Same-Day Video Studio Soona Raises $3.5M

The company will use the funds to build out its engineering and product development staff, and launch an office in Austin, Texas.

How to Justify Marketing Resources for Live Events

To get the money and staffing you need, tie revenue growth to past events.

Super Bowl Ads: Bigger is Not Always Better

CHS leverages more affordable regional ads during the big game.

CEO Wallmeyer Leaves MinnPost

Change comes amid challenging climate for nonprofits.

Extra! Extra!

Read all about it: The Star Tribune sells more single-copy Sunday papers than The Washington Post.

MPR Newsroom Director Nancy Cassutt Departs for Los Angeles

Cassutt has left the station to lead American Public Media’s Marketplace show in LA. Managing editor Laura McCallum will take her place for now.

The Dads' Dish

KFAN Radio's young fathers get real about parenting on their podcast.

Lillie No Longer

Suburban newspaper group dies quietly after 82 years.

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

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.

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.

Newsprint Blues

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

Reimagine Your Signature Events

How to refresh and reimagine your signature events that are rooted in tradition.

Brewing Design

Local craft breweries use can art and imagery to define their brands and stand out.

Behind the State Fair’s Marketing Operation

For Renee Alexander, marketing the Minnesota State Fair is a year-round gig. In a Q&A, she talks about changes to the fair’s marketing strategies over the last decade.

What Might the Gannett-GateHouse Merger Mean for Minnesota Newspapers?

Given the companies’ relatively small reach in the state, effects may be limited.

American Public Media Hires Former Viacom Exec to Oversee Podcasts

Liliana Kim previously worked on content strategy and brand management for Viacom, which owns MTV.

Polaris Rebrands to Capture More Diverse Audience

On its 65th anniversary, the Minnesota power sports vehicle maker has rolled out a new tagline, logo, corporate name, and focus to welcome a more diverse customer base.

Evine Live Nixes Partnership with Jane Fonda

The collaboration was cancelled after the closure of the company’s LA office.

TCB Nabs Four National Awards

Business publication trade group honors TCB’s reporting and design work.

TCB Q&A: Jon McTaggart

A deep dive into MPR's multi-faceted efforts to stay relevant in a new media landscape.

Can a Rebrand Save Fishing?

Minneapolis ad agency rolls out a new campaign to hook millennials, Gen Zers.

Minneapolis Payment Company Sezzle Enters Canadian Market

The platform, which allows consumers to divide retail purchases into interest-free installments, is now available outside the U.S. for the first time.

3M Looks to Tell, Not Sell

At its upcoming PGA Tour stop, 3M hopes to boost the ‘experiential’ factor for guests—and its own brand reputation.

Evine Live Secures $6 Million Investment, Lands Familiar Face as New CEO

Invicta Watch Group’s investment helps save Evine from the threat of stock exchange de-listing. Simultaneously, Invicta CEO Eyal Lalo will join the board and former Evine COO and CFO Tim Peterman will return as CEO.

Marvin Windows and Doors Streamlines Its Brand to Marvin

The strategy freshens the company’s image, brings Integrity Windows and Doors under the Marvin brand, and prepares the family business for future growth.

TechdotMN Acquired by SureSwift Capital

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the all-cash transaction went into effect today.

Minneapolis E-Commerce Startup Sezzle Raising $6M Ahead of Possible IPO Move

The payment platform company has raised $5.6 toward the goal and reportedly plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange later this year.

Hubbard Broadcasting's Skor North Aims to Innovate AM Radio

Hubbard Broadcasting's Skor North is an ambitious gambit to break the free fall of AM radio.

How to Work with Speakers, Musicians, and Guest Artists: ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

Follow the rider and ask questions up front to keep your venue and guest artist or speaker happy.

Fallon Worldwide Promotes Rocky Novak to CEO

Mike Buchner, Fallon CEO since 2011, has transitioned to be the company’s board chairman.

Luring In the Governor's Fishing Opener in Minnesota is Going to Cost You

Towns across the state bid for the right to be the official host of the fishing opener. Oftentimes, the exclusivity can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Office Envy: Lola Red PR

The public relations agency's new HQ is a shining star in the Warehouse District—literally.

Twins Owner Jim Pohlad Makes Bid for Disney’s Regional Sports Networks, Sources Say

In teaming up with Atlanta Braves and Detroit Pistons owners to pursue a deal with Disney, Pohlad could expand his family’s media stake beyond the radio.

St. Paul Digital Marketing Agency Augeo Acquires Minneapolis-Based Wingnut Advertising

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s expected to nearly double the size of Augeo’s digital business, and Augeo will absorb all Wingnut staff into its St. Paul office.

Bob Collins and the Art of the Side Hustle

The MPR veteran will join nearly a third of all “retirees” in the labor force.

A Look at The Super Bowl’s Super Effect on Google Search Habits

Among other findings, a study by New York-based digital research firm Yext revealed that search views for certain hospitality and related businesses increased when Minneapolis hosted the Super Bowl last year.

Pioneer Press Owner Makes Bid for Media Mega-Deal

Digital First Media has floated an offer for Gannett, owner of USA Today and St. Cloud Times.

Resetting for the Year Ahead: ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

Make time for yourself and industry friends with that winter downtime. Otherwise, before you know it, finding time for yourself and others will be scarce.

Newspaper Racks Are On the Decline

The Star Tribune removes old-school newspaper boxes in low-traffic areas.

Office Envy: The Stable's Industrial-Style Headquarters

A look at how the Minneapolis branding agency transformed two century-old buildings for its new offices.

Twin Cities Businesses are Feeling The Bachelorette Effect

As it turns out, Prior Lake Bachelorette Becca Kufrin is good for business.

After 50 Years at WCCO, Mark Rosen Signs Off

Rosen brought no schtick, no gimmicks, no catch-phrases to his work for WCCO. He always came across as a decent guy with a passion for Minnesota sports, which is exactly what he’s always been.

How to Attract High-End Clients: ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

In order to succeed, prove to them you’re worth partnering with and make sure you meet their expectations.

WCCO Radio Hires KARE 11’s Cory Hepola to Host Mid-Morning Show

The weekend TV anchor is leaving the job he once called his dream for the chance to help the iconic AM radio station find a younger audience.

Evine Live Partnering with Legendary Actress, Fitness Personality Jane Fonda for Workout Gear

Fonda’s line will include activewear, athleisure clothing, fitness equipment and more, and will be the debut brand of Minnesota-based Evine’s new product development division out of Los Angeles.

The Value of Digital Brand Partnerships

What kind of return on investment are businesses getting on social media platforms?

Ad Agency Periscope Agrees to $132M Sale to Quad/Graphics

Periscope ranks as the second-largest ad firm in Minnesota by both revenue and employee count.

How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck: ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

Booking early and with some flexibility could lead to money saved when crafting an event.

The Value of North

From sports to supermarkets, Minnesota has embraced “North” as our brand. But is there any evidence it’s been good for business?

Office Envy: Agency Squid's New Work/Living Space

A peek at how the father-son founders transformed the former nightclub into a home and office.

Outfitting Your Venue with Visual Flare: ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

How special event rentals can elevate your event space.

Hubbard’s 2060 Digital Buys Technology Developed by Local Meteorologist Dave Dahl

The St. Paul broadcaster’s digital marketing agency has acquired TriggerEX ad delivery technology from Dahl’s company TiWi Digital, improving Hubbard’s advertising platform capabilities.

Padilla Sold to Montreal-based Avenir Global

Lynn Casey stepping down as CEO, remains chair of PR firm.

Minneapolis Ad Firm Yamamoto Increases Employee Count by 12 Percent

After taking on six new clients, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Comcast Spotlight, the firm has hired seven full-time staff members and three interns.

Can the Star Tribune Hold Its Own in an Industry in Freefall?

As the future of newspapers becomes more tenuous, Strib Publisher Mike Klingensmith talks about the national media climate, Super Bowl, and future of print and digital media.

What To Do When a Raccoon Scales Your Skyscraper

Did UBS miss a golden opportunity? Communications experts weigh in on viral moments.

Cumulus, Owner of 93X, 92 KQRS and 105 The Vibe, Emerges from Bankruptcy Protection

The broadcasting company reduced its debt by more than $1 billion.

Inside the Fight Minnesota’s Community Newspapers Face to Survive in the Digital Age

“I love this job,” Swift County Monitor-News publisher Reed Anfinson said in his office in Benson. “What I worry about is what replaces me."

Photos from TCB's 2018 Small Business Strategies Roundtable

A slideshow of images taken during TCB's 2018 Small Business Strategies Roundtable, held at the Metropolitan Ballroom in May 2018.  Photos courtesy of Adam Bettcher at Adam Bettcher Photography

Advertising Countertops with Dragons and Colin Farrell

The countertop maker Cambria commissioned a film-length mythical origin story. Why?

How Duluth is Tapping Into Its Creative Side

Duluth’s marketing scene is attracting clients and talent well beyond the city limits.

ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

How to get the word out and build buzz around your marketing events via Facebook.

Making Human Connections in a Technology-Driven Market

10 Twin Cities marketing agencies recommend how to break through the communications clutter.

Twin Cities Fares Poorly on 'Hipster Index'

Both cities failed to make MoveHub's Top 20 list.

MPR's Goal: Raise $75M By 2020

The public radio network is investing in new programming, technology and talent.

Sales Up 37 Percent for ANI Pharmaceuticals in 2017

Business is booming for the Baudette-based drug maker.

Could Digideck Be the Next PowerPoint?

How a local startup is attracting big-name clients with its interactive presentation platform.

Revolutionizing the Plumbing Industry

How little-known Uponor became an industry leader—and continues to gain market share.

A New O-paw-tunity?

Adogo's John Sturgess hopes to backstop struggling small businesses.

MPR Turns to Startups for New Revenue Opportunities

The media organization has already invested in three startups and will open an incubator this summer.

Marketing Firm Bold Orange Makes First Acquisition One Month After Launch

Industry veteran Margaret Murphy's new Minneapolis company has purchased gift-card fundraising giant Great Lakes Scrip Center for an undisclosed sum.

ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners: February 2018

Follow these steps when submitting an entry into industry awards programs.

You Better Pay the Sportswriter

The Athletic takes aim at local newspaper sports sections.

Cumulus, Owner of 93X, 92 KQRS and 105 The Vibe, Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The company says all operations will continue while it seeks to restructure more than $2.4 billion in debt.

Minnesota's Super Opportunity

Super Bowl planners and local businesses expect Minnesota’s close-up in the national spotlight will generate more tourists and events in coming years.

The Quest to Make Ridesharing Free

How a local ad software startup is shifting its focus to change the future of ridesharing.

Marketing Execs Bullish on New Talent, Focused on Digital Tools

A new survey provides insight into the minds of Minnesota’s marketing executives.

Former Minneapolis Chief Janeé Harteau Opens Consulting Firm

Harteau says she is moving on to be a full-time speaker and consultant for organizations in and outside of the U.S.

Dog Therapy Nonprofit Gets Rebranded During All-Night Challenge

The RedEye Rebrand helped Canine Inspired Change put a new paw forward.

Bright Health Acquires Marketing Agency Spyder Trap

Spyder Trap's CEO and 30 other employees will join the health care startup.

PadillaCRT Rebrands As Padilla

The name change comes as the agency said its broadening its approach to public relations and communications.

Carmichael Lynch Names New CEO

Marcus Fischer takes over an organization that is focused on intertwining its advertising and public relations functions.

Better Business Bureau Yanks MyPillow’s Accreditation

The company’s marketing tactics are in question due to an "ongoing" BOGO offer.

Selling The Really Fine Print

Star Tribune now competing for public notice advertising with the little guys.

Ovative/group To Add 100 Jobs In North Loop

Company’s revenue doubled over last two years.

Business-Reality TV Pays Off For Copper Hen

The Eat Street restaurant struck gold on CNBC's "Restaurant Startup" show.

Changing Communications Channels

Public relations and marketing practices have blended. Now, businesses looking for a communications agency must be clear about their needs to find a good match.

HCMC Nears Approval To Officially Change Its Name

The hospital system has adopted a number of different names since its founding in 1887 as Minneapolis City Hospital.

Target, Best Buy Look To Differentiate With Black Friday Deals, Store Hours

Best Buy looks to edge out Target by opening its doors one hour earlier on Black Friday, whereas Target is focusing on deals and running multiple promotions throughout the month.

MyPillow To Pay $1M Settlement Over Deceptive Advertising Suit

Michael Lindell, CEO of the pillow company, said he “decided to pay out rather than pay millions to prove our innocence.”

Everything But Net: A Q&A With Glen Taylor

Glen Taylor opens up about three years of tragedy and turmoil at the Timberwolves and his future in the NBA.

Target Touts Free Shipping, More Deals To Stir Holiday Shopping Interest

The retailer said it would be extending its free shipping timeline from December 25 to January 1.

How Solve Overcame Ad-versity

The small Minneapolis firm was named the 2016 Small Agency of the Year.

Media Powerhouse On The Prairie

The empire-building of Forum Communications continues unabated.

Lola Red Tackles Athletes In Its Newest Venture

The public relations firm is helping athletes like Kyle Rudolph boost their image.

Solve Earns Gold In Small Agency Of The Year Competition

“To be recognized as the very best from among hundreds of submissions is a strong testament to our business model, talented team and wonderful clients,” the agency’s CEO said.

Anytime Is (Literally) Branding Its Workforce

Anytime Fitness wants its logo permanently on your body.

Mirror On The Midwest: Russian-Language Zerkalo Celebrates 25 Years In Minnesota

Zerkalo is one of many media outlets that reflect the various groups of people who have come to the state, either as immigrants or as refugees, in recent decades.

A Princely Sum

Taxes, lawsuits and a guessing game over his ultimate worth are just part of the drama to come as experts unravel Prince’s financial legacy.

PadillaCRT Beefs Up Its Food Credentials

The acquisition of FoodMinds now makes the marketing agency the third-largest among independents in the food and beverage industry.

Maybe Print Isn't Dead After All

The Star Tribune grows circulation of ad-based weekly.

Litman, Mallin’s Latest Startup Features Supercomputer Named ‘Lucy’

Equals 3 said Lucy grows with its user, creating a “man-machine symbiosis” that can help marketers solve complex problems.

StoneArch Gives Nonprofit A New Look

It’s part of the marketing agency’s annual pro-bono, 24-hour challenge.

Explore Minnesota Is Marketing Inside The Box

The tourism agency is looking for visitors in atypical places.

CEOs Turning Their Focus To Brand Identity

When a company calls, Tait Subler wants to talk to the boss.

HCMC Receives Financial Gift From Late Iconic Ad Man Pat Fallon

The hospital once successfully treated his son Duffy after a brain injury playing hockey.

Minnesota Winery Finds Niche In Entertainment Industry

Four Daughters was featured at Sundance.

Marketing Firm FLM+ Moving To North Loop

The agency is leaving its Wayzata office park to attract creative employees drawn to working in the city.

Mithun Restructured, Renamed As McCann Minneapolis

The ad agency is being consolidated with its media-planning subsidiary and McCann’s General Mills account team.

Data-Driven Marketing Helps Businesses Sell

Marketing automation helps businesses get closer to their customers.

Go Media's KNOF Switches From Christian To Hip-Hop Radio

The Pohlad-owned company remained silent for months about their intentions with the station.

This Ad Is Real (And This Story Is Too)

Advertising campaign hopes to inspire advertisers to take a second look at old-school modes.

Can Minnesota Reel In Hollywood Money?

More film and TV productions would come to Minnesota if incentives were greater—but the state remains ambivalent.

Extended Play: How Music Exclusives Drive CD Sales At Retailers

Physical media is still a big business for Target and Best Buy.

Q&A: Hedrick Smith

Author probes why the middle class is losing ground.

24/7 Public Relations

Social media and the nonstop news cycle have changed the public relations game. And that’s changing how all businesses communicate.

App Design For An Equity Stake

Duffy's Ignite program helps app entrepreneurs design their product for a slice of the pie.

The Iron Range Wants You To Visit

Iron Range tourist attractions band together to try to get northern visitors to think of more than the North Shore.

Can A Regional Initiative Make Minnesota More Welcoming To Outsiders?

A partnership of more than 50 regional organizations, “Make It. MSP” is aimed at retaining and recruiting workers. Among its initiatives: an effort to make natives more open to those who weren't born here.

How Colleen Needles Built A TV Powerhouse

Tremendous! Entertainment has become a major player on the national TV scene.

Minnesota's Most-Successful Kickstarter Campaigns

Crowdfunding has gone mainstream, as evidenced by these local Kickstarter projects, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Newspaper Deliverers In Short Supply

Delivering the paper ain’t what it used to be.

MPR's Florida Boondoggle

Millions in losses made up by asset sales.

MyPillow's Media Domination Strategy

CEO Mike Lindell drives sales with high-visibility ads.

Dayton Declares It “Small Business Day” In Minnesota

The celebration coincides with the premiere of Deluxe Corp’s video that follows small businesses, including some in Minnesota.

Northern Lights Buys KNOF Frequency, May Split Go 96.3

Separating music and Twins broadcasts could better appeal to the two separate audiences.

Star Tribune Moving City Pages' Offices To North Loop Printing Plant

The Star Tribune, which now owns the alt-weekly paper, says it has unused space for staff it already owns.

Q&A: 30 Watt, Makers Of Prank Packs And Amusing Everyday Items

The founders of 30 Watt break down how they created an alternative humor products brand that procured shelf space at nearly every major retailer across the U.S.

New Radio Formats Flooding The Twin Cities Market

The FM dial is becoming a little more crowded.

Little Honored With Small Agency Of The Year Award

The 30-person ad agency took home the silver prize for the Midwest region in Advertising Agency’s annual Small Agency Awards.

Local Businesses Tapping Social Media To Grow

Facebook wants to share the stories of small businesses that are using their platform to thrive.

AllOver Media Acquires Ski Resort Advertiser

The purchase helps AOM reach an affluent audience.

MPR's Parent Co. Unloading Deficit-Saddled Classical South Florida

American Public Media Group to take loss on sale.

Q&A: Bob Fuchs, Manager Of The Electric Fetus

How the popular music landmark is tackling changing trends and maintaining relevance in the dawn of digital.

TCF Tries To Make Banking More Personal With Brand Refresh

The company wants to remind customers of the ways banking interacts with their daily life.

The Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Effect

When the popular TV show comes calling, hang on, because your business will never be the same again.

Feared And Fearless: A Q&A With Journalist Gretchen Morgenson, Watchdog Of Wall Street And Washingto
ISES Quick Tips For Event Planners: May

The International Special Events Society (ISES) is the world's largest community of event professionals with over 5,000 members worldwide.

Say Goodbye To Hollywood? Why Lawmakers Are Considering Putting MN's Film Board Out of Business

Once home to one of the country’s leading film incentive programs, Minnesota’s Film and TV Board is facing the prospect of not existing at all.

TCB's "Whose Legacy Is It?" Nabs SABEW Honors

SABEW's Best In Business awards recognize outstanding business stories published or aired in 2014.

How A Soccer-Specific Stadium Might Get Built In Minnesota

What could public involvement for an urban, soccer-specific facility look like if local politicians' "no" doesn’t necessarily mean "no"?

What The Impending Sale Of The Pioneer Press' Parent Company Could Mean For The Paper

One possibility for cost-cutting by the new owners is reducing the number of days a week the paper is actually printed.

Vikings Stadium Cited In Public Subsidy Debate

Obama budget calls for banning use of tax-exempt bonds to pay for pro sports facilities.

Making Waves In Radio

Ginny Morris, known for adroit leadership skills and a savvy business mind, is building her family’s Hubbard Radio company into a national powerhouse.

Hatchet Job

A new book suggests Hormel’s story is a microcosm of everything that’s gone wrong in America’s meat industry.

Inside The MSP Airport's New MN Wild-Themed Restaurant

Do the burgers resemble hockey pucks?

Fastenal 8th On Reputation-Based Top 100; Pentair Makes Cut

The Harvard Business Review placed the companies in its 100 best performing CEO rankings and recently revised the list based on non-financial reputation.

How Faribault Woolen Mill Revived A 150-Year-Old Brand

The once struggling manufacturer has re-emerged as a high-end lifestyle choice.

Deluxe Corp. Spotlighting 100 Small Businesses With Web Series

Several Twin Cities-area companies are featured in web documentaries and photo essays that coincide with the company’s 100th anniversary.

How One Org. Is Building A Network For Female Entrepreneurs

A new events series from the Minnesota Cup allows women starting their own businesses to network with each other, find mentors.

Techno-Marketing

Online technology is changing the way companies reach their customers—and the innovations are rolling out faster than ever.

The Vinyl Resurgence Hits The Twin Cities

Three metro record shops cash in on recent uptick in record sales.

ValueVision Rebranding: Now Called EVINE Live

The change is the latest in a year that’s seen a new CEO and a battle over the company’s future.

Hubbard Broadcasting Expands Its Minnesota Footprint

Third-generational company has also increased its national reach in recent years.

Buffalo Wild Wings Replaces Ad Agency

TBWA\Chiat\Day will replace 22squared as the company’s agency of record.

How ’Bout a World’s Fair?

Mark Ritchie wants to bring one to the Twin Cities in 2023. He’ll need more than luck.

Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Cash

Is the Replacements’ 2015 reunion tour making up for a career of meager paydays?

How Much Payroll Space Do The Twins Have And Will They Actually Spend It?

Public funding of Target Field was supposed to boost the Twins' payroll spending relative to other teams.

Minnesota Trying To Cash In On Craft Beer Tourism

Tourism agency and brewer’s guild tout “Brewcation” options near state’s expanding array of brewery locales.

What's Next For The Pioneer Press?

The PiPress is for sale. That could be bad news for remaining employees — or the best thing to happen to the paper in a long time.

The Battle For ShopHQ

ValueVision's new CEO is ready to take on TV shopping rivals.

A Social Network For The Country Club Set—With A $9K Fee

Netropolitan.club, headquartered in Minneapolis, went live Tuesday.

Pioneer Press Could Be Sold, But As Part Of Package

The St. Paul newspaper’s parent company said Friday it is considering options that may include selling the N.Y.-based chain or "regional clusters" of its newspapers.

Bill Pohlad's Biopic Of Brian Wilson Lands $3M Deal

After earning a Best Picture Oscar as a producer, Bill Pohlad returns to directing with the now-acclaimed Love & Mercy.

Pioneer Press Guild Seeks New Owner With Strib Ad

The 150-year-old newspaper has watched its staff continue to dwindle even after emerging from bankruptcy and shifting its printing to the Star Tribune.

TV, Movie Filming in MN Picking Up Momentum

The revitalized Snowbate program has so far attracted nearly 50 film, television and commercial projects expected to increase economic output by $25.9 million.

Kansas City Design Firm Picked For Target Center Upgrade

The Timberwolves said they were impressed Dimensional Innovations' work at other venues across the country.

Twin Cities Tech Firm Magnet 360 Expands On Both Coasts

On the heels of its purchase of California's American Data Company, Magnet 360 has acquired iRGONOMIC of New York—bringing its total headcount to roughly 120.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Store: A Standalone Destination

Why the MIA's store is a destination in and of itself.

10 Years And 50 Stores Later, Hot Mama Changes Its Name

A decade after Megan Tamte opened her first Hot Mama store at 50th & France, the company is converting its brand to Evereve.

Social Media Pros Make “Virtual Concierge” For All-Star Week

Meet Minneapolis and PR firm Spong convened a group of social media professionals, who will help recommend restaurants and other destinations to All-Star Game tourists.

Hubbard Radio Replaces Its CEO

Ginny Morris, a third-generation broadcaster and chair of Hubbard Radio, will take on the role of chief executive from Bruce Reese.

Star Tribune, Washington Post Team Up For Digital Deal

The Minneapolis newspaper is one of the largest city dailies to offer free digital access to the Washington Post.

Hard Rock Cafe Seeks 150 Workers For MOA Location

As the Hard Rock Cafe prepares to return to the Twin Cities in mid-August, it’s looking to hire 150 new employees.

After Exiting Bankruptcy, Dolan Co. Names New CEO

Mark McEachen, who most recently served as chief operating officer of California-based Freedom Communications, will lead the Dolan Company, which is now a privately held company.

TCB Editors Talk Business And Beer On WCCO Radio

Online and E-newsletter Editor Jake Anderson and Editor In Chief Dale Kurschner go on air.

TCB Wins 5 Alliance of Area Business Publishers Awards

The annual awards program recognizes excellence in journalism, photography, and design among regional business publications.

Navigating The Technology Galaxies

Security challenges, along with social media pitfalls and opportunities, will require companies to constantly update their technology strategies.

Printing Firm Will Shutter 280-Worker Plant In St. Cloud

Quad/Graphics’ plant closure comes after other firms, including Creative Memories and Verso Paper, laid off area employees in recent years.

TCB Editors Go On Air To Discuss Medtronic's HQ Move

View footage from Kare 11 or listen to WCCO Radio segments for TCB editors' input on Medtronic's acquisition.

Best Buy Aims To Capitalize As Amazon Halts Pre-Orders

The company reminded its Twitter followers that certain movies, which currently aren't available for preorder on Amazon.com, can still be ordered from Best Buy.

Dolan To Exit Bankruptcy; Stock Will Be Cancelled

A bankruptcy court approved The Dolan Company’s reorganization plan, and the company agreed to pay about $3.2 million to a trust designed to benefit stockholders.

Is U.S. Bank Eyeing Vikings Stadium Naming Rights?

The company declined to comment on a report that said a deal is likely in the works.

Mpls. Digital Agency Acquires “WordPress Theme Shop”

The acquisition of Press75 will expand Westwerk’s offerings, including “themes” for WordPress-based websites, and the agency is eyeing additional growth.

TCB Wins Six More Journalism Awards

The magazine’s latest awards, given by the Society of Professional Journalists, recognize individual issues, stories, design, and more.

Dropped By Mpls Co., This American Life To Self-Distribute

Host Ira Glass said This American Life split with Minneapolis-based Public Radio International in part to maintain control of its digital distribution.

“Mad Men” Misses The Mark: In Mpls, Advertising Isn’t So Cutthroat

An all-star collection of Minneapolis creatives gathered last week to help develop the next generation of talent.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press Shrinks Toward An Uncertain Future

St. Paul Pioneer Press Editor Mike Burbach: The Pioneer Press has “a reason to exist . . . and we’re damned determined to.”

Twin Cities Advertising Co. Makes 6th Acquisition In 3 Yrs.

AllOver Media acquired Trans Media Group, the parent company of AJ Indoor and TMG Alternative Out-of-Home Media, which offer advertising options throughout the Twin Cities.

Study: Twin Cities Visitors And Tourism Spending Up In 2013

Approximately 29.4 million travelers visited the Twin Cities in 2013, representing a 5.4 percent increase over 2012, according to a study commissioned by Meet Minneapolis.

GOP Governor Candidate Johnson Debuts Ad, As Does Pro-Honour Group

Two new television ads on behalf of two Republican candidates for governor will be on the air shortly.

Pinterest Debuts Paid Ads With 2 MN Brands

Target and General Mills are among the first 12 brands that the social media site has partnered with to test so-called “Promoted Pins.”

MN Exec Makes Fast Co. List Of “Most Creative People”

Camille Gibson of General Mills ranked in the top 40 on this year’s list for her role in the company’s recent ad campaign.

Plymouth-Based Personalized Book Publisher Is Acquired

The founders of I See Me! sold the publishing company to The McEvoy Group, but they will stay on and keep its headquarters in the Twin Cities.

Deliveries: Pizza Nea's Competitive Edge

In the Neapolitan game, delivered pizza is a big competitive edge.

Glen Taylor: How I Bought The Star Tribune, And What I Paid

Glen Taylor: "I will buy it, and there will be enough money generated for it to pay for itself. But it is not going to be the best deal I ever got into."

Twin Cities Among Top 10 Cities For Millennials

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area placed 9th on a ranking of the best neighborhoods for millennials by Niche.com, due largely to its low rent and unemployment rates.

Carmichael Lynch Spong Rebrands, Changes Its Name

Carmichael Lynch Spong is rebranding itself after 23 years by taking on just the name of its founder, Doug Spong, and offering a new logo and visual identity.

Two MN Eateries Win Zimmern’s National Food Award

General Mills and Andrew Zimmern teamed up to recognize the country’s best of the best across 20 food-related categories.

Waseca’s Brown Printing To Be Sold For $100M

Wisconsin-based Quad/Graphics, Inc., is buying the large Minnesota printing company.

Software Firm 8thBridge Sold But Plans Expansion

8thBridge’s CEO said he plans to bring on more employees now that the company is part of San Francisco-based e-commerce firm Fluid.

Star Tribune Moving To Capella Tower In 2015

The newspaper publisher will move more than 600 employees into a shorter tower that is part of the Capella Tower complex; that portion will be renamed the “Star Tribune Building.”

Billionaire Glen Taylor To Buy Star Tribune

If the deal proceeds, it's expected to close “by late spring”; financial terms have not been disclosed.

Insignia Systems’ Partner Terminates Distribution Deal

Valassis, which was recently acquired, is ending a deal that allowed Insignia Systems to sell in-store ads in Valassis’ retail network; Insignia, however, said the move opens up new opportunities.

Growing Mktg. Firm Relocates To St. Paul’s Union Depot

Nord, which also counts the Union Depot among its clients, relocated to an office space—which is more than three times the size of its previous headquarters—in the recently renovated transit building.

Dolan Co. Pays $1.5M In Severance To Departing Leaders

The Dolan Company is making severance payments to its founder and another longtime leader who resigned in conjunction with its bankruptcy filing, which lists $185.9 million in debt and $236.2 million in assets.

Dolan Files For Bankruptcy; Founder Steps Down

Dolan Company announced a reorganization plan that will cut debt and result in the company going private—and its founder and CEO has stepped down.

MN-Made Movie Lands Distribution Deal

Filmed in Minnesota, award-winning film Dear White People is set for a theatrical release and will be distributed by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.

Wireless Ronin To Merge With Utah-Based Firm

Wireless Ronin Technologies is merging with fellow digital media firm Broadcast International, and Wireless Ronin’s stock price jumped more than 25 percent on the news.

Minneapolis Ad Agency Names New President

After 18 years at Clarity Coverdale Fury, Rob Rankin has been handed the reins.

Managing Partner Resigns From Mpls. Design Firm

Tricia Davidson is leaving Minneapolis-based Duffy & Partners.

The Current Gets Its Own Beer Through Schell’s Licensing Deal

August Schell Brewing Company is poised to debut a limited-edition beer named after local radio station The Current.

Digital Mktg. Agency May Revive Atomic Playpen Brand

Snap Agency has bought all remaining assets from Atomic Playpen, which went out of business.

Business Intelligence Key For Savvy Retailers

Business intelligence becomes a potent force, using every shred of information to turn a profit.

Report Compares Salaries For Marketing Jobs In Twin Cities

While Minnesota can’t quite compete with salaries paid in New York or California, the Twin Cities remain between 2 and 5 percent above average for white-collar compensation in fields like public relations and advertising.

Ad Agency Rebrands After Hiring Former Olson CEO

Kevin DiLorenzo has joined forces with Bob Barrie and Stuart D’Rozario, whose firm will now be called Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo.

Politician Shows Off MN-Made Toy On Fox News (With Video)

Senator Rand Paul unexpectedly brought QFO Labs’ “Quad Fighter” toy drone onto Fox News, although he didn’t mention the Minneapolis company’s name.

Sports Media Icon Sid Hartman Holds Estate Sale

Longtime Star Tribune sports columnist will sell some of his clothes in St. Louis Park this weekend.

U Of M Press Finds Success With Norwegian Mystery

The Land of Dreams is the first book in Vidar Sundstøl’s “Minnesota Trilogy,” and it became the University of Minnesota Press’ biggest seller of 2013.

Unlocking The Data Gold Mine

Technology is giving businesses the data they need for predictive analytics. Now they need employees who can do the work.

Anytime Fitness Ranked As The Top U.S. Franchise

Entrepreneur magazine ranked Anytime Fitness at the top of its 2014 Franchise 500 list, up from sixth place the year before.

Senate DFL Caucus Agrees To Pay $100,000 Fine Over Disputed 2012 Campaign Ads

The Senate DFL caucus doesn't have to admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, but DFL leaders said they were glad to put the issue behind them.

MN CEO Joins Fight Against Ad Tax Code Proposal

A proposal to limit the amount of expenses advertising agencies can deduct in the tax year is facing unprecedented resistance from some of advertising’s biggest players.

Mpls. Ad Agency Plans West Coast Expansion

Zeus Jones first shared its plans for a San Francisco expansion with the New York Times.

MN Call Center Lands New Clients, Adds 200 Jobs

Skybridge Americas, which is based in the western suburbs and was previously part of Carlson Marketing, is adding jobs after landing new clients and extending a key contract.

Target Lowers Outlook As Profits Fall 46%

The retail giant’s third-quarter earnings were held back largely by weaker-than-expected results from its expansion into Canada.

TCB Wins 9 "Excellence Awards" For Print And Digital Work

Twin Cities Business took home gold awards for cover design and best feature story, among several other honors.

Local Marketing Agencies Experiment With Google Glass

Space150 and Preston Kelly are among the Twin Cities firms that got an early peek at the new technology and are exploring how it may translate into client offerings.

Minneapolis Web Design Shop Closes Its Doors

Jamey Erickson, owner and creative director of Minneapolis-based Sevnthsin, is encouraging other businesses to hire his former employees as he wraps up outstanding projects for clients.

Target Sets Sustainability Standards For Product Sourcing

Target is asking certain vendors to assess the sustainability of their products; the “sustainability scores” will help guide Target's merchandising and product-placement decisions.

As North Loop Grows, MartinPatrick3 Holds Its Own

MartinPatrick3 remains a happening haberdashery.

Can Target Stand Out In Crowded Online Video Market?

The retailer on Wednesday debuted its digital video platform, but it faces stiff competition.

Mobile App Contest In Mpls To Award $50K In Prizes

Attendees of MobCon will hear Google Vice President Carl Schachter’s take on mobile cloud technology and be able to vote in a local mobile app development contest.

“Safe Money” Radio Host Accused Of $2M Scam

Jeffrey Rodd, who was ordered earlier this year to cease the sale of securities in Minnesota, now faces allegations of fraud.

AdWeek Magazine Names Its Top Ad Agency In MN

The magazine selected Fallon as Minnesota’s “top shop.”

Strib Editor Nancy Barnes Leaving For Houston Paper

Star Tribune Publisher Mike Klingensmith said a search for Barnes' replacement will include internal and external candidates.

E-Marketers Respond To Gmail Inbox Changes

At the end of May, Google began adding new tabs to Gmail accounts in order to filter certain messages away from a user’s primary inbox; some Minnesota companies are confident that their content will still reach consumers.

Risdall Takes Top Honor In Int’l Web Dev. Awards

Risdall received 37 awards for Web development in 2013, beating out agencies in Paris, California, New York, and elsewhere.

Should Retailers Like Target Embrace “Showrooming”?

A Target executive said that “showrooming” presents a major opportunity, not just a threat, as retailers work to more seamlessly integrate physical stores and digital channels.

Local Weber Shandwick Prez. Named National Leader

Sara Gavin will now oversee the firm’s 23 offices in the United States and Canada.

The Biz Logic Behind The New Barnard, Shelby Sports Show

A new sports radio station that previously offered national programming will now feature local shows hosted by Mike Morris, Bob Sansevere, Tom Barnard, and Don Shelby.

Founder Of MN’s Largest Ad Agency Dies

John Olson passed away about 20 years after founding Olson, one of the five largest independent ad agencies in the country.

Minnesota Cup Names Six Division Winners

The statewide entrepreneurial competition has chosen six divisional winners out of more than 1,000 Minnesota entrees.

Google Debunks Rumor About Best Buy, Google Glass

Despite a rumor that was circulated last week, Best Buy said it has no partnership with Google to announce, and a Google official said Google Glass will not appear in Best Buy stores next year.

Half of AOL’s MN Patch Sites Face Closure

Thirteen of Minnesota’s 25 Patch sites are slated for closure if they cannot be sold or partnered in about 60 days.

AOL Cuts Hundreds Of Patch Jobs; MN Impact Unknown

The online news provider has 25 websites in Minnesota, and it’s unclear whether they will be among the 400 nationwide that will be sold or closed down.

Don Shelby Will Not Run For Congress

Don Shelby: "Being a loud-mouthed know-it-all would probably not serve the district very well."

Star Tribune Mum On If It's Next In Line For Sale

On the heels of major U.S. newspaper acquisitions, the Star Tribune declined to comment on whether it is up for sale.

Comcast’s “Next-Gen” TV Tech Reaches The Twin Cities

Although Comcast’s new technology was launched in 2011, it has seen a slow roll out and is now offered in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Monthly Publisher Sold To Detroit Media Group

President and Publisher Steve Fox has retired after 25 years spent leading Greenspring Media Group, and the company has been sold to a Detroit publishing company.

Padilla Speer Merger Forms $30M PR Agency

Padilla Speer Beardsley will acquire Richmond, Virginia-based PR firm CRT/Tanaka for an undisclosed sum.

Ciceron Study: First Email Impressions? Not Good.

A study found Minnesota companies tend to neglect their email relationships with customers or smother customers with contact.

Cold Spring Brewing Has A Reputation To Maintain

How Cold Spring Brewing, once the laughingstock of the beer industry, went from the verge of liquidation to a diversified and growing beverage company.

Deluxe Corp. Buys Mktg. Firm For $27M As Profits Rise

The company said its second-quarter earnings rose nearly 14 percent, and it also acquired San Francisco-based VerticalResponse.

Select Comfort’s Stock Drops On 42% Lower Profits

The company behind Sleep Number beds had seen its stock climb consistently over the last few months to about $27 per share, but its shares fell Thursday after the company released its second-quarter financial results.

CA Co. Taps Ex-Gen. Mills Leader For New Mpls. Office

Communications firm WCG is opening a Minneapolis office in the hopes of expanding its Midwest client base.

Hubbard To Acquire 10 Radio Stations For $85.5M

Hubbard will gain five stations each in Seattle and Phoenix, which it said are the 13th- and 14th-largest U.S. radio markets, respectively.

Time Magazine Details Best Buy's "Return From The Dead"

The magazine called attention to Best Buy’s recent stock run, largely crediting CEO Hubert Joly’s turnaround plan for the steady climb.

Select Comfort Stock Rises On Analyst Upgrades

While Select Comfort's stock price remains lower than it was six months ago, it has recently been on a consistent climb, and analysts see additional growth potential.

Twin Cities Business Partners With BringMeTheNews

The partnership will make business news coverage at TCBmag.com more robust than ever, and it complements an existing relationship with MinnPost.

Ad Agency Fallon Loses Major Client Cadillac

General Motors pulled the Cadillac account from ad agency Fallon after nearly three years of award-winning work.

Mark Addicks Q&A: Finding the Consumer State of Mind at General Mills

As chief marketing officer at General Mills, Mark Addicks has managed some of the world’s best-known consumer brands.

The Dakota Adapts to a New Economy

Jazz, and then some.

PR Firm Weber Shandwick Cuts Staff at Local Office by 6%

The PR firm’s local office made the cuts because revenue projections are “modestly less” than it previously anticipated.

Twin Cities Co. Launches New Tech for Digital-Ad Delivery

Totally Interactive Weather says that its new TriggerEx technology platform will allow advertisers to deliver more relevant campaigns.

Mpls Co. Pulls Talk-Show Ads Over Newtown Remarks

Atomic Data ended its sponsorship of the Davis and Emmer show, saying that one of the hosts’ remarks “crossed the line of civility.”

Famous Dave’s Outsources Pricing to Sauce Up Its Margins

What's Famous Dave's All-American-Feast worth to you? Oh, they know already.

Competitive Edge: Wixon Jewelers Vs. Continental Diamond

Two family-owned jewelers prove the luxury market thrives in the suburbs.

At Brave New Workshop, Can Funny Make Money?

How Brave New Workshop went about turning improv’s red ink into a diversified bottom line.

MN Biz Groups Launch Ads Criticizing Dayton’s Tax Plan

Television, radio, newspaper, and online ads funded by a group called United for Jobs target the governor’s plan to increase taxes and spending.

Gander Mtn. Pushes Gun Safety Amid Spike in Ammo Demand

As part of a larger gun-safety campaign, the hood of a Gander Mountain-sponsored Nascar race car will feature the phrases “With Rights Comes Responsibility” and “Secure Your Firearms.”

Schell’s Beer: Craft, or Crafty?

Schell’s, Minnesota’s oldest beer maker, fights for the right to be called “craft” beer.

Ad Agency Initio3i Buys Digital Agency, Aims to Grow

CEO Geoff Grassle aims to grow Minneapolis-based Initio3i by offering traditional advertising and digital capabilities under the same roof.

Station of Irritation at Good Day Café

Fox News costs Good Day Café the occasional customer, but the restaurant isn't budging.

Gen. Mills’ Betty Crocker on List of “Famous Frontwomen”

The fictionalized character’s look has been updated seven times, most recently in 1996.

AllOver Media Hires Former Sun Country Leader as CFO

Shaun Nugent worked at Sun Country from 2002 to 2007, first as CFO and then as both CFO and CEO starting in 2005.

Crapola Granola: A Breakfast of Editors

There’s a lot of press, if not sales, in naming a product outrageously.

Spyder Trap Is a One-Stop Shop for Digital Marketing

In five years, Mike Rynchek has grown his digital marketing shop from a solo startup to a $4 million agency.

Summit Brewing Launches New Beer Series, Revamps Image

Summit will introduce a series of limited-run beers that highlight new brewing ingredients; meanwhile, the company updated its logo for the first time since 1999.

Cos. Contest B-to-B Tax; WI Lawmaker Tries Luring Them

A proposed expansion of taxes to business services could cause some local businesses to cut jobs or relocate; meanwhile, a Wisconsin lawmaker is trying to lure disgruntled companies across the border.

Critics Mixed on Best Buy Super Bowl Ad; Co. Closes 15 Stores

Best Buy’s expensive Super Bowl ad appears to have been popular among viewers; meanwhile, the company continues to close big-box stores and cuts jobs, although its period of turmoil has proven lucrative for many executives.

3M Promotes the Many Uses of Post-its in $10M Campaign

The campaign, which spans television commercials, online ads, the Post-it note website, and social media platforms, depicts creative uses of the iconic product.

Stuffie: A Holiday Hit

Minnetonka’s own Stuffie was one of the hits of the holidays.

The Many Uses of Big Data

The deluge of digital information is being mined to predict which cereal the public will buy, where crime will occur, and how to run for president.

Shea: The Restaurant Gurus

Shea has figured out what it takes to succeed in perhaps the toughest business out there—restaurants.

Two MN Execs Make Ad Age’s “40 Under 40” List

Target Corporation’s Dustee Tucker Jenkins and Caribou Coffee Company’s Michele Vig were recognized alongside 38 other young marketing leaders across the nation.

Best Buy Super Bowl Ad to Feature Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler—a Saturday Night Live alum, recent co-host of the Golden Globe Awards, and current star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation—will be featured in a Best Buy commercial scheduled to air during the first quarter of the game.

Ad Agency Olson Names John Partilla New CEO

The new CEO succeeds Kevin DiLorenzo, a 10-year Olson veteran who was appointed chief executive in 2010 to grow the agency through acquisitions.

Denham Exits Colle+McVoy for Space150's Chief Strategy Role

David Denham, who previously served as chief growth officer at Colle+McVoy, has joined cross-town agency Space150 as chief strategy officer.

Former MN Gov. Candidate Tom Horner Launches PR Firm

Tom Horner, who co-founded PR firm Himle Horner in 1989 and later sold his stake when running for Minnesota governor, has joined forces with his daughter to launch Horner Strategies, LLC.

Atomic Playpen’s New Prez. Focuses on Digital Strategies

Lydell Capritta, who became the digital agency’s new president in October, shortly after one of its co-founders left, has a track record of landing and managing large-budget and big-name clients.

Space150, U.S. Bank Help United Way Launch Game

The online game is aimed at educating players about the trials faced by school children living in poverty.

Target Launches Cross-Country Marketing Initiative in Canada

A Target-themed caravan will make stops in close to two-dozen cities across the country within the first two weeks of December; at each stop, Target will offer events that are open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MN Co.'s New Tech Drives Sales via Facebook

8thBridge's new Graphite platform allows consumers to interact with brands and products in new ways through Facebook; for example, marketers can use customized buttons to extend beyond Facebook's built-in "like" function to include words like "want," "love," "need," or "own."

Mpls. JWT Office Rebrands Itself as Digitaria

The local office, which employs about 60, will move in October from its office space in the Hyatt Regency Hotel to the AT&T Tower in downtown Minneapolis.

Wheels on Fire-April 2012

Colle+McVoy targets high-end cyclists from its headquarters in America’s biking colossus.

The Sharks Bite!-April 2012

Losers in the Shark Tank, Sue Kruskopf and Nancy Bush came home to a sea of business.

Making Fans Into Legends-April 2012

Carmichael Lynch’s plan to amp up the Baseball Hall of Fame’s appeal is fan-centric to the extreme.

Mono Again Named "Small Agency of the Year"

The Minneapolis-based advertising agency received the national honor for the second year in a row.

Unplug & Get Your Hands Dirty

It may not have the status of “industry,” but it’s more than a scene. How making posters became a business in the Twin Cities.

AllOver Media Makes 4th Acquisition in Two Years

The non-traditional advertising company most recently purchased The Wide Format Shop, a Minnetonka-based print shop that produces ads for the sides of trucks and ice boxes and other large vinyl graphics and banners.

MOM Brands Repurposes Iconic Pepsi Slogan for Cereal Ad

The Minneapolis-based cereal company has bought the rights to the "choice of a new generation" tagline, which it will use in a video advertisement for its Better Oats line of instant oatmeal.

The Charitable Beer

Martin Williams’ work for Finnegans embodies its “no compromises” pro bono philosophy.

General Mills Goes Retro, Sells Atari-Themed Cereal Boxes at Target

Golden Valley-based General Mills has partnered with video game company Atari to introduce cereal boxes that feature classic Atari games from the 1980s; the limited-edition line is available exclusively at Target stores.

General Mills Goes Retro, Sells Atari-Themed Cereal Boxes at Target (1)

Golden Valley-based General Mills has partnered with video game company Atari to introduce cereal boxes that feature classic Atari games from the 1980s; the limited-edition line is available exclusively at Target stores.

Local Events Execs. Launch New Agency

The newly launched Bedd Head Media will offer a combination of media buying, promotions, and event marketing services.

MN Creatives Make Interactive "SoundAffects" Wall in NY

Ad agency Mono and multimedia company Crash+Sues-both of which are based in Minneapolis-collaborated on an interactive installation for Parsons The New School for Design in New York.

Local Designer Makes a Logo a Day for 10K Lakes

To occupy herself in her spare time, graphic designer Nicole Meyer creates a logo for a new Minnesota lake each day and posts it on her Web site, Branding10000lakes.com.

Target Splits With Lead Ad Agency Wieden & Kennedy

According to Advertising Age, Target's split with its lead ad agency Wieden & Kennedy stems from the October departure of Michael Francis, Target's former chief marketing officer.

Carmichael Lynch Creates "Stalking Stocking" Holiday Video

The local ad agency decided to spread holiday greetings this year with a video featuring a holiday stocking with a bad habit of stalking.

Selling It-Forward Motion-December 2011

Mono’s campaign for MSNBC—ready for the political campaign season.

Himle Horner Changes Name, Moves to Mpls.

The new name reflects ownership changes that have occurred in recent years; former co-owner Thomas Horner left the firm in 2010, and Todd Rapp became a co-owner in 2008 and now shares that title with CEO and founder John Himle.

Spotlight-Art and Design as Branding-November 2011

Permanent Art and Design Group is developing a creative agency model by tapping the talents of local artists.

Selling It-The Art of Attraction-November 2011

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ “Come As You Are” campaign.

Star Tribune to Charge for Unlimited Online Access

The Minneapolis newspaper joins a growing list of news providers that are implementing an online "paywall."

Carlson Marketing Changes Name to Aimia

As its parent company adopts a new name and brand identity, Carlson Marketing will operate as Aimia going forward.

Local Ad Exec. Designs Time Magazine Cover

The cover of the magazine's October 10 issue was designed by Brock Davis, creative director of Minneapolis-based advertising agency Carmichael Lynch.

Selling It-Still the Cadillac of Cars?-October 2011

Fallon’s ads say yes, but go beyond the luxury metaphor.

Mono Selects Recipients of "Free Media Dollars"

The advertising agency reversed the traditional request for proposals model by accepting pitches from potential clients-and it has now selected two winners who will together receive roughly $175,000 in free media.

Local PR Exec.'s Bollywood Film Makes Mpls. Debut

Stacy Bee, owner of a local public relations firm, was cast for a Bollywood film-and the movie is set to make its Minneapolis debut later this month.

Vikings Land E&J Brandy Sponsorship

The Minnesota Vikings announced its first partnership in the franchise's history with a hard-liquor company.

RBA Consulting Buys Twin Cities Tech Firm Ratchet

Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close on September 1, were not disclosed-but RBA said that the combined company is expected to generate $35 million in revenue this year.

Wild Tickets Sold Earlier, Dynamic Pricing Follows

The Minnesota Wild will begin selling single-game tickets on August 20, sooner than its standard September sale date; remaining tickets will be subject to dynamic pricing beginning on October 1.

Viking Percy Harvin Joins Shock Doctor Team

Minnesota-based mouthguard maker Shock Doctor said that Percy Harvin will wear its products and serve as an advisor to the company.

Carmichael Lynch Chief Creative Officer Exits Role

Jim Nelson has left his role as chief creative officer of the company, but he will continue to work with Carmichael Lynch on a contractual basis.

Olson Makes Interactive Ads for Target's Missoni Line

The local ad shop made interactive videos and other components of a new advertising campaign for Target's partnership with Missoni.

Marketing Comm. Co. Brandspring Bought by WI Printer

The Minneapolis-based firm's longtime owner and president, Dave Maiser, wanted to sell as he nears retirement; he chose The Marek Group after receiving three acquisition offers.

Special Focus-Memorable Events-August 2011

Twin Cities–area meeting planners create stunning events that serve corporate and institutional clients.

Selling It-Nature Calls.-August 2011

Colle & McVoy Answers with Step-by-Step Instructions.

Mpls Ad Firm Creates Song, Dance for Penguin Exhibit

Clarity Coverdale Fury's work for the Minnesota Zoo's new penguin exhibit brings together local talent for a multi-faceted advertising campaign featuring a song and dance, a television commercial, a music video, radio ads, and more.

Mpls. Design Shop Makes Absolut Vodka Bottle Design

Aesthetic Apparatus was selected to create an original bottle design that is featured in a new television commercial and larger advertising campaign for Absolut Vodka.

For Bauer, Olson Anthropologists Find “Hockey Truths"

Olson employed its “brand anthropology” method—lots of time at the rink with players—to develop the campaign for Bauer’s new Vapor APX skates.

Space Race With Space150

After a year of rapid-fire expansion, Space150 keeps reaching for the digital leading edge in advertising.

Starters-Campbell Mithun Listens Out Loud-June 2011

The agency turns up the volume on being a Web 3.0 brand by hosting multichannel “Talkinars.”

For Subaru, Carmichael Lynch Puts Heart Over Head

Carmichael Lynch found and tapped the “deep connection” that Subaru owners make with their cars

Can Capitalism Save The World?-June 2011

Fred Haberman and other social entrepreneurs think that it can help. In fact, it has to.

Spotlight-Knock’s Opportunity-May 2011

Product and packaging design? Branding? In-store design? Knock says yes to them all.

Selling It- Minnesota Twins-May 2011
Starters-Will Advertisers Play Ball with PickPointz?- May 2011
The Get-Along Gang-December 2009

Marketing and IT experts explain how their quest for a better Web site has resulted in a better working relationship.

Hard Times For Hardcovers

Kenwood digs deep to keep Louise Erdrich’s bookstore open.

Kansas City Design Firm Picked For Target Center Upgrade

The Timberwolves said they were impressed Dimensional Innovations' work at other venues across the country.

Twin Cities Tech Firm Magnet 360 Expands On Both Coasts

On the heels of its purchase of California's American Data Company, Magnet 360 has acquired iRGONOMIC of New York—bringing its total headcount to roughly 120.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Store: A Standalone Destination

Why the MIA's store is a destination in and of itself.

10 Years And 50 Stores Later, Hot Mama Changes Its Name

A decade after Megan Tamte opened her first Hot Mama store at 50th & France, the company is converting its brand to Evereve.

Social Media Pros Make “Virtual Concierge” For All-Star Week

Meet Minneapolis and PR firm Spong convened a group of social media professionals, who will help recommend restaurants and other destinations to All-Star Game tourists.

Hubbard Radio Replaces Its CEO

Ginny Morris, a third-generation broadcaster and chair of Hubbard Radio, will take on the role of chief executive from Bruce Reese.

Star Tribune, Washington Post Team Up For Digital Deal

The Minneapolis newspaper is one of the largest city dailies to offer free digital access to the Washington Post.

Hard Rock Cafe Seeks 150 Workers For MOA Location

As the Hard Rock Cafe prepares to return to the Twin Cities in mid-August, it’s looking to hire 150 new employees.

After Exiting Bankruptcy, Dolan Co. Names New CEO

Mark McEachen, who most recently served as chief operating officer of California-based Freedom Communications, will lead the Dolan Company, which is now a privately held company.

TCB Editors Talk Business And Beer On WCCO Radio

Online and E-newsletter Editor Jake Anderson and Editor In Chief Dale Kurschner go on air.

TCB Wins 5 Alliance of Area Business Publishers Awards

The annual awards program recognizes excellence in journalism, photography, and design among regional business publications.

Navigating The Technology Galaxies

Security challenges, along with social media pitfalls and opportunities, will require companies to constantly update their technology strategies.

Printing Firm Will Shutter 280-Worker Plant In St. Cloud

Quad/Graphics’ plant closure comes after other firms, including Creative Memories and Verso Paper, laid off area employees in recent years.

TCB Editors Go On Air To Discuss Medtronic's HQ Move

View footage from Kare 11 or listen to WCCO Radio segments for TCB editors' input on Medtronic's acquisition.

Best Buy Aims To Capitalize As Amazon Halts Pre-Orders

The company reminded its Twitter followers that certain movies, which currently aren't available for preorder on Amazon.com, can still be ordered from Best Buy.

Dolan To Exit Bankruptcy; Stock Will Be Cancelled

A bankruptcy court approved The Dolan Company’s reorganization plan, and the company agreed to pay about $3.2 million to a trust designed to benefit stockholders.

Is U.S. Bank Eyeing Vikings Stadium Naming Rights?

The company declined to comment on a report that said a deal is likely in the works.

Mpls. Digital Agency Acquires “WordPress Theme Shop”

The acquisition of Press75 will expand Westwerk’s offerings, including “themes” for WordPress-based websites, and the agency is eyeing additional growth.

TCB Wins Six More Journalism Awards

The magazine’s latest awards, given by the Society of Professional Journalists, recognize individual issues, stories, design, and more.

Dropped By Mpls Co., This American Life To Self-Distribute

Host Ira Glass said This American Life split with Minneapolis-based Public Radio International in part to maintain control of its digital distribution.

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