarter as revenues fell compared to last year, when its networks covered soccer’s World Cup. Viacom reports lower earnings for its third quarter as ad revenues at its domestic cable networks continue to fall because of lower ratings.

Discovery Communications strikes a deal to provide long- and short-form programming to Verizon for its upcoming mobile video service. Discovery CEO David Zaslav says the deal will help Discovery move beyond its traditional subscriber base and “adds another source to our distribution revenue stream.”

E-mail marketing services firm Campaign Monitor releases a new transactional e-mail capability for marketers. The tool makes it easier for marketers to create transactional e-mails within the vendor’s drag-and-drop platform without having to rely on their IT departments to access these features.

Dollar General announces James W. “Jim” Thorpe has rejoined the company as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, effective immediately. Thorpe previously served as Dollar General’s senior vice president and general merchandise manager from May 2006 until he retired in July 2012.

Children in the U.K. are watching less broadcast television as they turn to online activities and services such as YouTube, according to Ofcom’s latest Communications Market Report. The number of minutes of TV watched on a TV set – including through catchup services – by children between the ages of four and 15 fell by 17 minutes, or 12.4 percent, between 2013 and 2014 – to just less than two hours per day.

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JOB BOARD

Check out all of the new postings on Response's Job Board!
A niche job board for those with careers in all aspects of the direct response industry. Here are the featured jobs of the week:

Position: Campaign Marketing Manager - General Electric
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Posted: 7/26/15
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Position: Marketing and Advertising Assistant - American Academy of Physicians' Assistants
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Position: Director, User Experience - First Book
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