Twin Cities Women-Focused Nonprofit MPLS MadWomen Shifts Focus

The organization is moving away from large-scale discussion events to focus on mentorship-based programming.

On Risky Ad Campaigns

If you were talking, texting, or tweeting about South Dakota’s new anti-meth ads, the campaign did its job, Minneapolis ad agency says. Not everyone agrees.

TCB Q&A: Mark Rosen

The last remaining holdout from the glory days of local TV news just retired from WCCO-TV this year, but he's working, working, working.

Why You Should Host Your Events at a Museum

Looking for a unique space for your next event? Consider a museum.

What's the Purpose of Podcasting for Business?

Every company and thought leader seems to be podcasting these days--but it isn't about making money. Here's why they're doing it and how to succeed if you pick up the mic.

Branding Out Loud

Since joining Deluxe Corp. five years ago, chief brand and content officer Amanda Brinkman has emboldened the once-conservative, multibillion-dollar company to think outside the branding box. Now, what's next?

Social Media in the Wedding Industry

Understanding how couples use digital content for wedding planning

3M Teams Up with Graphic Design Company Wrapmate

The companies hope to encourage more small businesses to use vehicle wrap ads to boost brand visibility.

Al Franken to Launch Radio Show on SiriusXM

Franken, who resigned from the U.S. Senate in 2018 amid sexual misconduct allegations, has inked a deal for a new show on satellite radio.

Newsprint Blues

Greater Minnesota's community newspapers are in trouble. Can anything save them?

Bibelot and Patina: The Tchotchke Twins

Bibelot and Patina are the fraternal twins of local gift boutiques.

Businessweek Cover Depicts Best Buy Zombies

A Bloomberg Businessweek feature story chronicles the history of Best Buy, and it features a cover image that suggests that the electronics retailer is attempting to come back from the dead.

Mpls. Ad Agency Periscope Has Added 123 Jobs in 2012

The growing company, which now employs 410 in Minneapolis, also launched a new website.

Ex-Buffalo Wild Wings VP Named Green Mill CMO

John Hinz, who helped lead Buffalo Wild Wings’ marketing for nearly 14 years, was named chief marketing officer at Green Mill.

Mike Klingensmith, The Strib’s Savior

Publisher Mike Klingensmith brought fresh ideas, new executives, and a lot of energy to the Star Tribune two years ago. And he just may be on the brink of turning the newspaper around.

Atomic Playpen Founders Part Ways; Venjohn Stays CEO

Troy Venjohn, who will now serve as Atomic Playpen’s sole CEO, said co-founder Michael Kretsinger left to pursue “a number of potential opportunities” outside of the agency. Kretsinger, meanwhile, declined to disclose his reason for leaving or future plans.

MN CEOs Help Raise $30M for Twin Cities Public TV

Twin Cities Public Television has already raised $20 million and is using the money to launch a wide array of digital services in addition to its television channels.

Space150 CEO Leaves Agency for Carmichael Lynch

Marcus Fischer, who previously worked for Carmichael Lynch before joining Space150, has returned to the agency as part of its management team.

Tiger Oak Ends Publication of Metro Magazine

The publisher of Metro said it will reallocate resources to its community, business, and bridal magazines.

PR Firm McFarland Cahill Closing; Co-owner Launches New Firm

Teresa McFarland’s new firm, McFarland Communications, will offer many of the same traditional PR services as McFarland Cahill Communications, but it will increase its focus on content creation for digital platforms.

AllOver Media Buys Competitor, Grows Footprint

With the acquisition of competitor GSA Media, AllOver Media—which specializes in out-of-home advertising—now places ads at more than 50,000 gas stations and convenience stores nationwide.

Buffalo Wild Wings Revamps Logo, Restaurant Design

The restaurant chain revealed a new logo Wednesday and said its future restaurants will “create an atmosphere that feels more like being in a stadium.”

Satire Paper The Onion Ends Publication in Twin Cities

After assuming control of local advertising sales, production, and distribution for the satirical newspaper, the publisher of the Pioneer Press has discontinued production of The Onion in the Twin Cities.

MN Swedish Institute Asks Colbert to Man Twitter Account

The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis has asked the comedian to take control of its Twitter account in the days leading up to the opening of its new Nelson Cultural Center.

Former Target CMO Francis Abruptly Leaves J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney—which has been wrestling with customer and sales declines—provided no reason for the abrupt departure of Michael Francis, who joined the company in October.

Selling It: Mono Produces in Stereo, June 2012

This 60-person, independently owned agency won the 2011 O’Toole Award for creative excellence.

Local Entrepreneur to Launch Beer Magazine, Store

The founder of The Beer Dabbler Twin Cities beer festivals is branching out with a new craft beer magazine called The Growler, as well as a beer merchandise store that is set to open in late summer.

Deluxe Corp. Buys Internet Marketing Firm for $28M

Shoreview-based Deluxe expects the deal to be “slightly dilutive” to earnings per share for the remainder of the year but to boost 2012 revenue by about $15 million.

Target-Sponsored Race Cars Take 1st and 2nd in Indy 500

Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon—both of whom are sponsored by Target—were the first two drivers to reach the checkered flag.

MN, SD, WI Battle for Summer Vacation Dollars

Ads are the chief weapons in the tourism war, and because Minnesota’s marketing budget is tight, “the dollars we put in have to work harder,” says Ryan Olson, an account director at Colle+McVoy, the Minneapolis advertising agency that handles Minnesota’s tourism account.

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