The Response team wishes you and yours all the best during this holiday season and in 2016! We will return with our next Response This Week newsletter on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.
Thane Direct appoints Anthony Booth as president and chief operating officer, effective January 2016. Booth will report to Thane Direct CEO Amir Tukulj and handle day-to-day operations.
For the third consecutive year, bilingual call center Listen Up Español answers all live incoming donation calls during the TeletonUSA charity event held earlier this month. The event raised more than $15 million, and Listen Up Español handled more than 47,000 calls. All incoming donation calls handled by Listen Up Español were powered by LiveOps Cloud Contact Center Platform technology.
The 5 Under 40 Foundation kicks off its “Fierce. Fearless. Fabulous.” benefit at Capitale New York by presenting its first Real Woman in Real Time award to Amy Robach of “Good Morning America” on January 28. 5 Under 40 offers funded medical, wellness, and beauty services to women under age 40 who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, or have tested positive for a BRCA gene mutation. The event features a silent and live auction. The link to donate is: http://5under40.org/pay-it-forward/.
DNA Response Inc., a full-service agency managing consumer brands on marketplaces like Amazon and eBay, announces an exclusive partnership with Direct Holdings Global to manage its Time Life brand of music and video product lines on five online marketplaces.
AVC Corp. celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. Moshe Begim and his wife Gali started AVC in 1990 in North Hollywood, Calif., to replicate DVDs and CDs for the entertainment industry. Today, the company is a full-service 4PL provider that handles customers’ products from inception to delivery, with more than 300 employees, two North American locations, and five offices in China.
212 Degrees Fahrenheit, the creative shop in Irvine, Calif., delivers new long- and short-form programs for Havas Edge, Cannella Response Television, and Cesari Direct. Spots and shows currently airing include Buy Belize, Doctor on Demand, Teeter, and On the Go Loans.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is hosting an invite-only summit Jan. 26 to discuss the talent crisis in digital sales, ad blocking and the user experience, and the shifting video buying landscape. Attendees include: AOL, CBS Interactive, Digital First Media, Discovery Digital Media, Fast Company/Inc. Media, Forbes Media, FOX News Digital, Google, iHeartMedia, LinkedIn, NBCUniversal, News Corp., Pandora, Reuters, The Weather Company, Time Inc., Time Warner Cable, Triad Retail Media, Turner, WebMD, and Wikia.
One-third of U.S. consumers are very or somewhat likely to try using ad-blocking software in the next three months, according to a new survey by Digital Content Next (DCN), previously known as the Online Publishers Association. DCN says given the growing public awareness of ad-blocking software as an option, it’s plausible to imagine that proportion increasing rapidly during the next year.
The United States Congress will be considering a five-year moratorium on new taxes on wireless Internet access thanks to Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Trent Franks (R-AZ). They’ve introduced the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, which comes as the Senate is considering legislation to make permanent the Internet Tax Fairness Act, which prevents state and local taxes on wired Internet access. The act would not eliminate taxes; only freeze them at current levels for the next five years.
Of the $11.4 billion in projected political ad spending in 2016 reported by Borrell Associates, about 51 percent is expected to be spent on TV. Digital advertising, while increasing significantly vs. past years, will only account for 9.5 percent, adding up to just more than $1 billion. This projected spending on digital for 2016 is an impressive 500-percent increase from the 2012 election and a staggering 5,000-percent increase since 2008.
According to a newly released study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), consumers 18-to-34-years old are more inclined to buy products and services using their smartphones (43 percent vs. 35 percent on a tablet) than any other age group. In comparison, those ages 35-54 are more apt to use a tablet for their shopping needs and are more apt to make purchases on those devices (41 percent vs. 35 percent general population). Overall, consumers are more likely to purchase using a tablet (35 percent) than a smartphone (28%).