Media & Marketing Archive

A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/14/2014 12:00 am

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another.

Creating Content That Connects (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Here are some some simple tips for managing the way you create and share customer-relevant content. If you want to engage your customer audience in ways that help you create awareness, build membership, raise money and/or sell stuff, then seek first to avoid the ways so many content-marketing efforts get messed up.

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 09:11 am

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

Clark Smith Named New Publisher for Mena Star

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Smith will also oversee the Ouachita Trading Post classifieds, as well as co-owned papers the Mansfield Citizen, The Waldron News and the De Queen Bee.

Relative Value (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Things that should be highly valued, in real dollar terms, often are not, and teaching is one of those things.

Farmland Produces $1.8M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 4/7/2014 12:00 am

More than 800 acres in east Pulaski County tipped the scales at $1.87 million. A media office project in west Little Rock weighed in at $1.65 million. And the sale of a 23.4-acre mini-storage development in south Pulaski County changed hands in a $1.2 million sale.

Dillard's 2013 Ad Buys from Stephens Media Companies Slip in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

In 2013, Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock spent $3.91 million for advertising to media companies associated with Little Rock investor Warren Stephens.

Lawrence Hamilton, Native Arkansan and Broadway Star, Has Died

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/4/2014 11:35 am

Broadway star and musician Lawrence Hamilton died Thursday. He was 59. According to friends and Hamilton's Facebook page, the Foreman (Little River County) native died during heart surgery.

NY Post Reports Alice Walton Might Be Buyer of $70M Penthouse

by Mark Friedman 4/4/2014 11:06 am

The NY Post reported Thursday that Alice Walton, the daughter of Sam Walton and founder of Bentonville's Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is rumored to be the mystery buyer of the $70 million, "Jewel of Fifth Avenue," the most expensive co-op in New York's history.

Dave Elswick, Bob Steel, Jack Heinritz All Out at KARN

by Gwen Moritz 4/4/2014 10:51 am

On-air personalities Dave Elswick and Bob Steel and News Director Jack Heinritz were terminated Thursday by KARN-FM/AM, 102.9/920, the Little Rock talk-radio station. The shakeup was apparently ordered by corporate owner Cumulus Media of Atlanta.

Video: High School Startup Weekend Kicks Off in LR

by Mark Carter 4/4/2014 09:04 am

The first-ever High School Startup Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Arkansas Grown Push Aims to Connect Farmers, Buyers

by Lee Hogan 4/3/2014 11:08 am

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is working to bring more attention to its Arkansas Grown program in an effort to connect local farmers with consumers.

Author Charles Portis to be Honored in Little Rock

by Associated Press 4/3/2014 10:17 am

"True Grit" author Charles Portis is being honored at a ceremony at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.

Little Rock's Robinson Theater to Host 'Devil's Knot' Premiere

by Lance Turner 3/31/2014 12:59 pm

The new Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock will host the U.S. premiere of a new film, "Devil's Knot," based on the West Memphis Three case.

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.

Sam's Show: The Spectacle of Wal-Mart's 1988 Shareholders' Meeting

by George Waldon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Standing here in northwest Arkansas amid the appreciative gathering with sky blue “What's Important Is You” banners hanging from the rafters and scoreboard, the messes is clear: God, America, Wal-Mart. Welcome to the pageantry and spectacle of Sam Walton's capitalism rally — the 1988 Wal-Mart Shareholders' Meeting — touted as the largest shareholders' meeting in America, if not the world.

Oily Deals: Pattern Emerging in Questionable Arkoma Gas Transactions

by Wythe Walker Jr. and David F. Kern 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Jerry Jones has always pleaded innocent in the controversial 1982 Arkla-Arkoma gas deal, a deal worth at least $174.8 million when the final numbers were tallied last fall. This January, a ratepayers' class-action suit declared the deal an insider's rip-off for Arkansas gas consumers who got stuck with an $80 million overcharge bill that went straight into Jones' bulging bank account.